She. Kicks. Ass.
She's the lead character in Vicki Pettersson's Signs of the Zodiac series. If you've never heard of them, they're dark fantasy and combine fantasy, superheroes and paranormal romance--but there isn't always a HEA. It works off the premise there's another world under the neon layer of Sin City (Las Vegas) where Light and Shadow battle. And Joanna is in the middle of it whether she likes it or not. Problems is, Joanna Archer's dead--at least that's what everyone else has to think. Right from the get go, we're shown Joanna has a lot going against her and get to journey with her as she tries to overcome the remains of "her" life. It's a struggle and she isn't always successful. She's not perfect, which is the kind of character I like to read.
Now as far as loving the tortured hero. I love bad boys, too. Anti-heroes. Tall, dark and damn dangerous. I'll take a few please! But, since I have to pick one of mine, I have to go with Wallace Grey, from my Star Runner Saga books. Why? Well, the man slaughtered an entire crew of a spaceship and didn't--and never will--apologize for it. He went to jail, did his time...sorta...but he has absolutely no regrets about it. Not a one. Sure, it's pretty brutal, but if you knew why...can you say puddle at his feet?
As if that wasn't enough, I just recently finished up work on Midnight's Shadow, the next book in the series and it'll be released later this month. Wallace's problems haven't been solved by any means. In fact, I think they've increased ten fold. Just when I thought he couldn't get more tortured...yeah, poor guy.
What about ya'll? Do you like 'em tortured, shattered and broken or not? One of my books (your choice!) is up for grabs here this week!