Where do I begin with all of my book boyfriends? My top three of all time are Barrons from Karen Marie Moning's Fever series, Terrible from Stacia Kane's Downside Ghosts series and Bones from Jeaniene Frost's Night Huntress series. To add to this harem of dark and dangerous bad boys is Gideon Cross from Sylvia Day's Crossfire series, Travis Maddox from Jamie McGuire's Beautiful Disaster, Dorian from S.L. Jenning's Dark Light series and Javier from Karina Halle's The Artist's series. And no joke, this list could go on and on.
Let's get down to the common thread. All of the above mentioned book boyfriends have a lot in common. First, they all come with damaged pasts. Whether it's Terrible's hard upbringing or Travis Maddox's tough childhood, I seem to gravitate towards leading men with dark pasts. All of my book boyfriends are bad dudes. Making a living as a street enforcer, a fighter or a drug lord - it doesn't matter. As long as my guys live dangerous lives, I'm all in.
My book boyfriends also have tough personalities. Some are controlling, some are all-consuming, some are obsessive and some have anger issues. All are vulnerable in one area or another. I like my men brooding! And finally, all of my book boyfriends seem to be dark - and not just their personalities. I never tied this together, but almost all of my leading men are big, sexy and sport dark hair. Whether it's Barrons' Gandy-like tendencies or Javier's sweet Latino moves, I like the hot brown-haired boys.
Instead of discussing my all-time favorite book boyfriends, I thought I'd show some attention to the newest men to join my harem. There haven't been many that have made the list this year, but here are my top two..
Mookie Pearl (The Blue Blazes) is best described as big, ugly, scary, and incredibly strong. He's an enforcer for a criminal organization and the guy responsible for handling the monsters from the Great Below. Few men are as bad ass as Mookie Pearl. He's very loyal, but he doesn't often show his emotions and there aren't many people that he lets get too close. It was easy for me to fall for this tough guy with a big heart.
Morpheus (Splintered) is a mysterious man with beautiful wings, incredibly good looks, and a playful side that is occasionally replaced by his quick temper. He's also arrogant, manipulative and not 100% trustworthy. But his intriguing qualities outweigh the bad and that's why I added him to my long list of book boyfriends.
Although these two sound like opposites, what they have in common is what I love most in male characters. They're both fiercely protective and a bit possessive when it comes to the people they love. Also, they have strong, domineering personalities and can't be easily pushed around. And I love that they're unpredictable and ended up being more than what they seemed. These are the qualities that made these bad boys my new book boyfriends.
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