Alpha Men and/or Bad Boys in Romance
I want to thank Nikki for having me. (You’re most welcome and THANK YOU too for being a part of my blogiversary!) As I type this I’m in a hotel room waiting to fly away to New York City where 2000 romance writers will converge at the Marriot for RWA 2011. (Nikki <– JEALOUS) Pretty empowering, that…2000 women who have a passion to write.
I love writing romance. All kinds. I write about Jaguar Warriors. Men who are total alpha. Some people complain that they’re asshat’s. For me, I love reading about a bad boy who’s been redeemed because of his journey and the love of a woman.
Alpha men…bad boys. Why do we love them so?
I know I do. Who the hell wants to read about a “yes man”? I want a man who will challenge me, fight with me, give me as good as I give and then, well, take me to bed and make my toes curl.
Now, I’m not saying a more refined version won’t do…I have a huge crush on Mathew McFadden. He played Mr. Darcy in my favourite version of Pride and Prejudice. However if I’m being honest, sweet, gentle loving is nice, but hot, nasty loving is exciting!
It’s probably why I love Christine Feehan’s Dark series so much. Her Carpathian men are total alphas. They love their women and protect them to the death. And well, they’re very, very skilled at the whole lovin’ part.
I wanted to bring that out in my books. I wanted my men to love their women with an intensity that hopefully leaves the reader invested and wanting them to have their HEA, even if they’re not always nice and easy on their mates.
I hope I’ve done that. In His Darkest Hunger, Jaxon and Libby certainly have a lot to work out, but in the end, you know they belong together. Same with Jagger and Skye. In His Darkest Salvation, my third Jaguar Warrior book that releases July 26, Julian is in a very dark place. He’s not nice. In fact he’s a complete dick. He needs to find peace and the only person that can help him is his sworn enemy, so yeah, the fireworks are there but with so much in the way will they make it? That’s what it’s all about. Romance, passion and a couple who will rip your heart out and have you cheering from the sidelines!
I’m curious, what are your favourite types of Heroes in romance? Do we like dark, twisty alphas? Or strong, solid types with a hint of Beta?
Juliana is all kinds of awesome and she has said she will give away 1 print book to a random commenter. You have your choice of The Darkest Hunger or The Darkest Embrace! All you have to do to enter is answer Juliana’s question from up above and leave me a way to get a hold of you if you win! This is open to US and Canadian residents. I will leave the contest open until July 2nd and will post the winner on July 3rd.
Jaxon Castille: jaguar shifter, warrior, assassin. He has long hungered for the chance to make his former lover, Libby Jamieson, pay for her deadly betrayal. After three long years he’s finally found her. The hunt is over . . .
But the Libby that he finds is not what he expected. She has no memory of their tumultuous affair, of her treachery, of anything beyond her own name. A shadowy and deadly clan has marked them both for death, and in an instant, he game changes: the hunter has become the hunted.
On the run, with the ghosts of their past between them and a dark, desperate hunger quickly reclaiming their bodies and souls, Libby and Jaxon must discover the truth behind the dark forces working against them. Together, they must grab hold of a destiny that has the power to either heal them or destroy them.
But the truth is far more shattering than anyone could imagine . . .
A solitary hunter with no regard for the human world, Jagger Castille is a shifter living on the edge. A woman who calls him enemy will give him reason to live . . .
Jagger is a creature of the night—Skye Knightly soars in the sun. Natural adversaries, they are now joined in a mission entrusted to Skye’s family centuries ago: nothing less than the salvation of the Earth.
Wounded and bitter, Jagger sought escape in the solitude of the jungle, driven by a need to disappear forever . . . until a mysterious shifter who calls to his soul and feeds a yearning long forgotten pulls him from his dark path. A courageous warrior, Skye’s passion is equal to Jagger’s—but can she trust a man whose secrets are as devastating as her own?
Each is the other’s sole hope for survival. But a dark and twisted truth is leading them toward the ultimate sacrifice for a love they may never live to claim.