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.