Category: New Adult/Young Adult

Great Trilogy

Posted October 30, 2013 by Victoria in Contemporary/Historical Romance, New Adult/Young Adult / 0 Comments

Here’s a fantastic trilogy for you. It’s different. It has a love triangle. An unusual one. One man is dark, one is light. One is unpredictable, the other is true. It’s romance and suspense, just the way I like it.

sinsandneedles shootingscars boldtricks

4-star-rating

The trilogy is more of a 4.5 star read for me.

Here is my review for Bold Tricks:

This was a satisfying and epic finish to this trilogy. This could be one of my favorite series this year. It was action-packed, punctuated with interesting self-reflection and discovery by Ellie—who she really loves and who is the man for her. Camden continues to prove that he would do anything for Ellie whether she chooses him or not, he stayed true, he was her constant as was Gus. There are some big revelations toward the end, although I kind of figured it out. The sex scenes were hot, I will never look at mud the same again. Ahhh, Camden, you are such a swoon-worthy hero. I wasn’t so sure of him in the beginning, I thought he was too wimpy to hack it in book 1, but we’ve seen his growth throughout the books as a soulful tattoo artist to one serious badass.

Javier, ah, what a complex character he was, but I did not buy his character development in the third book.

The other books in the series:

On Every Street – a novella

Sins and Needles

Shooting Scars – I loved this alternate Ellie and Camden point of view.

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Amazing New Adult book: Making Faces

Posted October 24, 2013 by Victoria in My 5-star reads, New Adult/Young Adult / 0 Comments

making faces

5-star-rating

Making Faces by Amy Harmon

I almost skipped this book because some reviews said the romance didn’t start until the middle of the book. For me this wasn’t a book about romance, it was more about friendship and boy, how i loved Bailey, Fern and Ambrose. Bailey had a disease called muscular dystrophy and became wheelchair-bound at an early age. It’s interesting despite his disability he had such a big view of the world. In some ways this book was personal because it reminded me of my own brother who doctors said wouldn’t live past three months when he was born. He lived until he was 26—he was wheelchair-bound all his life but like Bailey, he had so much wisdom and he was a hero to me.

Anyway, back to the book—from the blurb, Ambrose comes home from war horribly disfigured and suffering an emotional turmoil of losing all his friends—friends whom he had convinced to sign up to join the Army. How Fern and Bailey draws him out of his survivor’s guilt becomes a strong part of the plot. I loved it when Bailey faced Ambrose and called him on his bullshit of self-pity. The development of the romance between Ambrose and Fern was very sweet. The insecurity of Ambrose that Fern loved him only because she wanted to take care of him like she did for Bailey was kind of heartbreaking. And though it’s an overused cliche, real beauty is what’s on the inside is a recurring theme throughout the story. There were no hot sex scenes and I was fine with that although I did ugly-cry my way through the last 15% of the book.

In the end, one realizes that “there isn’t heartache if there hasn’t been joy.” One wouldn’t “feel loss if there hadn’t been love.” Would one rather not have pain than never have known that person one loved and lost?

The epilogue was short, but darn did I go for the tissue all over again.

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New Adult Romances ~ Off Series and Stripped

Posted August 18, 2013 by Victoria in 2013-Reviews, New Adult/Young Adult / 0 Comments

Finally, I have some great new adult romances for you. Sawyer Bennett always delivers and I’ve got two for you:

Sensual couple in blue jeans

5-star-rating

Off Course ~ Sawyer Bennett

I LOVED this book. The author had struck every chord on my wish list. I like that the heroine Renner was not a push over. And Cillian with his rockstar good looks, well he is a rockstar, absolutely sizzles with Alpha male goodness who sees what he wants and goes for it. Renner is a bit gun-shy on the relationship bandwagon having suffered humiliation and the loss of her job in her previous one, but our man is persistent almost to the point of stalking. Don’t we all just love them that way in fantasy land anyway? So our man finally wears our girl down and the sex, when it happens, was explosive — as in tear your clothes off explosive. All should be good and coast along right? But no. There is one chink in this relationship and I’m not a big fan of the evil ex-girlfriend as a romance trope but in this case it worked to provide just the right angst. Though in the beginning I understand how Cillian feels it’s his responsibility to get his ex some help, like Renner, I could also see when enough is enough. And there were a couple of times I wanted to smack Cillian on the head for his stupidity when it comes to his ex’s manipulation. And I would have thrown my ereader at this point, but I was hoping with all this angst, I’d get what I want. And yes, the author pulled through. Cillian had to do some major groveling and it was a thing of beauty. And that’s what worked for me in this book. Yes, let the H do some stupid shit, but make sure he makes up for it in a big way in the end. 😉
Sigh, I love this series and this my favorite one to date. Waiting for Flynn’s book. 🙂

offtherecord

4-star-rating

Off the Record ~ Sawyer Bennett

I love the author’s writing. It is so engaging. I love love Linc Caldwell. Though I do feel for Ever’s bad experience with men, I think what she did to Linc was extremely judgmental and as an aspiring journalist she should have been more professional. Anyway, what ensued was extreme sexual tension. What can I say, Linc is panty-melting hot and with the gorgeous guy on the cover, you kinda get a visual. He is also a nice guy and I mean it in a good way not the boring way. Though I did get annoyed at Ever at some point, I kinda understood her reasons in the end to get her past out of her system before moving on with Linc. Although, I did wish that Linc did not try to move on so quickly and tried harder to convince Ever to give them a chance.
Don’t worry, this ends in an HEA. 🙂

stripped

4-star-rating

Stripped ~ Jasinda Wilder

This was a great read from Jasinda Wilder. I thought I would get impatient with the beginning because it was sort of background information on our heroine Grey and I normally do not like books where the h/H take a while to meet, but I found it compelling with a sense of dread when her mom started getting headaches. The scene with her dad was heartbreaking. Anyway, fastforward to her life as a stripper and when she finally meets Dawson. Can I say Dawson is completely swoon worthy. He’s handsome and the perfect mix of Alpha male. All he wants to do is take care of Grey and it’s just so sweet. I understood why Grey was hesitant to let him help her and I admired her for it. And the way Dawson took over, just loved it.:) The love scenes were also steamy.
Ok, what didn’t work for me was the Hollywood thing, sometimes when the characters in a book start rubbing shoulders with real people, that somehow throws me out of the story. The ending was kind of anti-climatic because knowing how much Dawson loved Grey the reader knew nothing like the past coming back to bite Grey would change anything. And I’m really glad the author didn’t make the characters do any stupid angsty decisions that would make me want to throw my e-reader. 🙂

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Lick (Stage Dive, #1)

Posted July 22, 2013 by Victoria in New Adult/Young Adult / 0 Comments

lickstagedive

 

4-star-rating

 

Lick (Stage Dive #1) ~ Kylie Scott

Finally, we have a rock star that’s not a complete douchebag. I know we all love bad boys, but sometimes with New Adult novels and as a more mature reader, I don’t get the appeal unless the man finds a way to completely redeem himself in the end.

Anyway, off my soapbox.

Here’s a book that is completely swoonworthy. Is the hero perfect? No.

Apparently, what stays in Vegas doesn’t stay in Vegas for long when an ordinary girl like Evelyn finds herself married to a famous rockstar after an amnesia-inducing drunk night.

I think David is the sweetest rock star I’ve ever read. The book was well written. Evelyn and David were sympathetic characters. There definitely was conflict but nothing too over the top which was great for a change. The sex scenes were hot. I would say this was an easy, mellow read. And yes, no cliffhangers. Can Mal get a book, pretty please? 🙂

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Badass Alpha Reads: Surviving Raine and Fire Inside

Posted June 5, 2013 by Victoria in 2013-Reviews, Contemporary/Historical Romance, New Adult/Young Adult / 0 Comments

I know I said I was going to have a review of Entwined with You this week, unfortunately 20% into the book, I’ve realized that I’ve grown weary of Gideon and Eva’s relationship. I don’t know if it was because I’ve heard there were going to be five books. Yes, five! I’ve skimmed most of the book and I could tell there were a lot of hot sexy scenes—which I skipped! So I don’t think I can give an honest review of the book. Many found it really good, unfortunately the series is not for me anymore. {Sigh and there goes $9.99 down the drain.}

However … Oh. My. God. Just when I thought I was in a reading slump, I read a book that just knocked me off of my ass. I laughed, I cursed, I rolled my eyes, you name it. I had every reaction. What is this book? Surviving Raine. Warning: I’m not sure how to classify this book if this would work as New Adult, the heroine is 20 years old and our hero is 29. It’s also not for everyone, because Sebastian Stark is what you would call an anti-hero. He has a very dark side and he is obnoxious, but hell I love the man.

Surviving Raine
Surviving Raine

5-star-ratingSurviving Raine by Shay Savage

This book is currently my best read this year! I freaking enjoyed it, I did not want it to end. Sebastian Stark is one of my top Alpha males ever. He’s normally not my type because he was such an ass. I mean really surly, crass and rude. He’s an alcoholic in withdrawal and just plain mean but I effing loved him. I don’t know why. I think this worked really well because the book was written from his POV so you can actually hear his thought process and it was really hilarious. Let me back up a bit. The heroine, Raine, I effing loved her too. She was the perfect combination of strength and vulnerability. She was perfect for the broken man that was Bastian. Throughout the book, you’d realize that despite Bastian’s tough exterior, beneath him is a very needy, insecure man. And Raine, gosh that girl has so much understanding in her. Don’t get me wrong, she was not a pushover. I mean, about 9% into the book I had to put it down because I laughed so hard. There was a scene wherein Bastian said something really crude and Raine let him have it and I mean HAVE it. Oh my god I love her.
There was also another intense scene in the book where Bastian officially became my #1 non-paranormal Alpha badass.
As you all can tell by now I’m gushing. There was a bit of a slow part around 3/4 of the way, but I did not mind because I was just happy to read along how these two great characters fall in love. I think the underlying intrigue of the plot is also what kept me turning the pages.
This book was a mixture of survivor, castaway and hunger games with a heavy dose of romance. Yes, hunger games. This book ends with an HFN. I hate books that do this because we normally get plots getting dragged out. But seeing how rich Surviving Raine was plot-wise and what the epilogue has set up for, I’m sure we’ll get a book that will be as page-turning as this one. I hate that the next book will be in 2014. 🙁

Fire Inside
Fire Inside

5-star-ratingFire Inside by Kristen Ashley

4.5  stars. I have a new favorite badass biker. I always knew it would be Hopper Kincaid. Fire Inside was not the typical KA novel in that, it did not have the dramatic ending of blood and hospital drama. But, let me say there was a kidnapping and it involved handcuffs. 😉

I’ve always had faith in Hop, even in MM, I knew there was something about him. Especially when Tack said that he should have had Hop guard Tyra because no one can get the jump on him, he got on my radar. And yes, knowing the full story with that skank BeeBee and Mitzi, readers can be assured Hop is a good guy.
I understood why KA went that route she did with their story. Why she concentrated on the relationship of Lanie and Hop, instead of injecting the regular drama. Lanie already endured a confrontation with the mob, she took several bullets and nearly died, do we want more drama of the same kind happen to her again?
Why not a full 5-stars? Lanie drove me nuts with her thought process. I was expecting more sass, backtalk and resistance from her, but I guess with one Hop Kincaid, who could say no?
Is Hop and Lanie my favorite KA couple? No.(That honor still belongs to Mike and Dusty, Luke and Ava) But Hop is one of my top KA guys now. Just love him. All of him. He is badass, he is alpha and he is sweet.
Usually, I judge how much I like a book if I would go back and re-read sections of it, and with Fire Inside I know I definitely will!

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Silver Fire and a New Adult Novella

Posted June 3, 2013 by Victoria in Fire and Ice, Guardian Series, New Adult/Young Adult, Silver Fire / 0 Comments

Well, I promised some news about Silver Fire. I finished the last chapter two weeks ago, but I’ve decided to go through some rigorous exercise for this second novel in that I sent it to some pre-edit beta readers —those who were willing to overlook grammatical errors to evaluate the plot and characterization.

I know a lot of you loved my heroine Maia in the first book because she was quite the kickass. Sophie is a bit different. She is more vulnerable and let me tell you sometimes it was hard to write her because as I’ve mentioned before, I like my heroines to be almost invincible. So just be forewarned she is very different from Maia. But I think she’s perfect for Derek.  Ah, Derek, our easy-going supporting character in Fire and Ice finds out he’s not so easy going after all. 😉

We’ll meet up with Maia and Jack again, but I don’t want to reveal too much. I was kinda tickled to write some of their scenes. 🙂

Next phase: professional editing, more beta-reading, proof reading, cover design and ARCs (advance reading copies)

Blurb:

What if you hold the blueprint to a device that can destroy an entire city?
Sophie Marie Leroux is a genius nuclear physicist who runs Silver Fire Research, a laboratory that has developed the technology to enrich Zefinium—an element so versatile, it can be used as an infinite power source. It is also rumored to be an alternative to weaponized plutonium. Certain factions want to see that research buried, and the only way to make it happen is to get rid of Sophie. But greed has brought out sinister forces who may just coerce her into building the most lethal weapon since the nuclear bomb.
Derek Lockwood has avoided commitment all his life. His past involvements in high-risk missions with the Army Special Forces and Artemis Guardian Services (AGS) are not exactly building blocks for meaningful relationships. Now as an executive for a defense company, he finds himself attracted to his new business partner—an angel with a mind like Einstein—Sophie may be the one woman who may just have him forsake all others.
However, behind Sophie’s brilliant mind lurks a dark past, and Derek will need all his intellectual and sensual expertise to break through her emotional minefield.

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In the meantime, I’m working on my a sorta prequel to Silver Fire, the difference is, it’s New Adult—I’ve always wanted to write about alpha-males-in-the-making. 🙂 We may meet some characters from Fire and Ice like Maia and Viktor. The title is “Beneath the Fire” , it’s a novella (target-25,000 words). Hoping to quickly shop for a book cover and have it available on Amazon.

Here’s the tentative blurb:

Lucy Cortez is a model college student. She makes good grades, attends her study groups regularly and stays out of trouble in school.

Nathan Stark is the new hotshot star of their college’s lacrosse team. He is over six-feet of lethal charm and his sapphire blue eyes can make any girl swoon.

They meet cute and fall for each other. They live happily ever after, right?

Wrong. Beneath the fire of their passion lurks a tangle of lies and deceit. Was theirs a chance encounter or a premeditated meeting? For Nathan isn’t exactly who he says he is and Lucy herself is full of secrets—dangerous secrets.

Unless they trust each other with the truth of who they are, the tenuous bond of young love may be broken and lives hanging in the balance may be shattered forever.

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New Adult Novels: Off sides and Off limits

Posted May 23, 2013 by Victoria in New Adult/Young Adult / 0 Comments

Off Sides by Sawyer Bennet
Off Sides by Sawyer Bennet

4-star-rating

Off Sides

Simply put, I like Danny the heroine and Ryan. They were both strong characters and were willing to fight for what they wanted.

Off Limits
Off Limits

4-star-rating

Off Limits

I enjoyed the previous book off sides. The book was slow to start, but it was to show some background on the characters. Emily is a trust fund baby, but has decided to reinvent herself and not be the spoiled little rich girl that she was. Nix is trying not to get involved with Emily,but when they finally do, it’s a scorcher! Anyway, they agree that the sex would be no-strings-attached, but you know how that goes. ;). The book deals with PTSD and by the end of the book, there were tears in my eyes as what happened to Nix is revealed. The way the author shows how Nix deals with the after-effects of a brain trauma as well as PTSD is heartbreaking—there are uncontrolled rages etc… but I really like how Emily helped Nix overcome this. The ending was satisfying and sweet.

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Twisted Perfection & Crush

Posted April 30, 2013 by Victoria in 2013-Reviews, New Adult/Young Adult / 0 Comments

If I wait for four-five star reads when it comes to New Adult, I may have nothing to post here. But these rated high on Goodreads and Amazon, so majority of readers liked them.

Twisted Perfection

Twisted Perfection
Twisted Perfection

*3.75* 
I was disappointed that this was not a standalone book and was all set to wait until the Perfection series was complete before reading them. DID NOT HAPPEN. One, because I loved Woods in the Fallen too Far Series and two, well the guy on the cover was too sexy to ignore. 😉
Unfortunately, Woods in this book did not work for me. The in-control, decisive Alpha male I knew in the previous books was not in evidence in this installment. I know a hero needs to have his weaknesses, but I’m not a big fan of this type of character manipulation. The plot felt contrived and had a soap-opera feel to it (Maybe the last name Kerrington sounded too much like Carrington that it reminded me of Dynasty). The villains were caricatures, and the cliffhanger only solidified this whole scenario.
Della came across as two-dimensional despite her dark past (Okay, I may be projecting here because I do not like weak heroines. So it could be just me.) I did not feel invested in the characters. I was even rooting for Tripp and Della! {Grant is mine ;)}
What worked? The sex scenes are steamy–the author sure knows how to weave them– and her writing-style is very good. And the lines were swoon-worthy. 🙂

So now I’m having a hard time rating this, and had to break it down depending on what may be important to you as a reader.

plot – 3 stars
characters – 3 stars
steam factor – 5 stars
writing style – 4 stars

Crush

Crush
Crush

*3.75* Definitely better than the last book. In this one, you see how both Jude and Lucy continue to struggle with their relationship. Jude is still overprotective/possessive, Lucy has her own drama plus she still has something to prove. We see how Jude hitting the big time affects their relationship. Whenever they have an argument that borders on immaturity, I have to remember that they are only 21 and based on their past, it’s very believable anyway. Are they dysfunctional? Yes. But I enjoyed reading through Jude’s blowups, the scene with the newspaper was over the top, but I loved it. I also liked Anton’s and Jude’s verbal exchanges. What almost didn’t work for me was the predictability of *life-changing-news* when mentioned in New Adult novel blurbs. But in the end, I did loved Jude and Lucy and I did care that they got their HEA.

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Some great reads this week

Posted April 19, 2013 by Victoria in 2013-Reviews, Author Ramblings, Contemporary/Historical Romance, My 5-star reads, New Adult/Young Adult, Silver Fire / 0 Comments

spring blooms
spring blooms

I’m getting ready to re-plot my second book. I had a story fixer look at my plot outline and I had realized a few home truths: I had too many villains that my story could rival ‘24′ …  after all my next heroine is a brilliant nuclear scientist and not Jack Bauer. And although my male protagonist could be as badass as Jack Bauer (with the sexy of a Christian Grey), I had a plot twist that could either be too brilliant or too contrived.

And when my thoughts are too mired in my plotting, I need to clear my head by reading.

Great reads are getting harder and harder to come by because I’ve been avoiding books with cliffhangers. Is anyone tired of this trend yet? I had been looking forward to Entwined with You because that’s the last Gideon and Eva book, but Sylvia Day announced that there was to be more Eva and Gideon. I mean, really? Can we just give them an HEA? They’ve been through enough, right?

And I’ve slowly O’D on New Adult. I think the stories are getting repetitive. Let’s see, tortured hero (preferably tattooed), heroine running away from a dark past, college drama (stupid reason for breaking up) which results in angst & jealousy. Not only do the books end with a cliffhanger, they get to do the same thing all over in book 2 or 3.

That said, I had one interesting read this week. This book is not for everybody because it touches on the subject of forced seduction (that line that is blurred between rape and consensual sex):

Wanderlust
Wanderlust

Wanderlust, by Skye Warren, was incredibly dark and touches on very disturbing situations. It was an emotional story. That the author was able to get me, the reader, to root for Hunter after what he had done to Evie, is a job well-done.

And my favorite read this week was the latest contemporary by Julie James, Love Irresistibly.

Love Irresistibly
Love Irresistibly

This book had great banter and was just great overall writing. This was her best of the series, in my opinion.

So, yeah, like I said I got tired of New Adult romances and since I liked Office Affair so much I started looking for similar book recommendations and I found some great suggestions from a Goodreads group.

Anchor and Storm by Kate Poole is a historical erotica with a great story. Here is the blurb:

Edgar Armstrong, Earl of Callander, had not given much thought to marrying and producing an heir…until he meets Emily Sinclair. When their easy companionship grows into love, they learn that Edgar’s progressively debilitating disease could be passed on to his children. As their joy turns to despair Edgar finds a solution. If he can’t get her with child he knows just the man who can. But will Emily agree to his plan?Angus MacNeill, Lord Callander’s groom, thinks Emily married Edgar for his title, his money and the security he can give her. And when Edgar approaches him with a very unusual request Angus questions his master’s motives. Still, it doesn’t stop him from accepting Callander’s terms — it’s the only way he can be with Emily, even if only until she conceives.Deeply in love with Edgar, Emily will do anything he asks of her. But she never suspected he’d ask something like this! Despite Edgar’s reassurances she worries that his plan could destroy their marriage rather than strengthen it. And when she makes her choice, Emily wonders if there’s room enough for two men in her heart — and in her bed.

As y’all can tell from the book, there are hints of ménage a trois. The story is well-written, and I really felt for Emily and Edgar’s predicament. And Angus, I felt so sorry for him when he was clearly in love with Emily too. The author had written the resolution in a way that is very satisfying to the reader and the ending is inevitable but there is a bittersweet HEA.

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Fiction and the Evolution of the Alpha Male

Posted April 7, 2013 by Victoria in 2013-Reviews, Contemporary/Historical Romance, New Adult/Young Adult, Paranormal/Urban Fantasy / 1 Comment

*Since there seems to be a lot of search terms for “alpha male romances” directing to this blog, I thought I’d feature one of my earlier posts. Jericho Barrons is my ultimate alpha. Of course, for Contemporary Romance I’d have to say it’s my own Viktor Baran.  🙂

Jericho Barrons ~ Fever Series. Used with permission from Karen Marie Moning.
Jericho Barrons ~ Fever Series. Used with permission from Karen Marie Moning.

Alpha ~ something that is first (Merriam Webster)

Alpha Male ~ the most dominant, powerful, or assertive man in a particular group. (Dictionary.com)

I’m not sure when Alpha Male became a mainstream term. I started reading romance novels in the mid-80s. There was a pawn shop beside our restaurant that also sold used books. The owner was kind enough to rent me books to read and I devoured book after book of Mills and Boon and Silhouette romances. Some books were really old, probably published in the 70s. I don’t remember any of the stories except that the hero is usually older (a lot older actually) than the heroine and it’s usually at the end of the book when the hero reveals his true feelings. Otherwise, he is a male chauvinistic arrogant pig for most of the novel. The plots were highly repetitive and formulaic.

Gentle Rouge ~ Johanna Lindsey
Gentle Rouge ~ Johanna Lindsey

The 1980‘s was also the era of the bodice ripper novels. The covers of these books were half-naked men reminiscent of Fabio. I think the original Gentle Rogue by Johanna Lindsey had Fabio on the cover. This was the time when Johanna Lindsey was an auto-buy for me, and who can ever forget the beloved Malory saga? It was the time of the rakes, the rogues and the pirates—it was historical romances at its peak. And yes, arrogance is still a typical trait of the male hero.

I’m not sure what happened during the 1990’s, but in early 2000, the term Alpha came on my radar.  A time when I was trying to be the dominant over my dog as a trainer told me dogs are by nature pack animals, and I had to be its Alpha otherwise it would be difficult for me to control him.

A Hunger Like no Other
A Hunger Like no Other

I think the word Alpha male became more prevalent during the explosion of Paranormal/Urban Fantasy novels in the year 2005-2006. This was when The Black Dagger Brotherhood, Psy-Changeling, Immortals after Dark and Mercy Thompson novels had their debut. Specially with werewolf themed books, the term “Alpha” comes naturally and would refer to the most dominant, most cunning and strongest member of a pack.

I had my theories about the rise of the paranormal/urban fantasy genre and I think it stemmed from the Underworld  movie (2003), Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997-2003), and Angel (1999-2004) TV series.

Before this explosion, we already had Laurell K Hamilton’s Anita Blake (1993), Charlaine Harris’s Southern Vampire Mysteries (2001), Sherrilyn Kenyon’s Dark Hunter Series (2002), and to some degree, Ann Rice’s Interview with a Vampire (1976).

Fangirl hysteria took over with the Twilight trilogy (2008). I have not read these books but was told that they were well-written. Watching the movie first discouraged me from reading the books because I do not want my vampires to sparkle. I think this spawned a genre of teen-paranormal romances. No, I have not read any of these either.

Fifty Shades of Grey
Fifty Shades of Grey

What I have read was the Twilight Fan Fiction that became a worldwide phenomenon: The 50 shades of Grey trilogy by E.L James. This has spawned another sub-genre of romantic fiction—controlling, possessive, tortured Alpha male. And, should I add billionaire?

Beautiful Disaster
Beautiful Disaster

To some extent, the success of Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire inspired the New Adult phenomenon that has taken over a chunk of book sales. The angst-filled plots are usually between a tattooed bad boy/rockstar and a girl with a dark past college-age romance.

Book Cover trend: still, half-naked men … tattoos required.

The term Alpha Male has now entered the consciousness of the reading populace. After reading over 200 fiction novels this past year and meeting one form of Alpha Male to another, I felt I should give my top five (or six) per genre. Why not lump them all in a Top Ten? Let’s face it: I can’t put Jericho Z. Barrons and Christian Grey in one column can I? I mean, come on.

Paranormal/ Urban Fantasy

Shadow Fever
Shadow Fever
  1. Jericho Z. BarronsFever series. He defines Alpha Male in every sense of the word. What exactly is Jericho Barrons? Highlight spoiler here. He is thousands of years old, cannot die and turns into a 9-foot monster.
  2. Curran – the Beast Lord of Atlanta. Alpha of a pack of Shapeshifters in the Kate Daniels World.
  3. Dragos Cuelebre – Dragon Bound, Elder Races series
  4. Lothaire – The enemy of old, one of the most ancient of vampires. Immortals after Dark series.
  5. Adam Hauptman – Alpha of the Columbian basin pack. Fourth in line for the title of Marrok (leader of the werewolves of North America). Mercy Thompson series.

Contemporary Fiction

Motorcycle Man
Motorcycle Man
  1. Sebastian Stark ~ Surviving Raine /*edited May 31*/ – He is crass, rude, an ass but he can also be needy, possessive and jealous. He needs to be in a psyche ward and I can’t believe he just dislodged my KA alphas, but he did. Something about taking three men apart with his bare hands. I have a serious weakness for badass.
  2. Kane “Tack” AllenMotorcycle Man. The biker boss to end all biker bosses. He put an engagement ring on his woman while she was unconscious in the hospital. {I have a feeling though when the 2nd chaos novel Fire Inside comes out, Hop Kincaid will be my favorite badass biker}
  3. Colorado Mountain Man series ~ Kristen Ashley {Tatum Jackson, Ty Walker  … ’nuff said.}
  4. The Hot Bunch – Kristen Ashley’s Nightingale Investigation boys. Partners to the Rock Chicks.
  5. Jesse Ward – This Man trilogy
  6. Christian Grey – Fifty Shades of Grey Trilogy

I realize that some may argue with my choices. I have never really gotten into the Black Dagger Brotherhood Series, I’ve read the first three. I haven’t read the Night Huntress series either. Sound off in the comment section. Who is your Ultimate Alpha Male?

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