May 12 2011 10:00am

Alpha Male Smackdown: Who’s Top Dog?

Magic Bleeds by Ilona AndrewsIt took Natasha and Jessica over a month to whittle down a list of alphas they love, never mind the arguments they had trying to change each other’s opinions on the males they disagreed on.

Eventually they had to agree that there’s just more than one type of alpha out there.

Natasha and Jessica add:

We're still sore from the knock-down, drag-outs, but we finally have something to show for it!

Most In-Your-Face:

J: Curran from Ilona Andrews's Kate Daniels series:

Talk about Alpha male, Curran is King….No, really! He’s the ruler of the shapeshifter community, and wanna guess what he shifts into? Yup, a lion. So “king” isn’t just a figure of speech, it’s his title, and believe me, he doesn’t let you forget it. I just love how he pushes all of Kate’s buttons. She’s such a strong female, but she loses her cool when Curran is involved. He demands so much face-time, Ilona even had to created a series of scenes from Curran's POV just to please him.

N: I’m going to have to disagree, and say Eric Northman from Charlaine Harris’ Southern Vampire series. Eric makes no excuses for anything he’s done, even at the risk of losing Sookie or completely screwing her over. He has almost zero humanity left and simply doesn’t give a shit, so long as it keeps his vampires safe. Plus he owns a bar; it’s a win-win here, people.

Unholy Ghosts by Stacia KaneWorthy of the Dreamy Sighs:

J: Stacia Kane's Downside Ghosts' Terrible:

Terrible is such an unexpected alpha, but I couldn’t make a list of my favorite men, and NOT have him in the mix. Terrible is everything I didn’t know I always wanted. He’s not pretty, he’s not especially nice all the time, but he demands your attention and you give it to him and beg for more…no, really, I’d stay on my hands and knees for this man. Crap, I’m getting carried away. He’s rough'n'tough, and you’re aware of it from the very first encounter.

“Terrible grabbed her as she rounded the corner, his lips curved in what would have been a grin on a normal person, which he wasn’t. On his scarred, shadowed face, the smile made him look like he was getting ready to bite.”

I was honestly surprised that I had such an attraction to this man that the author describes thus:

“[T]he greenish lights from the dash highlighting the astonishing ugliness of his profile. His crooked nose-it must have been broken several times-the way his brow jutted out like a cliff over the ocean, the set of his jaw…”

With everything we know about him, you shouldn’t want him. He shouldn’t make you have those little dreams at night. But you do, and you will.

Side note: I honestly just sighed thinking about him all over again. LOL

N: I dig; oops, sorry, I had a downside speak moment. It happens from time to time.

Some Girls Bite by Chloe NeillMost Ass-Hat:

J: Chloe Neill's Chicagoland Vampires' Ethan Sullivan is Ugggghhh! It’s the only way to think about his fine ass. I see him in my head, and I’m instantly a little pissed off. He’s just so full of himself, and sure of exactly what YOU should be doing and feeling. And just when you kinda start thinking and feeling what he wants you to, he up and changes his mind. He’s pushy, cocky, conceited….and dreamy and hunky.

N: Do NOT diss Ethan. Ethan has his reasons for what he’s done to poor Merit! But come on, one day in bed with this Master Vampire is worth the drama. *Swoons* Okay fine, he’s an ass-hat, can we move on...?

Hate to Love Him:

J: Barrons from Karen Marie Moning's Fever Series:

Barrons is such a drama king. He has serious “center stage” issues. Everything’s always about him, him, him. Even when things are happening to Mac throughout the Fever series, they’re really still about him. He also NEVER does or says what you as a reader want him to do. He never breaks. He never bends. But god damn, that man is H.O.T.

N: I totally agree; I would kick Barrons in the ass one moment and mount him like a pony the next. He’s the perfect bad-boy character, but with an intellect that surpasses most of those other delicious bad boys.

Dreams of a Dark Warrior by Kresley ColeBest Alpha Bunch:

J: Kresley Cole’s Immortals:

The Immortals After Dark series was one of the first series I absolutely loved, way back when I was a newbie paranormal reader. But I swear it’s not the reason why I have such a soft spot in my heart for these bad boys. Each beefcake is hardcore on the outside, but gooey on the inside. I just loved that over the course of the book the hero involved transforms due to true love *cue “awww”*

N: Sadly, I can’t battle you with this one, as I haven’t read the series. Yes, bad PNR fan. But I don’t agree anyways; I think J.R. Ward’s Black Dagger Brotherhood boys have this one covered. Shitkickers aside, they’re hot, they kick ass, and they’re so damn sweet to their chosen ones. How can any other group compete?

I Want To Hug Alpha:

Natasha picks Packard from Carolyn Crane's Disillusionists' Series:

 Pack takes all your negativity into himself and sends out only good vibes. I just want to hug him….and do other things I shouldn’t mention.

Jessica: Ooooh I’ll jump on that bandwagon. Packard is yummm-y!

Acheron by Sherrilyn KenyonTHE Alpha:

Natasha: Acheron, the leader of Sherrilyn Kenyon's Dark Hunters; Ash is totally KING SHIT alpha. He heads the Dark Hunters with finesse and he’s all sorts of scary if you mess with him.

Jessica: I’m gonna be that really annoying person and say “I can’t choose just one.”

Alpha We’d Jump into Bed with:

Natasha: Bones of Jeaniene Frost's Night Huntress series; Do I need to even go into detail why?

Jessica: Mine would have to be Zayvion Jones of Devon Monk's Allie Beckstrom series: The man’s got magic! And he’s not afraid to use it. He seriously redefines the word “tingly.”

Alpha Jess and Nat Will Miss The Most: Hunter, from Vicki Pettersson's Zodiac series: We’re going to miss Hunter so damn much. *Sniffle*

We want to know—who are your favorite alpha males?


Jessica Turner reviews Urban Fantasy, Paranormal, and Sc-Fi Romances on her site The Spinecracker and is a trained chef who lives in San Diego with her very Irish husband.

Natasha Carty reviews Paranormal Romance and Urban Fantasy on her website Wicked Little Pixie and lives in Toronto, Canada, with her cat, Seamus.

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1. tgentry90
My favorite alpha males are the ones from Pamela Clare's I-Team series & Lora Leigh's Tempting SEALs & Elite Ops Series. Also Niol (a level 10 demon) from Cynthia Eden's MIDNIGHT'S MASTER, Simon Goodnight from Linda Howard's DEATH ANGEL, Cord Blackstone from Linda Howard's TEARS OF THE RENEGADE. I've just started reading Sarah McCarty's Hell's Eight series & those cowboys are quickly becoming favorites, too. I could go on & on. I'm a sucker for a bad ass with a wounded soul. And if that bad ass sheds tears, I'm in love forever!!
Megan Frampton
2. MFrampton
I have to admit, I love Ethan. Likely because he is such an asshat. I just read the first book, have the second waiting for me at the library. Curran is almost too leonine for me, though.
Natasha Carty
3. WickedLilPixie
@ Tgentry - I haven't read a single one of those books (adds to TBR)

@ Megan - I LOVEEEE Ethan. And omg hurry up and read Hard Bitten!!
4. Shiloh Walker
:) I can agree with Curran and Terrible. I do love K. Cole's books...trying to decide. Best alpha bunch? Yeah. Probably. I do like Packard and Bones, too.

The rest? Eh, either I haven't read or just can't think of anybody.
Carrie Strickler
6. DyslexicSquirrel
I more than heartily agree with Terrible (I have Terrible wallpaper on my laptop, for christ's sake!). I am more than slightly... obsessed? Addicted? Bug-fuck crazy?... about him and I am not afraid to admit it. He makes me melt. Even when he's beating people up cause they owe money to his Drug Lord boss, I just want to kiss his busted knuckles and take him home.

And Barrons... well.

"If you try to force yourself into my head, I will force myself into your pants."


"You're Mac," he says, "And I'm Jericho. And nothing else matters. Never will. You exist in a place that is beyond all rules for me. Do you understand that? "

Need I say more. That man is just... mmm. I second the kick his ass and mount him like a pony comment.

My favorite group of Alphas isn't actually from a PNR, though. I'd have to go with Shannon McKenna's McCloud brothers. Those boys just give me shivers and tingles even when they're being so macho I want to gouge their eyes out. At the same time, though, they're so soft and squishy when it comes to their women... when not horizontal (and okay, sometimes vertical and diagonal).

Or, wait, KMM's MacKelters are tied. For pretty much the same reasons.
7. Vivi
I love the Nalini Singh's alphas, Hawke and Lucas Hunter. Most of Anne Stuart's heroes are alphas too. Whether Stuart writes contemporary suspense or historical, her alphas are magnificently brought down by love.
Jessica Turner
8. TheSpinecracker

I just want to kiss his busted knuckles and take him home.

YES!!! and can you hook a sister up with some Terrible wallpaper please? ;)

Have you read Singh's "angel's" series? Some steamy great characters there too.
Carrie Strickler
9. DyslexicSquirrel
@Spinecracker: Wallpapery goodness

Good to know someone is as crazy obsessed as I am! lol
10. Apple
Best alpha heroes:

Bastien Toussaint from "Black Ice" by Anne Stuart
Simon Cross from "Death Angel" by Linda Howard
11. Allan-Hatai
While I heartily agree with several suggestions above, I also have to give a shout out to Mercury from Lora Leigh's Mercury's War. The man coulda been alpha and can speak to true lions (as a Breed, not a shapeshifter, it's infinitely harder), but he just wants to cuddle up to his Ria and purr in her ear. What's not to love?
Elizabeth Dover
12. dragonfly
Acheron is the only Alpha in my life. @dyslexicSquirrel I have Acheron wallpaper and I made my Yahoo homepage background an Acheron Collage. And yes I am a grown up not a teenager,as my daughter reminds me when she sees my homepage. :) She just doesn't get it. SMH
13. Dunia
Ash is THE Alpha. I'm running out of ways to say just how awesome he is. Except that I'm not. So, so, sooooo many ways.
Also, I agree with both of you about Cole's Immortals and Ward's BDB. It's a tough choice for me.
And I would add Nalini's Lucas or Hawke. Possibly both. Alphas AND shifters (one of them a wolf). Yeah, I'm sold. Nalini had me at book 1.
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