This was a really hard decision for me. Not because I have a ton of Alpha heroes to choose from, because I don’t. In fact, most of the men I write about aren’t considered alphas. My own personal hero is more of a beta kind of guy: opens doors, helps me with housework, watches chick-flicks without too much complaint. He’s perfect. Well, perfect for me anyway.
But sometimes a girl needs a genuine bad boy. One who plays for keeps and does anything he can to gain the upper hand. The kind who gives off that dangerous air because he broods and stews, and then makes an arse out of himself from time to time because he doesn’t think about his words and how they might be taken–or maybe he just doesn’t care. The same kind who is also that pillar of strength for the heroine and will do whatever he thinks necessary to save his damsel from any distress that might come within a hundred miles of her.
Enters Benjamin Collins, Duke of Gateway.
Benjamin or Gateway as he’s often referred to around here is not only one of my most loved characters, he’s also my most complex–which is probably the reason he’s so well liked.
But that wasn’t always the case. When Benjamin is first introduced in the first book I wrote, Intentions of the Earl, he was not very well liked. In fact, very few did like him during that book. (Of course there are always exceptions to the rules and this one is no different there were some who did like him even then…mainly just me though.)
See, when he’s first introduced, it’s on the first page of the first book and he’s just been slapped across the face by a young lady who was not enjoying his attentions like he thought she might. Irritated by her reaction to his attempts, he arranges a cold-hearted revenge that if pulled off, will see her and her entire family off the continent!
Except there’s a catch. Unfortunately, nobody knows of this catch except this angry, brooding, cryptic-speaking snake with an eerie villain’s laugh.
While everyone, including the hero, heroine and her entire family, as well as many readers think this cold-blooded creature is being extremely petty as to want an entire family shamed across an ocean, he holds a secret. One that goes much larger than a paltry kiss in a darkened corner of a garden. One so big, it changes more than just his own life…
But not without his share of trials and tribulations in his own book, To Win His Wayward Wife where he starts off with the upper hand by trapping a poor, unsuspecting girl into marriage to him, but loses it again when his quick tongue and hot emotions bring out his worst. Then this man who’d long ago been given the nickname of The Dangerous Duke must brood, stew, brood some more, stew a little longer, and hopefully devise a plan to win his wife’s affections and prove to her he’s a man worth loving while overcoming his own worst enemy: himself, complete with jealous feelings and a sense of overprotectiveness that leads to a kidnapping–one where he kidnaps the heroine, of all people!
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