J is for Jocks and Stereotypes – my favorite male leads
I only have to look at my some of favorite books in the last few months to find my favorite male leads. PERFECT CHEMISTRY, WICKED LOVELY, NIGHTSHADE…
These main guys could’ve been a stereotype. And I guarantee I would not have liked the book as much if they were.
What do Alejandro, Seth, and Ren have in common?
They all had potential to be a stereotype.
Alejandro, the Mexican, belongs to a gang, lives in a low economic area, good with mechanics, and has tattoos.
Seth, the bad boy, lives alone, tons of piercings, hot, somewhat of a playboy.
Ren, the alpha werewolf is tough, demanding, cocky.
So what made me fall in love with these seemingly shallow stereotypes?
Alejandro loved his family. He was willing to cross lines and visit Brittany in her home. He was sweet. He was willing to die for his family. And ultimately, he was willing to turn his back on his “brothers” to be with Brittany.
Seth, for all his looks, put Aislinn first. He’d given up the life of a playboy to wait for her. He believed in her. He was sweet, caring, and was nothing like you’d expect to be from outward appearance.
And Ren. Yes, he was all Alpha. But there were times, where the author showed how much he cared for Calla. How much he was willing to do for her. If I were Calla, I’d choose Ren.
The only time there is a stereotypical character, male lead or not, is when the character is underdeveloped.
Who are some of your favorite male leads? What did you like about them?