There is something inherently delicious about a bad boy.
There’s the tattoos or motorcycles, and anything else that gives off that general “danger, don’t enter” vibe.
They are damaged and have dark secrets in their pasts. Perhaps they are slightly surly and seem emotionally distant. The kind of bad boy that we have an intense desire to save.
Whatever it is, it’s freakin’ irresistible. Despite the fact that it’s also usually a train wreck waiting to happen. The kind that leaves dizzying carnage. We’re left in a fog wondering what the f*ck just happened. Yet, in retrospect it was inevitable. Because despite the dreamy romanticism of it all, you cannot change another person. No matter how madly and deeply you love them.
They have to want to change.
However, a person or an event might be the catalyst for that change. The tragedy that gives him new perspective on his life. The woman who loves him unreservedly and impels him to act on his own latent desire to be a better person. I love reading about and writing this evolution of a character. I explore this type of hero in my Bad Boys Gone Good series. Liam, the hero in my current work in progress, is this kind of man. My heroine doesn’t change him. Loving her inspires his own need for change and allows him to come to terms with the fact that the life that he’s been living doesn’t make him happy.
Raine Mason, the hero in my debut novel, Making the First Move, is definitely a reformed bad boy. Only his reformation happens well before the start of the book. When the hero seems too good to be true, the heroine discovers his dark secrets, bad boy past and the tragedy that was the impetus for his change.
Miles Copeland, the hero in my December 30th release, Love Me Not, is the stuff book boyfriends are made of. He’s devilishly handsome, deliciously sexy, a bit of a smart ass and incredibly sweet. And he’s persistent. Boy, is he persistent. Yet, beneath his shiny surface lies an ugly secret and an awful lot of pain. There is also the deep desire to save another lost soul.
Bad boys come in so many varieties. There is doubtless one to satisfy every reader’s need. So what’s your favorite flavor of bad boy? What are some of your favorite bad boy characters in books and movies?
I’ll start. I adore Daniel Craig’s James Bond, Raylan Givens of Justified, and Jonny Lee Miller’s Sherlock Holmes in Elementary.