What makes a hero a hero? I mean besides the hot factor. We all know that’s pretty much a given. So far in my Who’s Watching Now series, my heroes have been pretty stereotypical as far as careers and temperament go. In Every Move She Makes, Kane is a police detective hell bent on protecting the heroine and her daughters from a stalker. In Every Step She Takes, Travis is an ex-Navy SEAL who owns a Security and Investigations company. He gets to save the heroine by thwarting an assassin. In other words, these guys are bad-ass. Nothing wrong with that!
Then there’s Jed, my hero in Every Vow She Breaks. In the winter he gives backcountry Nordic ski tours. In the summer, he ran (past tense) a family wilderness camp until it shut down. So Jed is unemployed and doesn’t really care. He owns a two room cabin in the mountains and spends all his time traveling, hiking and basically having fun. Too much fun…or so the heroine thinks. She can’t imagine Jed (who hasn’t changed much since she knew him when he was ten years old) will ever settle down and become a responsible adult. Then there’s the “protect” aspect of the hero’s job description. When Claire starts getting strange notes and gifts, does Jed jump into protection mode like a good hero should? Uh, no, he shrugs it off at first. Although he is intrigued with the idea of figuring out whom the culprit might be, kind of like a who-dun-it game. Hmm, not very hero-like. At least not in the traditional sense. So, does a hero have to be a bad-ass responsible adult, or can he be a sexy, fun-loving guy with a positive attitude and a few other redeeming qualities?
If you want to know if Jed starts acting more hero-like, gets his act together and finds meaningful employment, or saves Claire from the creep who’s watching her, you just might have to buy the book. Or, if you’re lucky, you can win one! An e-copy of Every Vow She Breaks in your choice of formats is up for grabs! Just leave a comment with your thoughts on heroes (along with your email address if I don’t already have it), and I’ll pick a winner. Good luck!