Sunday, February 13, 2011

What do I wish for on Valentine's Day? A hot alpha male

The hero is an alpha male... The hero is a key figure—powerful, mysterious and totally attractive to the heroine....

The term "alpha male" is sometimes applied to humans to refer to a man who is powerful through his courage and a competitive, goal-driven, "take charge" attitude. With their bold approach and confidence "alpha males" are often described as charismatic. While "alpha males" are often overachievers and recognized for their leadership qualities, their aggressive tactics and competitiveness can also lead to resentment by others.

Alpha males take greater risks.

They're also the leaders within their social group. The Alpha Male is the "man with the plan," and women are wired to go for this type of guy.

Human history is the story of alphas, those indispensable powerhouses who take charge, conquer new worlds and move heaven and earth to make things happen. Whether heading a band of warriors, bringing a vital new product to market, guiding a team to glory or steering a giant conglomerate, alphas are hardwired for achievement and eager to tackle challenges that others find intimidating. Along the way, they inspire awe and admiration - and sometimes fear and trembling. Wherever they are and whatever they do, they stand out from the crowd, usually leaving an indelible impression on those whose lives they touch.

Meet Luke Buchanan, hero of Finding Julia.

The morning sped by. She had two-page handouts for everyone that she passed out at the appropriate time and answered questions. But she knew this was all just preparation, a briefing if the company bought her plan. Howard had ordered lunch sent in for everyone, giving Julia a chance to chat informally with the group and prepare for the afternoon.

“Our executive vice president is tied up in a meeting right now,” Howard whispered as the executive staff filed in. “He’s really the one who says yea or nay. He’ll join us as soon as he can.”

Great. Will he expect me to do it all over again for him?

She sighed and began her presentation again.

It was well into the afternoon and she had just pulled out copies of the proposed budget to distribute when the door to the board room opened quietly and Julia’s stomach dropped to the floor. She felt as if an electric surge had slammed into her, plucking at all her nerve endings.

The man who silently took a seat at the end of the table wasn’t necessarily handsome, but he was all male. His liquid brown eyes were framed by the thickest lashes she had ever seen on a man. He had a strong jaw and lines of character etched on his face. His straight brown hair, a hint of silver reflecting in the lights, was worn just little long, giving him a slightly rakehell look.

The classic dark business suit barely concealed the power he radiated. More than that, he exuded an aura of self, of authority, of comfort in his own skin that few men are able to attain. She could think of only three words to describe him. Dark. Edgy. Dangerous.

Careful, Julia. Don’t let your mind wander into dangerous territory. Your judgment where men are concerned leaves a great deal to be desired.

“Let me interrupt a moment.” Manning jumped to his feet. “Julia, this is Lucas Buchanan, our executive vice president. He’s been in another meeting until now.”

“I’m pleased you could join us, Mr. Buchanan.” Julia pasted on her professional smile and hoped her voice sounded firmer to the others than it did to her.

Lucas Buchanan nodded at her. “Luke, please. Sorry to be late. Please don’t let me interrupt.”

She struggled to pick up the threads of what she’d been saying, her brain suddenly addled, and her hands unsteady. Had a man ever affected her like this before? She didn’t think so. Certainly not Charles. It took every ounce of personal discipline to keep focused on her presentation.

Somehow she got through it, even managing to answer questions intelligently. Luke was silent throughout, but his eyes never left her. She knew he would remember and file away everything said. A man like Luke Buchanan didn’t get where he was by not paying attention.

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Amy S. said...

Love the description of the hero! Sounds so good!

mysticmother said...

Gotta love those alpha males. Reminds me of my bad boy phase.