Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and The Bookish.
Wait. I have to be a fictional character to crush on these guys? Man, I’ve been doing it all wrong! But I get the point. If these were real life guys (can we sigh at that thought?), there are certain ones I’d be a crazy fool for. So I’d be a lot like I am now, only it would happen in a book.
I promise I’ll resist listing Michael Moscovitz ten times. But that’s only because there are many book boyfriends I feel I must mention. I mean, this important business. Serious stuff. One of the main reasons I read certain books is because I want to read about kissing. Not bodice ripping or throbbing body parts, just a good, tingle in your toes, steamy kiss. And maybe some stolen glances. I love those too, holy crepes, do I ever, but my toes can’t tingle if the love interest isn’t swoonworthy. This is why I’ve created The List. Because the world must know that not every YA romance has a vampire or an angel in it.
Let’s go through the top contenders (and there is NO WAY this list will have only ten characters). To keep from gushing I will describe them in two words/phrases and will not be allowed to use the terms “hot” or “swoony”. This may be difficult:
1. Michael Moscovitz (The Princess Diaries)- Genius, confident,
perfect, swoony, hot, reminds me of my husband in high school
2. Adam (If I Stay, Where She Went)- Rock Star, loves that Mia’s a nerd
3. Wes (The Truth About Forever)- Funny, he’s the good guy
4. Joe Fontaine (The Sky Is Everywhere)- Adorable happiness, musician
5. Jonah Effing Griggs (Jellicoe Road)- Understands Taylor, unwavering support
6. Jay Heaton (The Body Finder series)- Best friends who fall in love. Done.
7. Mr.Rochester (Jane Eyre)- Consumed with Jane, very funny
8. Mr. Knightley (Emma)- The loyal friend, always loved Emma
9. Jace Wayland (Mortal Instruments series)- Cocky, brave
10. Will Herondale (The Infernal Devices series)- Reads, cocky ( apparently I like ’em arrogant)
11. Henry DeTamble (The Time Traveler’s Wife)- Adores Claire, very smart
12. Jack Force (Blue Bloods)- Forbidden love, scary powerful
Do you know how hard that was? I just want to gush. I just want to go on and on and on about these characters, but if you really want to know more, you should read the books. There are so many others (St. Clair from Anna and The French Kiss, Cricket Bell from Lola and the Boy Next Door, Jase from My Life Next Door, Tobias/Four from the Divergent series, and so on). To me, a great hero is made in the way he loves and treats the heroine. That’s why the ones who seem to fall the hardest, to love the strongest and who are the most devoted, always capture my heart. And honestly, where my favorites are concerned, there’s always something–a quality, a moment, a saying–that reminds me of my husband and I’m totally hooked (he thinks I’m crazy when I tell him that and then he asks me to stop comparing him to books. Boys!).
I’ll leave you with this great meme my buddy sent to me on Facebook.