Richard #Castle one hot #beta male. Can we all just admit we love them? with @haleywhitehall & #giveaway

Richard Castle One Hot Beta Male

While there is absolutely nothing wrong with alpha males sometimes beta males make the best partners. After all it depends on the woman and their chemistry. My current favorite TV show is Castle. I have a crush on Nathan Fillion!

In case you haven’t seen Castle, Nathan Fillion plays a crime writer who accompanies his muse, Detective Kate Beckett, as she hauls in the bad guys and brings them to justice. There is no doubt that Kate is the alpha in their relationship and yet Castle uses his charms, sense of humor and intelligence to help her solve cases, keep her safe, and romance her.

I think there is a misconception that beta males are weak. Richard Castle is a hot beta male. The character has many faults but being weak is not one of them. More than once he has come to Kate’s rescue.

When I write romance I have a tendency to write beta males. Sometimes I feel the need to make them more alpha during editing and other times I just leave them the way they are. Lucas Grady in Soldier in Her Lap is a beta male. Throughout the story Sophia learns about Lucas’s true nature/character … and falls in love with him. Lucas comes across as human. He isn’t seven feet tall with superhero muscles. I hope my readers will fall in love with him, too.

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Trapped by her alcoholic, abusive father, Sophia Carpenter longs to escape her life of drudgery on her father’s dirt farm in Clark Springs, Georgia. Making matters worse, her father’s scared off every man who tried to call on her. She longs for freedom, but with the Civil War raging, even fewer men are available to fulfill her dreams—unless a soldier landed in her lap.


Conscripted into a war he never wanted to fight, Lucas Grady is tired of battle and refuses to lay his life down for a lost cause. After a musket ball tears through his leg, he deserts from the ambulance wagon rather than risk a field surgeon’s saw. He barely makes it to Sophia’s farm before collapsing.


The wounded soldier’s arrival seems like a dream come true, but first she must save him from his injuries—and her father. As forbidden attraction blooms between them, they will have to struggle to survive. Can their love overcome so many obstacles or will they become another casualty of the War Between the States?




Finally, she couldn’t stand it any longer and turned around to face him. He leaned near her, their lips perilously close again. He wrapped his arms around her and pulled her to him, away from the stove. Her chest pressed against his and their connection grew stronger. He claimed her lips, harder this time. Shutting her eyes, she mewled. His lips roamed down her neck and then back to her mouth, acting like he couldn’t kiss her enough. Did she taste as good as he did?


He caressed her back. It was wrong for him to touch her like that, she should tell him to stop, it wasn’t right, but she couldn’t. Damn propriety, she wanted him. When he grabbed her bottom, her eyes shot open. He pressed her against him, grinding their pelvises together.


“Do you feel what you do to me, Sophia?” he asked in a husky voice.


His arousal pressed hard into her skirts and her mound moistened. “Yes,” she breathed.


How long would they have to court before they got married? This felt so good. She couldn’t wait to actually make love with him. How long would Lucas be able to stay with them? Surely he was bound to rejoin his regiment soon. Lucas would have to leave when Papa got back, if he didn’t go before.


He continued to press her against him until they were both panting. She wanted more but didn’t dare ask. Despite her longing to know what lovemaking was like, she wasn’t a whore like Papa implied. Suddenly Lucas pushed away from her.


“What’s wrong?” she asked, missing the heat of his body, the strength and tenderness in his touch.


“Your stew’s smoking.”


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Haley Whitehall lives in Washington State where she enjoys all four seasons and the surrounding wildlife. She writes historical romance set in the 19th century U.S. When she is not researching or writing, she plays with her cats, watches the Western and History Channels, and goes antiquing. She is hoping to build a time machine so she can go in search of her prince charming. A good book, a cup of coffee, and a view of the mountains make her happy.


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11 thoughts on “Richard #Castle one hot #beta male. Can we all just admit we love them? with @haleywhitehall & #giveaway

  1. I’d say the special thing about Castle is that I don’t think he’s been a beta male for anyone but Kate. Which makes her perfect for him. 😀

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