Yes, we're a sadistic bunch, but don't you love it when the big guy is under pressure, out of time and he's got ferrets (don't ask) to deal with?
Especially when he's still got time to romance, rescue and do wonderfully sexy things to the heroine. And after all the crap he's given you over what colour his eyes are - damn, but the man needs to know who's boss!
So - how do we torture our heroes in a way that leaves you breathless for more? There are so many options to choose from so I'm going to list them. I love lists.
Emotional torture: This can be something dark from his past which haunts and drives him to desperate deeds that throw him into a moral quandary and direct conflict with the heroine. The man is unable to see a way out of this pit of awfulness until he meets 'the girl' who shines a light into the blackness of his soul, bitch-slaps some sense into him and loves him regardless.
Mental torture: Lusting after something he can't have. Like an ice cold glass of water in the middle of Hell. A sumptuous feast after he's been held hostage in the wastelands of purgatory. Desperately wanting the awesome hotness of the heroine's lithe body wrapped around his own after years of denying his needs. Ooh yeah, mentally torturing your hero is such delightful fun!
Physical torture: Who doesn't like a bit of bondage? A sweat slicked muscular guy straining against his cuffs as the heroine mets out her own brand of erotic punishment...Maybe he's desperate to free himself so he can rescue her from the iniquitous clutches of evil?
Oh, such excellent ideas - I'm off to torture my heroes...just a little.