Did anyone else jump for joy when they discovered that this week’s Top Ten Tuesday theme from The Broke & The Bookish is ‘book boyfriends’? No? Just me then. 😉
Since I may have talked about book boyfriends a time or ten before now (ad nauseum, you say? Oh well…. it can’t be helped. I have the shirt to prove it. lol), I decided to focus this week’s post on My Fave Book Boyfriends of 2017. Of course, these are the faves so far. I still have books to read – including The Secret Life of Sarah Hollenbeck and An Inconvenient Beauty – and I have a feeling there are more fave book boyfriends to come!
In no particular order …
1. Davis Carter (A New Shade of Summer by Nicole Deese)
Davis… did I mention how yummy he is? Single dad. Veterinarian. Chapter 19 (trust me). Flirty when it counts, sincere when needed. A good friend. A good kisser (I’m assuming. Callie sure wasn’t complaining).
2. Michael Carrington (All of You by Sarah Monzon)
At the risk of sounding completely shallow… hello Carrington brother #2! For all of Trent’s flirty bad boy yumminess that we enjoyed in Finders Keepers, it’s MICHAEL Carrington’s deep emotion and raspy voice that currently has me swooning. Navy pilot. Double amputee. Willing to become a pirate when needed. Murmurs husky things like “You’re killing me” in the middle of a don’t-dare-breathe romantic moment. Hero. Hunk. Honorable. Be still my book-boyfriend-collecting heart.
3. Jack Bowdon (Someplace Familiar by Teresa Tysinger)
I have two words for you: Jack. Bowdon. Two more words: Have. Mercy. Jack has a sexy Southern drawl that gets deeper and lazier when he has romantic intentions. “He could teach a class on how to flirt.” Muscles. Handyman. House builder. Loves his dog. Loves his woman. His best friend describes him as “the guy who swoons easily and loves hard.” Seriously – a sexy, flirty, drawling, twinkly-eyed, winking, earned-his-muscles-through-hard-work guy who swoons over the women he fiercely loves? Yes Please!
4. Jonas Sullivan (The Writing Desk by Rachel Hauck)
Jonas will have book boyfriend collectors everywhere scrambling to add him to their collections; his heated kisses combined with his commitment to wait ‘for the right girl and marriage’ will tempt even the least romantical reader to read this book from the safety of the nearest fainting couch.
5. Ryan Brooks (Just Look Up by Courtney Walsh)
Ryan Brooks. Can we just say yum-my?!? He lived up to all my swoonilicious expectations and then some! Strong in character as well as physically, Brooks is a flirt and a gentleman all at the same time. And his kisses!!!! (Did I mention he rides a motorcycle?) Pardon me while I melt into a little Book Boyfriend puddle all over again.
6. Tyler Hawk (Count Me In by Mikal Dawn)
I love that Tyler can go from not taking anything too seriously, a mischievous/flirty twinkle in his eyes, to taking Allegra very seriously. Yes, he needed a purse whomping more than once but then he goes and does something swoony and redeems himself. He has a firm place on my book boyfriends shelf, forever and ever amen.
7. Holt McKnight (Concealed Identity by Jessica R. Patch)
Holt. Be still my heart. Holt hereby and forevermore claims a spot in my book boyfriend collection. And not just because he reminds me of Henry Cavill with his “dark scruff that did little to hide the deep dimple in his squared chin”. I mean, also, Blair did say he was “built like a superhero made of steel” … But if anyone is still coherent after reading that description, I will also add that Holt earned his way into my book boyfriend collection as soon as he laughed. And flirted a little. And was in general tenderly protective. SWOON.
8. Wes Harrison (Just the Way You Are by Pepper Basham)
British actor. Reformed bad boy. Looks like Henry Cavill. “Ghirardelli in human form”. Enough said.
9. John Lawson (True to You by Becky Wade)
John…. blissful sigh. Former Navy-SEAL-hero John. He has a book and a movie based on his heroism (Hold your swooning until the end, please.) (Ok, who am I kidding? Go ahead. Start swooning.) Besides running his emergency/terrorism training company, he is searching for his birth family. John’s understandably a little angsty and broody but he’s also charming and sexy. (Seriously, keep a fan handy)
10. Sion Morgan (A Moonbow Night by Laura Frantz)
And let’s not forget to mention the romance, aye? (Side note…. There’s something so swoony about these frontiersmen and their ‘ayes’. Blissful twitterpated sigh.) While A Moonbow Night isn’t drowning in romance, a certain kissing tree … and a certain cave scene … and a … well, you get the idea. It’s not lacking in romance by any stretch of the imagination. And since Laura Frantz has a distinct gift for making every word count, trust me when I say to make sure you read this from the comfort of your favorite fainting couch or facsimile thereof.
11. Parker Mitchell (Still Life by Dani Pettrey)
Can we all just pause a moment and appreciate that cover? I have two words for you that will make that hot guy even hotter. Irish. Accent. Yep. My book-boyfriend-collecting heart swooned right into a little puddle when, after Avery has been knocked down by an assailant, Parker wiggles two fingers at her and says: “Come here, lass. Let me check you out.” So… let’s just take another moment or ten to absorb the fineness of that cover and know that he speaks with an Irish brogue. (Is brogue the right word to use here? I don’t know… i’m still twitterpated.)
12. Drew Farthering (Murder on the Moor by Julianna Deering)
I have finally met Drew Farthering, and the pleasure is all mine. Suave but not arrogant. Handsome and besotted with his wife, Madeline. Kindhearted. Strong but not so much that he doesn’t realize he needs God. A book lover (be still my heart) and an amateur sleuth. Yep. Drew, my friend, I apologize for not making your acquaintance much sooner.
Oops! I went right on past ten, didn’t I? I’m sure you’re all shocked.
Ah well, might as well throw another three in here while I’m at it 😉
13. Tavin Knox (The Reluctant Guardian by Susanne Dietze)
Speaking of falling head over heels… Tavin. He’s Scottish. (I also sorta see him as Henry Cavill, but that’s not really important right now.) When Tavin’s emotions are running especially deep, he slips into a Scottish brogue and ohhhhh be still my book boyfriend collecting heart!
14. Thomas Baker (An Uncommon Protector by Shelley Shepard Gray)
Y’all just go ahead and get your fans and fainting couches handy, ok? Because Thomas Baker will have you swooning before the first chapter is finished. His rakish grin, his handsome figure, his rogueish thoughts … whew. Maybe just go on ahead and sit by the nearest snowbank while you’re reading this too. Or, if your weather is miserably unwintry like Kentucky’s, read by the open freezer door.
15. Josh Tyler (Then There Was You by Kara Isaac)
Josh? Hello. He’s hot, he loves Jesus, he’s a musician, he’s adorably grumpy at times and HE HAS AN AUSTRALIAN ACCENT! Need I say more?
Ok…. I know that even though I’m over my limit I’ve inevitably left someone out. What about you? Who are your fave book boyfriends so far in 2017?