~ By Rebecca Grace Allen
I’ve always loved a reformed bad boy.
There’s something so sexy about a man who’s turned a new leaf, giving up the rebellious ways of his past. But when the deviant he once was bubbles to the surface, there’s nothing hotter. Connor Starks, the hero in my debut novella, The Duality Principle, is that kind of character. Orphaned at fifteen by the son of two drug addicts, Connor was taken in by his grandparents, and grew up with a bit of a wild streak. He’s been dealt a shitty hand, but nearly losing the few people who still care about him makes him want to clean up his act, even before he’s met the heroine.
Developing Connor as a character was a lot of fun. He’s based a bit on my husband, which is probably why I have such a soft spot for him. For me, a reformed bad boy needs to look like he doesn’t quite fit into the mold he’s putting out there. He’s polite and well-mannered, but there’s something wild and untamed hiding beneath that good boy exterior. He might wear dress clothes, but a bit of that unruly side might peek out through hair that won’t seem to behave, a hint of stubble, or a frame so broad it strains the fabric. His kisses should come with a bit of dirty talk, and he definitely wants to be a little rougher with the heroine than he thinks he should. The reformed bad boy is always trying to be on his best behavior. But he when he snaps and that bad boy inside finally comes out to play, it’s ohh so good. Here’s my recipe for a reformed bad boy:
Recipe for a Reformed Bad Boy
½ cup of a bad childhood
¼ cup of respect for his grandparents
2/3 cup of loyal friends
1/3 cup of a badass ride
1 heaping cup of tall, muscular build
1 serving of a habit of breaking laws and breaking hearts
3 tbsp of tattoos
Sprinkle with a chiseled jaw, dimpled smile, and freckles. Season to taste.
Heat oven to 450 degrees Fahrenheit
1) In a small bowl, combine ½ cup bad childhood with ¼ respect for his grandparents. Add half of the loyal friends. Put to the side.
2) Meanwhile, in a medium size saucepan, heat the tall, muscular build. Slowly add in the chiseled jaw, dimpled smile, and freckles until you have a thick, sturdy mix. Fold in tattoos and let simmer.
3) Add remaining amount of loyal friends to the childhood and grandparents combination. Mix until the desire for him to be more than he is forms. Untapped intelligence should appear.
4) Line a 9×13 baking dish with the badass ride. Spread habit of breaking laws and breaking hearts evenly across pan.
5) Mix dry ingredients with wet in the saucepan. Keep on low until the good sense of ethics, and the fact that he’s trying to put his past behind him comes together. Pour into prepared baking dish.
5) Put dish in oven for approximately 30 minutes, or until the fear that he’s not worthy of love starts to show. The crust should be golden with a penchant for getting down and dirty in public places.
6) Remove from oven. Serve immediately. Your reformed bad boy should be hot, sweet, and delicious when going down. 😉
Rebecca Grace holds a Bachelor of Arts in English with a double concentration in Creative Writing and Literary Comparison, as well as a Master of Science degree in Elementary Education, both of which seemed like good ideas at the time. After stumbling through careers in entertainment, publishing, law and teaching, she’s returned to her first love: writing. A self-admitted caffeine addict and gym rat, she currently lives in upstate New York with her husband, two parakeets, and a cat with a very unusual foot fetish.
Rebecca Grace www.RebeccaGraceAllen.com