Let’s talk romance heroes. Give me a man with calluses on his hands. Yup, that’s what I’m saying. Throw in a farmer’s tan. A little sunburn on the back of his muscled neck. I’d like to see the shoulders of a man who uses his muscles. And no matter what he does for a living, his fingernails have to be clean. Hair isn’t much of a factor with me – it can be a military buzz, longish and unruly, ordinary length with a double colic, ponytail, anything goes. But his eyes must be expressive. Warm and honest. Ever look at a guy with flat, unemotional eyes? They repel. And I like ‘em tall….
But all that physical stuff? That’s just window dressing; a little something to keep a guy from fading into the wall paper. No matter how pretty he is, if he isn’t nice to his grandmother, I don’t want him. And as much as I love strength in a man, I think I like tenderness more. Even the bad boy heroes have to have some sweet spot inside them that cradles a woman more often than he grabs her. He has to be willing to slay the beast and scratch a good dog behind the ears.
I like a hero who gives, who serves, who is selfless enough to fight for the rights of others, not just for his own rights, which is why the Virgin River novels are so heavily populated with military men. And we all have our rough edges, I suppose, but a real hero comes to recognize that and wants to be a better man.
After all that and more, a real man wants a real woman, not a lot of superficial fluff. We can’t get mad at him for appreciating beauty but beauty, like handsomeness, is subjective. After all, I spent years thinking Lou Grant was sexy. The best heroes crave permanence, even if it terrifies them. And a good man wants to satisfy his woman, in bed and out.
Now that I have you licking your chops, where do you find a guy like that? For today, you can find him in Sunrise Point and his name is Tom Cavanaugh. He’s a decorated marine, a grower of apples, a grandson who loves his grandmother devotedly even when she gets on his last nerve, and a man in search of the woman who can become the lead in his shoes, who can ground him, who can give his life purpose.
Open your heart to the river, where love happens every day.
Now that Robyn Carr has earned the #1 slot on the New York Times list, the creator of the wildly popular Virgin River series laughs when someone refers to her as an overnight success.
“The truth is, I was first published in 1978, and it took me thirty years to make it to The New York Times Bestseller List,” she pointed out.
But once Robyn became that popular, she stayed that popular. And, when Bring Me Home for Christmas, the 16th Virgin River novel, was released in November 2011, it debuted in the #1 slot not just on The New York Times roster, but also on the Barnes and Noble, and Publishers Weekly lists as well.
Clearly, Robyn’s series about men of honor who build a town in northern California’s redwood forests for the women they love has launched her into the publishing stratosphere and earned her a broad and loyal following. The first book in the series, Virgin River, was published in 2007. The next year Robyn got the call from her editor that A Virgin River Christmas had landed on the Times list.
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