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Romance with insecure male protagonist

Sonjer
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Title pretty much says it all. I'm looking for some romance where the protagonist is insecure or atleast start out insecure, such as in Reginald by Gordon Johnson or New Magus by TechnicDragon.
I'm not looking for "wimp husband" kind of stories where everyone just run over the protagonist, just stories where the protagonist has reservations and self-doubt about starting up a relationship, like in Reginald where he starts out as a loner because of his poor and loveless homelife.

I prefer longer stories, usually 300kb+ unless it's part of a series. I'll read it if it's shorter if you think it's really good, but short stories with about one chapter doesn't do much for me.

tendertouch

@Sonjer

That description could certainly apply to Don Lockwood's "Finding a Place", and probably to "Dance of a Lifetime" as well. Neither Brendan or Warren are completely insecure (they're comfortable with their intelligence, for example) but they are in their relationships with women. dotB's "Portrait of Need" isn't finished (and likely won't be) but it might fit as well. Trybble's "Geek Goddess" is a good fit but has gone premier.

Sonjer

Thanks for your suggestions. I've read Finding a Place already, and I've always avoided Dance of a Lifetime after reading somewhere that there was cheating or swinging (I don't recall which one it was) and that kind of drama isn't my thing really. I'll check out the other 2 you suggested.

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Michael Loucks

@Sonjer

At the risk of a bit of self-promotion, my A Well-Lived Life series has about 6,000,000 words in 17 books of the story of an insecure protagonist who grows up...eventually.

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tendertouch

@Sonjer

Alko,

Not cheating (at least not that I remember) but some swinging. IIRC the author said that he tried to pack pretty much everything into the one story as he wasn't sure he'd have another one.

uncross

In the dance of a lifetime cheating occured. Not sure whether they were in relationship or not but female lead literally started ignore at one point main character and slept with other man.

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AmigaClone
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@uncross

The closest to cheating I remember in Dance of a Lifetime involved the female lead being seduced into breaking up with the male lead. A few days later, she accepted a date with that seducer and ended up being raped.

While they were broken up the male lead discovered he could be a gigolo.

There is some swinging in the story.

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Sonjer
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@AmigaClone

How long are they broken up for? I mean, do they break up, do their own thing for a chapter, and then get together again, or is it the kind of thing where they spend a third of the story apart to learn how much they need each other?

Also does the swinging involve the female lead, or is this something he does while they're broken up and he discovers he can be a gigolo like you say?

If it does, I'll just not read this. I'm sure it's a great story, but when the female lead in stories consensually sleep with other men, it just triggers me.

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Sonjer
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@Michael Loucks


At the risk of a bit of self-promotion, my A Well-Lived Life series has about 6,000,000 words in 17 books of the story of an insecure protagonist who grows up...eventually.


I've read the first book in the series, and while I liked it and will probably get around to continue the series, I have to be in a certain mood to get into tear jerkers. And 12 of your 17 are tagged as such so I find it kind of daunting to get into that.

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AmigaClone

@Sonjer

They are broken up for about 10 chapters in a story that has 170. Timewise, it was for about two months in a story that covers ten years (except for the .

The male lead has sex with five other females and the female lead has sex with three other males (once while so drunk she doesn't remember anything that happened) during their breakup.

Two times there was swinging involving the lead couple it included another couple and the lead female had sex with the other male involved. While not swapping, the lead couple added a second female to their sexual relationship a couple of times.

Sonjer

Ok thanks

wissen13

There is a nice story Beauty and the Geek on Literotica.

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Michael Loucks

@Sonjer

I've read the first book in the series, and while I liked it and will probably get around to continue the series, I have to be in a certain mood to get into tear jerkers. And 12 of your 17 are tagged as such so I find it kind of daunting to get into that.


Perhaps I should change some of those tags, but there isn't one that says 'emotional'. :-)

Replies:   Dominions Son
Dominions Son

@Michael Loucks

Perhaps I should change some of those tags, but there isn't one that says 'emotional'. :-)


Isn't romance inherently 'emotional'?

Tear Jerker by definition denotes a sad story or containing sad moments. Sad stories generally have unhappy endings.

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Michael Loucks

@Dominions Son

Isn't romance inherently 'emotional'?

Tear Jerker by definition denotes a sad story or containing sad moments. Sad stories generally have unhappy endings.


I actually re-thought this and went back and remove the 'tear jerker' tag from the stories which were merely very, very emotional, but didn't have 'sad' endings.

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Sonjer

@wissen13

There is a nice story Beauty and the Geek on Literotica.


Thanks, that story was great!

mcguy101
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My story, The Consequences and Rewards of Playing Hooky has a protagonist who fits your definition. The story features some mind control, but the protagonist is not responsible and it's really more of a plot device than a major thing that drives the romance.

http://storiesonline.net/s/72724/the-consequences-and-rewards-of-playing-hooky

Also, pretty much anything by Jay Cantrell, lol (but his stories are better written than mine).

http://storiesonline.net/library/author.php?name=Jay_Cantrell&sf=alpha&so=asc

I would particularly recommend A Flawed Diamond (and its sequel) and Unending Night (and its sequel too).

Baltimore Rogers

The Bitch, an incomplete story by Mister NiceGuy certainly qualifies.

http://storiesonline.net/s/10990/the-bitch-romantic-sex-story

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Sonjer

@Baltimore Rogers

The Bitch, an incomplete story by Mister NiceGuy certainly qualifies.

http://storiesonline.net/s/10990/the-bitch-romantic-sex-story


Thanks, loved the story, I hope that he will finish it!

Ernest Bywater

@Sonjer

not sure if it's what you want, but I'm currently reading DotBs Car 54 where the main character is a strong character except where females are concerned, thus they often take advantage of him in different ways he learns to give into them until he gets what he wants.

http://storiesonline.net/s/46723/car-54

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Sonjer
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@Ernest Bywater


not sure if it's what you want, but I'm currently reading DotBs Car 54 where the main character is a strong character except where females are concerned, thus they often take advantage of him in different ways he learns to give into them until he gets what he wants.

http://storiesonline.net/s/46723/car-54


I'll bookmark it for now. I tried reading AfterShock by dotB earlier, but I thought that the protagonist acted in weird and unnatural ways, and it made it really hard to relate to him when you have to stop reading and ask "Why the hell did he do that? That doesn't make any sense!". So I've been hesitant to pick up his other work after that. I'll save it for a rainy day though.

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Ernest Bywater
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@Sonjer


I tried reading AfterShock by dotB earlier, but I thought that the protagonist acted in weird and unnatural ways,


That's one of his stories I've not even looked at yet. I came across Beyond the Mirror at his own site and loved it, as well as several other stories and only just recently started on Car 54.

http://www.grynenbayritpublications.com/index/tales/Mirror/_default.html

edit to add: in both of theses stories I can very easily relate to the main character and their actions.

Peterspeter

@Michael Loucks

I've read my way through every post that Michael Loucks has made in the Well Lived Life series. The goodly amount of introspection and angst is both scene-setting and real life. There is a reason he's been voted on so favorably in the last couple of awards cycles. Personally, I found it hit home was too often, of which I approve.

silver.trask

One story I had to think of immediately is A. King and His Queen by Lazlo Zalezac. Be aware, it contains elements of prostitution, but it's not in the traditional sense. I'm providing that spoiler because you previously mentioned that you didn't like the female love interest sleeping with other men throughout the story. That and the multiple partners tag are entirely centered around the male protagonist who is an insecure (and oblivious) nerd. I think the story is more humorous than dramatic overall, the author understands how to inject levity and positive emotion to keep it generally light-hearted but is able to tone it down in the serious parts.

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Sonjer
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@silver.trask


That and the multiple partners tag are entirely centered around the male protagonist


I'm a bit confused. First you tell me to be aware that there's prostitution since I don't like female love interests having sex with others, then you say that the prostitution tag is entirely centered around the male.

So did you mean to warn me that the female love interest sleeps with others, or did you mean to reassure me that even though there is a prostitution tag, the female love interest will only be with MC and the tag refers to something MC is doing rather than the girl?

All you said about it was that it's not prostitution in the traditional sense, and that could mean a bunch of different scenarios really.

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