An effective bad boy has layers, and beneath those layers there’s a good heart. For me, it’s getting to that heart and watching it come alive that drives the story. I want to know whether the protagonist will coax a softer side from him or if their spitfire dialogue and romantic tension will take the plot to dizzying heights. I’m in it for the long haul ― the conflict, the roguish behaviour, the transformation and all the swoon-worthy moments in between. And, sure, it helps to be entertained along the way, because one thing’s for certain, a good bad boy is never boring.
Here’s a list of my top 10 bad boys with good(ish) hearts in young adult (YA) fiction: