We’ve all heard of the Type A personality, right? The competitive somewhat aggressive go-getter who knows what he wants and makes it happen, one way or another. The Alpha Male. Yep, I used “he” because this post is about romance heroes, not heroines, although women can certainly be just as driven as men.
The Type B personality, the Beta Man, is pretty relaxed and laid back. He’s much less likely to have a coronary, because he doesn’t let things stress him out.
This site also talks about personality types C and D, which aren’t as commonly discussed.
Our Type C hero is detail oriented like Type A, but not driven. Because he doesn’t assert himself to make things happen, he might operate under a lot of stress… and sometimes depression.
Type D? He’s the negative guy. He suppresses emotion and is somewhat of a pessimist. I suspect Eeyore is Type D!
Wow, it’s no wonder types C and D aren’t usually cast as romance heroes! As readers, we want a guy we can fall in love with, not a depressed guy who thinks the world owes him a living and/or can’t express their feelings. I think we all know men — and women — with those characteristics, but they don’t tend to be in a good emotional state for a giving romantic relationship.
So, back to Mr. A and Mr. B. I know some authors in this group (like JoAnn Durgin!) love their Alpha male characters. Her heroes are strong and decisive. They see the woman they want and set out to win her, not letting anything get in their way.
I like quieter men, both in real life and on paper but, until I got chatting with JoAnn, I didn’t give much thought to whether my heroes have a Type A personality or not. Looking back, I’d have to say mostly NOT.
Reed Daniels is a reserved young man of principles. No pushover. But he’s also not pushy on his own terms. He loves the peace and quiet of nature. He builds cedar-strip canoes then uses those canoes to guide tourists on local rivers and lakes. His idea of a hot date? A bonfire on the beach. His idea of a cool date? Whitewater paddling!
I pulled some of my husband’s characteristics for Reed Daniels, but Reed’s definitely not a carbon copy of my hubby at 25. They’d probably like each other, though. They share a love for God’s creation, for paddling lakes and rivers, and for playing guitar and singing songs of worship.
Beloved husband with a guitar and a canoe paddle,
with whom I’ve snuggled and watched the northern lights more times than I can count.
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Here’s a bit about Sweet Serenade:
River guide and canoe builder Reed Daniels stands by as his lifelong friends pair off. After all, he’s waited this long for the right woman… what’s a little longer? But when newcomer Carly shows up at the gang’s bonfire, he’s mesmerized. Could she be the answer to his prayers?
Water-sport enthusiast Carly Thorbergsen is starting over in Riverbend. Hired as a canoeing and hiking guide, she’s ready to focus on work and leave the personal stuff behind. That is until the competition, Reed Daniels, offers her a ride in his cedar-strip canoe. No resisting that!
But no matter how much they have in common, Carly can’t erase her past, and Reed is bound to discover the truth. When a date finds Carly and Reed running rapids on the outside of the canoe, they come face to face with the real reasons their new relationship might capsize.
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Now over to you! Is your favorite romance hero the same type of man you gravitate to in real life?