I'm a massive fan of Robin Covington's The Boys are Back in Town books, it's a a fab contemporary romance series revolving around four best friends - Jackson, Lucky, Teague & Beck - who grew up together and are now gradually finding the woman for them and settling down. These stories are fun to read, have a great small town atmosphere and have incredibly sexy heroes so if that sounds like your kind of thing I can't recommend them highly enough!
Anyway, to celebrate the release of the second book in the series His Southern Temptation (watch out for my review later today) I'm thrilled to welcome Robin to the blog today to talk about the things she looks for in a romance hero. Before I hand over to Robin let me give you a bit more information about the books . . .
A former Black Ops assassin, “Lucky” Landon has had more near-misses than a man should ever have. Now he’s out of that business and settling into the simple life in his small hometown. So the last thing he ever expected was to end up at gunpoint. Or that the woman holding the gun would be his best friend’s little sister and Lucky’s on-again/off-again lover.
Taylor Elliott is Trouble, and she likes it that way. And seeing Lucky again? Well, he’s been her dirty little secret for the past few years and everyone knows that secrets in a small town are almost impossible to keep. But Taylor has bigger problems on her plate. Like the local mob boss who wants her dead.
And right now the only thing standing between Trouble and disaster is a hottie named Lucky...
The Boys are Back in Town Series:
A Night of Southern Comfort
His Southern Temptation
Visit Robin Covington's website for more information
Now please help me give a very warm welcome to Robin!!
Hey ya’ll – thanks for having me. As an author I get asked a lot of questions about if the heroes in my books are modeled on my husband, the Main Man, or other people in my life. The answer is always no –unless the Main Man is around and listening-and then it is a resounding yes!
Each of my characters are unique, they come to me with their own set of problems, backstory, desires and fears. They are as varied as the real people around me everyday. They don’t look alike or act the same and they react to pressures and the freefall of love in their own unique way.
But, there are things that I look for in a hero- as a reader and an author. These are things that turn me on and make me fall in love with them as the story progresses. Here’s my top five list:
- A hot bod. Okay – that’s a little superficial but if reading is an ideal escape then I’m going for the gusto. I’m a butt girl, so I want my hero to have a two-hand-grab-worthy behind but I also love a tall guy with a great smile. Hell, I want Joe Manganiello – can that be arranged?
- An avocation. I’m looking for a hero who doesn’t just have a job – I want the guy who loves what he does and is working it everyday because it gives him a buzz. Now, I think I could also fall for a hero who is currently working the evil day job as long as he striving to get to live his bliss. So, I guess what really gets me is the guy who seeking to find that thing that he was meant to do.
- A couple of good friends. Nothing says sexy like a loner but after a while I begin to wonder if there’s a reason that the dude has no buds. So, while he doesn’t have to be winner of a popularity contest and while he can also try to alienate people around him for whatever dark a twisted reason he has in his backstory, I like to see a couple of guys who at least have his back and his respect.
- A sense of humor. It can be a dark and evil sense of humor but I like a guy with a little bit of wit about him. Laughter is sexy and when he can laugh –especially at himself- that is a total hot spot for me.
- A bedside manner. Or should I say – a bedside, on the bed, on the couch, against the wall, etc - manner? I want a hero who is hot for my heroine because let’s face it – I’m pretending that she is me if the story is a good one. And who doesn’t want a guy who can’t keep his hands off you?
Thanks for a fab post Robin! You've made some really good points (and I think we'd all like Joe Manganiello, well I know I would anyway LOL!!). One of the things I love most about your series is the bond between the boys and the banter as they tease each other. As much as I like a good looking guy I think things like a sense of humour are even more important, I want someone I can laugh and have fun with. A good bedside manner is essential though! :o)
What do you think of Robin's list? Is there anything else you'd add or any of her points that you don't agree with?