Thursday, November 6, 2014

Bad Boys: Guest Post by Author Patricia Green

I like fallen angels, BDSM dominants (who aren't secret wimps), demons, and men who say "f**k tradition." I like bad boys. One that really sticks with me is the character Scar from Penny Alley's Incubus Moon. He was the ultimate bad boy, changed by love, but not diminished by it. He still doesn't give a damn what people think about him, but he'd do anything for the woman he loves. He can't even admit his feelings to himself (or, especially not to her), but he has them and it shows. She knows it, feels it, accepts it.

Bad boys make us a little uncomfortable. I've written a few, and can meet two of them in my book, Master of Two. You can also get a taste of them in a pair of free short stories on my site: ”Little Leather Paddle" by James Harrison, "Renee: His Good Girl," and "Amiko: Adjustments" by me. Bad boys tend to crop up more in BDSM stories than others, but they're not unheard of elsewhere.

One of the appeals of bad boys is the fact that they're hard to get. They really don't care if you like them. They have their own agendas and act upon them. Until… until they meet the right woman. Then they're determined to make her theirs, by hook or by crook. Something changes inside them, but not so much that they're no longer bad boys—they have to keep that attitude going—but enough that the reader senses their devotion to the woman they never expected to find. Every female reader wants to imagine that they're the woman who softens the bad boy's heart like the heroine does.

Everyone loves a bad boy, at least in their fantasies.

How do you feel about bad boys in fiction? Do you have a favorite one?

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