Oh, the bad boy. Who doesnâ€™t love a guy in black leather, with a
wicked curve to his smile, and a gleam in his eye that says, â€śCome on, baby,
letâ€™s get into trouble.â€ť?
I never knew I was the bad boy typeâ€¦until I started writing them. Now I canâ€™t
get enough. Whatâ€™s beautiful about bad boys is there is a wide range. From down
and dirty to hard and gritty to the kind of bad boy I love to write the most:
the sweet heat.
You know the type. The kind of guy who is a good family man at heart, but wonâ€™t
hesitate to toss his woman over his knee. The man who is loyal to his friends,
but still takes physical risks that put him in danger. From billionaires, to
ex-military landscapers, to rock stars, Iâ€™ve written many, many bad
boys. And Iâ€™m not stopping any time soon.
Here are my top five reasons women like you (and me!) love bad boys. Iâ€™ve also
included a few of my bad boys as recommendations. Which one is for you?
Bad Boys know who they are. They may be jerks, but they
know they are and arenâ€™t afraid to be that way. The key to any successful
pairing with a bad boy is to find a heroine who challenges him. Bad boys donâ€™t
shy away from challenge. They take it on. See: FIGHTING FOR
Perfect for fans of Christina Lauren and Katy Evans, Jessica Lemmonâ€™s
irresistible Lost Boys series kicks off with the story of a good girl who
plays by the rulesâ€”and the bad boy who brings out her wild side.
Devlin Calvary makes his own luck. Orphaned as a young child, he was taken
in by a crew of bookies and gamblersâ€”and they became his family. Theyâ€™re the
reason Devâ€™s running a trendy bistro, living in a high rise, and enjoying the
good life with a string of women who never ask for too much. Until, one night,
he finds out how much it hurts to trust the wrong people. . . .
Rena Lewis sticks to the straight and narrow, determined not to slip up
again . . . like the terrible night of partying four years ago that ended in
tragedy. A waitress at Oak & Sage, she knows that sleeping with her boss is not
a smart move. But when Dev shows up on her doorstep, beat up and clearly shaken,
Renaâ€™s not about to turn him down . . . or kick him out of bed.
Dev reawakens something primal within herâ€”a need to go wild. And Rena soon
finds out that the heart sheâ€™d sealed away years ago still has the power to
fight for love.
Bad Boys are confident in the sack. Because they have had
so much *ahem* experience in the bedroom, the woman who lands a bad boy is going
to find heâ€™s pretty darn good at what he does in there. He knows how to please
her, and because of a stubborn streak a mile wide, heâ€™s not going to stop until
he does. See: BRINGING HOME THE
Evan Downey needs a new beginning. Since the death of his wife five years
ago, the brilliant tattoo artist has shut himself away in a prison of grief that
not even his work can break him out of-and what's worse, Evan knows his son
Lyon is bearing the brunt of his seclusion. Moving back to the lake town of
Evergreen Cove where he spent his childhood summers is his last chance for a
Charlotte Harris knows she owes it to her best friend's memory to help Evan
and his son find their way again, but she can't stop her traitorous heart from
skipping a beat every time she looks into Evan's mesmerizing eyes. Charlotte is
determined to stay strictly in the Friend Zone-until a mind-blowing night knocks
that plan by the wayside. Now, if they're brave enough to let it, Charlotte and
Evan might just find a love capable of healing their broken hearts . . .
Bad Boys are unpredictable. The girl of his dreams probably
dated some schmoe before she dated him, and that guy likely ironed his socks.
Meanwhile, her new bad boy beau is telling her to pack a bag because he has a
surprise for her, and heâ€™s not going to tell her what it is. See: A BAD BOY FOR
Connor McClain knows what he wants. And after four harrowing years in
Afghanistan, that's a quiet life in the lakeside town of Evergreen Cove. But
coming home has land mines of its own-the most dangerous of them being
long-legged bombshell Faith Garrett. Now getting her into his arms this holiday
is going to require more than mistletoe . . .
With a cheating ex behind her, all Faith wants is a relaxing holiday free
from man drama. And even though every moment with gorgeous Connor is a sweet
temptation, Faith is determined not to give in. But Jack Frost has other plans,
and soon Faith and Connor are snowbound in a winter wonderland with only the
sparks flying between them to keep them warm. As one hot kiss leads to another,
they'll have to decide if they're ready to give each other the best gift of
Bad Boys are loyal. He wonâ€™t abandon his true friends, or a
family thatâ€™s done him right. While bad boys often run from whatâ€™s hurting them,
they still have a network of friends they will never cut out of their lives. See: RESCUING THE BAD
For Donovan Pate, the lake town of Evergreen Cove is a minefield of tough
memories-including the day he had to let go of Sofie Martin. Years later he
still can't forget the taste of her lips and the feel of her killer curves. He
knows he's too damaged, that he should stay away for her own good. But what the
head says and the heart wants are two very different things . . .
Seven years ago, Donovan broke Sofie's heart. Now her career depends on
playing nice in order to pull off the charity fund-raiser of the decade. She
vows to keep things professional . . . yet working by his side every day
doesn't make it easy to fight temptation, and it isn't long before she finds
herself falling for this bad boy all over again. But loving Donovan means
helping him face his past-so they can fight for a future together.
Bad Boys love endlessly. Once you win a bad boyâ€™s heart,
heâ€™s not going anywhere. He values the love of a good woman the way he values a
shot of the best whiskey: through to his soul. Bag one of these boys and youâ€™ll
experience a lifetime of love and loyalty, and a healthy dose of toe-curling
unpredictability. See: RETURN OF THE BAD
Asher Knight has three constants in his life: music, beautiful women, and a
bottle of Jack. He lives for the next gig, the next city, and dreams only of a
life spent in front of an arena full of screaming fans. But Asher's nomad ways
come to a sudden stop when he learns he's the father of a three-year-old from
a past relationship and suddenly this rock star bad boy is forced to put down
Only she can clean up
Gloria Shields is no one's fool. Sure, the sexual chemistry between her and
Asher has always been intense, but she'd never risk giving her heart to a man
who has a perfect record for breaking them. Except the man desperate to make
things right with his newfound son is nothing like the rock god she's guarded
her heart against for years. And it isn't long before she starts to wonder if
life with this bad boy might be the best thing that's ever happened to her.
Jessica Lemmon has always been a dreamer. At some point, she decided
head-in-the-clouds thinking was childish and went out and got herself a job.
â€¦And then she got another one because that one was lousy. And when that one
stopped being fulfilling, she went out and got another â€¦and another.
it became apparent sheâ€™d only be truly happy doing what she loved. And since
â€śeating potato chipsâ€ť isnâ€™t a viable career, she opted to become a writer. With
fire in her heart, she dusted off a book sheâ€™d started years prior, finished it,
and submitted it. It may have been the worst book ever, but it didnâ€™t stop her
from writing another one. Now she has several books finished, several more
started, and even more marinating in her brain (which currently resides in the
clouds, thankyouverymuch), and she couldnâ€™t be happier.
believes God gifts us with talents for a purpose, and with His help, you can
create the life you want. (While eating potato chips.)