Raythe says …
The key part of any shifter book, in my opinion, is the Alpha. He’s always strong. But is he empathetic? Is he dictatorial? Does he serve? Or is he served?
Many Alphas in shifter books are defined by their need and ability to dominate everyone around them. They are there to be served and they return the pack’s fealty by fighting off enemies and keeping order.
The sexy times often come with the Alpha making his mate submit, which the mate – either secretly or not secretly – finds orgasmic.
I have no problem with this type of setup. In fact, it can be really hot as we all know.
But I needed to do something different when I wrote Gareth the Gray, Alpha of the Cold Moon Werewolf Pack in Crimson, because I made his mate, Jude, have a tragic and angst-filled past with abuse and near rape. So Gareth had to be strong, but also gentle and protective beyond anything.
It was a different take on the Alpha trope and I’m missing Jude and Gareth already as the serial ended last night. So Crimson is complete!
So what kind of Alpha appeals to you?
Have you read any good takes on this? (It doesn’t have to be me! lol!) List whomever you like in the comments below!