A Willful Woman…

Thoughts about books from a romance addict.

Nurture Boy

on May 19, 2015

I’m reading an ARC of Focus on Me by Megan Erickson and one of the heroes reminds me of my hub — a big guy who loves to take care of people. He falls naturally into looking after the guy he gives a lift to.

I rarely see this kind of character portrayed well. In het romance, there are guys who are protective, sure, and even nurturing, but it tends to come off as being a way to show how devoted to the heroine they are — or at its worst, feels bossy and dominating — rather than an as actual facet of their character that brings them pleasure. This may be another way in which m/m romance is more open to variety in male characters.


2 responses to “Nurture Boy

  1. lawless says:

    Yes! That greater variety of character types, with traits that are inherent rather than manipulative or plot-driven, is why m/m rather than m/f was my gateway to romance. (Actually, slash fanfiction was, but I won’t get into that.)

  2. kaetrin says:

    I’m pretty sure I’ve pre-ordered this one. I love a nurturing hero. (and my hubs is a bit like that too).

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