Reader Confession – Lisa and Jean (and I) have a thing for broken book heroes…

by Maryse on February 22, 2017 · 36 comments

in Editorial

*sigh* Some of us like ‘em broken. That’s not very nice, is it? No worries. We can fix ‘em. ;)

Reader confession time. Oh yes. This is a given for SO MANY of us. The majority of us, I think.

And it’s obvious that I can TOTALLY relate to this one. Travis and Christian, and well… Kellan, anyone? ;) I, too, love my heroes bad-ass but broken. Gah. WHYYYYYYYY???!!!

Why do we want it so difficult? It’s hard. It’s tumultuous. It’s angsty. It’s addictive. AND. IT. HURTS!!!!!! But it’s fun and it’s real.

And therefore… it’s fulfilling, and titillates all of our book-romance needs.

Lisa: Definitely forbidden. And broken, but I only like my Heroes broken. Or brooding, or sullen, or damaged or quiet/uncommunicative, or…is it getting hot in here? And if you put the word angst, ansty, angstier, angstiest…or that it will break my heart, I’m all over it like a crack whore!!

Jean: Magic word there…..broken! They need me! Lol.

That’s the thing, right? WE are the ones for them. We can be patient for them. We can understand them. We can be their very best friend. We can be their safety. We can let them be THEM. And we can love them the best.

And in turn… they can love US the best.


Oh sure, the process won’t be easy. In fact, it will be exhausting, but the passion. OMG. The passion. The intensity. The need. The want. The love.


R: Probably my favorite trope!

Maryse: Mine too. To this day… I’m ALWAYS on the search for the next BIG book heartbreak/love affair with the most difficult-to-love (but oh so worthy in his own way) man.

Northernstar: Love ‘em so broken! And even better I love ‘em when they have withdrawn and are reclusive….sigh.

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{ 36 comments… read them below or add one }

R. Renee February 22, 2017 at 8:47 PM

Probably my favorite trope!

Maryse February 22, 2017 at 8:49 PM

Mine too. To this day…

I’m ALWAYS on the search for the next BIG book heartbreak/love affair with the most difficult-to-love (but oh so worthy in his own way) man.

Northernstar February 22, 2017 at 9:53 PM

Love ‘em so broken! And even better I love ‘em when they have withdrawn and are reclusive….sigh.

Linda February 22, 2017 at 11:25 PM

Two of my favorites to go along with the others are Gideon Cross and Jesse Ward. I’ll never forget them. Love these two broken alpha men!!!

Jan February 23, 2017 at 1:13 AM

Some of the best historicals have broken heroes as well. Mary Balogh’s Heartless. Lucas, Duke of Harndon, doesn’t have a heart……. But somehow or other he is falling in love with his new wife Anna, who seems to carry warmth and love with her wherever she goes. The melting of Luke’s heart as he finds love and finds his soul again…beautiful. *happy sigh*
Or, same author, Slightly Dangerous. Wulfric, Duke of Bewcastle, is known as a cold, cold man. Gorgeous, sexy, but cold and ruthless. Raised by an overly strict father, then having to take over the raising of his 5 younger siblings after his parents’ early death. He has never been in love. Until he meets Christine. Sunny, slightly untidy, fun, and sexy. Not Wulf’s type at all. So why can’t he stop thinking about her? Can the cold duke fall in love with a messy woman who is totally unsuited to be his duchess? Yes! (duh)
We love our broken men who just need to find that warm and wonderful woman to heal their lonely souls……… *sobs*

Julie o February 23, 2017 at 5:41 AM

How about Joe from At Peace and all the Chaos MC guys. Love those broken screwed up guys!

Nay February 23, 2017 at 7:52 AM

You’ve hit the nail on the head, Maryse! When I say the angstier the better, THIS is where I want my angst to come from–an intense, broken, brooding man!

There’s just something about seeing a hero whose passionate anger and/or grief make him vulnerable and reckless to the point of losing control.Then we get to experience the explosion and the challenge of trying to put him back together. Ooooh so deliciously gut-wrenching!!

Lisa Aiello February 23, 2017 at 7:58 AM

So many men to fix…so little time! Sigh!

Cristina February 23, 2017 at 8:46 AM

I love a broken hero! Add in a heroine with a little bit of sass and that’s the perfect recipe for one of my favorite kinds of book! I’m going to add Colton Donavan from K. Bromberg’s Driven series to your list Maryse. I dare to say that he was even more broken than Christian Grey.

R. Renee February 23, 2017 at 8:47 AM

Totally agree Cristina! And “I race you Riley” OMG…

Nay February 23, 2017 at 9:04 AM

Oh, I loved those books too! There are several newer ones in the series that I still haven’t read yet, and I have no idea why!

Leslie M February 23, 2017 at 9:05 AM

You guys are giving me bittersweet tears flashbacks!!!

Jesse Ward & Colton Donovan?!?!


R. Renee February 23, 2017 at 9:06 AM

I read the original trilogy. I think the newer ones follow different characters? I can’t remember, but for some reason I never move on with books that follow a new character.

Leslie M February 23, 2017 at 9:08 AM

Nay, I havent read anymore of K. Bromberg either. Sometimes I find it hard to read other things by an author when a series is so beloved to me. I just “know” it wont be as good and I cant deal with letdown.

It just happened to me with Amour, Amour by Krista & Becca Ritchie. :(

Nay February 23, 2017 at 9:42 AM

Oh, Leslie! I know how you love the Ritchie series! So the new one wasn’t up to par, huh?

I’m with y’all. I have trouble following new characters from a beloved series too. (But I’m so glad I did it with Tristan and Danika!)

Ooh, and there’s another majorly brooding hero that many of us love–Tristan Vega!

R. Renee February 23, 2017 at 9:43 AM

Wait, there’s a character jump with T&D? What book?

Leslie M February 23, 2017 at 9:53 AM

T & D are from Up in the Air series. Which is freaking awesome.

Leslie M February 23, 2017 at 9:57 AM

Nay, Amour Amour was a snoozer. :(

Some broken heroes that I dont think have been mentioned yet:

Loren from Addicted series (alcoholic & mental abused by his father)

Noah from Rush (blind from horrible accident)

Blake from Poughkeepsie (homeless with major tragic past)

Archer from Archers Voice (reclusive mute)

Leslie M February 23, 2017 at 10:12 AM

Duh!!!! How could I forget??

Our favorite sex-trafficker *snort* Caleb from Captive in the Dark

And bunny-walking, manny loving, dirty-talking, author recluse Matt from Night Owl.

R. Renee February 23, 2017 at 10:13 AM

I heart Caleb.

Jean February 23, 2017 at 10:24 AM

Love this post! A series I recently read which I didn’t expect to have broken heroes was the Heart Series by L.H. Cosway!!! So great!

I think maybe Jesse Ward was the most broken and I LOVED him!

And I hate to admit, I haven’t read the Driven series yet! I don’t know what’s stopping me!

Ela February 23, 2017 at 10:40 AM

OMG The Driven series!!!!!!!!!!!

Anna Penwick February 23, 2017 at 10:52 AM

I love broken tortured heroes! At least I thought I did but I haven’t read most of the books mentioned above. I have a lot of catching up to do. My favorite broken heroes are Sherrilyn Kenyon’s Dark Hunters.

Nay February 23, 2017 at 11:45 AM

Jean! You HAVE to read those books RIGHT NOW!!!

Anna, I envy you! You have a lotta lot of GREAT reading ahead of you!!

Lisa Aiello February 23, 2017 at 11:52 AM

OMG – who said Archer? Archer is my all time favorite!! “Don’t walk away from me. I can’t call out to you”. Swoooooon.

And what’s this Blake from Poughkeepsie? That sounds right up my alley. I’m pretty sure that’s on my TBR.

And now I have to look at Night Owl. You people are killing me. I’m going to have to live to be 300 years old in order to get in all the reading I want to do.

Grey February 23, 2017 at 1:33 PM

Z…. I cant think of a better one than Z…

Rachel Blaufeld February 23, 2017 at 1:40 PM

The more broken — the better!

Jean February 23, 2017 at 2:50 PM

OMG Grey…..Z…….*sigh*, I love him!

Nay February 23, 2017 at 3:02 PM

Yes! Z!!! And you might as well include Vishous too! And Acheron and Styxx since Anna mentioned the Dark Hunters. I’ve never read about any heroes who were broken as much as those two!

Lisa Aiello February 23, 2017 at 4:46 PM

Who is Z…and why haven’t I met him? Book name please?

Jean February 23, 2017 at 4:47 PM

Lisa, Black Dagger Brotherhood!!!!

Jo Brierley February 23, 2017 at 7:13 PM

Then you must read Delicate Love, and the follow on Delicate Lies.

bev February 23, 2017 at 8:41 PM

Lisa. Wait. Wait. Wait…..

Back up.

You have a manatee, but you haven’t read Night Owl?????

Grey February 23, 2017 at 10:28 PM

I meant for these girls that want a broken hero. V is actually mine. I will throw down for him. Screw the licking for ownership business… Wait, that sounds really bad, right? *giggle*

Mmm, yes Lisa, Black Dagger Brotherhood by J.R. Ward, book 3 is about Z and 5 (my personal fave) is about V. And YES!!!! You really do have to read Night Owl!!

Jan February 24, 2017 at 12:30 AM

Oh yes, Julie o, how could I forget Joe from At Peace? I heart Joe……

Ang February 28, 2017 at 3:46 PM

Rhysand anyone?

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