Oh, buddy. I have a feeling this request is going to generate a lot of opinions and double some TBRs. Reader Arielibra was inspired by our Heyer birthday sale post to find some alpha heroes in historical. Here is her email:
Could we have a Rec League on alphas?
The comments from the Heyer-birthday post have been haunting me, especially Pam Shropshire’s point that Avon is “the definitive alpha.” *sighs, fans self* Yes, yes he is.
I like a nice bespectacled beta as much as anybody… But maybe we could have a Rec for those of us who are at risk of just re-reading These Old Shades until the end of time? Thanks!
Amanda: Whew, okay. These are a few of my personal favorites:
Rohan from Anne Stuart’s Ruthless ( A | BN | K | AB ). This is definitely on the darker, more erotic side of historical romance and it has an age difference. The hero is commanding and crude and made me utter, “Oh my…” quite a few times.
Sarah: STANDBY BY FOR RECS!
Sarah: Devil’s Bride – Stephanie Laurens.
2. If you need to describe an alpha male, Devil’s Bride is my favorite example.
Honoria has just found out who Devil is:
“Proof? What more proof could she need? One glance into those ageless, omniscient eyes, at that face displaying steely strength perfectly melded with rampant sensuality, was enough to settle all doubts.”
Omniscient eyes, steely strength, rampant sensuality – check, check check. Of course, Laurens also wrote, “The weeping furnace of her sheath” in The Brazen Bride. Bless her.
Redheadedgirl: I can think of a bunch of old school alphas, but I don’t recommend them as dudes.A | BN | K | G | AB ). She doesn’t often do alphas.
I’m going to stop now because I’m giving too many.
Elyse: Duke of Sin by Elizabeth Hoyt
Hoyt writes amazing alpha heroes! So does Kleypas!
Get all that? We practically squeed all over the place! What alpha heroes in historical romances would you suggest? Tell us in the comments!