The past week, I’ve spent quite a while reading through Roxie Rivera‘s Russian Protector series. It’s one of those series of books where I adore what she’s created with her very alpha male type heroes. She manages to make them very real men with flaws, who can confront their own flaws.
It’s a major pet peeve of mine when a book claims to be about an ‘alpha male’ but in reality it’s simply an abusive jerk. I genuinely believe there’s a fine line in writing heroes that a lot of authors cross, where an alpha male turns into a complete jerk.
It’s sad, because it’s unnecessary.
It’s as unnecessary as automatically turning a strong, independent woman into a bitch in a story.