Book Tour & Giveaway (US/Int): Stripping down Gustaf Ræliksen of The Temperate Warrior
Please help me welcome author Renee Vincent!
I have always been intrigued by the male species.
- I love the simpleness of their nature and their inherent need to be the best at almost everything.
- I love that they often welcome a challenge and frown upon laziness.
- I love that even though they appear impenetrable with their hard-muscled bodies and intense steely glares, inside is a soft heart as sensitive as their female counterparts.
- I love that they would never admit to having that sensitive side.
- And, I love that they possess this deep-seated, raw need to be ‘with’ a woman.
To me, there is nothing sexier than an honorable man contending with his own nagging desires—and failing outright. My hero Gustaf is no different, and today I shall strip him down, revealing the essence of his character and the attraction to which I have for the Alpha Male.
But before I begin, I thought it necessary to give you a blurb about my historical romance, The Temperate Warrior, so you can get an idea of where our hero is in the story and his purpose within the plot.
Well, now that we’ve gotten that out of the way, let’s strip down our brawny warrior hero, shall we?
According to Author Mary Buckham, “Alpha Male refers to a type of man who is strong, smart, and a leader. Others respect his decisions, and tend to not challenge him. An Alpha Male moves and stands in ways that show he expects to get what he wants without being questioned or challenged.” With that being said, Gustaf Ræliksen is undoubtedly your classic Alpha Male.
He’s a Viking warrior who’s spent most of his adult life avenging his father’s murder. That alone screams ALPHA. In those days, it was absolutely necessary that a man know the ways of warfare and hand-to-hand combat, lest he lose everything he owns including perhaps his own life. Nothing was sacred or held outside the rules of war. Gustaf battles with this on several occasions and sometimes it’s with those he least expects.
Gustaf is also a natural leader and many rely on him to make sound decisions. He does not hesitate in his actions and stands firm upon his decisions. But remember, Gustaf is still a man. Though he hardly ever allows anything to distract him or cloud his good sense, there’s still a considerable chance that his stable reasoning may falter under the weight of an alluring beautiful woman. (And that is the moment in romance books where we, the female readers, love to put ourselves in the place of the heroine—when the hero, despite his mighty efforts, is inevitably drawn to her. He puts everything else on hold, even the more urgent dilemmas, to seek out the heroine’s love. The consequences of his blatant disregard normally fall somewhere amidst the story’s main conflict.)
But it is with this point that I bring us to another reason for why we love our Alpha Male heroes—reading about how they will contend with conflict and right the wrongs. To our enjoyment, the Alpha Male hero will always go in the honorable direction, though it means the more difficult route. And Gustaf is not a man to take the easy road. It’s all about protecting the woman he loves and saving her from those who threaten to keep them apart, while still upholding his father’s noble name in the process. And given that he is dealing with a cunning and dangerous foe from the heroine’s past, his pursuit is nothing short of arduous.
Now, let’s not forget that the Alpha Male is undeniably charming and irresistible. Gustaf is the kind of man who is bold and adventurous, even in his quest to settle down and marry the woman who’s tamed his wild heart. His sensual words, though rarely spoken, and his determination to provide the heroine with utter happiness, can melt even the coldest of hearts. It is those traits and talents that make Æsa (and readers) hard-put to avoid his advances. I dare anyone to try. 🙂
And that, my dear romance fans, is Gustaf Ræliksen—stripped and laid bare.
The Verdict: If you like a true Alpha Male hero—the in-your-face confident, brazenly courageous male, with a rugged handsomeness to boot—then Gustaf is your man.
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|I am an author with a passionate interest in Irish and Norse history. I live in the rolling hills of Kentucky with my husband and two children on a beautiful secluded farm of horses and hay fields.
I am a sucker for a good cup of coffee (lots of cream and sugar…and whipped cream if I can get my hands on it), great conversation, and a lilting Irish accent. I love to read and I can’t resist watching great epic historical movies.
|From an early age, I’ve always had scenes playing out in my head. Whether it was a story with a moral or a tale with a twist, those ideas have never let me sleep until I wrote them out. And considering I have an eclectic ensemble of stories swarming in my brain at any given time, I write under a couple pen names to accommodate the various genre categories.
Gracie Lee Rose
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Renee is giving away the entire Emerald Isle Trilogy – Ræliksen (book 1), Mac Liam (book 2), and The Fall of Rain (book 3) in ebook format to one lucky winner after the tour is over. To enter to win, leave a comment or question for Renee then fill out the Rafflecopter widget.
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sounds fantastic! Thanks so much for sharing!
Glad you enjoyed my post, Erin!
I love the honorable hero who tries above all to do what he thinks is right & dutiful then gets all conflicted by his feelings for the heroine! Would love to read this series. Thanks for the opportunity to win.
I so agree, Linda. Heroes who act strong and impenetrable only to fall prey to their emotions and get all discombobulated by their feelings are the best!
Thanks for visiting with me. I hope you’ll check take a gander at my Gustaf one of these days. Happy reading to you!
sounds fantastic! Thanks so much for sharing!
Thank YOU Laurie for dropping by!
happy holidays, renee! looking forward to reading about gustaf! wow! it’s hard to resist an alpha male! yum! thank you for sharing a little bit of your life with me. 😀
Kyla, Happy holidays to you too, dear! Long live the Alpha males!
Thanks for the info and giveaway. Renee you are a new author to me, but one I definitely plan on reading! Loved the description of your books on Goodreads and can’t wait to start them! Happy Holidays ♥
That is music to an author’s ears, Crystal. Thank you so much for checking out my books on Goodreads and putting my books on your TBR list. Much appreciated!!!
Happy holidays to you!
Congratulations. Sounds like an amazing series. Would love the opportunity to read and review for The Reading Cafe. Thank you for the giveaway opportunity.
Sandy, I would love to check out The Reading Cafe. Do you have a link?
Thanks for visiting with me. It’s so nice to meet so many new people.
I love the honorable alpha male! Thank you so much for the giveaway and for giving us a chance to know Gustaf.
My pleasure! Thanks for taking the time to read it.
Your trilogy seems like a must to read! Merry Christmas Renee! Thanks for sharing ! I never had a chance to read a Viking romance!
Hey Nicole! Great to see you here too! Course now that I’m able to get here, you’ve finally read a Viking romance. I’m glad you tried a Viking romance on for size!
Thanks for the rave review.
I can see I’m going to just love Gustaf.
A must read trilogy for me.
Mary, you just brought a huge smile to my face with the words “must read.” Thank you so much and I hope you get a chance to read the trilogy. Here’s to lots of HEA’s in your 2013!
The book sounds great. I’ve put it on my wish list.
Thanks Lori! That means the world to me!
Well I just have to add your trilogy to my TBR list. Thanks for the insight to Gustaf. And thanks for the giveaway too.
I’m so flattered to be added to your TBR list. Thank you so much Sherri! I can’t wait to hear what you think of them.
Have a great 2013!
That’s funny. I also love a good cup of coffee. I have given up sugar awhile back but from time to time, I add all three (sugar, cream, and coffee) together.
Thanks for the excerpt and Merry Christmas.
Hello Kai. Great to meet another fellow coffee lover. Thanks for dropping by and reading my post on Alpha heroes.
All the best to you!
Thanks for the interview and book excerpt, I can’t wait to read it, looks amazing, thanks for the chance to win 🙂
Your praise warms my heart, Christy. Thanks!
Sounds really good!! Thanks for the excerpt and the chance to win!
Thank you Natasha. Hope you had a lovely and safe holiday this year.
New to me author. Need to give this one a try. Thanks for sharing.
I sure hope you do, Ruth. I think Gustaf is worth the chance.
old school warriors? bring it on!
Old school warriors. bring it on!
I LOVED this! Thanks for making my day with that, Antane!
I loved this book Renee. Who will be the hero and heroine in book 2 of The Warrior Sagas?
I haven’t decided yet….but my hopes are to write one about Oyven and another about Lochlann (Daegan’s son).
I’m so glad you enjoyed The Temperate Warrior and thanks for visiting me here. I love your company – you know that. Thanks for the promo and the support.
I hope you have a great 2013!