I’ll admit I’m a bit shallow. I like my heroes tall, at least 6′. I think other romance readers must as well because you rarely read about the short hero (even if the heroine is short, the hero must tower over her). Jayne Ann Krentz is about the only author I know who gets away with writing under 6′ heroes (all of hers hover around the 6′ mark). Wes, a hero in Suzanne Brockmann’s Tall, Dark, and Dangerous series underwent a height transformation. I believe he was around 5′ 9″ or 10″ and when he starred in his own book, he was 6′. (And no, he wasn’t a teen when he was first introduced). The ideal size for a special forces person is not the giant hulk but someone shorter, more wiry.
In the second story of Jasmine Haynes contribution to Twin Peaks, an anthology which included two stories of hers and one story of Susan Johnson (I don’t recommend this antho btw – the Johnson contribution was awful), the hero turned out to be short and bald. I never finished the story. In talking about this with another reader, it occurred to me that height was more important than looks and it seemed like a good poll question. What do you think?