I'm glad I started reading romance after the era of swooning, helpless damsels.
I like heroines who are brassy, like Kathleen Turner in V.I. Warshawski. (Turner was fantastic in this and other roles, especially playing opposite Michael Douglas.) V.I. is tough and beautiful, hot-tempered and sarcastic, self-reliant and smart.
Everything I am. Er... try to be...Ahem...want to be.