It’s that time of year again when love is in the air. Christmas trees are quickly being replaced by red and pink hearts, and twinkle lights are being exchanged with arrow-toting cupids as stores everywhere prepare for Valentine’s Day. One particular Valentine’s display caught my eye at my local Chapters; they’ve put up a new table labeled “Book Boyfriends.” The display consists of a number of mostly-teen books with favourite male leads who make readers melt. The table got me thinking about which male characters would be on my list of swoon-worthy book boyfriends. So here it is, a list of the top book boyfriends that make my blood run hot and fast:
In no particular order…
- Jace Wayland (The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare)—Jace is mysterious, brooding and totally badass. With his leather and tattoos, he’s the definition of a bad boy (with a good heart, which makes him all the more attractive).
- Adam Kent (Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi)—Who could resist those blue, blue eyes and military muscles? Plus, there is a tenderness about him that is intoxicating. And need I mention those shower scenes?
- Ron Weasley (the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling)—True, he is completely oblivious when it comes to dealing with females but he’s sweet, funny and loyal. He’s the guy that usually gets over-looked but he has so much to offer. Plus, I love me my redheads!
- Four (Divergent by Veronica Wroth)—There is a lot of depth to Four that is very intriguing. He’s strong and ridiculously brave, but he’s also sensitive. And he’s not afraid to show Tris his fears, which I think is an attractive quality. I can’t wait to see how his character develops in Insurgent!
- Edward Cullen (The Twilight Saga by Stephenie Meyer)—This choice will likely get me crucified but Edward was my first real book-boyfriend crush, especially in Twilight. His intensity always left me feeling electrified.
- Jack (Blood Red Road by Moira Young)—Wisecracking and unapologetic, Jack caught my attention right away.
- Gilbert Blythe (Anne of Green Gables series by Lucy Maud Montgomery)—An oldie but a goodie. Handsome, smart, and extremely patient, Gilbert comes from a world of dance cards, buggy rides, and wooing. He will always hold a special place in my heart.
- Alex Warren (Delirium by Lauren Oliver)—His smiling eyes had me hooked from the beginning. Alex is passionate, brave, and confident. If he asked you to dance with him in the moonlight, could you really be able to say no?
- Peeta Mellark (The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins)—Peeta isn’t your typical hero. He’s by no means the most powerful or the most skilled fighter. But he knows who he is and his heart is 100% pure. And he gets extra points for being artistic.
- Will Herondale (The Infernal Devices series by Cassandra Clare)—Ok, so he might not make the best boyfriend, but there is no denying that he gets the heart racing.
And the book boyfriend who will never make my list? Ed Slaterton (Why We Broke Up by Daniel Handler)—Excellent book, but Ed is a HORRIBLE boyfriend!
Who makes your list? Share your answers in the comments.