My name is Rose Gordon, and I love flawed characters—especially when it's the hero.
While we each have a small part of ourselves that roots for the bad boy's redemption and love to see him fall to that dreaded state of love, I also like to see the “nice guy” get the girl, too.
In all four of my Groom Series books, the hero is the furtherest thing from a “Lady's Man” as one can get. Each hero has his own “oddity” and unique solution on how to handle his predicament. Yet, despite his oddity or foolishness, still manages to win the heroine's affection.
Hero: Mr. Alexander Banks, heir to a barony
Oddity: Science Nerd
Situation: He's just been told he has one month to marry or he'll have to marry the worst chit in England.
His Brilliant Solution: Treat his quest for a bride, and courtship of her, as a science experiment!
Hero: Marcus Sinclair, Earl of Sinclair
Oddity: Heavily scarred over the upper half of his body, limps
Situation: Has fallen in love with the younger sister of the lady who jilted him
His Brilliant Solution: Two parts: 1. Send the spinster heroine to London where she has a chance to make a real match. One with a man who wasn't disfigured in more ways than one while chasing down her sister. 2. Then try his damnedest to forget about her.
Hero: Patrick Ramsey, Viscount Drakely
Oddity: Widower with three young girls whose first wife hated marital intimacies
Situation: As his three daughters are getting older, they need both a mother and a governess. As fate would have it, Patrick has just found a woman who he thinks could suit both roles!
His Brilliant Solution: Marry this Plain Jane from the village and have her play both the role of mother and governess. Surely her personality is just as bland as her looks and he'll have no problem
keeping his hands to himself...
Hero: Sir Wallace Benedict
Oddity: Extreme social awkwardness. Counts everything, fidgets, strives for perfection, cannot maintain eye contact. (Modern day this would be classified as Aspergers Syndrome)
Situation: This thrice-jilted baronet has built a wall around his heart, knowing full well that no woman could possibly love him despite his oddities. But that doesn't stop him from being attracted to one Miss Edwina Banks.
His Brilliant Solution: When the woman he's fallen in love with reveals her plan to offer him wooing advice to win back the affections of the first lady who jilted him, Wallace decides to use her wooing advice her.