Top Ten Tuesday | Villains

Top Ten Tuesday is brought to you by The Broke and the Bookish, and this week’s Top Ten Tuesday features ‘villains.’ I had to really dig for this post. Because I read a lot of romance, there typically isn’t a bonafide villain in most of the books I pick up. But I was able to compile a list of some of the most compelling villains I’ve had the misfortune to ‘meet.’

(spoiler alert: please note that because the villain is sometimes unveiled at the end of a story, this post may contain spoilers)

UnDeniable.jpg  10 Frankie from Undeniable by Madeline Sheehan

This kid was batshit crazy,  and just one of the reasons why I love Madeline Sheehan’s writing. Sure, books that cushion the MC lifestyle are fun to read, but pull me out of my comfort zone and give me something I didn’t know I wanted. Make my skin crawl. I promise, I can take it.

Devil's Game.jpg  9 Hunter from Devil’s Game by Joanna Wylde

I loved Hunter from the second the kidnapping asshole hit the page. The bastard never even had to win me over. Joanna Wylde is the other reason I hesitate to branch out on my MC reads. When you’ve read the best (Sheehan and Wylde,) why set yourself up for disappointment? These women know how to write a villainous hero and make you loathe him or, even worse, adore him.

hold-me-close  8 Stan Andrews from Hold Me Close by Megan Hart

We predominately see this kidnapper in flashbacks, but this man is enough to make you want to shower under scalding water and scrub your skin off. Twice. But because of what he did, we’re given this wonderful, beautiful story between Heath and Effie, and it’s my all time favorite read from Megan Hart.

 

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Aidan Richter from The Sea of Tranquility by Katja Millay

I hated Aidan Richter even before I knew what he did, but like with Hold Me Close, this was a stunning beauty from ashes story that never would’ve been without what he did. And while I hate him for it, there’s no denying that, for me, this story was pure perfection.

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William Wyatt Baldwine from The Bourbon Kings series by J.R. Ward

This patriarch is wreaking havoc on his family even in death. The Bourbon Kings is one of those filthy stories you love to read, but wonder if you should. It’s like not wanting to contribute to celebrity stalking, but not being able to resist picking up the Enquirer in the grocery store. I want more!

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Uncle (The Regent) from the Captive Prince series by C.S. Pacat

This guy pissed me off to no end. He was a snake. The revealing of this villain was brilliant – Pacat actually eases you in by wondering if maybe he does have the best intentions for his kingdom. But then, as layers are peeled away and his true character is revealed, you realize he’s just a pervert who needs to be castrated.

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Asia Crane from Written in Red by Anne Bishop

I couldn’t help it – I loved being in this woman’s head. She was so out of touch with reality, and I couldn’t wait to see what she’d do next. I wish we’d seen her get eaten.

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Belial from Angelfall by Susan Ee

Belial appeared more in the later books, but he was the kind of villain you hated with everything inside you, and then…his story came out and made you feel evil for ever hating him. There was no redeeming Belial, but I hated him slightly less by the end of the series.

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Roland from the Kate Daniels series by Ilona Andrews

We know who Roland is pretty much from the beginning of this series, but he doesn’t appear ‘in person’ until the later books. And let me tell you – this is someone we have been conditioned to hate. I mean, here we are in Kate’s head, and she detests this man. Roland finally hits the page and he’s…charming and hilarious? WTF? I don’t even love to hate him anymore. I just love to love him.

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Osteosarcoma from The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

There’s no two ways about it; cancer sucks. It’s something that, at this point, has touched every one of us in some way, shape or form. It’s bad enough that it exists in real life, but when it permeates my fiction, it slays me. I hate you, osteosarcoma, first for existing, and then for taking Augustus Waters from me.

That’s it. Some villains I love to hate, some I’ve fallen for despite my better judgement, and the one I loathe. Is there a particular villain you’ve read that has stuck with you?

16 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday | Villains

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  1. William Baldwine and The Regent! Yes, damn. Those are two good ones. Especially The Regent. I wish I could skewer him in the eyeball.

    (I actually didn’t hate Belial at the end anymore. All I saw was the tragedy.)

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  2. I love that you added Osteosarcoma to your list. Cancer is the biggest baddest villain of all. I really want to read Written in Blood soon. I keep seeing it everywhere! Wonderful list!

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  3. Cancer is definitely a terrible illness…basically all terminal illness. 😦 So true. Gargh. And I don’t recognise a lot of these villains but I want to finish the Angelfall trilogy and I kind of want to try the Captive Prince books because I’m so curious!

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