As a romantic book blogger I come into daily contact with some attractive fictional men. I have more fictional crushes with book characters in a week than you have hot dinners. It is a tough but very rewarding pastime.
So, it is time to compile my top 10 fictional male crushes.
This top 10 chart is based on:
- The number of hot flushes a book character has given me.
- Whether a book character has entered my dreams at night.
- The power level on my electric fan I went up to while reading about them. For noting my electric fan has three levels; cooling, moderate & full blast.
Okay here we go in REVERSE order:
10. Bruce from Alix Kelso’s The Perfect Moment. With his thick dark hair, his grey-blue eyes and his great smile, he also made me think of the way the sky clears after a storm. When Alix’s character Laura said, Bruce, you make it hard for me not to fall in love with you, even though I already have, I was agreeing with Laura, dabbing my sweaty brow and muttering, ‘move aside, Laura.’
9. Ash from Sue McDonagh’s Summer at the Art Cafe. When Sue’s main character, Lucy, says, Ash, just take me to bed, will you? I was so jealous. With his lean torso, muscular arms, the urgency in his groin and his love of motorbikes, it is hard to read about Ash without an electric fan. As the main character shares my name, day dreaming about Ash was not difficult.
8. Josh from Sandy Barker’s One Summer in Santorini. This handsome American did things for me. With his boyish good looks, his biceps and his scarily good dance moves, I was reaching for my electric fan and pushing it up a notch. There is one kiss which I enjoyed very much, the one where he looks at Sarah with such intensity that her breath caught and the tears spilt onto her face. The kiss was slow and sweet and perfect.
7. Will from Zoe May’s As Luck Would Have It. Will Brimble is one of my fictional love interests. With his exotic eyes that inspired forlorn poetry and self indulgent angsty diary entries, his chest covered in a light dusting of hair I found myself wanting to swap places with Natalie. I loved how he made Natalie feel girlish and self-conscious all over again. Will – I am having lustful butterflies!
6. Rupert from Rachel Burton’s The Pieces of You and Me. Oh Rupert Tremayne, please lean over me and whisper ‘what if?’ in my ear? We haven’t got any history but I could make some up just so that you can say that to me. My love for Rupert is strong. He brings coffee and croissants up to bed, he’s a good listener, likes clandestine meetings in an apple orchard (oh the dreams I had about this) and he’s always wrapping his arms around the love of his life.
5. Ethan from Victoria Cooke’s A Summer to Remember. Oh my goodness, Ethan, what did you do to me! This fictional hunk smells all citrusy and delicious, has a honey tan and a mischievous grin. He’s so adorable I had dancing butterflies when he came onto a page. He heals Sam’s pain as well as his own, and in the bus journey scene he so wonderful and sexy I was an emotional hot mess. Heal me, Ethan!
4. Josh from Marian Keyes’s The Break. I had such a THING for Josh. With his low voice being full of sauce, his long, hard and passionate kisses, this naughty male character who has a fling with Amy took me to new heights of book pleasure. He never seemed to hold back with his emotions, I loved him, his crumpled shirts, his wild eyes, which conjured up all sorts of things in my head, and his constant hunger for passion.
Okay so here are my top 3:
3. David from Anstey Harris’s The Truths and Triumphs of Grace Atherton. I know he’s married to someone else in the book, I know he’s forbidden fruit and I know his morals are questionable, but David did things to me. In the book Grace talks about how David can bring things to life that she doesn’t know are missing and I totally agree! When David spoke about the coup de fondre – the lightning bolt. The French reckon it will hit everyone once in a lifetime. It could be someone you see on the other side of the street, maybe one time….your life is never the same again. It is an appointment with destiny, I was a HOT MESS! He is my coup de fondre with his dark lashes, his penchant for forehead kisses and the way he says, darling girl, Even though he’s a naughty character, David has a well deserved no. 3 spot.
2. Jakob from Pernille Hughes’s Probably The Best Kiss In The World. Jakob gave me one hell of a fictional crush! I went wild at the low growl he made while kissing, I could visualise the pure want in his face and his powerful and sensual kiss made Jess, the main character drop her Tupperware box. Actually it was his Tupperware box containing her phone. He’d put in rice after she’d dropped it in water, but I totally got why she dropped it. There’s something very sexy about a man who is in touch with his Tupperware side. I loved how the ghost of his aftershave lingered on her sheets, his shortish hair was rebelling, his eyes were a soft cornflower blue and his lips tasted of beer and soya sauce.
And my overall hot male character is …
1. Josh in Nicola May’s Cockleberry Bay series. I loved the character of rugby playing Josh right from the start. Even when he was Rosa’s landlord with benefits, I found him so attractive. He’s handsome in a big bear way and larger than life in personality. He’s got a way with words and says things like, get your beautiful little being up those stairs and I was thinking the other day just how beautiful our babies are going to be. His cheekiness, his humour, the way he bursts into Rosa’s shop to see her and his hunky frame makes him such a sexy male character.
Okay, I am now a hot mess after reliving my time with all those fictional men.
My thanks to all the authors above who created such fabulous male characters.
Take it easy, readers.