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Tuesday, June 19, 2012

WHY DO I LOVE MY HERO

By Isabo Kelly



I’ve been thinking about what makes Nathan Longfeather, the hero of my newest science fiction romance, THE SECRET OF NARAVA, a hero for me. What is it about him that I love so much?

Turns out it’s the same thing I love in all heroes. (I love this in my heroine’s too, but when I find this trait in my heroes it is swoon-worthy.) I love protector heroes, heroes who will do what it takes to take care of those they’re responsible for, those who might not be able to take care of themselves. And when they turn that protective instinct on the heroine, it makes me all tingly.

What makes this even better for me is when the hero still allows the heroine to be who she is, and in fact, falls in love with her because of who she is. But he doesn’t try to change her in his quest to keep her safe. He embraces who she is and that’s the very reason he wants to take care of her.

Nathan is a mercenary—well, he prefers security specialist—and he gets paid to keep people safe. The reasons for choosing this job: he likes the action; but more importantly, as a mercenary he can make good money to take care of his mother. Whether he ever admits it or not, he went into a career that involves helping and protecting people, in order to help and protect his own.

When he’s hired to protect Dr. Ti’ann Jones and her dig site, that instinct to look after his charges gets personal. Ti’ann drives him nuts, and he worries for her a lot, but he doesn’t attempt to make her different. He just tries to be there when she needs him (even if being there is making him a little crazy).

That’s my hero.♥



For more on Isabo Kelly and her books, visit her at www.isabokelly.com, follow her on Twitter @IsaboKelly, or friend her on Facebook www.facebook.com/IsaboKelly.

9 comments:

  1. You have summed up in a nutshell my idea of a perfect hero. One who respects, even as he protects. What heroine could resist a man who will be there when she needs him, and loves her for who she is, including her strengths!

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  2. You have summed up in a nutshell my idea of a perfect hero. One who respects, even as he protects. What heroine could resist a man who will be there when she needs him, and loves her for who she is, including her strengths!

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  3. You have summed up in a nutshell my idea of a perfect hero. One who respects, even as he protects. What heroine could resist a man who will be there when she needs him, and loves her for who she is, including her strengths!

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  4. Thanks, Lise. That really is my favorite kind of hero too. :)

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  5. Not sure why I had my comment post 3 times (darned smart phone had a senior moment, perhaps?) Or maybe just cuz the post was that darned good!

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  6. LOL I'd blame the phone ;-) All my tech is slow or not working today. It's maddening! So I'm all about blaming the technology today.

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  7. I like the protector's too. Sounds like a great hero.
    Jeanine

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  8. He certainly does sound swoon-worthy. Can't wait!

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