The hero in a romance is the most important challenge the heroine must face and conquer. The hero is her real problem in the book, not whatever trendy issue or daring adventure is also going on in the subplot. In some way, shape, or form, in some manner either real or perceived on the heroine’s part, the hero must be a source of emotional and, yes, sometimes physical risk. He must present a genuine threat.

I said nothing in my texts. You came up with your own conclusions and you were mad thinking about me being with someone else…”
“Stop,” he said, his jaw tightening.
“Touching another man…”
“Stop it.”
He ran to me and grabbed my shoulders, shaking me once, not hard, but enough to make me stop. “Quit it,” he whispered, his voice deep and dark.

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