A wondering out loud blog…
Here’s a bit of an excerpt to introduce the hero of A MAN FOR GRACE, part of my Salt Spring Island series of romances. This hero is a challenge. If you read the excerpt and the ponderings below it, I think you’ll see what I mean.
Colin pulled the sweaty gray t-shirt over his head and dropped it on the bench in front of his locker—the precise moment his cell phone sang out, “Hey, baby, it’s your girl.” He grimaced. Mayne had set the stupid ring up—thought it was “funny cool.”
After their conversation last night, he hadn’t expected to hear it again. What needed to be said—”it’s over”—had been said. Repeatedly.
Ignoring his cell phone, the hey-baby, and the queasy stab of guilt that had coasted in with it, Colin headed for the shower. He’d change the ring later.
The whole thing with Mayne was his own damn fault. He’d let the relationship drift past its best-before date. But shit, who knew a woman could sprint from casual- convenient-mode to white-picket-fence status in the time it took him to dice a carrot. Not even three months in, and she was all about commitment. He huffed out a breath and stepped into the shower.
He should have seen it coming, headed her off.
The beginning of the end started with her hints about moving in, escalated to her hanging stuff in his closet.
Then she’d brought dishes.
She’d pushed. He’d stepped back. Way back. All the time apologising like hell because he wasn’t in the market for a forever-after.
Colin is proving difficult, because I’m not sure what a romantic hero will do faced with an aggressive, desperate woman who won’t go softly into the night. A woman who believes their short romance can be rekindled if she harasses him enough. She will cause a lot of trouble for Colin when he meets the woman he really wants.
The thing is a fictional hero must be a hero in the eyes of every woman whose life he touches. Being loved by the heroine isn’t enough. He can’t kick puppies, let goldfish starve, or ignore his loving mother. He can’t be cruel. He must be intelligent, honorable, and have a soft spot for all members of the opposite sex (and dogs :-)). So my quandary is, how will I keep Colin heroic as he does what he has to do to get a single-minded, love-addled woman out of his life?
He becomes angry, frustrated and determined to act. But how? What will he do? His feelings are valid, but it’s how he acts on those feelings that will make or break him as a romantic hero. (Kind of like real life, wouldn’t you say?)
I’m curious about what a real-life hero would do. If only guys commented on romance writers’ blogs…