Alpha heroes in romance novels have major appeal to readers. They are often overprotective, in total control and as a result, bossy. It is their way or the highway. One doesn’t have to look hard to find examples of these types of characters, and I admit that I actively search these heroes out. I enjoy their tendency to take charge, but love watching them meet their matches. Here is a peek at five of the bossiest heroes that I’ve had the good fortune to come across.
Colt, from Teresa Mummert’s Safe Word, is an ex-cop who did time for actions while on the force. He is making his way up the criminal ladder. But one night, the woman he loved in high school walks back into his life and becomes ensnared in this unsavory activities. While together, Colt firmly asserts his control. He is after all keeping her hostage. But there is much more going on between the two. When their situation grows dangerous, Colt reveals that “I’m fucking selfish Rose, I wanted you. You and I belong together. That prick can’t keep you safe. They wanted you dead and there is nothing that fucking lawyer could have done to stop them.” And by the way, Colt is just as bossy in bed.
Vic from Beth Kery’s Wicked Burn is another great example of the bossy hero. Vic is a playwright who becomes somewhat obsessed with his neighbor, an art curator. Less than five minutes after Vic meets Niall, he commands her to “Take off your panties and move back on the bed.” Niall is seduced by Vic and his aggressive tactics. Of course, the orders keep coming, and when Niall plays coy, Vic responds with the dictate “Suck on in it Niall, or I’m gonna spank your ass so hard you’re not going to be able to sit tomorrow.” Vic isn’t actually looking for love, but Niall makes this bossy man her own.
And next there is the seemingly cruel Lord Blaize Minshom from Kate Pearce’s Simply Insatiable. A villain of previous books in Pearce’s Simply series, Blaize is an unlikely and dark hero. His estranged wife decides to disregard his wishes and force a reunion. Blaize is not amused. He reminds Jane that “I decide which bills to pay, not you. Everything will be returned and your account canceled.” Blaize is lord and master of all he surveys, and he never lets anyone forget it. To further assert his control, Blaize demands that Jane join him in his deviant sexual games in order to prevent her from getting close to his heart again.
Kelly Robak from Cara McKenna's After Hours is an orderly in a psychiatric hospital, and a man who knows exactly how he comes across. When Erin, a new nurse at the hospital, asks Kelly why women find him troublesome, he replies “Just general bossy assholery.” His exes might think he treated them like servants, but his take is that “. . . I work hard. I’ve got needs. If they don’t get met to my satisfaction, I get grouchy.” He proceeds to prove that while he isn’t an easy man to be with, he and Erin fit very well together—as long as she’s willing to put up with his bossy ways.
But all of these heroes might pale in comparison to Kristen Ashley’s Knight, the hero of the book by the same name. Knight is an anti-hero, a man who walks on the wrong side of the law. His life is turned upside down when he meets the young Anya and can’t leave her alone. Knight controls everything in his world and Anya is no exception. He is especially bossy in bed and likes to be called daddy. He spends a great deal of time training Anya to follow his various commands, like “Get up. Position for Daddy. You know how I like it. Facing the headboard. Arms up in the air. Yeah?” Knight isn’t a hero for everyone, but he is the epitome of the bossy hero.
What about you? Do you have any bossy heroes to add to the list?