According to some, the hero should be god-like in bed - almost like a pornstar without the cameras, awkward positions and intrinsic sliminess.
|Yes, the hero shall be perfect for the heroine - without the sliminess.|
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Indeed, the hero should be perfect.
Except, the thing is that I don't buy that idea, because ultimately heroes are characters that are supposed to be based on living and breathing humans. And, well, humans are not perfect.
I've been thinking about this a lot in the last few weeks... well... since one of my critique group meetings, actually. My hero was not a god-like pornstar, and one person concluded he was therefore "unheroic." The other crits didn't have a problem with the scene... but this one evalutation has had me wondering - how perfect is the hero?
[Warning: Spoilers Ahead]
In Elizabeth Hoyt's To Seduce A Sinner, after the first time the Melisande and Vale are in bed, she ends the scene being unsatisfied, thankful she hadn't been an innocent. Vale was rumored to have been a wonderful lover, and he wasn't.
In JR Ward's Lover Awakened, Zsadist, the hero, is physically ill when Bella touches him.
In JR Ward's Lover Enshrined, Phury is a virgin hero, who spills himself when they start getting busy (this happens more than once).
I liked those stories. I like that the hero could be overwhelmed by the heroine. I like that he isn't alway in control with her. I like it because, in my opinion, not every hero can or should have superpowers in the bedroom every single time.