Today’s Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by the Broke and the Bookish, is Top Ten Books Which Feature Characters Who Have Lost Someone (are musically inclined, have lost someone, have depression, who grow up poor, etc.)
Not all of the characters chosen, lose someone to death, some just lose someone for a period of time and win them back or discover them again later on in life (or centuries).
Here are my Top Ten for this week:
1. Vlad Tepesh
Night Prince Series, Night Huntress Series by Jeaniene Frost
Vlad learned from his mistakes with his first, and only wife, and swore he would never open his heart to another woman ever again. Enter Leila, a human who can absorb and emit electricity. She enters his life and shows him that some women are strong enough to take on the Dark Prince of the Night, Dracula (though never call him that)
Dark Hunter Series by Sherrilyn Kenyon.
Styxx is the twin brother to Acheron, he was the Prince of Didymos from the House of Aricles. On the surface, he had everything a prince should have, but behind closed doors, his life was a living hell. He fell in love with Bethany, also known as Bet’anya the Princess of Thebes. She also happened to be an Atlantan goddess. Tragically, his son and Bethany die and Styxx is cursed to the Vanishing Isle for over 11 thousand years. When he finally gets set free, all he wants to do is die to be back with her. Acheron hates him and wants nothing to do with him, so Styxx is left to fend for himself in our modern times. For a small bit of time he finds contentment in the Sahara, away from everyone. Acheron comes to find out the tragic history and life that Styxx lived and in their battle to save Acheron and his family, Styxx discovers that Bethany isn’t dead, just in a deep sleep. She is finally set free and the two soul mates are finally reunited and the brothers begin to rebuild their broken relationship.
3. Dylan Morrissey
Shifters Unbound by Jennifer Ashley
Dylan, ex-leader of the Austin, Texas Shiftertown, lost his mate long before the shifters took collars. He has three grown sons and a grandson, son to his 4th son who is deceased. Now his eldest son, Liam, runs the show, giving Dylan time to deal with the fact that he has feelings for the wolf next door, Glory. For a while, he keeps her at a distance because he is still loyal to his mate, but after awhile, Glory has had enough of his uncertainty and wishy-washy behavior where she is concerned. Losing Glory galvanizes Dylan into making a decision, and it helps that his sons fully support him finding happiness again.
4. Reaver and Harvester
Demonica and Lords of Deliverance Series by Larissa Ione.
WARRIOR OF HEAVEN
Reaver is an angel with a past, a record, and a less-than-heavenly attitude. Powerful enough to fight alongside the fiercest battle angels-and crazy enough to risk his wings on a one-way mission to hell-he’s agreed to go where no angel has ever gone before . . . to steal the most seductive and dangerous prize of Satan himself.
ANGEL OF HELL
Harvester is one of the Fallen, a once-heroic angel who sacrificed her wings to work as an undercover agent in hell. But now her cover has been blown, and she’s doomed to an eternity of agonizing torture. Even if Reaver can snatch her away from Satan’s lair, even if they can fight their way out of the underworld’s darkest depths, there is one thing Harvester can never escape-her newfound thirst for an angel’s blood . . .
Reaver does not remember his past at all. After a certain point (30 years ago or so), he draws a complete blank. Harvester doesn’t remember him either, but they both knew each other a long time ago, several thousand years ago. Reaver broke her heart when he believed that she had done something he saw as a betrayal (she kept a very big secret from him). Now present times, they kind of hate each other. Harvester is the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse’s Sheol Watcher. Reaver at one time was their Heavenly Watcher. They end up in Sheol (Hell) on a mission to stop Satan, and while on that mission grow unwillingly closer. As they grow closer, his memories start to come back and he realizes that he cared for Harvester, before she fell. Now it also comes out that she fell in order to spy, so she really isn’t “that bad”. Anyway, as their story progresses, all of the secrets and their past are revealed and they fight to be together. There are a few tense moments, but I love this series, and really wish it didn’t have to end.
5. Demitri and Honor
Guild Hunter Series by Nalini Singh
Demitri lost his wife and children long ago. They were killed by vampires and he was made into one. Thankfully the Archangel Raphael finds him and takes him in. Demitri from then on is a loyal assassin and confidant of Raphael. He has never loved another woman like his dead wife and will not let another woman get that close. Honor has been savaged by a brutal attack and is far too fragile for Demitri’s tastes, but they are thrown together to solve a crime and he cannot ignore his attraction to Honor. I don’t want to give too much away, but this one is one of my favorites in the series (even more so than the ones about Raphael and Elena). There are some pleasant surprises and this one has one of those warm, happy endings that make you smile.
6. Talon (Speirr) and Sunshine (Nynia)
Dark Hunter Series by Sherrilyn Kenyon
“Talon is the son of a Druid High Priest and Celtic Queen. He, himself, was a High Chieftain in Britain who fought back invaders and secured his clan against any and all threats. After the deaths of his aunt, uncle, wife and son over a short period of time, he was told that his ancient gods had cursed him. That they would plague his sister, his people and his lands so long as he lived. To appease the gods, he would have to be sacrificed to them. Once his clan had Talon secured to the altar, they killed his sister before his eyes and then turned on him. He gladly ceded his soul for revenge against them. Unlike the other Dark-Hunters, he is entirely detached from this world. Talon walks between this realm and the next with the help of Spirit Guides. There are those who speculate that should he ever free his banished emotions, the volatile Celtic blood that flows through him will destroy not only him, but anyone near him.”
Sunshine is a quirky hippie character with surprises in her past that she doesn’t know about. This is similar to Demitri and Honor’s story…but that is all I will say 😛
7. “Cousin Michael” a.k.a Lord Kirkwood and Mrs. Charlotte Harris
School for Heiresses
Charlotte left the man she loved when she believed she witnessed him cheat on her shortly before their wedding. She left without confronting him. Fast forward several years and she runs a school for heiresses teaching the young women all they need to know in order to win a husband and know all they need to know so they too are not hurt. Her benefactor is Cousin Michael, who has helped her and advised her as she built up her school. She does not know his real identity, but she never even stops to think that he might be the very man she left and lost several years ago. Cousin Michael went into this venture in hopes to seek justice and vengeance against the woman he loved and was hurt by when she left him without a word of explanation. He doesn’t even know why she left (at least I think that is how I remember it), so he is angry. But as the years progress and he gets to know her through his letters to him, he begins to doubt he can go through with his vengeance.
8. Daniel and Serai
Warriors of Poseidon
Daniel lost the woman he loved 11,000 years ago. He has never forgotten her or his inability to protect her. Unbeknownst to him, she still lives, but has been in a stasis for that entire time. She wakes up to an unknown modern world and a villain trying to destroy the people of Atlantis. They have to work together to save their world and see if they can rekindle their love.
9. Sundown and Abigail
Dark Hunter Series by Sherrilyn Kenyon
“Jess grew up hard under the hand of a father who hated him, and a mother who was fighting illness. At age thirteen, he ran away and headed out west where he quickly learned life wasn’t fair and it wasn’t easy for a boy with no family. By age sixteen, he’d learned to make his living as a gunslinger, train robber and card sharp. He lived his life hard and was ruthlessly shot in the back outside the church where his fiancee waited. The man who shot him? The only one he ever trusted and the one who was there to be his best man. Yep, life ain’t fair. Most days, it ain’t even pretty.”
Abigail wants vengeance against Sundown for killing her family, so this relationship starts out rocky, but just like with all other DH book in the series, things work out right in the end and justice is served.
Izzy grew up around dragons and as a teen she had a big crush on one dragon in particular, Eibhear, but something happens to him that changes the happy-go-lucky blue dragon and he leaves. He leaves her after some flirting and erratic behavior (he really doesn’t like to see her with other men or dragons, but won’t give her the time of day beyond that). Their last moments together leave Izzy upset and angry that she waited for him. So she moves on and moves up in the army. Fast forward 10 years or so and Eibhear shows back up a very different and a more somber dragon. Izzy tries to ignore him, but her feelings for him are hard to ignore. He is also finally comes around and begins to see Izzy as a woman and a woman he wants to claim.