There are two male extremes in romance novels. The first is the rake, who is a ladies' man among ladies' men. The second is the untested virgin hero. Both are equally well received if given the right set of circumstances, but the rake is by far the most likely hero candidate. Why? When as Jane from Dear Author points out a rake in any other romance subgenre outside of historical romance is an indiscriminate immoral playboy? Surely by comparison a virgin hero is sexier! Let’s examine how:
A Virgin Hero is Sexy Because…
- He takes the act of sex seriously or has valid reasons to abstain like being lost in a wilderness for a decade.
- He doesn’t have a bed post filled with notches.
- He doesn’t have sexual diseases.
- He hasn’t fathered a dozen bastard children.
- He has a sex drive and chooses to wait.
- He might be a super hero or alien. Or both, just look at Clark Kent.
- His heroine will be the focus of all that pent-up sexual energy. Yum.
- He’s pure, untouched, and very likely not jaded.
- He is infinitely more remarkable because he’s uncommon.
- His heroine gets to be his first.
- He could be a virginal alpha hero or a beta hero.
- He’s usually not ignorant of the act unlike his counterpart the virgin heroine.
- His POV in the love making scene is hot enough to make you melt.
- He’s king of control. (Take that rake/playboy!)
- He’ll remember
Your Turn: do you like your heroes virginal or rakish?