Sunday, February 3, 2013

Vanilla-Flavored Alpha Males

by Candace Blevins

As someone who only enjoys BDSM, and not vanilla sex, the male heroes in most mainstream fiction do nothing for me. There are some exceptions -- Curran from the Kate Daniels series, Roarke from the In Death series, several of the alpha males in the Psy-Changelings series, and Vlad in Jeaniene Frost’s Night Huntress / Night Prince series. Actually, there are a whole lot of vampires who get my blood pumping, but since most of them feed when they have sex – tying pain into sex –- this shouldn’t come as a surprise.

Roarke and Eve may not have a power exchange relationship, but they’re both very powerful – at times one chooses to let the other lead, while at times one of them forces the issue and leads whether the other likes it or not; not too often, but they both have a temper, and they’re both used to being in control. Best of all, both enjoy rough sex, where Roarke occasionally comes out with an Irish "You'll take what I give you, then," as he takes her.

As for Kate and Curran... both are powerful as well. I think sometimes Kate scares Curran with what she can do with magic, but this is balanced out when he has to rescue her and then see she’s put back together again. It's also a bit of a see-saw with them as to who will call which shots and who’ll take the back seat. Or, maybe with this couple it's more tug-of-war than see-saw. It works, though, and I find myself fascinated by Curran in so many ways.

Nalini Singh’s alpha males in the Psy-Changelings series are the perfect mix of caretaker and bossy alpha Dom. Best of all, her women are just as strong, but in a different way. Come to think of it, the women are strong in all of the series I like best. Guess it’s no surprise I enjoy writing strong women who submit to even stronger men, right?

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Are there any vanilla Alpha Male characters in mainstream fiction who especially work for you?
What do you think makes a mainstream character attractive to those of us normally only attracted to Doms?


  1. What about Butch from BDB? He' as contemporary as baseball and as alpha as the rest of them.
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  2. I'm a huge fan of Bones from Jeaniene Frost's Night Huntress series, but I also like Curran and Roarke.

  3. Oh, Shelley, James from Fancy Free can chair my boardroom any day!

  4. I haven't read BDB. It's on my TBR list, but if I start I won't be able to stop until I finish...

    Ohhhh, I love Bones, too. Especially the "I want to be embarrassed in the morning" scene... Yummmmm.

  5. I think you would like V, Candace. His playroom is a penthouse and he doesn't use safewords. Butch is cop whose investigations lead him into the world of vampires--where he is just Alpha enough to hold his own.

  6. I think that other than V, all of the BDB boys are alpha without being Doms and they are all appealing!

    Several of Bella Juarez's characters in the Black Ops Brotherhood are alphas but not doms.

  7. Oh and lets not forget Corinne Davies menage series 3xtacy Lake series has lots of alpha males who are doms.

    For me, I like a strong man, not necessarily a dom.

    Jacob and Gideon are two of my favorite characters from Joey Hill's Vampire Queen series and they are both submissives. And let's not forget and Mac in Nature of Desire...

  8. How could I forget Jamie Fraser from Outlander!!!

  9. I was just going to say Jamie Fraser. He is at the top of my list of alpha males outside those of my own creation. ;) I also happen to like Alexander from The Bronze Horseman trilogy, but I had a friend read it recently and she didn't like him until the very end of the series. *shrugs* To each their own, I guess.

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