So if the average man is between 5'7 and 5'10 it only stands to reason that the men in romance novels are NOT in this average. I mean really, who wants to read about an average size guy with average size attributes? We get that everyday. So what I've learned is that the average height of a romance hero is between 6' and 6'8 (this was how tall Acheron
was in the Dark Hunter series and the tallest of the men of any series I've read).
Naturally, the height is also indicative of the size of other more impressive male areas. Again who wants to read about average. But really even if they're over 6 feet does it really come up to their belly buttons (even soft)? In Magic Mike
it was assumed that Big Dick Richie's could but he did use the aid of certain enhancing equipment. In the books there's no enhancing equipment there's just all natural well endowment. Naturally of course the women are intimidated by all that height and length and width. The length and width thing I get, who wouldn't be intimidated by a penis that is basically half as long as a woman's torso? But why be intimidated by height, I am sooo not! There is something so sexy and exciting about having a man tower over you, who could protect you from whatever may threaten you. Not to mention that in addition to being extremely tall and well endowed they're totally ripped. No surprise there either. This facilitates one of my favorite romance novel love making positions - held up against a wall/being carried/standing up. The men in these books need to be extraordinarily tall so that any woman (be they short or tall) will be able to fantasize about a towering male who takes her in an uncontrolled passionate embrace and slams her up against the wall holding here there while his other talents go to work, also the women are never quite as intimidated from that point on. Here are some excerpts from some of my favorite scenes:
"Pulling her further into his arms, he pushed her back against the shower wall and plunged inside her in one swift motion" - The Lottery by Alexandra O'Hurley
"Oh, fuck the paperwork," he growls. He lunges at me, pushing me against the wall of the elevator. Before I know it, he's got both of my hands in one of his in a viselike grip above my head, and he's pinning me to the wall using his hips." 50 Shades of Grey by E.L.James
"There was only the briefest of pauses...and then John started pumping again -
No, He was carrying her to the bed in the darkened room, the motion of his striding thighs pushing him inside of her and pulling him free and pushing him back" - Lover Mine by J.R. Ward
"Abruptly, he pictured her naked and up against the wall, her legs spread, her hair unbraided, her hands cupping her breasts. Like a good boy, he was on his knees..." - Lover Reborn by J.R. Ward
These are just a few. Many of the my favorite scenes revolve around this type of claiming. There's something so raw and commanding about having a guy be able to not only lift you and take you but sustain it throughout. I used to be a much bigger girl than I am now and I think this got me excited because I really wanted someone to be able to sweep me up like that. But it really is much easier for a tall man to do this I would think what balance and all (but I could be wrong... maybe it's just something I fantasize about). Climbing a guy as tall as you is sort of like climbing a bush instead of a tall tree, the tree is much more exciting, and I do like heights!
So lest you think there aren't any men out there that can "measure up" here is a list of some hot "real" men who meet the criteria of a romance hero (at least in height... I haven't had the pleasure of researching the other attributes in person so I can only speculate).
- Joe Manganiello - 6'5
- Channing Tatum - 6'1
- Alexander Skarsgard - 6'4
- Christopher Meloni - 6'0
- Chris Hemsworth - 6'3 (could be Rhage)
- Jason Momoa - 6'4 (definitely Wrath)
- Taylor Kitsch - 6'0
- Matthew McConaughey - 6'0
- Francois Arnaud - 6'2
- Wentworth Miller (who should really play Zsadist) - 6'1
- Hugh Jackman - 6'2
- Nathan Fillion - 6'1
- Zak Bagans - 6'1
- Gerard Butler - 6'2
- Jensen Ackles - 6'1
- Henry Cavill - 6'1
Several of them have been on my list of five but mostly they're just a sample of the hot "real" men that meet romance novel criteria for that "up against the wall" excitement. Although I don't always imagine actors in the roles of my favorite men, rarely do they actually look like what I picture. Perhaps some of you might like a little inspiration when you're in the throws of some great "wall" action. From one addict to another... Happy Reading!
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