I will admit that my reasons for watching this movie were completely, 100% shallow AF. I wanted to watch Chris Hemsworth fighting bad guys while wearing a tight T-shirt, OK? I'm not sorry, so I won't apologize. But the movie ended up being way better than I bargained for. It was an intense, gripping action movie that was surprisingly emotional at times. There wasn't any romance (even though there was a nice blink-and-you'll-miss-it chemistry between main character Tyler Rake and Nik, the badass woman who brought him into the mercenary gig), but it wasn't that kind of movie and never pretended to be, so I was fine with the lack of smooching. But the whole thing got me thinking: what romance reader wouldn't love a badass, troubled and angsty ex-military man who has been THROUGH THINGS kicking the crap out of bad guys in an effort to save a cute kid? The answer? None. So with that in mind, I present to you this list of 8 romance heroes you'll love if you, like me, drooled a little over Tyler Rake. You're welcome.
Romance heroes who were trained to kick ass
If you love highly trained, military badass heroes like Tyler, you'll want to read THESE:
Tortured, angsty romance heroes
As I mentioned, Tyler isn't doing all that great emotionally at the start of the film. If a slightly angsty, tortured romance hero trips your trigger, THESE are the book boyfriends for you:
If you, like me, were completely fascinated with anti-hero Saju (played by Randeep Hooda), I highly recommend this book list of some of my all-time favorite anti-heroes in romance. You can thank me later.
But what about y'all? Did you watch the movie? Have any Tyler Rake-like books you want to recommend? Let's discuss!