LOVE & WAR Blog Tour: My Top 10 Favorite Things About Love & War

I am so excited to be a part of the LOVE & WAR Blog Tour and to share 10 of my favorite things about this incredible sequel by Melissa de la Cruz. Though it wasn’t easy to choose just 10, I did manage to narrow the list. But if you really want to know why this book is amazing, you’ll have to read it and discover its magic for yourself.

LOVE & WAR released last week, so if you’d like to grab a copy from your favorite retailer and dive right in, there’s no wait.

And if you’d like to know the 10 reasons I adored ALEX & ELIZA, the first book in the series, I shared them for my tour stop last year.

History isn’t always fascinating or romantic or enjoyable to read about, but Melissa de la Cruz’s version is all of those things and more. To discover a bit more about ALEX & ELIZA and LOVE & WAR, check out the other tour stops – direct links to each of the stops follow at the end of the post.

And to find out my 10 favorite things about LOVE & WAR, they follow the book’s description below.


About LOVE & WAR

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Title & Series: LOVE & WAR (Alex & Eliza #2)
Author: Melissa de la Cruz
Release date: April 17, 2018
Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers
Pages: 384
Formats: Hardcover, audio, eBook

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Description…

The thrilling romance of young Alexander Hamilton and Eliza Schuyler continues in the sizzling sequel to the New York Times bestselling Alex & Eliza: A Love Story

1781. Albany, New York.

As the war for American independence rages on, Alexander Hamilton and Elizabeth Schuyler begin their new life as a married couple. Still, Alex is as determined as ever to prove his mettle and secure his legacy . . . even if that means leaving his beloved Eliza behind to join the front lines at the Battle of Yorktown. But when the war unexpectedly arrives on Eliza’s doorstep, she must fight for a better future–for their fledgling country and for her marriage.

Yet even after the Revolution comes to its historic close, Alex and Eliza’s happily-ever-after is threatened. Eliza struggles to build a home in the hustle and bustle of New York City just as Alex’s burgeoning law practice brings him up against his greatest rival–the ambitious young lawyer Aaron Burr. And with Alex’s star on the rise, Eliza can’t help but feel neglected by a husband who seems to have time for everyone but her. Torn apart by new trials and temptations, can Alex and Eliza’s epic love survive life in the big city?

The battles are just beginning in the sumptuous sequel to Melissa de la Cruz’s New York Times bestselling Alex & Eliza: A Love Story.

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My Top 10 Favorite Things About Love & War
#1 The Challenges

Things were not always easy for Eliza or Alex. The war kept them apart. Alex’s ambition kept him away from home much of the time. But their love for each other was strong enough to withstand the many challenges they faced as husband and wife.

“She knows of your ambitions then? General Schuyler asked pointedly.

Alex’s words caught in his throat. He could not lie to his father-in-law. “We have not discussed it yet, but I know she will understand. She has your own bravery as a prior example, after all.”

“Hamilton,” John said sharply. “She will be crushed.”

#2 The Humor

Much like the first book in the series, the humor makes this book special, and makes the characters more real-to-life. There is no shortage of moments or dialogue that will make you smile.

“May I suggest that for your next couple of visits you wear something more comfortable? Though that gown is beautiful, and you are a vision in it, I will not be ready for oils for at least a few days. I must first learn how your face paints.”

“My face paints?” Eliza laughed nervously. “Unless I were to take the brush between my teeth, I do not think it will paint at all.”

#3 Eliza

In this sequel, Eliza beats Alex, hands down, as my favorite character. Her strength, her bravery, her fortitude, her intelligence – and of course her wit – make her even more likable than when we first met her.

“You have a saucy mouth,” the apparent leader said. “Especially for a genteel, unarmed woman.”

“I am armed with my God-given womanhood, which is more than enough to protect me from the likes of you. And soon enough our father will be back with twenty men, and then I wonder what will protect you,” said Eliza angrily.

#4 The History

It is still an incredibly exciting time in our young nation’s history when this story takes place (1781-1784). We are still fighting. We are still trying to find our way, free from Britain’s rule. There is so much possibility, so much undecided. The need for independence for the colonies goes against the need for a united country. And it all makes for a very compelling read.

It was a heady time of chaos and change. Both young spouses contributed to the political and moral character of this new nation that had, against all odds, torn itself off from the most powerful empire on earth, and found itself in the unexpected position of having to decide what kind of nation it would be. Would it be a monarchy or a republic? A loose confederacy of thirteen competing states, or a unified polity whose far-flung and disparate regions each contributed their unique strengths to make up for the deficiencies and weaknesses of the others?

And above all, how would it conduct itself?

#5 Eliza’s fury

Eliza is not passive or quiet or accepting or docile. She does not fit into society’s expected role for her. And she does not let Alex forget who she is or what she expects from him.

“My darling, please,” Alex said, grabbing her hands. “There are some decisions a man has to do on his own.”

Eliza resisted the urge to pull her hands from Alex, lest she cause a scene. But her fury was so palpable that Alex dropped them of his own accord.

“A man maybe. But a husband–never,” she said coldly. She stormed away from him, her head held high.

#6 The Chapter Titles

I don’t always notice chapter titles. Especially with books I get caught up in. It’s easy to forget they’re there as you race through the story, desperate to uncover what happens next. The more captivating the story, the less likely I am to notice them – even in a print edition, with pretty fonts.

But the chapter titles really stand out in this second installment in the series. They make me that much more intrigued by what I am to discover in the chapter I’m embarking on. And so I make the extra effort to pause to notice them, knowing that they’ll pique my curiosity and make me read just a little bit faster.

And while I won’t reveal all my favorites, my most favorites are: The Man Who Ate New York, Hot Towels!, Don’t Forget to Take Out the Trash, and Salad Days.

#7 Alex

While he may have fallen a bit further down on my list of favorites in this second book in the series, he is still a big part of why I love this story. He is driven. He does love Eliza fiercely. And without Alex there would be no Alex & Eliza.

“My dearest, bravest girl,” he murmured, bending down to kiss her on the soft spot near her ear. “I am home now. You are my home.”

#8 The Writing

I love how Melissa de la Cruz tells a story. Especially one that has been written by history already. She makes it come alive. She makes it relatable and magical, all at once. She turns dry facts into interesting ones. She turns names into people. She turns historical happenings into moments and events.

She certainly made these two historical figures into people I wish I’d met and gotten to know. Especially Eliza Hamilton.

#9 The Marriage

I suppose I could have said the romance, but their marriage was much more than that. There was love. But there were also disagreements and obstacles and challenges. Some due to the time period, some due to expectations of the time, some due to distance, some due to Alex’s drive. It wasn’t a perfect marriage, there was no wedded bliss, but it felt very real and very strong – which is why it’s a top favorite.

And, of course, the fact that even with all of that…

…Alex literally swept her off her feet and carried her over the threshold. Eliza giggled in his arms, giddy to think that they were alone at least–with no servants, sisters, little brothers, or parents in sight…

#10 The Settings (Locations)

Coming in at number 10, once again, I just have to list setting – or in this case settings plural – as a favorite. I always love getting to “see” different places at different times throughout history through an author’s eyes. Even if the settings are sometimes completely or partially fictional.

But I am partial to New York. And I love that a portion of the story is set in the city of New York. It lets me imagine what life was like there at the end of the 18th century following the hard fought battles in the New York Campaign, and the retreat of the British (finally) in 1783.

And while the author didn’t have too much leeway in choosing the settings for her story, she very much made them a wonderful part of it.


About Melissa de la Cruz

Melissa de la Cruz is the #1 New York TimesUSA TodayWall Street JournalLos Angeles Times, and Publishers Weekly internationally bestselling author of many critically acclaimed books for readers of all ages, including Alex & Eliza: A Love Story, Disney’s Descendants novels, the Blue Bloods series, and the Summer on East End series. Her books have sold over eight million copies, and the Witches of East End series became an hour-long television drama on the Lifetime network. Visit her at melissa-delacruz.com

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Other Books in the Series

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Title & Series: ALEX & ELIZA (Alex & Eliza #1)
Author: Melissa de la Cruz
Release date: April 11, 2017
Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers
Pages: 368
Formats: Hardcover, paperback, audio, eBook

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From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Witches of East End and The Descendants comes the love story of young Alexander Hamilton and Elizabeth Schuyler.

1777. Albany, New York.

As battle cries of the American Revolution echo in the distance, servants flutter about preparing for one of New York society’s biggest events: the Schuylers’ grand ball. Descended from two of the oldest and most distinguished bloodlines in New York, the Schuylers are proud to be one of their fledgling country’s founding families, and even prouder still of their three daughters–Angelica, with her razor-sharp wit; Peggy, with her dazzling looks; and Eliza, whose beauty and charm rival those of both her sisters, though she’d rather be aiding the colonists’ cause than dressing up for some silly ball.

Still, Eliza can barely contain her excitement when she hears of the arrival of one Alexander Hamilton, a mysterious, rakish young colonel and General George Washington’s right-hand man. Though Alex has arrived as the bearer of bad news for the Schuylers, he can’t believe his luck–as an orphan, and a bastard one at that–to be in such esteemed company. And when Alex and Eliza meet that fateful night, so begins an epic love story that would forever change the course of American history.

In the pages of Alex and Eliza, #1 New York Times bestselling author Melissa de la Cruz brings to life the romance of young Alexander Hamilton and Elizabeth Schuyler.

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The Campaign Schedule

Alex & Eliza: A Love Story

Week One

Week Two

Love & War: An Alex & Eliza Love Story

Week Three

Week Four

Now We Rise Blog Tour: The Pros and Cons of Being a Burner

I am so thrilled to be a part of the Now We Rise Blog Tour for CHILDREN OF BLOOD AND BONE by Tomi Adeyemi. It is such an amazing book and the start to a series I cannot wait to continue reading. At well over 500 pages, the story goes so fast you’ll wish there were many, many more pages so it doesn’t have to end… or that the wait for the next installment won’t feel so long.

For my stop today I am writing about the pros and cons to being a Burner.

I discovered my magic (per the graphic below) and as part of the Iná clan, I am a Maji of Fire – a Burner – so I thought I would write about some of the pros and cons to being a diviner and having this particular ability.

If you want to discover your magic and share your results on social media be sure to tag #NowWeRise and #ChildrenOfBloodAndBone to be a part of the conversation.


The Pros and Cons of Being a Burner

While I’m sure there are many, many more positives and negatives to the ones I list below, here are just a few of the ones that stand out to me as being the most amazing and the most detrimental.

Pro: Awesome white hair. As a Burner (or any Diviner) you get this very identifiable, but seriously awesome white hair.

Con: Very identifiable awesome white hair. While the hair itself is awesome, it also serves to identify you as a Diviner. There’s no way to easily hide what you are with this very identifiable hair color. (This is a bad thing for many reasons – but for purposes of not being spoiler-y I will not say why.)

Pro: Bada** ability. Who doesn’t love those heroes and villains that can make and/or control fire? It’s wicked cool. You’re playing with fire. Literally.

Con: Bada** but temperamental ability. Things can go majorly wrong, very quickly when playing with fire. You can have the best of intentions when you start up that burn, but once things ignite, without the ability to douse the flames, things can get out of control fast.

Pro: It makes you a warrior. Having the ability to torch things makes you a warrior. It puts you in the fight. It means that you are integral to the battle. You can fight for your people. You can save lives.

Con: It makes you a warrior…even if you don’t want to be one. With this ability there is no sitting on the sidelines. You’re not a part of the second string when it comes to battle. With the ability to incinerate, you will always be in the thick of things.

Pro: You can melt stuff, cook stuff, keep warm. Forget about having to find two sticks to rub together to keep warm. You can just set your hands ablaze and there will be heat. No canned beans or cold food, you can always have a hot meal. And the ability to melt things? No padlock can keep you out anymore.

Con: An accidental melting, cooking, burning. How bummed would you be if you accidentally melted your favorite piece of jewelry? Or burned a favorite outfit, sofa, rug? A cold beverage isn’t quite the same if the ice is all melted. Unless you have absolute control over the magic, there is always the possibility of igniting, melting, or cooking something you didn’t mean to.

Pro: You are a destroyer. It is a powerful ability. Fire destroys, and with the magic of fire at your disposal you are a destroyer. Pretty. Freaking. Awesome.

Con: You are a destroyer. You’re not a healer. You can’t bring back someone from the dead. But you can destroy them and many others and with this ability you might just be asked to.

So, it seems most of the pros are also cons, at least to me. But it’s still an awesome ability – and one that won’t make you go a little nuts like being a Connector (wouldn’t want to hear all those voices in my head), being a Healer (wouldn’t want a passive ability and miss out on being a part of the fight), or being a Reaper (while awesome, I would not want to mess around with the spirits of the dead).


About CHILDREN OF BLOOD AND BONE

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Title & Series: CHILDREN OF BLOOD AND BONE (Legacy of Orisha #1)
Author: Tomi Adeyemi
Release date: March 6, 2018
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
Pages: 544
Formats: Hardcover, paperback, audio, eBook

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They killed my mother.
They took our magic.
They tried to bury us.

Now we rise.

Zélie Adebola remembers when the soil of Orïsha hummed with magic. Burners ignited flames, Tiders beckoned waves, and Zélie’s Reaper mother summoned forth souls.

But everything changed the night magic disappeared. Under the orders of a ruthless king, maji were killed, leaving Zélie without a mother and her people without hope.

Now Zélie has one chance to bring back magic and strike against the monarchy. With the help of a rogue princess, Zélie must outwit and outrun the crown prince, who is hell-bent on eradicating magic for good.

Danger lurks in Orïsha, where snow leoponaires prowl and vengeful spirits wait in the waters. Yet the greatest danger may be Zélie herself as she struggles to control her powers and her growing feelings for an enemy.

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About Tomi Adeyemi

Tomi Adeyemi is a Nigerian-American writer and creative writing coach based in San Diego, California. After graduating Harvard University with an honors degree in English literature, she received a fellowship that allowed her to study West African mythology and culture in Salvador, Brazil. When she’s not working on her novels or watching Scandal, she can be found blogging and teaching creative writing to her 4,500 subscribers at tomiadeyemi.com. Her website has been named one of the 101 best websites for writers by Writer’s Digest.

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BETWEEN THE BLADE AND THE HEART Blog Tour: Review, Excerpt + #Giveaway

As a huge fan of Author Amanda Hocking, I was thrilled to learn of her new book BETWEEN THE BLADE AND THE HEART and am stoked to be a part of the tour!

I also happen to love Norse mythology and think Valkyries are seriously awesome, so I couldn’t wait to read this first book in Amanda Hocking’s Valkyrie duology. And it was amazing. One of my favorites by the author. And I’m so glad the second book’s release isn’t too far away, because that ending…

So if you’d like to know what I think, my review follows below. I’m also sharing an excerpt from Chapter One if you want to meet Malin and get a peek into this incredible new world of mortals and immortals.

And if you’re in the U.S. and would like the chance to win a copy, check out the Rafflecopter below for details and to enter.


About BETWEEN THE BLADE AND THE HEART

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Title & Series: BETWEEN THE BLADE AND THE HEART (Valkyrie #1)
Author: Amanda Hocking
Release date: January 2, 2018
Publisher: Wednesday Books (Macmillan)
Pages: 336
Formats: Paperback, eBook

Description

When the fate of the world is at stake
Loyalties will be tested

Game of Thrones meets Blade Runner in this commanding new YA fantasy inspired by Norse Mythology from New York Times bestselling author Amanda Hocking.

As one of Odin’s Valkyries, Malin’s greatest responsibility is to slay immortals and return them to the underworld. But when she unearths a secret that could unravel the balance of all she knows, Malin along with her best friend and her ex-girlfriend must decide where their loyalties lie. And if helping the blue-eyed boy Asher enact his revenge is worth the risk—to the world and her heart.

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The Review

BETWEEN THE BLADE AND THE HEART draws you in from its very first sentence and will keep you riveted until the story’s end. With an original and exciting world of mortals, immortals, and those somewhere in between, an interesting take on Norse myth, a fierce, flawed but immensely likable heroine, a dangerous pursuit, a question of fate versus free will, and an ending that will leave you desperately wishing for book two, it is a lightning-fast read that promises to be unputdownable.

Malin knew that the life of a Valkyrie wasn’t an easy one. Returning immortals to the underworld was challenging more often than not and even dangerous on occasion. It was also a lonely existence – the job didn’t allow for much time for friends, being hated or feared by immortals meant there weren’t many options for friends even if there was time, and not being able to fall in love made for a lot of empty and pointless relationships.

But still she couldn’t imagine becoming anything but a Valkyrie. It was in her blood. It was her destiny. She never felt more alive than when she was wielding her sword and sending the chosen immortal back to where they belonged.

She never questioned her orders. She never wondered how her assignments were chosen. She never hesitated to do her job and keep the balance. Not until things start to go wrong and she discovers that the person she trusts most has been keeping a dark secret that could change everything she believes in.

Amanda Hocking created a world that is imaginative, dark and dangerous, and utterly fascinating – where mortals and immortals live side-by-side, in a fragile balance enforced by the Valkyries. She chose a setting for the bulk of her story that is gritty and decaying and seedy and a little bit sexy. She introduced a wide variety of beings from Norse – and other – mythology and folklore.  And she gave readers characters who are captivating and intriguing and unusual and appealing.

BETWEEN THE BLADE AND THE HEART has action and romance and mystery and suspense. It has drama and heartbreak and humor and intrigue. It has heat. It has adventure. It has battles aplenty. And it has one adorable wolpertinger named Bowie. All of which make for an absolutely gripping and wildly entertaining must-read.

The Rating


About Amanda Hocking

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Amanda Hocking is the author of over twenty young adult novels, including the New York Times bestselling Trylle Trilogy and Kanin Chronicles. Her love of pop culture and all things paranormal influence her writing. She spends her time in Minnesota, taking care of her menagerie of pets and working on her next book.

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The Giveaway

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A Few Other Stops on the Tour

Top 10 of 2017: Books I’m Looking Forward to in 2018


Welcome to Day Five of the Top 10 of 2017

A WEEK OF LOOKING BACK…

…AND LOOKING FORWARD

And thank you to everyone who participated, followed along, or shared their favorite reads in the comments on each of the hosts’ blogs and instagrams. Here’s to a great reading year. The books coming out in 2018 are going to be awesome!

As mentioned previously…

It’s hard to believe it’s been seven years since I began co-hosting the event with Jaime of Two Chicks on Books. Over the years the event has changed a bit, as have the hosts, and I’m so thrilled that this year in addition to the incredible Jaime of Two Chicks on Books, Nancy and Christy of Tales of the Ravenous Reader, and Bridget of Dark Faerie Tales, we are joined by Fallon of Seeing Double in Neverland and the lovely ladies at Take Me Away To A Great Read!

And, for the first time ever, we’re stoked to have an Instagram component, headed up by Bridget @DarkFaerieTales_.

I haven’t been blogging very much during the last half of the year, but nearly every book I have read this year has been amazing. So I have a few favorites from the year to share.

If you haven’t yet heard of the Top 10 of 2017 week-long event, in a nutshell it’s where we share our favorite bookish lists and invite you to share yours over the next five days by leaving your post links in the daily Linky Lists.

Yet again, we’re each hosting our own giveaways on each of the five days of this challenge – Head over to Two Chicks on Books for the Day One giveaway, I hosted Day Two’s giveaway, Tales of the Ravenous Reader hosted Day Three’s giveaway, Day Four’s giveaway is at Take Me Away to a Great Read, and Day Five’s giveaway is at Seeing Double in Neverland. So be sure be to visit each of our blogs this week to share your post links and enter the giveaways!

AND, if you head over to Bridget @ DarkFaerieTales’ Instagram, she’ll be hosting an event-long giveaway,

The Books I’m Most Looking Forward to in 2018

Okay, so for today’s list I have so many books I can’t wait to read that are coming out in 2018. (And one that I had on last year’s list that had a bit of a delay but now has an official release date.) So there is an honorable mentions list, because I just couldn’t stop at 10, especially since most of my top anticipated reads are continuations of series and there are quite a few standalones and new series that I’m excited about.

#1

THE DARK CALLING (The Arcana Chronicles #5) by Kresley Cole


#2

THE DARKEST LEGACY (The Darkest Minds #4) By Alexandra Bracken


#3

THE TRAITOR’S RUIN (The Traitor’s Circle #2) by Erin Beatty


#4

BETWEEN THE BLADE AND THE HEART (Valkyrie #1) by Amanda Hocking


#5

UNEARTHED (Unearthed #1) by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner


#6

NIGHTBLOOD (Frostblood Saga #3) by Elly Blake


#7

99 LIES (100 Hours #2) by Rachel Vincent


#8

DEFY THE WORLDS (Constellation #2) by Claudia Gray


#9

GENESIS (Project Nemesis #2) by Brendan Reichs


#10

LOST CROW CONSPIRACY (Blood Rose Rebellion #2) by Rosalyn Eves


Honorable Mentions

I have so many books I’m excited for in 2018 that I couldn’t stop at listing just the 10 above. And while this honorable mentions list doesn’t include every book I can’t wait to read, it does include just 10 more of them that I would have included above if “10” wasn’t quite so specific a number.

And I also can’t wait to hear more about Marie Rutkoski’s upcoming series, the first book rumored to be slated for release this year.


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Top 10 of 2017: Best Book Boyfriends


Welcome to Day Four of the Top 10 of 2017

A WEEK OF LOOKING BACK…

…AND LOOKING FORWARD

As mentioned previously…

It’s hard to believe it’s been seven years since I began co-hosting the event with Jaime of Two Chicks on Books. Over the years the event has changed a bit, as have the hosts, and I’m so thrilled that this year in addition to the incredible Jaime of Two Chicks on Books, Nancy and Christy of Tales of the Ravenous Reader, and Bridget of Dark Faerie Tales, we are joined by Fallon of Seeing Double in Neverland and the lovely ladies at Take Me Away To A Great Read!

And, for the first time ever, we’re stoked to have an Instagram component, headed up by Bridget @DarkFaerieTales_.

I haven’t been blogging very much during the last half of the year, but nearly every book I have read this year has been amazing. So I have a few favorites from the year to share.

If you haven’t yet heard of the Top 10 of 2017 week-long event, in a nutshell it’s where we share our favorite bookish lists and invite you to share yours over the next five days by leaving your post links in the daily Linky Lists.

Yet again, we’re each hosting our own giveaways on each of the five days of this challenge – Head over to Two Chicks on Books for the Day One giveaway, I hosted Day Two’s giveaway, Tales of the Ravenous Reader hosted Day Three’s giveaway, Day Four’s giveaway is at Take Me Away to a Great Read, and Day Five’s giveaway will be at Seeing Double in Neverland. So be sure be to visit each of our blogs this week to share your post links and enter the giveaways!

AND, if you head over to Bridget @ DarkFaerieTales’ Instagram, she’ll be hosting an event-long giveaway,

The Best Book Boyfriends of 2017

I haven’t read too many YA books this year where it was all about the swoon-worthy guy. So most of my book boyfriends are of the non-ya variety. But I did read (if not always review) a few fantastic reads where it was all about the swooning.

#1

Who: Vlad Tepesh. Why? Because it’s Vlad.

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#2

Who: Edward “Teach” Drummond. Why? Because Nicole Castroman turned the ruthless pirate Blackbeard into a swoon-worthy hero.

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#3

Who: Titus Alexander. Why? Because oooh the chemistry.

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#4

Who: Abyssian “Sian” Infernas. Why? Because who doesn’t love the King of Hell?

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#5

Who: Lazarus the Cruel and Unusual. Why? Mmmm… sizzling romance.

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#6

Who: Abel. Why? Okay, so he’s not exactly human. Or even living in the “normal” sense of the word. So, he’s definitely not a typical book boyfriend. But he’s amazing and adorable and funny and swoon-worthy. So I had to include him here. After all, I’ve swooned over vamps and demons, so why not…

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#7

Who: Max Holden. Why? Ahhh the angst!!!!

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#8

Who: Porter Roth. Why? Read it and you’ll know why… *grins*

ALEX, APPROXIMATELY by Jenn Bennett – AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE | iTUNES | INDIEBOUND | SIMON & SCHUSTER | RIVETED LIT | GOODREADS


#9

Who: Alexander Hamilton. Why? Okay, so maybe he’s not particularly swoon-worthy. And in reality he did not sound like such a great catch. But the fictional version was just so delightfully romantic and played the underdog well. And this is all about book boyfriends… so I couldn’t resist choosing him.

ALEX & ELIZA by Melissa de la Cruz – AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE | iTUNES | INDIEBOUND | PENGUIN RANDOM HOUSE | GOODREADS


#10

Who: Leo – the Beast of Benwick. Why? He’s lethal. Oh, and not to forget…. the slow-burn romance of it all.

HOW TO TAME A BEAST IN SEVEN DAYS (The Embraced #1) by Kerrelyn Sparks – AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE | iTUNES | INDIEBOUND | MACMILLAN | GOODREADS


I don’t have any honorable mentions, as most of the books I’ve read were about tragedies, strong heroines, life experiences. And while it’s entirely possible I forgot a few reads where I swooned a bit over the “hero” I’m perfectly happy with my ten choices.


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