The Beta Hero

16 Dec

It’s been a while since I rambled here at the ol’ blog and I thought this was a good time since my book is coming out tomorrow and I’d previously mentioned that I’d talk a bit about my one (as of right now) beta hero.

As someone who’s used to those brash alpha males in romance novels and loves them, I think there’s something to be said for the betas. As an alpha lover, I never set out to write a beta, but as I trucked along on my story, Dropping the Ball, I had to face facts: My hero, Dillon Avery, was steadfastly refusing to be an alpha. He’s a sweetheart of a man–still sexy as all hell, but…nice. He’s not arrogant, abrasive, or a playboy. Those traits (and then some) are left to his brothers. No, Dillon’s a compassionate soul who is loyal beyond belief.

That’s not to say he doesn’t have a backbone. I think betas can sometimes mistakenly be labeled as wimps, all because they may not be as impulsive, lustful, or “in your face” as an alpha. Dillon’s not angsty; he’s not a brooding loner. He’s just an all-around good guy who’s not into playing the field. For that reason, it makes sense to me that Dillon would suddenly find himself seeing his best friend, Heather, in a whole new light. I think it’s natural that he would develop feelings for a woman he’s known for most of his life rather than throw himself into the dating scene as he searches for “the one”.

Since alphas are my “thang”, I tried at times to sneak a few of those traits into Dillon’s personality. I failed pretty much every single time. What this writing experience taught me is that it pays to have an open mind. I never would have pegged myself as a woman who could, or would, be fascinated by a beta hero, but I was so wrong and am so grateful for that sheer wrongness. It makes me want to read about some sexy betas other writers have created! As for Dillon… His story is releasing tomorrow (yay!) and I’m happy to make a contribution to romances that feature a beta hero.

I do hope that betas start getting their fair share of love out there in the romance world, if only to show that good guys don’t have to finish last. If not, then I really do think we’ll all be missing out on a great opportunity to meet some fantastic men. Or, in other words, we just might be Dropping the Ball.




3 Responses to “The Beta Hero”

  1. Tara Mills (@TaraMills16) December 16, 2012 at 1:24 pm #

    Bless you, Vristen. I have a preference for betas myself. They aren’t weak and wimpy. They’re simply comfortable in their own skin and don’t feel a need to prove anything. They’re also tuned into their woman – giving and attentive lovers and good listeners. Much more open and available in a relationship. This is where you’ll find the artists, musicians, writers, and other creative types. They aren’t afraid of their feelings so they don’t hold them close to the vest. Nope. These guys are the types who’ll make a grand gesture. Pen a song, write a poem, create something special, a garden oasis perhaps for the woman they care about.

    My latest beta, and he’s scrumptious, is in my story, Forest Fires. He’s an ornithologist who just happens to fall for a tom boy, and vice versus. It’s a fun and exciting romance.

  2. Holley Trent (@HolleyTrent) December 16, 2012 at 1:37 pm #

    *Googles “ornithology”*

  3. vristenpierce December 16, 2012 at 2:09 pm #

    Great comment, Tara! I have to get my hands on a copy of Forest Fires. I’m a little obsessed with beta heroes now, lol.

    Thanks for checking out my post, ladies!

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