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I write alpha females. I can’t really help it. Not that I’m an alpha per se, because I’m not. But I do consider myself pretty independent. I can change a tire, lift heavy stuff, and take care of car repairs… I don’t usually call my husband for help, that is, unless I’m dealing with our nasty Ameraucana rooster who for some reason hates my guts. Seriously! That rooster listens for the door, and he will run from wherever he is to chase me back in the house. I turn into a damsel in distress whenever I catch a whiff of that damn rooster. But I adore strong women and I love to see strong female characters in urban fantasy. So I thought I’d share with you today 5 of some of my most favorite alpha females.
5. J.R. Ward’s Xhex:
Okay, so even though Ward’s females don’t exactly star in her books, Xhex is just too amazing for me not to put her on my list. She’s an assassin for starters. Tougher than tough. She’s built for fighting, but that doesn’t mean that sexy John Matthew doesn’t see her for the beautiful woman she is. The thing I like most about Xhex, though, is that she’s got a mind of her own. No one and nothing is going to stand in her way once she’s set on a course of action. Her stealth is impressive, and the girl knows her way around an armory. She’s got a good head on her shoulders, too, which is always a plus. I hope she gets more action in future books. She’s definitely an alpha to be wary of.
4. Patricia Briggs’ Mercy Thompson:
Mercy Thompson, WV mechanic, knows the ins and outs of being a member of a pack. Raised by the alpha of all alphas, Mercy has been dealing with werewolf pack structure since her teenage years. But don’t think for a second that just because she knows the pack hierarchy, that she’s just going to avert her eyes and play meek. This coyote doesn’t work that way. She’s got a super special heritage, which gives her a little something extra in the power department. Whether she’s fighting vampires or ancient river monsters, Mercy can bring the pain. And she might be mated to the pack alpha, but she’s got Adam right where she wants him.
3. Jeaniene Frost’s Cat:
From the first chapter of One Foot in the Grave, I was hooked. No one messes with this half-vampire/half-human, unless they want a stake to the chest. That is, until she meets her match in the form of one sexy British vampire named Bones. But even after she’s been swept off her feet, Cat doesn’t become the damsel in distress. Throughout the course of the series, Cat displays her independence, giving her vampire husband Bones more than a few headaches. And once Cat graduates from hybrid to full-blooded vamp, she’s an even greater force to be reckoned with. I love this potty-mouthed, gin swilling alpha female. Villainous supernatural creatures beware. Cat’s got a heavy supply of weapons stashed under her coat, and she’s coming for you!
2. Larissa Ione’s Sin:
Oh, man! How I looooove Sin. And you’ve probably noticed by now that I sort of have a thing for assassins, too. Sin is unique in that she’s the only female Seminus demon around, and this assassin master has attitude in spades. You have to be tough when you play with the boys, and Sin can give as good as she gets. In fact, she doesn’t even need a weapon to take down her targets. With a touch of her hand, Sin can send a deadly disease into anyone’s body and her marks are taken out before they even knew what hit them. But this tough girl does have a chink in her armor. Namely a sexy dhampire named Conall. One silver-eyed glance her way might just cause her to put that tough girl persona on the back burner. For a while.
In my opinion, Jill Kismet is the queen of all alpha females. You can’t get any tougher than this demon hunter. Jill works with the local police on cases of the supernatural variety and her mortal enemy comes in the form of Perry: evil incarnate, and demon overlord extraordinaire. Despite the fact that he makes her skin crawl, Jill puts Perry in his place time and again. This demon hunter steps up to the plate. She does what has to be done. Period. And let us not forget that she uses a whip. A whip, people! If that doesn’t make Jill a total badass, I don’t know what does. Jill takes more beatings than your average alpha female. Even with her supercharged healing, a right hook from a demon is going to do some serious damage. But Jill bounces back and keeps fighting till the bloody end. She guards her territory with a fierceness that has demons shaking in their boots. And rightly so. Jill knows how to offer up the hurt in a big way.
Well, there you have it. Who are some of your favorite alpha females? Do you enjoy the tough as nails female lead or do you prefer your leading ladies to have a softer side?
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