Thursday, December 25, 2014

1 Best Book Boyfriends of 2014

The timing for this question is fabulous, because I (Martina) literally just finished picking winners for  my 'Tell Santa What You Want in a Book Boyfriend' contest. With this fresh in my mind, Adventures in YA Publishing is proud to present our own list of Top Ten of 2014! This awesome event is originally hosted on Two Chicks on Books!

Happy Christmas, y'all! And may Santa bring you the book boyfriend of your dreams this morning!


Oh gosh, how can I even choose this one?! I think I'm going to have to go with Josh from ISLA AND THE HAPPILY EVER AFTER by Stephanie Perkins. This novel was not only a fantastic series ender, but a great romance. I loved how different this one was compared to the other books in the series, and I really loved Josh. I mean, I'm still partial to St. Clair but Josh is a close second! (Sorry Cricket!)


Another tough category! I really loved the budding romance and the dynamic between Ileni and Sorin, in DEATH SWORN by Leah Cypess.  As these two seemingly very different characters get to know each other, they discover that they have more in common than either thought. It is a complicated relationship, and yet very romantic at the same time. I can't wait to read DEATH MARKED!


Best book boyfriend for me has to be Eight from our own Martina's COMPULSION. I mean, what's not to love about a guy who knows what you want without your even asking? Now, that's a fantasy! Seriously, Eight always had Barrie's best interest at heart and was there for her when she needed him. But what I think I liked best about him was his close ties with his family, ties that meant a lot to him even without the binding magic. ;-)


For best boyfriend, I’m picking Liam from KILLING RUBY ROSE by Jessie Humphries. A lot of bad stuff happens in the book, and Liam suffers serious consequences because of that bad stuff, but he remains steadfastly loyal to Ruby. Plus he gives scorching kisses!


Because my holiday book boyfriend contest was entered by all sorts of readers, not necessarily those who had read COMPULSION, I was delighted to see how many people who entered mentioned the qualities that I love in Eight Beaufort. Kindness, compassion, intelligence, consideration, a touch of badass . . . Not to get on my favorite soapbox here, but I want girls and women all across the world to be treated well, with respect, equality, and kindness. As human beings, we deserve that, but too often that's not what happens. I love Eight with all my heart, which is a good thing since I have Persuasion coming out this year and book three still to write for 2016, but there are obviously a ton of amazing books out there with incredible book boyfriends. I'll take one of everything from any book Jennifer L. Armentrout writes, for example, and I'm still shipping Gansey from the Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater. In hindsight, he's a little like Eight, but Compulsion is more of a romance so my love for Gansey in BLUE LILY, LILY BLUE is less about what's happening between him and Blue and more about what I hope will happen.

1 comment:

  1. Josh is one of my favorites, too! (Though I agree- Etienne will always have a soft spot in my heart) :)


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