Recipe For A Delicious Military Alpha Hero

Please welcome, multi-published DENISE AGNEW author of an eclectic array of steamy romance authors as she chats about alpha male hero’s in romance novels and gives us a peek into the upcoming boxed set: Romancing The Military Man: Ten Hot Military Heroes



Romancing The Military Man: Ten Hot Military Heroes & A Recipe For An Alpha Hero

by Denise A. Agnew


Oxford Dictionary definition informal: Denoting a person who has a dominant role or position within a particular sphere.

Alpha Male.

Oxford Dictionary definition: A man tending to assume a dominant or domineering role in social or professional situations. (This particular dictionary gave an example of a use of the word as, “Most alpha males need to control the women in their lives.”)

As an author who often writes heroes in careers that tend to lean toward “alpha” that definition of alpha male made me think. After all, the last kind of hero I’m going to create is a man who feels he needs to “control” a woman. That’s a nope, nope, nope for me unless I’m talking about the bad guy.

I started thinking about the hero in my story Saved By The Marine, which is a part of Romancing The Military Man: Ten Hot Military Heroes. Retired U.S. Marine Mike Compton isn’t a spring chicken at thirty-nine but he’s still a physically fit and capable man with aspirations to become a sheriff’s deputy in his community and continue protecting others. As I wrote the story I noticed that his beta tendencies were as heavy-duty as his alpha traits, and when I analyzed that reality it made me recognize that my heroes are always a combination of the two balancing attributes.

When I asked nine other authors to join with me in putting together a box set featuring ten military heroes, I never thought of defining a military hero as alpha…or not. In the romance novel world, however, alpha seems to have a particular connotation that can be taken either as good or bad. I’m keeping it positive and listing what I believe is a great recipe for an amazing alpha hero like the ones you’ll find in Romancing The Military Man: Ten Hot Military Heroes which features stories from New York Times, USA Today and National Best Selling authors Sharon Hamilton, Caridad Pineiro, Toni Anderson, Karen Fenech, Kathy Kulig, Jan Springer, Lisa Hughey, Adrienne Bell, Monique Dubois and myself.

Ready? Aim. Here we go.


Recipe For A Delicious Military Alpha Hero





*One male age 25 to 50 (more or less to taste).

*Physical and mental strength.

*An animal magnetism that goes beyond good looks.

*Copious amounts of an excellent sense of humor and/or a brooding and slightly less effusive way of dealing with the world.

*One or more intriguing or heady situations, preferably with danger, action, adventure and opportunities for said alpha male to show his skills.

*One occupation that involves hero in possible mayhem.

*One consuming desire to protect the heroine and others against any danger.

*A solid belief in doing the right thing, but an understanding that most of life comes in shades rather than black and white.

*A healthy chunk of can do attitude. This guy never gives up, unless it’s eventually giving in to falling in love.

*He’d never harm a woman or child and won’t tolerate anyone who does.

*He’s never verbally abusive to a woman or child and won’t tolerate anyone who is.


Mix all these ingredients in varying amounts and combinations along with liberal doses of originality and you have the makings for a balanced military alpha male. Enjoy!




Romancing The Military Man: Ten Hot Military Heroes is on preorder now at:


Barnes and Noble


You can also check Denise’s website for additional book outlets as they become available.

Official release date is September 29, but you can get your pre-order copy for 99 cents.

If you’d like an opportunity to win a Kindle Fire be sure to sign up for our release day Facebook party.

About Denise Agnew:

Denise A. Agnew is the author of over 60 novels. Denise has written paranormal, romantic comedy, contemporary, fantasy, historical, erotic romance, and romantic suspense. Archaeology and archery have crept into her work, and travels through England, Ireland, Scotland, and Wales have added to a lifetime of story ideas. She lives with her husband and a Mini Schnauzer. Denise is also a paranormal investigator, Reiki Master and Certified Creativity Coach.

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