Your verdict: 9 loathsome romance book heroes
Written by Marie on Mar 20th, 2015 0 Comments
We asked and you answered: Tell us about the romance book heroes that you found to be just absolutely and unequivocally horrible? And what is it in particular that you are hating on?
From J.R Ward's Brotherhood to Travis from Beautiful Disaster, we got some great responses...
They say: Fiercely loyal to the Black Dagger Brotherhood, Phury has sacrificed himself for the good of the race, becoming the male responsible for keeping the Brotherhood's bloodlines alive. As Primale of the Chosen, he is obligated to father the sons and daughters who will ensure that the traditions of the race survive, and that there are warriors to fight those who want all vampires extinguished.
You say: 'If I remember right, He's the one who has to overcome a centuries old vow of celibacy to save his race. He's a whiny douche.' @CanadianMrs
They say: Born of scandal and denied his birthright, Dominic Challenger took to the sea, charting his own future. A true rogue, Dominic answers to no one, trusting only himself.
You say: 'Doesn't matter how much he claims to "love" Marissa he was a rapist... and, I'm sorry, but it doesn't matter what background you give the character, to be taken unwillingly, not romantic.' @99b5e3d7a9134d3
They say: In a moment of swashbuckling courage, the pirate Tristan swept Bettina Verlaine away and the spell of his passion was cast over her heart forever. But many days - and fiery nights - must pass before their love could flower into that fragile blossom a woman gives to only one man.
You say: 'Normally I like pirates, but he's a manipulative, lying rapist. I hated him SO MUCH.' @CeeEmStone
They say: Caspian Vance - former child prodigy, now an accomplished professor of human sexuality at twenty-six has it all—an IQ that's off the charts, a stellar career at which he excels, and the drop-dead looks and body that make women spontaneously combust with lust. He's been studying sex and women's behavior since he was sixteen. When it comes to the science of human lust and the rewards of sexual pursuits, he has all the answers.
You say: 'Totally drawing a blank on his name, but the hero in Acquiesce by Cory Cyr was the worst. The WORST! The heroine was a widow and he basically bullied her. Set her up to be abused by another guy, demeaned her sexually.' @dirtybookchick
They say: She was unlike any woman he’d ever met in the ton or the demimonde. So why was this confirmed bachelor so thoroughly captivated by one woman in particular? Why did he find himself wondering how such a rare jewel of grace, beauty, and refinement as Priss had ended up a courtesan? And when she needed protection, why did Gerald, who’d sworn he’d never get entangled in affairs of the heart, hasten to set her up as his own pampered mistress to ensure her safety–and have her all to himself?
You say: 'Selfish, oblivious, not terribly bright or confident. Did not like.' @elisabethjlane
They say: Travis Maddox, lean, cut, and covered in tattoos, is exactly what Abby needs—and wants—to avoid. He spends his nights winning money in a floating fight ring, and his days as the ultimate college campus charmer. Intrigued by Abby’s resistance to his appeal, Travis tricks her into his daily life with a simple bet. If he loses, he must remain abstinent for a month. If Abby loses, she must live in Travis’s apartment for the same amount of time. Either way, Travis has no idea that he has met his match.
You say: 'Will someone throw rocks at me when I say Travis from Beautiful Disaster? I didn't like how he treated his lady. To be honest, I hated the heroine even more for letting the guy treat her that way. Also, it's wrong that he is seen as perfect male and swoony because he is so not. All of this is my own opinion of course.' @herbookthoughts
They say: Victoria Seaton is eager to reclaim her heritage at Wakefield, the sumptuous English estate of a distant cousin, the notorious Lord Jason Fielding. Bewildered by his arrogance yet drawn to his panther-like grace, she senses the painful memories that smolder in his eyes. When he gathers her at last into his arms, arousing a sweet, insistent hunger, they wed and are embraced by fierce, consuming joy - free from the past's cruel grasp.
You say: 'The most disturbing rape scene, let alone marital rape scene, I've read. He brutally rapes his bride on their wedding night and he blanketly hates women because of an ex and his own mother. And after 200+ pages of abuse, a pathetic apology.' @duke_duke_goose
They say: The men are rebels, determined to take on corporate America with daring and vision, and they aren't going to let Susannah play by good girls' rules. There's Sam, the charismatic visionary, on a rocket-driven ride to glory. And Mitch, the troubled corporate genius with no time for a rich socialite, no matter how beautiful. Together, they will force Susannah into the biggest challenge of her life as she tests her courage -- and her love -- in a bold experiment that will change them all forever.
You say: 'Did anyone say the "Hero" in Hot Shot... well, the first hero Sam. Him I *despise*. I never liked him. Even before the cheating switcharoo...which as a reader I hated.' @briaquinlan
They say: Horse is part of the Reapers Motorcycle Club, and when he wants something, he takes it. What he wants is Marie, but she’s not interested in becoming “property of”. The massive, tattooed, badass biker who shows up at her brother’s house one afternoon doesn’t agree. He wants Marie on his bike and in his bed. Now.
You say: 'He threatens to kill her brother unless she is "willing" to become his and to do whatever he wants. Of course that includes sexual favours. Later, he tries to sell her that being his property is super romantic. Am not convinced. He's an ass!' @pilotinspektor