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    Fantasy Romance with a Non-Alpha hero?

    I'm writing a fantasy trilogy with a strong romance element. The heroine is a bad-ass assassin and the hero is a healer. I was looking for some fantasy romance books with hero's that are not alpha. I guess I wanted to see the dynamic where the woman is more take-charge then the man.

    Any suggestions?



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    I'll buy it, in a second. Other than that, all I can say is: good luck. I know of all of 2 published romances that fit this bill. I wish there were more.

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    Quote Originally Posted by veinglory View Post
    I'll buy it, in a second. Other than that, all I can say is: good luck. I know of all of 2 published romances that fit this bill. I wish there were more.
    Thanks Veinglory I think mine will fall under fantasy, rather than fantasy/romance...but for research purposes, I thought looking at romantic fantasy might be good for me. I know that in romance, the hero tends to be very alpha. There is a very alpha male character in the book as well, but he isn't the LI.

    Would you mind telling me what those two published romances are? Thanks



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    The examples I can think of from fantasy, which I read more often, would seem to be nil. The examples that came to mind from romance were 'Taming the Forest King' by Claudia Edwards (fantasy, with romance elements) and a Harlequin the title of which escapes me (not fantasy)

    Maybe other people will know of more alpha fem/beta man. I hope so.

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    I prefer beta heroes. Some alpha elements, but I think even within the gloss of HEA, it's easier for me to believe in and root for the betas.
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    It's not a romance as such, but there is a romance, if that makes sense, and the guy is a healer where the girl is the powerful wizard.




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    Do you know the authors name? I just looked it up and don't think it's the same book.



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    Nnedi Okorafor - it won the World Fantasy award a year or two ago.




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