Tuesday, May 12, 2009
Temptation Tuesday: Matching the Alpha Hero
Anna Cleary investigates the temptation of an alpha hero.
Hello, Pink Heart Lovers. Anna Cleary delighted to be signing in for some musings on the fascinating complexities of the male-female struggle in the modern romance novel.
Much has been written about the Alpha Hero. Too much, some might say. There’s a strong possibility that many of those earnest blogs telling us how much we love to read about a tough, cool guy being brought to his knees by a hot, lovin’ woman are really just sly opportunities for gratuitous chest ogling.How many times have you started to enjoy a witty, well-conceived discourse on the psychological attributes of the alpha male only to be confonted by some bare, bronzed expanse of rock hard, powerful pec like this? And what’s the point? We all know what they look like under their Armani business suits. Like this. Oops. Where did that come from?
This is why I’d prefer to concentrate today on the Alpha Heroine. Contrary to popular belief, the alpha female is not necessarily one of these kick-ass chicks who pour themselves into lycra and spend their time in the gym lifting weights and sucking from a lucozade bottle. Not at all. The AH has many more strengths than mere muscle power and the ability to sweat. While she can do these things, and does when the need arises, she has a wealth of other talents. She’s funny, witty and clever. She’s sophisticated, elegant, and possesses an arsenal of subtleties the male animal sometimes finds perplexing and intriguing.
When confronted with the sort of arrogant assumption of his right to dominate often projected by the alpha man, the AH doesn’t just lie down and offer herself as a footwipe. She stands up and faces her adversary, as sassy and caustic as the guy can take without disintegrating.
Often, sensitive to the fragility of the male ego underneath all that hard-packed muscle, she cushions her cunning riposte in flirty, casual language it takes some time for the guy to puzzle through. This is why you often see a Clooney or a Depp suddenly halt in the middle of a street and wince Ouch.
While our heroine is a moral being who cares for herself and others, she is a red hot, flesh-and-blood woman, comfortable with her sexuality and not afraid to express it. When the occasion demands, she can be as sultry and seductive as any siren of the silver screen. (Often an occasion with some alpha male, like
him, him, or him!
She can be relentless in the pursuit of justice and truth, but at the same time she’s a well of compassion. Her heart is bigger than the average, I believe. She’s a passionate and generous lover, a wonderful mother, and a loyal and trustworthy friend. She’s intelligent, honourable and supportive, and beautiful on her good days.
In other words, she’s just like you and me, dear readers, and exactly the sort of woman a guy like him needs.
I’m thrilled to say that in my recent publications, including Untamed Billionaire, Undressed Virgin, the cover angels at Mills&Boon have been brilliant in their selection of actors to portray my heroines. They appear to have taken some care with the guys, too. Hope the lovely readers in North America manage to catch my beautiful virgin while she’s out in the bookshops in May!
And, it would be my absolute pleasure to send a gift copy of Untamed Billionaire, Undressed Virgin to the first person who contacts me through my website at www.annacleary.com.
Anna Cleary's latest Untamed Billionaire, Undressed Virgin features a wonderfully sexy alpha hero and a fiesty alpha heroine -- just the thing to tempt you into a reading binge.