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Subject: Abused heroes?
Date Posted: 12/7/2009 6:59 PM ET
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Are there any romance books out there that have a hero who has been a victim of domestic/spousal abuse (physical or emotional)?

Date Posted: 12/7/2009 7:08 PM ET
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The two books that come to mind are Lover Awakened by JR Ward and Jackson Rule by Sharon Sala.

Date Posted: 12/7/2009 7:21 PM ET
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I am sorry I don't know how to link to this discussion about damaged or abused heros.  Some good recommendations.

Date Posted: 12/7/2009 7:55 PM ET
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here's the above link. http://www.paperbackswap.com/forum/topic.php?t=180549    My foster son taught me how and I'm linking all over the place;)

Date Posted: 12/7/2009 8:21 PM ET
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"Beyond All Reason" Judith Duncan ... though technically the hero is not a victim of domestic abuse, he's been physically abused as a child and sexually/emotionally abused by a woman in the past. I  really loved this book,it's on my keeper list.

Date Posted: 12/7/2009 8:22 PM ET
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Lots of books about hero who is a survivor of child abuse but Lover Awakened is the only one I can think of where the hero is abused as an adult.

Date Posted: 12/7/2009 10:33 PM ET
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The Lover by Robin Schone

Dance with the Devil by Sherrilyn Kenyon

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Date Posted: 12/8/2009 7:25 AM ET
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Oh yes, The Lover is a good one - also Gabriel's Woman which is the sequel.

Date Posted: 12/8/2009 9:35 PM ET
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Nora Roberts Chesapeake Bay series (Quinn Brothers) comes to mind. All of the boys in that series were foster boys who were eventually adopted.  

I think all of the boys in that series had undergone some form of abuse.

I think their abuse ranged from physical abuse to sexual abuse. The books dealt with their past abuse and how it affected their current relationships.

The titles are -Sea Swept, Rising Tides, Inner Harbor, Chesapeake Blue

This is one of my favorite Nora Roberts series

Date Posted: 12/9/2009 1:03 PM ET
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It seems to me that pretty much all males in romance novels come from some kind of abusive background.  It's very rare when they come from a healthy family.