On the surface, absolutely nothing. If her clothing is any indication – which I suspect it is (LOL), it would appear she lives in the Regency era. She’s sitting in a chair, hands folded demurely in her lap.
What does she lack? Well, to start with, she’s an illustration, nothing more than a one-dimensional black and white drawing. I could surround this woman with a story, if I wrote Regency Romances, that is. I could flesh her out, give her color and depth and dimension. Right now, she’s flat.
No matter how sexy the hero and how compelling a plot, nothing turns me off faster than a one-dimensional heroine. I suppose it’s partly because I’m a strong woman…I’m not always outgoing, but I have presence. I prefer heroines who can rise to the occasion; passionate, intelligent women, capable of great love and burning up the sheets, but who can also, not only outsmart the villain, but smack him or her to kingdom come if necessary.
A TSTL heroine? No thank you. I am so outta here! The same goes for a weak, whiny ninny who’s in constant need of rescuing from dire situations of her own making. I especially dislike the snarky, snippy, bitchy, harpy-type heroine because I spend the entire book wondering why in the hell the hero would want a single thing to do with her. Hey, I’m all for a funny, mouthy, sarcastic, cynical heroine, but flat out bitchy? A simple ‘no’ will suffice.
While we all want to love our heroes – and lust after them – let’s not forget that our hero must meet his match in our heroine. Whether I’m reading a book or writing one, I don’t want to stick my man with a woman who has no more substance than a line-drawing!