Delicious Heroes…Who’s Your Favorite Flavor?
I’ll admit it. As a teen, I carried a dog -eared romance with Fabio on its cover in my big floppy hobo purse. A string of them, actually, all written by Johanna Lindsey. To this day, I have a soft spot for the guy. (Confession: I liked him best with dark hair.) Thus began my addiction to heroes. (Okay, some would say the addiction began much, much earlier with Saturday afternoon reruns of Zorro and Friday nights with Remington Steele, but Fabio cemented the deal in my fourteen year old heart, I promise.) There have been times when the addiction tipped over into the realm of obsession. (A certain platinum vampire swaggered through my dreams many, many times not too long ago. And just last week I indulged in a Johnny Depp marathon thanks to my dealer…I mean, Netflix.)
So, what about heroes fascinates me? I could certainly wax poetic about Depp’s eyes or Spike’s wicked humor. I could go all misty-eyed and breathless talking about the very idea of a muscle-bound demon-slayer sweeping me into his arms. (And those would have to be some major muscles to sweep these hips anywhere much less almost six feet off the ground!)
But, when I stop to analyze what makes heroes delicious to the point that I’m completely addicted and sometimes obsessed with them, I realize it isn’t about eyes, or accents or abs. It’s about devotion and dedication and desire. It’s not the eyes. It’s the intensity of the gaze. It’s not the humor or the accent, but the low intimate whisper for your ears, alone. It’s not about the muscles. It’s about the willingness to be as strong as it takes to vanquish the villain, help the heroine meet her goals and sweep her off her feet in spirit if not in actuality. (Though actuality is damn fun, isn’t it?)
So, do you like ’em big and muscle bound or lean and lethal? Do intense eyes make your toes curl or are you more interested in full kissable lips? OR, do you find yourself like me, drawn to heroes for far more than their rippling biceps and wavy hair? Wounded Warrior, Bad Boy, Saint, Sinner, Angel, demon, rogue…who’s your favorite flavor? There’s nothing better than a hero for a midnight snack…