There's nothing better than a gnarly, surly alpha male in a romance novel. Mind you not a mean, bullying jerk but the kind of guy that is a barrel of inconsistencies. He's a loner yet, he's surrounded by people who are completely loyal. He keeps to himself yet he has a best friend he can't live without. He's cantankerous and misunderstood but his sweetheart, his soul mate, gets him completely. And the best part is that he gets his sweetheart totally too. And he's protective and totally territorial when it comes to him or her.
This is probably why I like writing and reading about a screwed up alpha male with a heart of gold. He's so much more fun. There's something about knowing there is hope even for the most messed up person in the world to find happiness and love. It gives me the kind optimism that no pep talk in the world can do, it inspires me to believe that in the darkest of situations, loves light can shine through.
For instance, in my book Merry Chris Mas- Chris Poole and Chris Spinell have been struggling with PTSD since returning from the war in Afghanistan. However, when they meet Jilly Reimers, they no longer see fate as an ominous dark cloud predicting a lifetime of loneliness. In Jilly they see the promise of love and a bright future, full of happiness, passion and sensuality. The only thing they have to do, along with her, is get past the baggage and fears they brought with them.
I'd categorized Chris Poole in the loner category. He has a bunch of loyal friends who care for him but he has a hard time connecting with them. He can't seem to stop being boss long enough be a good friend. He's done it before, he's just so screwed up now, he's lost his way.
Chris Spinell is different. He's a loner who is slightly moody and cantankerous but with an amazing heart. He's lighthearted when he's around the right people but because of his PTSD, he is riddled with anxiety and night terrors that has shifted his view on relationships.
Nevertheless, they all have hope that this time, Christmas will be different. That's why they signed up for The Love Play Matchmaking Service. The agency's motto is 'Whether for love or play we'll find the perfect match for you.'
Jilly, Chris and Chris hope that this will apply to them. And for the first time in their adult lives they will finally be able to have a 'Merry Chris Mas.'
[Menage Amour: Erotic Menage a Trois Romance, M/F/M, HEA]
Jilly Reimers wants love but can't find it. Chris Spinell is a veteran of the war in Afghanistan who suffers from PTSD and a haunting feeling that something is missing in his life. Chris Poole is also an Afghanistan war veteran is ready to break out of his shell but is unsure how. With Christmas just around the corner, they decide not to spend it alone. Believing The Love Play Matchmaking Service to be just what they need for a night of fun and passion, they sign up. But when the guys show up and see that they've been set up on a menage, the only one happy about it is Jilly. Their consultant, called an Eros, assures Jilly that the service has a perfect track record but she's certain they'll be the first ones to get their money back. Will they have a very merry Christmas? Or will the three spend yet another one alone? ** A Siren Erotic Romance
Clare Dargin is an author of Science Fiction and Romance and has been writing stories all of her life before being published in 2007. She’s a great fan of the two genres and loves promoting them.
An educator by profession, she possesses a Bachelor’s Degree in English from a major mid-western university. She presently resides in the Midwest and she hopes to expand her writings to include non-fiction, historical romance, and contemporary novels.