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Jill Shalvis


10 Alpha Males In Literature

Posted: 10/16/2013 1:59 pm

What qualifies me to make such a list? Because I write alphas, I read alphas, heck I even married an alpha (Hi, Alpha Man!). I believe an alpha has to be lovable as well as strong. My latest hero, sexy firefighter Jack Harper from "Always On My Mind," is the captain of a fire station -- a man who regularly straps on hundreds of pounds of equipment and throws himself into an inferno to rescue people. But at the same time, when Jack strips off his uniform, he can cook a mean pancake (and does, for a charity breakfast), and he's man enough to say "I need you." Like a martini, I think that alphas are better with a twist. Plus how can you resist a man who says, "New rule. No more rules."

Here are the 10 best alpha males in literature:

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  • Roarke, from JD Robb’s "In Death" series

    Not sure if it’s his smarts or the way he owns half the planet. Oh, wait, it’s because he’s hot as hell.

  • Jamie, from "Outlander" by Diana Gabaldon

    Strong of mind and body, loyal, and possibly the most stubborn male ever. Oh! And he has an accent. Win-win.

  • Heathcliff, from "Wuthering Heights" by Emily Bronte

    Possibly my first alpha hero, thanks to my high school English teacher for giving me this one all those years ago.

  • Hawk from "Mystery Man" by Kristen Ashley

    Dark, tormented, HOT.

  • Wrath from "Dark Lover" by JR Ward

    Serious alpha, half blind, king of vampires… what’s not to love?

  • Wolf Mackenzie from "Mackenzie's Mountain" by Linda Howard

    Just delicious (sigh)…

  • Piers Yelverton from "When Beauty Tamed the Beast" by Eloisa James

    A real kick-ass doctor from the 1800s who snarled with great conviction.

  • Archangel Raphael from Nalini Singh's "Angel" series

    Incredibly hot and alpha.

  • Nick Allegrezza in "Truly Madly Yours" by Rachel Gibson

    Sexy and handsome, and terminally ticked off.

  • Ranger from Janet Evanovich’s "Stephanie Plum" series

    The mystery man in black and his quiet but authoritatively uttered “babe” gets me every single time.