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Today I thought I would talk a little bit about my favorite type of romance hero: The Damaged Hero
They draw us in with their gut-wrenching pasts and their painful presents - the lost soul, so damaged by the million different things life has thrown at him he grows defeated, feels adrift and unworthy. We love their stories, no matter how painful or bittersweet. We yearn to see them find happiness as they travel down that long, difficult road toward happily-ever-after.
With a damaged hero, what you see on the outside is never what you get on the inside. The damaged hero feels deeply and I think that’s one of the reasons he appeals to female readers. I know when I read about a damaged hero I want to nurture and ‘heal’ him. I just can’t help myself.
There are many types of damaged heroes:
• Scarred - A scarred hero has visible damage. His body has suffered a lot and is usually covered in scars. The loss of his looks is a real blow for this type of hero.
• Wounded – A wounded hero can also have scars, but he also has physical damage. He has lost one or more of his senses, suffers disabling headaches or is dealing with lost or limited mobility.
• Tortured – A tortured hero is a damaged hero at the end of his rope. He is at his lowest point. He believes himself unworthy of love, most likely from being emotionally or mentally abused at some point in his life.
• Tragic – A tragic hero is an emotionally damaged hero. He’s lost family, friends, careers, purpose, and drive. He doesn’t want to/can’t possibly love again for losing that love just might kill him.
• Burdened – A burdened hero is a damaged hero who acts alone. His experiences in life have shown him he can’t trust others. A burdened hero may be harboring a deep, dark secret. He could be seeking vengeance, revenge, or absolution.
From my own writings, Sergeant Justin Harrison in NOT WITHOUT RISK is a wounded hero. A San Diego homicide detective, Justin is all cop. It’s all he knows, everything he is. His job defines him. Or so he believes, until the day a long-legged brunette stumbles into his crime scene and tips his world off its axis. Struggling against lingering physical limitations from taking a bullet, the last thing Justin wants is an unwelcome attraction. But as he works to uncover the identity of the person who killed her friend and is now threatening her life, Justin discovers Paige Conroy is exactly what he needs.
Who are some of your favorite damaged heroes?