When it comes to the best bad boy romance novels, we’ve noticed a lot of them have common traits. In this blog post, we’re going to break it down and share with you what we think it takes to have the hottest book boyfriend in a novel.
Whether you’re reading a romantic stepbrother bad boy or general alpha male romance novel, you’re going to find a lot of similar elements – especially in the ones you read over and over because you enjoy them so much.
Some authors have a knack for getting the bad boy experience just right. We hope to explain some of this without spoiling anything for you. Ready to learn more about the best bad boy romance books? Great! Let’s get started.
What is the Best Alpha Romance?
This is a simple question, but the answer is very complex because it’s subjective. For some people, an extremely dark and brooding hero is what makes a good bad boy romance, but for others it might the soft underside that the smart and sassy heroine uncovers along the way.
Whatever you say or think about bad boy romance books, one thing is for certain – when done well, they can sweep you up and carry you away for hours. That brings us to our first point. Length matters! Some authors write too short while others rattle on far too long.
Those writers who find a happy medium are the ones who really stand out. To achieve this balance, it’s important to let the story guide the length of the novel. With that being said, novellas and short stories do exist, but they usually don’t leave us with a well rounded bad boy hero.
Popularity of Romance Books with Bad Boys
Back in the day when the only options were paperback romances with colorful metaphors for body parts, the bad boys were known as alpha males. They still are, of course, but it’s interesting to see the gradual progression of this romance genre over the years.
Bodice-rippers (as they were known) still exist in the world of eBooks, but they generally fall under the umbrella of bad boy romance books. All you have to do is look at the top 100 romance novels on Amazon or any other major book retailer, and you’re going to see it.
Manchest. Everywhere. Some of it in a good way. Other books with more garish takes. In any case, with eBooks becoming more prevalent, readers do not have to worry about other people seeing the over-the-top sexy covers of books they’re reading.
This has led to a revival of bad boy romance fiction. Maybe you’ve heard of a little novel called 50 Shades of Gray. Now there’s an atypical bad boy for you, eh? We’re going to close this blog post with a plea for you to join the conversation about bad boy romance books.
Your Best Bad Boy Romance Novel?
Last but certainly not least, the team would love to know YOUR favorite alpha male romance. What bad boy book boyfriend do YOU love the most? Leave a comment below and let us know. We always love hearing from our readers and fans.
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