Last week, I talked about how I didn’t really like the brooding male lead character. This week, I want to talk about the playboy book boyfriend, mainly inspired by Alex from Suddenly Royal. One of the main reasons I didn’t like that book was because the sexual tension between Alex and Sam was just so prominent and I got tired of counting how many ways Alex can say “hey girl let me take you to the BONE ZONE.”
For me, there’s a difference between a sensual seductive male lead, and one that’s chomping at the bit to bed the main character. I’m fine with sexual tension between the main characters, but not when it completely overshadows any semblance of plot or conflict that the book may have. Definitely not when the rest of the book just becomes random hot sex scene after random hot sex scene in various places. I tend to skim these scenes, to be honest.
But hey, other people may really like this type of character. I mean, I like getting romanced and swept off my feet too. My boyfriend is an adorable dork, but when he gets all smooth and sexy, I feel my face just go red and little tingles go down my spine. (Also hello to my boyfriend who reads my blog now, please ignore the previous sentence.) There are some truly swoon-worthy male leads out there, but when a male lead thinks of nothing else besides bedding the female lead, I’m out.
What about you, dear reader?
What do you think about the Playboy Male Lead? At what point do you just want to go “Hey, ease up there, buddy!”?
Let me know in the comments!