Growing up, I was a classic ‘good girl’, over-achieving, teacher’s pet 100% nerd. (That phase ended abruptly once I hit college). So it should come as no surprise that I gave in to the seductive call of Bad Boy and dated him for three years. He was oh-so-sexy, and had a black leather jacket, longish hair, a heavy-metal collection of tapes (am I dating myself?), a devil-may-care attitude, and most telling of all, he always held some of himself back from me. Because let’s face it: we don’t just want to walk on the wild side. After a while, we want to tame the beast. Women can be just as much into the chase as men.
I wised up, stopped pouting over the many heartbreaks he inflicted upon me, and married a thoroughly good guy. The best husband in the world, as a matter of fact. But there’s still a tiny part of me that sits up and sparkles at the thought of a bad boy, which is why they are my favorite characters to read.
One of my all-time favorite bad boys is Leo from Stephanie Draven’s It Stings So Sweet. He’s a WWII flying ace with a very…dominant personality, both in and out of the bedroom. He pushes the heroine past her perceived boundaries (which is part of the fun – don’t all bad boys push you out of your comfort zone?), both in the bedroom and emotionally. Spoiler/warning – this is hot, hot HOT erotica.
Another very, very bad boy is Jerricho Barrons, the over the top sexilicious hero of Karen Marie Moning’s Fever series. Can I get a sigh of agreement? He’s pretty much the personification of a bad boy: a dark, shadowed past, an insanely hot body, a cryptic reticence that waves a red flag of challenge in front of any woman, and a level of sexual mastery so great that it breaks Mac’s addiction to the death-by-sex Fae. Who wouldn’t want a piece of that? Add in his magical powers and incredibly commanding presence and you’ve got a hero that has you turning pages so fast your fingers burn.
Gotta admit, my favorite thing next to reading about a bad boy is writing one. There’s a fine line between cocky and jerk, sexily surly and just plain mean, but it is so much fun walking that tightrope. So I’ve got a few heros that fit the bad boy bill. My first successful bad boy was Luke Powell in Act Like We’re In Love. He’s a Hollywood superstar known for the numerous notches on his bedpost. Of course he’s yummilicious (most famous for playing AquaMan in a string of movies, so you can picture the body he’s got) and dead sure every woman in the world wants him. Talk about a guy screaming out to be tamed!
Of course, there are loads more out there. And since you now know they’re my weakness, I hope you’ll share your favorite bad boys with me!