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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Highly Anticipated Reads of 2015

Welcome to 2015, lovely readers! Can you believe I’ve managed to blog for 3 years now? Feels like yesterday that I wrote my first post, not knowing what the hell I was doing. I’ve learned and grown a lot since then, and I’m grateful to have a handful of people in this world who actually read my posts. Thanks for reading. You’re all wonderful. xx

Now, as I promised from my favorite reads of 2014 blog post, I wanted to share what’s on my 2015 to-read list. I’m just sharing my top reads, but this list is not exhaustive by any means. If you are curious and want to know what I plan on reading in 2015 (the ever-growing list), then just click HERE to view it on Goodreads. (And if we’re not Goodreads friends yet, then by all means, please send me a friend request!)

What books will you read in 2015?

What books will you read in 2015?

Okay, here we go. My highly anticipated reads of 2015:

On Writing by Stephen King

Just got this book from Amazon last month. It will be my first Stephen King read, actually. Though, I’m sure I’ll finally pick up one of his other famous works some time this year.

The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien

I’ve seen the movies, but have yet to read the book. Looking forward to this, as it’s less daunting than…

…The Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien

I tried to read this before—perhaps 5 or 6 years ago. And at the time, I just couldn’t do it. But now, as a reader, I’m in such a different place. I think this is my year to finally tackle this book. I know I’m going to love it, but I also know it’s not light reading in any sense.

Throne of Glass book 4 By Sarah J. Maas

Last year, I became such a huge Maas fan! Seriously, I can’t sing her praises enough with her Throne of Glass series. It’s just brilliant and amazing and everything that epic fantasy should be. I’m hoping to get an ARC through NetGalley this year.

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

And, since I’m such a big Maas fan, I’m looking forward to her new series that is also due to begin this year. This woman has captured my reader’s heart.

The Fallen Part 2 by Robin Woods

My dear friend and writer in crime is going to release her 6th book this year! Woohoo! I have had the pleasure of reading the majority of this book already—as a beta reader—but have yet to know the final ending. I can’t wait to see what Woods has in store for this sure to be epic ending.

Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin

I suppose this is my year to get on several fandom buses I’ve been flirting with for the past few years. I guess I’ve put off this series only because I know I’m going to be obsessed with it, and I truly need to read it during a time of my life when I actually have time to be devoted. I’m hoping to tackle it in the first half of this year—the first book, at least.

Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen

I began reading a few Austen books a while ago, but never got through the whole collection. I think it’s time I added more of her books to my “conquered” book list.

Persuasion by Jane Austen

Same as my sentiments above. ^

The Bourne Trilogy by Robert Ludlum

I started book one and was loving it, but there’s so much detail—so much going on. At the time, I was having a crappy year, so I stopped reading it because I lost patience. But, Ludlum was such a gifted writer, and I did enjoy what I had read. So, I will attempt to get through the whole series this year.

Wool by Hugh Howie

This one is loaded onto my kindle already, but I’ve been saving it. I want to see what all the fuss is about—why this guy is basically a self-made millionaire via self-publishing. Perhaps I can crack the code if I read this. Or, perhaps I’ll just be reading a great book that lots of people love. Or both. You never know, after all. 🙂

Pendragon by Stephen R. Lawhead

Lawhead is responsible for my early onset love affair of epic historical fantasy fiction. The guy is a genius. Seriously. I read the first 3 books of his Pendragon Cycle (Taliesin, Merlin, & Arthur) when I was just a bebe at age 14. I could NOT put down those books! In fact, you want to know what I got in trouble for when I was in junior high? For staying up reading until 2am with a flashlight. Not much has changed, except that I don’t use a flashlight anymore and I don’t get in trouble because I’m 30. Ha.
Anyways, I digress. Pendragon is book 4 of the series, and I believe there are 2 more books after it. It’s amazing, epic, delicious storytelling of the famous and legendary King Arthur. I know I’m going to love it.

The Mummy by Anne Rice

I finally read an Anne Rice novel last year: Interview with the Vampire. I enjoyed it, but it was very stuffy with prose. Beautiful prose, but the book took me quite some time to get through. However, I understand the brilliance of Rice’s writing, so I finished the book and gave it 5 stars. Just because it isn’t my current genre obsession doesn’t mean I am unable to identify a good book when I read one. So, I’m going to try The Mummy—both my sister and my dad said it was excellent—and I’ll give something else by Rice a chance.

The Empathic Civilization by Jeremy Rifkin

This one is going to be a LONG read. The book itself is perfect in size and weight to chuck at someone you really despise. Concussion inducing for SURE. But that’s not why I bought it. (No, really, I bought it to read it.) This is a book, or rather a manifesto, about “thinking globally, but acting locally” as the synopsis puts it. This will probably be a read in which I highlight a lot and take breaks to process what I’ve read. Nevertheless, I’m looking forward to seeing what Rifkin has to say about why humanity falls short when it comes to true progression in regards to “refashioning human consciousness.” (Did I bore you yet?)
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Well, I’m sure I’ll get through all of these books and more. I did, after all, set another lofty reading goal this year at 100 books. I’m already 3 deep, so my progression is hopeful thus far.
How about you? What do you plan on reading in 2015?
Some of my "to-read" books for 2015.

Some of my “to-read” books for 2015.