Tymber Dalton has written some of the strongest alpha males in contemporary adult fiction. She has a unique talent to create multifaceted D/s and BDSM characters, because at the root of each character are honorable qualities, that are worth exploring. While some characters may require a great deal of redemption in their journey towards deeply emotional relationships, they all have something that draws readers in. We want to root for these characters.
I am disappointed with the current “fascination” with assholes masquerading as “alpha heroes,” especially in the NA genre. No one would want to date, bed or be in relationship with these men, outside of books. Why do we tolerate it from fictional characters? Aren’t they supposed to be our ideal men (and women)? Clearly, we need to raise our standards. Ms. Dalton provides advice and pitfalls to avoid, from an author’s perspective. One of the goals of books in “romance” categories, is for characters to reach a HEA or HFN (happily-ever-after or happy-for-now) culmination. Characters need to earn and deserve it.