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July 4th, 2007
The True Hallmark of a Hero

…in erotic Romance.

As I wrapped up my WIP (and sent it off to my editor a week early—nothing like an upcoming conference to make you speed up), I’ve been thinking about heroes.

A book needs a strong, compelling heroine who the reader can identify with. But is it mainly the hero that sells the book—first to an editor or agent and then to the reader. I think that is what makes crafting the alpha male so complex—how can a dominant man who may or may not express himself be sympathetic and appealing? (Check out Pam’s post yesterday).

But I’ve discovered the one essential quality my hero must possess (and most do in erotic and sensual romances.) He must like oral sex. Giving, of course, as well as receiving.

Would readers accept a man as a hero if he refuses to pleasure his lady orally? Would they still desire him if he’s “just not into that”? Personally, I can’t see it. When I create my heroes they also tend to enjoy giving oral sex. My men aren’t reluctantly doing it just because they know they have to pleasure the heroine, or are trying to prove (to heroine and reader) that they will be a dutiful, conscientious lover. I want my hero to find every inch of my heroine appealing, tempting, and desireable.

I don’t believe I’ve read a romance (one that includes explicit scenes) where the hero does not perform oral sex on the heroine. Readers, have you found any? Have you noticed the lack if you have?

So here’s to fireworks for our heroines, and Happy Independence Day!