Do you remember your first book boyfriend? The one that kick-started your love for the men penned into the pages of some of your favorite novels.
I’ve always been an avid reader, way back to my early school years and I cannot move past a good book. They’re one of the great loves of my life. But, I remember my first book boyfriend. The man that began my love of fictional men and the stories they're apart of.
Almost 10 years ago, I opened a paperback and got lost in the world of Jamie Fraser and Claire Beauchamp. I devoured all that was Outlander with every waking hour of my time. I’d rush through getting ready for work to be able to sit and read - make up and hair be damned. I read it on my way to and from work, I read it on my lunch break and I let that book consume my very existence. I don’t regret it, not one bit, because for those stolen moments, I was inserted into another life. I lived in the pages of that book and experienced the love, hurt, laughter and angst the characters journeyed through. I think women across the world swoon at the thought of James Fraser. I am most certainly one of them. But it wasn’t just him that inspired by addiction to this series. I’m a sucker for a strong female lead and Claire is my ultimate. She was fierce and unapologetic and everything I look for in a heroine when I read. Then there’s Roger McKenzie and Young Ian. I could go on and on. This book had everything; a strong storyline, well written words and both lead and secondary characters that spiraled my obsession. Then years later, I, like a lot of people, was caught into the web of Christian and Anastasia, Gideon and Eva, Jericho and Mac. Each of them were different. Each of them drew me in and I loved them all for various reasons. I waited with eager anticipation for the film adaption of Fifty, because as much as I stand by the theory that books trump movies - ALWAYS, watching characters come to life is really fucking exciting.
J and I discuss book boyfriends on the regular (obviously) and it’s a tough question, one that I, personally give great consideration to. The question of your favorites. The ones that you put above all else. The ones whose stories you can read over and over and you fall in deeper levels of love with them each and every time. Soooooo, for a bit of fun, here are our top 5, separately of course, because as tight as we are as friends, our taste in men, fictional or not, do, most definitely differ.
Side note: we’ve excluded our own leading men from this exercise because clearly they’d fill our list and that kind of defeats the purpose. Buuuut…. Archer, Jake, Bennett, Luca and Toby totally own our hearts :P
H’s TOP 5
5. Luke Stark.
4. Erik ‘Ripper’ Jacobs.
3. Will Sumner.
2. Tack Allen.
1. Jericho Barrons. Jericho is the ultimate of Alpha males. He oozes dominance. He's a beast in every way the meaning can be taken. He’s my King. The top of my list, has been from the moment I read the Fever series and I struggle to comprehend how anyone could possibly take his place.
J’s TOP 5
5. Joe Callahan (Cal)
4. Luke Stark.
3. Bennett Ryan.
2. Jericho Barrons.
1. Hawk Delgado.
Our all-time favorite heroine remains concrete through every novel we read and as shocking as it seems, she's the same for us both - Tess O'Hara is the shit. She is strong and independent and refuses to be swayed by opinions of others. Power to her and the inspiration for every female lead we write, following in Tess' footsteps.
Here’s to the authors that create our fictional men, the ladies that bring them to life and into our world to fuel our fantasies.
Now…… Who tops out your list?????