I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: I’m all about bad boys. In literature, that is. I married a prince (waves hi to my honey in case he’s reading this. I love you!), and am currently living my happily ever after. So, what it is about bad boys in books that gets my panties all tied up in knots? Let’s explore.
Bad boys want to be redeemed: Often times, but not always, beneath his stony, tough guy exterior, our bad boy is secretly hurting. Fates dealt him a shitty hand, and as a result, he’s made some less than stellar choices. All he needs is the love of a good woman to set him on the straight an narrow, and man-oh-man, when he makes the switch, is he ever determined. I love, love, love it when a super alpha male shows his softer side with the woman he loves. My favorite heroes are those that can kick ass in the early evening, and then ravish their ladylove with tenderness and vulnerability. Swoon!
Bad boys wear some wicked cool armor: I’m a big fan of tatted heroes. The following doesn’t hold true for all bad boys, but I think a good portion of the time they wear their inner pain and torment on their skin. Their tattoos, piercings etc. essentially serve as a shield, protecting them from the possibility of further hurt from the outside world. Nick, the hero in my erotic suspense, Obsessed, sports a large tattoo over his shoulder, chest and back, nipple rings and gauges. He’s endured a great loss, and uses body modification as a means to express his pain while at the same time, holding others at arms length.
What about you? Are you a fan of bad boys? Do you enjoy your heroes with a bit of bite, or do you prefer the Prince Charming type? Weigh in with a comment, and let’s get a discussion rolling!