Thursday, January 17, 2008

Heroes With a Funky Disposition

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?


  1. I can't think of any mean heroes off the top of my head, but I must say - I love Lord of Scoundrels! Perfect book. I'll have to give the Susan Carrol a read.

    Now I'll go away and have a think about my favourite grumpy heroes...

  2. I agree, Meriam. Lord of Scoundrels was great.

    When I didn't want to read about grumpy heroes those were the only books I'd come by and now that I don't I can't think of any.

  3. Hi Brie,

    What stands out for me in Lord of Scoundrels was that deep down Sebastian thought he was unlovable, and not just unlovable, but ugly. You usually don’t have too many romance heroes hung up on their looks. He was brooding, but Chase wrote the book in a way that I found it amusing not annoying. I think it was because Jessica was a take charge, no nonsense kind of woman, who wasn’t going to allow Sebastian to wallow in self-pity. I am glad you liked the book. I had read it myself because it was on AAR’s top 100 list for romance books.

  4. LOS is one of my all-time favourites! *grin*

    Grumpy heroes, eh? Try The Last Hellion, also by Loretta Chase.

    The Raven Prince - Elizabeth Hoyt

    Anne Stuart wrote some great dastardly bad-boy heroes too.

    Most gothic heroes are broody and dark too - they are my favourite kinds. LOL

  5. Hi Jill, I agree LOS wasn't annoying at all and with the type of story that it was it could have been. Instead, it was very entertaining and, like you said, amusing.

    Jace, thanks for giving me a little list to start with! I actually have had The Raven prince in my TBR pile for some months. I will give it a try as soon as I'm done with the book I'm reading now.