[Note from Frolic: We are so excited to have author Rebecca Grace Allen guest post on the site today. Take it away Rebecca!]
Let’s face it—Romancelandia is filled with Alpha Males, rough and tumble bad boys from all walks of life. CEOs. Billionaires. Dashing rakes, rowdy cowboys, swashbuckling pirates and powerful Doms. I’ve loved reading them. I’ve loved writing them. They’re men who know what they want and take it unabashedly. But one type of hero I don’t see a lot is the male submissive.
Goodreads proves that a boatload of male sub books exists, with stories written by a slew of authors, among them the talented Ann Mayburn, Cara McKenna, Tiffany Reisz, Charlotte Stein and Joey Hill. The best one I’ve read (other than some damn good fanfiction during my Twi-fic days) is Hold ‘Em by Katie Porter. In this Femdomme tale, Mike is a fighter pilot hero who has already accepted his submissive tendencies, has been trained by another Domme and is chomping at the bit to submit to Leah, his badass, motorbike riding squadron-mate. I loved that book so much I annotated the shizzle out of it. But the sub-genre of beta heroes certainly doesn’t feel popular.
So in a world of Alpha Males, what’s sexy about a man who begs?
The answer? Everything! But here’s my top five list. Excuse me while I flip on Justin Timberlake’s “Sexy Back.”
1. There’s nothing sexier than making a man moan
You know what I’m talking about: that sheet-gripping, back arching, neck-cords-straining sound of a man aching for release. It’s a beautiful sight—being in the position to drive him wild, seeing all that desperation and hunger. They’re still powerful and strong, just restrained. All that tension is held back, tethered for the person controlling him. And when you finally give him what he’s begging for? Unf.
2. Being weak with pleasure doesn’t mean weak
In my upcoming release Their Discovery, Brady Archer is very much the alpha at work. He’s the CTO of a tremendous internet-based business, where everyone looks to him as the problem-solver. He’s also a 6’5” ex-football player, and is trying to reconcile his own masculinity with his submissive sexual needs. It takes having his wife, Samantha, turn him into a helpless, thrashing mess to make him comfortable with himself. What could be sexier than that?
3. They’ll do anything to please their partner
They want to rock your world simply because it brings you pleasure. They want to kneel, because they love that feeling of someone else throwing a lasso around them and coiling it tight. And sometimes they’ll goad you in a playful way, bratty, trying to push you to the point of taking control.
4. Hearing the word “please”
Please can become a very powerful word, not just when a submissive man is begging for release, or conversely, when he’s begging you to stop because you’re about to push him over the edge. In Their Discovery, using just that word alone serves as a negotiation between them
“Oh, God. Please don’t stop.” He choked out the words, then gasped when she popped off him.
“Please?” She was using that teasing tone again. It revved him up.
She sat up, faked a pout—“Please?”—and unzipped her jeans.
She slipped off her jeans and panties, crawled to the edge of the bed and reached beneath it. She’d stashed the toy chest under there, and Brady’s pulse spiked when he heard it pop open and she righted herself. The strap-on was in her hand, palm-up like an offering.
“Please?” Her voice was lower now. Seductive and chocolate-smooth.
Brady’s throat worked. “Please,” he whispered.
5. The female taking the role of power
Is there more than needs to be said about a willing to surrender power to woman taking the upper hand? I don’t think so, other than it’s about damn time.
About the Author:
Rebecca Grace Allen holds a Bachelor of Arts in English with a double concentration in Creative Writing and Literary Comparison as well as of Master of Science degree in Elementary Education, both of which seemed like good ideas at the time. After stumbling through careers in entertainment, publishing, law and teaching, she’s returned to her first love: writing. A self-admitted caffeine addict & gym rat, she currently lives in upstate New York with her husband, two parakeets, and a cat with a very unusual foot fetish.
Their Discovery by Rebecca Grace Allen
Samantha Archer’s life has hit a wall. Her world is housework, homework and reminding her husband—the biggest kid in the family—to help out at home. Once she felt confident, powerful and sexy, but Brady doesn’t seem to notice her anymore, and now all she feels is invisible.
Brady has tried being the goofy guy who stole Sam’s heart, but it’s not working. He’s losing the woman he loves and doesn’t have a clue how to fix it. He’s keeping his darkest fantasies hidden too, sure they’re not what Sam wants, and his inability to please her cuts him deeper than she knows.
When Sam lands a new job at a law firm, Brady still won’t pick up the slack, and one night giving him orders unexpectedly reignites their missing spark. Sam discovers the Femdomme she didn’t know she was, kindling Brady’s submissive desires.
But while things heat up inside the bedroom, life outside it starts unraveling. Brady’s need to call the shots at work complicates his hunger to kneel for his wife, and Sam has longed to experiment in more ways than one. Their exploration of dominance and submission goes a step too far when they invite Sam’s sultry switch coworker into their bed, and the fallout could cost them everything.