The Hero Pattern by Louisa Edwards
The first hero I fell in love with was Jane Eyre’s darkly seductive, dangerously attractive Mr. Rochester. He captivated me (at the tender age of 8!) with his bold determination to live his life as he chose, his tormented secrets, and his undisguised passion. He’s the perfect hero—flawed, certainly, but very human, and very loveable.
In some ways, Rochester still provides the pattern for my favorite heroes. In my culinary romance trilogy, set in the kitchen of trendy Manhattan eatery Market, the heroes are all chefs, not English gentleman. But certain similarities are unmistakable!
Adam Temple, the hero of the first Market book, Can’t Stand the Heat, is best described as a happy alpha. He’s very much in charge of his universe, the fast-paced restaurant world, but as long as he gets to do exactly as he likes, he’s a very happy guy. And he’s pretty determined to stay that way! In the second book, On the Steamy Side, celebrity chef Devon Sparks has a lot of Rochester’s darker appeal—he sets his sights on the heroine (who just happens to be his son’s nanny) early on and stops at nothing to get her.
And then there’s Wes. Oh! Con-artist-turned-culinary-student Wes Murphy, from my new Recipe for Love novel, Just One Taste. He’s got it all. Determination to be the best chef he can be, to live a good life on the straight and narrow . . . away from the big secret of his past, his father, who brought him up running cons and swindling people. But the core of Wes, and the thing that makes him irresistibly attractive and romantic, is his vibrant passion. For food, cooking, and of course, for his heroine, Rosemary. He’s head over heels for all of it, and his commitment to becoming the kind of man who deserves to be happy is unwavering . . . and makes for some very exciting storytelling!
Just One Taste is the culmination of the Market trilogy, and in some ways, Wes Murphy is the culmination of my love for the Rochester-style hero. Who’s your favorite classic romance hero?