Of the many male character tropes in film and literature, the lovable cad is one of the most ubiquitous. Here is the man who--whether or not it's true--lets you believe he has veritable binders full of women, bursting at the seams, and never spends a night alone. Usually this player is an expert flirt, has fantastic life slogans, and always has that twinkle in his eye that says, "You. Leading lady? Yeah, I could have you flat on your back in 30 seconds if I really turned on the charm."
But there may be nothing we love more than a reformed scamp, the winking, flirting lothario who falls flat on his ass when the woman of his dreams--whether he knew he had them or not--steps onto the scene. She is the Diane to his Sam, the Charlie to his Maverick, and we love almost nothing more than watching him go down.
(In flames of love, of course. What did you think we meant?)
Christina and Lauren's newest book "Beautiful Player" is out now.