Loving the Alpha Hero
Love em or not there is clearly a lot to be said for the Alpha hero in a book. He’s strong, sexy, with a take charge attitude that can make a heroine tingle in all the right places just as quickly as he can make her want to throttle him for his stubbornness. Long before I was an author I was a voracious reader, devouring romance novel after romance novel in my everlasting quest to fall in love with as many of these hot alpha men as I could.
I’ve learned over the years that I never tire of the natural friction between an uber aggressive man and a strong woman. Unfortunately not all alpha heroes are created equally nor are reader’s tastes in just how alpha heroes should be. Of course I don’t actually see that as a bad thing. Can you imagine a world where men could only be one way? Variety makes the world go round and discovering new characters every time you pick up a book only enhances that experience.
So what exactly makes up my perfect alpha hero?
That answer of course depends on the writer but for me there are a lot of factors, a few of which I’ll highlight here. First and foremost he needs to be wickedly intelligent with more than enough confidence to see a problem through. No wimps need apply. As in everyday life as well as in fiction, hard choices must be made and we have to count on our alpha leaders to be willing to do so.
I don’t see my men sitting around discussing their emotions all that often. Their feelings may run deep but those thoughts are kept close to the vest and only drawn out during intense moments. If it were easy to bring an alpha to his emotional knees where would the fun in that be?
When it comes to goals these guys can get a little single minded. It may be enough to drive the heroine crazy but it doesn’t make them mean or unkind even if they sometimes come across that way. Which gets to the heart of an alpha male. Inside somewhere is a soft spot aching to be uncovered, the challenge is simply in finding it. I don’t know about you but I relish that challenge.
Do all alphas have to be extremely hot and sexier than most men? God I hope so. J While I don’t always want my heroes to be physically perfect I do expect a certain amount of magnetism that manages to come naturally to these overly confident men. I personally tend to lean towards a big, strong, physically imposing man and that’s going to come through in my writing. First impressions do count and a man like that reminds me of big appetites and I definitely want my hero to be insatiable.
At the end of the day I’ll eagerly take your alpha male hero—flaws and all. Just be sure to pair him with a heroine smart enough to find his weak spot.
Eliza Gayle is the best selling author of a variety of paranormal and contemporary erotic romances. Her latest book, Malcolm, is the third installment in the action packed Black Cougar series and is now available from most ebook retailers. She currently makes her home in the gorgeous piedmont area of North Carolina as close to the water as she can get. You’ll often find her on Twitter chatting about random slices of life at @elizagaylebooks or on Facebook as ElizaGayle. To find out more about Eliza and her books visit her website at http://elizagayle.net
Blurb for Malcolm:
He can run be he can’t hide. Not from duty. Not from danger. And especially not from the woman who forces him to face the truth.
Malcolm Gunn’s time is running out along with his ability to shift. When confronted with his past he thinks he’s found a solution. With the help of a little rope, he can let nature takes its course. Unfortunately the woman who is the key to his existence harbors a powerful secret that will destroy them both.
Cheyenne’s been hired to track and retrieve Malcolm at any cost. Her only plan is to get in, get out and keep her sanity intact. In that order. But she’s been warned…If he catches her, he will stake his claim whether she is willing or not.
Deceit and lies bring them together. Murder puts them on the run. Their enemies are closing in and there’s only one, irreversible way out. Some choices can never be forgiven and one man’s anger can destroy it all…Malcolm