Monday, December 21, 2009
Male On Monday - On the Bright Side
I’ve got a confession to make: I don’t ordinarily go for blondes.
Gentlemen may prefer them, but this natural brunette (hey, I’m just sayin’) ordinarily comes squarely down on the side of tall, dark, and handsome. Add a dash of “strong” and a pinch of “silent” into the mix and well, we have us the ingredients for an angel fallen from heaven.
And aren’t fallen angels the absolute best? (Note: not really a question). ;)
As Smart Bitches Sarah Wendell and Candy Tan attest to in “Beyond Heaving Bosoms: The Smart Bitches’ Guide to Romance Novels,” while modern romances (versus those from the “Old Skool”) boast a diversity of heroic types as well as diversity, period, the dark-haired alpha hunk still rules the roost in “Romance Landia.”
My hero of my Christmas Historical Blaze, TWELVE NIGHTS, Callum Fraser, is the classic romance hero, a raven-haired warrior and rogue with abs of steel, and a sexy, penetrating gaze that can see straight through to a woman’s soul, not to mention her…unmentionables. Who better to serve as a role model-cum-muse than the “Dark Knight” himself, multi-talented actor, Christian Bale?
His most un-heroic mommy-shoving episode aside, Bale is hands-down “hawt” not to mention one of the few child actors in Hollywood (“Empire of the Sun”) to ace consistent box office wonder-dom as a grown-up.
But then every so-called rule has at least one exception and my Tall, Dark and Swarthy Rule is no different.
I’ve followed Simon Baker’s…career for some time now. My fan-ship started late in the game when Baker starred as Nick Fallon on the short-lived CBS drama series, THE GUARDIAN (2001-2004). A recovering coke-addicted attorney, Simon’s Fallon found redemption through child advocacy despite being thwarted in love. I so wanted to help him out. With the love part, I mean.
But it’s Baker’s current portrayal of yet another tortured anti-hero, Patrick Jane on the hit crime solving series, THE MENTALIST that gave me the idea for THE TUTOR. As a former con artist turned police investigator with razor sharp observational skills, Baker’s vest-wearing Jayne strikes the perfect balance between being tortured by the past and exhibiting jaunty cockiness in the present. Sublime! I hope my Ralph Sylvester will prove equal to the task. I’m still writing so fingers crossed…
Ok, so I’ve shown you mine. It’s your turn. Do you like your heroes dark and brooding or light and easygoing (on the surface, anyway)?
Hope Tarr is the award-winning author of a dozen books (and counting) including TWELVE NIGHTS, her current Harlequin Blaze Historical Christmas release. Look for THE TUTOR in August 2010 and her novella, “Tomorrow’s Destiny” in a Harlequin Victorian Christmas anthology with Betina Krahn and Jacquie D’Alessandro coming December 2010. In the meantime, please visit her website and blog at www.hopetarr.com.