The Too Perfect Wounded Hero
Every woman has her own taste in men, especially when it comes to their heroes in romances. The majority love the Alpha male. (Doesn’t it just seem right to capitalize that word?) And almost the same amount of fans love wounded Alpha males.
You know that Alpha male who was done wrong by a woman in the past, be it his mother, girlfriend, or wife or all three. Of course, there are a few fellows who the world has mistreated from day one, a.k.a. Sherrilyn Kenyon’s Acheron.
I’m with the majority. I love the Alpha hero who needs a special female to help him heal. Of course, that woman better be special herself. No Alpha will respect a woman who is a doormat. Oh, and he needs to be smart. Who can abide the dumb ones? Yes, they’re out there.
Now after saying all that, I have a problem with the too perfect wounded hero. He knows all the right moves and is skilled in everything, including making love. The fellow never fails at anything. When that’s the case, he’s like Mary Poppins. He’s“practically perfect in every way.” So if he’s so perfect, why doesn’t he heal himself and have a stable relationship before he meets that special one? Sorry. But if you have personal demons, they tend to screw up other areas.
That’s the reason the hero in Circle of Danger is in no way a perfect, though Ryker’s certainly a wounded Alpha. At the age of eleven, he witnessed the death of his parents by a car bomb. He’d tried to save them but the sequential explosion scarred part of his body and blinded one eye.
The scars remind him everyday what he’s lost. But that’s not all. His father’s partner takes full control over the mercenary organization, The Circle. When Ryker fights back from the physical abuse dealt by the partner, he’s sent away to be trained in obedience and to become the organization’s deadliest operative.
Of course, all of that is slowly revealed in Circle of Danger and I promise doesn’t spoil the story for you. Once Ryker becomes the new leader of The Circle, he has so much to go wrong. After a designer drug kills four local women, he instructs his operatives to locate and stop the drug dealer, the Wizard.
When the woman Ryker loves is injected by the same drug, he goes in search for an antidote. Though he’s done everything to protect her from the same monster he’s fought in the past, he realizes he’s failed once again and now a new evil can hurt her. The problem is, it may be him.
So all of that leads to the question, what irritates you about perfect heroes and heroines? One lucky commenter will win a copy of Circle of Danger. I’ll announce the winner here tomorrow morning by 8 a.m. central time. (Don't forget to leave your email address to be contacted)
Carla Swafford's Bio:
Carla Swafford knows her personal life isn’t as exciting as her characters. She lives in Alabama and is married to her high school sweetheart. A third generation storyteller, she enjoys all kinds of romances and loves writing about the different paths taken to that beautiful happy ending.Circle of Desire and Circle of Danger are available now.
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