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Initial post: Mar 8, 2012 10:16:21 AM PST
Cicci says:
Here i am agan with the angst. But I'm also truly interested. Which is the darkest hero you've ever read? Also, what's your definition of a truly dark hero? (as opposed to gamma or alpha. Or are they the same? :p)

I have to say for me, Sean in Stormfire, Rohan in Ruthless, Gabe in Dream a Little Dream, Sean in Miss Julie (a play by August Strindberg) and plenty more of course.

I suppose while I do love darkness and angst, I also need some hope or redemptive qualities.

Posted on Mar 8, 2012 10:47:54 AM PST
Trace says:
The first hero that popped into my head when reading your post was Zsadist in Lover Awakened from BDB by J.R Ward.

I like paranormal romances and find some of the hero's and heroines are quite dark at times but Z sticks with me the most. The fact that he went through what he did and then he met Bella, had the fight with himself and then melted when he was with her but still remained alpha makes me sigh! Love Z!

Posted on Mar 8, 2012 10:52:39 AM PST
I haven't read them, but let me just pre-emptively post that Christian guy from that 50 shades novel before someone else does.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 8, 2012 1:27:27 PM PST
Willread says:
HAHAHA - that made me laugh. I just hope you were ironic.

(and how many threads does 50 shades need?)

To the thread: I think the whole term "dark hero" is difficult because some enterpret it at "troubled" and others as "BDSM rapist." Since I`m of the former persuasion my darkest heroes are probably these:

The Duke of Shadows
Lord of Scoundrels
And my all time favorite:
Flowers from the Storm

All of them are HR.

Posted on Mar 8, 2012 1:46:23 PM PST
Cicci says:
It IS difficult to interpret, and I'll admit I'm not sure about it myself sometimes.
There's dark and sexy and dark and unforgivable.
And all kinds of darkness...

I read 50 shades of Grey (or I tried) back when it was a fanfic and didn't get it at all. I still don't.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 8, 2012 1:56:55 PM PST
I was being ironic.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 8, 2012 1:57:48 PM PST
Lisa says:

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HJ Leonard says:

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 8, 2012 4:12:26 PM PST
I'm in a p!ssy mood today.

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Posted on Mar 8, 2012 6:25:19 PM PST
Niall from Linda Howard's Son of the Morning

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 8, 2012 7:02:29 PM PST
Queen, thanks for the laugh. Needed it. And no, I haven't read those books either.

Posted on Mar 8, 2012 7:46:16 PM PST
T. Smith says:
Jericho Barrons from the Fever series.

Posted on Mar 8, 2012 8:05:12 PM PST
Spectator51 says:
Mr. Rochester is my example of a dark hero. Bitter, cynical, angry, without hope. The feelings are exacerbated by the knowledge that he is at least partly to blame for his desolation. He feels he doesn't deserve love or happiness or that he will never find them.

Sometimes the dark hero is also angry with and blames someone else and seeks vengeance. He is so focused on that path that he loses all care for those around him and the damage he might do to innocent bystanders as he tries to avenge himself.

Posted on Mar 8, 2012 8:44:39 PM PST
RgReader says:
A Rogue by any other name by Sarah Maclean. Hero seeks revenge after losing inheritance in a card game. Willing to use wife and destroy former childhood friend to get that revenge.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 8, 2012 11:05:36 PM PST
Kate Barley says:
You should have started a new thread...

Posted on Mar 9, 2012 12:35:47 AM PST
Declan Chase from Kresley Cole's Immortals After Dark series Dreams of a Dark Warrior (Immortals After Dark Series, Book 9).

IMHO he ain't much of a hero though. By the end I just wanted Regin to fry his behind with her lightning.

Posted on Mar 9, 2012 12:38:24 AM PST
Black Panther

Posted on Mar 9, 2012 12:41:45 AM PST
The hero with the darkest history has to be Acheron from Sherrilyn Kenyon's Dark Hunter series - Acheron (Dark-Hunter, Book 12).

His past is so dark, so painful and agonizing that I had to repeatedly put the book down for breaks. I challenge anyone to read this book in one sitting, cos I just don't think its humanly possible.

Posted on Mar 9, 2012 3:18:43 AM PST
Susan says:
Funny, I'm one of those big fans of 50 Shades and I never would have brought it up in this discussion. :). For me, the darkest hero was in To Love a Dark Lord.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 9, 2012 5:53:50 AM PST
Reviewer Aus says:
But... how could you forget Travis from Beautiful Disaster??!!

I am completely shocked (and overjoyed) his name isn't here yet.

Posted on Mar 9, 2012 5:57:26 AM PST
MelissaB says:
I have to go with Jerico Barrons.

I have heard enough about 50 Shades and Beautiful Disaster to last me a really long time.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 9, 2012 6:07:17 AM PST
HJ Leonard says:
I'd also go with Barrons.

I didn't hate either 50 or BD, but I, too, am very tired of them being held up as poster boys for the ultimate darK, possessive hero. There are so many other great ones that aren't from YA books.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 9, 2012 6:15:08 AM PST
MelissaB says:

Yeah, I am not against either books, I am just tired of hearing about them all the time.

Posted on Mar 9, 2012 7:21:33 AM PST
Jean says:
Sin from Born in Sin (Avon Romantic Treasure) by Kinley MacGregor (historical). He had such a sad past. :( Loved that book.
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