by Diana Quincy
The hero in romance novels is often possessive, aggressive, dominant and protective—characteristics attributed to the alpha hero. He is a leader of men and, more often than not, a serial seducer of women who can’t seem to help succumbing to his irresistible charisma. This leading man is often the bad boy until he meets his match in the heroine, who eventually tames him…a little.
Mr. Darcy, from Pride and Prejudice, is the ultimate beta hero. Darcy is quiet, contained, and seemingly arrogant, but we eventually learn he is innately kind and puts the well being of others before himself.
Sebastian, the hero in Tempting Bella, the second book in my Accidental Peers series, is also one of these kinder, gentler leading men. He is decent, honorable and essentially selfless. He’s also complex, virile and very sexy.
While I love a good alpha hero, there is something undeniably alluring about a beta hero, too. Here’s a little primer on how to spot the difference between an alpha and a beta:
The beta hero is a nice guy.
The alpha hero doesn’t always start out treating ladies with respect.
The beta hero treats a lady with the respect she deserves.
The alpha hero goes after what he wants.
The beta hero usually puts other people’s desires before his own.
The alpha hero loves sex and has lots of it with a variety of women…until he meets his true love, the heroine, and then sex becomes meaningful and monogamous.
The beta hero loves sex but is often not as sexually experienced as an alpha male, so intimacy is more meaningful to him.
The alpha tries to impose his will on the heroine, at least in the beginning.
The beta refuses to impose his will on the heroine; he prefers using gentle persuasion.
The beta hero is never a wimp, but he often operates behind the scenes to achieve the outcome he desires.
The best alpha hero has a bit of beta in him.
The best beta hero has a bit of alpha in him.
The alpha hero is the guy you love to read about in books.
The beta hero is the guy you want to marry in real life.
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Tempting Bella by Diana Quincy
Book#2 in the Accidental Peers series
Mirabella can hardly remember the man she married as a girl to settle a gaming debt between their fathers. And it’s just as well. She feels nothing but contempt for the man who married her for her fortune and promptly forgot she existed.
Sebastian has been apart from his child bride since their wedding day, after a teenaged marriage forced upon him to rescue his family from certain ruin. His attempt to honor his vows to his absent wife has earned him the nickname, “The Saint.” But when he encounters an enchanting beauty at the opera, Sebastian cannot resist learning who she is and is thrilled to find she is none other than his long-ago bride.
Already resentful of his early abandonment, Bella is suspicious of her husband’s unusual activities—mysterious midnight outings and apparent liaisons with pretty servant girls. Then there is the mounting evidence that Sebastian is not who he claims to be.
Guarding the painful secret of his true identity, Sebastian is entranced by Bella and is eager to make her his wife in truth. But he soon realizes the beguiling lady has no intention of coming meekly to the marriage bed!
Excerpt of Tempting Bella
“You are my wife and it is not outside the bounds of propriety for me to assert my husbandly rights.”
She plopped back in the chair with an unladylike thud. “Why don’t you satisfy yourself with your ladybird?”
“I have no mistress.”
She snorted. “Please. You must think me an incredibly silly chit to believe that.”
His dark eyebrows drew together. “You must think me completely without honor.”
“It is not a question of honor. Many husbands have…a friend such as that.”
“I do not.”
“Perhaps not at the moment.” She squinted her eyes at him. “When did you give her up? Your last mistress, I mean.”
“When we married.”
“When I came to live here a few weeks ago?”
“No, when we married. I parted with my mistress on my wedding day.”
“So you’ve resorted to occasional dalliances with ser…whoever is at hand…instead of having a formal arrangement with one woman.”
“No. I have not known a woman in that way since we married.”
Six years ago? She laughed. “You must think me a fool to believe such a Banbury tale.”
“It is no tale. There was nothing to be done for it. We had married. There was no honor in betraying my wife.”
It took her a stunned moment to process his meaning. She searched his face for signs of mendacity, but his clear eyes returned a strong and steady gaze. She shook her head in disbelief. “Six years? Are you telling me you’ve gone without a woman for six years?”
His unwavering eyes held hers. “Yes.”
“What is the matter with you? Do you not like women? Oh.” She felt dizzy. This was a complication she had not foreseen. “I saw men such as that in Paris.”
A line formed between his dark brows. “I don’t follow.”
“Men who are drawn to…their own kind.”
His chuckle was a low baritone, the sound warm and amused. He knelt in front of her, his enormous hands brushing her flanks. “I assure you, my taste is for women. One woman in particular.” His hands slid higher until they rubbed the outsides of her hips.
Her nerve endings quivered with excitement, as though they’d been awakened from a long hibernation. “What are you doing?”
“Convincing my wife of my desire for her.” He leaned closer.“I assure you, I am most anxious to end my years of abstinence.”
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