Chloë: I have a favor to ask, do you think you and your followers could recommend a few books to read? I go on holiday soon and i’m completely stuck Some of my favourite authors and characters are Sherrilyn Kenyon (Nykyrian), J R Ward (Zsadist) and S C Stephens (Kellan Kyle). I love a good wounded alpha male. Please help!
While it can be fun to be the damsel in distress (so to speak) and be saved by the strong, protective, bossy yet tender alpha male (or even sweet and funny male!!), so many of us just LOVE to “save” the hero, even more. *ahem Sherrrrry, Ammmmyyy, Jeannnn and Nancyyyy I’m looking at you guys!* No worries. I’m in there too.
Nancy: I can take the forbidden, fractured souls, damaged and broken, recluse scarred physically & mentally, tortured minds & bodies…
Cheryl: My catnip in books, tortured, sweet, bad-a$$…
Maryse: I dunno why, but I love falling for scarred heroes. I’m into the broken bad-asses. And they don’t have to be god-like gorgeous either. Just BIG, strong protectors (even if they’re bad-guys) and reluctantly loving until that one girl comes along and then they give their WHOLE heart. Gah I LOVE that. Z is my ultimate. Travis too (but of course!!) hahaha!! Acheron… definitely. Christian Grey (although I don’t know how much of a “bad-ass” he was). Sebastian from Surviving Raine (YES!!) an even Evan Arden. Terrible from The Downside Ghosts series (and he is another of my perfect examples that he was not a physical beauty, BUT OMG I FELL HARD for him!!!!)
Mandy: Zsadist! Travis! Great pics. I’d have to add Miles Archer from Ugly Love, Kayden from The Coincidence of Callie and Kayden, Lucas from Easy & Breakable, and of course Remy from Real. That’s just naming a few lol
Jean: …you know i love the broken ones and just want to save them!
bev: Jean wanting to nurse another broken one, lol.
Sherry: he’s so troubled and broken…LOVE HIM
Anne: I love a broken hero too
MichelleS: He’s now scarred and angry as hell. He’s HUGE and winged! Oh yeah.That’s what I am in the mood for.
Deborah: There is just something about that beautiful, tortured bad boy that grabs you (I wish) and doesn’t let go.
Kim: What is it with the tortured/broken/misunderstood types that I’m so drawn to?
We can’t help but devour the book where he doesn’t “want” to be saved, helped, loved, or healed. He suffers from his own personal demons. He’s tormented, he has shame (often misplaced), regrets, physical and/or emotional scars that have turned him into a recluse of sorts.
And to us? He is PERFECT. A “Beauty and the Beast” love story that captivates us time and time again!
This could be a HUGE list considering just how many of our favorite books out there feature this kind of hero, but let’s highlight some of our favorites.
- Zsadist (beautiful yet physically scarred vampire with slave tattoos and gashes across his face. The emotional scarring is even worse) and Jean agrees! “Z is my favorite too Maryse….of course the broken one who needs saving….my Virgo instincts! Haha!” and Lesley too! “Z is up there are one of my all time fav book boyfriends, I love his tortured soul to bits and I’m happy to admit his little bonus story Father Mine made me cry like a baby. I love the BDB series but Z will always be my favourite “
- Travis (Gorgeous, unattainable, full of attitude and self assurance, an alpha male and an unbeatable fighter that no one wants to mess with… and he has a HUGE heart of gold that he gives completely, albeit rarely. Bad-ass smart college boy with bad-ass brothers that taught him to “be a man” and he misses his mom. He just wants to love and be loved by Abby but Abby is driving his heart CRAZY and he loses it. Ugh I died and fell in love with him more than any of them. GAH!! I love him),
- and Terrible (just… not the handsome type that we all know and love of our heroes. The heroine even considers him ugly when she first meets him. And he’s an enforcer so he has to do bad stuff to stay alive… so tortured!!)
- And Christian. Rich, arrogant, pompous, in control. Gorgeous. Perfect, and so terribly scarred. He “needs” very specific things to keep himself level, and OMG he destroys us. I LOVE HIM!
- Sebastian (an angry drunk ship captain that hates EVERYONE and lets everyone know. Especially the woman stranger that he’s stuck and alone with on a lifeboat looking for land). These are my perfect tortured heroes.
- Oh and OF COURSE Acheron. As “together” as he seems to be, when we finally got to know him, we BROKE with him. For him. and fabi agrees! “its one of my favorite series of all time and very very popular so you know its gotta be good. Each book focuses on one tortured MC, and boy, are they tortured…“
READER RECOMMENDED FAVORITES (I agree with SO many of ‘em. LOVE!!):
Wounded by Jasinda Wilder <— Kirsty is crazy for this one! “it’s very hard to pick this but so far the best book I have read this year is Wounded by Jasinda Wilder.” and Denise agrees! “I read Wounded by Jasinda Wilder which was excellent…” and Sharon does too! “…this is an excellent book,but it has a lot of angst in it as it involves the war in afghanistan, but still a good read…”
Souls Unfractured (Hades Hangmen) (Volume 3) by Tillie Cole <— Jean loves this one! “Souls Unfractured……..oh my…..this book…..Flame and Maddie…..they are both so broken….but so beautiful at the same time….i can’t put this book down! Flame….sigh….i need to save him! Ugh my heart!” and Laura is right there with her! “…oh this poor boy it’s so my kind of book broken boy slightly crazy sweet girl is going to save him it’s killing me some of it is very bad mind u like book in the freezer bad..” Elissa too!! “Oh! My latest is Flame from The Hades Hangman series by Tillie Cole. No one had a harder start in life than this man. His heart has so much anger and hatred I never thought he would be able to love. Turns out he was the sweetest of them all once you broke through.”
Ugly Love: A Novel by Colleen Hoover <— SWEET TORTURED HERO ALERT! Ugly Love. Poor Miles. Poor, tortured, sexy Miles and Magan agrees! “I love me an ugly cry. I also love Colleen Hoover books because the plot is always so different! She also makes these good yet bad boys that I want to cuddle.” And Vivian agrees too! “Miles Archer. Because he made me bawl like a bloody baby and crushed my heart.” (my Book Review)
Firebird (The Firebird Trilogy Book 1) by Jennifer Loring <— FAMOUS HOCKEY STAR ALERT! Lisa found us this one! “I’m reading Firebird and its tense and angsty and well written. Not like other hockey hero books that’s for sure. The H is prickly and conceited and wounded (reminds me of Kulti). It’s a second chance scenario with cheating (yikes… Im so glad I didn’t know about ‘that’going in because I don’t deal) but I have a feeling a twist is brewing and it might be painful…..”
Walk Through Fire (Chaos) by Kristen Ashley <— EMOTIONALLY TORTURED BIKER ALERT! Bethany loves this tortured biker! “Because he’s still so fresh in my mind, I have to say High from Walk through Fire by Kristen Ashley. He’s so hurt and angry that he’s terribly mean to Millie when she comes back in to his life, but when he realizes the truth of what happened the making up is so damn sweet! It was everything to me. I’ve already been thinking about a reread. Why do I love it when they make me cry? ”
Ride Steady (Chaos) by Kristen Ashley <— THIS BIKER TOO! And Ella says: “Joker from Ride Steady by KA. So tortured!”
RUSH (City Lights: New York City) by Emma Scott <— BLIND ANGRY HERO ALERT! Lisa also loved this one (just like I did!!!) “Just finished Rush and loved it. Not the same level of angst I usually seek but a sweet and beautiful story. Love a jerk who turns into a hero and love it when the H is wounded and troubled and the h heals him. Great book.” (my Book Review)
Night Owl (The Night Owl Trilogy Book 1) by M. Pierce <— CYNICAL RECLUSIVE AUTHOR ALERT! Denita’s choice! “My favorite moody character is Matthew Sky from night owl by M Pierce. Matthew is so cynical and kind of all over the place with his emotions. I love his complexity though. He’s such a deep, wounded in a way, complex person!” (my Book Review)
Embattled Hearts (Military Romantic Suspense) (Lost and Found Book 1) by J.M. Madden <— INJURED IN IRAQ ALERT! Laura found us this one! “Just finished Embattled Hearts great Wounded Warrior story.” and Michelle agrees! “J.M. Madden’s “Lost and Found” series, about Veterans starting a private investigation company and dealing with PTSD.”
The Law of Moses by Amy Harmon <— Karen chooses this one! “Moses was my favorite wounded bbf – his cracks were beautiful though and broke my heart.”
All These Pieces Of Me (The Stables Book 1) by C.E. Kilgore <— BIG OLD SCARRED BEAST ALERT! MichelleS was getting a kick out of this one! “I am reading an off-the-wall recommendation, can’t remember from who, called All These Pieces of Me. It’s a beauty and the beast story with BDSM thrown in…. plus Autism and OCD. Okay – what the heck? Let’s see how this all plays out. It was FREE – so no harm, no foul, right? And he’s a big old scarred beast that drives a Mercedes so I am already hot & bothered. AND, Fabi, it takes place in Dallas (they are in Deep Ellum right now) HA!”
Tapestry by Karen Ranney <— HE COMES BACK SCARRED ALERT! MichelleS also loves this one! “Tapestry – he comes back from war scarred and she is utterly unfazed by this… so moving… tearing up now…”
All of Me by Gia Sorelle <— TORTURED HERO ALERT! Sasha HIGHLY recommends this one: “holy crap I think I may have found the book of the summer (or even,gulp) the year ?!! I one-clicked this ages ago from your new release section… finally read it recently. MY. HEART. MELTED. Seriously I ended up bookmarking 80% of the book, and have been re-reading compulsively. It’s “All of Me” by Gia Sorelle. 2nd book came out, also great but my heart belongs to Nathan in book 1. Ladies if you like your hero uptight, tormented and scarred and your heroines loveable you have to read this.” and bev agrees! “All of Me is nice strong heroine, broken hero fun. And like Jean said great secondary characters.”
Broken (The Captive Series Prequel) by Erica Stevens <—- THE AUTHOR BROKE HER FREAKING HEART ALERT!! Amy loved it! “I LOVE the Captive series! I read Braith’s father’s book (Broken) not too long ago, and I seriously went into it believing I would have no sympathy for him whatsoever because he was so awful in Braith’s and Ara’s books. Holy moly!! *I* was “broken” by the end of it. As in crying and snuffling all over Manny and my heart hurt and I just needed a hug SO badly. Not kidding. Erica Stevens broke my freaking heart with that one. And I have a lump in my throat and my eyes are watery now. *sniffle*”
Archer’s Voice by Mia Sheridan <— HE’S MUTE AND RECLUSIVE AND OMG I LOVE HIM ALERT!Cheryl too… Cheryl: “Archer’s Voice- you’re missing out on my poor, sweet broken Archer!” and Elissa agrees! “Even after the isolation he still loved hard. The storyline was written in such a way your heart melted for this man.” Kimmie loves him too! “…despite everything he made so much out of his life. And he was so sweet” (my Book Review)
Lord of the Fading Lands (The Tairen Soul Book 1) by C.L. Wilson <— TORTURED FAE ALERT! Michelles loves these! “tell me you read the Tairen Soul Series? All the other ladies will roll their eyes, but seriously, best Fae book ever. He is the tortured, ancient King of the Fae. The world building is magnificent. I go a little nuts about this. My catnip.”
Captive in the Dark (The Dark Duet Book 1) by CJ Roberts <— DARK TORTURED TORTURER ALERT! <— Diane recommends this one! “Captive in the dark!!! ALL time fave book and tortured hero and just a great storyline when it all came together in the end. Well written, super dark and erotic, pretty perfect for me” (my Book Review)
The Soul Mate (The Holy Trinity Book 1) by Madeline Sheehan <— Danette found us a tortured hero in this one! “Oh, Maryse — these books aren’t good — they are positively GREATNESS!! You must read them ASAP!! Garik is tortured, Xan is sexy, and Trinity is BADASS. She is one of my absolute all-time favorite heroines. Read these! Trust me. You’ll thank me later.”
The Play by Karina Halle <— Luna loves Lachlan:
Luna: “Without a doubt Lachlan McGregor from The Play by Karina Halle. Broke my heart and then melted my heart and everything else. One of my top favorite reads of the year without a doubt. Everyone must meet him!!”
Zandalee agrees! “Lachlan McGregor from The Play by Karina Halle. He’s a new book boyfriend, but should definitely not be passed over. His childhood is gut-wrenching and the pain continues to follow him into adulthood. He doesn’t let his past keep him from being a kind and generous soul. heart emoticon He’s also a rugby star hunk so… Bonus!”
Sejla loves him too! “Lachlan McGregor from The Play by Karina Halle. He had a very hard childhood (reading about it made me cry so hard) and went through some personal hell after. What I admired most about him was that despite all the things that happend to him his fragile heart was still capable of so much love. I love him with all my heart!!!”
Second Chance (Last Chance Rescue (Eternal Romance) Book 5) by Christy Reece <— Jackie suggests: “Cole Matheson from “Second Chance” by Christy Reece. But to get the full effect you need to read “Run To Me”"
Dance With the Devil (Dark-Hunter Novels Book 3) by Sherrilyn Kenyon <— HE SUFFERS BIG TIME ALERT!! Jeannie loved this tortured hero! “Zarek from Dance with the Devil by Sherrilyn Kenyon. He was a slave during the Roman Empire and was owned by his father. The abuse he suffered was heart wrenching.” (my Book Review)
Dark Skye (Immortals After Dark Book 15) by Kresley Cole <— And Kimmie loves “Thronos from Dark Skye (Immortals After Dark #14) by Kresley Cole. Even though he had every reason ( in his head) to hate Lanthe he just couldn’t.”
Fighting to Forget (The Fighting Series Book 3) by J.B. Salsbury <— TORTURED FIGHTER ALERT! Shawna chooses him! “Rex Carter from Fighting to Forget by JB Salsbury. he’s in my top 5 favorite book boyfriends EVER! he had an awful childhood full of abuse of all kinds & he can’t see his worth. he thinks he’s repulsive, dirty but really he’s a beautiful, tortured soul who needs love. you just want to hug him!!!!”
Deviant (Blood & Roses series Book 1) by Callie Hart <— BIG BAD WOLF ALERT! Rebecka found us another Z! “I love this seriesl!!! Another tortured “Z” Best Line Ever!!!! “You think I’m right out of a horror film, don’t you?” “Well this is hardly a fairy tale, is it?” “It could be. If you let it.” “Oh yeah? And who are you supposed to be? My Prince Charming?” He snorts at that. “No, silly girl. I’m the big bad wolf.”― Callie Hart, Deviant”
WUTHERING HEIGHTS (illustrated, complete, and unabridged) (plus Jane Eyre) by Emily Brontë & Charlotte Brontë <— OLDIE BUT GOODIE ALERT! Melissa reminds us of this one! “Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte is my favorite book of all time. Its what got me to fall in love with books many, many years ago before the e-reader was born. Heathcliff was such a tortured, romantic soul.”
On Every Street (The Artists Trilogy) by Karina Halle <— TORTURED BAD GUY ALERT! Jacque (and me!!) LOVE HIM! “I am angry at myself for feeling so much for Javier… The “enemy”… Aargh!!! He is a poor tortured soul that needs to be saved, right?!?! *sigh* I need to read Sins again now. I feel so conflicted!!!”
This Man (This Man Trilogy Book 1) by Jodi Ellen Malpas <— FREAKING NUTCASE ALERT! And Kim loves him! “Jesse is a freaking nutcase! But I couldn’t help but fall in love with him.”
The Bronze Horseman (The Bronze Horseman Trilogy Book 1) by Paullina Simons <— INTENSE & TORTURED HERO ALERT! Hildy (and ALL OF US) love him! “Alexander Barrington from The Bronze Horseman series. *Sigh* the guy can be super douchey, but he’s GORGEOUS, possessive, sweet, intense, tortured, and SO in love. Plus, he buys and makes lots of ice cream. ”
Easy (Contours of the Heart Book 1) by Tamara Webber <— TORTURED & TATTOOED ALERT! Bobbie loves this “sort” “I loved Lucas!! It has been a while since I wanted to read a book twice (especially the steamy scenes!) I would have to agree that Lucas is the Tortured, Tender and Tattooed type, which is very endearing to me!”
One Week Girlfriend: A Novel (One Week Girlfriend Quartet Book 1) by Monica Murphy <— TORTURED IN COLLEGE ALERT! Jen recommends this one! “Drew Callahan from Monica Murphy’s One Week Girlfriend? Poor tortured college student. The guilt he has in this book is heart breaking!”