The article touches on the fact that a lot of romance novels typically have a stronger, more interesting male character then that of the heroine.
Typically, I’ve found that this idea varies in Speculative Romance, but is very true in Regency–many of those stories consist of a rake or dark anti-hero, who is a “bad a they come,” until the herione enters the mix and changes him for the good. While good romances usually have both main characters going through change, it is usually the male character or “rake” prototype who changes the most.
There are some exceptions. For instance, I’ve found that Adele Ashworth is an atypical Regency romance writer in that many of her female characters have an equally dark past as those of the rakish hero. In both Duke of Sin and When It’s Perfect, the heroines struggle with their own dark secrets, while, for a change, the heroes provide love and support.
But what is interesting is that books such as these are few and far between. What is it, then, about the rake–and are there female heroines who are just as equally “notorious?”