Okay, it's time to get that poll out of my sidebar, since people can't vote anymore and it doesn't fit nicely at all. :P
The poll results were as follows:
What makes you swoon over the boys in books?
Their gorgeousness 4 (50%)
Their complete devotion to the MC 4 (50%)
The romantic things they do/say 5 (62%)
Their ability/willingness to protect/stand up for the MC 5 (62%)
The badass-ness 5 (62%)
Their sensitive side 5 (62%)
Their wit 6 (75%)
The fact that they sparkle 0 (0%)
Number of votes: 8
(Edit: I apologize for the fugliness of the poll. *headdesk* It refused to line up nicely justified the other way.)
All in all, it looks like things were pretty close to tied (with sparkly-ness being the obvious exception. No Edward groupies here, apparently. ;D).
This seems to suggest that the love interest in books can either a) have one of a million possible personalities and still have a fair shot at making someone fall in love with them or b) be a mash-up of all the characteristics mentioned in the poll and be named Gary Stu.
And so my point is, as wonderfully gorgeous and romantic and funny and tough-yet-sensitive we can make the LIs in our books, they must have a flaw!
Okay, so I'm kind of stating the obvious, but I needed to give people something to comment on. Tell me: what kind of flaw(s) does the LI in your WIP have?
(Interesting how it seems safe to assume that everyone has a love interest in their book. I suppose because we're all writing YA? If it was MG, it might be a different story... But I digress! Tell me about the flaws! ^_^)