Thursday, March 5, 2015

Book Club Thursday: The Anti-Hero March 5, 2015

     Welcome to another week here for Book Club Thursday. This week, we are discussing: The Anti-Hero.
     There are all sorts of heroes out there and of course we all probably like the "alpha" male the best. Usually, he's a sexy hunk with a dangerous career like special ops or a wealthy duke in a historical. So what is different about the anti-hero?
     I think they are the ultimate bad boy. They can be jerks, liars, deceivers and come across as cold, insensitive and selfish. Usually, they are handsome as sin and are one of the good guys even if they have to sell their soul to save the country or the woman he desires. So why are they so intriguing to their audience? Maybe it's the female desire to nurture a wounded soul or be the only "one" to be able to reach his cold cold heart. Is the heroine strong and brave enough to peel back his many complex layers or is she just a doormat?
     Sometimes, I think it is good that the heroine can't read this particular type male mind. In a couple of my favorite "anti-hero" stories, the male is willing to kill the heroine of the story so that she doesn't get to betray a group he is protecting or a dark secret. Thankfully, she is able to melt his icy heart enough so that she gets past his defenses. Phew!
     In decades past, particularly in historicals, the "hero" actually raped his heroine. That would certainly not fly today, but that violent act thrilled the readers at the time probably because it was so forbidden and it challenged the writers to find a redeeming quality in this type of hero. It also took talent to write the heroine as a woman that wasn't a doormat. If the main characters aren't likeable, you have no book.
     I think the Queen of the Anti-hero is Anne Stuart. Whether in her suspense stories or her historicals, she writes the most fascinating type of this hero. She has left me scratching my head wondering why I wanted the heroine to get her HEA with such a selfish jerk. Of course she had some real digging to do to find that tiny walnut sized heart. With a bull- dozer!


Night Fall

Cassidy Roarke is in love with Mr. Wrong.

His name is Richard Tiernan. He is deadly handsome, darkly brilliant, and devastatingly attractive to women. He has been convicted of killing his wife, and his children have disappeared. Now he wants to make Cassidy the latest victim of his powers of seduction and secret agenda.

Cassidy knows all this. But still she chooses to surrender her heart and soul to a lover whose reasons for wanting her are as mysterious as the violent act that branded his a murderer. Cassidy is his now, to do with what he he leads her through a labyrinth of desire that is her only path to the terrifying truth... 

If Angels Burn
Dr. Alexandra Keller is Chicago's most brilliant reconstructive surgeon.
Michael Cyprien is New Orleans's most reclusive millionaire--and in desperate need of Dr. Keller's skills.

Beneath the foundation of a mansion in the heart of the Garden District, Alexandra will perform an illegal surgery. Her patient's disfigurement is beyond medical repair. But his body's ability to recuperate from his wounds borders on the miraculous.

Alexandra knows Michael Cyprien is no ordinary patient. Intrigued by how his remarkable physiology might benefit medical science, she is even more compelled by his presence--and the mystery surrounding him and his associates, a cadre of immortals who call themselves the Darkyn.

A Blood Seduction

Take me down to Vampire City...
Vampires live only for lust and pleasure in the eternal twilight of Vamp City. But the city's magic is dying. The only person who can restore it? A beautiful woman from the mortal who knows nothing of the power she wields.
Quinn Lennox is searching for a missing friend when she stumbles into a dark otherworld that only she can see—and finds herself at the mercy of Arturo Mazza, a dangerously handsome vampire whose wicked kiss will save her, enslave her, bewitch her, and betray her. What Arturo can't do is forget about her—any more than Quinn can control her own feelings for him. Neither one can let desire get in the way of their mission—his to save his people, hers to save herself. But there is no escape from desire in a city built for seduction, where passion flows hot and blood-red.

Welcome to Vamp City...

     So what is your take on the anti-hero? Do you like this type of "hero"? We love hearing from you and reading your comments. Don't forget to visit again next week when we will each choose our March Reading Challenge pick.

1 comment:

  1. Those are such good choices. I see we both added Anne Stuart! Both Viehl & Palmer do a good job at anti-hero's too!