Leader of the pack: A list of the ultimate alpha men in romance books

Written by Silke, updated 08 Jun 2021

Finding enough alpha heroes in romance books to compile a top 10? Easy! Deciding who makes the list? Almost impossible. We have put together a list of our favourite alpha men in contemporary romance books. If we missed your top dog, yell at us in the comments!

  • #1 Angels' Blood (Guild Hunter #1) - Nalini Singh

    Angels' Blood (Guild Hunter #1) - Nalini Singh

    contemporary vampires paranormal bad boys futuristic

    Vampire hunter Elena Deveraux knows she is the best- but she does not know if even she is good enough for this job. Hired by the dangerously beautiful archangel Raphael, a being so lethal that no mortal wants his attention, Elena knows failure is not an option—even if the task is impossible.

    Because this time, it's not a wayward vamp she has to track. It's an archangel gone bad.

    The job will put Elena in the midst of a killing spree like no other—and pull her to the razor's edge of passion. Even if the hunt does not destroy her, succumbing to Raphael’s seductive touch just might. For when archangels play, mortals break. more

  • #2 Dungeon Royale - Lexi Blake

    Dungeon Royale - Lexi Blake

    contemporary men in uniform military mystery alpha male

    MI6 agent Damon Knight prided himself on always being in control. His missions were executed with cold, calculating precision. His club, The Garden, was run with an equally ordered and detached decadence. But his perfect world was shattered by one bullet, fired from the gun of his former partner. That betrayal almost cost him his life and ruined his career. His handlers want him to retire, threatening to revoke his license to kill if he doesn’t drop his obsession with a shadowy organization called The Collective. To earn their trust, he has to prove himself on a unique assignment with an equally unusual partner. more

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  • #3 Motorcycle Man (Dream Man #4) - Kristen Ashley

    Motorcycle Man (Dream Man #4) - Kristen Ashley

    contemporary suspense erotic romance tortured hero pregnancy

    Tyra Masters has had enough drama to last a lifetime. Now, she's back on track and looking forward to her new, quiet life. Until she meets the man of her dreams. The tattooed, muscled biker plies her with tequila-and the best sex of her life. She knows it isn't the tequila and hot sex talking. He's the kind of man she's always wanted. Unfortunately, he's also her new boss...

    Kane "Tack" Allen has a rule. He doesn't employ someone he's slept with. So when he learns he spent last night in bed with his new office manager, he quickly fires Tyra. Yet when Tyra stands up to him and fights for her job, Tack is intrigued. He tells her she can keep her job on one condition: no more sex. more

  • #4 Redneck Romeo (Rough Riders #15) - Lorelei James

    Redneck Romeo (Rough Riders #15) - Lorelei James

    western contemporary erotic romance second chances friends to lovers

    Three years ago, Dalton McKay looked across the altar and saw the woman he knew he’d love for the rest of his life…only it wasn’t his bride. That’s when he took the McKays’ love-’em-and-leave-’em reputation to new heights—fleeing the ceremony and Wyoming.

    Now a family issue has brought Dalton back to Sundance, giving him a chance to prove to everyone—especially the woman he thought he lost—that he’s a changed man.

    Aurora “Rory” Wetzler has fallen for cowboy hottie Dalton’s smooth-talkin’ ways too many times. So he’s determined to convince her he’s playing for keeps this go around? Fine. more

  • #5 Darkfever (Fever #1) - Karen Marie Moning

    Darkfever (Fever #1) - Karen Marie Moning

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    MacKayla Lane’s life is good. She has great friends, a decent job, and a car that breaks down only every other week or so. In other words, she’s your perfectly ordinary twenty-first-century woman. Or so she thinks…until something extraordinary happens.

    When her sister is murdered, leaving a single clue to her death–a cryptic message on Mac’s cell phone–Mac journeys to Ireland in search of answers. The quest to find her sister’s killer draws her into a shadowy realm where nothing is as it seems, where good and evil wear the same treacherously seductive mask. more

  • #6 Tears of Tess (Monsters in the Dark #1) - Pepper Winters

    Tears of Tess (Monsters in the Dark #1) - Pepper Winters

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    Tess Snow has everything she ever wanted: one more semester before a career in property development, a loving boyfriend, and a future dazzling bright with possibility.

    For their two year anniversary, Brax surprises Tess with a romantic trip to Mexico. Sandy beaches, delicious cocktails, and soul-connecting sex set the mood for a wonderful holiday. With a full heart, and looking forward to a passion filled week, Tess is on top of the world.

    But lusty paradise is shattered.

    Kidnapped. Drugged. Stolen. Tess is forced into a world full of darkness and terror. more

  • #7 Carter Reed (Carter Reed #1) - Tijan

    Carter Reed (Carter Reed #1) - Tijan

    contemporary billionaire mystery rape friends to lovers

    Emma decided to skip the gym and went home early. It was the last easy decision she made because she found her roommate being raped by the boyfriend.

    She had two choices. Call the cops and be killed by his family’s mafia connections or kill him first and hope to survive. There was no choice to her. She killed the bastard first and went to the one person who could protect her.

    Carter Reed. He’s a weapon for the rivaling mafia family, but he’s also Emma’s secret. Not only was he best friends with her brother, but she’s the reason he became that weapon in the first place. more

  • #8 Black Ice (Ice #1) - Anne Stuart

    Black Ice (Ice #1) - Anne Stuart

    contemporary tortured hero military enemies to lovers dark romance

    Living paycheck to paycheck in Paris, American book translator Chloe Underwood would give anything for some excitement and passion--even a little danger. So when she's offered a lucrative weekend gig translating at a business conference in a remote chateau, she jumps at the chance to shake things up.

    Then by chance Chloe discovers her employers are anything but the entrepreneurs they appear, and suddenly she knows far too much. Her clients are illegal arms dealers, and one of them is ordered to kill her. But instead, Bastien Toussaint drags Chloe away, and the next thing she knows she's on the run with the most terrifying and seductive man she's ever met. more

  • #9 Time Served - Julianna Keyes

    Time Served - Julianna Keyes

    contemporary anal sex erotic romance bdsm bad boys

    Dean Barclay had nothing to do with my decision to flee my old life, but he is 100 percent of the reason I vowed to never look back.

    I've never forgotten how it felt to follow Dean—dangerous, daring, determined—away from the crowd and climb into his beat-up old Trans Am. I was sixteen and gloriously alive for the first time. When I felt his hand cover my leg and move upward, it was over. I was his. Forever.

    Until I left. Him, my mom, and the trailer park. Without so much as a goodbye.

    Now Dean's back, crashing uninvited into my carefully cultivated, neat little lawyerly life. more

  • #10 Reasonable Doubt: Volume 1 - Whitney Gracia Williams

    Reasonable Doubt: Volume 1 - Whitney Gracia Williams

    contemporary erotic romance forbidden love dark romance suspense

    My cock has an appetite. A huge and very particular appetite: Blonde, curvy, and preferably not a fucking liar... (Although, that's a story for another day.)

    As a high profile lawyer, I don't have time to waste on relationships, so I fulfill my needs by anonymously chatting and sleeping with women I meet online. My rules are simple: One dinner. One night. No repeats. This is only casual sex. Nothing more. Nothing less.

    At least it was , until "Alyssa"...

    She was supposed to be a 27 year old lawyer, a book hoarder, and completely unattractive. more

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