Let’s Talk About Bad Boys
My latest release, Once in a Blue Moon, is a light-hearted romp about the ultimate “bad boy” and the woman who's determined not to succumb to his charms.
If you ask me, every woman loves a bad boy. Even if we don’t like to admit it, there’s just something attractive and infinitely intriguing about men who live life close to the edge. The guy with the chip on his shoulder, a thirst for danger and excitement, one determined to live outside what society calls “the box”. Independent thinkers, daredevils, rogues.
When James Dean roared onto the scene in the 1950’s, with his smoldering good looks and his I don’t give a damn attitude, females of all ages were immediately hooked. His tortured persona, packaged in a plain white T-shirt and blue jeans, made women everywhere long to heal him, wrap him in their arms and love away the hurt, destroy the demons inside. Isn’t that why romance readers are so drawn to vampires and werewolves, pirates and cops, firemen and Navy Seals? Ooh, and cowboys! Give us a big strong cowboy any time, right ladies? We love, love, love a rebel, yet who can resist the ultimate protector, a man who will stand between us and the world and come out victorious regardless of the odds?
Characters like Rhett Butler, James Bond, the Count of Monte Cristo, Mr. Rochester, Edward Cullen and even Jacob Black capture a woman’s imagination, fuel her romantic fantasies, and make her yearn to be part of the grand adventure. Whether you like your heroes wounded and vulnerable or the in-your-face tough guy, I think most of us would agree there’s nothing quite as sexy as the alpha male.
I have my own favorite alpha heroes, of course. I’ll admit to having quite the crush on Edward Cullen a few years back, and Linda Howard seldom created an alpha hero in her romantic suspense novels that I didn’t swoon over. Amanda Ashley turns out tall, dark vampire alphas that are awfully hard
to resist. My current favorite alpha is Finbar Burke, of Nora Roberts’ Cousins O’Dwyer Series. After learning that he is descended from an especially evil demon, Fin is torn between trying to outrun his despised heritage and facing down the demon who sired him in order to protect the powerful witch who holds his heart.
In Once in a Blue Moon, Jake Benedict is a Harley-riding, leather-jacketed werewolf hunk who finally finds the woman he wants to spend his life with, only to be rebuffed precisely because of his bad boy image. Casey’s sworn off Jake’s type forever, and nothing’s going to convince her to give him a whirl. But Jake knows a secret about Casey that’s about to flip her entire world upside down.
Who are some of your favorite literary or cinematic heroes?