Hot men in uniform have been providing eye candy for women for generations, but I hadn’t given the topic much thought until the leading man of my latest novel, Captain James “Jack” Montgomery, turned out to be a recently retired captain of the line.
Writing about James gave me a lot to think about. Of course, as my friend Kate Quinn (author of The Lion And The Rose) says, a man in uniform is always a glorious thing. Beautiful men in uniform are always a joy, but a lot beyond their looks helps make them beautiful.
A man in uniform has courage. He faces fire, friendly or otherwise, and stands his ground.
A man in uniform is faithful. Like the ever gorgeous Ciaran Hinds portraying Captain Wentworth in my favorite Jane Austen movie PERSUASION, he will sometimes wait ten years or more for his true love to come home to him.
I know I am romanticizing the heros that done the uniform. Honor, glory, honesty, faithfulness: these are ideals as much as they are realities. But men in uniform strive to fulfill these ideals, for themselves and for those they love. And that is something worth celebrating.
What is the favorite trait you look for in your heros, fictional and otherwise?
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