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.

You’re Arrogant, Selfish and Mean, But I Love You Anyway!
When I first started reading Nalini Singh’s Guild Hunter series I was struck by how mean and arrogant one of the characters was and I prayed to the patron saint of readers that he would not be the hero of this book. My prayers went unanswered.  
Raphael (the mean arrogant character I referred to) is in fact the hero of both Angel’s Blood 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 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 books.  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 to Kleypas’ Derek Craven in Dreaming of You there is no absence of them in our literature.  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 down his guard and let her in.  Her self awareness allows her to be a match for Raphael and it is in 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.  An on-going series with two very fascinating protagonists and an amazing mythology that is action packed and high octane. 
So… what about you?  Which mean, arrogant and selfish heroes have you fallen in love with latelyYou’re Arrogant, Selfish and Mean, But I Love You Anyway!
When I first started reading Nalini Singh’s Guild Hunter series I was struck by how mean and arrogant one of the characters was and I prayed to the patron saint of readers that he would not be the hero of this book. My prayers went unanswered.  
Raphael (the mean arrogant character I referred to) is in fact the hero of both Angel’s Blood 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 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 books.  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 to Kleypas’ Derek Craven in Dreaming of You there is no absence of them in our literature.  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 down his guard and let her in.  Her self awareness allows her to be a match for Raphael and it is in 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.  An on-going series with two very fascinating protagonists and an amazing mythology that is action packed and high octane. 
So… what about you?  Which mean, arrogant and selfish heroes have you fallen in love with lately?
Comments
by Cheyenne_Catina on ‎03-15-2010 04:47 PM

Gray Rouillard-after the ight by linda howard. this is one of my all time favortie books, but gray was very mean to faith. at times i wondered how even she could put up with him...but he does make a great hero.

by 1lovealways on ‎03-15-2010 05:51 PM

Hit Marisa!

 

Cheyenne_Catina I have to totally agree with you on your choice.  He did turn out to be a great hero.  I love that book too!  :smileyhappy:

 

Wow!  This is hard.  There are so many, but I'd have to say Zarek from Sherrilyn Kenyon's Dance with the Devil was pretty mean.  I kept thinking when is his veneer going to crack.  Never!  Although, Astrid was a Goddess, it was tough going there for awhile.  He was one tough cookie.  As always love won out.  If she hadn't found a way to get to through to his innermost feelings where he hid himself, I think he would have been doomed.

 

I also thought Lachlain McRieve from Kresley Cole's A Hunger like No Other was despicable as well.  He scared the living daylights out of Emma in the beginning.  There didn't seem to be any let up.  One thing after the other.  If Emma hadn't asserted herself, I don't Lachlain would've stopped his mean ways.  He was definitely a big bad wolf, but she tamed him! 

 


Another Z.  Zsadist from J.R. Ward's Lover Awakened.  He was mean as all get out from the beginning.  Starting in Dark Lover right on into Lover Eternal and then on into his own book.  I was like I can't stand this anymore!  Of course, we know why if you've read the books.  I won't give anything away.  Suffice it  to say, if it hadn't been for Bella's love, Zsadist was headed straight to hell.  And not from his own making either.   :smileyhappy:    

by Blogger Marisa-ONeill on ‎03-15-2010 06:24 PM

@ Cheyenne and 1lovealways - count me in as a fan of  Gray Rouillard - good call. 

 

@1lovealways - The two "Z's" - Zarek and Z  must certainly be included in any list of 'mean' heroes saved by the love of a good woman not to mention the writing skills of a talented author. Those two series (Dark Hunter and the Black Dagger Brotherhood ) are two of my favorites! I'm really looking forward to J.R. Ward's Lover Mine - when I get to experience a 'mean' heroine who

succumbs to the love of a good hero.

by Moderator becke_davis on ‎03-15-2010 11:56 PM

I'll add my vote to Gray Rouillard. Loved that book!

by RosemaryScarlett on ‎03-16-2010 01:57 PM

Jonathon "Jack" Knight, from Gaelen Foley's "His Wicked Kiss." Oh the man makes me want to scream but I love it! Another is Lord Petroc Cameron from Heather Graham's "A Pirate's Pleasure." He is one arrogant man but he makes my blood boil and my heart thump faster.

 

That's what I love about arrogant, selfish but gorgeous men; they are so broken on the inside that it takes a strong woman to love them from both sides. I love the heros who finally realize that they lost something amazing and go after the herione, like in "Sins of a Wicked Duke" or "A Lady at Last." Those kinds of stories make my heart stop for a second or there is always a pain like its broken. Its a feeling that I hardly ever get unless I read my novels.

 

 

 

 

by Cheyenne_Catina on ‎03-17-2010 06:47 PM

i agree. i like the arrogant hero because he...idk, hes just awesome.

i agree with RosemaryScarlett

by Blogger Marisa-ONeill on ‎03-18-2010 06:06 AM

Hi Rosemary - YES - Fallon is certainly the heroine for Dominic in Sins For a Wicked Duke - it is definitely a 'sigh worthy' moment when Dominic realizes that his life is worth nothing without her.

by kmgevans on ‎04-26-2010 08:20 AM

i agree with 1lovealways,

I liked Lachlain a lot.

 

Stephen, the Duke of Clarewood in, Brenda Joyce's An Impossible Attraction had me so mad that I wanted to scream at the book. This story is one of my favorites to date. He was just a "I-don't-give-a-hoot-about-anything-and-I-can-do-whatever-I-want" type of guy, and I fell in love with him.

by Cheyenne_Catina on ‎10-14-2012 11:44 AM

I agree with Zhadist.

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