Reader Question – Book recommendations for an anti-hero that doesn’t get the girl (or visa versa)

by Maryse on May 5, 2016 · 10 comments

in Reader Questions

Johanna is looking for a specific genre, and while I DO have a suggestion, I ALSO would love some suggestions for this, so I’m opening it up to all of our fellow readers. We are all ears!

Johanna asks:

Johanna: Maryse, I need your help again :)  I’m looking something a little different. An anti hero of sort, the one who doesn’t always get the girl. While I love the ones who do I was just wondering what would happen if after everything he still didn’t get the girl or vise versa. Any ideas? Thanks a mil!

Maryse: I would recommend Badger (my review). I’m not saying whether he gets the girl or not ;) but I think this one is different enough, and just SO awesome that you’ll be very satisfied. Read it. :D

Anyone else have any suggestions?

Linds: How did I not know this was a thing!

Maryse: If we could get a list, it would be an AWESOME thing. :D

Jen: The first book that comes to mind is Pure Abandon. That ending was a heartbreaker.

Ashley: What about Arsen. A broken love story by Mia Asher? That fits I think. Great, great book.

Maryse: Excellent recommendation! YES! I’m adding it. :D

Ashley: I have another one. Slammer by Tabatha Vargo. Have you read it? It’s a great book, but wow! eek that ending. Your prison post reader question made me think of it. :D

Maryse:  I’ve heard of it and now I want to read it!! I’m adding it. :D

Kat: What about the amazingly talented Tarryn Fisher’s Mud Vein? And I totally agree on Badger, Maryse had me 1 clicking that without even knowing what it was about.

Amy: Hausfrau: A Novel. She is THE anti-heroine. I was shocked and appalled by her actions. One in particular I despised. But I *never* despised her. Not once. She was a mess but I didn’t care…I loved being a voyeur into her life.  As for if she doesn’t get the guy…well, we all know *someone* always gets hurt when there is cheating going on in our books. That’s all I’m saying. ;) That ending…I’ve never reacted this way to a book, but after I read the last line I ended up walking in circles and holding my head for like 5 minutes. I’m so not kidding. I literally did that. It still makes my heart and gut clench when I think of it.

MichelleS: Fairytale Come Alive, by Kristen Ashley. Loved it. And Games of the Heart (The ‘Burg Series Book 4) by Kristen Ashley. Mike didn’t get the girl in a previous book… But he does here… And it has the best side characters & story.

Kathy: Willing Captive by Belle Aurora

Yvonne: Colleen Gleason has a regency The Draculia Vampire Trilogy: Three Complete Novels of Vampire Romance in which one of the heroes does not end up with the girl. Love these books.

Johanna: Great recommendations! The only one I know is Arsen. I will definitely be adding to my tbr list

         

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{ 10 comments… read them below or add one }

Jen May 5, 2016 at 5:39 PM

The first book that comes to mind is Pure Abandon. That ending was a heartbreaker.

Maryse May 5, 2016 at 5:45 PM

YAY!! Thank you Jen! I added it. :D

Yvonne May 5, 2016 at 7:31 PM

Colleen Gleason has a regency Draculia Vampire trilogy in which one of the heroes does not end up with the girl. Love these books.

Kathy P May 5, 2016 at 9:22 PM

Willing Captive by Belle Aurora

MichelleS May 5, 2016 at 10:11 PM

Fairytale Come Alive, by Kristen Ashley. Loved it.

MichelleS May 5, 2016 at 10:15 PM

And Games of the Heart, by Kristen Ashley. Mike didn’t get the girl in a previous book… But he does here… And it has the best side characters & story.

Amy May 6, 2016 at 6:54 PM

I’m throwing this out there again ’cause, ya know, broken record and all that. ;)

Hausfrau.

She is THE anti-heroine. I was shocked and appalled by her actions. One in particular I despised. But I *never* despised her. Not once. She was a mess but I didn’t care…I loved being a voyeur into her life.

As for if she doesn’t get the guy…well, we all know *someone* always gets hurt when there is cheating going on in our books. That’s all I’m saying. ;) That ending…I’ve never reacted this way to a book, but after I read the last line I ended up walking in circles and holding my head for like 5 minutes. I’m so not kidding. I literally did that. It still makes my heart and gut clench when I think of it.

Kat P May 8, 2016 at 12:48 AM

What about the amazingly talented Tarryn Fisher’s Mud Vein?
And I totally agree on Badger, Maryse had me 1 clicking that without even knowing what it was about.

Julie o May 10, 2016 at 1:00 PM

Slammer was totally good and SURPRISE ending. Loved it!

Amy May 10, 2016 at 7:12 PM

Julie…I’m reading Slammer right now and liking it so far. ;)

And yes, yes, YES!!! Always yes for Badger. I’m so glad that quirky cover caught my eye or else I might have NEVER discovered that heartbreakingly amazing story.

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