With the celebration of Fatherís Day this month, I wanted to take a moment here
to talk about the presence of men in books. In Urban Fantasy and Paranormal
Romance especially, male leads are very important to the storyline. A good hero
can either make or break a book. In my reading experience, if I donít like a
hero in a Romance book, thatís it. That pretty much ends all chances that Iím
going to enjoying anything else about the book, because if you arenít invested
in both characters in a love story, it wonít have the same lasting impact on the
Iíve come across some amazing heroes over the years. Some are alpha and
possessive, others are charming and witty, but I love them all. And now, I think
whatever your tastes are in men, youíll likely find an author who writes your
kind of hero. Alpha heroes are a popular choice. Readers like heroes that take
charge, who show a sense of responsibility for something other than themselves.
They also tend to be quite bossy, which isnít a terrible thing in the bedroom
Some readers prefer beta heroes, who are still amazing but theyíre a little more
subdued, and maybe not as intense. Personally, Iím a fan of both, and would love
to see a rise in beta heroes in more books.
Having these male POVs can drastically change a book, creating more depth and in
some cases, an alternate experience of a situation. After all, everyone knows
that men and women donít think alike.
So needless to say, men do have an important place in Romance. But Urban Fantasy
has also been evolving as male leads are now standing in the spotlight. The vast
majority of Urban Fantasy features kickass females leads, but there are some
male protagonists who are now carrying their own series. Iíve included one of
them in this monthís recommendations. The others have heroes in them that I
think a lot of readers will love.
Iíd love to know in the comments who are some of your favorite heroes? Are they
alpha or beta? What would you like to see more of from male POVs?
St. John Evernight is a Judgment Angel, so heís
definitely one of
the more interesting heroes in this series with his backstory.
Isolated and alone, Sin Evernight is one of the most powerful supernatural
creatures in heaven and on earth. As an angel of vengeance, he hunts down the
darkest evil, but when his long-lost friend, Layla Starling, needs him, he vows
to become her protector. Even though she will be horrified by the man he has
Now a famous singer and the toast of London, Layla believes that Sin is only
here to guard her from rabid fans and ardent suitors. However, the truth is far
more sinister. Desperate to avoid losing Layla a second time, Sin will face a
test of all his powers to defeat an unstoppable foe - and win an eternity with
the woman he loves.
If you havenít met Tylerís heroes yet, youíre missing out on some deliciously
alpha and strong heroes. Cooper is amongst one of my faves.
HE'S FOUND THE ONE...
SWAT officer Landry Cooper is certain Everly Danu is The One. The problem is,
she has no idea what Cooper really is. And as much as he wants to trust her,
he's not sure he can share his deepest secret...
When Everly's family discovers Cooper's a werewolf, her brothers will do
anything to keep them apart-they'll kill him if they have to. Everly is falling
hard for the ridiculously handsome SWAT officer, and she's not about to let her
brothers tell her who she can love...
Until Cooper's secret is exposed and she discovers the man she thought she
knew is a monster in disguise.
BUT CAN HE KEEP HER?
An Urban Fantasy with a male lead is not something you encounter often, but
Saintcrow has created a fantastic one in Gallow.
The thrilling conclusion to New York Times bestselling author Lilith
Saintcrow's dark fantasy series where the faery world inhabits diners, dive
bars and trailer parks.
The plague has broken loose, the Wild Hunt is riding, and the balance of
power in the sidhe realms is still shifting. The Unseelie King has a grudge
against Jeremiah Gallow, but it will have to wait. For he needs Gallow's
services for a very delicate mission -- and the prize for success is survival
In order to save both Robin Ragged and himself, Gallow will have to do the
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