Hel-LO, Henry!

Tall, obviously. A healthy amount of muscles. Thick hair (wavy, maybe?). Sparkling eyes… but from there, romance readers will find a million variations on the swoonworthy hero. But there can only be one favorite, so digital publisher Coliloquy analyzed data from ebook romance readers and found (drumroll please)…

The perfect man has a European accent and is in his 30s with black hair and green eyes. Optimal chest-hair level: ‘slightly hairy.’ For love scenes, 65% of readers prefer very steamy, 15% prefer tame and 20% are in the middle.

Do you agree? Want more trivia about what companies have learned about how people read digitally? The Wall Street Journal has a fascinating article about how now publishers can know so much more than just “X number of people bought this book.” More interesting finds:

Barnes & Noble has determined, through analyzing Nook data, that nonfiction books tend to be read in fits and starts, while novels are generally read straight through, and that nonfiction books, particularly long ones, tend to get dropped earlier. Science-fiction, romance and crime-fiction fans often read more books more quickly than readers of literary fiction do, and finish most of the books they start. Readers of literary fiction quit books more often and tend skip around between books.

So back to our European man with black, green eyes, and a slightly hair chest who is very steamy in bed–I want names! Who can you think of? The image in my mind right now is Henry Cavill, so help me brainstorm his romance novel equivalent…