I can't say that I've thought too deeply about this (I pulled an all nighter to finish an editing deadline and am a little giddy, actually!), but here are some thoughts:
The paranormal hero is:
- larger than life
- often doesn't have to conform to society's norms
- has superhuman (extrahuman? supernatural? paranormal?) skilz that usually translate uniquely to the bedroom. :D
- can pull off dark and brooding without making you want to smack them, because they usually have something big and angsty to stew about.
- they're often rich or have copious resources at their disposal (try calculating compound interest on immortality!)
- they are intensely protective and/or possessive in ways that we prolly wouldn't let a mere human hero get away with
- often when tamed by the female, they are mated for life (constitutionally incapable of turning into cheating husbands)
In my book The Merzetti Effect, I can see most of these traits in Delano Bowen. (And in the second book, Nightfall, I can see even more of them in Aiden. Rowrr.)
What would you add to this giddy, top of the head list of what makes a paranormal hero irresistible?
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