Tuesday, February 14, 2012

TOP TEN TUESDAY (13): Top Ten Books That Broke My Heart

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(trying to avoid as many spoilers as possible)

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Harry Potter #7) by JK Rowling
A pretty obvious choice for this type of list.  I knew it was going to be sad before I started reading, but it just put me through the ringer.  I think I had tears in my eyes from beginning to end. 

Mockinjay (Hunger Games #3) by Suzanne Collins
The entire series made me cry at one time or another, but there were so many sad moments in this one.  Like Deathly Hallows, I knew it wasn't going to be easy, but it didn't make it any less heartbreaking.

Dragonfly in Amber (Outlander #2) by Diana Gabaldon
There were two main moments in this book that just got me: the scene while Jamie and Claire were in Paris and the ending.  I listened to this on audiobook while driving and actually had to pull over at the end because I couldn't see through all my tears.

Lover Awakened  (Black Dagger Brotherhood #3) by JR Ward
Zsadist is one of the most tortured heroes I've read and his story was difficult to read, but definitely worth it by the end.  The scenes which show the extent of his torture as a blood slave and how those years effect him even now are absolutely gut-wrenching. 

At Grave's End (Night Huntress #3) by Jeaniene Frost
I won't spoil this book for anyone who hasn't read the Night Huntress series, but, if you have read it, you know what scene made me cry buckets.  Everything about that section of the book was heartbreaking and has made the rest of the series that much more poignant.

Seize the Night (Dark Hunters #6) by Sherrilyn Kenyon
There are many SK heroes that have made me tear up due to the fact that the only way to become a Dark-Hunter is to die in such a way as to seek revenge beyond the grave.  While characters like Acheron and Zarek were tortured in ways that it was often difficult to read, it was the stoic and seemingly snobby Valerius who really made me a mess.  This was a man whose treatment, both as a Roman and as a Dark-Hunter, and the way that he has developed a mask as a shield against it really struck a chord with me.

Broken Wing by Judith James
Oh, god, this is a historical romance that takes the reader on a complete rollercoaster.  Our hero was kidnapped as a child and forced into prostitution for years.  He tastes freedom, and love, for a short time before being thrust into another demeaning situation that appears impossible to recover from. 

The Secret Pearl by Mary Balogh
Balogh is the queen of tearjerker historical romance and this is one of my personal favorites.  The heroine is impoverished and forced to prostitute herself to make money.  Imagine her surprise when the gentleman who she sold her virginity to finds her again and hires her as a governess for his daughter.  These two broken people find something special in each other, but have a long road to find happiness.

Texas Destiny by Lorraine Heath
Houston Leigh is a lonely man who was scarred during the Civil War and spends most of his time around horses who won't flinch at his appearance.  He is forced to meet his brother's mail-order bride, Amelia, and escort her to their home.  Unfortunately, Houston falls in love with Amelia and must deal with the fact that she is promised to another.

Between Sinners and Saints by Marie Sexton
A male/male contemporary romance that portrays the traumatic effects of sexual abuse and how love can become a powerful healer.  The two main characters could not be more opposite, but their connection is obvious and super romantic.  How Levi is able to help Jaime out of his shields and begin to see the beauty that can be found in life and love is both heartbreaking and inspiring.


  1. Diana Gabaldon's Outlander series! Perfect! So gut-wrenching and so awesome.

  2. Yep both HP and Mockingjay made my list too!


  3. I am listening to Dragonfly in Amber right now; and I now I'm not sure if I'm more excited or more nervous... I love Jamie and Claire so much! I don't want my heart broken ;)

    Come see my Top Ten / Teaser Tuesday!

  4. Okay, I really need to get cracking on The Hunger Games series- although now with seeing it on so many lists this week...
    That's a perfect way to describe TDH- it puts you through the ringer from beginning to end.

    Thanks for stopping by my top ten this week :)

  5. I'm so glad you remembered which Night Huntress book had that bawl-fest scene. I wanted to list it in my list, but I thought it would be odd to say "That one book in the Night Huntress Series (you'll know which one I'm talking about if you've read it)". Anyways, I love your list.

    Thanks for visiting my Top Ten.

  6. Harry Potter and Mockingjay were both so sad! Not only for all the death in both but because you know that the series you’ve grown to love is almost over! Great list!
    BTW, love your “mancandy” of the month, yummy Paul Walker!

  7. Mockingjay and HP7 were a double whammy on the heartbreaker scale. The deaths were so hard to take AND it was the end of the series. Sigh.

    Thanks for stopping by!

  8. great list! i totally agree with Harry Potter and Mockingjay although I didn't care much for that one but I loved the other two :)


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