Alpha Males

Today’s Dishing Junk is inspired by the statement:

“My book boyfriends make my husband {insert boyfriend etc} look like a wuss, but if I met my book boyfriend in person I would probably kick him in the balls.”

Eloquent, I know.

But, really…what are the traits of some of our book boyfriends? Men, like Barrons, Bones, Rhage, Curran, Dmitri, teen hotties, like Daemon, Four, Jace…Warner, all possess certain characteristics. That alpha-chic mentality that is so HOT in fiction.

What is the Alpha-Chic Mentality? The first point of the Alpha Mentality is always the LOOK.

AlphasThe Alpha Look

Tall, usually with an eight-pack — these boys are so big they put the double-x in XXL. They have guns, they have abs – but never too many — don’t want to look like Arnold Schwarzenegger.    If men like this came up to me in a bar, I would think they were hot, but my first impulse would not be “forever man” just the guy to have fun with. Terrible aren’t I?

This is unfortunately based off the stereotype of the good-looking guy that takes time to make himself look good, because of the fact that he wants to “spread his manliness” to every willing female. Which, makes sense that we feel this way, since even the fiction novels we read perpetuate this stereotype. Most of the alphas in the books are usually hopeless sluts before they meet the “right girl.” I being a logical thinker wouldn’t ever have assumed I was that “right girl” if a man like this approached.

“He studied me with his predator’s gaze, assessing me from head to toe. I studied him back. He didn’t just occupy space; he saturated it. The room had been full of books before, now it was full of him. About thirty, six foot two or three, he had dark hair, golden skin, and dark eyes. His features were strong, chiseled. I couldn’t pinpoint his nationality any more than I could his accent; some kind of European crossed with Old World Mediterranean or maybe an ancestor with dark Gypsy blood… He wasn’t handsome. That was too calm a word. He was intensely masculine. He was sexual. He attracted. There was an omnipresent carnality about him, in his dark eyes, in his full mouth, in the way he stood.” – Mac – Darkfever by Karen Marie Moning

Sometimes these boys egos…urgh confidence walks into the room ahead of their look. Which brings us to the second point…


The Confident Alpha

Now there is a confident man and then there is an egotistical man and most of these alpha’s have a bit of self-love that permeates around their persona. They think they are hot-shit and they usually are. Most of the time they have lived a really long time, bedded countless hotties, declared war on nations, battled their nemesis on numerous occasions…it all leads to a man who thinks highly of himself. Usually women tend to throw themselves at him also, so he’ll be expecting the same from most women.

If this guy walked into a bar and expected me to just be willing, he would probably leave with my drink down his pants. But, on page, it’s humorous and entertain and hot. In real life, it is nauseating.

The Possessive Alpha

Once you fall into their arms and they decide you are the one. Our Alpha’s tend to get a little possessive too. Ever have this happen in real life? Yeah, it’s not fun.

“You’re mine!” Statements might be hot on page, but when a real guy utters this to you, my first instinct is a knife strike to the neck. “You ain’t getting anywhere near my girly parts caveman!” I always love when the heroine has the same kind of reaction…but in the end she always gives in. Possessive, controlling behavior would be a warning sign of psychopathic tendencies in real life, not a hot “potential mate” as it tends to be on page. Most of the trendy book boyfriends are accused of this by the meandering masses that like to oppose things. Remember the anti-Twilight opposition? “Edward Cullen teaches teenage girls to want stalkers.”

*Eye roll*

Why we read fiction. Hot on page, not in real life. In fact most of this would land these boys in jail!


“I tried you several times. Tried Mencheres, too. Even Tepesh. None of you answered. Scared the wits out of me, so I stowed away on a FedEx plane to make sure you were all right.”

“You came all the way from Ohio because I didn’t answer the phone?” I was torn between laughter and disbelief. “God, Bones, that’s a little crazy.” Bones & Cat –  This Side of the Grave by Jeaniene Frost


More Alpha Male / Book Boyfriend traits include:

Mysterious – after the first date this is just annoying IRL

Scarred Mentally – Sorry my health insurance doesn’t cover shrinks and I don’t have time to work through your Mommy-Issues. I want my man secure in his sanity.

“What kind of slave were you?”

Zsadist shut his eyes. Ah, yes, the question he didn’t want to answer. For a while it was all he could do to force himself to stay in the chair. But then, in a falsely level voice, he said,
“I was a blood slave. I was used by a female for blood.” Zsadist and BellaFather Mine by JR Ward

Great in Bed – Okay, that can stay.

Aggressive – This might be fun to have your boy growl at offending males when they get to close, but after the third fist-fight of the night, it just gets old. Especially if they have road rage…

All of these traits are über sexy on page and I want the authors to keep it coming, but frankly they need to stay on the page. If my husband started acted like Barrons I would let it go for a couple hours…but then it would get real old. As much as I thought the chain seen was sexy, I would have probably murdered someone the moment I was free.

“The moment I laid eyes on you, I knew you were trouble.”
“I wanted to drag you between the shelves, fuck you senseless, and send you home.”
“If you’d done that, I never would have left.”
“You’re still here anyway.”
“You don’t have to sound so sour about it.”
“You’re upsetting my entire existence.”
“Fine, I’ll leave.”
“Try and I’ll chain you up.”
– Shadowfever by Karen Marie Moning


What Hot Alpha traits do you #swoon over in fiction, but wouldn’t stand for in real life?