The best romance books with heroes you’ll love to hate

Who am I?

I’m an author who always finds something redeemable in the most chaotic characters. I not only love to write broken characters, but I search them out while reading. There’s something beautiful in their redemption and their growth. It’s simple to fall in love with the easy heroes, the ones that can do no wrong. The ones that make you stop reading because you don’t think you can take it anymore and cause your heart to race in the middle of the night as you devour their story, those are the heroes that I love. They usually end up being the ones you love to hate.


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Glass Heart Savage

By Lindsey Iler,

Book cover of Glass Heart Savage

What is my book about?

After her sister is murdered, Palmer Weston spends an entire year blending in. That is until Marek Hawthorne and his crew of friends decide being silent is no longer an option. They want answers, and they will stop at nothing to find out what is happening on campus. Only problem is Palmer can’t seem to stop falling for Marek’s charm, even when she suspects he has played a part in her sister’s death.

The books I picked & why

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Untouchable

By Sam Mariano,

Book cover of Untouchable

Why this book?

I often wonder what made Sam write a character like Carter Mahoney, but all I can say is I’m so happy she did. This is not the book to go into with sunshine and rainbows on the brain because you will get the exact opposite, but in the best way possible. If you love cruel heroes that make you question your own sanity while reading like I do, this is the perfect read for you.


Trick Me Twice: An Enemies to Lovers High School Bully Romance

By Becca Steele,

Book cover of Trick Me Twice: An Enemies to Lovers High School Bully Romance

Why this book?

Becca Steele can do no wrong in my eyes. She has a way of twisting a story into this perfectly addicting, delicious tale that you don’t want to end. In Trick Me Twice, we meet Raine and Carter. She’s the loner, the quiet type. He’s… well, he’s not, which only makes this story that much more intriguing. You get this push and pull between them that feels like coming up for a breath you didn’t know you were desperate for.


Boys of Brayshaw High

By Meagan Brandy,

Book cover of Boys of Brayshaw High

Why this book?

Meagan Brandy changed an entire trope with this book (and series), in my opinion. She took something that we thought had already been done and made it something readers want to devour, repeatedly. Every character on the page manages to grip ahold of your heart and pull you in for the ride. This is a must-read for those who love an assembled cast of characters.


Bully

By Penelope Douglas,

Book cover of Bully

Why this book?

Jared quickly leaps onto the pages and makes you want to root for him. This has everything to do with Penelope’s undeniable ability to weave a story so beautifully that even when you should hate the hero, you find yourself willing him into the type of character that is worthy of our heroine, Tate. This is an oldie, but a goodie. Personally, this is the original bully romance for me and has set the steppingstones for all the rest.


I Dare You

By Shantel Tessier,

Book cover of I Dare You

Why this book?

Delicious. Sexy. I Dare You is… honestly, I don’t know how to describe it. I think that’s why I love it so much. From the first page, you are immediately transported to this world full of chaos and depravity. Cole Reynolds is the ultimate book boyfriend with edge and a healthy dose of mystery to keep you enthralled until the middle of the night reading.


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