I find myself pondering the above this morning. How many men do read romance novels do you think? Does your other half?
I ask, because my dear husband never used to read them. In fact he used to scoff at my devouring of M&B novels with the usual male snigger. All that changed however when I entered last year's New Voices competition. Being the lovely, supportive husband he is he took interest in my writing and started reading some of the other entries. Following on from the competition and my continued writing and Nano frenzy in November, he discovered the free first chapters on the M&B website. He used to read them at work in his lunch hour.
Still denying that he actually enjoyed them this was research so that he could offer me a more informed opinion on my own writing endeavours.
He then started mentioning the ones he liked and invariably I had the book handy so he could read it. Now he has always been a slow reader and even an M&B used to take him ages.
Well fast forward a few months and he is reading them faster than I am! To say the man is hooked is an understatement. Last night, having finished the latest Riva in record time he even nicked MY Kindle and proceeded to read in the bath.
He takes the books to work, he talks about them to his work colleagues, he reads them at the doctor's surgery, he even reads them whilst eating his dinner. Last night he forgot to eat, he was so engrossed in finishing. It is highly amusing I tell you.
Perhaps I shouldn't be surprised. This is the man who thoroughly enjoys chick flicks even though he grumbles when I drag him along to one, so I guess this is just a natural progression.
A friend asked me yesterday whether my husband was an Alpha male and it got me thinking. I wouldn't have necessarily thought of him as one, but on reflection yes he is. Not in the obvious way you would think of when you think of Alpha males but in all the ways that matter and that in my opinion make a true man.
He is secure enough in his sexuality to not feel threatened by anything not considered manly. He is confident, a natural born leader, successful in his profession, loyal, responsible, honest, caring and a romantic through and through. In fact I suspect at times he is far more romantic than me. He is a brilliant father and husband and I consider myself very lucky to have him :-)
On the flip side he is also a typically stubborn male, loves his motorbikes, aviation, martial arts and is obsessed with weight training and keeping fit generally. He is also moody as hell when tired and completely immovable when he doesn't want to do something, lol. And his temper is something to behold...But then, that's what makes life interesting.
So, over to you. Is your significant other an Alpha male? Interested in Romance? Or completely non plussed by the whole thing?