Why I love a Beta hero (as long as he’s gorgeous)


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I cut my romance reading teeth on classic historical romances, books with heroes who were tough, tortured, and definitely Alpha. I loved them (and still do)! Beta men bored me. Hey, I was in my 20s and like the whole “bad boy” thing. And so it made sense that when I started writing my own books, I would write Alpha heroes who were tough as nails, the only soft part on them (heh heh) their heart when it came to the woman they finally fell for.

But a strange thing has happened to me over the years. I still love Alpha men (as long as they’re not jerks), but my own heroes have mellowed over the years, kind of like I have. I noticed this with my current work in progress. After writing two Beta-ish heroes for the first two books of my Lost Heiresses series, I decided to make my hero in the third book an Alpha. A tough, reclusive aristocrat who has no time or inclination to fall in love, and certainly not with my heroine. But I find myself, again and again, making him nice. Making him, for lack of a better phrase, an Alpha wannabe with a heart of gold.

What the heck is going on?

I guess as I’ve matured, I’ve come to appreciate and value of a man who is nice. A man who would do anything for the woman he loves. To me, that’s sexy. Now, don’t get me wrong. My men are still…men! They’re tough and strong and everything a man should be. But they’re also so darned nice I wish I could bring them off the page and into my life!

Take Mitch Campbell, the hero in Behind a Lady’s Smile. He’s a perfect example of my “tough guy” who is really nothing but a softie—particularly when it comes to the woman he’s falling for. He tried to maintain his Alpha, but his Beta side seems to come out of nowhere and dominate the scene. I love Mitch! He’s good and honorable, loves his mother (even though she’s a bit outrageous) and would die for Genevieve, the woman he falls hard for.

I still adore reading about Alpha men, but for now I’d rather fall in love with a Beta guy. A really hot Beta guy. Is that so much to ask?

What do you prefer? Alpha or Beta or a nice combination?

Jane Goodger



The award-winning author of more than 16 historical romances, Jane Goodger lives in Rhode Island with her family, juggling three kids, a full-time job, a writing career, and a business. She’s gotten pretty good at juggling. In her free time (bwahaha) Jane likes to read, shop, and once in a great while cook a decent meal.
Twitter: @JaneGoodger



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