By Isabo Kelly
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.♥
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