This week I need to get away from television for my articles. They have been very TV centric lately. It’s time to head back to the printed page, where my first loves originated. I just found out Patricia Briggs is releasing a short story collection, so of course, I began to wonder about which characters would be featured in it. During these thoughts, my choice for this week’s character emerged.
Full Name: Adam Alexander Hauptman
Age: 60+ (Doesn’t age)
Occupation: Werewolf Alpha, security specialist
Who is He?
Adam is the alpha leader of the Columbia Basin pack of werewolves. His first Mercy Thompson book series appearance was in Moon Called. He was changed into a werewolf during the Vietnam War. He has a human daughter named Jesse by his first wife. He actually has a day job running a high tech security company. He and Mercy are neighbors until they marry and move in together.
- Adam loves to wear suits.
- Adam was born in the South and has a small trace of an accent.
- Adam thinks it is rude to swear in front of women. He was raised to be a gentleman.
- Mercy left a beat up Volkswagen Rabbit with missing parts in full view of his house to annoy him since he is a neat freak. She also resented him trying to tell her what to do.
- Adam was asked to look after Mercy by the Marrok, leader of all the werewolves.
Why So Crushworthy?
“Mercy,” said my mother thoughtfully, “you never told me your werewolf neighbor was quite that hot.” – Bone Crossed
The Mercy Thompson series was a like a balm for my soul. This was during my Anita Blake breakup and when I was feeling like most of urban fantasy was porn. Adam and Mercy really helped me move on. Adam is a nice guy who just happens to turn into a werewolf. He hates being a werewolf but instead of brooding on it he does things to help his pack become better. He cares about everyone in it. Adam is also a progressive pack leader. The pack is traditionally bigoted but he tries to change it. His third in command is Warren, a gay werewolf. He also recognizes the strength of his female pack members.
Adam is described as good looking, specifically “hot”, in the book. Yet, it doesn’t really matter. He is just a good person. He loves his daughter, and his feelings for Mercy run really deep. He was protecting Mercy when she didn’t even know it. I think his gentlemanly ways are cute. As we say in the South, his mama raised him right. It’s interesting that someone with an old fashioned mindset like this can be super tech savvy. Adam and Mercy’s romantic relationship is solid and refreshing. I liked how patient and caring he was with her during a dark time. That really won me over. Adam is a well written character and very deserving of the crushworthy status.