Where do you stand on slacker heroes? I know they’re not everyone’s idea of a good time, but I really enjoy them. They’re a ton of fun to read, because they make a great natural foil for a brilliant, uptight, driven heroine, and they usually turn out to be a kind of latent alpha – they have alpha qualities but require the right conditions (read: the right woman) to light their fire.
I’m starting the New Year with a new story (at last!). I’ve finished Dealing with McKenzie to the best of my ability, so I’m turning my attention to Ian’s younger brother, Cameron. I love Cam. He runs the Kinross Foundation and spends most of his time in Madagascar building schools and clinics, so he’s not exactly lazy, but he lives life on his own terms. He’s bored by money, hates paperwork, never turns his phone on, doesn’t run to a schedule, and yet people make allowances and fix things for him simply because he’s likeable. He needs a wake-up call, and he’s about to get one.
I’ve had Cam in mind for a long time. I wrote the blurb for his book a few days ago, and I’m really excited about it, but I’m not planning to knuckle down and write until the end of January. I’m taking this week to read, dream, think and make notes, and then next weekend I’m flying out to Phoenix to meet up with Kat and Kay. We’re taking a little side trip before our writers’ retreat with the other 8L at Justine’s place (and Michaeline via Skype), where I’m hoping to brainstorm my story a little.
I’m getting myself in the mood by re-reading my favorite slacker hero romances.
I’m half-way through Loretta Chase’s Mr. Impossible, from her Carsington series. It’s set in Egypt, with a brilliant, bluestocking heroine and a gorgeous, cheerful blockhead of a hero. Daphne, the brainy heroine, lays down the ground rules: she’ll do the problem-solving, and Rupert will obey orders and provide the muscle. Of course things don’t go to plan, and watching Daphne and Rupert become an unstoppable team is pure joy.
When I’m done with Daphne and Rupert, I’m going to read probably my favorite Jenny Crusie book – Anyone But You. I love this book. The hero, Alex, is a slacker by the standards of his ridiculously over-achieving family of surgeons and consultants. He’s a doctor who works in the E.R. because he has a low boredom threshold and he enjoys the unpredictability. He’s unambitious, commitment-phobic, and ludicrously laid-back, to the despair of his pushy family and materialistic girlfriends. He’s not weak. He knows what he wants, and he’s not giving an inch. He’s also smart, funny, kind and ridiculously sexy. Very fun hero.
Jenny also has Jake, the hero of Manhunting, who won the rat-race and has now sworn off ambition, and Phin, the reluctant mayor in Welcome To Temptation. Very likely I’ll revisit those, too.
I can’t think of any others, and I really need some new reading material. Do you have any suggestions? Thanks!