Hey everyone! I hope your challenges are going well. My own took a hit with BEA last week, but it was a sacrifice that needed to be made. Now I’m back at it and looking forward to reading ALL THE BOOKS!
I’m so excited to introduce you to another author this week. Christine Manzari is a new-to-me in 2015 author. After a friend talked endlessly about her new adult contemporary, Hooked, I decided to give it a shot. I fell head over heels in love with it from the very first page. It’s real, raw and amazing and if you’re a new adult fan, you should ABSOLUTELY read it. Seriously. Right now. (Ok, after you finish this post… but no later than that!) It’s absolutely one of my favorite books of 2015 so far.
If new adult contemporary isn’t really your thing, you should check out her first series – The Sophisticates. It’s a young adult science fiction series and, while I’ve not yet read it, it’s on my TBR just waiting for me to get to it! I’ve heard great things.
Christine joined us today to talk about her favorite snarky bad boys. Who doesn’t love a bad boy?
My Top Ten Snarky Bad Boys
by Christine Manzari
My book selections vary greatly. I read a lot of different genres of books in all different age groups. One day I might be reading about Harry Potter and Percy Jackson, the next day I’m all about fey and vampires, and by the end of the week I’m reading erotica or science fiction. The one thing that doesn’t change with the genre is my love for cocky, funny, bad boys.
There is something about a smart-ass, bad boy that I can’t resist…especially if he’s tragically and emotionally broken, too. The worse his behavior and attitude in the beginning of the book, the more I love him by the end. That’s because I know when that outer shell cracks and he falls in love, it will be a magnificent thing.
Here are my Top Ten Snarky Bad Boys and a fun little quote from each of them.
Splintered series by A.G. Howard
The Splintered series is dark, twisted, and very demented. The story takes the madness of the Alice in Wonderland fairytale and re-imagines it as something seductive and nightmarish. Morpheus is the dark part of the love triangle in the story. He’s the one who pushes Alyssa, physically and emotionally, to be the best she can be. Along the way, he attempts to flirt with her and seduce her in every way possible. But deep down, he’s just a boy in love with a girl. He’s sweet in his own deranged, unhinged way. Plus, he has a British accent and calls Alyssa “luv” whenever possible. How could you NOT love that?
“Raising one hand, he tilts his hat to that sexy slant. “You want me. Admit it.”
Even if he’s partly right, I’ll never tell him. “Why would I want you?”
He lifts three fingers to countdown. “Mysterious. Rebellious. Troubled. All those qualities women find irresistible.”
Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare
The Mortal Instruments series is an urban fantasy about demon hunters. Jace is the confident boy with a broken past. He’s a powerful shadowhunter who can dispatch the nastiest demons around, but it’s his egotistical way with words that makes him truly swoon-worthy. Whether he’s insulting a downworlder, flirting with Clary, or in the middle of battle…it’s a guarantee that whatever comes out of Jace’s mouth will be something to remember. It’s also a guarantee that he will do anything…ANYTHING…to protect the girl he loves.
He grinned. It was a wicked grin, the kind that made the blood in Clary’s veins run a little faster. “You want to go on a date?”
Caught off guard, she stammered. “A wh-what?”
“A date,” Jace repeated. “Often a boring thing you have to memorize in history class, but in this case, an offering of an evening of blisteringly white-hot romance with yours truly.”
“Really?” Clary was not sure what to make of this. “Blisteringly white-hot?”
“It’s me,” said Jace. “Watching me play Scrabble is enough to make most women swoon. Imagine if I actually put in some effort.”
The Deal by Elle Kennedy
One thing that I’m a total sucker for is a book where there is a deal or bet between a girl and guy who don’t necessarily like each other. That’s just a recipe for humor and unexpected romance and I can’t resist. Garrett Graham is definitely the kind of guy you don’t want to make a bet with unless you’re okay with losing. He’s the kind of guy who will go on your ipod and delete or add songs to your playlist without permission…and then act like he did you a favor. He’s the guy that will offer to give you lessons on seducing another guy…and then make you fall in love with him instead. He’s the guy who knows what you want even when you don’t…and he will go to any lengths to get his way. He’s the kind of guy who will steal your heart without you even realizing it.
“Just out of curiosity,” she says, “after you wake up in the morning, do you admire yourself in the mirror for one hour or two?”
“Two,” I reply cheerfully.
“Do you high five yourself?”
“Of course not.” I smirk. “I kiss each of my biceps and then point to the ceiling and thank the big man upstairs for creating such a perfect male specimen.”
Vampire Academy series and Bloodlines series by Richelle Mead
I always say I’m not a fan of vampire books, but I fall in love with them anyway. Adrian Ivashkov is in the Vampire Academy series and the spinoff Bloodline series. He smokes too much, he drinks too much, he sleeps around, and he doesn’t take anything seriously. He is the ultimate cocky, bad boy. The only thing Adrian really cares about is having fun. His life is all about pleasure. But when Adrian falls in love, he falls hard. And he’s willing to sacrifice everything for the woman he loves. He is a bad boy with an addictive personality that you can’t help but obsess over.
“Takes a lot of tries before you hit perfection.” He paused to reconsider that. “Well, except for my parents. They got it on the first try.”
Warner (Aaron Warner)
Shatter Me series by Tahereh Mafi
Warner. Oh Warner might be one of my favorite bad boys ever. In the first book, Shatter Me, he is just awful. He torments Juliette, forces her to do terrible things, and is completely evil to everyone. When Juliette fights back and physically maims Warner at the end of book one, I gave a fist pump because I believed he deserved it. But then…oh but then book two came along…and there is Chapter 62…and Oh. My. God. I fell in love with Warner. I questioned my sanity. How could I love the enemy? By the last book, Ignite Me, I had my answer. Warner is everything a girl could want. And Ignite Me is quite possibly one of my favorite books ever because it made me fall in love with the enemy.
“I want so many things,” he whispers. “I want your mind. Your strength. I want to be worth your time.” His fingers graze the hem of my top and he says, “I want this up.” He tugs on the waist of my pants and says, “I want these down.” He touches the tips of his fingers to the sides of my body and says, “I want to feel your skin on fire. I want to feel your heart racing next to mine and I want to know it’s racing because of me, because you want me. Because you never,” he says, he breathes, “never want me to stop. I want every second. Every inch of you. I want all of it.”
Finding Cinderella by Colleen Hoover
Daniel Wesley doesn’t get much screen time. He appears as Dean Holder’s sidekick in Hopeless and Losing Hope. He’s the master of bestowing nicknames and he gets all the best lines. Even though Finding Cinderella is just a novella, I was glad that the goofy sidekick got his own story…and the girl too.
“She fist bumped me, I say, pointing at Six. “It’s not my fault. She hates purses and she fist bumped me, then made me push her on the damn merry-go-round… I’m into you because you’re awesome. And because you let me accidentally touch your boob.”
Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire
Beautiful Disaster is another book about a “deal” with a troubled bad boy. See? I told you I was a sucker for them. Travis Maddox is the best fighter around and he has a terrible temper. He’s smart. He’s good looking. All the girls want him and he’s only too happy to oblige. When he meets Abby Abernathy, everything changes. She doesn’t want anything to do with Travis, but he can’t stay away. He goes to great lengths to charm the one girl who isn’t impressed by his legendary reputation. In the end, he gets the girl and the bad boy becomes the good boy(friend).
“You have my word. I won’t even think about your panties…unless you want me to.”
Best Kind of Broken by Chelsea Fine
Levi Andrews started out as a sweet good guy, the one who protected and took care of Pixie when they were growing up. But then tragedy struck and their sweet relationship turned into an all out battle of pranks on one another. Best Kind of Broken is a classic love-hate story and Levi hides his true feelings behind wicked deeds. But true love won’t be denied, and when push comes to shove, the cocky bad boy exterior is peeled away to reveal the loving and devoted sweet guy.
“I can think of better things for you to do in my bed, Pix.”
Bully by Penelope Douglas
Jared Trent is a bad ass. He rides a motorcycle and races cars. He’s a tattooed hottie with an attitude. Guys want to be him and girls want to be with him. He’s intense and usually an asshole, especially to Tate. But that’s all for show. Deep down he’s loyal and passionate and, when Tate wins his heart, he’s even more irresistible.
“If I ever lay my hands on you, you’ll want it. Do you? Want it, I mean?”
Tangled series by Emma Chase
How I love Drew Evans. He tells it exactly as it is and his brutal honesty, although obscene and rude, made me fall in love with him. He’s arrogant and self-absorbed and conceited and I was kind of annoyed with myself for liking him so much. Drew is a self-proclaimed bachelor who has no need for love, but when he meets Kate, all bets are off. He falls in love. Hard. But because Drew is so proud, when there is trouble in paradise, his jealousy gets the best of him and his love life becomes an epic mess. Drew can be a legendary idiot, but he’s a lovable idiot, and his crawl back to favor is a romantic masterpiece.
“I’m a bad, bad boy. Think Kate will punish me if I tell her how bad I am?”
As much as I like the good guys, I can’t help but swoon over the “bad boys” too. Believe me when I say Christine and I have *very* similar tastes. Many of my own personal favorites hit her list.
If you want to learn more about Christine – and connect with her online – you can visit her website or find her on Goodreads, Facebook and Twitter! She’s a blast to talk to … and she has great tastes in books. (And boys, too, apparently.) 😉
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