I’ve gotten a bit of a reputation amongst my friends. They know that if they ask for book recommendations, a large percentage of my answers will be genre fiction/romance. Some have gotten into the habit of qualifying the question with—“no romance”. Finding answers tends to be difficult. Not because I only read romance novels (not to mention, I’ve edited several books that have little to no romance in them at all!). Rather, I find it difficult because so many books will have elements of romance in them, regardless of what section of the bookstore they’re placed in.
So now I’d like to play a game. In part, because I always love finding new books to read. For another, I really, really like games. For anyone who ends up playing monopoly with me in the future, I’ll add a warning though—I cheat.
So here goes: Who is your most swoon-worthy NON-romance hero/heroine? And why?
Here’s the only rule. There can’t be romance in the book.
Mine would be a toss-up between two (see, I’m cheating already…) heroes.
The first is Atticus Finch from To Kill A Mocking Bird. I would marry that man in a heartbeat. He’s so wise. So eloquent. He’s the type of man who would inspire me to be better, to be stronger. Plus, I can’t hear that name without thinking of Gregory Peck. Definitely swoon-worthy.
And the second is Dr. Laszlo Kreizler from The Alienist by Caleb Carr. This psychologist (referred to as an Alienist before psychology was a recognized science) is patient. He takes care of the children society would want pushed aside. He’s patient. And smart—oh man, he is smart! He’s also willing to fade into the background, letting the police take credit for his actions, to make sure that justice is served. And there’s a darkness in his past, hurts that lay deeply under the surface… He’s not perfect, but he tries to be a good man. A righteous man. And I find that so swoon-worthy.
Now it’s your turn!