After trying to figure out for quite some time on what things matter the most in any romance novel I am reading, I figured out it was the Hero. We all know him, we all dream about him, and we all sure as hell love to read about him. What is it that we love so much about this Alpha Male that sparks our attention? Is it because we are “holding out for a hero” in our lives or is it something as simple as just being turned on by the attitude they encompass? Most of us writers love to grab a reader’s attention and pull them in tight with our MC’s attitude and actions. We tend to build our characters to allow a wide range of women to want them. I don’t know how many times I have been reading a novel and have said to myself Please, oh please, let this man knock on my door right now. I swear I will be a good girl for the rest of my life if you deliver me this man wrapped in a bow on my doorstep. But for some reason this never works.
This takes me to my other point. How many authors do you stick with because of their style for writing with these delectably delicious men and how they place them into their stories? I know I stick with a few authors; in fact, I obsess over them. I am enthralled by JR. Ward's Black Dagger Brotherhood vampire novels and Gena Showalter’s Lords of The Underworld series. I keep coming back for more to get a taste at each new Alpha Male that’s printed across those pages.
It is said that the general definition for an Alpha Male is a good-looking, well-off, confident man who uses his cocky behavior or his witty jokes to make a woman smile. This male is also muscular by nature and takes care of his body very well, paying close attention to the ropes of muscle on the lean cuts of beef that we dream of licking... okay okay I’m sidestepping and dreaming myself here. Anyway, he also knows what he wants in a woman, and can be very calm and collected in any situation. And, last but not least, this male is not afraid to show whom he really is no matter who is watching. This is the hero us woman want to read about, and this is the man us writers do write about. We look forward to this man every time we open a new book or close one we just finished.