What I love most about reading, is how I get to live a thousand different lives, in a thousand different cities through a fictional character. And when it comes to a love story, it is important for me to be able to connect to those characters before I can declare a book to be a favourite of mine – they need to be able to get under my skin and have me thinking about their stories long after the final page has been turned. Since I am someone who enjoys the occasional romance book binge, I have quite a collection of characters that have stood the test of time and remained my most treasured. So, for all the ladies out there who are not interested in real life romance just yet, I figured I’d share my best book boyfriends with you…
COLT CALLOWAY – FALLING INTO YOU: Colton Calloway is my all time favourite book boyfriend. I enjoyed his rough around the edges, angsty persona; but what made him my ultimate lead male character was his strength and will to live with the pain and suffering he has endured. He never tried to run from or over come his past. He was brave, and faced his troubles head on by finding a place in his heart to keep that hurt and be happy despite being reminded daily that it was there. Jasinda Wilder made my heart bleed out for the life Colt was thrown into at such a young age, and his raw, real personality jumped at me from the page. He was tough and serious, but also had a softer side that wasn’t afraid to show vulnerability. What makes Colt Calloway the best book boyfriend, is the way in which his character taught me how to embrace the difficulties that lie in my path and gave me understanding that owning your pain is better than to pretend that it does not exist at all.
BLAINE – FEAR OF FALLING: This book was extremely disturbing. It dealt with issues that reminds you how dark and twisted this world can be, which is why I appreciated Blaine so much. He was a ray of sunlight that illuminated the crevice into which we are thrown when embarking on these characters’ journeys. Blaine is a character that wears his heart on his sleeve, and he has his own issues and flaws that makes him perfect. He was incredibly tenacious and seemed to see the best in people when they could not see it themselves. Fear of Falling is written from both Blaine and Kami’s point of views so we get some insight into what exactly goes through the mind of this book boyfriend, and we get to learn that he has such a good heart. He made me laugh and he made me want to cry; he broke my heart and mended the pieces together again; all of this is why he makes this list.
TRISTAN COLE – THE AIR HE BREATHES: Last year I was on the verge of giving up on the romance genre entirely due to the stack of rubbish love stories I read through the year. I was convinced that I’ve gone through every book worth reading and that there was nothing new and exciting left for me to read. And then I came across this book, and honestly I don’t know how it managed to slip by me! Tristan Cole was a cruel, cold character with a heart breaking past. He was damaged and cut off from the world like no other character on this list; walking around town with an emptiness that could not be understood by the rest of the community. It was easy to see why he was branded as a monster – the man was plain and simply unapproachable and void of emotion. And then everything changed when he became friends with Elizabeth. Those solid concrete walls that he built around his heart slowly began to crumble, and we got a glimpse of the man he must have been before the tragedy changed him. Tristan Cole was a book boyfriend that gave the reader hope – because if he could find happiness in the world Brittainy C. Cherry created for him then anyone can.
COLT – CHARADE: Another Colt that stole my heart. But unlike Colt from Falling into You, this guy was a total prick with a bad ass, take-no-crap attitude that made me laugh with his obscenity. Colt had his own hang-ups hidden behind his tough guy mask that really made my heart break for him. He was angry for what was about to be taken away from him and he did a good job of showing the rest of the world that he just didn’t care about much else. But underneath it all, he was a lost soul searching for some sort of comfort even though he had no idea that he was looking for it. I enjoyed his wit and smart quips, and I loved how honest he was in his life; he displayed strength and loyalty in a way that made his character feel real. And when things came to a breaking point, he some how found the peace that he never thought he needed in his life.
REECE MULVANEY – FOREPLAY: Foreplay wasn’t the best book that I read, which should be surprising given the fact that the male love interest is one of my favourite book boyfriends. The truth is that Reece made the book interesting for me. He was a straight forward guy that didn’t beat around the bush when it came to what he wanted. He was a confident character, yet had his own bag of issues and he was so damn proud to the point of it actually being cute. I liked that he was reserved and never gave too much away, and he was just the right amount of bossy to get Pepper to come out of her shell. His kind of moody, broody personality made the sweet and thoughtful things he did that much more special and heart melting so it was easy to root for him throughout the book.
Who are your best book boyfriends?