Kimba@ The Caffeinated Reviewer:Misty Evans: Kali Sweet SeriesAs for my post, the talented Janelle Stalder is here today to talk about Bad Boys. Yes, I know, I love them too. So let's hear what she has to say...
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Jennifer @ Some Like it Paranormal: Michelle Rowen: Wicked Kiss
I think Jennifer L. Armentrout said it best when she wrote, “Beautiful face. Beautiful Body. Horrible attitude. It was the holy trinity of hot boys.” – Obsidian
The wonderful and talented Veronica has asked me to come on here today and talk about bad boys. Poor me – not! As if talking about bad boys in books is any hardship. I don’t know what it is, but no matter what kind of girl you are there is just something about them bad boys we all seem to love. I think I get a new bad boy love every week. They are addictive and intriguing, and we just can’t seem to get enough. And thankfully there are so many talented authors out there that write such amazing bad boys for us to fall in love with!
To say exactly why we seem to love that one boy that just doesn’t seem to care what anyone thinks, is hard to say for everyone. I don’t think I can speak for all the bad boy lovers out there, but I can definitely speak for myself and give some insight as to why I gravitate toward them. There is just something attractive about a man with confidence. I don’t mean a cocky ego that gets on your nerves. Let’s be honest, some guys need to tone that down a bit. I mean the guy that looks bad, talks bad, walks bad, but is fundamentally good when you get past all that. His confidence and self-assurance is what catches the eye, but his personality is what ultimately seals the deal. It’s those redeeming qualities that turn us from flesh and blood, to complete mush and goo. I find that the bad boys are also the protective kind. The ones that won’t hesitate to stand up for their girl and fight off any sort of threat. They don’t mince words, or are afraid to express their feelings when the time comes. Personally I like a guy that I can’t walk all over. This is another reason I love the bad boys. It’s not attractive when a guy does everything you say. There is something very non-masculine about a guy who takes all his cues from the female. I like to be challenged. Bad boys love to challenge. When the lead boy and girl bicker it makes us readers giddy and excited. That tension builds up and when it explodes we’re all about ready to melt.
Writing a bad boy can be difficult, because you have to make sure that despite all his “bad boy” qualities, he does have some good in there to redeem himself. He’s not bad deep down, he’s just not conforming to what others want him to be. He’s walking his own road, and just doesn’t give a crap. He can be temperamental and a bit crass at times, but as a writer you have to make sure that he’s balanced. It also helps to make sure he looks as gorgeous as possible. Kissable lips and eyes you can get lost in don’t hurt. And you can’t forget the ink! Who doesn’t love a bad boy with some artwork permanently tattooed on a well sculpted body?! The only downside to these boys is that they’re fictional!
To narrow down all the bad boys I’ve loved in books is hard, because there are so many. I’m going to list as many as I can think of off the top of my head, but I know I’m going to miss some. Here’s what I can think of:
- Travis Maddox – Beautiful Disaster by: Jamie McGuire (as if that’s a surprise he came first to mind lol)
- Hunter Zaccadelli – My Favorite Mistake by: Chelsea M. Cameron
- Alex Fuentes – Perfect Chemistry by: Simone Elkeles
- Daemon Black – Lux Series by: Jennifer L. Armentrout
- Kellan Kyle – Thoughtless series by: S.C. Stephens
- Beau Vincent – The Vincent Boys by: Abbi Glines (you’ll see a lot of her for bad boy lists!)
- Lucas – Easy by: Tammara Webber
- Cage York – While it Lasts by: Abbi Glines
- Shane Maxton – Fall From Grace, Mad World Series by: Christine Zolendz
- Preston Drake – Just For Now by: Abbi Glines
- Noah Hutchins – Pushing the Limits by: Katie McGarry
- Wolf – Eden Series by: Janelle Stalder (who!?)
- Callum – Eden Series by: Janelle Stalder (no idea…)
- Patrick Henley – The Wild Ones by: M. Leighton
- Rush Finlay – Fallen Too Far – Abbi Glines (told you she’d be one here a lot!)
- Dean Holder – Hopeless by: Colleen Hoover
- My most recent, Rule Archer – Rule by: Jay Crownover
There are so many more. I didn’t even really go into the adult side of things. This list would have been ten pages if I had. My all-time favourite bad boy is without a doubt, hands down, no questions asked …
Jericho Barrons – Fever Series by: Karen Marie Moning
No one tops Barrons lol well I would!lol Just kidding. (No I’m not) Those are just some, and I’m sure there are so many more to come, but it gives you an idea. If you haven’t read some of those books, you need to do so now!
Thank you so much to Veronica for having me on here today! She is such an amazing supporter of me and my books, and it means the world to me that she asked me to do this post for her.
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I love this post because it is so true! There is just something irresistible about a bad boy, whether in books, movies or real life.ReplyDelete
Daemon Black and Adrian Ivashkov are my favorite bad boys. I disliked Daemon at first precisely because he lacked any redeeming qualities but he's changed so much since. Fabulous post!ReplyDelete
Fantastic post Veronica! There are so many bad boys on this list I need to meet! I agree with Maja about Adrian he is just awesome. I also love Jericho Barrons, Puck from Iron Fey series, and Rhett Butler from Gone with the Wind. Thanks for the chance to win. You ladies rocked this post!ReplyDelete
I love this post and ooh it is so true..we do love a bad boy and I think the reasons you gave are all sound and that list...yum!ReplyDelete
Such a great guest post! This is a fantastic list of bad boys too. I need to meet some of these, cause I'm clearly behind in the bad boy readings. I think I'll just copy these books into my TBR list. :-)ReplyDelete