Thursday, January 12, 2012

Dear Fellow Romance Writers...

...please stop telling me that your heros smell of "maleness" or smell "like a man". I live with a husband and sons. To me, "maleness" smells like stinky gym clothes and old tennis shoes.  You're killing my fantasy.

Thanks so much


  1. LOL! No kidding... Why is it when the running shoes hit size 12, they smell so much worse? cheesy runners in the front hall? WHEW!

    What is maleness? Do they mean musk? :S

    Tell me he smells like CK1, then I'll know.

  2. I know, right? I'm reading the third romance in a row where the hero is described as smelling of "maleness."

    I prefer my men a little less funky.

  3. In the 1950's maleness smelt of tobacco, whisky, and an absence of deodorant - at least my uncles did - and, judging by their lifestyles - every one of Peter Cheyney's heroes.

    1. Whiskey on the breath and soap on the skin (from recent shower) would be perfectly sexy.

  4. Mike, you're making my eyes water just thinking about it.

  5. Came across a quote just for you: a sentence that ended "...the hard male scent of him too disturbingly pungent." Um, a few problems: (1) how can a male scent be "hard"? (2) I associate "pungent" with cheese and (3) a "disturbingly pungent" scent from a guy would make me want to tell him to take a shower. Or lay off the burritos.

  6. Ugh! Heros who eat too much garlic and the women who love them. *blerg*