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Subject: Best Tortured Heros...
Date Posted: 4/22/2010 9:34 AM ET
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I know we had a thread like this last month, but the books that were suggested were just so good I needed some more ideas.  Of the 15+ books with tortured heroes that I read off the last suggestion list, my favorite by far was The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie, by Jennifer Ashley.  Ian was a just such a fabulously passionate and abused character and Beth was so caring and perfect for him.  Any recommendations for other books like this?  Thanks!

Date Posted: 4/22/2010 1:31 PM ET
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My very favorite tortured hero is Zadist from Lover Awakened (BlackDagger Brotherhood bk 3).  In fact that is my favorite paranormal romance so far.

Date Posted: 4/22/2010 3:55 PM ET
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I'd have to say the most tortured heroes I've ever read are...

Historical - Michel and Gabriel, the heroes of Robin Schone's "The Lover" and "Gabriel's Woman." - The only down side is that while Schone gives great story, she's not as good at background. So you've got to read these in order: 1) The Lover; 2) Gabriel's Woman.

Contemporary - The Men of August by Lora Leigh. Again, read this series in order! 1) Marly's Choice; 2) Sarah's Seduction; 3) Heather's Gift. Unless their lifestyle choice really bugs you, you can skip #4, August Heat (in the 12 Quickies of Christmas, Vol. 1 anthology). The psychological background on these brothers and the reasons why they share their women is heart-wrenching!

Contemporary - The Sweetest Taboo by Alison Kent - This little Harlequin Blaze title has the bestest, bestest, bestest character description of a hero! From his name (Sebastian Gallo - probably borrowed from the label on a cheap bottle of wine), his age (which he has guessed based on a memory of a cupcake begged from a bakery), to his lifestyle (he sleeps alone, eats alone, works alone, and has sex alone), his is an awesome story. The only downside to this book is the heroine. She's not nearly enough woman to heal this man.


Date Posted: 4/22/2010 4:15 PM ET
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Colleen, I concur about The Sweetest Taboo.  A GREAT story.

For me, it's Rising Tides by Nora Roberts.  Poor Ethan Quinn, who was abused in so many ways as a child and can't let go of his past to see what he has become.  Who is afraid of what might still be in him.   I just reread this one a week ago and it still stands up.

Date Posted: 4/22/2010 5:44 PM ET
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Here's a good list from AAR: Tortured Heroes (TMoLIM is one of the new additions.)

Of the ones listed there, I've read the following and totally recommend:

  • The Secret Pearl (1991) by Mary Balogh  (made me cry)
  • Never Deceive a Duke (2007) by Liz Carlyle
  • Lord of Scoundrel (1995) by Loretta Chase (made me cry)
  • Flowers From the Storm (1992) by Laura Kinsale (made me cry)
  • Dreaming of You (1994) by Lisa Kleypas
  • The Duke and I by (2000) Julia Quinn
  • Tapestry (1995) by Karen Ranney (made me cry, couldn't sleep for 3 days)

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Date Posted: 4/22/2010 5:50 PM ET
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My favorite Tortured Hero is Hamish MacRae from To Love a Scottish Lord by Karen Raney.

The second would be Elizabeth Hoyt's To Beguile A Beast 's hero, reclusive Sir Alistair Munroe.

I really liked The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie, too.

Date Posted: 4/22/2010 6:16 PM ET
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The Portrait - Megan Chance contains my current favorite tortured hero!!!

Date Posted: 4/22/2010 7:05 PM ET
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I really liked the hero in the book The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie too. 

but my favorite would have to be Judith Mcnaught's Once and Always. that was such a good book i still read it more than once.

Date Posted: 4/23/2010 1:47 PM ET
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Thank you all so much!  I just placed a bunch of PBS orders for these books and I look forward to a plethora a tortured men next week.

Date Posted: 4/23/2010 2:16 PM ET
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I recommend "Temptation's Trail" by Dana Ransom.

Date Posted: 4/23/2010 4:04 PM ET
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One of my favorite tortured heroes is Robert Carroway from Suzanne Enoch's England's Perfect Hero. 

Date Posted: 4/23/2010 4:09 PM ET
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Hopefully you don't get too depressed KJ!

Date Posted: 4/23/2010 8:25 PM ET
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One of my favorite tortured heroes is Robert Carroway from Suzanne Enoch's England's Perfect Hero.

Ditto, I loved this book.

Date Posted: 4/23/2010 8:38 PM ET
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well dam thanks to DG's list I gotta get rid of at least 3 books sadI can't handle too much angst

Date Posted: 4/26/2010 8:14 AM ET
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Of the books I've recently read, one really stands out: Ben from Catherine Anderson's Only by Your Touch. Such a great story, too. I think it may make the keeper shelf. 

Date Posted: 4/26/2010 9:13 AM ET
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Gina, I've read most of Catherine Anderson's books, but not that one.  It's on my reminder list, so I may have to get it.  smiley

Date Posted: 4/28/2010 10:14 AM ET
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Tanner McCall...............from the book " Beyond All Reason" by Judith Duncan. This is an older silhouette intimate moments series book from the 1990's. It's a contemporary and a quick read, but oh so memorable! If you are looking for the book it's under "Beyond All Reason (Wide Open Spaces)". The blurb on the back cover doesn't do it justice at all, it's much better than the basic description!!! It's on my keeper shelf!


Also " Texas Destiny" by Lorraine Heath,,, Houston Leigh, what a sweetheart!!!

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Date Posted: 4/28/2010 10:28 AM ET
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Not mentioned yet-but two of my favorites are both by Mary Jo Putney.  Ian Cameron from :"Veils of Silk"-but one should read the 2nd in the trilogy "Silk and Secrets"  first to get the full flavor of Ian's pain.

And Michael from "Shattered Rainbows"-again, start with the first in series(and my personal favorite h/h from Putney, Claire and Nicolas) "Thunder and Roses" to get how she turned a completely unlikeable man into hero material.  And. to throw another in the mix. Stephen(Michael's brother) from "One Perfect Rose is pretty tortured-since he's dying.....and that one has been re-issued and is out now. 

Date Posted: 4/28/2010 2:01 PM ET
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well dam thanks to DG's list I gotta get rid of at least 3 books sadI can't handle too much angst

LOL, Susanna! They are really, really good books!

I'm totally there with you Jan about Shattered Rainbows & One Perfect Rose. Loved them both!