- Strong/Protective--Doesn't stomp all over the heroines independence.
- Strong/Protective/Control Freak--Likes to be in charge, but adjusts.
- Strong/Anti-hero--Think Anne Stuart heros.
- Strong/Protective but condescending--Likes to be in charge, smirky with a pat the little lady on the head attitude.
- Controlling/Jumps easily to conclusions--different from the control freak because causes unneeded misunderstandings.
- Alpha Jerk/but trainable--Strong and protecting, control freak, condescending... but learns to control the negatives, grovels nicely.
- Alpha Jerk--Obnoxious bully, revenge seeking, needs to grovel and often.
Do those work?? Are additional categories necessary--Let me know.
Here's my original list and the rest were left in the comments, where would you put them on the Alpha Scale?
- Clayton--Whitney, My Love, Judith McNaught
- Rolfe--The Conqueror, Brenda Joyce
- Graelem--Firesong, Catherine Coulter
- Wolf, Joe, Zane Mackenzie--The Mackenzie books, Linda Howard
- Lucky--Dark Wager, Mary Spencer
- Richard Tiernan--Night Fall, Anne Stuart
- Dane--Dream Man, Linda Howard
- Sam Donovan--Mr. Perfect, Linda Howard
- Cian MacKeltar--Spell of the Highlander, KMM
- Dageus MacKeltar--The Dark Highlander, KMM
- Pick any one/all of Julie Garwood's heros
- Lachlain MacRieve--A Hunger Like No Other, Kresley Cole
- Baran--Jane's Warlord, Angela Knight
- "Lucky" Doucet--Lucky's Lady, Tami Hoag
- Any and all of JR Wards heros
- Any and all of Shannon McKenna's heroes
- Prince Nicholas--My Dark Prince, Julia Ross
- Lord Warrick--Prisoner of My Desire, Johanna Lindsey
- James Mallory--Gentle Rogue, Johanna Lindsey
- Actually pick and Lindsey--LOL.
I've read everything with the exception of Shannon McKenna and I don't remember Prisoner of My Desire, but am pretty sure I read it--back then I read Lindsey faithfully. Sometime today I'll post them to the different categories, but I'll put them in comments.