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I’ve been overwhelmed with the wonderful feedback from readers on my current series, Men Who Walk the Edge of Honor. The guys are big, buff, capable, lethal when necessary, and...apparently pretty sensitive too. That’s something I didn’t realize when I started writing them.
But readers assure me that it’s so. I saw it in reader reviews for When You Dare. Okay, so Dare is the quiet type. He only talks when it’s necessary, and then, ho boy, everyone listens! But sensitive? Hmmm. Okay, so he takes care of Molly, the heroine, when she’s at her worst. He can be really gentle, and uber supportive. And he has a fiercely loyal love for his dogs, and his best friend, and... eventually Molly. But sensitive?
I figured he was just being a good guy, you know?
Then Trace of Fever hit stands and, voila, I saw that description of “sensitive” again tossed into a lot of reader reviews. Come on. Trace? Really?
But he is so autocratic! And often enigmatic. And he possesses those deadly skills...
He meets Priscilla during a tense time of risky undercover work, and he... well, let’s just say he got kind of ornery in trying to get her pretty nose out of the way of danger. Not that Priss let it slow her down. (Not much ever slows down that one.) He understood her reasoning, and he regretted her past hurt at the hands of the villain.
Does that make him sensitive? Okay, he does have a bone-deep protective streak, not just for his sister, and any woman in peril, but for Priss, too.
Isn’t that what any good man would do?
And now Jackson’s story is out in Savor the Danger. And I thought, no way will readers consider him sensitive. The man has a serious lack of tact when it comes to saying what he wants – especially when what he wants is Alani, the heroine in the book. No sugar-coating things for Jackson. He’s raw sexuality, bold and sort of in-your-face.
But like the others, he also possesses deadly skill, cockiness in his ability, an “I’m in charge” mentality, and... well, yes, he is very, very gentle with Alani because of what she’s been through.
:::Sigh::: Does that make him sensitive?
Or just human?
Doesn’t every good man – and there are plenty of them out there! – try his utmost to understand, to support, to protect? We’re all imperfect, so mistakes will be made. But we try. Abilities vary, dynamics of relationships are different from one couple to the next, but I think what some readers see as sensitive, I just see as a guy doing the right thing – caring for the one he loves, the best way he possibly can. He makes mistakes, he tries to correct them, and then he moves on.
And in my books, the heroine does the same – she loves him the best that she possibly can.
That’s romance, and I’m so grateful to be a part of this genre!
Thank you all so very, very much!
- Lori Foster
P. S. There will be a 4th book in the series! A Perfect Storm is tentatively scheduled for May 2012. I promise, if/when you read Savor the Danger, you’ll know who the next book is about. I hope you approve!
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