Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and Bookish where we get a new topic for a top 10 list.
I have a love/hate relationship with freebies simply because I either have no idea what I want to write about or I have too many ideas and don’t know which one to go for. Today I’ve stuck to the classic book boyfriends list because these guys deserve all the love. Here are my top 10 book boyfriends (in no particular order).
1. Finnikin from The Lumatere Chronicles by Melina Marchetta: He’s stubborn, determined, fierce and loyal. I adored his interactions with Evanjalin and he had several moments that made me swoon. His character growth is phenomenal as a leader, a lover, a son and companion. I would follow his lead in a heartbeat.
“Because any hope beyond that, my boy, would be too much. I feared we would drown in it.”
“Then I choose to drown,” Finnikin said. “In hope. Rather than float into nothing.”
2. Josh Mitchell from I’ll Meet You There by Heather Demetrios: What can I say. Josh obviously has some issues and he struggles to reconcile the three sides of him; the soldier, the person he was before the war and the man he is today. However, his relationship with Skylar made my heart melt and he proves to be a great support system for her in her time of need. Every time I listen to Hotel California, my thoughts will now immediately go to him.
3. Perry from Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi: If I could pick one word to describe Perry it would be loyal. His loyalty to not only Aria, but to his tribe is inspiring. Even when he and Aria are physically separated their emotional connection continues to thrive. His loyalty to her is unwavering and when they’re together we get some truly heart-stopping moments.
*Special mention to Roar as well because he is equally as loyal, charming and beautiful.
4. Percy Jackson from Percy Jackson & the Olympians/Heroes of Olympus by Rick Riordan: What’s not to love about Percy Jackson? Throughout these books we’ve seen him transform from boy to man. You literally would not question his leadership and his sense of adventure always makes for a good time. We’ve also been able to watch his relationship with Annabeth progress and witness the support and care they give each other.
5. Josh Bennett from The Sea of Tranquility by Katja Millay: There must be something magical about the name ‘Josh’. Again Josh has been through a lot and has lost a lot. Yet here he is still going strong. I mean after everything he’s gone through it would be so easy for him to lose himself in his grief. But when Nastya enters his life he slowly opens his heart. He is supportive, understanding and doesn’t push Nastya to reveal her past. On his journey he makes a lot of mistakes but he also learns from them and grows as a person.
6. Kai, Wolf & Thorne from The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer: I know I’m cheating by having all three of them in the list but I simply couldn’t choose one. Kai is a man that is being forced to grow up way before his time. From being an emperor, to stopping a war and dealing with his feelings for Cinder, no wonder he feels overwhelmed. However, as we see in his interactions with Cinder he’s also charming, funny and cares a lot about his people.
Wolf on the other hand is passionate, fierce and clueless at times. I mean tomatoes have a whole new meaning to me after reading these books.
Thorne brings the charm and comic relief we all need, especially with all the doom and gloom happening in their world. He is just a ball of happiness.
7. Tarver Merendsen from These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner: This guy may come across as your typical soldier. He’s resourceful, strong and is the ideal man to be stranded on a desolate planet with. However, beneath all that, as Lilac says, there is also a poetic nature to him and a vulnerability to him that provides a depth to his nature.
8. Jase Garrett from My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick: Jase Garrett is your ultimate good guy. I absolutely adore him. He’s sweet, kind, and he’s also a family man and will always have your back when you need him. He’s just an all round good guy and the perfect book boyfriend.
9. Lucas Whiting from All the Truth That’s In Me by Julie Berry: Again another good guy. What I love about this book is the journey Lucas takes with Judith. He’s not perfect, he turned his back on her when she needed him the most and he knows he let her down during that time. However, he proves to be a crucial ally to Judith as secrets are revealed and things become a lot more clearer in their lives. Their relationship is very much a slow burn but everything about their relationship is beautiful.
10. Peeta Mellark from The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins: I’d be an idiot to not have Peeta Mellark on my list. He is an optimist at heart and is the hope we need when times are tough. This guy is put through the wringer and yet his love and devotion always prevails.
There you have it, those are my top 10 book boyfriends. Who made it to your list?