Rebecca Zanetti Weighs In on Bad Boy Love (& Win a Signed Copy of Fated)

I love a good bad boy, don’t you? Today, I’m welcoming author Rebecca Zanetti, who’s pondering why women love bad boys (with or without fangs).  By day, Rebecca is a college professor; by night, she writes about, well, some bad boys with her Dark Protector series from Kensington Brava.
The first book in the series, FATED, is about an overbearing vampire who thinks he knows what’s best for everyone—especially his mate. It was hailed as a recommended spring read from Publisher’s Weekly. The second book, CLAIMED, will be released on Nov. 1. You can find out more at Rebecca’s website, In the meantime, read on to see how to win a signed copy of Fated, so you’ll be all caught up by the time Claimed is released!
Why We Love Our Bad Boys
by Rebecca Zanetti
I’d like to say a huge thank you to Suzanne for having me over today to talk about paranormal heroes. Years ago, the vampire/shifter/demon was the clear bad guy in the book. Now, well, they’re the heroes.  Why?
I think it’s the attraction of the anti-hero.  I mean, a vampire is a clear anti-hero.  He lives by his own rules, he kills when necessary (and his idea of ‘necessary’ might be different than ours,) and he often has little interest in humanity.  But there is something in us, in our deep-down romantic selves that wants to save the bad guy from himself. To be the one who sees the good and somehow makes the hero see the good in himself. 
Don’t believe me?
Well now. Let me ask you this. Have you seen “Phantom of the Opera”? If so…didn’t you root for the Phantom? Just a little? Yeah, he was murderous and probably insane. But there was something so dangerous and sexy about him. Could the right woman save him?
Or, who was sexier—good Angel or bad Angel? (Yes, we’re going back to Buffy and Angel times here).  But really.  Good Angel was sad, brooding, and even full of self-hatred. Bad Angel was, well, funny. Sarcastic, dangerous, and sexy as hell. He knew what he wanted and he went out to get it.  Yeah, he had to go.  But while he was around, the show was at its best.
If you were living in “Star Wars” times…who would you choose? Hans Solo or Luke Skywalker? Luke was a good guy—honorable—selfless—sacrificing. Hans wasn’t. Yet when it comes to sexiness, there’s no comparison. Why is that? It’s because an anti-hero is the ultimate bad boy. And we romantics sure like the bad boys, don’t we? 
How about a bad boy with a gun? If you haven’t seen Timothy Olyphant in “Justified” yet, you really must. He’s a U.S. Marshal who shoots a lot of people in ‘justified’ situations. Yeah, he makes his own situations.
Rick Blain in “Casablanca” is often hailed as an anti-hero. Sure, he’s selfish, sarcastic and rude. But he’s revealed as a classic bad boy with a heart of gold. Who makes the ultimate sacrifice for good.
So what is it about the bad boy? He breaks the law, he makes his own laws, he even disregards the law.  But…when he loves…he does so completely. The bad guy, the anti-hero, when he falls in love, his incredible power is focused completely and absolutely on that one woman. Her safety, her happiness, becomes his goal.
Now that’s sexy.
Thank you, Rebecca! Want to win a signed copy of Fated? (Yes, you do—you really do.) Tell us your favorite anti-hero. Since you all finally strong-armed me into reading Jeaniene Frost’s Night Huntress series, seems like I’m very fond of a vampire named Bones these days (don’t worry, Eric, I haven’t forgotten about you). Who’s your favorite?
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About Suzanne Johnson

Author of urban fantasy, paranormal romance, and suspense. As Suzanne Johnson, she is the author of the Sentinels of New Orleans urban fantasy series (Royal Street; River Road: Elysian Fields, Pirate's Alley, Belle Chasse, Frenchmen Street (March 2018). Writing as Susannah Sandlin, she is the author of the Penton Legacy series (Redemption; Absolution; Omega; Storm Force; Allegiance; ILLUMINATION); The Collectors series (Lovely, Dark, and Deep; Deadly, Calm, and Cold); and the Wilds of the Bayou series (Wild Man's Curse; Black Diamond).

27 thoughts on “Rebecca Zanetti Weighs In on Bad Boy Love (& Win a Signed Copy of Fated)

  1. Cade from Immortals After Dark series by Kresley Cole. Something about that demon.
    I agree I love the anti hero. it is the new badboy.
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  2. Oh yeah, totally love the anti-hero. And Justified is one of my favorite shows!

    I have to say, when I was a kid, Luke Skywalker was my boyfriend, but the older I got, the more I shifted to Team Han.

    Not quite sure I’m ready to go as far as Tony Soprano, however. Maybe Silvio…

  3. Yes, there is definitely something powerful about the bad boy hero. I think it’s summed up well in what you said about the attraction we have to the idea that love of the right woman can soften the bad boy’s edges.

    I think too that bad boy heroes don’t fall in love easily…and since they don’t, when they do fall they fall all the way and it makes the love they have for the one special person in their life all the more powerful, all the more focused.

    There’s also that hint of danger with bad boy heroes…and don’t we all love flirting with danger just a little bit?

  4. (+1) My favourites tends to change from time to time… currently though, my favourite anti-hero is still Eric Northman 🙂 …okey, having just bought and watched True Blood seasons 1 to 3 may have something to do with it… season 4 DVD boxset hasn’t reached UK yet… can’t wait for season 4 to get here already!!! :X)

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  5. I enjoyed reading your post, Rebecca!
    And my favorite…. ERIC! Definitely. 🙂


  6. My favourite anti-hero would have to be Barrons!

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  7. I got Bones for the fictional bookish world and Spike for the fictional tv series world. Can’t choose!!!

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  8. I’m definitely picking Bones because I absolutely love the Night Huntress series!

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  9. I have to say right now, my favorite anti-hero has to be Damon Salvatore, but I am a sucker for bad boys.

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  10. Ah jeez so many- Bones of course, but my top favorite, his name popped into my mind as soon as I read the line about him thinking he always knew what was best for everyone, including his mate- Victor Newman from Y&R- now he would be an awesome vamp.
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  11. I’m gonna say Damon Salvatore as my fave anti-hero BUT in the books, not the TV show, and for how he is with Bonnie—not Elena! He’s just so sweet and so careful with her. She’s his little bird and he reacts differently to her than he does everyone else. It’s do endearing to see someone like him act so kind and gentle to last person you expected too.

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