In the last three recently published romances I’ve read, I’ve very little idea of what the heroine looks like. The heroes are still chiseled with piercing blue/green/grey eyes, abs like an egg carton, long silky black/blonde/chestnut hair, and sinfully full lips. The heroines are, well, I don’t know because the authors didn’t describe their physical appearances other than their heights and maybe their skin color.

There are things I like about this. Heroines don’t need to be gorgeous with lengthy lashes, ample busts, and tiny waists and the world has always been overly fixated on women’s beauty rather than their brains. It’s much more erotic to read about a lover who’s focused on the connection they share with the person they’re steaming up the sheets/carriage/back seat with than one who’s sexual interest is spurred by looks alone.

And yet….

I’m a visual person and I like to have a sense of what characters and the worlds they inhabit look like. Reading about a lover’s vision of his/her dreamboat is a way to better understand that person. If a heroine is curvy and that turns the hero on, I like knowing that. It also seems somewhat unbelievable to me to have a hero who has zero thoughts about how the heroine looks.

What do you think? Have you noticed this? Do you like it? If so, why and if not, why not?

Dabney Grinnan
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