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"Impulse" by Dannika Dark Guest Post

Nov 16, 2012

What Makes a Male Character Sexy?

Every woman has her own personal taste, and this often shows in a book with multiple male characters. Women begin forming “teams” based on who their favorite is, and readers become divided. We are very passionate about our men! In many Paranormal Romance Books especially, we have a wide variety to choose from.
Usually, there are two factors that help us decide: Relationship and Back story. The type of relationship he has with the leading woman is often key. Is there tension? Control issues? Sexual chemistry? Friction? The second item is his back story. Who is he? What made him the way he is today? What terrible or great things did he live through which shaped the man he has become, and the way he loves a woman?

a.k.a The Womanizer

You know him. He drives the expensive car, wears Italian suits and expensive cologne. Women are throwing themselves at his feet, but he dismisses them with a wave of his hand. Until he meets her. Everything he says irritates her, and yet, he is obsessed. He’s a man who always knows how to get what he wants. Typically, the woman doesn’t want him, and that becomes a challenge that he won’t back down from.

He's easily infuriated and often storms out of the room because of her childish behavior.

He. Must. Have. Her.

a.k.a. Mr. Unattainable

Black trench coat? Check.
Five-o’clock Shadow? Check.
Secretive job? Check.
Aloof? Check.
His hair is usually as unruly as he is. There’s an immediate tension between him and the female lead. Usually they’re in a situation where they have to rely on one another, but she just gets so frustrated by him because she doesn’t understand what he wants. It's the way he talks, moves in close with those magnetic eyes and puts his mouth to her ear, whispering something that leaves her frustrated.

She's angry that she fell for his seduction, and then he chuckles and walks away.

But damn...she still wants him.

a.k.a The Naughty Hottie

He's usually numero uno on most women's lists. He's not afraid to tell it like it is because the bad boy operates without a filter. He’s got a short tongue, quick wit, and is nail-bitingly sexy. When he fights, he has all the one-liners. He’s a sex magnet that all the women want to climb on and put their token in for a ride.

The relationship with him is a mutual partnership, and they often drive each other crazy. There’s a lot of sexual tension percolating, and a lot of intense encounters where nothing happens between them.

We don't know what he'll say or do next, but we love a shameless flirt.

Especially one in leather pants with a tattoo.


I feel for this guy, I really do. He's often the sidekick, the brother, the sub character that doesn't get the girl. Well, sometimes he does, but he usually has to give her back. We never get to know ENOUGH about him. This guy is a worthy male, but he's not going to be able to win her heart against the leading guy, no matter how much he proves himself.

Typically, he’s noble, brave, and always does the right thing.

But, unfortunately, he knows when to walk away.


Girls love to fix things. In steps a male who is hostile, cold, and wounded. The woman tries to understand him, but he's unapproachable with his foul mouth and violent tendencies. He hates women, so he pulls away from her touch.

Yep, he's a fixer-upper. Damaged goods lived a hard life, and is unable to love, or have trusting friendships because he's grown cynical. Scarred, tattooed, dangerous, and skilled with weaponry - he's everything your mother warned you about.

And we love them.

a.k.a. The Alpha Male

He's the leader, get it straight, or he'll eff you up.
Can this guy even speak English? He grunts, he growls, he says words like "Mine."

Except in the bedroom, where he usually mutters something in an ancient language.

But beneath all the muscle, leather, swear-words, and semi-automatic weapons, is a heart of gold.


Well, it usually takes a few ass kickings throughout the book before we get to that part. . The Barbarian is a fierce protector who will slay an entire army for the woman he loves, but no one will ever know that in private quarters, he’s the biggest teddy-bear.

What he lacks in the looks department, he always more than makes up for in his endowments.

a.k.a The Slut

You know exactly who I'm talking about. Chiseled face, abs of steel, smells amazing, soft lips that were meant to be kissed, and the sex drive of a Greek God (which he's often compared to in the looks department)

This guy can relate to the Arrogant male on a few levels. But the difference is, he usually doesn't come from money. He's just too damn good-looking for his own good. Women shackle themselves to his feet and swear allegiance to the almighty locks of golden hair. He's a smartass, cocky as hell, and the woman can’t understand why someone like him would ever be interested in someone like her. He often inadvertently falls for a woman who is sub par in the looks department, and that's what makes him attractive to the reader. Hope for all of us!

Deep down we find out that he's hollow inside, because no one ever bothered to get to know him on a deeper level. Pass the kleenex, please.


This guy makes flowers and candy look like the work of peasants and fools. He's the wooer, the one who sweeps you off your feet and wants to show you the world. He wants to fix YOU, because you're the one pushing away. His gift comes in the forms of sunsets on top of the most unreachable mountain top, rose petals over a bath, an expensive meal on top of a 20 story building with a violinist off on the side somewhere. He is Mr. Sensitive.

He's the guy who will take your breath away.

He also needs to keep it in check or he'll end up as Second Fiddle Guy......

What do you think makes a Male Character Sexy? 

Don't forget to check out the giveaway below!

Mageri Series, Book #3

Almost one year ago, a Mage attacked Silver and changed the course of her destiny. 
Immortals exist, and now she is one of them. 

Within the dark and supernatural city of Cognito, Silver is living under the watchful eye of her Ghuardian and dating her mortal enemy. Neither man can protect her from a dark secret, one buried within the content of a box. As rival factions struggle to gain control, she finds herself in the middle of a centuries –old feud that threatens to drive a wedge between her and Logan Cross, the man who intends to seduce her. 

In an explosive turn of events, one life is saved and another is forever altered. Can Silver trust those around her, or are they hiding a dark secret of their own? 

1 Box Set of The Mageri Series (Sterling, Twist, & Impulse)
Book Cover Cards (4x6) (Sterling & Twist)
1 Set of Key chains 
1 Car Charm
1 Surprise Gift from Justus himself


  1. My sexy male is a take charge guy.

  2. THE ROMANTIC-Ingo Rademacher
    a.k.a The Slut- Ryan Gossling
    a.k.a. The Alpha Male-Jason Momoa (games of the thrones)
    DAMAGED GOODS-Jay Ryan (Beauty and the Beast)THE SECOND FIDDLE-
    Penn Badgley(gossip Girl)
    a.k.a. Mr. Unattainable- Robert Downey
    a.k.a The Womanizer-David Gandy

  3. Wow. this stop was super fun!
    Thank you Viv for coordinating, Thank you R.A. for hosting and thank you Dannika for taking the time to do up such a cool guest post. Loved eveything about it!

    1. Thanks Nina! Its been a blast working with all the bloggers and Dannika!! Her fans are FanTASTIC!!! They truly are!!!

  4. Wow...I loved the classifications of the different types of guys. This is a good post.

  5. So glad you all enjoyed the post! Thanks to readaholics anonymous for having me here today, and good luck with the drawing!

  6. I think brains make a male character sexy! I'm a nerd fan.

  7. What a terrific post! I love reading books with ALL the guys (just not at the same time)I can't pick a favorite.

  8. Thank you for hosting this, it's really a great post and fun. Loved to read all the classifactions of the different types of men.

    My type is "THE ARROGANT MALE a.k.a The Womanizer", but with some mystery as well. ;) P.S. Someone like David Gandy (or Henry Cavill). ;)

  9. It sounds like a very interesting read.
    Thanks for the giveaway.

  10. "Except in the bedroom, where he usually mutters something in an ancient language." Bahahaha.... So true! I loved this post. I guess I love them all :)

  11. I love how there is a different label for each type of male. Makes it like shopping for your male by flavor. Nice. sdylion(at)gmail(dot)com

  12. Oh, no- another author for my TBR pile! :-))

    1. Oh Yes, Susan! You are going to be in need of some time off to digest all the goodness. Move this Author to the top of your TBR list, you won't be sorry!.

  13. Awesome Series!!!
    Thanks for hosting!!!

  14. Took me time to read all the comments, but I really love the article. It proved to be very helpful to me and I am sure to all the commenters here! It’s always nice when you can not only be informed, but also engaged! I’m sure you had joy writing this article.teddy bear


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