So, it cracks me up when guys who are obviously not bad boys try to come off like they are. He gets the armload of tattoos. He buys the loud and expensive motorcycle. He grows his hair long or at least wears it unruly.
And then you find out he’s in dental school.
Yeah. Not so tough. You can buy the trappings of bad-boyhood, but you can’t fake the bad boy persona.
That’s not to say that educated or just plain smart guys can’t be bad boys. I’m always charmed by the boys who appear tough on the outside, but on the inside they’ve got a huge brain and and even bigger heart.
In fact, in my book Never Cry Werewolf, my hero is like that. Austin is the son of a rockstar with a family secret. He's never been able to trust anyone with the truth. He’s been hurt before and would rather lash out than take a chance with his heart.
Which brings me to my favorite original bad boy... Mr. Darcy in Pride and Prejudice.
He may not have the motorcycle or the tattoos but he’s definitely got the bad boy emotional attitude and philosophy: Say it like it is. Go your own way. Don’t show your feelings. Keep your distance. But on the inside he's our dark hero... and he gets transformed by love!
What do you guys think? Is Mr. Darcy an emotional bad boy?
is the author of Never Cry Werewolf
Coming in 2008 from HarperCollins