Bad Boys You Can Keep ‘Em

A very popular trope in romance writing is when the heroine meets a bad boy, falls in love with him, the two go through impossible odds, and then he miraculously changes his bad boy spots, he becomes the ultimate hero and the couple lives happily ever after.

Isn’t that romantic?

On paper maybe.

These are very popular books and many, many of them make the best seller lists. And bad boys will always intrigue.

As a victims’ advocate, though, I can’t imagine anything more depressing than ending up with a bad boy.

Probably because they don’t change their spots, and the life they promise, isn’t what I would wish for anyone.

Still they’re fun to read about – particularly in romance when you learn there was something bringing them down that made them that way. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve reread Hawk O’Toole’s Hostage by Sandra Brown or Lord of Hawkfell Island by Catherine Coulter. (Maybe I just like books with the name Hawk in the title). That has to be it!

Bad boys make the best songs take this VROOMING rendition of LEADER OF THE PACK by the Shrangri Las

and they make the best books. Maybe one day I’ll write a bad boy, but there’s that victims advocate thing again. So about bad boys, you can keep ‘em.

What do you think?