Welcome, readers, to the KickAss Chicks’ first blog series—Leading Man Obsessions. I have the enviable position of wrapping my brain around the tall, dark, well-dressed man to figure out why he makes a girl fall under his spell (the heroine as well as the one holding the book). So kick back, relax, and enjoy. I’ve included visual aids for your reading and viewing pleasure.
Starched shirt. Tailored pants. Sleek coat. Cinched tie. Reeking of confidence and intoxicating sex appeal, the leading man in a suit is a force to be reckoned with. But why? How does the powerhouse playboy lure so many women to the pages, compelling us to read well past our bedtime? I have a few theories.
Last year at the RT Convention, I attended a session on the topic of hot heroes hosted by Heroes and Heartbreakers. The fabulous Nalini Singh was on the panel, espousing to us clamoring, fangirling ladies about what made Kaleb from Heart of Obsidian so damn hot. When one audience member asked how she created the swoony Mr. Krychek, Singh mentioned a slight addiction to “suit porn” for inspiration. Immediately, the room erupted in giddy female laughter, including myself. Why? Because we all understood the enchantment of a confident man in a sharp suit, and it made us breathless just thinking about it.
This actually sent my inquisitive brain into analytical overdrive, trying to discover the reasons this type of hero is so drool-worthy. One might say the obvious reason is that he has money. Wealthy men are sexy. I think not. I believe it’s much more than that, something a tad more primitive.
One—he’s an alpha. The confident businessman exudes an aura of dominance that will make the lesser man cower in his presence and squirm under his glare. What he wants, he gets. That’s just the way of his world, so get used to it. And when he sets his sights on her, oh baby, you better get the f**k out of the way. Because he will have her, in every possible way (and position, most probably).
Two—he takes good care of himself, therefore, he’ll take excellent care of his lady. With an affinity for fine fabrics and good grooming, he will use his expertise and attention to detail to ensure her every desire is met. It may come with a bit of kinky loveplay and torturous teasing, but the wait will be worth the pleasure. Promise.
Three—the suit holds power. Yes, that fine ass, over-priced ensemble is his superman armor, shielding him from mere mortals, elevating him into an untouchable god. That is, until our heroine steps on scene and ensnares his body as well as his heart. For her, he finally disrobes and unmasks who he truly is—a sensual, vulnerable, beguiling man. But a man all the same.
Thinking back to Kaleb Krychek from Heart of Obsidian, I’m torn between which Kaleb I adore most—the bad ass Councilman who could break you in half with a look (literally) or the vulnerable lover in the bedroom, bending only for Sahara, the woman who owns his obsidian heart. While the well-dressed hero is often in command of the heroine, the truth is, she holds the most power…over him.
*Image credits: dailymail.co.uk, swoleage.com, houseoffraser.co.uk