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Jun 19 2014 1:55pm

Caught in a Bad Romance: When Is a Bad Boy Too Bad?

Mercy: White Collared, Part 1 by Shelly BellToday we welcome author Shelly Bell to Heroes and Heartbreakers to talk about a topic we all like discussing: bad boys. Shelly's White Collared serial is an erotica thriller, one which requires the lawyer heroine to go undercover at a BDSM club where the prime suspect in a murder just happens to be her client—and a very sexy Dom. Thanks, Shelly!

When you think of a hero from a romance novel, what qualities spring to mind? Personally, I love a dirty-talking, emotionally tortured bad boy, who—to the detriment of himself—will selflessly move heaven and earth for the heroine. Whether he’s a cowboy, billionaire, biker, or rock star, the bad boy hero has got walls around his heart that only the love of the female lead can infiltrate. Until recently, romance readers could trust the hero would die before he’d allow any harm to come to heroine, but since the emergence of dark romance, that notion has dramatically changed.

While the term “dark romance” is not currently a category defined on Amazon or used by traditional publishers, that hasn’t stopped the sub-genre from not only thriving, but arguably becoming one of the hottest and fastest growing sub-genres in romance e-books. These stories spin conventional romance on its head and often place the villain in the role of the hero. Readers’ expectations of romance are ripped away as the heroine is not only physically hurt, but oftentimes harmed and her life placed at risk by the hero.

[Talk about pushing the envelope...]