I Want a Book About… Alpha Tops

Today I am super excited to introduce a new feature on the blog, called I Want a Book About...  I have been thinking about this for a while, and the perfect opportunity came to kick it off with an email I got from Joyfully Jay reader Sara T. She was looking for recommendations for books featuring older, toppy, alpha guys and after writing back to her with my ideas, I thought it would be fun to get all of you in on the fun as well.

So, I am going to periodically feature reader requests for book recommendations. I’ll provide my suggestion and open the post up to your ideas as well. And I like a challenge! So tell us about your particular book crack and we will see what we can recommend! Feel free to email me any time and I’ll run a I Want a Book About… post to feature your question.

But first things first. Let’s help out Sara with her book catnip…

Jay, I was wondering if you could recommend some books for me? I really like age difference stories with an older experienced alpha top and a young inexperienced or virgin bottom. If there are BDSM elements that’s perfect, the more hardcore the better! I love books that deal with the nature of D/s relationships but vanilla with an intense alpha top is still great. I don’t mind a little dubious consent, it’s just a fantasy right? I just bought Valor on the Move by Keira Andrews because of your review and loved it! Any genre is fine, I like paranormal, suspense, historical, western, contemporary, really anything with that dynamic. If you can think of anything for me I would be forever in your debt! Sometimes it feels like I’ve read them all.  Thank you for all the great work you do! Love your site so much!!

Thank you!


First off, thank you Sara for your nice words about the blog! Ok, now down to business!

Sara indicated some of her favorites, including the Deputy Joe series by James Buchanan, Rough Canvas by Joey W Hill, Ricochet by Xanthe Walter, and anything by KJ Charles. She also gave me a list of some other books she has already read in this theme. Here is what I suggested for her…

My top two, gold star picks would be:

Both totally fit the bill in that they are age difference stories with an older, toppy alpha guy and a younger, more naive younger guy. Not virgins, but definitely guys who are a bit out of their league to start with. And both definitely kinky! I loved both of these stories and would recommend them whole heartedly. Other ideas are:

I also suggested a couple of my favorites with the reverse dynamic (age difference with a younger dom). They still get the kinky, age difference thing, but subvert it a bit by having the younger man be the toppy, alpha. I suggested For Real by Alexis Hall and Rough Road by Vanessa North.

And just to cover all our bases, here are links to all our books that are BDSM and that feature age differences.

Ok, now I am turning it over to you all! Who can help Sara out with her request? We’d love to hear your suggestions!


  1. Kenna Nauenburg says:

    How about Nowhere Ranch from Heidi Cullinan? That was some hardcore stuff there.

    • Oh, I love that book. I didn’t immediately think of it b/c there is no age difference dynamic (at least I don’t think so) but it is super good book with some nice kink

      • Kenna Nauenburg says:

        I thought there was at least some age difference, but now that you mentioned it, I’m not so sure anymore. The kink level was off the charts…at least for me. Let’s just say I learned some new things, thanks to that one :-)

  2. Kenna Nauenburg says:

    Oh! Call Me Sir and Call Me Sir Too from Stormy Glenn are good too.

  3. Kim Dare’s Duck!, and Magpie are great reads. As is her Axel’s Pup.

  4. Michelle says:

    Loving the Master by Lynn Kelling would fit here well.

    • Michelle says:

      Another option would be Caged:Love and Treachery on the High Seas by Bey Deckard. It’s historical and a triad with three age ranges and BDSM elements. It’s the first in a series.

  5. Kim Dare’s CALL ME SIR, BOY! would definitely work!

  6. Straigh Boy and Just a Little Bit Twisted from the Straignt Guys series by Alessandra Hazard… I loved them both!

  7. You could create an index of different book-types from the reviews which you’ve published — or someone with lots of spare time could!  But if you were to categorise all your reviews going forward you would soon build up a useful index.

    • Thanks HJ!

      Actually, all our books get both categorized and tagged. Categories are broader (genres, rating, reviewer name). Tags are more specific and tags include author names, publisher names, and theme/tropes (like age difference, virgin hero, wealthy hero, friends to lovers, rock stars). Plus lots of other things people might search for. They all show up in the pink box under a review and if you click on them, you get a list of all books with the same category or tag. So if you wanted all friends to lovers books, you could click the tag and see them all show up.

      You can also use the red menu bar to search for things as well. If you click Reviews, you can choose by rating, by reviewer, and by genre and then see all the BDSM reviews for example. We also have some of our favorite books pulled out in the Favorites section of the menu bar. Click on that and then choose Favorite Book lists for lists of our favorites in a variety of areas (favorite men in uniform, favorite amnesia stories, etc).

      Hope that helps!

  8. H.B. Pattskyn’s “Bound: Forget Me Knot” fits the request, I would say. Age difference (twenty years or so), inexperienced sub (I don’t think he was a virgin, but definitely new to kink), and BDSM. 

  9. Ardent Ereader says:

    Bad Case of Loving You by Laney Cairo is another suggestion. 

  10. Slow Bloom by Anah Crow and Dianne Fox fits the bill, as do Golden Boy and Golden Man by Claire Thompson

    • Yes, I totally agree on Slow Bloom! It is exactly what she wants (age difference, old toppy guy) but I think it is out of print. At least I haven’t been able to find it anywhere. But yes, if you can get your hands on it, so perfect for this request!

  11. Thank you everyone! This is so exciting! Now I have so many things I can’t wait to read!!! I love the M/M romance community so much. Thank you again for the recs Jay and thank you for the feature. I love this! I feel so special! Thanks to everyone who commented with more ideas! I already read Special Delivery by Heidi Cullinan and Jay was spot on. I loved it! Trust Jay! She is very wise! 

    • Thanks for agreeing to be our first “subject” in this new feature Sara! I am so glad you enjoyed Special Delivery and have added to your TBR pile! And thanks to everyone who has shared their suggestions!

      And if anyone has a “I Want a Book About…” topic to share, please email me!

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