Today is day three of Top 10 of 2011.
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I was so excited to be invited by Jessica from Confessions of a Bookaholic and Lisa from A Life Bound By Books to co-host this event along with my very best blogger friends Jaime & Patricia from Two Chicks on Books.
As fun as this event has been so far, it’s still a lot of hard work coming up with so many top tens. Or actually, the hard part is narrowing each list to just ten. I’m all about Top 100, but Top 10 is tough! I have to say, though, that I loved choosing the top ten list for today, though it was a Top 40 list for a few days….
Today’s topic is “Top 10 Book Boyfriends in 2011.” This was actually harder than I thought to narrow down. It was fun to think up all my favorite book boyfriends, but it wasn’t as much fun to have to cut so many just to keep the list to ten.
Fortunately many of my favorite book boys are from series I haven’t read in 2011 like Jace Wayland from The Mortal Instruments, Daniel and Cam from Fallen, Patch from Hush, Hush, Ash from The Iron Fey and all those lovely boys from Melissa Marr’s Wicked Lovely series.
While I tend to be partial to the bad boy… oh who am I kidding, I LOVE the bad boy… I tried to keep it a mix between good boys and bad boys for the purpose of this list. Which made things so much more challenging.
Not every one of my book boyfriends has a photo associated with him. And as I’m not keen on using random images from around the web of various boys who might look like I imagine my fic boys would look, I simply used my favorite cover of the series or the one with my boy on it. Even if it isn’t the book in that series I read this year.
I also tagged each boy’s name – black for the bad boy, grey for the good boy and slate grey for those boys somewhere in between.
There was absolutely no question in my mind that Roland Deschain of Stephen King’s The Dark Tower series would top the list of my book boyfriends. He has been my book boyfriend for many, many years.
I would have followed Roland on his quest even knowing how it ended and knowing exactly what he let happen to his friends.
Roland is my fictional heartbreak. He is cold, calculating, but not completely unfeeling. He is driven, he is dangerous. He is dark and mysterious and can definitely appear cruel. First and foremost in Roland’s world is Roland. Everyone else is a very, very distant second. If that.
But there is no better bad boy than he is and no one I’d rather have break my heart.
Nick Ryves is the ultimate bad boy. He’s dark, he’s definitely dangerous, he’s super sexy and he’s kind of a jerk. But he’s not a jerk just because he can be, it’s just who he is and he works very hard – sometimes – to be not so… well… Nick.
And the ways he can move that body of his. Well, I would love to watch him dance for demons any day.
What can I say about Lucifer? He’s not a nice boy. You can’t get much more bad boy than Luke. Aside from the fact – if you can even say that here – that he is Lucifer, he’s in a band. He wears leather pants. He is evil and sexy and manipulates people. Completely plays them.
He’s sinful. He’s yummy. I can’t get enough of Luke.
Oh, and he eats Lucky Charms cereal. No, that doesn’t mean he has a softer side, but it does show he has a sense of humor.
Ahh my favorite Reaper. Well, Tod is my very first good boy on the list. Though I almost didn’t include him because I will always consider him Kaylee’s Tod and not my Tod. Tod is sweet, but not saccharine. He’s good but not too good.
He’s willing to throw a punch when he has to, or take down someone evil to protect someone he loves, even if it means not playing by the rules. And he’s always willing to sacrifice himself for those he really cares about.
Yeah, I love Tod. I’d follow him to the Netherworld and back.
Cole can be a bad boy, but he isn’t always. Just because he is what he is doesn’t make him bad. It just makes him sexy. A little bit dangerous. Definitely arrogant. But I think this bad-ish boy might just have a heart.
He is an immortal, which is a very good quality for a book boyfriend to have. The fact that he gets his immortality from stripping the life force from other not quite willing participants isn’t so endearing.
But he is a musician. A guitarist with a band. So, he definitely has book boyfriend appeal.
Cassel Sharpe is a perfect book boyfriend. He is the right mix of good boy and bad boy. He comes from a family of curse workers – but is he one? Meet him and you’ll find out.
He’s dark, he’s unbelievably yummy and he lives in a very dangerous world. He has a few bad boy qualities – honesty isn’t always his friend – but he definitely has a heart.
And just because he is forced to wear gloves, it doesn’t mean he can’t touch you. Cassel Sharpe is definitely one boy that will leave his mark.
Adam Kent is a good boy. Probably one of the best. He is kind, caring, brave and beautiful. All the qualities I typically don’t find in my book boyfriends.
But Adam is different. He’s strong, he’s fearless, he is undeniably sexy. And the fact that he comes across as just a little bit dangerous is probably why I find him so appealing.
Because he is willing to risk everything to make sure those he loves are safe, he will always be considered a good boy. But as long as he is the Adam I’ve already grown to love, he will forever be on my list of book boyfriends.
What is it about these demons that I love so very much? Maybe it’s the fact that they could be villains but are just a little bit too good, a little too sexy, a little too willing to take a walk on the bright side to make them so.
Luc Cain is unquestionably the bad boy, but he isn’t evil…. well, he isn’t always evil. He has been evil. He could be evil again. It’s that fine line he walks between being the bad boy and being just plain bad, the possibility of danger that he brings, that makes him an ideal book boyfriend. At least for me.
Daemon Black is the newest book boyfriend to make the list. He gets huge bonus points just for his name. He gets even more points for those gorgeous green eyes of his. And the fact that he is often shirtless makes him totally book boyfriend worthy.
But what won me over was his personality. Daemon is arrogant, he’s maddening, he’s incredibly sexy, and at times he’s cruel. And he is such an unbelievable tease. He cannot be called a bad boy… not completely anyway…. because he is inherently good. But as far as boyfriend material goes, he is a total jerk.
Half the time I want Katy to slap him, the rest of the time, well….
I know, I know, I bet you’re thinking why the heck is Warner on my list of book boyfriends. He’s the opposite of a good boy. He’s a bad, bad, bad, bad boy. There is no question that Warner is a villain.
But he’s kind of sympathetic. Seriously. And I think deep, deep, deep, deep down he has a heart.
I am hoping to see that spark of goodness reappear, though after the way things ended the last time I saw him, I’m not so sure I’ll see it again. But there was goodness there. And if Juliette could see it, then it must have been there.
For some reason, this slightly evil boy has wormed his way into my heart, and so he is my number ten book boyfriend of 2011.
Of course I have so many other boys that deserve to be on my top ten book boyfriends list, and I’m so heartbroken that I can’t include them all. But just to give you an idea of who else I love, here are just a few who didn’t make the final cut.
Eric Northman – Sookie Stackhouse novels by Charlaine Harris.
Logan – Shade series by Jeri Smith-Ready.
Ori and Den – The Demon Trappers series by Jana Oliver.
Arawn and Keane – Faeriewalker series by Jenna Black.
Archer – Hex Hall series by Rachel Hawkins.
Lucas – Starcrossed series by Josephine Angelini.
Vincent and Jules – Revenants series by Amy Plum.
Four – Divergent series by Veronica Roth.
Ren – Nightshade series by Andrea Cremer.
Reth – Paranormalcy series by Kiersten White.
Cam – Unbound series by Rachel Vincent.
Aiden – Covenant series by Jennifer L. Armentrout.
Nick – Blood Magic by Tessa Gratton.
Wolfe – Slumber by Samantha Young.
Will –The Infernal Devices series by Cassandra Clare
Tamani – Wings series by Aprilynne Pike.
Adam – If I Stay and Where She Went by Gayle Forman.
I decided I just had to stop at twenty honorable mentions or it might be embarrassing. I mean who has this many book boyfriends? I’m sure I left out everyone under the sun, including quite a few of my favorites like the boys from the Morganville Vampires, Wolves of Mercy Falls and Need series, but I seriously had to stop. For my sanity and for yours.
This event runs through Friday, and each day I will be posting a different list of top ten favorites. Tomorrow’s topic will be Top 10 Characters in 2011, which I decided just had to be VILLAINS. I think this will be the easiest of them all so far, though I haven’t even started to wrap my mind around who my favorite villains are.
Demons would have been a nice option, too, but most of the demons I know would either be villains or book boyfriends.
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