The love interests in my novels tend toward the unconventional. This may have something to do with my own experience that the perfect specimens of manhood weren’t always the most desirable in other regards. With this in mind, I created a list.
what’s hot … and … what’s not
tells a good story has a bad case of braggadocio pox
has a genuine laugh thinks cracking a smile wrecks his image
touches your hair while you kiss flips her own hair before you kiss
looks deeply into your eyes stares at self whenever a mirror is present
has a personal style wears what everyone else wears
geeks out over a passion is too cool to have a passion
likes to exchange ideas nods, but never removes earplugs
cheers you on always tries to outdo you
respects who you are tells you who to be
In my books, the love interest may get to swoop in on a horse or motorcycle or whatever and save the day every so often. But the main character gets to do some swooping of her own.