May 17 2012 9:16am

Choosing Bad Over Good

Tom Hardy in Warrior

There’s real science behind our ’bad’ choices: A new study, detailed in a LiveScience article called “Why Women Choose Bad Boys,” finds that during our ovulation week, our ovaries release hormones that affect who we see as being good potential fathers. During that time, we go for sexier men rather than dependable men.

The study researcher comments, “Under the hormonal influence of ovulation, women delude themselves into thinking that the sexy bad boys will become devoted partners and better dads...When looking at the sexy cad through ovulation goggles, Mr. Wrong looked exactly like Mr. Right.”

Ovulation goggles? And why can’t sexy cads become devoted partners and good dads? Isn’t that what our books are all about? Or is that why they’re called fiction?

What fictional bad boy would make the best partner and father?

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1. Ain020596
Haha, don't we all know the saying that reformed rakes make the best husbands? Haha:)

I have a ginormous crush on Raphael from Nalini Singh's Guild Hunter series and I honestly would explode with joy if Elena gets pregnant. It would add so much more to him. He's changed so radically, but a child could really alter him completely.

Besides him, definitely Sebastian from Devil in Winter by Lisa Kleypas. He would be the most adorable father. The thing about most romances is that we usually do get to see the bad boys become great fathers in epilogues :)
2. Carey597
Nero from Sherrilyn Kenyon has become the ultimate bad boy turned dad. We don't see much interaction of him with his kids but what we have seen brings warm fuzzies to the heart.
Kiersten Hallie Krum
3. Kiersten
Ovulation goggles? Snort! Is that the female equivalent to beer goggles?

I too come from the school of Lindsey that says reformed rakes make the best husbands/fathers. If only I could find one up for the task...
4. Tammy J. Patton
In real life my advice would be, "If he needs fixing, move on. You can't change him." In romance, the bad boy fantasy is loads of fun.
Rakisha Kearns-White
6. BrooklynShoeBabe
Ovulation goggles. lmao!

I can't think of any from the books I've read, but there are a couple of television bad boys I can think of who might be good dads when I'm ovulating. *snort* Sawyer from Lost and Gaius from BS:G.
Ginny Doremus
7. FaeRhi
Definitely Zsadist. Eric Northman from the Sookie Stackhouse series ... also Zarek from Sherrilyn Kenyon's Dark Hunter series... I'm sure I could find tons more were I to look through my personal library.
In my experience, the bad boy is only ever fully redeemed in books. Never in real life.
8. HeleneMc13
JZB. End of discussion. Barrons from Karen Moning's Fever Series is my ultimate bad boy that I'd take in a heartbeat, ovulating or not. And, I love the story all the more because he's never really "redeemed". Mac, his gal, accepts him as he is. Perfect. I've always pictured my own husband in the role (Moning's description of Barrons in T-shirt and jeans conjures my real life hero). Unapologetic jackass, but he stands by his guns, does what he thinks is right, and protects Mac as far as she'll let him. Sounds like not bad Dad material, after all.
Charlayne Denney
11. Charlayne
Vlad from the Jeaniene Frost books. His hawtness with a really sweet bite!
Linda Talamo
12. eLTe
Actually, since we are discussing "scientific reseach" the theory is quite logical. Consider ... During ovulation your body is in preparation for pregnacy, hence you instinctually know that you will be in a vulnerable state and will need protection for both yourself and potential offspring. Put simply, your damn DNA will do anything to survive. So, with that said, your instinct knows that you must pick the "baddest" to combat all the "big bad" that exists in the world. It boils down to protection and survival. And yes ladies, as far as DNA is concerned, it does not matter that on an intellectual level we are quite capable of taking care of ourselves. Sometimes - you just need brawn over brains.
13. L_Brinkley
Barrons...mmmm :) I listen to the Shadowfever CD to get my fantasy fix too lol. Though I do have to agree with Charlayne, Vlad is a pretty great catch too.
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