Welcome! Welcome! Swoony Saturdays are your opportunity to be introduced to a book hero who fits high-quality hero characteristics. (okay, so he just makes us weak in the knees for all kinds of reasons, but you get the point)
The photos involved are chosen as the most representative of the heroes featured, so IF they look like someone you’ve seen before, that’s almost entirely accidental.
There are just some heroes who dig deep and leave a meaningful mark on the reader. The slow burn of interest and understanding may take a little while to soak into swooniness, but there’s some massive swooniness to encounter if one just takes the time to stay at the coffee table and have a conversation.
Today, we’re swooning over Rachel McMillan’s hero, Klaus Bauner, from Love in Three Quarter Time, and let me just say…bring it on!
Who? Klaus Bauner
Where can we find this dreamboat?> Love in Three Quarter Time by Rachel McMillan
Personality summary: Klaus Bauner isn’t a young pup whose ready to pounce on the unsuspecting Evelyn Watt. Oh no, he’s a seasoned heart, who has lived through wounds and has a good knowledge of himself. Cautious, yes, but not afraid by opportunities or put off by change. Our first impression might be of a disgruntled introvert who would rather enjoy a good book than a good conversation, but as the coffee flows and excellent pastries follow, we discover that Klaus is as much a part of the romance of Vienna as the coffee and pastries. He melts into Evelyn’s life, inspiring her to think and grow in ways she’d never attempted, and in the process, he helps her to uncover the true definition of romance.
What makes us swoon? A HUGE thank you to my Dream Team for sharing what YOU love about Klaus!
Here are a few of my initial thoughts:
He comes off as endearingly disgruntled.
He’s intense yet gentle? How did Rachel pull that off so well 😊
He’s smart. (I love a smart, well-read man. SWOONY!)
He’s honest and incredibly perceptive – and this is a perception in a sweet way where he’s trying to leave the heroine to a deeper understanding of herself.
He knows how to treat a lady.
He LISTENS (I mean, seriously ladies, what can be more romantic to a woman than a man who really listens!!)
There are SO many good things to say about this amazing man, so I had to limit the responses I shared.
Eli Olmedo said: I love that he’s grounded and confident in himself. He doesn’t demand/fight for attention. Even when Evelyn is being dumb chasing after a guy that’s not worth it, Klaus doesn’t freak out, feel like he has to compete, or show E. what he has to offer and that he’s a better option than Rudy. He is simply himself. He knows who is and is confident enough to wait for Evelyn to figure out his worth on her own.
Courtney Clark added: Klaus’ photo would be by the definition of “gentleman” in the dictionary. From his adorable nerdiness (glasses and eye crinkles) to his tenderness (handkerchiefs! and waltzes), he has many great qualities. Like you said, Pepper, if one takes the time to get to know him! I also love how he encourages and helps Evelyn to grow and be the best version of herself.
Kissing Levels & Hero Types
Kissing level of such swooniness: I “had” to go back and reread the kisses to ensure I rated this appropriately 😊
I rate Klaus as a total 5. TOTAL! Rachel builds to the moment with SUCH anticipation, my breath actually stopped to experience the scene with Evelyn. As is part of Klaus’ personality, he was gentle, thoughtful, sexy (heavens), and saw HER more than seeing a need to kiss her. She may have started the kiss, but he finished it with panache and enough swooniness to leave the reader feeling it to her toes. Yep!
Basic hero type: So, the ladies and I were having a chat about this hero type and he’s a tough one. He starts off as a kind of Wentworth, but…for me blended into a Henley! A combo of Henry and Mr. Knightley. His genuineness, friendship, and humor fit both of them, he’s also incredibly inciteful– and, as you get to know him, he’s not broody as much as thoughtful.
I LOVE how Eli (from my Dream Team) added this bit of info about our handsome hero:
I was almost thinking Mr. Tilney. Both men like/love the heroine, are somewhat amused by their naivety, and neither one pushes when the heroines act foolishly regarding men who are nowhere near the calibre of the heroes.
What does the author have to say about her hero?
Klaus is the quintessential gentleman inspired by the book characters I first crushed on as a kid: namely Paul Emanuel from Villette by Charlotte Bronte and Prof. Bhaer from Little Women. I love him because he hopefully inspires women to look at the men in their life carefully. Are they treated the way Rudy treats Evelyn or the way Klaus treats her: as an equal with respect? Every woman deserves a Klaus and fashioning him with some traditional characteristics hopefully recaptures some gentlemanly trails long lost.
How can I meet this swoony mister?