We've covered the allure of the bad boy in recent weeks, but what about the boy next door?
I don't know about you, but I've always found something hot about love revealed that was always right there all along.
Often times, our heroines are the girls overlooked (see Lainey in She's All That for ex.) who end up with the out-in-front alpha guys.
There are twists on this, of course (and no, I won't post a picture of Heath in 10 Things this time, but you know I'm talking about that movie!)
But it's often more interesting (at least to me) when the heroine gets to be the alpha, and the boy next door becomes the unexpected hero.
See the great 80's romantic-comedy Better Off Dead for a prime example.
Our boy Lane Myers is average yet heroic, wins the heart of the hot exchange student (she is waaay beyond a stereotype herself!) and defeats the studly captain of the ski team.
Love that John Cusack!
Anyway, what do you guys think? Do you love it when the not-so-studly guy overcomes the odds to win our heroine's heart?
Heather Davis is the author of
Never Cry Werewolf
coming in 2008 from HarperCollins