I love a good alpha male romance.
I struggle, though, to find good alpha male romance stories in today’s contemporary Christian fiction market. I can freely admit that this might just be my problem. Maybe I’m looking in the wrong places. Who knows? I’ve given it some thought, though, and I’ve come to a conclusion: alpha males get a bad rap.
Alpha males are seen as hard, cruel, and often misogynistic. Either that, or the hero is strong and powerful until he falls in love – whereupon he immediately turns into a pile of goo.
This is completely my own reader preference – but I don’t feel like either of those approaches does the alpha male character justice. Neither do either of those approaches particularly reflect Christ.
When I think of an alpha male, I think of someone with a take-charge attitude, someone who is hard-wired to be a leader instead of a follower. Can that sort of character exist in Christian romance? Can an alpha male learn to submit to Christ and still be an alpha male?
It’s an interesting question. I have my own opinion, but I’d love to hear yours!
Do you think there is a place for alpha males within the contemporary Christian romance market? Do you enjoy that type of romance? Tell me about your ideal swoon-worthy hero, alpha or otherwise.