My MC is an assassin by trade and has a military background - sniper, Special Ops, etc. He was raised partly by his sister after their parents died in a car accident. He normally listens to her as she is often right and the long habits of a lifetime are very hard to break.
He sees his female coworkers predominantly as coworkers and is moderately surprised to find some of them regard him differently.
He has wit, education and sophistication. He drives very nice cars, loves the finer things in life. He has a passion for marksmanship and has been in training since childhood, which set him on the path he took.
He shows courage and is a gentleman. He still listens to his sister and always heeds the advice of others when it is in their field of expertise.
He has resolved to wait to look for love until after he retires as he envisions some Ms Right running for the hills when the conversation turns to profession. He would rather tell such that while he has a chequered past, that is the past.
I have been writing this for a year and have just shy of seven hundred pages of the adventures of my assassin. I see him clearly, but wonder if I might not be running the risk of men reading it, putting it down thinking some woman wrote it and just doesn’t get it.
My question to the gents out there is how best to balance a well brought up gentleman assassin and avoid the ‘written by a woman’ feel?