Jun 16 2014 8:05am

Who’s Your Favorite Beta Hero?

Tom HiddlestonWe write a lot about Alpha Males—bossy, demanding men who aren't shy about going after what they want.

But there's a lot of love for Beta Heroes, too—men who are more considerate, less aggressive about what they want (even as they definitely want what they want as much as their Alpha counterparts!)

So today we want to ask: Who's your favorite Beta Hero?

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Lege Artis
1. LegeArtis
Great use of Tom Hiddleston gif. I approve. :D

Hmm... I like Harry Braxton from As You Desire by Connie Brockway. It's that speech, of course... but, his love was so unfaltering that it pulled all my heart strings. Le sigh....
cate nugent
2. nurcat
Oh, it's Turnip Fitzhugh from Lauren Willig's Pink Carnation series.... although technically I don't like to call him a Beta hero, I prefer to call him a Chap !
Darlene Marshall
3. DarleneMarshall
I have to go with bookish Jack Langdon from Loretta Chase's The Devil's Delilah. Still my favority beta hero.

Two authors who do a lot of betas are Carla Kelly and Mary Balogh. I must have a soft spot for betas, because those are two of my favorite authors as well.
4. lauralee1912
Sam Grady from Virginia Kantra's Carolina Girl is my latest favorite beta hero. He paid attention to details and took care of everyone and yet Sam had a flaw in his perception of his relationship with his father. His wooing of Meg Fletcher made my heart go pitterpat.
5. Scarlettleigh
You guys mentioned some of my favorite beta heroes - In fact this morning after reading the question I thought of Turnip but was too lazy to go look up the name of the book or post.

I love Sam -- He is pretty much a perfect hero to me. Ditto on Jack Langdon and Harry Braxton - - -

I also thought of Tyler Wilkie from Grace Grows by Shelle Sumner.
6. Malin
Archemedes Fox in Meljean Brook's Heart of Steel.
7. LauraLynn
Captain Jesse Randall from Carla Kelly's "The Wedding Journey" and

Mark Turner from Courtney Milan's "Unclaimed"
Carmen Pinzon
8. bungluna
Carter Maguire from Nora Roberts' "Vision in White" is one of my favorite Beta heroes.
Katherine Bloom
9. lsbloom
This doesn't totally fit the bill, but I'm currently very intrigued with how they rewrote Clayton Danvers for the TV version of Bitten. The portrayal as a completely comfortable beta by a character who would usually be a domineering alpha is breath of fresh air for me. The juxtaposition of physical dominance, protective instinct, and ability to let someone else control the situation and the ego is fasinating. And maybe the best part of the show.

I never made it past the second book, so I can't really compare for the series, but the show has me thinking still.
Mary Lynne Nielsen
10. emmel
Love, love, love the beta hero. IMHO, there aren't enough of them. Practically every Carla Kelly hero is a beta, and Mary Balogh has also written a number of them. I particularly like Perry Lampman from A Promise of Spring and the Marquess of Carew from Lord Carew's Bride. For contemporaries, an oldie but goodie is Chris Bishop (that's even a beta *name*!) from Jacquie D'Allessandro's Kiss the Cook.

In some ways, I think creating a beta is a greater challenge for a writer. When you have an alpha, everything is overt: he's the champion, be that in warfare, in business, in the arts, etc. He's thrilling in all ways that people notice. But a beta doesn't hit you over the head with his abilities and his mere presence. Instead, his actions prove him over the course of the book. And I think creating that kind of subtle strength is something most writers have to work to achieve.
11. stacymd2
Wow! You guys are amazing. I can't concentrate with Tom Hiddleston gorgeously blinking at me.

I prefer strong heroes in romance novels, but I do love beta heroes as well. They may be harder to write since most alphas are clear cut & direct. I'll have to check out some of the suggestions above.
12. claudiajd
My fav beta hero is Michael Stirling from When He Was Wicked by Julia Quinn. He breaks through at the end, the poor tortured fella.
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