Hey guys! For this Top Ten, I decided to have a little bit of fun with it. So I was thinking about my dream guy the other day (because my love life is about as hopeless as actually reading all of the books on my to-read list) and I started thinking about how perfect Gomez Addams from The Addams Family is. Seriously. He’s passionate, a great father, caring, and totally supportive of his family. And that got me thinking of who would be my fictional crushes from books. Not just because they’re supposed to be cute or popular in pop culture.
Buckle up, sweethearts, because I’m about to make you think differently about who is swoon-worthy.
(P.S. I have actually done this post before, in 2011. It’s been 7 years and literally hundreds of books later, let’s see how my tastes have changed.)
Top Ten Fictional Crushes
(In descending order)
10. Balthazaar, Mortal Heart by Robin LaFevers
I hesitate to say too much about Balthazaar because he’s not introduced until the last book in the series, but I will say this: he’s by far my favorite love interest in this series. He appears at first like a dangerous man, but he’s actually sweet and fiercely protective of those he cares about. And he’s incredibly gentle and kind. I just…yeah, swoon. Ok, now I want to reread his book for like the 12th time. I’m not kidding.
9. Will, Angelfire by Courtney Moulton
If Balthazaar is a dark bad boy, then Will is kind of his opposite, seeing as Will is basically an angel. Literally. But he also has that fierce quality, seeing as he’s a warrior. And he’s smart, which I like. I always picture him as being something like a big bear that just growls whenever something/someone threatens his girl. It’s a weird visual, I admit, but that’s the impression I get. And while I object in real life to men doing that, it’s cute in books where there are actual monsters trying to kill you.
8. Cole, Alice in Zombieland by Gena Showalter
Apparently I have a soft spot for bad boys. Cole is pretty much the ultimate bad boy persona. Tattoos, leather jacket, dangerous law-breaking attitude. But he’s doing it all for a good reason: he’s trying to protect people from zombies that normal people don’t know exist. He’s literally the most unlike any guy I would actually date, but that I still find cute. Because with Ali, he’s not dangerous at all. Unless you count stealing her heart. (Ohh, see what I did there?)
7. Ian, The Host by Stephenie Meyer
I’m going to bet for a lot of people, Ian would be on their list. Throughout the story, Ian becomes more sweet and curious and protective of Wanda. But he’s also self-sacrificing because he’s willing to do whatever’s best for her, even if it hurts him. He’s charming, by and large. And he’s got a quieter side than a lot of these boys have. Of all of them on this list, Ian is probably the one I would actually date in real life. There’s the least amount of danger in his life.
Holy crap, I literally *just* realized that of all of the guys on this list, not a single one of them comes from a contemporary romance book. Everything has elements of fantasy or sci-fi. Um…whoops??
6. Tod, the Soul Screamers series by Rachel Vincent
And we’re back to my dark side! Tod is a reaper, so there’s that, but he’s way more than that. It doesn’t matter who it is, if he loves them, he’s going to try to protect them. And I really like that quality about him, that he will make life-and-death decisions to protect his family and friends, even if it makes him bitter. But Tod’s also clever and incredibly sarcastic, which I also like. It’s been a long time since I’ve read this series, but I still keep a soft spot for his hopeful darkness.
5. Rhys, A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas
Of all of Maas’s characters, everyone from Dorian to Chaol to Tamlin, Rhys wins my heart by a mile. Now, he didn’t at first, but once I was won over, oh boy, I fell hard. Rhys has a dark past that he works to overcome, and he keeps a lot of secrets that he shouldn’t, but you never doubt his feelings. He’s insanely clever, protective, ferocious (and sometimes scary-good at being bad), but he’s also gentle and caring and loyal. I just…ugh, now I want to reread his book too! Maybe doing this list was a bad idea because I’ve just tripled my reading list.
4. Adrian, the Bloodlines series by Richelle Mead
Oh, Adrian. He is one of the most flawed boys on this list, but I can’t help but love him. He’s sarcastic and flirty, bipolar (I think, it’s been a while since I’ve read the books), impulsive, and dark. But with the right people around him, he’s devoted and real. He’s not the smartest (especially compared to Sydney), but he only tries to be the best him he can be. But it’s that dichotomy between that flirty-fake side and his real side that gets me. Because when someone suddenly drops that mask and you see behind it, it’s magical.
3. Dimitri, the Vampire Academy series by Richelle Mead
I believe this is the only one on my list that was on my previous list 7 years ago. You don’t understand–I have a serious soft spot for Dimitri Belikov. Sweet Jesus, the boy is hot. Russian, tight-lipped, an amazing fighter, and passionate, Dimitri is basically a young Chuck Norris with a Russian accent. Which doesn’t sound hot, but it kind of is. I started reading this series when I was in middle school or high school and I just cannot get it out of my head.
2. Henry, The Goddess Test by Aimee Carter
This is the last you’ll see of my dark side on this list. Henry is the equivalent of Hades, so we’re basically talking about the God of the Underworld here. That’s not weird, right? I’ve been fascinated with the story of Hades and Persephone since the 6th grade and this modernization of the myth is by far my favorite. Henry, even though he’s a god, is uncertain, soft-spoken, careful, and closed-off. He doesn’t know how to be open with Kate and he makes lots of mistakes. I really loved that he wasn’t this arrogant, macho god. It’s his insecurities that make him more real, and that’s what melts my heart.
1. Jamie Fraser, the Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon
I wanted to keep this all YA, but I just couldn’t keep Jamie off the list. (To be fair, my last list had True Blood on it, so it wasn’t all YA either.) When you’re reading literally thousands of pages in a matter of weeks to read all 8 of these books in a single summer, yeah, I’d say you’re hooked. And that’s exactly what I did. I fell for Jamie from the very beginning, with his charm, self-sacrificing ways, open attitude, humor, and so much more. Not to mention he wears a kilt, which was not a “thing” for me until Jamie rode into my life. These books–and Jamie–plucked so hard at my heart strings that during one brutal chapter in the series, I was crying so hard that I literally could not keep reading. I couldn’t see through my tears to read what happened next! I cried more then than I have over actual real breakups in my life.
Um…that’s normal, right?