A friend and I have a long running conversation. Heroines. We're both of the opinion that heroine's these days come in all sorts. But, I've noticed that a lot o them are hard. Now I'm not saying that I don't love kick ass heroines. I do.
What I don't like is when I can't discern any amount of softness in a female character. Yes I want my heroine to be able to take on the world that doesn't mean she has to be such a hard ass that we lose track of her femininity.
To be fair I like my Hero's to read like real men too. I don't like the implausible. Being super human just isn't possible unless I'm reading Science fiction, fantasy or graphic novels.
I guess what I'm trying to say is that I want to see the human being beneath the facade. Just as in life I like to see the cracks and know that the people/characters are rising above their limitations to be who they are. Even in my paranormal stories, having fur and claws just bring on different issues or magnify them.