I like me a resourceful hero

I’ve written plenty about how I like my heroines to have a good dollop of spunk, especially when it comes to their vocabulary. A comment from a snippet from a recent WIP in my Surf series got me thinking a little about my heroes too and I’ve come to realize that just like in real life, I like my men to be resourceful. For years I dated arty types, and while they might have been good on the dance floor, give them a hammer and it was all over. In this WIP my hero is a mix of business acumen and artistic flare – he’s in the fashion industry. I think I like him. He’s here “re-modelling” the heroine’s wardrobe here…

“Thankfully she’d at least chosen the dress with the best color. The blue jersey dress was too long, too high and too boring for anything but sliding into a drab office and sitting in a cubical all day in Dom’s opinion. But at least it meant there was a bit of fabric to play with.
“Okay. It’s a nice shade of blue. Let’s start with that.”
“What do you mean, start with that. This is it. This is the dress. There’s no magical switch that turns it into a gown or anything. Or did you mean accessories? I’ve got a handbag somewhere I think. I suppose it would probably go.”
“Stop.” Dom put his hands to his face and rubbed vigorously. “You’re killing me. Honestly. Wait there.”
He stalked back into the kitchen area and rummaged through the drawers. Hmmm, not exactly professional, but they were sharp enough to make do. He grabbed the metal scissors and headed back to the bedroom.
“What? Hang on what the hell do you think you’re—” Dom looked at her with a critical eye.  “Better. Although if we cut it shorter, it would work as an evening look too.” …

 

Now I know the fact that he knows how to wield a pair of scissors might make him a little beta, but, what do you think? You like your heroes to have a hint of practicality to them? Or is it alpha billionaires only in your book? Or a combination? An alpha who knows what to do with a hammer…?

x Michele

 

 

Image from themodernfabulous.com – Australia’s Hottest Tradie 2010 (Tradesperson for all you unantipodian types)

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About Michele de Winton
I was born in the mid 1970’s amid a burgeoning sprawl of vineyards and new retirement homes. Despite training in law (or perhaps because of it) I've been a dancer, producer, writer, and all round arty type in various countries for most of my life but call New Zealand home. Maybe it's a reflection of the women around me, but I'm a believer that women can do anything and so my heroines are the same. It doesn't mean my men are wimps though! You can count on some fine looking heros who know just how to make a woman melt. Oh, and I'm a hopeless romantic, so I'm a fan of seriously happy endings. Entangled Publishing and The Wild Rose Press are where my romance novels call home. Come say hi at www.micheledewinton.com

Comments

  1. Talia Hunter says:

    Resourceful is good! Fixing broken appliances, mowing the lawn (shirtless), doing manly things in workshops… these are all very good things. Taking to my dress with a pair of scissors, well, it would take a very special man to get away with that one :)

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    Michele de Winton Reply:

    Mowing the lawn can’t be done with a shirt on…can it? I thought that was illegal. Never fear, said scissor wielding hero is definitely a special man ;-)

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  2. kym roberts says:

    I want my man to have worked his way to the top. Not this old family money stuff, I man who knows how to create, knows how to commit. Give me a little hammer time!

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    Michele de Winton Reply:

    Oh man, now I am totally MC Hammering around the house in my baggy pants…Hammer time. That is NOT what I meant by hot men in tool belts hehehe ;-)

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  3. Aubrey Wynne says:

    I love a self-made man. There is something so…able about them. And I agree with Michele. No shirt when mowing. :D

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    Michele de Winton Reply:

    I like all these thoughts about self made men. It’s my natural want to have a hero who has got where he has under his own steam. If there is some family money, I dont mind that, but only if it’s been used to push their careers, hopes and dreams forward – hard work and a hard working man totally up the hotness stakes for me. Thanks for reminding me x Michele

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  4. I have to admit liking a combo of alpha and beta! I married an alpha who over the years has mellowed. He’d grumble if I asked him to take a pair of scissors to a dress, but he’d do it. I tell everybody that I married the last real John Wayne. Hard working, straight shooting, and fair!

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  5. Oooo, John Wayne. Nice work Jerrie, bet you pass for a beautiful Maureen O’Hara some days too. ;-)

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