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A is for...Alpha Males by Barbara Donlon Bradley
We love the Alpha Male. He commands attention when he enters a room. People gravitate toward him. In fiction the Alpha male is often the dark hero. The stranger who is new in town. Or the man who has been burned. The man has luggage, some deep dark secret that the heroine must get to the bottom of before he can love.
He’s normally the bad boy. A rebel in some aspect. Women want him even though they know he’s trouble. The Vampire hero is a perfect example, a predator, a killer. They make excellent bad guys, but when they become the hero women love them.
Me? I like my hero with a little bit of Beta in him. A hero who can laugh at himself. Life isn’t always perfect and crazy things happen. I don’t like men who handle things with anger or shut down when things go wrong so I don’t want to read about them in a romance book. We all have two choices in life. We can either laugh or cry when something goes wrong. I’d rather laugh. Maybe it’s because I always have a bit of humor in my life and in my books, or maybe it’s because my husband is goofy. He’s my hero and always makes me laugh.
It doesn’t mean I don’t like Alpha males. I love them as much as you do. I like a hero who knows what he wants in life and in love. Who isn’t afraid to help someone in need. Who stands up for what is right. That is alpha male to me.
The best part is we all see him a little differently. What I might think qualifies as an alpha male might not be what you think. Over all we want a strong hero. One who will sweep us off our feet and save the day.
Humor is also very strong in Barbara Donlon Bradley’s life. No matter how hard she tries to write something deep and dark, it will never happen. That humor bleeds into her writing. Since she can’t beat it she has learned to use it to her advantage.