I love a good Alpha male like any red-blooded female. Give me a guy who can wield a gun but doesn’t need to because he can defend me with his bare hands, a decent amount of chest hair and muscles out the ying-yang and I’m checking my hair in the mirror just like everyone else.
But, I also have a spot for a geek – the beta hero who should not get the girl (or the guy). A unapologetic comic book geek, I can picture myself making goo-goo eyes at a Quarterback or a guy who wants to talk about the evolutions of the X-Men. They both get my blood pumping.
Take a favorite TV geek – Ianto Jones – from the BBC sci-fi show Torchwood. Starting off as the coffee boy in the office, over the next seasons he evolved from a man with dark secrets to the gun-toting, alien-fighting, joke-making alien hunter and lover of the enigmatic Captain Jack Harkness. Yummy yum.
And then, there’s the fast-talking hacker, Hardison, on the TV show Leverage. He loves orange soda, World of Warcraft and has absolutely no social finesse. he doesn’t know how to talk to girls, he gets on the macho Eliot’s last nerve and always takes the con too far. And he wants a Bat Cave . . . so do I.
Finally, there is Victor Bayne from the PsyCop series by Jordan Castillo Price. Vic is skinny, a little on the Goth/Rocker side of looks and has deplorable taste in jackets (Exactly what is SaverPlus anyway?) and has equally awful social skills. He does see and hear dead people . . . so his oddities are understandable.
So – what kind of guy puts your engine in gear?