*Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly blog linkup hosted by The Broke and the Bookish
I have a confession to make. In case you didn’t already know, I tend to develop book crushes. (Shocking, I’m sure.) The good news for my husband is that they disappear fairly quickly when I move on to the next book…. with a couple of noticeable exceptions that he has graciously decided to tolerate lol. And besides, as I told author Becky Wade when she was writing her article on “Why Fictional Heroes Wouldn’t Make Good Real-Life Husbands”, if life did play out like a romance novel I wouldn’t get any “real-life” done for sitting around drooling over my husband all day long! Boys may be better in books, as the saying goes, but husbands are better in real life. Especially mine. 🙂
And that concludes the disclaimer portion of today’s discussion lol. (Unless you count the FTC Disclosure about affiliates and such that the government insists I make.)
“Little girls never stop dreaming about Prince Charming. He just gets a new name with each book.”
True to form, guess who starts out my top ten list?
1. Prince Charming
My very first book/movie crush was on Cinderella’s Prince Charming. Granted, I was like 3 years old but hey – the feelings were real, y’all. My parents will tell you that I made them read that book over and over and over to me and boy did I know if they ‘kipped a page! He set the bar high for all my other book boyfriends, and I have to say I’ve never really gotten over him 😉
2. Frank Hardy
I read more Nancy Drew books per capita but, given the choice between the two, Frank Hardy still wins over Ned Nickerson – no contest. And by the time I got to middle school, Frank and Nancy even appeared in an occasional book together and I’m pretty sure they kissed a couple times. I totally rooted for them, but alas…
3. Gilbert Blythe
I mean, who isn’t a little in love with Gilbert Blythe? As soon as I read that Gilbert has “roguish hazel eyes and a mouth twisted into a teasing smile,” I was hooked. To top it off, he teases, he flirts, he befriends, he pursues, he LOVES. Oh, how he loves Anne! Long before the idea has ever occurred to her, and long after a happy ending seems hopeless – he loves her. “There was nobody else – there could never be anybody else for me but you.” *dreamy sigh*
P.S. – Elyssa Nalani wrote an excellent blog post in April on this Gilbert Blythe phenomenon – Why Women Love Gilbert Blythe and Why Guys Should Pay Attention.
4. Thane Andrews
Thane was a book boyfriend during high school. (I’m pretty sure I was “seeing” Frank, Gilbert, and Thane all at the same time… but you can get away with that when you’re crushing on fictional characters lol) Like Gilbert, Thane loved so purely and so patiently. This line from the book gets me every time:
“I—I didn’t know that you—cared—like that,” she managed at last.
“I have always cared—like that,” he assured her…
5. Travis Archer
Travis Archer is the best kind of hero – tall and handsome, heroic, protective, true. And he’s wooing his wife. I mean… agh! The delicious breath-taking romance of it all!!
6. Lord Ranulf
I’m a sucker for a good Beauty and the Beast story, but Ranulf is the first “Beast” hero that I’ve developed a book crush on. Typically scarred and grouchy about it, Ranulf has a kind heart and can be quite manly-tender when he wants to be. And he SMOLDERS!!! I cannot resist the smolder!!
7. Nick Sheridan
I fell headlong into my next crush on a fictional character as soon as I read this description of Nick:
“Nick Sheridan had the posture of a soldier, the ease of a cowboy, and the daring of a pirate.”
I mean… DROOL! 🙂
8. Ty Porter
Ty flirted his way right into my heart, and I’m not sure he’s left yet. Cocky, flirty, charming, dimpled, cowboy Ty. There were several times while reading Meant To Be Mine that I wanted to jerk a knot in him, but who am I kidding? If I were ever to get close enough for knot-jerking, I would probably just end up grinning at him like a dope instead. He has that way about him. My absolute favorite scene in the book is Ty telling Addie a bedtime story for the first time. Oh my heart, it’s full of adorableness!
9. Luke Masterson
Y’all. This is another one of those guys who woos his wife. I am mush. You can read my recent review of The Isaac Project to find out more about exactly why I have such a crush on Luke but suffice it to say – he’s a firefighter, he’s tender, he’s determined. And he WOOS. Ahhhh I love the wooing!
10. James MacDonald
Anyone who’s been around the blog for … oh, a day … knows how much I adore
my James. *dreamy sigh* He’s incorrigibly flirtatious and playful, he SMOLDERS (be still my heart), he winks, he cooks, he’s a celebrity. He’s too handsome for his own good – for my own good – but he also has quite the solid side to him. (And no, I’m not talking about his muscles!!) My James has depth of character and integrity that were hard fought but aren’t going anywhere now that’s he found them.
I’m sure if I thought a bit, I could come up with more names for this list. In fact, I know I could. This image I found on Pinterest pretty much sums me up:
What about you? Do you fall in love with fictional boyfriends easily too? Who are your favorite book boyfriends?