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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.

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    Top 10 Book Boyfriends in 2011

    Today is day three of Top 10 of 2011.

    Top 10: A Week of Looking Back….
                                    ………and Looking Forward.

    If you haven’t yet signed up, there’s still time to participate. Just click on the banner above to read the details in the original post and sign up with the Linky.

    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.

    Honorable Mentions

    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.

    If you’d like to see what the rest of the topics will be, check out the original post or the update post for more details.


    NOTE: this is the SAME Linky on each of the Co-hosts Blogs, so please only enter your Name, Blog Name and the URL for YOUR Top 10 post of the day on one blog. Thanks!




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