I’m thrilled to be celebrating the release of West of Want, the second book in my Greek-mythology-based Hearts of the Anemoi series! Part of my excitement comes from waiting so long for this book’s release (since it was originally supposed to be in April) and part stems from this being my first book in bookstores! What a thrill that is!
Today I want to talk about alpha heroes. Traditionally the stars of all romance novels, alpha heroes are powerful, arrogant, domineering, protective, possessive bad boys. Nothing bothers them. Nothing affects them. At least they don’t show it if it does. And they often don’t even admit it to themselves. It’s not until all is lost that they finally confront their emotions and secret desires, and under emotional duress open up and admit what they feel.
But does that have to be the case? Can an alpha show some emotions? Admit some pain? Admit their fears, even if only to themselves?…and still be alpha?
The hero in West of Want is Zephyros Martius, Supreme God of the West Wind and Guardian of Spring. And he is an alpha (at least I think so) who shows emotions. dun dun dun.
“Hello, my name is Zeph, and I show my emotions.”
- He’s the most supernaturally powerful of the four cardinal Anemoi and has extreme confidence in his powers
- He is decisive about what he wants and goes after it
- He is confrontational toward his brother, his greatest enemy
- He is dominating in the bedroom
- He is protective and hyper possessive
- He can be stubborn to a fault
- He can be suspicious and wary until you earn his trust
But here are the qualities that make him less than traditional:
- He can be temperamental, is sometimes sensitive, and expresses his pain
- He acknowledges his emotions, even if only to himself
- He is as prone to withdrawing from as confronting his problems
- He does care what people think
- He can be extremely caring and demonstrative with his emotions with certain people
So, can he still be alpha?
My all-time favorite alpha males are J.R. Ward’s Black Dagger Brotherhood vampires. Man, they are alpha like you hear about. And Zsadist is my favorite of all. Zsadist, who is powerful, confrontational, arrogant, uncaring, domineering, stubborn, and protective, and who is also temperamental, withdrawn, aware of his emotions (even if he hates them and tries to avoid them), and self-absorbed. Zsadist also shows his more sensitive, emotional, caring side well before the all-is-lost moment. I could make similar run-downs of Wrath, Rhage and Butch, too. (I’d say Vishous is more pure alpha, while Phury is a good example of a total beta).
So I’m wondering if there isn’t a new alpha in town. What do you think? Can an alpha hero shows emotions…and still be alpha? One commenter who leaves their email address will win an ebook of West of Want. Open to international! Good luck!
Thanks for reading!
“Laura Kaye’s captivating writing and vibrant world-building will have readers hooked on the gods of the Anemoi. WEST OF WANT is steamy, spellbinding, and a must-read for all romance fantasy fans.” ~Elisabeth Naughton, author of the Eternal Guardians series
About West of Want:
When Marcella Raines’ twin brother dies, she honors his request to be buried at sea, never expecting the violent storm that swamps her boat. Though she’s gravely injured–and still emotionally damaged from her recent divorce–Ella fights to survive.
Zephyros Martius is the Supreme God of the West Wind and Spring, but being the strongest Anemoi hasn’t protected him from betrayal and loss. Worse, he’s sure his brother Eurus is behind it. When Zeph’s heartbreak whips up a storm that shipwrecks a human, his guilt forces him to save her.
Ella is drawn to the vulnerability Zeph hides beneath his otherworldly masculinity and ancient blue eyes. And her honesty, empathy, and unique, calming influence leave Zeph wanting…everything. When Eurus threatens Ella, she and Zeph struggle to let go of the past, defend their future, and embrace what they most want–a love that can be trusted.