The Best Book Boyfriends I’ve Ever Had

Happy Valentine’s Weekend! For us self-proclaimed book nerds, many of us—guys and girls—have those ultimate fantasy characters. The ones we wished existed in real life. For me, the girl characters are those who I can either relate to or wish I could be. For the guy characters, they are those who I like to call my book boyfriends. The guys who are easy to fall in love with, no matter how difficult they can be, who have something special despite their character flaws.

So, in the spirit of Valentine’s, I am sharing a list (not exhaustive, mind you) of some of my favorite book boyfriends of all time. They are in no particular order, but I will be ranking them using my “hot tamale” system. I just made that up, by the way.

Here’s how the HOT TAMALE system works.

1 Hot Tamale=Meh

2 Hot Tamales=Cute, but not my type

3 Hot Tamales=Cute, has potential

4 Hot Tamales=Handsome and sweet; definitely dating material

5 Hot Tamales=Super hot and sexy

6 Hot Tamales=So hot, so sexy, so perfect…that I’m on FIRE

Okay, so here we go: My book friends, ranked by the HOT TAMALE system

William Herondale (The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare)

Dark and sexy, with demons—literal demons—haunting him from his past, William (Will) Herondale was introduced to the book world through the fabulous series, The Infernal Devices. Will is super hot, super angsty, and super badass. He fiercely loves his friends and will fight for them to the very end. As a shadowhunter, Will has seen lots of danger and horrible things for someone as young as he, but he has a heart of gold, which Tessa, his love interest, slowly discovers and brings to the surface throughout the series.

Hot Tamale Rating: 5 Hot Tamales

Geoffrey Mitchell (The Spirit Lake Series by Tamar Hela)

Geoffrey is a bad boy of my making. He is first introduced in my series, Spirit Lake, in the book Feast Island (which has since been renamed Spirit Lake and will be re-released by Cosby Media Productions this year). He is definitely rough around the edges but has a big heart hiding under his defenses. And, he is definitely the damaged hero with a traumatic past. But he’s strong enough to move beyond his demons in order to protect those he loves.

Hot Tamale Rating: 6 Hot Tamales

Rowan Whitethorn (The Throne of Glass Series by Sarah J Maas)

Ugh…I think Rowan from the Throne of Glass series is totally a new type of hero for me. Sure, I’ve met the brooding, self-punishing guys before, but Rowan takes the cake. He has to be an instructor, protector, hero…while also figuring out who he wants to be loyal to. And, he’s a magical being—like Legolas, but with 10xs the IT factor—so he has to deal with the complication that magic brings to his world. It’s hard to predict what he’s thinking or what he’s going to do, but he proves himself over and over, even if his actions are unconventional or somewhat difficult to swallow. He is the kind of guy who will die for you if he loves you, no questions asked. 

Hot Tamale Rating: 6 Hot Tamales (and maybe 1 more!)

Jamie Fraser (The Outlander Series by Diana Gabaldon)

Oh, Jamie Fraser…with that hot Scottish accent and a kilt to boot. He is super sweet, straightforward, and treasures his woman, Claire, above all else. But he refuses to compromise when it comes to her safety and does what it takes to protect her—even if it’s from herself. He’s rough around the edges, but not in a bad boy sort of way. More in like a will-fight-for-justice sort of way. And in the 1700s, in the highlands of Scotland, if you want to survive the Redcoats, that’s the kind of attitude it’s gonna take.

Hot Tamale Rating: 5 Hot Tamales

Aaron Warner Anderson (The Shatter Me Series by Tahereh Mafi)

WARNER. He is so alpha and sexy and demanding in every way. He knows what he wants and he’s not afraid to take it, except when it comes to Juliette, the girl of his dreams. With her, he learns that he must patiently bide his time, believing that he can convince her to choose him. With that kind of confidence, and mouth-watering good looks, it’s no wonder he’s a great book boyfriend. And the things he says…those words could easily melt away any fears or doubts of his love interest. And tattoos! Yes, please! Warner has plenty, and he’s not afraid to show them. Though he’s another damaged hero, he’s easy to love and has a soft spot in his heart for those he loves–which, really, is just Juliette. Also, he has compassion for those who are suffering, making him the perfect example of “saving the cat” in excellent character development. Can he be real, please?!

Hot Tamale Rating: 6 Hot Tamales (and maybe 1 more!)

Peeta Melark (The Hunger Games Series by Suzanne Collins)

Okay, really, who doesn’t love Peeta? The bread-making boy who has loved Katniss for…forever. The one who sacrifices himself for the girl he loves, even to the death if need be. The one who is gentler, but still strong. The one who helps Katniss chase away her demons. And, no matter how much she pushes him away, he still comes back. Peeta is the kind of boyfriend who will treat you right…and also bake you the most beautiful cake for your birthday.

Hot Tamale Rating: 4 Hot Tamales

Fitzwilliam Darcy (Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen)

If you don’t love Darcy, and you’re a hot-blooded, straight woman, then I don’t know what’s wrong with you. Darcy is like that ultimate, alpha male, brooding introvert who can bring any woman to her knees. He’s intense, he’s moody, but he’s complicated and sensitive. He’s the kind of guy who will always remain loyal, but if you break his trust, that’s it. And, he’s a very attentive admirer. Swoon!

Hot Tamale Rating: 5 Hot Tamales

Tamaki Suoh (The Ouran High School Host Series by Bisco Hatori)

Yes, it is possible to fall in love with a cartoon. This is the only anime I have read, but I just love the series, and though I love all of the characters, my favorite is the King of the Host Club: Tamaki Suoh. He has model looks, but can be as dumb as a doorknob when it comes to his own feelings for the series heroine, Haruhi. Tamaki is playful, innocently mischievous, loves to throw out lots of innuendo, and desperately wants those he cares about to be happy. Tamaki will even sacrifice his own happiness for the benefit of others. To say the least, he is endearing, and everyone will end up rooting for this charming and happy-go-lucky hero.

Hot Tamale Rating: 4 Hot Tamales

Chaol Westfall (The Throne of Glass Series by Sarah J Maas)

Chaol, Captain of the Guard…who doesn’t love a man in uniform? Chaol is the kind of guy who is mysterious—the kind who you just want to ruffle his feathers a bit to get a reaction out of. Because once he learns to let loose, he’s amazing. He’s also smart and sexy; he’s the kind of guy who can handle a strong woman and knows how to let her be independent while also forming a partnership. Chaol isn’t perfect, but he’s pretty darn close and we love him, down to his flaws and, at times, reserved personality.

Hot Tamale Rating: 5 Hot Tamales

Eric Northman (The Sookie Stackhouse Series by Charlaine Harris)

If you’re going to fall in love with a vampire, forget Edward Cullen; it’s all about Eric Northman, the sexy 1000-year-old viking vampire, who has managed to capture the heart of Sookie Stackhouse. Eric oozes sexuality, and though any woman would throw herself at his feet, he has to put forth some effort in order to get Sookie to give him the time of day—or, rather, night. He’s confident, he’s calculating, he’s arrogant, he’s alpha, and he’s devoted and sexy. No wonder Sookie can’t resist him!

Hot Tamale Rating: 6 Hot Tamales (and maybe 1 more!)

Tyran (The Watcher Series by Robin Woods)

Okay, FOR REAL, this is my ultimate book boyfriend. Another sexy vampire, who takes what he wants and has barely a moral code. But beneath his bad boy exterior is a hardened heart that needs a touch of love from the right person. Tyran is named appropriately because, at times, he can be a real tyrant. But he’s oh-so-irresistable, so it’s frustrating to want to forgive him, especially when he gives one of his charming smiles. He will fiercely protect those he loves, and will sacrifice anything and everything when it comes to a fight. And the fact that he looks like an Armani model doesn’t hurt AT ALL. You just KNOW that he’s a teddy bear on the interior, and if I could, I would definitely watch a movie and cuddle with Tyran while he held me with his well-muscled arms. *fanning self*

Hot Tamale Rating: 6 Hot Tamales (and maybe 1 more!)

Perry/Peregrine (Under The Never Sky Series by Veronica Rossi)

Perry is the savage who captivates Aria’s heart. He’s practical, clever, and endearing. And once Aria can see past his “savagery,” she falls hard and fast for the young man who has lost so much, but puts everything on the line just his people—and for her. Add in some special abilities and a guy who is truly a “man’s man” and you’ve got a perfect and sexy combination. 

Hot Tamale Rating: 5 Hot Tamales

R (Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion)

This is kind of an odd attraction. I mean, who knew a zombie could be kinda hot? R, though slowly rotting on the outside, still has enough of his sanity to form coherent thought. And, since he’s slowly learning how to talk again, he’s the perfect listener. He’s perfect for Julie, the young but tough-as-nails human who is just trying to survive another day. The thing about R is that he’s actually pretty deep for a zombie, and when his heart starts beating again, he’s ready and willing to love.

Hot Tamale Rating: 4 Hot Tamales

Cas Lowood (Anna Dressed in Blood Series by Kendare Blake)

Sassy and cool-headed Cas doesn’t get too riled up about anything or anyone. As a ghost hunter, it’s his job to remain calm. But when he meets Anna, the girl of his dreams, he definitely finds his heart beating a little more quickly. The only problem? She’s a ghost. But Cas is sweet and wants to find out why Anna just can find peace in the afterlife. He definitely shows that he’s willing to put in the time it takes to develop a meaningful relationship, and he does what he can to help the girl he loves, Anna, to find the peace she deserves…even if it means letting go.

Hot Tamale Rating: 5 Hot Tamales

Michael Moscovitz (The Princess Diaries Series by Meg Cabot)

One of my very first book boyfriends, Michael Moscovitz, is a character who gets sexier with each book. He definitely has a bit of alpha going on, but hey…someone’s got to order Princess Mia around. He has great taste in music, loves all things geek, is thoughtful in whatever he does, and insists that Linux is the only way to go. At the end of the series, when he and Mia are apart, he shows her just how much he is willing to fight for her. Because, after all, he knows they’re perfect for one another and he’s going to make sure she knows it. And, when he reaches his college years, he’s definitely model-status. I’d date this boy any day of the week!

Hot Tamale Rating: 5 Hot Tamales

Well, those are just some of my fave fiction boys. If you want to check out more of my fictional crushes and obsessions via Pinterest, click HERE to view my Fictional Love board. Enjoy!

Who’s your favorite book boyfriend or girlfriend? Leave a comment!!

Happy Valentine’s Day Weekend! ❤

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10 thoughts on “The Best Book Boyfriends I’ve Ever Had

    • Why, thank you! It just came to me while writing. A few of my friends nicknamed me “Tamale” one year, and since then have also called me “Hot Tamale” when I get feisty. Thought it could also be used for my fictional loves. Haha. 🙂

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  1. Reblogged this on rwoodsfiction and commented:
    I LOVE this post. I would have almost an identical list (less the two I haven’t read), but I would also nominate Westley from The Princess Bride and Sean Kendrick from The Scorpio Races.

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  2. Reblogged this on Robin Woods and commented:

    I LOVE this post. I would have almost an identical list (less the two I haven’t read), but I would also nominate Westley from The Princess Bride and Sean Kendrick from The Scorpio Races.

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