Wednesday, December 21, 2016

The Allure of the Bad Boy by @SSaraDaniel #smalltownromance #militaryhero

Confession time: When I’m checking out a new book for my to-be-read pile, the words “bad boy” suck me in every time. I know that a bad boy character is going to be interesting, not always play by the rules, maybe come from the wrong side of the tracks, and definitely have a colorful past. Don’t get me wrong. I like good guys perfectly fine, especially in real life. But in fiction, I want a guy who’s going to take action, make the wrong choice, and cause a stir.

When I started planning The Bad Boys of Regret Hollow series (http://saradanielromance.blogspot.com/p/the-bad-boys-of-regret-hollow.html), I had a chance to consider all the ways a guy could get a “bad boy” reputation and whether he deserved the label. In my elementary school, boys who caused fights and talked during class got earmarked as “bad.” When I was in high school, a guy who wore a denim or leather jacket and had long hair earned the “burnout” label, especially if he smelled like cigarette smoke or hung out at the cafeteria table with other guys who dressed like him.

Beyond stereotyping based on looks, sometimes a guy would get marked with the bad boy label based on the actions of a friend or family member, even if he’d had no part any “bad” activities. Zane, the hero of The Bad Boy’s Gift (https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01BHBKZEQ/?tag=sardanromaut-20), got his bad boy reputation as a kid, because of his father’s bad reputation. Although he didn’t earn it by doing anything bad, it shaped who he was, how he saw himself and how everyone else treated him. So, when he finally did fight with someone, the blame landed squarely on him. 

Of course, a guy could legitimately earn his bad boy reputation from the start with “bad” deed, but even then it is interesting to dig deeper to determine if the incident stemmed from a desire to cause trouble or a desire to do the right thing that somehow went wrong. On the flip side, sometimes a man with a “good guy” reputation is anything but good. Or, he’s mostly good but majorly screws up in one area, making him a bad boy in the eyes of the heroine or maybe even himself, as he struggles with his guilt and regrets.

In my latest book, The Bad Boy’s Commitment (https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01LY415ZN/?tag=sardanromaut-20), Drake has been put on a pedestal as the town hero. But he doesn’t want—or think he deserves—to be labeled hero or accept the accolades that come with it. Writing a series of bad boy heroes has given me a chance to delve into these different aspects of what it means to be a romance-novel bad boy. Above all, they are intriguing, take-charge, respectful men with hearts of gold. Give me more bad boys, please!

The Bad Boy's Commitment
Haunted by comrades he was unable to save, Drake Miller walks away from his military career for the relaxed, quiet life of running his father’s bar in Regret Hollow. Too bad no one tipped him off that his father sold the bar.

While the townspeople treat him to a hero’s welcome that he doesn’t want and doesn’t deserve, he finds one person who doesn’t fall at his feet, calls him out for bad behavior, and kisses like a fantasy. Unfortunately, she also owns the bar that was supposed to be his.

As a single mom and small business owner, Mallory Marquette takes her commitments and responsibilities seriously. She can’t give away her livelihood just because Drake thinks he’s entitled to it—even if he is the town hero and the first man in a decade who gets her blood flowing. Besides, she needs a reliable bartender much more than she needs a lover.

Can this hero turned bad boy step up to a lifetime commitment, or will the freedom he sacrificed so much for cost him everything?
Buy Links:
Amazon https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01LY415ZN/?tag=sardanromaut-20
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Sara Daniel writes what she loves to read—irresistible romance, from sweet to steamy and everything in between. She grew up in a small town and was once a landlord of two uninvited squirrels. She has no regrets about turning her back on her accounting degree to write romance, but she deeply regrets her inability to keep track of her car keys. Subscribe to Sara’s newsletter: http://eepurl.com/rx_AL Visit her website: http://www.SaraDaniel.com


Tina Donahue said...

I love your series, Sara. And yeah, a bad boy makes romance so delish! :)

jean hart stewart said...

Love Bad boys!