For the sake of simplicity, I’m going to make this one all about my favorite crushes from books. Perhaps sometime soon I’ll get around to doing a movie edition.
It was actually harder than I thought it would be to come up with a list. While I’m reading, I typically develop crushes on every main lead, but it takes something special about them for me to remember them months or even years after I’ve read it (and for some of these, it has been years). And, surprisingly, I could only come up with 20 characters I loved enough to want to put on this list.
10. Tucker from Unearthly by Cynthia Hand
Why I Love Him: Tucker’s a cowboy in Wyoming and I’m a sucker for cowboys. He’s sharp as a tack when it comes to wit and humor, which I especially love. He’s just a simple guy, who loves what he loves and he’s not afraid to let you know it. He’s not going to hide who he is because you don’t like it. That makes him epically amazing in my book.
9. Alex from Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles
Why I Love Him: Alex is…well, Alex. How do I explain? He’s tough as nails and willing to do whatever he has to in order to protect those he loves. That’s how he grew up. But he’s also insanely sarcastic or sincerely sweet when he wants to be. He’s used to sacrificing things for a greater good and in Perfect Chemistry, we get to see him take a few moments for himself, without having to give anything up.
8. Kaleb from Hourglass by Myra McEntire
Why I Love Him: Kaleb is one of two people on my list who isn’t the lead male. Kaleb is one of those blatantly flirty guys who have an internal repertoire of pick up lines and come ons. But he’s also extremely sensitive and selective about who he lets into his life. I couldn’t help but hope he got the girl. And if she doesn’t want him, I will gladly take him.
7. Shane from Glass Houses by Rachel Caine
Why I Love Him: In a town of vampires, you’ll take whatever safety net you can find. And it happens to be Shane. At 19 years old, he’s had a rougher life than most people, even those who’ve lived in Morganville their entire lives. But that’s led to him being fiercely loyal and protective of those he loves and a big softy to the girl who has his heart.
6. Etienne from Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
Why I Love Him: He’s French. Is that enough of a reason? It’s totally sexy. He’s incredibly funny when he wants to be and very caring. He’s also just so…normal. He’s like the boy next door. He doesn’t always make the best choices, but does anyone?
5. Ethan from Some Girls Bite by Chloe Neill
Why I Love Him: Ethan is the kind of hot that curls your toes, turns your insides to mush, and turns you into a giggling girl. He makes me melt. Being the leader of a house of vampires, Ethan is normally very stoic, very reserved around others. And more than a little sarcastic. I loved being able to see the other side of him, the one that wants to woo the girl. I think most girls like the rugged man with a softer side.
4. Eric from Dead Until Dark by Charlaine Harris
Why I Love Him: I admit, True Blood does play a part in this decision. Eric is just so sexy. Much like Ethan, he is also a leader of vampires and that comes into play as to who he is as a character. It makes him more vicious, edgier. It’s startling. But at the same time, he can also be sweet. I’ve always wanted Sookie to be with him instead of Bill.
3. Derek from The Summoning by Kelley Armstrong
Why I Love Him: Derek, for lack of a better term, is huge. He’s described as being taller than everyone else. Tall guys=sexy. While he can be gruff and unemotional at times, I’ve seen moments when he’s the sweetest guy in the world. Another fiercely protective guy. He’s also so smart it’s intimidating, and that’s something I don’t say often.
2. Dimitri from Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead
Why I Love Him: With Dimitri, it seems like this list never ends. He’s smart, funny, tall, protective, loyal, sweet, loving, a brilliant fighter (a “badass”, as Rose describes him), and very sensitive. I fell in love with this Russian cowboy back in the first book and he’s had a grip on my heart ever since.
1. Peeta from The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
Why I Love Him: From the very first interview he had before the games began, I knew I was putty in his skilled baker hands. He’s the rose to Katniss’s thorn. He’s so sensitive and smart. He’s modest to a fault at times, and he’s fierce enough to save Katniss from herself when he has to. Oh, and there’s kind of this gorgeous looking actor playing him for the movie. Want to see some pictures?
Whenever I see him, I feel like a *squee*ing school girl again, just like used to do whenever a new Harry Potter trailer would come on TV. *Sigh* Peeta…