Alpha Heroes – Cops, Private Dicks, Detectives, EMT’s, Military Men and Firemen

Have you ever wondered why we’re so attracted to hot alpha heroes in M/M romances? I love these guys. Part of the reason could be the authority people in these positions have over the rest of us. Do cops wear their uniforms to bed and cuff their partners when they are involved in sex play? 🙂 How about officers in the military? I think there’s nothing like a man in dress whites. In J.L. Langley’s Sci Regency futuristic series – My Fair Captain and The Englor Affair – there’s a scene in My Fair Captain when Nate walked into the ball on Regelence, a vision in his dress whites, looking so handsome Aiden’s heart almost stopped beating. How hot was that?

Obviously that’s one extreme example and at the other end of the spectrum there are the enlisted men in the armed forces such as I’ll Be Your Drill,  Soldier by Crystal Rose and VETERANS for the Love of the Corps by Bobby Michaels. In Veterans Mike thought he had met the love of his life, and for 5 years he and Scott lived under “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” until one fateful day when Scott was killed and Mike had to continue living even though he wanted to die. Devastated, he recovered from his injuries in the attack that killed Scott, was promoted and transferred to another unit where almost a year later he met First Lieutenant Paul Richards, the man who forced him to live again. This was such a wonderful moving and emotional romance that I re-read it all the time.

Other military romances of note that I like are Out of the Blue by Josh Lanyon (I love Bat), Maritime Men and Anchors Aweigh by Janey Chapel, Her Majesty’s Men by Marquesate, Because of the Brave and Esprit de Corps anthologies. I haven’t listed many of my faves because I’m saving some space for yours.  🙂

Josh Lanyon’s wonderful Adrien English series with amateur private investigator Adrien English and Police Detective Jake Riordan  set hearts aflutter and frayed fans’ tempers because take-no-prisoners Jake pissed off many romance readers by running true to type and cheating on Adrien. 🙁 His forceful personality was a lot of the reason for the success of the series, but many readers are still in denial (you know who you are.) 🙂 I do love Jake, warts and all.

Moving on to EMT’s and Firemen, my top book with both of these characters is of course 9-1-1 by Chris Owen. Who can forget hunky, blonde and gorgeous EMT Eric who kickass Fireman Drew and smoking Doctor Scott thought was just lickable, to die for, set your pants on fire and off the scale hot. These three men managed to set Emergency ablaze in more ways than one. This book is firmly on my keeper shelf and is the M/M/M gold standard that still has not been topped, IMO.

My other favourite fireman story is by Drew Zachary – On Fire where 19 year old Sam was checking out all the wet firemen washing cars for charity on Canada Day and smacked into 6 and a half feet tall Fireman, Robert. Talk about your hot patooties. I think this book probably has the most sex of any M/M romance that I have ever read, and that includes books by Sean Michael. 🙂 Sam gave new meaning to the words “recovery time”!!! Poor Robert was over a decade older than Sam and spent much of the time in bed giving or getting mouth to mouth from Sam. This is one of those books that Tam refers to as having buckets of cum but I really loved the characters. 🙂

Next are the private dicks, the profession and the book by Katie Allen. Coming up on stage right are ex-cop Isaac Rhodes and his partner Nate Washington, two to-die-for private detectives. This is the usual Gay for You theme with one gay partner (Rhodes) lusting after his straight counterpart (Wash), while the straight partner plays games with his heart. Private Dicks was such a fun read and so popular that there was a follow up shortly after, Hide Out, starring Officer Pete Giordano and the man he guarded with his body, Trevor Haas. Rhodie and Nate made a guest appearance, to the delight of fans.

One of the many books that I love by fan favourite M.L. Rhodes is Out of My Mind, with Police Detectives Rafferty Jones and Nick Tucker. Rafferty is presumably straight but fantasizes about Nick and him together in bed doing the nasty, and he’s coming to the conclusion that he’s not as straight as he thought. His partner Nick is gay but in the closet because of past issues in his previous precinct, and he has had the hots for Rafferty for years but never let on. How they get together at last makes for a delightful fun story that is one of my comfort reads. I really should review this book soon.

Now I’ve given you a few of my fave cops, private dicks, military men, firemen and EMT’s but there are many more hot alpha heroes in uniform, or in other positions of authority that I know you can’t get enough of. Don’t be mean – share. 🙂

Who are your favourites who either conduct cavity searches, play with grenades, fly planes during the war, hold a stethoscope upside down, put out fires or cause them, solve dastardly crimes, all while fending off other gay men who want to get into their pants?


  • “Pirates of the Narrow Seas was a dashing good tale full of adventure and mayhem”—Sage Whistler, author of ‘Broken’

    Lt. Peter Thorton of the 18th century British navy must struggle to come out gay while surviving storms at sea, ship to ship battles, duels, kidnapping, and more in his quest for true love and honor. Pirates of the Narrow Seas is an expertly crafted swashbuckler brimming with authentic detail and fully realized portraits of life at sea, written by a tall ship sailor and internationally acclaimed poet.

    Winner of a Sweet Revolution Award for ‘best full cast’ and ‘Judge’s Pick’ and Winner of 4th Place/Honorable Mention Rainbow Award for ‘best gay historical fiction.’


Please comment! We'd love to hear from you.


I live in Canada and I love big dogs, music, movies, reading and sports - especially baseball
%d bloggers like this: