Lately my reading has consisted of heroes with attitudes, bad habits, foul mouths and an overall horrible disposition. To my surprise, I have found that I like these types of heroes just as much as the rakish good looking ones. In the past I hadn't read a lot of books with brooding heroes because I always felt the need to tell them to shut up and get over it. But as of late my cold heart has been softening toward these brooding men.
This change is due largely in part to my two latest reads, Lord of Scoundrels and The Bride Finder. Both of these books I was reluctant to read because of the way that I heard that the Hero behaved toward the heroine. I didn't want to read a book that dealt with an idiot of a man who couldn't get over his "past" problems enough to see that his lady was all the redemption he needed. Heck if she could see that under the menacing facade that he had a tender heart and just wanted to be loved then surely he could, right?
Wrong. Sometimes we as human beings are not do cut off our noses to spite our face, just like the heroes. Something bad happened to them to shape them into the person they became and it will take more then a little coaxing from a wisp of a woman to bring them out of that funk.
Dain, in Lord of Scoundrels, is the meanest of the mean. So mean, in fact, that he has been dubbed Beelzebub. He takes only whores to bed and steers clear of respectable women, because they would want nothing from a man like him but his money. He's quite content with his life as a ruthless man until Lady Jessica Trent, traipses into his world and eventually into his black heart.
Dain was a scoundrel, true and through. He was the type of hero that I would usually scoff at, but I found myself unable to. I felt for the big brute and hoped that he would end up genuinely happy in the end and he did.
Anatole, in The Bride Finder, was not so much a scoundrel as he was a dark, brooding fellow. Anatole was very rough around the edges and he was also afflicted with a "magical" family curse that aided in his unfriendly attitude. His heroine, Madeline, was just the type of woman he needed even though he didn't think she was.
Picked to be his bride by the family Bride Finder, Madeline was promised and married to Anatole sight unseen. When the two finally see each other both are taken aback. Madeline was expecting a handsome poet, Anatole was not. Anatole was expecting a sturdy, buxom blond who wouldn't be afraid of his size, not a tiny wisp of a woman with fiery red hair; something he specifically told the Bride Finder he did not want.
Anatole was not a love at first sight hero for me. He was harsh, and constantly overreacting but through reading he grew on me and I wanted him to get a worthy HEA.
Now that I have fallen for these temperamental heroes, I'm looking for more to read about. Suggestions anyone?