February 17, 2011
In Praise of the Nice Guy by Laura Lee Guhrke
I have sometimes heard my father jokingly say that nice guys finish last, but having him as my example growing up, I know the opposite is actually the truth. Nice guys finish first. At least they do for me. Oh, sure, I can see the appeal of the bad boy in a romance novel, and I’ve written the bad boy hero quite a few times. But even when I write the bad boy, he’s always a nice guy underneath, waiting to show it for the right girl.
That’s probably because deep down, I’ve always preferred nice guys in real life. It’s so much better to have the kind of guy who brings you coffee in the morning and makes you soup when you’re sick, and who you can count on no matter what. The kind of guy who will always stand up for you, even when it seems like everyone else in the world is against you. My dad is one of those stand-up guys. So is my boyfriend. So are most of the men I like and admire. Aidan Carr, the hero in my latest book, Scandal of the Year, is one of those guys, too.
Such men often go unappreciated, and that’s just wrong. So, since this is February, the Season for Romance, and I’m on the Season For Romance blog, I thought I’d ask you to join me in praise of the nice guys out there. For those of you still looking for him, don’t lose heart. He’s out there somewhere. To prove it, I want those of you who have nice guys in your life to tell us why nice guys are so special and why those girls still looking should hold out for one and not settle for less. What nice guys have you known and how did they show it? Which hot male celebrities do you think also seem like genuinely nice guys? Share your nice guy stories and opinions here and you might win an autographed set of my Girl-Bachelor Chronicles.