It’s time for Shelli Stevens’s quarterly post! (Yes, aish! Time flies!) And she’s sharing breaking news with us! Whee!!! (And I’m too lazy and sick to add a bunch of Shelli’s covers right now, so you’ll have to forgive me. They’re hot though. Feel free to go check some out.)
What is it about a bad boy?
What is it about a bad boy that can draw a gal in? Both in a romance novel, and maybe in real life? Is it the hope that we’ll see these guys redeemed? That they’ll be turned around by one woman, when none before have managed to do it? Maybe they drink too much, smoke, swear, bed hop like it’s an Olympic sport, scowl at tiny kittens…hell, they’re just bad boys. And yet some women flock to them. Again and again. Same bad boy, different guy.
I mean in a novel they can seem all exciting and sexy, but in real life…hmm, sometimes you think you’d just slap the jerk. But then…sometimes not. Sometimes you fall for the guy you absolutely should not, could not, see yourself falling for. Even though there’s all these emotional barricades and warning signs along the way. So what IS it about these guys? Why is it a popular trope in romance novels, and why is it that women in general can’t seem to ‘step away from the bad boy’.
And on that bad boy note… I’m excited to break the news here, on Lime’s blog, about my new upcoming series! I just signed a contract for the first book in my series The McLaughlins (it follows a Scottish family who’s moved to America). Book one is called Good Girl Gone Plaid and should be due out early summer 2013.
Let me know your stance on bad boys, do you like them? Maybe you like them only in novels, or maybe in real life as well? Leave a comment and you’ll be entered to win a $5 gift certificate to Amazon!
Whoo! I love me some Scots! 🙂 Looking forward to the new series!
Bad boys? I like them in books–especially the bad boy who’s really a good man–, but I’m a goody two-shoes, so I don’t think I could handle one in real life.
Congratulations, Shelli! Yay for more books! Confession: I’m not ALL about Scottish books – at least historicals, etc, but as they’re set in America… 😀
As for bad boys – I love reformed ones. Like Cris said – I don’t know that I’d want someone who still is a bad boy. Love them in novels, but in real life, usually they’re jerks. And who needs that?
Bad boys, hmm. In real life I have no time for bad boys, I have always stayed far away from them. I never felt that I could change someone and didn’t want to deal with the drama of a true bad boy. In my reading world I like a good guy with just the right amount of bad boy thrown in. Of course, in novels, bad boys usually redeem themselves which makes it easier to love them and fulfill the bad boy fantasy without having actually having to deal with them!
Aye, new series sounds great. I love all things Scottish!
I’ve known a few bad boys in my time, and even dated one….my bad boy was rough and tough and hard as nails on the outside, but he was nothing more than a squishy teddy bear on the inside!
Thanks all! I’m excited for this series. I notice all comments didn’t transfer over. I hope you try again.
Congratulations on the sale, Shelli! You’re a new to me author and I’m excited about these new books. What girl wouldn’t love a bad boy between the pages of a book.
Hi, Shelli! Bad boys? I LOVE reading about them! In reality, I think it would truly depend on the individual! The older I get, the less patient I am with people (of either gender and of any age) who are unwilling to take responsibility and to “man up” so to speak 😉 Some of these “bad boys” might end up on my bad side, and I’m pretty sure that’s NOT a good thing 😀
Thanks all who’ve commented! I drew a random winner and it’s Aliquis. Please email me at shelli @ shellistevens.com for your Amazon g.c.