So, what is it about those bad boys who’ve become the good guys? Why do so many of us ladies think there is nothing finer than a long stretch of leg clad in tight-fitting, faded out denim and trim hips encircled by a holster? I don’t know about the rest of you, but I became enamored with the bad-boy turned good the first time I saw the John Wayne movie The Angel and the Badman. The young John Wayne was amazngly easy on the eyes and for such a big man, he moved with incredible grace and ease. My love affair continued on through The Duke’s very last movie The Shootist. Even though I love John Wayne, I still have a hard time watching that movie, knowing it was The Duke’s last, and when his character Brooks is told that he has inoperable, terminal cancer, John Wayne’s softly spoken “Damn” still feels like a mule kick to the gut. Brooks was determined to go out on his own terms and even though he had been a “shootist”—a hired gun—he still was a good guy.
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All of the heroes in my romance novels have more than a bit of a bad-boy in them. Colt Evans in The Devil’s Own Desperado is a shootist desperate to hang up the hardware but certain the only way he’ll be able to let go of the guns will be when he’s buried. Harrison Taylor, the hero in a WIP, has more than a bit of “bad-boy” in him. Even though he wears a badge, Harrison Taylor is a bad boy. The first time Colt meets Marshal Harrison Taylor, Colt wonders just how often Taylor steps over the line between lawman and outlaw. A.J. Adams, the hero in another WIP is the most honorable character I’ve ever written, but because he was accused of “liberating” several million dollars of gold from the Confederate Treasury, he’s had to don the mantle of “bad boy” just to survive. A.J. wears that bad boy image as comfortably as he still wears his cavalry officer’s frock coat.
I write Western historical romance with heroes who are good guys wrapped up in a bad-boy exterior for a lot of reasons. I emotionally grew up in the Old West, my formative years filled with tales of good triumphing over evil and of bad-boys who were really good guys trapped in the “bad-boy” role by circumstances. These bad boys manage to find a way to throw off the label of bad boy and step into the boots that are usually reserved for the good guys. They have a deep seated sense of honor, that while it may be well hidden, comes to the fore when needed. I write Western historical romance because I’m a hopeless romantic at heart and the romance that has been created of the Old West is beyond my ability to resist. And, who doesn’t want to find the good guy inside those bad-boy personas and reveal to the world that not all the good guys wear white hats.
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