Yeah, I know your answer…“Nothing…if I’m lucky.” :) But what about what our heroes wear when they’re not in bed?
We love to read about those sexy hunks, the ones we want to fall in love with along with our heroines. The ones we want to have hot monkey sex with – at least vicariously. But your hunk and mine might not be the same.
A loop I was on once had a poll that asked: Do you want your hero in blue jeans or a three-piece suit?? Well, I answered immediately Blue Jeans! Duh! Then I was surprised to discover that my blue jean hunk was in the minority. And it made me think about my heroes. And the heroes of the stories I love to read.
Of course, we’re not talking only about clothing. What our heroes wear is simply one way to characterize them. When we meet a hero for the first time, what he’s wearing leads us to make certain assumptions about his character. Blue collar or white collar? Slave-to-fashion or don’t-give-a-damn? Certainly our rich hunk could don a pair of tight fitting jeans and our regular Joe can dress up in a suit and tie, but what he wears tells us a lot about him.
Of the four Paolo Playhouse stories coming out in the next year, my heroes are: a bartender/bar owner, a corporate executive, a landscaper and the owner of a fantasy sex club. One suit out of the four. Just so you know I'm not totally against the hottie in a suit and tie.
Now I write contemporary romance, but if you write/read paranormal romance, I guess the question comes would be…is your vampire a wealthy count or the owner of a tavern?
Is your werewolf blue collar or white when he isn’t wearing fur? Is your historical hero a highwayman or a pirate or a duke? And does he dress the part?
So…before he gets the heroine into bed…what does your hero wear?