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Villain Gets the Girl

Romance where the hero does bad things and/or is completely ruthless in his pursuit of the heroine, but still manages to get his HEA with the heroine. Preferably books where the hero doesn't have a complete turn around and become a good guy.
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message 1: by Asya (new)

Asya villains who are complicated and multidimensional fascinate me, great list!


message 2: by Elizabeth (new)

Elizabeth Rather inaccurate list, me thinks. Some of the books in it have heroes accused of a crime they did not commit. They belong in a 'falsely accused' list, rather.


message 3: by Ashley (new)

Ashley Demon from the Dark's Malkom Slaine wasn't a villain... he was Tarzan with horns.


Alison♊⚜️✨ Elizabeth wrote: "Rather inaccurate list, me thinks. Some of the books in it have heroes accused of a crime they did not commit. They belong in a 'falsely accused' list, rather."

Yeah so true


message 5: by crazy1bad (new)

crazy1bad Grisha Verse series does not fit here


message 6: by Taylor (new)

Taylor Farida6 wrote: "Grisha Verse series does not fit here"

Right? In a better alternate universe maybe. I read it because of this list and was sorely disappointed. #darklingdidnothingwrong


message 7: by Arjita (new)

Arjita Ghosh I think anything written by Anne Stuart will fall in this list.


message 8: by Crystal (new)

Crystal Ashley wrote: "Demon from the Dark's Malkom Slaine wasn't a villain... he was Tarzan with horns."

I loved Slaine. Tarzan with horns is a wonderful description. In addition, he totally becomes a "good guy" and basically behaves like a good guy the whole time. He was just a little excited to meet his female is all.

I'd also like to point out that there are a few Kresley Cole books that don't really have the villain, just a misunderstood guy, or a little alpha ish, but turns good. Lothaire is kinda the only one where it's really "the villain."

Also, V Girl, I'd say Aleksi was not really a villain. He helps more than anything.


message 9: by Sara (new)

Sara Librandi Grisha series doesn't belong here because he didn't actually get the girl. Don't read it hoping for that outcome. Actually, it's not very good, don't bother reading at all.


message 10: by Corinne (new)

Corinne Sara wrote: "Grisha series doesn't belong here because he didn't actually get the girl. Don't read it hoping for that outcome. Actually, it's not very good, don't bother reading at all."

I agree. It should be removed.


message 11: by sophie (new)

sophie someone tell me what the bargainer is doing on this list 💀


message 12: by Naerdiel (new)

Naerdiel This list is the reason why I'm on Goodreads <3


message 13: by Taylor (last edited Jul 09, 2021 09:23AM) (new)

Taylor Taylor wrote: "Farida6 wrote: "Grisha Verse series does not fit here"

Right? In a better alternate universe maybe. I read it because of this list and was sorely disappointed. #darklingdidnothingwrong"


I had the same experience! I was so upset with the outcome. #darklingisreallythehero

Also I would argue that Six of Crows shouldn't be on her either. Is Kaz arguably a villain? Possibly. Has my villain-loving brain made him the hero of the Barrels? Absolutely.


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