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I so agree with Helen Yendall’s amusing recent post (9 November) in blogaboutwriting.wordpress.com about how she DOES NOT LIKE heroes who growl and snarl.
A friend and I once considered collaborating to write a Mills & Boon book. Then we bought one, for research, and fell about laughing. The hero not only growled and snarled, but the phrase ‘he gritted’ appeared on nearly every page.
Maybe this fabulously wealthy city financier spent his spare nights moonlighting on a municipal gritting lorry?
Sorry, Mills & Boon fans, but Fitzwilliam Darcy and Rhett Butler never needed to sound like wild beasts to make this woman’s pulse race.

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