My Favorite Alpha Hero…

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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118 thoughts on “My Favorite Alpha Hero…”

  1. I KNEW the very first time he appeared in Intentions that there was a story behind Gateways actions, so I kinda think of him more like tne Omega hero — you know, the last one you’d think would be a hero but deep down inside you wish he’d have some redeeming qualities…and then you find out that he does…

    Oh, and I’m not entering the giveaway, I just wanted to put in my two-cents’ worth…

    1. Your two cents are always welcome around here! Have you ever heard of a Gamma hero? A lot of people peg him for one of those, too. I think a Gamma is a combination of alpha and beta, the best of each personality. For example, has a hard shell, but once you penetrate it, he’s a sweetheart. At least that’s how it was explained to me. I think this particular man could fall into a number of personality types.

      1. This is the first I’ve heard of the Gamma — I made up Omega just because I know it’s the last letter of the Greek alphabet…

        Anyway, my alltime favorite Alpha hero is actually from another story — when others talked about him, there was always an accompanying action — both palms up, alternately going up and down — and they said he had “a W****** girl in each hand”, alluding to the sisters next door. He also tied pencils to girls’ hair, tied the girl’s sister to the stairs and left the sister alone in the house with the front door open, among other things. Oh, and his name is Bud Stud 😉

  2. Great post, Rose! Your description of an alpha hero put words to the thoughts I didn’t know I had… I am a glutton for the true Regency rake. The man who needs nothing because he’s so used to being handed what he wants on a silver salver after only a flash of a smile or a seductive, smoldering stare. Swoon!

    Enter Benjamin Collins Duke of Gateway indeed! Love him… Your description makes me want to go read his story again…

    1. Your description of an alpha hero put words to the thoughts I didn’t know I had…

      Good. I guess I still have my touch, then.

      Even better: Your description makes me want to go read his story again…

      I’m glad you liked my description and his story. I was leery to post about this particular hero, but in the end, I couldn’t’ resist.

  3. I’m not entering the giveaway…I would feel guilty. LOL

    But I did want to say that I’m glad you’re giving Gateway his own book. I thought there might be more to him. I just bought the second book in the series yesterday, so I’ll read that one, then I’ll get to read the Gateway story after that. 🙂

  4. I tend to be more like you, Rose, in that I prefer the kind of guy that opens the door for you, helps with the house, etc. But I think Gateway is the perfect choice in this case, looking at all of the men in your books. jhclancy@bellsouth.net

    1. I noticed you didn’t put anything about watching chick flicks without too much complaint. LOL Or was that covered in the etc? For a reason I cannot explain, I’m not attracted to the guy who’s unnecessarily nasty about things or who will let the door hit you as you pass through pushing a stroller with your forearms and juggling two sippycups, a set of keys and your rambunctious three year old at the same time.

      Glad you liked my choice. I did write about Patrick though, too, just on the Timeless Quills blog.

      1. Yes, that was covered in the “etc.” part…LOL. I will check out the post on Timeless Quills. You know what you should do (because I just think it’s fun and it’s interesting to see what other people say)? Tami’s post made me think of this–do a post/poll on who should play your characters in a movie. You can put your own suggestions out there and have people vote or have fans make suggestions and then let them vote. I’ve done this on other sites before and it’s entertaining.

  5. Well you know I am one of the few that liked Gateway in the first book and loved him in Wayward. While he is not my favorite hero of yours (you know who that is) his story is one of my favorites. In fact, Wayward still holds pride of place on my nightstand so I can look at it and smile everyday.
    Now off to read about Patrick.

  6. You do marvelous heroes! 🙂 And Benjamin was my personal favorite out of the Scandalous Sisters series. I like the idea of a “Gamma” with both harder and softer qualities. I often prefer betas. *G* Or maybe I’m just tired of alpha(hole) males that are so often placed in novels.

    What an awesome giveaway too! 🙂 readsalot81@hotmail.com

  7. i didnt like Gateway at first but as the book continued and he kept getting introduced i started to get curious. after his book i loved his story. hes really sweet and mushy in the inside but you can only see that when his wifes around. lol

  8. Ok he does sound like a great Alpha male. I love that he is strong and confident but in the end he falls hard for a woman and has to work to win her over. I think it sounds like a really fun read and I’d love to read both stories with the Duke of Gateway

  9. While I read about alpha men, I prefer a beta man in real life. I’m pretty submissive, but I do have my opinions and I do voice them.


  10. Thank you for the giveaway!! I like to read about an alpha male! I love when they fall hard for the leading lady and are protective!

    tifferzbookreview AT gmail DOT com

  11. I don’t usually go for the very aggressive control-freak alphas that are in a lot of stories. The gamma man sounds good, though!


  12. I remember reading your first book and when I was finished I kept hoping the next would be Madison’s story with Benjamin as her hero. In the end I got the story and pair I wanted.

    1. Gateway is misunderstood, I think Patrick just plain misunderstands.

      Gateway tried to do what was right for everyone with the greatest cost to himself, whereas Patrick didn’t think there was a cost in his actions.

  13. Hi Rose –

    Blame it on my otherwise all male household, 1 husband and 2 sons and being over run with male grandchildren, but I had the feeling when I read Intentions an Earl that there was more to Benjamin than you let us know!

    Over the years I’ve learned that with an “angry, brooding” male there are usually something that we don’t know is going on!

    I can’t believe that I never picked up a copy of To Win His Wayword Wife when it was released and definately will have to get a copy from Amazon and find out how Benjamin is able to reconcile with his wife! I have a feeling that she’ll try to resist and make him run in circles before she relents!


    1. Hi Jeanne,

      I, too, live in the testosterone ocean. Even our dog is a boy! Sometimes I think I’m better able to relate to the male lead than the female because my life is surrounded by men.

      To be fair, this book is part of my very backlist so if you found my books during the Groom Series, you wouldn’t have known about this one anyway.

      She kind of makes him run in circles–she’s not overly happy with the man, that’s for sure. But for as much as she tries to resist him and put him off, she can’t help but find him just a little charming.

  14. Gateway seems to be such a great character! Now I want to learn more about him 🙂
    Thanks for the giveaway!
    by.evie at yahoo dot com dot br

  15. Why I love Alpha Males is no real surprise! The perfect Alpha Male for me could be a Vampire, a Scottish Laird, an English Rogue/Gentleman, a Werewolf or Shape-shifter, or a Knight. He’s the rogue who thinks he can’t be reformed into a gentleman. He’s the rough and scarred Scottish laird that has a heart of gold. He’s the werewolf or shape-shifter that needs to heal an aching heart because it took him years to find his true mate. He’s the vampire who has waited decades for that special someone’s blood to sing to him and wake him up. And he’s the knight who can defeat the enemy with a quick swing of his sword, but can’t see the love in front of his face. My Alpha Male has eyes that can see into your soul and are as blue as the sea, or as black as a storm. He’s tall and brooding. His heart can enfold you into its grasp and make you fall in love when he gives it to you freely and completely. He is protective and passionate. In the end he is the one that makes your heart jump and butterflies fly in your stomach, and still kiss you until your legs melt!

    I have a few Alpha Male favorites from your books! Benjamin is definately my absolute favorite. Everyone thinks he is this big rogue, but deep down he is this wonderful gentleman that has a heart big enough to heal and love Madison. I also like Alex as an Alpha male because he isn’t your typical one. He tries to look at everything and analize it when its the one thing that is right infront of him. Everyone thinks he is just the nerd, but deep down he is the knight in shinning armor. And my last favorite Alpha Male from your books is Wallace. Wallace is one of the bravest Alpha Males you have because he fights his own fears/problems to be the love for Edwina. I cried when he made he the blocks for reading, and then when he climbed through the window to get to his true love. So you definately have Alpha Males in your books!


    1. Alex IS a nerd! LOL Between him and Wallace, I do believe I have the “nerdy” type covered. I never really thought of either of them as Alphas, though because they didn’t dominate the relationship or steer the events. BUT, I can see what you’re saying about their own inner strengths–fighting their own fear on a daily basis and relying on logic rather than emotions. Thanks for pointing that out!

  16. I think the best thing about Alpha Males is that they aren’t threatened by strong females.
    If I went with favorite Alphas, not including the ones I write about, I’d have to pick all the Mackenzie men (and Mac) from Linda Howard’s Mackenzie series, then there’s the Doms in Cherise Sinclair’s Shadowland series (especially Master Sam).
    qwilliarain AT gmail DOT com

  17. I tend to enjoy reading a mix of male personalities, but I think in real life I go for the alpha..when I should go for the beta , I am trying to work on that 🙂

    Thanks for the hoppin fun !


  18. In real life, I prefer an alpha/beta mix – I am way too strong-willed to be around an alpha all the time. My favorite alpha hero is Adam from Patricia Briggs’ Mercedes Thompson series. Thank you for being in the hop!

    jochibi AT yahoo DOT com

  19. Okay, so since Gateway is my favorite of your heroes and I did like him in Intentions of an Earl (by the end anyway), this put a definite smile on my face. I don’t really pay much attention to what makes an alpha male, beta male, etc, so I didn’t know what might be an alpha male, but he does seem to fit your description of what one is.

    Actually, he’s the reason I wanted to keep reading once I finished that book more than anything else and I loved his and Madison’s story. I knew there was more to him, because every time he did something mean it seemed to not fit, like he was forcing himself to do it almost (and no not like you were, like he was). And his relationship with Elizabeth clearly was something good in his life, which made it all the more interesting that he was supposedly trying to put her out of a house.

    I remember reading the preview of Winning His Wayward Wife and getting to the identity of the groom and doing a little happy dance, because I wanted him to get a story and there it was. I knew at that moment I had to have that book.

    The other character that really caught my attention in Intentions was Alex. Boy are those two different, but I liked him almost as much and it’s probably a toss up between which of their stories is my favorite (although I do love Walace and Edwina’s story, too . . . and Patrick and Juliet . . . And maybe we should just go with I love your books.)

    1. Thanks, Marlena!

      Benjamin and Alex are about as opposite as it gets, aren’t they? LOL But I, too, love them both, just for different reasons.

      I’m glad you like so many of my books.

  20. This is what I love about blog hops, I find new authors. This is my introduction to you Rose and I have to say that I am excited to read your books. Alphas are the best.

    Michelle Bledsoe
    koonie2888 at yahoo dot com

    1. My husband considers anything that doesn’t have a certain amount of gore a chick flick, whether it really is or not. But the door opening is by far a trait that won me over.

  21. I totally agree with you that betas are pretty awesome too. And thanks for sharing about Benjamin! Now I really want to read his book 🙂

  22. Sometimes the fun with the alpha male is to see him learn his lesson and settle down a bit, that seems to be what’s happening here. I’m excited to read it!

    Thanks for participating in the hop!

    dmr8888 at yahoo dot com

  23. There has been a few bad boys that I disliked almost to the point I hated them until they got their own book and a lot of things were explained. One example is Stryder from the Dark Hunter series ( I seriously despised him and when I found out he was getting a book ) I was like there is no way I will see things his way and well the author proved me wrong and I ended up liking him by the middle of his book. The author won me over.


    1. Too funny! I had several tell me the same thing about Benjamin–hated him to the point of being disappointed he was getting his own book, but many changed their mind by the end. (Of course I’m sure there are some who didn’t. LOL)

  24. I love Alpha males and also have a huge list. One of my favorites is Clayton Westmoreland from Whitney My Love.

  25. It sounds Benjamin has some alpha characteristics.

    Thanks for doing this giveaway!
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  26. I love an alpha hero, but since reading your series of books on the Banks sisters and the Banks male, I have a greater appreciation for the beta male. It is easy to lose your head and heart to an alpha male, they are just so overwhelming, where the beta male gradual works his way into your heart slowly, but lovingly. Thanks! for including both archetypes in your books. I look forward to your next books. A fan forever.

  27. Wonderful post! Alpha Males are my favorite! Thank you for the giveaway!
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  28. hi rose thank you a lot for this giveaway

    for me a good alpha is one loyal and protective

  29. I love Alpha males who are strong and protecitve!
    What a great blog hop Alpha males are my favorite!
    One of my favorite Alpha males is Decebal from The Grey Wolves Series by Quinn Loftis!
    Thank you for the great giveaway!
    Latisha D
    tishajean@ charter.net

  30. Alpha males are awesome! Betas are too so got to love them ALL!
    I think I’m going to be new reader of yours!! Love your post.
    Thanks for the giveaway and being apart of the Blog Hop!

  31. One of my favorite Alphas is Bones from the Night Huntress series. He’s totally confident, dominant, and a little rough around the edges.
    molly dot frenzel at gmail dot com

  32. One thing I love about these blog hops, is meeting new to me authors such as yourself. Reading your post for this hop really has me interested in the Duke of Gateway and his story. I look forward to reading it.
    Thanks for being part of the blog hop and your giveaway
    Best wishes and continued success
    cms72023 at gmail dot com

  33. This blog hop is introducing me to so many new and interesting books and authors.. I already have 200 books on my to read list sitting in my room and here I am constantly adding more.. Thanks for participating and I look forward to reading your books.

  34. Jack Gordon from Liz Crowe’s REALTOR series rocks!

    Alpha males are the best….strong, independent, fiercely protective, but on the inside they are nothing but a big ol’ teddy bear! I love the way their mouths talk filthy, but their eyes portray their sensitive sweet. They can be rough and tough in the bedroom, but still have the gentle caress of an attentive and protective lover. It’s all in the heart…..alpha males are the best!

    Thanks for participating in the hop!

    molly at reviewsbymolly dot com

  35. Ughhhh MORE books added to the wish list. I think I will need to win ALL the gift cards available just to get the books that have been added on this hop! 🙂 I wouldn’t have it any other way though. This is my first hop and I am loving it. Thanks so much for your generous prizes and being a part of this!
    Best wishes,

  36. My favorite Alpha Male is Xavier (from my Existence series). I am also quite partial to Dr. Gregory House (of the tv show House M.D.), Sheriff Carter (of the tv show Eureka), and Chief (from “The Laughing Man” in JD Salinger’s Nine Stories).
    j.lennidorner AT facebook DOT com

  37. I love Alphas who have a bit of Beta in them~ a mix is always best to me. But if it’s all or nothing I’m all about alphas before beta, lol. Thank you so much for being part of the hop!


  38. I love alpha heros. So hot! 🙂 I love how dominant, possessive, loyal and protective they are. Thank you for the awesome hop and giveaway! This is so much fun!

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