Tuesday, February 13, 2007

M/F Romance with Subdominant Men

I invite (nay, beg) you to share with me any titles you know that involved alpha women and not-so-alpha men. This might be femdom or sweet romance. Periodically I emerge and try to satisfy this reading-craving, and the results normally leave me skuttling back to m/m wondering (yet again) whether I am some kind of freak.

And why is it, that every time I mention this possibility on romance forums I get comments like "I don't know how there could be a beta hero that wouldn't seem desperate or pathetic".

Right now heroines are typically subdominat or subordinate to the hero as a matter of course. Sure, she may still be a heat packing policewoman with the attitude of a rottweiler--but only if the hero is a vampire assassin that makes Vlad the Impaler look like a sissy-boy. The differential in most cases is roughly the same. People who point me at writers like J D Robb are not appreciating what I am asking for.

I have noticed many publishers specify no femdom, and editors may look a little nervous at about my alpha female book ideas and usher me calmly back to the gay vampires. Gay vampires are good, right? Well yes, they sure are. But my bitter female PI and her uptight businessman lover are hot too, my chatelaine and her protector, my retired assassin and her hot young prince... sigh.

I prefer sweetish stories with a subdominant (c.f. subordinate) male. The best examples I can give are: "Taming the Forest King" by Claudia Edwards and the play/movie "Why Not Stay For Breakfast" in which the alpha heroine is a truly marvellous young pregnant woman. Please share your own examples of all kinds of dominant female romance and erotica.

8 comments:

Amanda Young said...

Have you read Once in a Blue Moon, by Celia Stuart? I liked that one pretty well. The male lead in it is definitely more Beta than Alpha. It's a Liquid Silver book.

Xandra Gregory said...

Another one published by Liquid Silver is Bonnie Dee's "Bone Deep." It's a period piece and the hero is one of those guys you want to take home with you and promise that the world will never hurt him again.

Emily Veinglory said...

Ah, the wounded hero. That's another topic I want to get to :)

Kis Lee said...

i haven't seen any femdom books either. i guess the Anita Blake series is somewhat alpha female in a way.

much of my non-erotic writings usually feature alpha female characters. i've never attempted writing them into erotica...hmmm...gives me an idea. :)

Paige Burns said...

The ones that came to mind for me were the Nerd series by Vicki Lewis Thompson, but they're not that great IMO. ;)

Oh, and of course my Zodiac story for LSB, Polar Opposites. ;)

M Barnette said...

I happen to write fem dom. Try Apocalypse Dance and the companion novellas Games Dragons Play (Fetish heatsheet) and Gift Wrapped Dragon (Flare freebie) over at Phaze. Queen of Carnage comes out in April, also from Phaze, and features a were fem dom and her subby vamp lover.

Emily Veinglory said...

As there seems to be some interest I am trying to start a group for writers of diminant heroines here: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Hear_Me_Roar/ :)

Charlene Leatherman said...

I have a book with Cerridwen Press coming out in August that is written around an Alpha Female. That is what I write. I am working on a second book.