We ❤️ Anti-Heroes

by Beth Cranford

Hi, it’s me again, and this time, I have a question for you…

Do you relate to this sticker? Or this one?

Is this mug in your cupboard, this T-shirt neatly (or not-so-neatly) folded in your drawer? Are you burning this bad boy right now?

If you answered yes to any of these questions (“no, but damn, I want to” is also an acceptable answer), then you may be entitled to some book recommendations. And wouldn’t you know it, Julie, Mary, and I have them for you!

Morally ambiguous at best, and someone you probably — okay, definitely — should not be rooting for, here are six of our favorite anti-heroes.

P.S. This T-shirt is the one that kicked off this discussion. You’re welcome.

“Knight Sebring is the ultimate in anti-heroes. Dark and broody? Check. Alpha as all get out? Check. Involved in some things that are pretty damn dark but he has incredible moral reasons that make you just love him? Double check.”

— Julie

“A Mafia Made Man who is not only the definition of an anti-hero, he is off limits to Elena. Nico makes the idea of an anti-hero dreamy and gave me all the feels!”

— Mary


“Trying to decide which of the so bad they’re good Sevastyan brothers to include here was NOT easy. I loved all three of them, but Maksim is cold and arrogant, every inch the titular Master, and yet has these moments . . . sigh.”

— Beth

“Five Words. The Blackheart of Ben More. Ruthless villain, heart of gold, everything you could ever want in a historical anti-hero.”

— Julie

“This was one of my first series into the world of Fae, and man, Ryhsand did not disappoint. One of the most intriguing anti-heroes ever for me! He had the most delicious dark side and always kept me hooked!”

— Mary

“I tried to not include a Nalini Singh book because I know I risk being one-note, but come on. Kaleb is the perfect anti-hero. He makes no bones about the fact he can, has, and will again kill for his own ends. He feels no remorse. But he also rewards loyalty and is himself loyal. And willing to ‘line the streets with bodies’ before he’d ever hurt his Sahara.”

— Beth

About Beth

Beth Cranford was born and raised in Australia, but followed her heart (and her husband) to the United States in her late 20s. As the mother of two kids, she’s learned that you can turn anything into a song and that slime does not belong in carpeted areas (or polite society). You can most often find her with her Kindle in hand, listening to Taylor Swift on repeat, or spending way too many hours playing Animal Crossing.

Follow her @BethCranford on B+M Bites.

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