#WritingChallenge: What’s your bad boy hero’s opening line?

Lately at So You Think You Can Write we’ve been all about bad boys and anti-heroes. Love him or hate him, the bad boy hero is a perennial favourite for romance readers.

So this week’s writing challenge is short and sweet: Give us your bad boy hero’s opening line to the heroine. Sweet, sexy, funny, or dangerously daring – it’s up to you. No description, context, dialogue or backstory, please—one line should say it all!

Post your bad boy’s opening line in the comments any time between now and Sunday, October 29, 2017, and we’ll pick our Top Three on Monday, October 30!

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  1. Ruby Mae O'Dell

    “Look, Naomi, I’m just gonna ignore the fact you came banging on my door with accusations and tell you something. If I find out who scratched you from the bronco event, I’ll thank him. The rodeo is no place for a woman, so go home.”

  2. “Riley James, one day, you will find the woman of your dreams,” my mother used to tell me when I was growing up. Suffice to say, she was right. Yeah, don’t ever tell her I admitted that truth. But, she was indeed right. I did find the woman of my dreams. Sadly, that woman never paid attention to me in a romantic way. But oh, did I watch her.

  3. JenniferNichole

    She must have watched him come out of his room and stumble over to the banister, fighting the urge to hurl… ‘Smooth’ Trevor admonished himself, “I’m sorry, you startled me. I thought I was alone.” Trevor said breaking the spell.

  4. “Little Bo Peep,” the man yelled across the dance floor, “over here.” Jenny swiveled her eyes to take him in. She had noticed him before.
    “Leave those lambs alone,” he said, “they’ll come home later.”
    “Yeah,” she thought, “wagging their tails behind them.” That didn’t seem likely with this guy, but it was Halloween and BP carried a big stick, she realized with a giggle.