A Knight in Shining Armor?
There are so many reasons to love romance novels. The happily ever afters and the vulnerable but tough heroines that struggle to obtain them. The adventure, the angst, the fun, the sex…but I have to confess that, for me, there’s one thing that keeps me coming back to romances again and again:
Chivalry isn’t dead.
In my fantasy world, chivalry is alive and kicking and willing to take out a horde of ravening werewolves or a wicked hungry vampire or a lab full of evil scientists just because they’re there and a threat to the heroine’s well being. In my fantasy world, a hero can and will hold the heroine when she’s cold, kiss the heroine when she’s lonely and fight by her side when she’s got evil to vanquish.
Okay, sure, there are six pack abs and intense eyes, kissable lips and even a bulging bicep or two along the way, but it’s the chivalry that gets me every time.
Those moments when a male character steps up and steps out for the woman he’s beginning to love. In small ways and large, in ways that put his heart at risk and in ways that put his life at risk, it’s those steps that woo me and win me. It’s those steps that I try to capture in the stories I create.
I don’t care if he’s Alpha or Emo, blond or brunette, a vampire or a cowboy (or a wicked blend of both). If he’s got a knight in shining armor somewhere deep within his soul, I’m sold. I’m gone for sure if he only brings that knight out for one special woman when she needs it most of all.
So, how about you? Do you think chivalry is dead? Or do you melt when a hot guy offers to do something for you? (Even if you outwardly roll your eyes at him and do it yourself!)