I was looking out my kitchen window one morning and noticed a rather plain looking bird eating the berries on the bush outside.

It was a cardinal.

Is Handsome Too Handsome? | Romance Readers' Cafe'

I had to study it to figure out what it was because cardinals are red ALL over, aren’t they?

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The males are.

Maybe I should have paid more attention in science class. 😉

Anyway, that got me to thinking about other animals where the male is decked out more than the female.

Is Handsome Too Handsome? | Romance Readers' Cafe'

Is Handsome Too Handsome? | Romance Readers' Cafe'

Is Handsome Too Handsome? | Romance Readers' Cafe'

Why is this important? Well, I’m not really sure it is. But it represents a rabbit trail that we writers follow when we are creating.

Come to think of it though, this is actually relevant to me because the hero in my current WIP (work in progress) is very handsome. Strikingly so. Why? Because I saw a really good looking guy and then I had a thought process about what kinds of issues might befall someone who is so handsome. Arrogance? Too much confidence? Maybe not enough? My hero struggles with finding true love because people don’t look beyond his exterior. He has lots of people wanting to be his friend and women wanting to date him. But all because of his looks.

Poor guy.

Enter the one woman who is immune to his obvious charms…

And so begins that story.

It’s funny how seemingly random thoughts become the basis for romantic stories.

I’m turning the conversation over to you.

Can handsome be too handsome?

Have you ever been surprised by a flaw in a romantic hero?

What types of struggles do you think my hero would go through?


Loraine Nunley is an author and blogger who grew up near Detroit, Michigan and now lives just outside of Fort Worth, Texas. She is a member of ACFW and writes inspirational romance. In 2017, she was honored to be a finalist in the suspense category of the ACFW First Impressions contest.

Being a romantic at heart, Loraine often finds inspiration for her writing within her own marriage. She has been blessed to find her own real life romantic hero with her husband. Her writing career has included a self-help book about remarriage and a series of children’s books about military aircraft.

When not writing furiously and dreaming up stories, she can be found reading, adding books to her over flowing bookshelves, homeschooling her children, and enjoying time with her family.

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