Sunday Book Club: Bad Boys in Fiction and Why We Love Them

Posted October 16, 2016 by meezcarrie in Sunday Book Club / 12 Comments

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Good Sunday morning, my reading friends! 🙂 I have to confess… I am exhausted today lol. The nephew and all his adorable sweetness is in town this weekend/next week, and I’m coolaunting. It’s a full-time job. 😉 We went to a local orchard yesterday and had tons of fun … and some great cuddles too!


Those curls though! Man, I love this kid! And his hair.

Anyway… on to the topic for today’s Book Club.

This past week, I reviewed a couple of books featuring heroes that have a bit of the rogue in them – whether past or present. Dawn Crandall’s The Cautious Maiden & Vance Everstone (SWOON) gives us a redeemed rogue that becomes one of the swooniest heroes I’ve ever read. Sara Ella’s debut novel Unblemished gives us another bad boy who’s more than what he seems, and I’m totally #teamKy. Another of my fave bad boy heroes is Ty Porter from Becky Wade’s Meant to Be Mine (fanning) and Gray Carlisle in Catherine West’s The Things We Knew. And just wait for a couple of upcoming Pepper Basham novels featuring some bad boy heroes that make me grin like a schoolgirl with a crush.

So why do we love the bad boy hero so much? And for sure there’s a difference in the bad boy who’s really good at heart and the good guy who’s really a rogue once you see his true colors.  The latter, I just want to purse whomp.

Ok, now it’s your turn. Why do we love the bad boy heroes? And who are some of your faves?

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12 responses to “Sunday Book Club: Bad Boys in Fiction and Why We Love Them

  1. Sarah

    *cough* I’m a little partial to Trent Carrington from Finders Keepers.
    Rain from Black Tiger by Sara Baysinger is very layered.
    Ummm….for some reason my mind is not functioning (could be I woke up at 5:30) and I can’t think of very many right now.

  2. Rebecca Maney

    If you have read Heather Blanton’s “Romance in the Rockies” series, Charles McIntyre’s redemption story is on the Vance Everstone level. Gutsy, gritty and totally swoon worthy!

  3. Toni Shiloh

    Vance has to be my fave but Trent is definitely a great one. I have a feeling Trent Hawthorne will also make that list.

  4. To be honest, I’m not big into bad boys. Yes, I’m that boring. I don’t mind the APPEARANCE of a bad boy though.

    Bad boys that come to mind though – Colin from Julie Lessman’s A Passion Most Pure. And recently in mind – Will from The Thirteenth Chance.

    • Carrie

      Ahhh yes. Both excellent choices. And really, that’s what I mean too. Heroes who may come across as a bad boy but really do have a good heart

  5. Pam K.

    One of my favorite “bad boys” is Collin McGuire, who we first meet in Julie Lessman’s book, A Passion Most Pure. Why do we like them? They are usually always awfully handsome and charming, but perhaps the best thing is they don’t stay “bad.” We usually see them change to be better men when they fall in love (and become even better men if they fall in love also with Jesus).

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