(In other words: I love Spike!)
I don’t go for moody, brooding vampires in paranormals or soft-spoken gentlemen in historicals.
Give me a wise-cracking, quick-witted scoundrel any day so long as he treats the heroine like a goddess.
That said, bad boys have to be done right (ie: they can’t be complete jerks or the deal’s off!)
So, how to pull off the bad boy with the big heart? Here are some tried and true traits that work well:
-Hidden sensitivities and vulnerabilities, often tormented by a past experience
-Humor, sarcasm and/or charisma (sometimes as a defense mechanism)
-Dependability – who doesn’t love a guy they can count on?
-Aiding the heroine unexpectedly (while shrugging it off – “No big.”)
-Caring for the heroine even if he can’t tell her
Starting to sound like a nice guy? Ultimately literature’s best bad boys are.
How do you like your heroes? Sweet hearts? Bad boys? Dark and mysterious?