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?

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73 comments

  • Wave, hope you enjoy Back Where He Started. It’s one I’ve read many times with great enjoyment — a comfort read for me.

    • Cary
      I’m looking forward to reading it. Amazon.ca didn’t have the book so I bought it from one of their re-sellers so who knows when it will arrive. I wish it was available in ebook format so that I could have instant gratification. 🙂

      • I know what you mean about wanting the instant gratification of ebooks, Wave. Basically all of my old favorite m/m authors aren’t with publishers that do ebooks. My new favorite m/m authors are ALL ebooks. I was hunting today unsuccessfully online for the first Timothy James Beck romance (It Had to Be You, I think) in e format. Can find it super cheap on paper, but just can’t make myself add to the mountain of paper books I own. Which means I haven’t read the most recent Michael Thomas Ford books either (though he seems to have stopped the romance type novels) — and others.

        I’m sure I’ll break down eventually and get physical books again, but I like the economy of space that comes with ebooks. Makes me worry about our public libraries and their future in the ebook world. But this is really OffTopic. Sorry to go so astray. Luckily, there is no shortage of good e-reads.

  • Nice post Wave! It’s been open in my browser for a few days now, but I only got around to replying now!

    Oh the fun! Alpha heroes are so much fun in books. Can be fun in real life too (as long as they know what they are doing). Though I found out that some fantasy are better left for the books or movies!

    But my favorites. Hmmmm come to think of it, I think you mentioned them all. Though mayyyyybe Logan from Stephani Hecht’s Lost Shifters 1: Primal Passions, though Jacyn gives as good as he gets too at points. But they’re also shifters so the alpha goes with that. Oh well.

    Loved the post Wave, keep up the good work!

    • Hi Larissa
      I try to come up with ideas that will amuse you. 🙂 I love those guys.

      I’ve never read Stephani Hecht’s Lost Shifters 1: Primal Passions so I’ll put it on my TBB list. Damn, it’s expensive writing these posts because I end up with lots of new books to buy.

  • I share a lot of the alpha favorites already mentioned. One of my all time favorite alphas is captain of his own one-man fishing boat, hunting guide, sport fishing guide and hunting dog trainer Steve, from Jay Quinn’s Back Where He Started. All alpha, all the time, IMO. All taciturn and sexy and tender-hearted under all that alpha toughness.

  • Great post Wave! I see some books I need to add to my TBB list (yay!)

    I totally agree with your pick for On Fire (I and II) by Drew Zachary…something about Sam and Roberts relationship that just does it for me…I adore Sam! The moment Sam saw Robert? I read the beginning of book one all the time, cause the description of Robert is the fireman of MY dreams *grins*

    Sean Michael’s Jarheads series will always be one of my absolute favorites of all time….I look forward to the little “sips” that come out to catch-up with the guys……..Rock is the epitome of the Alpha Male and I think he is one of my favorite characters all-time….maybe cause I live with a man of VERY few words, I can totally relate lol!

    I am off to update my TBB list thanks for all the great new recs!

    • Hi Elaine

      I seem to have hit a chord with that post. 🙂 I was thinking a few nights ago about my favourite books with alpha heroes and came up with a short list, and then thought it would make a great post. I hope that readers keep adding to the list so that others can enjoy the books they love.

      Sam and Robert are my favourite “fireman” couple. I have these visions of poor Robert as he gets older, trying to keep up with Sam. 🙂

      I never got into the Jarheads series and now I’m afraid to because at 22 books it would take me a long time. However, there are always holidays which is the best time to read.

  • Guys in uniform…yum. I was so excited to see that the guys from Private Dicks made the list–thanks, Wave!

    As my “yum” comment might imply, I love men in uniform–police, military, firemen…mmm…firemen… Sorry, I’m back now. 🙂 One of my favorite hot-guys-in-uniform stories is Sarah Black’s The Classic Story of Good and Evil. The way Hutch takes off to rescue Daniel is bad-ass.

    • Hi Katie
      Thanks for dropping by. 🙂 Your guys from Private dicks and Hide Out are definitely hot and had no problem making the grade.

      I haven’t read The Classic Story of Good and Evil by Sarah Black – another one to add to the growing list of books to buy.

      You have to let us know about the progress of your next M/M romance. It’s hard to have to wait so long because you don’t have much of a backlist. 🙁

  • Wave, Wash is the (supposed) str8t one, not Rhodes! I know my Hard Dicks… 🙂

    Wow, lots of my favorites listed here. Gimme Alphas anytime! And I’ve read Janet Chapel’s Maritime Men & Anchors Away so many times, I wouldn’t be surprised if the files get corrupted soon.

    I LOVE JAKE. He makes me laugh, cry and so mad I wanted him hurt bad. If you take all that away, where’s the fun?

    Loved Mexican Heat too! What happened to the 2 sequels originally planned for release end of last year and this year? They’re no longer listed on MLR. 🙁

    • Hi Salina
      This is what happens when you write a post early in the morning (3.00 A.M.) and went to bed without checking your facts. 🙂 I changed it so you had better be right in case the author see the post. 🙂

      >>I know my Hard Dicks< < I'm glad somebody does. 🙂 >>Loved Mexican Heat too! What happened to the 2 sequels originally planned for release end of last year and this year? They’re no longer listed on MLR< < This series ends at Mexican Heat. I checked with Josh about a week ago and he and Laura don't have the time to write the other books in the series. The good news is that Mexican Head won an EPPIE recently.

      • Well crap. I loved Mexican Heat! I wonder if whining and foot stamping would maybe get them put back on the schedule? I’m willing to wait however many years it takes Laura & Josh to get to them… 🙂

        • countrygirlXXOO
          >>Ooh! Can I have a copy too? I love the Adrien series.< < You have to email me so that I can get your email address. >>I wonder if whining and foot stamping would maybe get them put back on the schedule?< < No can do I'm afraid. This series has been put to bed.

  • We have overlooked one great alpha cop–Tom Danzel from the Deadly books by Victor Banis. Another Deadly book is coming soon too!

    • Jill
      I know. I remembered when I finished the post and it was too late plus I was too tired. I’m glad that you mentioned this series because it’s one of my favourite new series and with Victor J. Banis as the author, what more could the fans want?

  • Great post, Wave. 🙂

    I love a good Alpha male.
    All my favourites have been mentioned:
    Aaron Chase from Collision Course as EMT
    Roger Corso from the Elegant Corpse & Adam Bertoni from Immortality is the Suck as cops.
    The Janey Chapel military books, and Tom and Alex from Her Majesty’s Men by Marquesate.
    Rob the fireman from On Fire. Yummy, all of them.

    I’ve just read a fantastic mystery book with a private detective alpha hero – Brushback by Jamie Scofield. I think think the hero, Evan. is possibly going to be a favourite for me too in the future.

    • Hi Jen
      Thanks for adding your input. Does it seem that we like mostly the same books. 🙂 Not really because there are a few new ones.

      >>I’ve just read a fantastic mystery book with a private detective alpha hero – Brushback by Jamie Scofield. I think think the hero, Evan. is possibly going to be a favourite for me too in the future.< < This one is new- who is the publisher? I'll have to get a copy if you recommend the book. Thanks for the tip Jen. Re Robert from On Fire, I love the character but I kept thinking that he would have a heart attack with all the sex. 🙂

  • Alexi
    >>Wow, really? I’ve had Strange Fortune on order for SO LONG but Amazon keeps putting the release date back and I can’t afford the shipping direct from the US< < Blind Eye Books has now gone digital but I don't know if Strange Fortune will be released in digital format. I'll pose the question and let you know what they say. BTW the 3 files I sent you are only part of the BEB original promotiion so anyone ordering the book now from amazon won't get them.

    • I asked Josh about Strange Fortune as an ebook and he told me Samhain will be publishing it. I think he said the release was scheduled for June.

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    • Wave, thanks a lot. I really appreciate it.

      Does anyone know why the reply button keeps disappearing like that, by the way?

      • Alexi
        >>Does anyone know why the reply button keeps disappearing like that, by the way?< < I think that this particular plug in operates on the principle that 2 replies to a comment are enough. 🙂 Ithappens to all of us. Maybe when Christian changes the site with WordPress 3.0 this will be improved upon but I wouldn't hold my breath.

  • How about:

    Det Roger Corso fr AM Riley The Elegant Corpse – in charge, in control and impeccable tailored.

    Sheriff Ryan fr Carol Lynne’s Cattle Valley – long hair, tattoos and a badge, fabulous

    EMT Aaron Chase fr KA Mitchell’s Collision Course – kind of a jerk, but you learn to love him.

    Former Marine FB fr Kiernan Kelly’s Caffeine for a Marine short stories – three short stories fr different anthologies but well worth the time to find.

    Det Sam Cage fr Mary Calmes A Matter of Time series – did totally jerky things that make him like Jake (fr the Adrien English mysteries) kind of the Anti-Hero who redeems himself in the end.

    Former Marine Logan Wilde fr ZA Maxfields Family Unit – Aged Grade A Alpha Prime.

    I love Sean Michael’s Jarheads series. I know they are lots and lots of sex, but if you read through the entire series, 22 pieces when you include the novels and short stories, you see over 20 years of relationship between the three characters. And Rock is Alpha fabulousness.

    • Hi Heidi
      Thank you for commenting and for all the alpha heroes.
      I know most of the guys especially

      >>Sheriff Ryan fr Carol Lynne’s Cattle Valley – long hair, tattoos and a badge, fabulous< < Love him. He's so cool. I have all the books in the Cattle Valley series. >>Former Marine FB fr Kiernan Kelly’s Caffeine for a Marine short stories – three short stories fr different anthologies but well worth the time to find.< < I do remember former Marine FB but I didn't know that there were additional stories afater the first one that I reviewed. As if I needed more books. 🙂 >>Det Sam Cage fr Mary Calmes A Matter of Time series – did totally jerky things that make him like Jake (fr the Adrien English mysteries) kind of the Anti-Hero who redeems himself in the end< < I just reviewed book 1 in the series and I'm hoping that I'll finish the second book in time day evening bjut this post and the comments may not permit that. But definitely by Monday. >>Former Marine Logan Wilde fr ZA Maxfields Family Unit – Aged Grade A Alpha Prime. < < LOVED him. >>EMT Aaron Chase fr KA Mitchell’s Collision Course – kind of a jerk, but you learn to love him.< < Again another love affair. Ditto for the other guys. Thanks for this - the other readers who haven't read the books will have a buying spree.

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