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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My Top Reads of 2014

Last post of 2014! Happy New Year to all! Thanks for being a faithful reader of my stuff 🙂

I thought I’d share some of my favorite reads for 2014. I set a pretty lofty goal of 100 books to read this year, but I managed to read about 68, plus a few more that have yet to be released (books I’m currently editing). Of the books listed below, only a few are new, in that they were released this year. However, most were not new, having been released a few years–if not more–ago. I just finally got around to reading them. Let’s count down, shall we?

14. The Icarus Deception by Seth Godin

So…I’m actually not finished with this book, but so far, it’s amazing. It’s one of those books that makes you really think about your life and ask tough questions about why you’re afraid to make art and pursue your passions. I can only handle a few pages at a time, and then I take a break to process what I’ve read. Should be finished with it in a week or two. Highly recommend.

13. Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Seth Grahame-Smith

This was a nice surprise for me. The storyline is pretty much the same as the original Pride and Prejudice (which is one of my most favorite books, by the way) except with zombies added in. If you’re into paranormal twists and satire, then this might be a fun read for you. I was laughing so hard at all the zombie encounters in between the balls, proposals, and Mrs. Bennet’s tantrums. Such a great book.

12. The Housewife Assassin’s Handbook by Josie Brown

This was an unexpected treat to read. I found this book through a Fussy Librarian recommendation. It’s a romantic comedy suspense with lots of wonderful satire. I believe it’s still free on Amazon, so if a suburban housewife assassin sounds like it’ll ring your bell, then go check it out. Gave me a good laugh, and I may read the next book in the series.  

11. Free Dive by CF Waller

Mr. Waller has easily become a new favorite author this year. And I’m not saying that with a biased opinion just because I happened to edit this wonderful book. No, I think this guy is going places. He is signed with the company I’m contracted with, Cosby Media Productions, but is still independently publishing other books. He is a true hybrid author, and I think that’s wonderful. Free Dive, which CMP released in October, is a thriller mystery about free diving in the South Pacific Ocean. The witty banter, quick pacing, and unique characters make this book excellent. It was fun to edit, but even more fun to read. Pick up a copy–you won’t be disappointed. I promise. 🙂

Free Dive Cover

10. Daily Rituals by Mason Currey

GREAT book! If you’re interested in analyzing the routines of artists, then this is the book for you. I like to see how other artists work, because it helps me to learn more about myself, my craft, and gain insight into my own routine. I read this on my flight to Spain and it kept me company. It was hard to put down. Definitely a must-read for any artist.

Daily Rituals by Mason Currey

Daily Rituals by Mason Currey

9. Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion

I LOVED the movie adaption, which came out in 2013. In fact, it’s on in the background while I write this post. So, naturally, I was curious about the book. Though there were many different things in the book compared to the movie, I really enjoyed this book. R, the main character who is also a zombie, is the narrator. And he gives us A LOT of detail. I was almost surprised by the description of the gore, but it worked. I think it made this book one of the most realistic zombie books, while also giving the reader hope that things could possibly get better after a zombie apocalypse. If you’re into zombies and dark humor, get this book.

8. The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater

This was a book that was recommended to me by a trusted friend. It’s so different than just about anything I’ve read. It’s a fantasy book with water horses, but the characters were very real and complicated. So it made the book seem like it could actually happen: that horses could rise from the water once a year and be captured by humans in order to race them. Every part of this book was fascinating, and nothing was predictable. If you like fantasy that’s different, check this one out.

7. The Fallen: Part 1 by Robin Woods

Though this writer is a good friend of mine AND I happened to be one of the editors for this book, were I a complete stranger and not involved at all, I would still love this book. Woods surprised her readers by this followup to her Watchers trilogy. She weaves cool mythology in with modern day vampires, and all of it works. There’s a part 2 coming out in 2015 (and I’ve had the pleasure of reading a majority of it), and I can’t wait until it’s finished and available. If you can’t get enough of vampires, then grab yourself a copy.

The Fallen: Part One (Watcher, #4)

6. Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

Seems like a lot of people got Outlander, specifically Jamie Fraser, fever this year. Starz created an amazing TV series of this genre bending book. We’ve got SciFi with a time travel element, romance, adventure, and UK history. This is such a freaking cool (and long) book, but I finished it in about 3-4 days, as I could hardly put it down. And I think that, in conjunction with the book, the show is done well too. Whether you read the book or watch the show–or do both–there’s a little something for everyone in Outlander. (Even my dad got into the show!)

5. Invertary series by Janet Elizabeth Henderson

I just finished Ms. Henderson’s latest, Magenta Mine, last night. Thus far, this series includes Lingerie Wars, Goody Two Shoes, and Magenta Mine (a novella). Book 3 of this series is due in 2015. Hooray!

I first read Lingerie Wars this year and was absolutely delighted. Henderson knows how to do Rom Com very well, and every book she has written has had me in hysterics. Other than romance in YA, I had a rather wrong view of contemporary romance novels. I thought they were solely for “desperate housewives” who had nothing better to do but to read trashy romance. I’m glad I was wrong! Since I started reading more Rom Coms and similar genres, I can’t seem to get enough! Sure, there are some weird ones out there, but most I’ve read this year have been great. So, if you’re into Rom Coms/Contemporary Romance books, I highly suggest that you get something from Henderson. Great writing paired with wonderful humor and fun/steamy romance.

4. The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins

I feel like I’m always late to the game when it comes to popular fiction. Hell, it took me years just to read Harry Potter. So it’s no surprise that it took me a while to read The Hunger Games trilogy. In February, I had the sad instance of becoming very ill for 4 days. So, guess what I did? I read the entire trilogy while I was down for the count. It was pretty much the only thing I could do besides sleep and drink tea. If you haven’t read these, or if you haven’t seen the movies, you gotta put it on your priority list for 2015. Great writing, incredible world building…just…wow. I can’t say enough.

3. Ignite Me by Tahereh Mafi

This year was the year of finishing series, it seemed. The third and final installment of Tahereh Mafi’s famous Shatter Me series was released early in the year. I had been waiting on pins and needles to find out what would happen. I was okay with the first book, wowed by the second, and completely blown away by the third. One of the hottest romances in YA, and some serious and amazing girl power! This is a great series that I think almost anyone would enjoy. Mafi has a unique writing style that intrigued me as well.

2. Into the Still Blue by Veronica Rossi

Another series finisher released earlier this year. I loved this series from the very beginning. A very unique plot with tight writing and beautiful prose. There’s a post apocalyptic theme, but there’s also some great romance and fantasy/scifi elements as well. I can’t wait to see more from this author. She is just absolutely brilliant. 

1. Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas

This series is the kind of series that fantasy and YA/NA writers dream about writing. It’s the kind of series that makes readers dream about when they’re done reading it. It’s been a long while since I’ve gone back and re-read specific scenes from a book, much less multiple books in a series. And I’m not always a novella fan either, but I bought the 5 companion novellas to this series as well. I read them in 3 days. This is an epic fantasy series that apparently stemmed from the idea of Cinderella being an assassin. So, I would argue that there’s something for everyone in this series. I even recommended the series to my dad, who loves fantasy books.

The world that Maas builds is just so freaking cool. There’s magic, there’re lots of foul creatures, there’s romance, there’s heart-wrenching betrayals, and there’s lots of kick-ass-ery. I mean…I honestly didn’t have a life while I read all these books in the span of 5-6 days. I am OBSESSED and that’s saying something, as I tend to be pretty picky. Yes, I read just about anything and everything, but it takes a special book to get me lost and make me forget to eat. Can’t say enough good things about this series. You really should exit this blog right now and just buy the books on Amazon. I cannot wait for the next installment to come out in a few months. 

Two thumbs up for top reads of 2014!

Two thumbs up for top reads of 2014!

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So, that’s my list for 2014! What about you? What great reads did you discover in 2014? Stay tuned for my “to-read” list for 2015. I’ll be posting that here in a few days.

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