There is nothing sexier than a big, built, badass who carries a badge. Maybe it’s that ready-for-anything vibe they wear like cologne, or maybe it’s that they come equipped with their own set of cuffs. Alpha cuties that put their life on the line every day get my heart going, which is why I choose to use three first responders as the heroes in my new series, HEROES OF ST. HELENA.
The Baudouin brothers serve and protect with the best of them, risking their lives as some of the most elite law enforcement, firefighters, and soldiers—who each discover that love might be the biggest risk of all. In the first book, NEED YOU FOR KEEPS, we meet Deputy Jonah Baudouin, the oldest brother and self-appointed superhero of St. Helena. His run for sheriff becomes complicated when official business ends in a steamy kiss—and he finds himself falling for the sexy free-spirit next door. So, today, I thought share my personal top badge-carrying beefcakes.
Marina’s Top 5 List of Who Wears the Badge the Best:
David Boreanaz as Special Agent Booth on Bones. He first stole my heart as Angel in Buffy the Vampire Slayer, but the humor that he brings to his role in Bones does me in. He is sexy, sweet and makes me laugh. Humor is equally as important as abs…and this guy special agent is packing both.
And now we know what he wears under his cover:
Linden Ashby as Sheriff Stilinski off MTV’s Teen Wolf. I have a soft spot for single dads and widows, and this sheriff is the best of both. Like Deputy Jonah Baudouin, Stilinski rides the straight and narrow, always looking out for the citizens of his small town, while trying to balance career and family. The relationship he has with his son is heart melting, but the devotion he carries for his deceased wife is heartbreaking, making this single dad my kind of hero.
Shemar Moore as Officer, Derek Morgan in Criminal Minds. All I can say is that if this man came to my door flashing his gun, I would put my hands wherever he wanted them…
#2 is a to-fer. Alex O’Loughlin and Scott Caan as detectives Williams and McGarrett in Hawaii Five-0. I caught this show on a plane and took one looks at this sexy duo and was hooked.
Channing Tatum as Undercover Officer, Jenko in 21 Jump Street. Truth time, I don’t even remember the movie, I was staring at Tatum the entire time, drooling. I mean, look at this picture. The man is so good looking, there is no way he couldn’t top the list. Throw on a holster and that tattoo and I was a goner.
Honorable Mention: Adam Samburg as Detective, Jake Peralta in Brooklyn Nine Nine. I know that he’s not your typical badge-carrying beefcake. But, a man who makes me laugh is a man who makes me melt.
When it comes to caring for the furry residents of St. Helena, California, groomer and pet rescuer Shay Michaels can handle anything. Humans are another story, though—especially Deputy Jonah Baudouin. He’s the town’s resident superhero: upright, uptight, and jaw-droppingly gorgeous, even when he’s investigating complaints about Shay’s beloved foster animals. And that spells danger for Shay, a free spirit who can’t risk trusting the wrong person again.
Jonah and Shay have been circling each other ever since she came to town, and he’s running out of reasons to not kiss her senseless. But this deputy is a straight shooter with his eye on the sheriff’s badge. He can’t afford to get involved with Shay, a chaos magnet with luscious curves who’s liable to turn his career—and his life—upside down. He enforces laws. She breaks them—repeatedly. Keeping her out of trouble is becoming a full-time job…and it’s one he hopes is never going to end.