Alpha, beta, cinnamon roll; which is best? Itâ€™s a subject
about which many readers have strong opinions. But in case anyoneâ€™s confused, what do
these terms actually mean?
Well, the alphas are the leaders, the CEOs, the warriors, the
head of the shifter pack. They donâ€™t have to be cruel or controlling, though sometimes they
are. On the other hand, the betas and cinnamon rolls are perhaps best defined by their
supportiveness. They donâ€™t want to conquer the heroine but theyâ€™ll be there for her no matter
what. Theyâ€™re dudes and they abide. Alphas will annihilate your enemies, but betas will help
you move house. Personally, I see the appeal of both.
For alphas, think Christian Grey from Fifty
Shades of Grey or Sebastian from Loretta
Chaseâ€™s Lord of Scoundrels.
betas, almost any Talia Hibbert hero or Winter Makepeace from Elizabeth Hoytâ€™s Thief
of Shadows. I could do a whole post on the
wonderfulness of Winter Makepeace.
With The Madness of Miss Grey
, I didnâ€™t set out with a particular archetype in mind. But I
knew my heroine Helen was the tortured one. As a sane woman incarcerated in a lunatic
asylum, how could she not be? The hero, William Carter, had to be the antidote to all that, so I
gave him a long fuse, a cute dog, and big muscles. He brings warmth and light back into
Helenâ€™s life, and I knew the book wouldnâ€™t work if he carried too much darkness around with
him. Not that he doesnâ€™t have his issues (who doesnâ€™t?) but heâ€™s very much Helenâ€™s rock. And,
as a doctor, heâ€™s a rock whoâ€™s hyper-aware of the ethical conundrum posed by his attraction to
his patient. What can I say? Iâ€™m a sucker for betas and forbidden love.
But there are also heroes who donâ€™t fit neatly into either
category. Some readers call them gammas but, whatever you call them, they appear to be a
mix of alpha and beta. You could argue that Winter Makepeace is really a gamma. Heâ€™s mild-
mannered, self-sacrificing, and incredibly nurturing, but by night heâ€™s the Ghost of St. Giles, a
Georgian-era Batman, fighting bad guys. And sometimes itâ€™s even more complicated than that.
What about Crispin Burke in my favorite amnesia book, Meredith Duranâ€™s A
Ladyâ€™s Code of Misconduct? Depending on
where you are in the story, Crispinâ€™s an alpha, a cinnamon roll, and a gamma.
So where does that leave us?
With choices. A hero for every reader and a hero for every
mood. Multiple book boyfriends of various sorts and flavors. Anne Stuartâ€™s Luke Bardell
day, then Evan from Talia Hibbertâ€™s A Girl like Her to help you get over the trauma.
How about you? Whatâ€™s your preferred hero type?
All of society believes former actress Helen Grey to be mad, but after a decade imprisoned in
a crumbling Yorkshire asylum, sheâ€™s managed to cling to sanity. When a new doctor arrives,
she finally sees an opportunity for freedom and sheâ€™ll do anything to not let it slip between her
Dr. William Carter knows Miss Grey is using him, but he canâ€™t blame her. Sheâ€™s no madder than
he is yet sheâ€™s spent years in this place. Heâ€™ll help her escape, but they canâ€™t cross the line
and give into temptation-no matter how much he would like.
Helen and Will need to work together if sheâ€™s ever going to be free. It wonâ€™t be easy, not when
her mysterious benefactor is determined to keep her locked up and hidden from society
forever. When Helen is entangled in her own trap and begins to fall for Will too, she must fight
not only for her liberty but for her right to love.
Romance Historical [Entangled: Amara, On
Sale: April 22, 2019, e-Book, ISBN: 9781640637924 / ]
Julia writes historical romance with passion, intrigue, dark humor and the occasional animal
sidekick. A tea-sodden English woman, sheâ€™s the only girl in a house of boys and yearns for all
things pink and fluffy. Before she began writing, she spent many years searching for
something to do with her English Literature degree. Nothing satisfied her until she decided to
commit the stories in her head to paper. These days, if she isnâ€™t writing, sheâ€™s probably
reading everything she can get her hands on, spending time with her boys or procrastinating
on the internet.
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