Please don't get me wrong. I am no prude. I love me some sexy scenes. But only after a well-crafted story has been wrapped around those scenes, damnit! I won't go on anymore about that particular book. It's not the only one I've had this problem with. I recently reviewed Make You Burn by Megan Crane. I did not review this book on Goodreads. I'm still trying to find nice words to use for a decent review. Other than "Are you kidding me?" The Alpha in that story is sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo alpha that he basically verbally abuses women and sexually assaults them just because he feels like it.
There's a fine line between telling a woman you're getting down with that she's a dirty slut and telling a woman that just happens to be standing in your space that she's a worthless slut. There's also a difference between a strong, sexy, self-aware man who knows what he wants and how he likes it and just a big freaking asshole whose self-esteem is so damaged that he has to mistreat women.
See the difference?
And that's why Alpha Males and I need a break.
For every ONE good book that I read with a hot Alpha, I read about 5 more that are basically a jerkface man verbally and physically abusing a woman that he's brainwashed into thinking she can't live without him. It's a huge turn-off.
And it makes me really sad. I know there's a way to write an Alpha that is sexy and desirable and not someone that you would slap a restraining order on if he were a real person.
Laid Out by Sidney Halston is a great example of a well-done Alpha Male. (If you're not a NetGalley reviewer you'll have to wait until September to read this one!)