Recently, Harlequin created a calendar for 2018 full of heroes, and one of the men featured
was Kyle â€śMacâ€ť McKenzie, a
secondary character in my Profiler series.
Needless to say, I was thrilled. Iâ€™ve always thought of Mac as a great hero, but it got me
thinking. What makes a character
a standout hero?
Mac isnâ€™t the center of the series. That honor goes to FBI profiler Evelyn Baine, who began
the series as a newbie in the
FBIâ€™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 â€“ like noticing
Hostage Rescue Team agent Kyle McKenzie was interested in her from day one.
When Mac is first introduced, heâ€™s full of charm, but Evelyn has a hard time taking him
seriously. When he stops by the
BAU office, heâ€™s always joking around and she assumes his flirting is more of the same. But
on the job, heâ€™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 doesnâ€™t ask. (In fact, heâ€™ll
be there when she needs him
even if she specifically tells him she doesnâ€™t want his help!)
As the series progresses, I think itâ€™s that combination of fun charm on the outside and
steadfast loyalty underneath that
begins to win Evelyn over. It may be whatâ€™s winning readers over, too (who nominated Mac
for Harlequinâ€™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
Kyleâ€™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)!
4 comments posted.
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, 2017)