Canstock image and I have no idea if this guy is a professional model,
but I used his image for Judd in the trailer for 'Second Chance'
We all know that real-life heroes don't come in neat packages. They aren't all handsome, tall, muscular or whatever. But in books and movies, heroes often do come in those kind of packages-- which is part of why people often don't recognize serial killers as they shouldn't be good looking except they sometimes are.
When I wrote my books, I had descriptions but didn't try to visualize the heroes or heroines. They were rather dreamlike in my mind. It wasn't until I got to the point of needing covers that I began to think-- wow, exactly what do they look like.
Now when I ePublish one of my romances, I use on the cover what romance readers expect. Some are professional models others just guys/gals who everyone has told they are good looking and could make some money. Sometimes you can tell which is which and sometimes not.
Using a model to depict a hero isn't a problem to me because I find men irresistible in all kinds of shapes and sizes. You tell me about any romance writer who doesn't, and I'll be surprised. Chick lit writers not necessarily but romance writers-- they all like men and you can tell from their books.
Anyway just to go along with that earlier post-- inspiration... here's more with some humor. If you go there, be sure you go beyond the pictures and read the text. Not only funny but it's also true... to a point anyway. Isn't that enough?