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I've read several books in this genre. And come to a couple of conclusions. First, many authors who write about dominate men, men who treat women in a sexual way that society still finds somewhat offensive, try and overcompensate for the male behavior that might be labeled "bad" by making the man a cross between Lancelot, St. Francis, Jeeves the Butler, and a college English professor. They may dominate in the bedroom but everything else about them screams chivalrous, well mannered, saintly, unerringly patient and always grammatically correct. If it weren't for the whips and chains, they would be perfect gentlemen. Other authors in this genre have decided that if the guy isn't going to be a saint inside the bedroom, then he has to be the best looking, wealthiest, most successful and most egotistical man in the world, who never questions his decisions, his lifestyle or his choices - until he meets the one - and then we get to see just a hint of insecurity.
This author opted for the first version of the dominate man in this book. I was pretty sure he rescued kittens from trees and old ladies from burning buildings when he wasn't busy building homeless shelters, ending famine, stopping global warming and beating his girlfriend. Oh, and he used perfect grammar as well.
Most guys are guys, regardless of their sexual preferences. Those preferences don't automatically make them courtly or saintly or insanely wealthy or successful. But authors in this genre feel a real need to compensate. Which makes me wonder if they really are OK with the lifestyles they write about. Especially when most heroes in these books come across as if they do what they do to "help" their partner, who obviously had some problem in her past that made her this way, not because they just like doing it. And that might be the real problem. Relationship stories are about people, not heroes. So stop trying to give them heroic traits.
The author did a pretty good job creating female characters that seemed believable, but the primary male character was nothing but a cardboard cut out of a man. A very boring cardboard cut out at that.
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