John Powell in Christina Dodd’s Chains of Ice is another example of a tormented hero. From his vicious youth to the death of all of his friends, John suffers in ways most could never imagine. As his back story is revealed we just wonder why he thought it was necessary to keep living , that’s how horrible his life was, until he meets wild life explorer Genny. As they come together, move apart and come together again, we are riveted to each agonizing page as he becomes whole again and finds peace.
In Dreams of a Dark Warrior, the upcoming release in Kresley Cole’s Immortals After Dark series, Aiden the Fierce has got plenty of troubles. Before he was able to marry his beloved Regin the Radiant he was murdered. In most cases that would be the end of it, however Aiden is reborn, again and again; and each time it’s with a new identity and no knowledge of his past. Once he remembers his past, he’s doomed to die. That my friends is torture. But for the thousands of fans of this series it’s a much awaited read that promises to continue the tradition of what has become a must read series. Which only goes to show, it doesn’t matter if the hero in our books is ‘damaged goods’ we love them anyway.
I’ve given you a few of my favorites – tell me some of yours.
Maria Lokken is an avid romance reader and an award winning television producer
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