Monday, January 23, 2017

Male on Monday : I'm Holding Out For a Hero

Today on The Pink Heart Society, author Taryn Leigh Taylor wants your recommendations for the perfect alpha hero.

One thing I've always loved about romance novels is that they have the perfect hero for every palate. 

If you like your heroes responsible and steadfast, pick up a western.

If your perfect man is broody and fanged, paranormal might be your jam.

Does your ideal guy have a great sense of humour and a knack for? Check out the romantic comedy shelf. 

But despite the smorgasbord of hero archetypes, there is still one hero to rule them all. That's right, I'm talking the alpha hero. The enduring and beloved power player who loves deep--but not until he meets the strong-willed heroine destined to be his kryptonite, natch. Best of all, like his book-boyfriend counterparts, the alpha males comes in a variety of flavours:

He might work hard, play harder, and wear a suit like it was made for him:

Gabriel Macht as Harvey Specter in Suits

He might be dangerous and gritty, and know how to handle his weapon:

Charlie Hunnam as Jax Teller in Sons of Anarchy

He might be stoic and reserved and be worth ten thousand a year:

Colin Firth as Mr. Darcy in Pride and Prejudice

Or he might be a smart-ass battling his demons in his quest to save the world:

Jensen Ackles as Dean Winchester in Supernatural
I'm currently hard at work on my next project, and I need a little alpha inspiration to keep the words flowing. 

Help a girl out, and tell me which sexy alpha heroes get you hot and bothered in the comments below. (I'm not picky! He can live on screen or in the pages of your favourite novel.)

Taryn's latest release, Playing to Win, is available in e-format wherever Harlequin Blaze are sold.

Playing to win means playing dirty...

Holly Evans is intelligent, educated and crazy about sports--so how did she end up prancing about in a miniskirt and teasing her hair like some broadcasting bimbo? Of course, since she's already iced her journalistic integrity, Holly might as well indulge in a little fangirl lust for the ripped captain of Portland's hockey team.

Luke Maguire sees right through Holly's bunny disguise, and he's ready to pull her into the locker room and strip it all off. Then Holly discovers someone on the team is profiting from a little over/under betting. Suddenly her lusting for Luke is going head-to-head with her reporting instincts. And if she's caught offside, there's no telling what the penalty will be...

Taryn Leigh Taylor likes dinosaurs, bridges and space, both personal and of the final-frontier variety. She shamelessly indulges in cliches, most notably her Starbucks addiction, her shoe hoard and her penchant for falling in lust with fictional men with great abs. For more on Taryn, check out her website, or catch her on FacebookInstagram and Twitter.


  1. well, I'm all about the cowboys. I love the tip of that hat, the chivalry (and a man who's good with his hands!)
    But dishevelling a guy in suit works too ;-)

    1. Strong silent type is a classic alpha hero. Cowboys definitely fit the bill! ;)

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