by Lee Tobin McClain, special for EIR
Specifically: can inspirational heroes be sexy, while also being strong, protective men of God?
I’ll admit it, I’m fascinated by men. Having grown up in a family of girls, worked at a women’s college, and now parenting a daughter, I’ve spent much of my life in a female-centric environment. Men, with their muscles and their testosterone and their inexplicable attraction to sports, guns, and cars, seem like an appealing but very alien species.
So when I write romance, I like my heroes to be, well, manly. I like 'em with muscles and beard stubble and dominant personalities. When one of the Love Inspired editors told me that the Love Inspired heroes aren’t alpha heroes, I cried inside. I adore Love Inspired books, and I adore writing them. But apparently, my super-manly guys wouldn’t have a home at Love Inspired.
And so the Sacred Bond Brotherhood was born. Four men with tough, streetwise histories, so much so that they landed themselves in a Christian reform school. At the Covenant Academy, a wise mentor (with alpha tendencies of his own) encouraged them to turn their aggression and dominance in a positive direction, to help those who need it most. They got tattoos (of course!) to remind them of their promise, and went on to live big dreams and big lives.
A Christmas Bond (see picture above) the prequel novella, features John, a heroic veteran and the boys’ mentor. He falls in love with the girl next door while the four teen boys struggle to channel their energies for good.
His Baby Bond, The Bride’s Broken Bond, and Her Reunion Bond take place fifteen years later after the boys have grown up. They’re now aggressive, impressive men with the strong male drives you’d expect, but when they meet the women they love, they’re too protective to take advantage. It takes a lot of prayer to stay pure. And isn’t that moreappealing than a hero who doesn’t have strong drives to begin with?
Here’s what one reviewer said about The Bride’s Broken Bond: “So you know how sometimes even a grown woman gets a crush on someone famous....well I have a book boyfriend crush on the hero of this book, Rock. He is masculine, handsome, a man of God, protective, humble, gentle, kind, romantic, passionate, and BUILT. There is a scene where he is shaving and the heroine, Hope, is watching him, and it's about the most romantic scene I have ever read. Get this book!!!! It is so good and will leave you sighing happily and dreaming about Rock.”
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Lee Tobin McClain read Gone With The Wind in the third grade and has been an incurable romantic ever since. When she not writing emotional, faith-infused love stories with happy endings, she’s probably driving around a carload of snarky teen girls, playing with her rescue dog and cat, or teaching aspiring writers in Seton Hill University’s MFA program. She is probably not cleaning her house.
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