Today we're joined by author C.L. Wilson, whose The Winter King has just been released. The Winter King is a high fantasy romance, featuring a fierce hero who—though he is the Winter King—finds a way to warm up the heroine's heart. C.L. (and her friends) talks about the best bad boys of romance. Thanks, C.L.
I love me a dangerous, no-holds-barred, take-no-prisoners, bad boy alpha. I swoon for them. They make my heart go pitty-pat, my pulse pound, my tummy get all tingly. And they can be really, really bad but a great author can still make me love them. Case in point: Kresley Cole’s Lothaire (yum!), Nalini Singh’s Kaleb Krychek (mega yum!), Jeaniene Frost’s Vlad Tepesh (uber megalicious YUM! With a capital YUM!).
First, however, before I start talking about what makes bad boys so yumtastically appealing, I want to clarify what exactly a “bad boy” is. I asked a few of my Power Hour writing buddies to help me out. #1 New York Times Bestselling author Christine Feehan, who has written Bad Boys in virtual every one of her 50+ novels, says a bad boy is “a man who’s willing to step outside of society’s rules and take things into his own hands if he feels it necessary. He’s the man who’s going to do whatever it takes, even if that means going outside the law.” That’s pretty much the definition of all of Christine’s heroes, as well as one of my new personal faves, Jeaniene Frost’s deliciously dangerous Vlad Tepesh (aka the “Real” Dracula).