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Top Ten Jealous Alpha Males in Romance Novels


Actors Wade Gotwals and Anastasia Blackwell in scene from "The House on Black Lake"

ATTENTION READERS: New Romantic Fantasy, The Chamber of Curiosities is NOW AVAILABLE.  Be the first to read, review, and start discussions on forums. The seductive tale, set in a carnival in an ancient land, features a host of characters with intense love obsessions who experience jealousy and rage at loss of control over beloved.

Ramey Sandeley from The House on Black Lake experiences his first taste of jealousy when Alexandra Brighton and her son Samuel visit the summer home he shares with his wife Ruth and five young children. Ramey has never heard the word "No" and is not accustomed to being turned down or having romantic feelings towards anyone. He views his business and personal life as a series of conquests, and is always the winner.

His first taste of the bitter drug of jealousy comes on the day Alexandra spends a long afternoon in the arms of seductive young French artist Andre Labat. His confrontation following her liaison illuminates  untapped feelings and reveals a darker, cruel side. Ultimately, jealousy is the agent of transformation and catharsis for both Alexandra and Ramey and sets in motion a string of events with profound consequences.

Based on votes from romance forums the best jealous alpha males in romance literature are as follows (in no order of preference):

1. Jake from Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire - hot book  fast on the rise

2. Dragos from Dragon Bound  by Thea Harrison

3. Seth from Out of Control by Shannon McKenna

4. Lachlain from Hunger Like No Other (Immortals After Dark Series) by Kresly Cole

5. Jacques from Dark Desire (Carpathian Series) by Christine Freehan

6. "Iceman" from Dangerous Games by Lora Leigh - erotic

7. Lord Ian from The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie by Jennifer Ashly

8. Tristan from A Rose to the Fallen by April Bostic

9. Bones from Night Huntress Series by Jeaniene Frost

10. Raphael from Guild Hunter Series by Nalini Singh


Top Ten +1 Best Paranormal Romance Novel Series

Please note: "The House on Black Lake trailer", filmed by Spirit/Sundance/Gotham/Venice award winning cinematographer Frazer Bradshaw, may be viewed on Home Page.

In The House on Black Lake there are dark forces at work. HOBL is the first of a trilogy that segues into the paranormal, although there is paranormal activity described throughout the first book. Alexandra Brighton has been educated by modern social systems and therefore is unwilling to acknowledge her own special gifts or to take seriously the wisdom of the mystics and gypsies who are her tutors in the underground. However, her host, Ramey Sandeley, is determined to expose her to certain "truths". Her journey of transformation on Black Lake is the beginning of her initiation into a world of dangerous beauty and terrible dark secrets.

Listed below are the top ten + 1 paranormal romance novels (listed most often by fans of the genre).

l. Vampires in America (Series) by D.B. Reynolds

2. Psy/Changling (series) - Nalini Singh

3. Immortals After Dark (series) - Kresley Cole

4. Dragon Bound (elder races series) by Thea Harrison

5. Ghost Walkers (series) - Christine Freehan

6. The Fever (series) by Karen Marie Moning

7. Shifter (series) - Rachel Vincent

8. Chicagoland Vampires (series) - urban fantasy by Chloe Neill

9. Broken Heart Oklahoma (series)- for those who prefer their paranormal splashed with humor

10. Magic Series  - Ilona Andrew's - by Kate Daniels

+ 1 Shelley Laurentson's shape shifting series including Big Bad Beast, Beat Behaving Badly,Go FetchThe Mane Attraction, and The Mane Squeeze are funny, filled with eccentric characters, and also very popular with paranormal romance fans.


The Best Forced Love Romance Novels

features Anastasia Blackwell and Wade Wodwals

ATTENTION READERS: New Romantic Fantasy, The Chamber of Curiosities, set in a carnival in an ancient land is now available. Be the first to read, review, and comment on the love story between a beautiful aerialist and a charismatic young giant. It is a tale filled with forced love, bondage, infidelity, betrayal, obsession, and self empowerment. 

Kidnapping and forced love are popular themes in romance literature. Like with Beauty and the Beast and Hades and Persephone  there is an allure to be desired, and drawn to vulnerability by a powerful captor. The House on Black Lake  explores the provocative themes of confinement and forced love.

Following is a list of preeminent romance novels featuring forced love. Thanks to Amazon forum for input:


My Dangerous Duke by Gaelen Foley - she is kidnapped for him as a virginal "gift" - very much a Beauty in the Beast type plot

Captured by Love by Amber Kaye - he kidnaps her based on a revenge plot

Beguiled by Heather Graham - very tame kidnap tale, he's a highwayman type that takes her off into the woods briefly

Silver Angel by Johanna Lindsey - she is kidnapped, sold into slavery, and he is her purchaser

The Last Highwayman by Katherine O'Neal - he kidnaps her to get the ransom money but her family doesn't pay - they end up working together, very passionate

The Devil Who Tamed Her by Johanna Lindsey - very tame kidnap tale, basically he absconds with her into the countryside to melt her heart of ice based on a bet

So Speaks the Heart by Johanna Lindsey - he takes her from her home, thinking she's a slave


Lakota Love Song by Madeline Baker - he is an injured Indian that she rescues from death, only to be kidnapped by him when he's better

The Bounty by Beth Williamson - he's hired by a psycho to find her for a bounty, so he finds her, kidnaps her and then falls for her

Diablo by Georgina Gentry - he kidnaps her based on a revenge plot but they fall for each other, very moving story

The Touch of Fire by Linda Howard - he kidnaps her to help heal a gun shot wound, but loses his heart to her


Wild Orchids by Karen Robards - he's on the run in Mexico and she's in the wrong place at the wrong time, he kidnaps her to use her as a means of escape

Perfectby Judith McNaught - he breaks out of jail and uses her and her car as a means of escape

Unlawful Contact by Pamela Clare - he uses her to break out of jail, then abducts her- very moving passionate story

American Historical:

Star Keeper by Patricia Potter - they're already falling in love but she learns the truth about him - that he is an enemy pirate- to keep her quiet her abducts her

Relentless by Patricia Potter - she is kidnapped for him as part of a revenge plot- very moving and passionate

Sweet Fire by Jo Goodman - he kidnaps her as part of a complex plot- she is unaware because she has amnesia - but very good passionate moving story


The Pirate Prince(Ascension Trilogy), historical pirate romance, by Gaelen Foley

A Hunger Like No Other (Immortals after Dark, Book1) paranormal vampire intrigue, by Kresley Cole

The Devil Wears Plaid by Teresa Medeiros

Bodacious by Sharon Ervin

Lord of Fire by Gaelen Foley
The Spymaster’s Lady by Johanna Bourne

Ruthless, (The House of Rohan), by Anne Steward

All Through the Nightby Connie Brockway

Honor Bound by Sandra Brown

Some Kind of Magic by Theresa Weir

Hawk O’Toole’s Hostage by Sandra Brown

Thanks to the Amazon romance forum for their input


Bad Romance - A Revolution

Fairy tales and romantic comedies have led us down a path to seek beautiful romance. But, society tells us this may not be at all what we crave. Lady GaGa's new song is breaking records, as is Twilight. True Blood, Spartacus, Mad Men, and the list goes on. They all show bad romance at its very best. All seek something, but none really finds it.  Because it cannot be had without an interference. There is always the dark side ready to swallow us up - man and woman.

"The House on Black Lake" explores this theme through many different angles and individuals.  At book's end it is still not clear where the answer lies, but there is hope of something different and far more exhilarating. There is something about "Bad Romance" that lures us all and can be explosive if we learn how to harness it. The romantic candlelit table places too much expectation of perfection and beauty without the thorn that gives it its special allure.

Bad Romance - a revolution unfolds!

Bad Romance