TMI Tuesday – Hero Jealousy: Hot or Not?
No, I would contend. But I did have one anyway. You see, for a while Mr. Dare and I had this running joke that in every one of his movies, Clive had some variation on the line, “If you touch her, I will kill you.” Similar to the ubiquitous “Whoa” in Keanu Reeves flicks.
And while Mr. Dare and I had a good chuckle over this little joke of ours, I think it came to my attention in the first place because – damn, is it ever hot when he says that! That deep voice, that intense look … *shivers*
It seems that most romance novels feature hero jealousy to some degree. So it must be something that works for a lot of us – that the mere suggestion of another man skimming a single finger over his beloved’s pale, satiny shoulder will compel the hero to drive his fist into walls, or his rapier into expendable characters. Of course, nothing turns me off as a reader faster than completely irrational jealousy, especially when the hero turns his anger on the girl instead of the shoulder-skimmer or repeatedly refuses to believe perfectly good explanations. (“Truly I tell you, he was only flicking an aphid off my shoulder!”, etc.) But in general, for me at least, fictional jealousy = hawt.
Real life male jealousy … not so much. That must be why I’ve never ended up with a particularly jealous guy.
How about you? Which examples of hero jealousy work for you and which leave you cold? Ever had a real-life jealous hero? Was it hot or not?
Breaking news!! My amazing CP Courtney Milan finaled in The Golden Pen!!
Yay, CM! Oh, I am soooo glad I will not have to enter the Golden Heart this year and be up against her.