You decided: 9 horrible heroines
Written by Marie on Apr 2nd, 2015 0 Comments
Last time we did the boys, now it's the ladies turn. We asked you to tell us about the romance book heroines that you just couldn't deal with. From Jane Eyre to Kiera from Thoughtless, twice!, we just loved your answers...
They say: Kiera's boyfriend, Denny, has been everything she's ever wanted: loving, tender and endlessly devoted to her. When they head off to a new city to start their lives together, Denny at his dream job and Kiera at a top-notch university, everything seems perfect. Then an unforeseen obligation forces the happy couple apart. Feeling lonely, confused, and in need of comfort, Kiera turns to an unexpected source—a local rock star named Kellan Kyle.
You say: 'I have never before contemplated the murder of a fictional character. I hate Kiera more than any fictional character I have ever read. Kiera is obnoxious, annoying, insecure, and petulant. She’s worse than Ana from FSOG and I swear to Christ, that’s saying something. I wanted to shake her to death for 85% of this series. Which probably would have made her cry, since EVERYTHING MADE HER CRY.' @OWMyshelf
They say: Rose Weatherston was top of her acting class in small-town Illinois, but in Hollywood, the only roles she’s being offered are spots on the casting couch. Faced with the possibility of having to go back home with her tail between her legs, Rose takes a job as a personal assistant for international movie star Cole Dean to bridge the gap until she can finally land a legitimate acting role. When their mutual desire becomes too much to bear, Rose sets up some ground rules between them.
You say: 'Rose from Hard & Fast by Ana Gabriel because she was neurotic, insecure and inconsistent #WorstHeroine' @LJoyEverything
They say: Badly wounded, Dominic Paget, the earl of Bedford, is put will in the care of a beautiful gentlewoman, Julianne Greystone, only to discover that her sympathies lie with his enemies. Yet he can't help but seduce the woman who saved his life—hoping she never learns of his betrayal. Julianne is captivated by the wounded stranger she believes is a revolutionary hero. Until she discovers the truth… Now Julianne must navigate the intrigues of a perilous city, the wild yearnings of her own heart and the explosion of their passion...
You say: 'She was just so pigheadedly naive, extremely annoying and, well, wet! It was also such a disappointment after some of Joyce's earlier work from way back in the day that was just lovely too :(' @EleanorSauthor
They say: Ophelia Reid is an incomparable beauty with a reputation for starting rumors and spreading them. Having purposely wrecked her engagement to Duncan MacTavish, a future marquis, which her social-climbing father arranged, Ophelia wants to return to London's marriage mart and make her own choice of a wealthy husband. The heir to a dukedom, Raphael Locke, Viscount Lynnfield instantly disliked Ophelia when she caused a scandal to avoid marriage to his friend MacTavish, but having comforted her in a tearful moment, he begins to wonder if she's not all bad.
You say: 'Ophelia Reid in "The Heir" & "The Devil who tamed her"... (yes 2 books about her, go figure). She was spiteful, hateful, rude and a big gossip' @99b5e3d7a9134d3
They say: Widely considered The Great American Novel, and often remembered for its epic film version, Gone With the Wind explores the depth of human passions with an intensity as bold as its setting in the red hills of Georgia. A superb piece of storytelling, it vividly depicts the drama of the Civil War and Reconstruction.
You say: 'Melanie from Gone With the Wind. Her moral perfection. But still an excellent contrast to Scarlet. I love that book!' @palomameir
They say: Orphaned into the household of her Aunt Reed at Gateshead, subject to the cruel regime at Lowood charity school, Jane Eyre nonetheless emerges unbroken in spirit and integrity. She takes up the post of governess at Thornfield, falls in love with Mr. Rochester, and discovers the impediment to their lawful marriage in a story that transcends melodrama to portray a woman's passionate search for a wider and richer life than Victorian society traditionally allowed. With a heroine full of yearning, the dangerous secrets she encounters, and the choices she finally makes, Charlotte Bronte's innovative and enduring romantic novel continues to engage and provoke readers.
You say: 'Jane Eyre in the last section of the book, when she goes back to Rochester. GAG! She transforms from a strong, independent woman into a pathetic dependent. Rochester is awful but she gives up all for him. Rochester locked his 1st wife in an attic! He has a track record of abuse, and Jane WILLING gives up herself for him. AWFUL.' @erdoland
They say: 'Welcome to a world of reckless sensuality and glittering sophistication...of dangerously handsome gentlemen and young ladies longing to gain a title'. A marquess's sheltered only daughter, Lady Roberta St. Giles falls in love with a man she glimpses across a crowded ballroom: a duke, a game player of consummate skill, a notorious rakehell who shows no interest in marriage--until he lays eyes on Roberta. Damon Reeve, the earl, is determined to protect the exquisite Roberta from chasing after the wrong destiny.
You say: 'I did not like the heroine of Desperate Duchesses. I did not understand her motivations on any level. The entire character fell completely flat for me.' @duke_duke_goose
They say: Travis Maddox learned two things from his mother before she died: Love hard. Fight harder. In 'Walking Disaster' the life of Travis is full of fast women, underground gambling, and violence. But just when he thinks he is invincible, Abby Abernathy brings him to his knees. Every story has two sides. In 'Beautiful Disaster', Abby had her say. Now it’s time to see the story through Travis’s eyes.
You say: 'Hated how she was to Travis. I liked her in Beautiful Disaster but not Walking Disaster. I thought she was really cold and nasty towards Travis in this book. In Beautiful Disaster she was likeable but in Walking Disaster she seemed so aloof.' @Heroesinbooks14
They say: After being caught in the middle of a love triangle that led to a devastating betrayal, Kiera pledged to learn from the mistakes she'd made. She was determined to never again inflict that kind of pain on anyone, especially the soulful, talented man who held her heart. But life offers new challenges for every relationship, and when Kiera's love is put to the ultimate test, will it survive? Love is easy - trust is hard.
You say: 'Kiara from the Thoughtless series, couldn't stand her at all. She was cheating on her boyfriend with his friend while they lived in the same house - naive, indecisive, hurting both men' @e_savova