At XOXOAD, we’re all about the bad boys (and the good boys, and the bad girls, and…OK, we like it all, actually!). So when Karin Tanabe created this list of 10 Bad Boys from Literature with us, we knew it would be perfect to share with our readers. Karin is the author of the novels THE PRICE OF INHERITANCE and THE LIST, which sport some bad boys of their own! Check out these fine specimens below, and if you like what you see, you can buy these books at the bottom of the post. Thanks to Karin for her excellent eye for the BB–and readers, if you were making your own Bad Boy list, who would be on it?


New-Adult Fiction Hotties

Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire 


The tats! The muscles. The pillow talk and boxing scenes. The motorcycle. My college boys were nothing like Travis Maddox, but I wish they were! Travis is the ultimate bad boy who just might turn good and even manages to make the nicknames Maddog and Pigeon sound poetic.

Fallen Too Far by Abbi Glines


Is Rush the sexiest name in America? Pretty much. Helps that he has the rock star dad, the money—and the bod—to back it up. I love all the Too Far books, but I can’t help but swoon over the original.

Tangled by Emma Chase


Drew is one hot New York man-whore, and he’s used to getting everything he wants. Hear all about his exploits – and the one thing he can’t have – in Chase’s steamy debut.

Taming the Storm by Samantha Towle


The latest in The Storm Series is the very best of all. Tom’s been reading the Urban Dictionary or something because his dirty talk is majorly on point in this installment, so much that we can almost forgive him for his man slut ways.


Literary Fiction Heartthrobs

The Yonahlossee Riding Camp for Girls by Anton DiSclafani


Ever have a crush on a teacher? How about a headmaster? It may be the 1930’s, and it’s definitely forbidden, but you’ll still find yourself lusting after Mr. Holmes just like DiSclafani’s young protagonist, Thea.

A Hundred Summers by Beatriz Williams


He’s a sex addict with a real wandering-eye problem, but he’s also a New York Yankees pitcher with the bod you’d expect. Even in 1938 those bad boys were hard to say no to.

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson

If only all investigative journalists were this hot. Makes you want to book that ticket to Sweden faster than you can say IKEA.

Broke Heart Blues by Joyce Carol Oates


Every single girl between 12 and 20 falls in love with him, and it’s obvious why. Ignore the fact that he’s 16 (it’s fiction!) and focus on the sexy stuff: he’s gorgeous, brooding and just might be a murderer.


Old School Bad Boys

Marjorie Morningstar by Herman Wouk


A song writer and summer-stock director who wears black turtlenecks and is every mother’s worst nightmare. When he meets innocent Marjorie, he says, “I eat little girls like you.” Sounds just fine by me!

Dangerous Liaisons by Pierre Choderlos de Laclos


I’m kicking it back all the way to 18th century France with this one, but who says French men in tights can’t be super-hot? Especially evil, duplicitous, womanizing royals. Yummy.



Tyler Ford in my new book, The Price of Inheritance

He grew up finding trouble in small town Wyoming until he joined the Marine Corps and served three tours of duty in Iraq. The Corps gave him soul, but Tyler’s still sleeping with every beautiful woman in town, getting into bar fights, and riding high on his bad boy reputation. But when art expert Carolyn Everett disrupts his world, and becomes the woman he could finally fall for, the dark truth comes out about who Tyler really is and what really happened to him in Iraq.