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09-07-2004, 08:33 AM
I've heard of some things your hero cannot be in a romance. One of them is a thief. In the romance that I mentioned that I have almost finished, the hero is a thief.

What do you think?

In a romance, can your hero be a thief?

09-07-2004, 09:44 AM
Jyn - I voted, but thought you needed my $.02 anyway. I think the rules have changed, and of course it would depend on how the thief part worked into the story.


09-07-2004, 02:37 PM
Well they can *certainly be a highwayman (Dick Turpin) or gentleman safe-cracker (Raffles, the Baron). :heart

09-07-2004, 11:19 PM

You remember Satin? The thief in question is Deverell. :)

If you don't remember Satin, well..... Maybe I need to send it to you to refresh your memory? :lol


09-10-2004, 08:07 AM
Yay! A no-vote. :lol

09-11-2004, 07:20 AM
Nora Roberts has done this in a book called Hot Ice

09-13-2004, 02:00 AM
As far as I'm concerned, when it comes to writing story, there are no "cannots." I mean, really, if somebody didn't break the first "rule," everyone book would be the same.

09-13-2004, 08:51 AM

I didn't know that. I'll have to check that one out. I like some of Nora's stuff. I like her JD Robb stuff better, though. :)



Good point. :)


09-13-2004, 09:50 AM
I like both the NR books and JDR books. Hot Ice was not one of my favorites, but it was ok. Yours will be better I am sure :)

Writing Again
09-18-2004, 04:35 AM
If I thot there were an absolute rule against it I would sit right down and write one.

If it is good enough for Agatha Christie to do it is good enough for me to try.

09-22-2004, 09:25 AM
Thieves get to be sexy and suave and where black leather. Think Plunkett and McClean. Also, Robin Hood is excellent fodder for, and ancestor of, a lot of romance.

10-14-2004, 07:23 AM
Hee. Sexy, suave, and wear black leather.

That describes Dev (the hero that prompted the question, in Satin's book, mentioned above to Nita) pretty well.


Except for the leather part. He's more .... I dunno.... Well, sorta leather *and* silk. :lol


Betty W01
01-17-2005, 10:08 PM
There is a thief romantic hero in Elizabeth Peters' books, well done, too. Actually, two - Sethos, in the Amelia Peabody books, and another one in the Vicky books (in which the heroine is an art historian, I think). Can you tell which series is my favorite?

01-23-2005, 10:47 AM
Thieves make wonderful heroes. What of Robin Hood? The Thief of Bagdad, etc. (OK, so they're not romance heroes, but still...)

01-23-2005, 11:35 PM
"Bad boys" are always irresistable.


02-08-2005, 07:04 PM
It never before occurred to me to think about it.

As a reader, I tend to go into a book without preconceptions -- sometimes without even reading the back cover. Knowing the genre, I trust that the hero will turn out to be a nice guy, whatever his social or moral defects. So, from my point of view, I suppose that's a qualified "yes."