Recently, Harlequin created a calendar for 2018 full of heroes, and one of the men featured
was Kyle “Mac” McKenzie, a
secondary character in my Profiler series.
Needless to say, I was thrilled. I’ve always thought of Mac as a great hero, but it got me
thinking. What makes a character
a standout hero?
Mac isn’t the center of the series. That honor goes to FBI profiler Evelyn Baine, who began
the series as a newbie in the
FBI’s Behavioral Analysis Unit. Back then, she was quiet, always observing everything and
everyone. She was a naturally
talented profiler, but pretty lacking when it came to using those observation skills in her
personal life – like noticing
Hostage Rescue Team agent Kyle McKenzie was interested in her from day one.
When Mac is first introduced, he’s full of charm, but Evelyn has a hard time taking him
seriously. When he stops by the
BAU office, he’s always joking around and she assumes his flirting is more of the same. But
on the job, he’s one hundred
percent serious, and Evelyn learns early on (in HUNTED, the
first book in the series), that Mac will be there for her even if she doesn’t ask. (In fact, he’ll
be there when she needs him
even if she specifically tells him she doesn’t want his help!)
As the series progresses, I think it’s that combination of fun charm on the outside and
steadfast loyalty underneath that
begins to win Evelyn over. It may be what’s winning readers over, too (who nominated Mac
for Harlequin’s Hero of the
Year contest, winning him a spot in that calendar!).
By the time of the most recent book in The Profiler series, STALKED, Evelyn and
Kyle’s relationship has
progressed, and although I imagine there will be bumps in the road for them, I also picture
their love affair as never-
ending. I hope readers feel the same way!
You can learn more about The Profiler series at www.elizabethheiter.com. For a
chance to win a copy of your
choice of a signed book in the
series, leave a comment below
letting me know what you look for in a hero (or heroine)!
5 comments posted.
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(Toni Antonio 8:20pm December 24)
I look for a guy who isn't afraid to show his feelings but when there is danger will kick a little butt, he needs a sense of humor and a good wide shoulder to lean on, but knows how to step back and watch his girl do what she has to do.
(Annetta Sweetko 9:39pm December 29)