I'm a little embarrased to admit I just finished reading Kushiel's Dart.
It's about a girl who is basically a high paid prostitute, a scholar and a spy.
She has this body guard who carrys not one sword but two and looks something like this:
For some reason I have him pictured in my head as having dark hair and looking more like this:
Until she reminds me in her description that he has long blond hair and blue eyes.
For some reason I don't think of blond men as sword yeilding knights in shining armor. More of the bard type mayhaps.
He's part of an elite guard that is sworn to celibacy. Kind of like the eunachs who guard a harem only this fellow hasn't been castrated. I won't say whether he's able to keep this vow or not and ruin the story for you.
The main character is into sadomasochism in the recipient capacity.
No, I'm not into S & M and I had to skip over a few places.
Have you ever read a book that was disturbing yet you couldn't put it down? This one is like that. I found myself drawn into the story and curious about what was going to happen to the characters.
Kind of like a wreck on the highway. You shouldn't watch but for some reason you just have to.
I wasn't satisfied with the ending, but can only blaim myself for wasting time reading it.
Anyway, my point is, I have and maybe you do too, a picture fixed in my head of what certain people look like.
People always assume blond women are less intelligent than other women. I don't. I know some pretty intelligent blond women.
Now I don't think of blond men as simple minded but I do think of them as more artistic in nature.
Either way I wish the poor guy would have had a happier ending. :o)