Villains

Romances with dastardly and evil villains and villainesses you'll remember forever. Also found here are villains who turned heroic in their own stories.

List begun 09/97, updated 01/10)

Medieval Romances
Regency Romances
European Historical Romances
American Historical/Frontier Romances
Contemporary Romances
Alternate Reality

 

Medieval Romances

  • Betrothed (1996) by Elizabeth Elliott - Dante Chiavari
  • Honor's Splendour (1987) by Julie Garwood - Baron Loudden
  • The Wedding (1996) by Julie Garwood - Euphemia
  • The Conquerer (1990) by Brenda Joyce - Lady Alice
  • Prisoner of My Desire (1991) by Johanna Lindsey - Gilbert
  • A Kingdom of Dreams (1989) by Judith McNaught - Lord Merrik
  • Lady of Fire (1987) by Anita Mills - Robert Belesme
  • Lady Gallant (1991) by Suzanne Robinson - Jack Midnight
  • The Vow (1994) by Mary Spencer - Terent of Ravinet
  • Lady Fortune (2000) by Anne Stuart - Father Paulus

Regency Romances

  • Courting Julia (1993) by Mary Balogh - Freddie Sullivan, who becomes the hero in Dancing with Clara (1994)
  • Dark Angel (1994) by Mary Balogh - Lionel Kersey, Earl of Rushford
  • Lord Carew's Bride (1995) by Mary Balogh - Lionel Kersey, Earl of Rushford
  • A Precious Jewel (1993) by Mary Balogh - Lady Helena Stapleton, who becomes the heroine in A Christmas Bride (1997)
  • A Promise of Spring (1990) by Mary Balogh - Gareth, Lord Sandersford
  • The Secret Pearl (1991) by Mary Balogh - Matthew
  • The Trysting Place (1986) by Mary Balogh - Edmond, Lord Waite, who becomes the hero in The Notorious Rake (1992)
  • The Company of Rogues series (1991-1995) by Jo Beverley - Lord Deveril
  • Libby's London Merchant (1991) by Carla Kelly - Benedict Nesbitt, Duke of Knaresborough, who becomes the hero in One Good Turn (2001)
  • The Diabolical Baron (1987) by Mary Jo Putney - Reginald Davenport, who becomes the hero in The Rake and the Reformer (1989)
  • The Rake and the Reformer (1989) by Mary Jo Putney - George Blakeford
  • A London Season (1981) by Joan Wolf - Julian Wrexham

European Historical Romances

  • The Pirate Next Door (2003) by Jennifer Ashley - James Ardmore, who becomes the hero in The Pirate Hunter (2004)
  • Heartless (1995) by Mary Balogh - Henrietta Kendrick and Sir Lovatt Blaydon
  • Slightly Scandalous (2003) by Mary Balogh - The Marchioness of Hallmere
  • My Lady Notorious (1993) by Jo Beverley - The Earl of Walgrave
  • Lord of Scoundrels (1995) by Loretta Chase - Francis Beaumont
  • Captives of the Night (1994) by Loretta Chase - Francis Beaumont
  • The Lion's Daughter (1992) by Loretta Chase - Ismael, who becomes the hero in Captives of the Night (1994)
  • Moonspun Magic (1988) by Catherine Coulter - Damien
  • Bliss (1995) by Judy Cuevas - Sebastien de Saint Vallier, who becomes the hero in Dance (1996)
  • For All Eternity (1998) by Heather Cullman - Quentin Somerville, who becomes the hero in The Perfect Scoundrel (2000)
  • The Runaway Princess (1999) by Christina Dodd - Dominic of Baminia, who becomes the hero in Someday My Prince (1999)
  • Falling for Chloe (2000) by Diane Farr - George Carstairs, Lord Rival, who becomes the hero in The Fortune Hunter (2002)
  • One Night of Sin (2005) by Gaelen Foley - Prince Mikhail Kurkov
  • To Love and To Cherish (1995) by Patricia Gaffney - Geoffrey Verlaine, Viscount D'Aubrey
  • Rightfully His (1998) by Tracy Grant - Daniel de Ribard
  • Shadows of the Heart (1996) by Tracy Grant - Daniel de Ribard
  • The Abduction of Julia (2000) by Karen Hawkins - Nicholas Montrose, who becomes the hero in The Seduction of Sara (2001)
  • The Golden Leopard (2002) by Lynn Kerstan - Shivaji
  • No Greater Love (1992) by Katherine Kingsley - Lady Raven
  • The Prince of Midnight (1990) by Laura Kinsale - Chilton
  • Dreaming of You (1994) by Lisa Kleypas - Lady Joyce Ashby
  • Lady Sophia's Lover (2002) by Lisa Kleypas - Nick Gentry, who becomes the hero in Worth Any Price (2003)
  • Midnight Angel (1995) by Lisa Kleypas - Prince Nikolas Angelovsky, who becomes the hero in Prince of Dreams (1995)
  • Then Came You (1993) by Lisa Kleypas - Guiseppe
  • The Runaway Duke (2004) by Julie Anne Long - Lord Edleston and Cordelia, Duchess of Dunbrook
  • Stealing Midnight (2009) by Tracy MacNish - Rhys Gawain
  • Almost Heaven (1990) by Judith McNaught - Charise and Julius Cameron
  • Silk & Shadows (1991) by Mary Jo Putney - Weldon
  • Thunder and Roses (1993) by Mary Jo Putney - Michael Kenyon, who becomes the hero in Shattered Rainbows (1996)
  • The Seduction (2002) by Julia Ross - Lord Edward Vane
  • The Chase (2005) by Cheryl Sawyer - Mystery Villain
  • Gabriel's Woman (1994) by Robin Schone - Yves
  • The Lady's Tutor (1999) by Robin Schone - Edward Petre
  • The Lover (2000) by Robin Schone - Earl of Granville
  • The Lily Brand (2005) by Sandra Schwab - Camille
  • The Bronze Horseman (2001) by Paullina Simons - Dmitri
  • Miracle (1995) by Katherine Sutcliffe - Trey Hawthorne, who becomes the hero in Devotion (1996)
  • The Golden Chronicles (1985-1991) by Patricia Veryan - Roland Otton Mathieson, who is the villain of the series until The Dedicated Villain (1989)

American Historical/Frontier Romances

  • Widow's Fire (1990) by Elizabeth Chadwick - Penelope Harte
  • Virgin Fire (1991) by Elizabeth Chadwick - Penelope Harte
  • The Tiger's Woman (1981) by Celeste DeBlasis - Radley Allen
  • Another Eden (1992) by Patricia Gaffney - Ben Cochrane and Tasha
  • Allie's Moon (2000) by Alexis Harrington - Olivia Ford

Contemporary Romances

  • Star Bright (2009) by Catherine Anderson - Peter Danning
  • Dr. Yes (2003) by Lisa Cach - Dr. Alan Archer
  • Dangerous Masquerade (1/1977) and Sonora Sundown (6/1978) by Janet Dailey - LaRaine Evans, who becomes the heroine in A Land Called Deseret (12/1979) - HP-171, HP-239, HP-326
  • Cry Wolf (1993) by Tami Hoag - Danjermond
  • All The Queen's Men (1999) by Linda Howard - Louis Ronsard
  • Dream Man (1994) by Linda Howard - Carroll Janes
  • Ice (2009) by Linda Howard - Niki and Darwin
  • Mr. Perfect (2000) by Linda Howard - Leah Street
  • No One to Trust (2002) by Iris Johansen - Judd Morgan, who becomes the hero in Dead Aim (2004)
  • Paradise (1991) by Judith McNaught - Philip Bancroft
  • Little Darlin' (6/1998) by Cheryl Reavis - Rita Warren, who becomes the heroine in The Long Way Home (5/1999) - SSE-1177, SSE-1245
  • Beachcomber (2003) by Karen Robards - Mystery Villain
  • Born in Fire (1994) by Nora Roberts - Maeve Concannon
  • Born in Ice (1995) by Nora Roberts - Maeve Concannon
  • Born in Shame (1996) by Nora Roberts - Maeve Concannon
  • Chesapeake Blue (2002) by Nora Roberts - Gloria DeLauter
  • Inner Harbor (1999) by Nora Roberts - Gloria DeLauter
  • Rising Tides (1998) by Nora Roberts - Gloria DeLauter
  • Seaswept (1997) by Nora Roberts - Gloria DeLauter
  • Public Secrets (1990) by Nora Roberts - Drew Latimer
  • Sea Swept (1998) by Nora Roberts - Gloria DeLauter
  • Die for Me (2008) by Karen Rose - Simon Vartanian
  • Home at Last (1999) by Katherine Stone - Lady Killer
  • Cold as Ice (2006) by Anne Stuart - Harry Van Dorn
  • Ice Storm (2007) by Anne Stuart - Harry Thomason
  • Silver Falls (2009) by Anne Stuart - David Middleton

Alternate Reality

  • Stolen (2003) by Kelley Armstrong - Tyrone Winslow
  • Lord of the Storm (1994) by Justine Davis - Califa Claxton, who becomes the heroine in The Skypirate (1995)
  • Outlander (1991) by Diana Gabaldon - Jack Randall
  • Dragonfly in Amber (1992) by Diana Gabaldon - Jack Randall
  • This is All I Ask (1997) by Lynn Kurland - Lord Warewick
  • Bride of the Mist (1996) by Christina Skye - Kyle
  • Sacrament (2002) by Susan Squires - Magda, who becomes the heroine in Sacrilege in The Only One (2003)
  • Some Like It Hotter (1997) by Deb Stover - Slick Dawson
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