The Alpha Male Handbook
From billionaire bosses to underdog fighter champs, romance is rife with bossy men. Which is fine, given the right circumstances. But there’s a fine line between dominant and domineering and it’s not always easy to define. My kind of hero influences others without stealing their power—a tough balance to achieve, but as important in real life as it is in fiction. I spent some time considering the difference between an Alpha and an Alphahole. Here are a few quick guidelines:
Consent, consent, consent. There’s nothing Alpha about forcing a woman to do something she doesn’t want to do. Coercion isn’t sexy and neither is rape. A big, strong man giving up power, because he can? Now that’s alpha-tastic.
Calm. Have you ever noticed those people who speak quietly and, somehow always manage to be heard? There’s something totally sexy about that in a man.
Confident. Actual self-assurance, without posturing or pretending is one hell of a turn-on. And a confident man, who knows what he wants? Nothing better.
A calculated risk-taker. You know the guy who eyes a cliff, recognizes his own abilities and does that climb? Yeah. He’s sexy. The one who tries to conquer an impossible obstacle just looks like an idiot.
A boss (without acting like one.) The power of suggestion is strong. And so is being a leader of people—without ever telling them what to do. It’s empowering and beautiful to behold. If you can do this, you are an alpha god.
What do you like in your alpha males?
Series: Blank Canvas (Book 1)
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca (February 7, 2017)
Genre: Contemporary Romance
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Her Body is His Canvas
A darkly possessive relationship has left Uma alone and on the run. Beneath her drab clothing, she hides a terrible secret-proof of her abuse, tattooed onto her skin in a lurid reminder of everything she's survived.
Caught between a brutal past and an uncertain future, Uma's reluctant to bare herself to anyone, much less a rough ex-con whose rage drives him in ways she will never understand. But beneath his frightening exterior, Ivan is gentle. Warm. Compassionate. And just as determined to heal Uma's broken heart as he is to destroy the monster who left his mark scrawled across the delicate tapestry of her skin.
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Adriana Anders writes romance that's dark, smart, and full of heart. She has acted and sung, slung cocktails and corrected copy. She’s worked for start-ups, multinationals and small nonprofits, but it wasn’t until she returned to her first love—writing romance—that she finally felt like she’d come home. Today, she resides with her tall French husband, two small children and fat bastard of a French cat in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, where she writes the dark, gritty, emotional love stories of her heart.
Her award-winning debut novel, Under Her Skin, the first in the Blank Canvas series, will be out from Sourcebooks Casablanca in February 2017.