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Vanessa Kelly | Fascinated by a Handsome Doctor…

April 28, 2011

Vanessa KellyMY FAVORITE COUNTESSPop Culture has always been in love with doctors, who figure prominently as heroes in movies like M*A*S*H, TV shows like House and Grey’s Anatomy, and in books like Eloisa James’s WHEN BEAUTY TAMED THE BEAST and Jo Goodman’s MARRY ME.

And no wonder. In many ways doctors are the ultimate alpha males since they hold the power of life and death in their manly hands. They’re also educated, smart, and exercise their skills with a calm precision that instils confidence in the rest of us lowly mortals. By those characteristics alone, what’s not to love in a guy like that?

But unlike other alpha males—who often channel a wee bit too much aggression and usually need to be tamed by the heroine—doctors have a nurturing side that displays itself in the very nature of the profession. They are warriors of another kind. They don’t come on all strong and warlike by hacking their way through a line of marauding invaders, nor do they rush into a hail of bullets to save a hapless victim from a psychotic criminal. No. Doctors fight a quieter, more intense battle by caring for vulnerable people and doing it in an intimate, personal way. That kind of compassion is very appealing, and a doctor’s particular brand of strength can also be very sexy.

I love the doctor hero, too. In fact, in my next Regency-set historical romance, MY FAVORITE COUNTESS, the hero is a physician.  Dr. John Blackmore is an accoucheur, the Regency equivalent of an obstetrician.  I like dukes, earls, and viscounts as much as the next gal, but I wanted to bring something a little different to the table in this book and a crusading slum doctor—one who devotes much of his time to saving impoverished women and children—seemed like just the ticket.

And just to keep John on his toes, I paired him with a sharp-tongued, cynical countess who will fall for him like a ton of bricks (naturally!). She’ll fight it, of course, but it’s too darn hard to resist a man who’s smart, compassionate, and powerful in a way that really counts. And it also doesn’t hurt that my hero’s skills pull the heroine back from the brink of death!  Put it all together and how could my heroine not fall in love with John?

Are you like me? Do you love doctor heroes? Who’s your favorite in either books, TV shows, or movies? Leave a comment to win a copy of MY FAVORITE COUNTESS!

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