I'm wanting a character that's a loner who doesn't think much of himself to have a love interest. I'm wondering what are some ways this can be done and it not play out like a fantasy?
For now I have the interest liking the character for reasons beyond his comprehension. She'll be drawn to his drive, determination, ingenuity, creativity, and the passion he has for doing the right the thing. She'll see who he really is beneath of all the armor and barriers he places between himself and the world and she'll want in.
He's afraid that once she's in, she'll just consider him yet another challenge that was conquered and something to be simply discarded. He's been through enough pain and suffering and will not tolerate it anymore. He'll think his past relationship is reflection of him and how he's failed so many times most likely contributed to the relationship failing. He'll also blame himself for being blind and ignorant for not seeing a man, he considered his friend, building a new relationship with the woman he married, until it was too late, as in walked in on them while they're were enjoying their fifth time together too late.
Thoughts suggestions and tips?