Of course, the guys are in the same category. When was the last time an Alpha hero belched at an inappropriate moment, passed wind, scratched himself in public or acted like an ordinary human male would do?
Yep, we do make these people seem better than what we know our species to be. But is that so wrong?
I don't think so. I don't know about anyone else, but I don't want to read about balding guys with beer guts who drop food on their clothes while they're glued to a football game. And women who are hairer than guys doesn't cut it for me either. I don't want to see that in real life, so why in the hell would I want to read about it in a romance?
That's not to say that the people that populate our stories are completely perfect. Many of my heroines have been interesting looking, but not really pretty - yet the heroes think they're awesome. Same holds true for the guys. They're not all 8x10 glossies. Most, in fact, are ruggedly good-looking, not carbon copies of Brad Pitt. They're masculine, not gorgeous.
Rather than going for zits, morning breath and unshaved legs, I go for a different reality...beauty is in the eyes of the beholder. For example, in my latest erotic romance Take Me Away, Lexi is a film/TV star. I didn't make her perfect. In fact, at one point she confesses to Kyle, the hero, that she's had a nose job, veneers on her teeth and had her hairline raised - all so she could get more jobs in the biz. That's about as real as it gets.
In one scene, Lexi has made dinner for Kyle who's been avoiding her because she represents the fame he's escaped. Although she's a Hollywood star, when he shows up at his cabin for the meal, she doesn't look as he expected. Here's the excerpt:
Candles in a variety of sizes—fat, short, tall, slender—sat on the counter and the table, their flames flickering merrily, perfuming the room, along with what she’d cooked. Bowls of the cheesy potatoes and asparagus were next to a platter of sizzling chops.
Even from where Kyle stood, he could hear the inviting sound. He stared at the banquet and how she’d used one of his white bed sheets as a makeshift tablecloth.
“Welcome to Sands Diner,” she murmured.
Kyle’s swallow stalled, caught in his tightened throat. His gaze jumped from the food to her. Holding a long cooking spoon that she’d no doubt gotten from Pete, Lexi gestured for Kyle to take his chair.
He did not. His gaze swept over her hair, worn in a ponytail, her freshly scrubbed face, oversized tee, baggy shorts and cowgirl boots.
For a little kink, she’d said days ago.
Kyle’s cock reacted now, stiffening with interest, as though she was wearing skimpy lingerie or skin rather than an outfit he could only describe as sloppy. The kind a woman would choose to clean house or to discourage a guy from any carnal intentions.
Unfazed and still growing hard, his cock pressed against his jeans’ fly. She looked adorable. Hell, she looked better than the food.
That scene, to me, is reality. The best kind. Lexi isn't dolled up. She's not being overtly sexy. And yet, she touches Kyle's soul, because he likes her just as she is. Imperfect, human and adorable. :)
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