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Monday 1 April 2013

Day One of the A-Z Blog Hop - A is for Alpha Males

I’ve been looking forward to the A-Z Blog Hop for over a month. Now it’s finally here, I’ve decided to start with a topic which, as an erotic romance writer, is close to my heart.

Alpha males.

If there’s one thing we love in the romance field, it’s alpha males. Christian Grey, for instance, has women swooning all over the globe. My favourite character to write was Ash from The Hand He Dealt, a college football player who oozed masculinity. There’s just something about an alpha male that makes romance readers drool.

What is it about them that we love so much? Some of us like muscle and athleticism, but that’s not always necessary – power can also come from personality (back to Christian Grey again). Do we like to feel protected, physically or emotionally? Do we see strength of body or will as something we can tame?

At least these days we aren’t expected to match alpha heroes with weak heroines who need rescuing. Today’s heroines – my favourite ones, anyway – are strong women in their own right. I can’t do with the archetypal too-stupid-to-live ditz who spends all her time falling off her stilettos and expecting a man to make all her decisions for her.

In fact, one of these days I may even write an alpha female. Strong men are fun, but so are strong women.

(Although fetching a man to remove a spider is still allowable. You’ve got to draw the line somewhere.)

And, speaking of As, I'd like to give a shout-out and thanks to Arlee Bird for setting up this Hop!

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