Hello, my name is Sam. I want to say first off that I am not trying to sound sexist; I just want to honestly understand. I am writing a romance. I thought I was doing just fine, being as realistic as I could and such. Then I came to the part where (Female Character) is leaving, fleeing for her life and (Male Character) shows up to lend a hand. It's that "talk" every romance seems to have; the "Okay, are you into me or not?" sort of talk. What I want to know is this. Writing (Female Character)'s dialouge is rough, but (Male Character) is giving me bald spots. Am I over thinking this? Does being a man mean he will respond and speak differently, even though they feel the same way about each other? I'm not saying he would turn her down or act more "masculine". I just want to know if being female gives me a disadvantage in writing this character. It feels stupid to ask, but I know it's important. I am not sure if this is important, but a little of (Male Character)'s background - Twenties, prince in exile (and very happy about it). He was trained from nearly birth to be an elite soldier. At age 7, his friend is attacked and killed (accidentally) by his cousins, who he in turn kills (on purpose). At 20 he is married, but his younger brother and wife are discovered trying to murder the king and it is (Male Character)'s duty to kill them. Instead, he makes a deal to smuggle them out of the country in exchange for his service as a assassin, which he quickly decides he likes much, much better than being royalty.