Raphael (the mean arrogant character I referred to) is in fact the hero of both Angels' Blood (Guild Hunter Series) and Archangel's Kiss . He is the powerful archangel and the ‘ruler’ of New York City. He rules with an iron fist, gets what he wants when he wants it and does not suffer fools gladly. His arrogance is only exceeded by his lethal retributions. At first I had no use for him as a hero, yet in the talented hands of author Singh, each page enveloped me in the awe-inspiring character that is Raphael. And as with all great characters it wasn’t long before this arrogant, self-centered, some times mean hero became a character I wanted to know more about. In fact, I fell in love with him.
So why would an intelligent level headed woman, such as myself, fall in love with this type of hero? It was a question that needed an answer. I pondered it and I came to the conclusion that a man who is self-centered, arrogant, and just a little bit mean is also fascinating, at least when he lives in between the covers of the books I read. I’m sure many of you have read and most likely fallen in love with these types of heroes. From Austen’s Fitzwilliam Darcy in Pride and Prejudice (Barnes & Noble Classics Series) to Kleypas’ Derek Craven in Dreaming of You there is no absence of them in our fiction. They are usually powerful men who know the depth and breath of their importance and view their world and the people in it with more than a hint of disdain. So the question becomes, what makes them so fascinating? More importantly what makes us love them? Two words. The. Heroine.
With a hero who has the arrogance of a god you must absolutely pair him with a heroine who is determined, intelligent, strong and constant. That is what Singh does when she pairs Raphael with vampire hunter Elena Deveraux. Now we already know from Elena’s job title (vampire hunter) that she’s going to be one tough woman. Not only is she going to be physically strong but she’ll also have to be a resolute woman with an indomitable spirit, and Elena is. She is the kind of woman who can question and even doubt herself but she will never give up on her essential self. She lives life on her own terms and knows that in order to be in a relationship with a powerful man (or in this case an archangel) she must hold her own. And she does. In doing this she allows Raphael the ability to let his guard down and let her in. Her self awareness allows her to be a match for Raphael and it's within that equality of strength that their love is most profound.
So yes, I did fall in love with an arrogant, mean and selfish hero, but I had a lot of help from Elena and Ms. Singh
If you’re looking for a great new series I recommend that you check out Nalini Singh’s Guild Hunter series starting with Angel’s Blood and immediately follow it with Archangel’s Kiss. This is an on-going series with two very fascinating protagonists and an amazing mythology that is both action packed as well as character driven.
So… what about you? Which mean, arrogant and selfish heroes have you fallen in love with lately?
Marisa is an avid reader who believes that there is a book waiting to be read.
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