It’s release day of To Kiss a Rake. Which makes me very happy, but…have I brought an unacceptable alpha into the world?
At some point during the process of writing To Kiss a Rake (which was revised a ridiculous number of times; never again), someone commented that the hero, Miles, wasn’t alpha enough.
Hmm. Obviously this is a matter of opinion, so I’m not saying she was wrong. In fact, to some extent I agreed, but it started me wondering what exactly an alpha hero is and what kinds of flaws and weaknesses a hero can have and still be alpha enough.
(Well, for sure he’s not like the supposed alpha wolf – dominating the entire pack and commandeering all the females for himself. Apparently this isn’t what wolves are really like, but I’m not getting into that here.)
So anyway, I looked for a definition on line, and found, to my astonishment, that there exist sites that tell men how to become alpha males! Whoa!
Hmm. I guess it’s not much different from women wanting to be irresistibly sexy (duh, that’s easy; just become a vampire).
Some of the sites had really good definitions going, such as what an alpha should be (cool, confident, comfortable with himself, takes on challenges, fearless when necessary, respectful, willing to admit he’s wrong, has a sense of humor) and shouldn’t be (a gossip, a liar, a bully, a suck-up, a whiner or belittler, and so on).
But that doesn’t mean he has no flaws, weaknesses or fears. To me, it’s not enough if the heroine is his only weakness—although his relationship with her may be the catalyst he needs in order to overcome a weakness or a flaw. I think that’s what happens in To Kiss a Rake.
Which quality or qualities do you think are absolutely necessary in an alpha hero? I’ll give one of my e-books (winner’s choice) to a lucky commenter.
(And that’s not all – I have a rafflecopter going on this week for a $10 or $25 gift certificate. If you’d like to enter, it’s below. Far below.)
And now, without further ado, I give you To Kiss a Rake!
WHEN A LADY IS ABDUCTED BY MISTAKE…
Melinda Starling doesn’t let ladylike behavior get in the way of true love. She’s secretly helping with an elopement, when she’s tossed into the waiting coach and driven away by a notorious rake.
REVENGE REALLY DOESN’T PAY.
Miles Warren, Lord Garrison, comes from a family of libertines, and he’s the worst of them all—or so society believes. When Miles helps a friend to run away with an heiress, it’s an entertaining way to revenge himself on one of the gossips who slandered him.
Except that he drives off with the wrong woman…and as if that wasn’t scandalous enough, he can’t resist stealing a kiss.
It’s available now at various Amazon sites, and here are the links.
To Kiss a Rake is the first in a series called Scandalous Kisses. I’m working on the sequel now. The hero just did something dreadful that makes his alpha-ness awfully precarious. Oh dearie me — is there another not-quite-an-alpha in the works?
In case you’d forgotten, here’s the rafflecopter–and don’t forget to comment here as well.
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