New York Times bestselling author Lori Foster shares why her favorite parts of romance books always involve the alpha male heroes. Her latest book, No Limits, is available now.
Alpha males are fun to write, which is why I chose Cannon Colter as the hero of my new book, No Limits, which will be followed by books about Denver, Stack and Armie in my new Ultimate series featuring MMA fighters. But alpha heroes are also my favorite to read. The guys can vary from young to mature, dangerous to domestic. But they need to be strong leaders and they have to be honorable.
In other words, they must be alpha.
I’ve read some really memorable hunky heroes lately, the kind that stick with you long after the book is finished.
Top of my list is West Young in Katie McGarry’s most recent release, Take Me On. I’ve loved every single one of McGarry’s books, but West was extraspecial—and he’s my new favorite. This young man is badly misunderstood by his family but remains notably honorable in his actions and emotions, very dedicated to those he loves, and so incredibly sweet with how he fell for Haley. :::sigh::: In all of Katie’s books, you experience the wonder of first love. It doesn’t get any better than that.
I can never think about alphas without remembering sexy demon Cadeon Woede, in Kresley Cole’s Dark Desires After Dusk. Being a rage demon, Cadeon is more alpha than most, with abilities well beyond mortal men. But he was still so utterly human in how hard he fell in love with Holly Ashwin, how badly he suffered over past mistakes and his extreme determination to claim what was his.
Dangerous Ty Garrison from Jill Shalvis’s Lucky in Love totally hooked me on the Lucky Harbor series. Ty is one alpha who knows how to make readers laugh, sigh and quickly turn the pages. He was so terrific about putting up with all the busybodies in the town, and he was so protective of Mallory—and so sexy—how could anyone not get hooked?
Heroic Staff Sergeant Mike Kowalski in Catherine Mann’s Shelter Me epitomized the real-life hero, those awesome men who serve our country. I got Shelter Me as an advance reading copy, and I’m so glad I did. Mike Kowalski returned from Iraq with battle stress, but instead of shutting himself away, he brought a dog from overseas to comfort the family of his fallen commander—who also happens to be the father of the only woman Mike’s ever loved. Then Mike did something I really loved—he moved into the McDaniel family's loft apartment (in a barn converted into an animal rescue) to help with everything from making home repairs, assisting the mom with doggie adoption events, helping the grandfather with Alzheimer's come to grips with his own PTSD and even guiding a deeply troubled teenage boy through coping with the loss of a father. How could the heroine—Sierra McDaniel—help but fall in love with Mike? How could we help but love an alpha hero who's so in charge yet so tender? To make it even better, the author included some scenes from the dog’s POV. I loved it.