A-HOLE CHARACTERS

Asshole.
Jerk.

Pardon my gutter mouth. I (Micky) have an on/off relationship with ‘a-hole’ characters, particularly in romantic fiction. Sometimes I love them, sometimes I like them, and sometimes I hate them. I think the key to my relationship with ‘a-hole’ romance in particular, is in the writing and, of course, the promise of any book like this is the redemption. Redemption must happen and it must be sweet in it’s transformation, maybe a bit reluctant too. I think my connection with this kind of jerk character all started with Mr Darcy…

My feminist self bristles at the thought of enjoying a good ‘a-hole’ male character but I remind myself that this is fiction and sometimes I want the kind of read that isn’t related to the kind of relationship I would seek in real life. That’s the escapism beauty of reading fiction, especially romantic fiction.

So far, I’ve been talking about this phenomenon in the genre of romantic fiction, yet I wholeheartedly believe it exists in fantasy, both YA and adult. THE CRUEL PRINCE by Holly Black isn’t named this for no good reason, the boy-man is a jerk to the power of 100. Another example is the Darkling from the The Grisha Trilogy by Leigh Bardugo; he is the kind of jerk I love to hate. Don’t even get me started on Rhysand in A COURT OF THORNS AND ROSES, even though he transformed early in the series. This is definitely a trope that crosses genres.


THE KISS THIEF by LJ Shen
VICIOUS by LJ Shen
TROPHY WIFE (formerly THE DUMONT DIARIES) by Alessandra Torre
RULE by Jay Crownover
THE WALL OF WINNIPEG AND ME by Mariana Zapata
KULTI by Mariana Zapata
MISTER WESTON (formerly TURBULENCE) by Whitney G
TWO WEEKS NOTICE by Whitney G
LEAD by Kylie Scott
FIGHT OR FLIGHT by Samantha Young
RIDE by Harper Dallas
BURN FOR YOU by JT Geissinger
BAD JUDGMENT by Sidney Bell

THE CRUEL PRINCE/THE WICKED KING by Holly Black
The Grisha Trilogy by Leigh Bardugo
A COURT OF THORNS AND ROSES by Sarah J Maas
OBSIDIAN by Jennifer L Armentrout
THE CAPTIVE PRINCE TRILOGY by CS Pacat
IRON AND MAGIC by Ilona Andrews
GOLDEN DYNASTY by Kristen Ashley
MASTER OF CROWS by Grace Draven
MAGIC BITES by Ilona Andrews

PRIDE AND PREJUDICE by Jane Austen
THE DUCHESS DEAL by Tessa Dare
THE DUKE OF MIDNIGHT by Elizabeth Hoyt


What title tops your list of favourite books featuring asshole or jerk characters? We’d love to know!

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