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Physical turn-offs in a Hero

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Initial post: Sep 14, 2012 10:47:16 PM PDT
ambrosia says:
I was happily reading this romance about a tall, heavily muscled alpha male. Yum! Suddenly one phrase in the author's description crashed my enjoyment like a dead rat hitting the windshield of a car cruising down the highway. The hero has "plump lips."

I'm sorry, but that does NOT turn me on! I had this sudden vision of the overweight kid in 8th grade, breathing nasally as he licked his slobbery, fat lips while furtively watching the cheerleaders.

I will get over it - the author isn't lingering on his plump lips, so I can try to ignore it and restart the car. But who knew that such a random and minor physical characteristic would have such an effect!

Have you come across any such traits that you wish the author had omitted?

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 14, 2012 10:53:39 PM PDT
cathyr says:
*snort* - given how many authors refer to *her* lips "down there", all nice and plump and rosy, I really don't think I can forgive him having a pair too.

I read one where the hero kept on "snicker"ing. Okay, it was actually only three or four times but I really couldn't forgive it. It sounded like something a guy in a trenchcoat does as the teen girls go past.

Posted on Sep 14, 2012 10:59:34 PM PDT
MegMeg says:
I think I love this thread!

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 14, 2012 11:01:47 PM PDT
ambrosia says:
Cathyr: yuck! Creepy! Unless the hero actually is a teenage boy, you're totally right that he shouldn't be snickering constantly!

Posted on Sep 15, 2012 12:06:18 AM PDT
sinnamon says:
Cleft chin.
Every single time I read about hero with cleft chin I can't imagine him differently but goofy Chevy Chase.

Posted on Sep 15, 2012 12:53:20 AM PDT
Ashley says:
Long hair on a hero is a turn off for me.

Posted on Sep 15, 2012 12:57:21 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Sep 15, 2012 12:57:48 AM PDT
Grey says:
Heroes with their hair in the wrong places.
Mustachioed heroes- Yuck! Full beards are yucky, too.
Bald heroes- Grow some hair.
Excessively furry heroes- I'm looking at you, Diana Palmer.

(I love my heroes with long hair, though.)

Posted on Sep 15, 2012 1:20:30 AM PDT
Kate Barley says:
Diana Palmer heros could get a massive group discount on waxing. No man should have a pelt -- pelts are for small animals you find and trap in the forest.

Posted on Sep 15, 2012 1:41:23 AM PDT
Romance authors should all model the heroes to look like Hugh Jackman, Eric Bana, Jake Gyllenhaal or Alex O'Loughlin. I have no problem visualising these fine males :)))

Posted on Sep 15, 2012 1:42:00 AM PDT
Long hair, Moustache, über-hairy, short (I feel bad about this one but it's fantasy! And my fantasy H has to be tall) oh and 'giggling'. I read a book the other week when the H was described as giggling. Giggling should be reserved for 12 year old girls watching Justin bieber concerts!

Posted on Sep 15, 2012 2:08:47 AM PDT
LJA says:
Justin Bieber=huge turnoff

LOL short doesn't do it for me in books but my hubby was 2" shorter than me. So not as big of a turn off as a H that is extreamly tall or huge with a very small h.

Oh and the hair thing, I don't think long hair is a turn off in the least but the hair better be on his head, not face or body.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 15, 2012 2:45:55 AM PDT
I don't mind long head hair too :))

I like a nice strokeable bit of tummy hair :)

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 15, 2012 6:45:41 AM PDT
ambrosia says:
kacee - yikes! Gagged on that thought! LOL

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 15, 2012 7:11:36 AM PDT
P Gallegos says:
LOL are you talking about the happy trail? Because that is so hawt on guys in real life so when I read about it in books I love it. But ummmm if you just like the tummy to be furry, that's cool also but I don't think I'd be a fan of that.
I hate mustaches on heros. Hate. Them. And in one of my favorite books the hero has a mustache. And I want to rip off the 'stache. But I have learned how to read the book and pretend he is clean shaven. I'm also not a fan of the "pelt" description Kate Barley. LOL such a turn off.

Posted on Sep 15, 2012 7:14:12 AM PDT
readtoomuch says:
thick neck, pale skin, and fu manchu mustache are some I can think of right now. I'm not big on the "plump" lips either... it may look good, but reading the description is somewhat off-putting. *shrug* not sure why.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 15, 2012 7:15:58 AM PDT
readtoomuch says:
@Kate: I agree on the pelt. It just makes me think of the rug on Austin Powers. Yech!

Posted on Sep 15, 2012 7:42:29 AM PDT
Bebe says:
Why do they all have broken noses ???
Long hair in a pony tail with an earring or a moustache.YEW !
Love the cleft chin though ! An of course the 6 pack abs. !

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 15, 2012 7:49:33 AM PDT
Kate Barley says:
If there is any "petting of the pelt" then I have trouble finding the hero attractive after that.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 15, 2012 8:02:01 AM PDT
ambrosia says:
Oh! The happy trail is cool. I was thinking of a pelt on the tummy!!! Double gross!

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 15, 2012 8:03:50 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Sep 15, 2012 8:04:59 AM PDT
Kate Barley says:
Happy trails are fine but I would only accept pelts in werewolf erotica and even then with some reservations.

BTW: I love your spoilers lately -- you have nailed everything wrong with some of the writing on the books we have read lately. You articulated some of the weaknesses so much better than I could.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 15, 2012 8:16:13 AM PDT
gbaby says:
Yeah, the plump lips would have thrown me off too. But then I could picture Tom Hardy, who has the best set of sexy lips.

Posted on Sep 15, 2012 8:36:16 AM PDT
Arual says:
I dislike the cleft chin look too. But the worst is a widow's peak in a hero's hairline. BIG turn-off.

I'd rather wish authors would be a little vague about descriptions beyond the basics. Then I can make up my own details to what I prefer in a guy's appearance.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 15, 2012 9:00:13 AM PDT
readtoomuch says:
YeS! I ditto the widow's peak. Not even a fan of it in the h's description much less the H. The more "distinct" it is, the more I cringe.

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