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Top 10 Book Boyfriends of 2012


Today is DAY FOUR of Top 10 of 2012.

A week of Looking Back…

…and Looking Forward.

I am so excited to be able to co-host this event again this year with Lisa from A Life Bound By BooksJessica from Confessions of a Bookaholic and Jaime from Two Chicks on Books. I am even more stoked that Mindy from Magical Urban Fantasy Reads has joined us as a co-host this year.

In case you hadn’t heard of our week-long event, it runs for five days, starting on Monday, where we have been sharing some of our FAVORITE lists and inviting YOU to share yours in the Linky list each day.

Throughout the week, each of the hosts will have a giveaway that you can enter, so be sure to check out all of our stops this week. Of course, if you’re just as curious as I am, you’ll want to check out as many of the top ten lists being shared this week as possible.

And if you haven’t yet signed up, that’s OK, there’s still time. Just check out THIS POST for all the details.


The topic for today is…

Best Book Boyfriends of 2012

The rules insist that they be books that I not only read in 2012 but that were released in 2012… but… well, I’m not exactly one for sticking to the rules. (Last year, for my Top 10 Book Boyfriends in 2011 list, I had nearly twice the honorable mentions as I did book boyfriends. Yeah. So much for rules.)

I mean, I can’t just leave off a few of my favorite book boyfriends just because I read their books early or read them a little bit late, can I? Noooo. I can’t do that.

But I have decided to limit it to just one boy per book – which almost always means the bad boy. Sorry Az, Will, Adam, Jack….

And because I’ve taken the plunge and spent a little too much time reading non-YA releases, I just had to create a book boyfriends post on my non-YA blog. Because there is just no WAY I could leave those darker, sexier, older book boyfriends out of the mix this year.. Though all I can say is that I am so relieved that I did not devour all the books in Kresley Cole’s Immortals After Dark series… yet….

Next year is going to be so tough.



Before I WakeTod

Good boy or bad boy: Good… most of the time

Favorite characteristics: Angelic in appearance with a devilish personality, sarcastic, charming

Best line: Too many to count, but here’s one…

“I’m well aware.” Tod sat up and pulled me up with him until we faced each other on my bed. “Forever used to feel like a curse. Now it feels like a promise,” he said, and my chest ached, and I loved that feeling–that rare pain that came from feeling too much, so different from the emptiness I’d almost gotten used to. “All you have to do is stay here with me.”

Why he won: Do you have to ask?

Won out over: His terribly flawed younger brother Nash Hudson

Book Read in 2012: BEFORE I WAKE by Rachel Vincent


Destroy MeWarner

Good boy or bad boy: Bad… except when it comes to… nope, not going to reveal that here

Favorite characteristics: Sexy, broken, redeemable… I hope

Best line:

I almost forget that she still hates me, despite how hard I’ve fallen for her.
And I’ve fallen.
So hard.
I’ve hit the ground. Gone right through it. Never in my life have I felt this. Nothing like this. I’ve felt shame and cowardice, weakness and strength. I’ve known terror and indifference, self-hate and general disgust. I’ve seen things that cannot be unseen.

And yet I’ve known nothing like this terrible, horrible, paralyzing feeling. I feel crippled. Desperate and out of control. And it keeps getting worse. Every day I feel sick. Empty and somehow aching.

Love is a heartless bastard.

Why he won: Because he breaks my heart. And yet he’s just so broken. Hero potential

Won out over: Adam, who while incredibly sexy and just so perfect, might be a little too perfect

Book Read in 2012: DESTROY ME, UNRAVEL ME by Tahereh Mafi


SplinteredMorpheus a.k.a. Moth

Good boy or bad boy: Bad boy

Favorite characteristics: Mysterious, devious, otherworldly, clever, sexy

Best line:

Raising one hand, he tilts his hat to that sexy slant. “You want me. Admit it.”
Even if he’s partly right, I’ll never tell him. “Why would I want you?”
He lifts thee fingers to countdown. “Mysterious. Rebellious. Troubled. All those qualities women find irresistible.”

Why he won: Because he doesn’t have to be good and yet he sometimes is

Won out over: Skater boy Jeb who is a knight in shining armor but doesn’t have that propensity for wickedness

Book Read in 2012: SPLINTERED by A.G. Howard


Wings of the WickedCadan

Good boy or bad boy: Bad boy with a good heart

Favorite characteristics: Sexy, redeemable, honorable

Best line:

He was quiet for a moment. “You have a lot more to deal with than most people. Nobody is like you. No one else is what you are, or has ever been what you are. You’re changing, trying to adapt to this world.”

Why he won: Because he chose the difficult path. Because he doesn’t just want to be good, he actually works against everything in him to be good

Won out over: Will who didn’t have to overcome nearly as much to be who he was and to get what he did

Book Read in 2012: WINGS OF THE WICKED, SHADOWS IN THE SILENCE by Courtney Allison Moulton


Sweet EvilKaidan a.k.a. Kai

Good boy or bad boy: Bad boy

Favorite characteristics: Dark, super sexy, a bit of a tease, a bit of a jerk, musician

Best line:

“So that’s it, then?” he asked. I ignored him. “I always wondered what it would feel like.”
That made me curious enough to turn to him.
“What what would feel like?” I asked.

Why he won: Did I not say dark, super sexy, a bit of a tease already?

Won out over: No one. There is no competition for Kai

Book Read in 2012: SWEET EVIL by Wendy Higgins


Poison PrincessJack

Good boy or bad boy: Bad boy

Favorite characteristics: Dark, dangerous, smokin’ hot, possessive, protective, knows what he wants and goes for it

Best line:

Jackson growled at his friend, “Want a taste of dat girl, me.” The look in his blazing eyes . . .

Why he won: Because while he is a bad boy he’s not such a bad guy. Being smokin’ hot didn’t hurt his chances. Not at all

Won out over: Death. It’s still too early to tell if Jack will win next year, but I’m incredibly intrigued by Death

Book Read in 2012: POISON PRINCESS by Kresley Cole



Good boy or bad boy: Both… but leans toward the “good”

Favorite characteristics: Driven, deadly, gorgeous, rebellious, hero

Best line:

Blake’s lips curve into a smile.
“Mine,” he whispers, shattering the silence.

Why he won: Because he said to heck with star-crossed love. Because he and Brianna have amazing chemistry. Sizzling

Won out over: Austin. Because in SILVER, Austin did that one bad thing. In GOLD, though? Buh-bye Blake

Book Read in 2012: SILVER, GOLD by Talia Vance



Good boy or bad boy: Bad boy

Favorite characteristics: Manipulative, musician, immortal, sexy

Best line:

I looked Meredith straight in the eye. “There’s no such thing as epic love.”

Why he won: Because everyone is against him. Because he is so right for Nikki, she just doesn’t know it

Won out over: Jack. Because Jack should have been better but wasn’t. Not until the end

Book Read in 2012: EVERNEATH, NEVERFALL by Brodi Ashton


A Touch MorbidLuke  a.k.a. Lucifer

Good boy or bad boy: Bad boy. Can’t really get much worse. He’s Lucifer

Favorite characteristics: Evil. Manipulative. Self-centered. Manipulative. Yeah, I said it twice. Singer. H.O.T.

Best line:

With effort, she forced the wonder from her voice. “You think I can be bought with pretty things?”
Luke chuffed in disbelief before she turned her attention back to the dresses. “You’re a black hole of a girl, Kristen,” he snapped.
“And to think,” she said. “Most guys would have kept on with the poetry.”
“Most guys aren’t worthy of you. I am. And you are worthy of me. You see my gifts for what they are. You’re a challenge.” He twisted her to face him. “I won’t insult you with bribery again.”

Why he won: Because he makes me grin. He’s just so evil and yet so incredibly charming. Because he makes me want Lucifer to win out. How sick is that?

Won out over: Az who really never stood a chance. But after what Az did, I want to throttle him

Book Read in 2012: A TOUCH MORBID by Leah Clifford


StarlingThe Fennrys Wolf a.k.a. Fenn

Good boy or bad boy: A good bad boy

Favorite characteristics: Ability to handle a sword. Charming. Mysterious. Dangerous. Uber-sexy. He is the Fennrys Wolf

Best line:

“I’m scared, Fenn.”
“I know, Mase,” he said quietly. “Would it help at all if I told you I was scared too?”
She twisted around and looked up at him. “No,” she said seriously. “Not even a little bit.”
“Good. ‘Cause I’m not.” He grinned. “Not even a little bit.”

Why he won: Because he’s the Fennrys Wolf. Because he is a master at swordplay. Because even with amnesia he is still just so super cool

Won out over: Cal. Why? Because Cal is a bit of an asshat. There. I said it. Mason deserves so much better

Book Read in 2012: STARLING by Lesley Livingston


Gavriel Duval from Robin LaFever’s GRAVE MERCY – an absolutely swoon-worthy hero. But maybe just a little too good to make my list of bad boy book boyfriends.

Elliott and Will from Bethany Griffin’s MASQUE OF THE RED DEATH – it was because the two were so equally matched and I couldn’t choose between them that they didn’t make the Top Ten List. I still don’t know who’d be more right for Araby.

Colt from Karsten Knight’s EMBERS & ECHOES – only an honorable mention because I can’t reveal just how amazing he really is.

Daemon from Jennifer L. Armentrout’s ONYX – drop-dead gorgeous, totally swoon-y, super sexy, stubborn, jealous. Would have… should have… made the list. Why am I restricted to only 10? It’s like these lists want me to stop reading!


It’s still not too late to sign up for the event, even though it ends tomorrow. Whether you want to go back and post your Top Ten Lists for any of the missing posts or you just want to start today… you can!

Tomorrow’s topic is Top 10 Books I’m Looking Forward To in 2013. And the only rule is that they be books releasing in 2013. Which sounds easy enough. But not quite. There are a ton of books on my reading pile from 2011 and earlier. Books I’m totally looking forward to in 2013. It will not be easy to create that final list.


I can’t wait to check out your Top Ten Book Book Boyfriends of 2012. Just leave your link in the Linky List below so everyone can take a peek.

PLEASE NOTE: This is the SAME Linky List that is on each of the co-hosts blogs, so please just enter your links once!

17 Responses to “Top 10 Book Boyfriends of 2012”

  1. Jen @ BE says:

    I LOVE LOVE LOVE this list! Especially since Tod made your number one! (Hint: He’s on top of my list too! 🙂 ) And what you said about Kaidan made me laugh- totally agree- Kopano doesn’t hold a candle to him! The same with Cole. 😉 Now I’m just crushed I haven’t read Poison Princess yet- seriously, it sounds so good, and you’ve included it in almost every single one of your posts!

    Our Top Ten Book Boy/Girlfriends of 2012… Chat style! 🙂

  2. reading mind says:

    TOD. COLE. You have good taste in boys, Rachel, love this list.And I think I really need to read Wigs of the wicked now so I can meet this Cadan. Sounds excellent

  3. Great list! I love how you showed your reasons behind each pick. I do think I’ll explode if I don’t start the Soul Screamers asap now though lol!

    My Top Ten is here if you’d like a look 🙂

  4. I’ve been wanting to read Starling and Splintered for awhile, now I’m really excited. I also have Luke on my list, even though he’s pretty evil I can’t help but love him.

  5. Lisa says:

    Oh, boy. I think I need to read more of your bad boys!!! Hah!

    Funny thing about Kai, we said almost the same thing about him!

  6. Love this list!! Tod!!! I totally have him too!! I am reading Neverfall right now, and though I have Jack on my list. I don’t hate Cole. I am a bit torn over it actually. Adam from Shatter Me almost made my list. I am told I may become a Warner fan though… I will believe it when it happens. Perhaps I should actually read Destroy Me since I bought it when it came out. 🙂

  7. ketch1714 says:

    Great list! I fell in love with Jack because of what he did in the end of Everneath, but I can totally understand the attraction to Cole as well. He is one hot bad boy! 🙂

  8. Yep, I’ve got Tod at the top of mine, too! And Daemon as an honorable mention 🙂 Just like Amy and ketch1714 I fell for good guy Jack in Everneath instead of Cole.

    I am soooo anxious to read Splintered! I know you have been really excited about it for a while so I can’t wait to get my hands on it in a couple of days!

  9. Carmen B. says:

    Awesome list! Tod’s my number two. My number one just knows no competition ^^’
    I should have included Kaidan too… dang. I dropped him for Daemon. I also loved Cole, but I had him among my favorite villains yesterday. I want to read Starling and Splintered so badly… and you made me very curious about A Touch Mortal! I’ve seen that book around a lot but never really felt compelled to check it out before…
    *le sigh* Bad boys… what would we do without them?

    Here are mine.

  10. smiling_ina says:

    Yay for Tod! 😀 You picked some great ones, Rachel. 😀 Tod would have made my number 1 as well. Others on the list would include Gabe (ATM2), Donovan (Escape From Furnace), Dawson (Shadows by JLA), Drew (Witch Eyes) and Jules Marchenoir. I know not all of them are from 2012, but I didn’t get to read a lot of 2012 releases. 🙁

    I feel so awful, because I signed up for this but haven’t been able to post a single Top 10. Terrible! *hangs head in shame*

  11. Katelyn says:

    I THOUGHT I WAS THE ONLY ONE WHO LOVED LUKE!? And I was a little ashamed since I wanted Lucifer to win… *sigh*

  12. No one. There is no competition for Kai . HAHA

  13. Tod SWOON! He always makes my list. I had to cheat on one boy too because his book was just so close to being a 2012 release and he is one of my all time favs. I was almost going to cheat with Warner. I only started liking him after I read Unravel Me but since it is a 2013 release I held off. It was hard. I definitely saw his good side in that book. I need to read Everneath but I don’t want to be torn between Jack and Cole. I hate love triangles. I need to read Masque of Red Death too! And Silver and Poison Princess!

  14. Adriana C says:

    Yay! for Tod and Daemon.

  15. Thanks for the awesome giveaway. Lots of great books up for win.

  16. I love this post Rachel!! The way you “made your case” for each guy. So great! Now I have more books to read too 🙂

  17. Britt says:

    Love how you did your list!! I havent read well any of those but I think Splintered looks amazing


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