I Love Bad Boys Gone Good Because They’re the Best Kind

There is something inherently delicious about a bad boy.

Love Me Not by Reese Ryan

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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.

Making the First Move by Reese RyanRaine 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.


I Love Bad Boys Gone Good Because They’re the Best Kind — 14 Comments

    • Thanks, Jana! Jonny Lee Miller’s Sherlock is so damaged and he’s brilliant and mysterious. Love it. What I love most about the show is the little ways they show his growth and the development of his relationship with Watson. It’s my favorite show on television right now.

    • Elementary comes on Thursday night at 10PM Eastern–same time as Scandal. I always watch Elementary live and then watch Scandal On Demand.

      Thanks for the recommendation of Roarke, Jeffe! I’ve seen his name come up a few times. I need to add him to my list of Bad Boys Worth Knowing. 😉

  1. Trying to think if I’m drawn to a bad boy. Not sure I can think of one bu they certainly keep reading and movies spicy don’t they? What is it about that whiff of risk we are drawn to?

    • That’s a good question, Julie. I’d wager that at any given moment there are a ton of women sitting around after the demise of a relationship with a bad boy who are debating this very question.

  2. On a personal note, in my younger years I would’ve been drawn to bad boys, but now older, wiser, much more mature I can definitely say they’re not my cup of tea at all. Though I do enjoy them in books and movies. Loved Raine in “Making the First Move.” However, in real life, I don’t need any extra drama.

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