Adorable Heroes by Marie Higgins

I arrived back at the ranch yesterday after 2 weeks of Sturm und Drang in Houston. Enough of the storm and stress. Let's talk about heroes, the staple of romance novels -- actually, of any genre novel -- that keeps the reader coming back for more.

My guest today is Marie Higgins, a best-selling, multi-published author of sweet romance. Marie describes her books as: More than just a stories are an adventure!

Marie writes "refined bad-boy heroes who make your heart melt to the feisty heroines who somehow manage to love them regardless of their faults."

Find Marie on Facebook. Follow Marie on Twitter: @MarieHigginsXOX -- and visit her blog/website too. Now, take it away, Marie!

Adorable Heroes
by Marie Higgins

What makes a hero adorable? Is it because he’s good looking? Built like a body-builder? Or is it because he has a funny personality?

Well… I happen to think it’s all the above plus more! If the hero doesn’t know how to treat the heroine — he’s rude to her, doesn’t respect her, doesn’t want to do special things for her – then he isn’t a very good hero, in my opinion. Heroes can start out with faults in the beginning of a story. They can even be a little bit immature. Let’s face it — nobody is perfect. Right? Stories are about character development. It’s not fun to read about a perfect hero all the way through the story. At least not for me.

In The Beginning

When I write a story, I want to make my hero physically attractive, but usually there’s something about him the heroine doesn’t like. Usually it’s because they’re a rogue and the heroines are after a family man. Regardless, slowly and surely, the hero becomes more adorable in the heroine’s eyes by their actions — by the way they make my heroines laugh, by the way they enjoy a flirtatious conversation. It may be the little things he does to help his family — or hers — or strangers in town.

In all of my books, my heroes have faults. In my newest release, Waiting For You, my hero, Nick Marshall, has a reputation for being a womanizer. He messed around with one of his clients, and one of Hollywood’s famous scandals was created. Now he’s cleaning up his act and doesn’t want to do that again. So when he meets his next client — a beautiful ghost from 1912 — he figures he has it made. There’s no way he could fall for this client because she’s already dead. Little does he know things won’t work out that way. My heroine wants to trust him, but she’s also afraid to love him. But gosh darn it Nick Marshall is so dang adorable, she just can’t help but like — even love him.

What's That Special Something

So what made him adorable to my heroine? His personality and his manners. He made her laugh, and she enjoyed herself with him. And, he had the manners of a gentlemen … the kind she remembered back in 1912.

Waiting For You Blurb

When a beautiful woman claiming to be a ghost from 1912 appears in Nick Marshal’s new office and begs for help in solving her murder, he’s intrigued enough to consider her plea. A scandal that rocked Hollywood almost destroyed his law practice, so taking on a client who insists she’s dead seems a good way to refresh his career. The more history he uncovers, the deeper he falls for the ghost.

Abigail Carlisle believes Nick is her heart’s true desire, but how can happily ever after happen when she’s already dead?

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Takeaway Truth

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  1. Thanks for having me on your blog, Joan!!

  2. What a pretty cover. My favorite hero is the guy next door who's a friend before he's a lover, but I always want him to be funny.

    1. Hi, Liz. Yes, I like heroes who have a great sense of humor. Funny is a must.

    2. Oh, Liz! I love stories like that, too. I have a couple of those. :) And the hero DEFINITELY has to be funny!! If I can't laugh at him, how can I expect my readers to? lol

  3. A hero is a man who takes on the mission to give his wife a reason a day why he loves her for a full year. That would be me.
    My mission ends on the day before Valentines. I started on February 14, 2013.

    1. Beautifully stated. I hope the new mission begins on Feb. 14, 2014. Wishing you a Happy Valentine's Day in advance.

    2. What a great answer!! I never thought of it. Love it!