Dark, Obsessive, Possessive, Romance Novel/Film Heroes

 The world has gone mad for Christian Grey in [amazon_link id=”034580404X” target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]Fifty Shades of Grey[/amazon_link]. But he is preceded by a long line of dark lovers in film and literature.

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Nothing is more rewarding than delving into the psyche of an obsessive, possessive, romance hero. A sexy, powerful man possessed with love is an undeniable treat.  

Ramey Sandeley from [amazon_link id=”0982500203″ target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]The House on Black Lake[/amazon_link] is an obsessive, possessive male who has never heard the word “no”.  Ramey first appears in the novel sweaty and burnt, fresh from branding animals with his custom tools. He believes his preternatural good looks, charm, wealth, and power afford him the right to own whatever and whomever he desires. But he meets his match with Alexandra Brighton, who, after having been possessed by her previous husband, and having made a vow at a shrine to be true to her manifest destiny, will no longer allow herself to be owned or controlled by anyone.

 The night Alexandra arrives at Black Lake with her young son she is world weary from a brutal divorce and custody battle, and in a highly vulnerable state. Soon after she is rowed out to stay in a deserted Victorian in an island, with no way out. That night she dreams she is tied to a four poster, waiting for a burning brand to seal her wedding vows. Later Ramey’s frustration at her resistence leads him to draw his belt from his jeans and order her to lean over the bed and take a beating as punishment for an afternoon tryst with a young French artist. Their battle of wills will lead them both to the brink of self destruction, and threaten the lives of those caught in their orbit.

To be adored to the point of obsession is truly a rare and beautiful thing.  Possessed film heroes can be found in – [amazon_link id=”B001P5HRMI” target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]Twilight[/amazon_link][amazon_link id=”B000BBOUD6″ target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]Legends of the Fall[/amazon_link], [amazon_link id=”B0007TKNII” target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]The Phantom of the Opera[/amazon_link], [amazon_link id=”B00001PE4D” target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]Cruel Intentions[/amazon_link], [amazon_link id=”B000TGJ80S” target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]Bram Stoker’s Dracula[/amazon_link], [amazon_link id=”B00005JCAA” target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]Meet Joe Black[/amazon_link], [amazon_link id=”B00005JKKY” target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]Possession[/amazon_link], [amazon_link id=”B0002YLCFQ” target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]King Arthur[/amazon_link], [amazon_link id=”B00005221M” target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]The Last of the Mohicans[/amazon_link], [amazon_link id=”630469654X” target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]Ladyhawke[/amazon_link], [amazon_link id=”B000EPFCPE” target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]Tristan and Isolde[/amazon_link], [amazon_link id=”6302150620″ target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]The Thorn Birds[/amazon_link], [amazon_link id=”0790729377″ target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]A Streetcar Named Desire[/amazon_link], [amazon_link id=”B00005R87R” target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]The Man Who Cried[/amazon_link]  features Johnny Depp as a gypsy who rides a beautiful white horse, and [amazon_link id=”B00005V4XV” target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]Original Sin[/amazon_link] offers some of the sexiest scenes on film as Antonio Banderas outplays Angelina Jolie at her own dangerous game, with her possessive brother played to perfection by Thomas Jane (of Hung).  There are also notable darkly seductive tortured souls in literature, and many of the aforementioned tales began as novels.

Following are a few novels that feature such brooding males:

[amazon_link id=”0843955287″ target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]The Carpathian Series[/amazon_link] by Christine Freehan

[amazon_link id=”155166500X” target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]An Independant Wife[/amazon_link] by Linda Howard

[amazon_link id=”1416509879″ target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]Immortals After Dark Series [/amazon_link]by Cresley Cole

[amazon_link id=”0843960434″ target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]The Madness of Lord Ian McKenzie[/amazon_link], by Jennifer Ashley

[amazon_link id=”0373802269″ target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]The Misted Cliffs[/amazon_link],by Catherine Asaro

[amazon_link id=”0345289927″ target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ] The Silver Devil [/amazon_link]and [amazon_link id=”0312295839″ target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ] The Flesh and the Devil[/amazon_link], by Teres Denys – Note: These are cult classics and can be expensive

[amazon_link id=”0380007789″ target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]The Wolf and the Dove[/amazon_link], by Cathleen Woodiwess

[amazon_link id=”0821776002″ target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]To Love an Earl[/amazon_link], by Elizabeth Thornton.

[amazon_link id=”1568951450″ target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]The Devil’s Embrace[/amazon_link] Catherine Coulter’s first novel. Some have called it creepy, cruel, and disgusting, but everyone has their own tastes.

[amazon_link id=”044021579X” target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]The Ground She Walks Upon[/amazon_link], by Meagan McKinney

[amazon_link id=”B0046F1QJE” target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]The House of Rohan[/amazon_link]- [amazon_link id=”0778328481″ target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]Ruthless[/amazon_link], [amazon_link id=”0778328503″ target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]Breathless[/amazon_link], [amazon_link id=”077832849X” target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]Reckless[/amazon_link], by Ann Stuart

[amazon_link id=”B002HMOGLS” target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]Shadow Heart[/amazon_link], by Laura Kinsdale

[amazon_link id=”0451210689″ target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]Uncommon Vows[/amazon_link], by Mary Joe Putney

[amazon_link id=”0671737600″ target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]Double Standards[/amazon_link] by Judith McNaught

[amazon_link id=”0373119178″ target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]Gold Ring of Betrayal[/amazon_link], by Michelle Reed

[amazon_link id=”0515145807″ target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]Murder Game[/amazon_link], Ghostwalkers series 7, by Michelle Freehan

[amazon_link id=”193210058X” target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]Into the Dark Lands[/amazon_link], by Michelle Sagora

[amazon_link id=”0451529014″ target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]The Dark Jewels Trilogy[/amazon_link], by Anne Bishop

[amazon_link id=”0380773554″ target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]Prince of Dreams[/amazon_link], by Lisa Kleypas

[amazon_link id=”031613290X” target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]The Twilight Saga[/amazon_link], Stehanie Meyers.

[amazon_link id=”0671670069″ target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]Julie Garwood[/amazon_link], [amazon_link id=”0451229444″ target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]J.R. Ward[/amazon_link] , Fallen Angel and Black Dagger Brotherhood Series  [amazon_link id=”0373774559″ target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]Gena Showalter[/amazon_link]– are other notable  authors who specialize in the genre.

[amazon_link id=”1936594293″ target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]Pride and Prejudice[/amazon_link], by Jane Austen

 [amazon_link id=”1936594285″ target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]Wuthering Heights[/amazon_link], offers the supremely perfect, dark, brooding hero, Heathcliff,  Emily Bronte’s masterpiece.

[amazon_link id=”1416548890″ target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]Gone with the Wind[/amazon_link]. gives us  Rhett Butler, who is in a class of his own.

For those who desire a darker, more erotic experience the following are well written in this genre:

[amazon_link id=”B003370JA8″ target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]The Man in the Black Leather Mask[/amazon_link] follows a female attorney’s transformation from powerful woman to submissive beneath the hands of a ten years younger dominent colleague

[amazon_link id=”B00311JTYS” target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]Kidnapped for Christmas[/amazon_link] by Evangeline Anderson – Average, overweight woman’s skinny sister plans her own kidnapping as a sexual lark, but man takes wrong woman and the more conservative sister finds herself a submissive to a very sexy man

[amazon_link id=”0425236552″ target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]Surrender To Me[/amazon_link], by Shayla Black – a woman’s secret desire is met by her boyfriend in a Las Vegas trick where he consents to menage with friend, who also happens to be Navy Seal. An obsession is sparked between the woman and her new friend and nothing is the same for the two.

[amazon_link id=”1607379163″ target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]Master of the Mountain[/amazon_link] by Cherise Sinclair – an less than figure perfect ad agency artist complies with boyfriend’s request to visit remote swinger’s cabin. During her stay she sees boyfriend with other woman and realizes her relationship is over. However, she meets a man that is emotionally scarred and afraid of commitment who takes her on a journey into the underworld of dominence and submission.

[amazon_link id=”1935152262″ target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]Submissive Desires[/amazon_link] by Carolyn Faulker. Very severe story of a woman’s five year journey to complete submission in the hands of a fiercely powerful and possessive ex Navy Seal.

What will it take to relieve him of his torture?

Obsessive, possessive, brooding romance hero

 

I was recently interviewed about obsessive possessive love and the character of Ramey Sandeley.  Here are my thoughts:

 

 

Thanks to Amazon Romance Community

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