What is it about a bad boy that is so attractive? Is it that element of roguishness? The thought of him being untamable? Unreachable? Unknowable?
My latest hero Edoardo Silveri is all that and more! But most annoying for my heroine Bella Haverton, Edoardo is in charge of her life. Her late father left his entire estate under Edoardo’s guardianship until Bella turns twenty-five. He has control over everything- her inheritance and day to day finances, including whom she will eventually marry.
Edoardo slowly released her wrist. ‘Got that nasty little temper of yours under control?’ he asked.
She gave him a fulminating look as she rubbed at her wrist. ‘I pity the women you take to bed,’ she said. ‘They probably leave it bruised from head to foot.’
it panting for more,’ he said with a smouldering smile.
She made a scornful sound. ‘Why? Because you don’t know how to properly satisfy a woman?’
His eyes mated with hers. ‘Why don’t you try me and see?’
She gave him a withering look. ‘I’m about to become engaged, remember?’
‘So you say,’ he said. ‘Has he asked you, or are you just clearing with me in case he does?’
For years Bella has stayed well clear of her late father’ bad boy protégé but she needs his permission to become engaged to Julian Bellamy, a clean cut, clean living, controlled and controllable pastor.
But Edoardo is not convinced Bella is marrying the right man or for the right reasons. As her legally appointed guardian it is his job to make sure she isn’t taken advantage of or exploited.
Bella glowered at him. ‘You think I haven’t got a
clue, don’t you? You think I’m too stupid to do anything but get my nails done.’
‘You’re not stupid,’ he said. ‘You’re naïve. You’ve lived a sheltered life. You don’t know how the other half lives. You don’t know how desperate and ruthless people can be.’
‘Like you, you mean?’ she said with an arch look.
His eyes glinted as they locked down on hers. ‘I can be very ruthless when I go after something I want.’
Bella felt the skin of her arms lift in a tiny shiver. ‘You can’t always have everything you want,’ she said.
The corner of his mouth lifted in a devilish smile. ‘Who’s going to stop me?’
Who is your favourite bad boy? What do you love about him? What would you change about him?