It has come to our attention (thanks Amanda for pointing it out) that lately there has been a real billionaire hero boom in romance novels. No, of course I’m not saying this is something new, wealthy, obscenely rich, exotic heroes were always à la mode for category romances, it’s only that in the past couple of weeks we have read novel after novel featuring one of them (like Weekend Agreement, The Marriage Bargain, Blackmailed by the Italian Billionaire just to name a few). So we wondered what is it about rich heroes that makes them such a popular choice?
Nina Croft author of Blackmailed by the Italian Billionaire even asked readers for their opinion and here are some of their answers:
Gaby: I think it’s because usually money gives a man power, and women don’t like powerless men. Also, who wouldn’t like a private island?!
Erinf1: Ummm… guess a billionaire is more appealing b/c he literally has no limits. He can do/have practically anything.
Maria S (Pronounced Mariah): I would say it would be his confidence! Confidence is sexy!
Sienny: what’s so sexy ’bout a billionaire? his confidence that he can have everything he wanted. oh wait, that’s also what I hate from a billionaire!
Stacie D: Billionaires are sexy because they don’t have to answer to anyone for anything. They can buy anything and do anything they want. I like to see a billionaire hero matched with a woman who isn’t impressed with his money. He has to prove he is worthy of her as a man. It humbles him and make me like him even more.
Booksaver: I think all the confidence and power is extremely sexy. They are used to making decisions and are very intelligent and precise in their thinking. I find intelligence very sexy.
So now it’s your turn to tell me
What do you think is the appeal of all those billionaire heroes?
Are we readers shallow, is his money his most attractive trait?
And how come we never encounter billionaire heroines? What do authors have against rich women?
Do you find billionaire heroes especially yummy? Why is that?
Or do you prefer to read about everyday heroes who work hard to pay the bills and can’t afford lush vacations?