UPDATED: 09-24-19 (new recommendations on this list, PLUS you can find more on lists with similar tropes):
- He doesn’t want her – Unrequited Love Book Recommendations
- Looking for a book recommendation with an alpha male and some unrequited love… AND
- all of the posts that we’ve categorized “Unrequited Love”
Sonia is looking for recommendations, and I know we’ve read a bunch like these (especially the arranged marriage ones). Let’s see if we can make a new “best of” list. 😀
These are the genres that make me FURIOUS… and yet I can’t out ’em down. Definitely tends towards “bully” anti-heroes.
I hope you could help me out. I’ve already searched goodreads. But came up with reads with hero’s that were so-so cruel not truly cruel.
I’d like to read a book . Where for some reason . The hero married and has rejected his wife. But before doing so he’s been very cruel towards her. Which is showed throughout the book. Or a book where the hero raped the heroine and now regrets it.
Now he’s trying to repent.
READER RECOMMENDATIONS (UPDATED 09-24-19)
Aditi: Read “The Kiss Thief” it will satisfy you completely and you will be head over heels for this book
MichelleS: just finished The Kiss Thief. Another 5 star read! I’m on a roll here. Could not put it down. …That Wolfe is a big bad alpha. And everyone has secrets. Every page has me saying, “he did NOT just do that” or “he did NOT just say that”.
Sonia: I would like to add Take this Regret (The Regret Series Book 2) on the list. Because the hero was mean at the start which caused the heroine alot heartache. But he grovelled alot.
Anyone have more to suggest? (original suggestions when post was first created)
Maryse: I read The Unwanted Wife!!! I remember how popular that one was back in our early indie-days. Another that comes to mind is Aleatha Romig’s “Consequences” series. OMG!!!!! Perfect recommendation for this.
Robyn: OMG! You so need to read Unbreak My Heart by Nicole Jacquelyn. The H and h aren’t married in the first half of the book, but he is married to her best friend. She has loved the H all her life and he is sooooo mean to her even though the h helps take care of his 4 kids with her BF while he deploys. EEEEEK! I totally love this book!!
Maryse: YES Robyn!!!! HE WAS SUCH AN A$$!!!!!! Great suggestion, I read and loved that one!
Karen: Life Without You by S.P. West. Just finished this one. It was hard to give the husband a second chance on this one.
Tessa: Accidental Witness (Morelli Family, #1) by Sam Mariano is one. She witnesses him kill someone and he has to marry her to prevent her death.
Dena: Accidental Witness (Morelli Family, #1) by Sam Mariano The series is full of that.
Charity: Consequences of Deception by Ella Fox. They aren’t married but the h was always in love with the H but misunderstandings and events took separated them. Then the H comes back and the H is cruel and mean to the h until the truth comes out.
Jen: there is another book where they are forced to marry each other but i can remember the name of it. he brings another woman into their bedroom and sleeps with her and her makeup gets all over the wall and that is how the wife finds out. does that sound familiar to anyone?
Maryse: GASP!!!!! JEN!!! That would have made me throw my eReader!!!!!
Billie: Jen. Yours is Sparrow
Jen: Billie, Yes! Sparrow! That was a good one! Thank you for helping me!
Maryse: YES!!! I read that one. That’s true, and I think there was extreme ranting and raving by me. How did I forget that??
D.G.: Maryse Sparrow was one of my five stars!!! I just LOVED it! It got the emotions going!!!
D.G.: Oh and Virtue & Vanity by Astrid Jane Ray!!!!! Arranged marriage, total misconceptions, and he does hurt her so definitely has triggers.
Melinda: 53 Letters For My Lover. I loved that book. It’s Arranged marriage and Shayda gets raped. Then the husband won’t have anything to do with her. And then she meets someone else while she’s married.
Carla: Ohhh I crave these books as well. Actually I read a bunch these last days. I’d recommend you:
- Unbreak My Heart (Fostering Love) by Nicole Jacquelyn (amazing book)
- The Contract (The Contract Series Book 1) by Melanie Moreland (I never expected it to be so so good)
- Kiss an Angel by Suzan Elizabeth Phillips (he’s so cruel to her)
- Sparrow by L.J. Shen
- Duncan’s Bride by Linda Howard
Sonia: I read Duncan bride and frankly I never found him that cruel.
I feel unbreak my heart hero was worse. Also the hero in virtue and vanity.
I read both books last year. I’m not sure about Life without you by S.P West. I read the reviews on gd and it seems like the hero cheated. But heroine took him back minus any grovelling. In cheating I prefer grovelling.
Cicely: Wrecking Ball by B.N Toler is a good one too!!! Made me cry buckets 🙁
Amy: My first thought was The Unwanted Wife but great minds and all. 😉 LOVED that one, and the second (A Husband’s Regret (The Unwanted Series Book 2)) was pretty good as well. But something about The Unwanted Wife was extra touching and still sticks with me to this day. GAH!!! I have Sparrow but I can’t do the whole forgiving-the-H-after-cheating thing Dangit!! And now I have Wrecking Ball by Miley Cyrus stuck in my head!