I don’t listen to music while I write because I find it too distracting, but when I think of the heroes I create in my erotic romances, I always go back to Bonnie Tyler and her hit, “Holding Out for a Hero:”
I need a hero
I’m holding on for a hero ‘til the end of the night
He’s gotta be strong
And he’s gotta be fast
And he’s gotta be fresh from the fight
I need a hero
I’m holding on for a hero ‘till the morning light
He’s gotta be sure
And it’s gotta be soon
And he’s gotta be larger than life
Strong. Fast. Fresh from the fight. Larger than life.
Gotta say, it makes me shiver. I can picture this so clearly. My visual: a warrior emerging from a fierce battle victorious, bare-chested, weapon slung over his shoulder, sweaty muscles bulging (okay, in real life he’s probably a dirty and smelly, but forget that). What it means: he has been tested and won. He has proven himself. He is tough and strong because he has battled for something that mattered—he did not acquire his muscles at the gym or the ball field. He has strength of character as well as strength of body. Most importantly, he’s willing to fight to the ends of the earth for the woman he loves.
I want my male main characters to be more than literary heroes, they must be heroes in a way that matters. They should be complex and grow into their roles as heroes. Perfect in their imperfection.
In all the Breeder sci-fi romance series books, the heroes face turning points in which they must decide what they are going to fight for. Each of them—Dak (Breeder 1), Marlix (Terran) and Urazi (Warrior)—face battles to claim the women they love. It may not be a hand-to-hand combat situation (although in some cases it is), but it is still a fight that matters.
What reviewers say about Marlix, hero of Terran (Breeder 2):
“[Marlix] is rebuffed by the prepatrious, Tara, but strangely also aroused and feeling protective…He battles to accept what he feels towards her to what he has been raised to and fought to uphold in his world.” – Delighted Reader [blog]
“The stick up [Marlix’s] butt attitude was a bit annoying until you discover his and his beta, Urazi, secret. Lips zipped – I’m not telling. As the story progresses I find myself finally warming up to Marlix.” – The Jeep Diva
“Marlix doesn’t really seem like hero material in book one. In Terran, book 2, we get to see a different side to Marlix and the complex, somewhat humorous, man under the hard exterior.” – Amazon reviewer
“I loved the strength of Marlix and how he never tried to be as malicious as his reputation declared he was. His gentleness leapt from the pages and practically rubbed against me.” – Amazon reviewer
“I love LOVE Marlix’s thought patterns, his speech, it’s just straightforward, almost cave man like (while he’s completely intelligent) which totally captures for me what the men of Parseon are like, what they’re used to, how women fit into their lives. One of the best parts of this book was the interaction between Marlix and Tara – the chemistry between them was incredible and just the whole ‘I know what I want and I’m not apologizing for it’ attitude of Marlix was pure Alpha – but tender at the same time when we got to hear what was going on in his head. And he’s sexy as hell on top of it.” – Author Natasha Knight
“I adored Marlix, the strong, Alpha who spoke only truths and ruled his province through unyielding authority and quick decisions. He started off as a “bad guy” who hated Terrans, had no use for women, other than breeding, and did not let his emotions hinder his decision making. He was a total badass warrior! And HOT! Oh my Lord, the man oozed testosterone, without even saying a word.” – Author Katherine Deane
After fleeing heartache on Terra, Tara Diehl has adjusted to male-dominated Parseon better than most vendors until she is kidnapped by Alpha Marlix, a ruling commander. At first her tall, muscled abductor terrifies her, especially when he doesn’t hesitate to quell her struggle for freedom with some force. When her attempts to escape fail, she decides to seduce her way to freedom.
But out of seduction and subterfuge grow a true intimacy that cause Marlix and Tara to take action that drives Parseon to the brink of civil war, threatening not only their relationship, but also their lives.
Terran, the second book in the Breeder sci-fi series, is a “capture” romance involving a domineering but hunky alien, a female with a bad dye job and an even worse attitude. All Breeder books can be read as stand-alones.
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