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man - bad boy 11739406_sB: Bad Boys (and Why We Love Them)

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 you’ll meet two of them at the end of this month in my upcoming releases, Master of Two and The Beginning of a BDSM Life. You can also get a taste of bad boy in a pair of free short stories here on my site: “Little Leather Paddle” by James Harrison, and “Buy Mor Chickn,” by me. Bad boys tend to crop up more in BDSM stories than others, but they’re not unheard of elsewhere. (James is a real person, by the way, not a pseudonym for me.)

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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  1. Kathy Heare Watts

    Love a Bad Boy! and a bad girl too!

  2. Bad boys can be a lot of fun. Not sure if I have a favorite.

  3. I love bad boys but only in books. My husband is a good boy. (Boy oh boy)

  4. I do like bad boys, although I keep my distance. I’m more of a “by the rules” type of person. 🙂 But in fiction, I think my favorite bad boy is Rhett Butler from Gone With the Wind, the first bad boy I ever read. 🙂

  5. I love a bad boy, but I also love a good man 🙂

  6. I love bad boys too. But I think their appeal is that there’s only one woman who can bring out their soft side. I can’t think of any favorites right now. Too many cookies and cheetos make it hard for me to think. 🙂

  7. I’m torn by bad boys. I, of course, love dominant males but I also love when their soft side is out. The purely dominant alpha is one I love to read, but can’t write.

  8. Rhonda Ralston Griffith

    I love bad boys.

  9. I agree with Corablu–although the dog is optional. A bad boy has to have a conscience for me to be attracted to him. He can be perceived as being “bad,” but he really HAS to have a sound character.

  10. I’ve never read Incubus Moon, but I’ll look into it. I like a bad boy with a conscious and a dog. That’s just me.

  11. I love bad boys!
    Scar from Incubus Moon was one of my faves!
    I also love Zadist from Black Dagger Brotherhood.

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