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

by sewwolf on ‎02-03-2011 12:02 PM

Zadist from Ward and Ash from Kenyon. Hard not to cry about their back stories. Why is it that we like the bad boy/tortured hero?

by gabi823 on ‎02-03-2011 12:41 PM

Those are two of my favorite series!!! I love Zsadist but I think my favorite Ward character was Rhage, even though I loved all the stories! And this is an easy pick for my favorite Cole character it is Bowen MacRieve, all though they were all hot and I am usually a vampire over a werewolf girl, there was just something extra hot about his story! I think we all love the bad boy who is flawed because we want to be the one to fix and tame him. I think it is just part of being a girl! LOL

by wyntermoon on ‎02-04-2011 04:50 PM

I absolutely love Kresely coles immortal after dark series.  I fell in love with wicked deeds and was hooked ever since then....I will definately add this one to my collection!!

by Cheyenne_Catina on ‎02-05-2011 09:32 PM

i love zsadist too:smileyhappy:

I read the first couple books, but planned on skipping the third-Z's story- because the way he was depicted just did not work for me. but i gave the book a chance and absolutely fell in love with him and his story. I read nonstop till the weeh ours of the morning...its one of my favorite books...

by 1lovealways on ‎02-10-2011 03:13 AM

Hi Maria!


For me my broken hero is Acheron.  It took so much out of me emotionally just reading the first half of his book.  There was just non-stop torture,degredation, beatings and so much cruelty that when I finally finished, I was completly rung out.  To have survived what he did is unbelievable.  I know he's a God, but at the time, he hadn't come into his powers.  When he finally found someone who would love him back and found that he was worthy of her love, I was simply happy.  It just made me cry. 


A few months after I read "Acheron,"  I decided to read it again.  To get a better understanding.  You know, see if I missed anything.   However, that was not to be.  When I went to pick it up, I automatically went to Part 2 of the book.  I simply could not bring myself to even open Part 1 or read a single word of it.  I don't know if I ever will be able to read it again.  It's just too much for me.


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