By Tricia Skinner
Think of your favorite paranormal romance novel hero. He moves with the dangerous gait of a stalking panther. He gazes at you with eyes that promise deep and satisfying pleasure. Those full lips. That chiseled jaw line. And that long hair…
Or does he have short hair? No hair?
During the editing process for my latest Entangled Publishing novel, Angel Lover, a question arose about my hero’s hair length. Kasdeja is a half-angel assassin for Heaven, and he’s described as having Native American features. For me, that included waist-length sable hair a girl could feel draping her like a curtain of silk. But was long hair on a man sexy, or too 1980s Fabio-licious?
I read a lot of PNR and urban fantasy romance, and I know hair length varies for heroes. It makes sense that an ex-military commando might keep his locks cropped. I agree a billionaire vampire will trim his do to the shoulder. But what about a wolf shifter? Or an angel? Does it matter to readers if the guy has spiky bed hair, or enough to put up in a man bun?
Every reader has her preference. What one considers sexy, another sees as a turn off. I think Kas’s look fits with the complicated Nephilim he’s become. He yearns for the ‘60s, wearing clothes that would look perfect at Woodstock. His personality is unconventional, his tastes simple yet geeky. I fell in love with his openly nerdy qualities and, for me, his hair compliments his lack of conforming to modern trends.
The Bound Ones, the brotherhood of half-angels Kas belongs, have hairstyles to fit every taste. Short and blond; shoulder-length and brown-black; cropped auburn; and his long and dark.
What length do you prefer on your paranormal heroes?
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The Angel Assassins #2
The Nephilim are bound. Their powers cursed. But half-angel Kasdeja will do anything to free them from Heaven’s tyranny. When Kas is approached by a striking, mysterious woman, she tells him his greatest enemies hold the key to his freedom.
Mariel keeps herself shrouded in secrets, using them to hide her true self. For she is not just employed by the Renegades–enemy fallen angels—she is a double agent, working on the sly for Heaven. Her directive is to seduce the gorgeous Nephilim—despite her insecurity about such sensual acts.
For Mariel is playing a dangerous game, and falling for Kas could only cause trouble; her assignment isn’t just seduction. It’s destruction.
The Angel Assassins #1
While channeling Robin Hood’s “steal from the rich and give to the poor” attitude at a local politician’s house, ex-con Katie Logan witnesses a forced suicide. Dirty or not, supernatural or not, he didn’t deserve to die, especially not by his own hand. But with her record, stepping forward as a witness isn’t an option. On the run from the police and the murderer, she turns to The Bound Ones for help.
When a beautiful woman comes to The Bound Ones, half-angel assassin Cain is immediately drawn to her. But when she fingers him as the killer, he can come to only one conclusion. The twin he thought was dead is very much alive…and trying to send him a message. Unfortunately, that message is: “You’re next.”
It’s a race against time as Cain fights to save the woman he’s falling in love with before his brother Abel destroys them both.