In real life, we're going to go out on a limb and say that your ideal man probably isn't a hitman, a gang member, a crime boss, or a thug serving a dime for manslaughter. (And if he is, hey, we don't judge. Go ahead. Do your thing.) But there's something to be said for criminally hot heroes in romance novels. Maybe it's the lure of the forbidden. Maybe there's something about the sly smile and dark, sexy confidence of a bad boy that women just can't help but love. Whatever the allure, let's face it: there's no shortage of hot criminal heroes in romance land. So without further ado, here are our picks for the cream of the crop:
(Note: There's a mix of dark and lighter reads on this list. Pay attention to the author's warnings about triggers if you don't like surprises!)
While on the run, Victor strays from his primal nature as he succumbs to his conscience and resolves to help Sarai. As they grow closer, he finds himself willing to risk everything to keep her alive; even his relationship with his devoted brother and liaison, Niklas, who now like everyone else wants Sarai dead.
As Victor and Sarai slowly build a trust, the differences between them seem to lessen, and an unlikely attraction intensifies. But Victor's brutal skills and experience may not be enough in the end to save her, as the power she unknowingly holds over him may ultimately be what gets her killed.
Nikolai is part of this new life, and he’s terrifying to me. Not because his eyes are cold or my friend warns me away from him, but because he’s the only man who has ever seen the real me beneath the awkwardness. With him, my heart is at risk . . . and also, my life.
He might even pull you into a forest and hold a hand over your mouth, so you can’t call for the cops. He might make you come so hard, you can’t think.
And you might crave him more than your next breath.
WARNING: PRISONER is a dark romance that explores dubious consent and captivity. Not intended for those uncomfortable with the subject matter or under eighteen.
While uncovering secrets about her brother and his untimely death, Emily falls in love with her very rich and very dangerous captor, twenty-six-year-old Cameron. She understands it’s a forbidden love and one that won’t allow her to return to her previous life. But love may not be enough to save Emily when no one even knows she is missing.
But the streets are fighting back, things have gone from bad to worse, and the only person who can help her is the scariest, sexiest, most complicated ex-con The Point has ever produced.
Bax terrifies her, awakening feelings she never thought she’d have for a guy like him. But it doesn’t take Dovie long to realize . . . some boys are just better when they’re bad.
Author's Note: This is a full-length romance novel. It's not a super-dark read, no trigger warning. Explicit violence and hot sex included. HEA, no cheating.