I was asked to write a guest post recently for Contemporary YA Month. The topic I’m supposed to write about is how to make the male characters in a book swoonworthy. I joke that it requires a lot of research, much like a MANday post. Lots of trolling the internet for pictures of hot guys with abs. But really, it’s more than that.
So I’ve been thinking a lot about it. What do I love about men? What do I love about my husband? What characteristics did I look for when I was dating? Yes, I used to tell my friends that there was nothing wrong with wanting my happily ever after wrapped in a hot package, but I knew it was more than that.
But when thinking about my husband, one thing immediately comes to mind. And no, it’s not his abs or his man parts. It’s the way he smells. Hubby is a big guy, almost six five, and when I hug him my nose is the perfect height to nestle into his neck. And his neck always smells amazing. Cologne, no cologne, sweaty, freshly showered, it doesn’t matter. He just has this smell that makes me feel like I’m home. Like I’m exactly where I belong.
In the Harry Potter book series, I loved that when they did their love potions, the potions smelled like the person they would eventually end up with. I can’t recall which book it was, but Harry’s potion smelled like treacle tart, a broomstick, and “something flowery that he thought he might have smelled at the Burrow.” Later we find out that it smelled like Ginny’s hair. We react strongly to smells.
When a friend of mine read an early version of That Boy, one of the things she told me she loved was the way I had described how two guys smelled. Phillip, her best friend, smelled all manly and musky. “His neck smells really good. I love the way Phillip smells, all manly and musky and quite yummy. For a minute, I almost forget about that Matt guy.” Later she meets that Matt guy. She’s very attracted to the way he looks, but here’s how she described the way he smells, “He smells different than Phillip, more like soap, but still very nice.” My friend told me she knew right then that Jadyn would choose Phillip eventually, just because of the way he smelled.
So what about you? What is it about a man that makes you weak in the knees? Does your man have a certain scent that drives you crazy? Is that what attracted you to him in the first place??
If you want to hear more about what makes a man sexy, check out my book, That Boy. A contemporary novel about falling in love with the boys next door. That Boy has been popping in and out of the Kindle Top 100 for Contemporary Romance. To find out what readers think of the book, check out all the reviews and rating on goodreads.