I’m back from my son’s baseball tournament and ready to roll with a Top Ten Tuesday post! It’s been a few weeks since I’ve participated in one of these and since this week was a freebie, I thought I’d feature a topic near and dear to my heart: Swoon Worthy Book Boys!
This week’s Top Ten was inspired by a post I saw recently on one of my favorite blogs, Cuddlebuggery. The post, 10 YA Love Interests I’m Probably Too Old to Swoon Over, which was featured on June 9, 2012, got me thinking about my favorite YA book boyfriends who are WAY too young for me to obsess over, but of course I do anyway:)
I should probably say that there might be some spoilers ahead, so if you haven’t read the books below, you may want to proceed with caution. Ok, let’s go!
10. Four from Divergent by Veronica Roth
I remember reading Divergent last year and positively falling for Four (I REFUSE to call him Tobias, even after he was referred to that throughout the entirety of Insurgent.) I love those strong and silent types, especially when they are mysterious, bold, brave, seemingly fearless, smart as all get out and appear to be nothing but cold, hard and logical but in reality are super duper passionate and sensitive. Sigh. Love you, Four.
9. Rowan from Wanderlove by Kirsten Hubbard (Click for my review:)
What’s better than a bad boy, ladies? A reformed bad boy. Meet Rowan: adventurous, world traveler extraordinaire and the perfect match to Bria Sandoval, a gal in dire need of a change. So I have a monumental weakness for bohemian backpack boys. I dated a few back in the day, and there is something so appealing about a wandering soul who lives totally in the now. If I was in my twenties again I would hunt Rowan down and follow him to the ends of the earth.
8. Dimitri from The Vampire Academy Series by Richelle Mead
Oh, Dimitri Belicov. I loved you when you were good and I loved when you were despicably bad. Honorable, loyal, determined, protective, and a total bad ass, Dimitri is the epitome of the big, powerful, alpha male romantic lead. Plus he’s Russian, which is totally hot, and he speaks with an accent when he says “Roza”. Swoon.
7. Cole St. Clair from The Wolves of Mercy Falls Series by Maggie Stiefvater
Say hello to Cole St. Clair, the first of several bad boys on my list and an archetype I will never, ever tire of. I said it once and I’ll say it again: “Got to love a bad boy.” So what makes Cole stand out in a sea of book bad boys? Well, he’s a bonafide ROCK STAR for one. Musician bad boys are the BEST, people. And even though he is cocky, sarcastic, and addict, and a total man whore, he’s also a freaking genius, like, Mensa smart. When he starts going into all this molecular, genetic scientific jargon I swear my knees turn to jelly. Rock star + genius + bad boy =smoking hot!
6. Alex Fuentes from Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles.
Why Alex from the Perfect Chemistry? Is it because he is the perfect bad boy, arrogant and sarcastic and totally passionate? Or is it because this is a Romeo and Juliet/ West Side Story retelling? Or perhaps is it because even though he runs with a gang, he’s totally dedicated to his family and and his friends? Or maybe because he rides a motorcycle (double swoon…)? It could be all of those, but the thing that puts Alex Fuentes at #6 on my list is because he is ‘muy caliente.’ Holy crap, if Alex Fuentes called me ‘chica’ I would be putty in his hands. He, and this book, is hot. Like pants on fire hot.
5. Travis from Something Like Normal by Trish Doller.
This is the first entry on my list in which the swoon worthy guy is actually the narrator of the book. And what a difference that can make! If I wasn’t front and center in Travis’ head while reading this book, he may not have made such an impression on me. But, oh, how he did. Of all the guys on my list, Travis seems the most REAL. He could be the boy next door to me, you, anyone. He’s not only sexy as hell, he has some irresistible qualities. First, he loves his mama. This is a pretty attractive quality in my opinion, it’s right up there with liking kids. And second: he wants to be a better man. He knows he’s done some pretty stupid things in his past, and he’s ready to make some positive changes. Maturity is a big turn on. Oh, and he’s a marine. Yeah, guys in uniforms are definitely hot.
4. Etienne St. Clair from Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins AND Augustus Waters from The Fault in Our Stars by John Green.
You didn’t really think that this list would be only 10
boys, did you? C’mon, narrowing it down to 10 is HARD. Youknow
I am going to cheat a little here and there. Case in point: #4 is a tie between Etienne St. Clair and Augustus Waters.
Why Etienne? Well, first off he’s French AND British. So he has the double whammy of sexy accents. He calls her “Ah-na”, swoon! I love Etienne because he’s such a genuinely good guy. Sure, he’s pretty indecisive (enough to make me want to pull my hair out sometimes) and he’s a terrible flirt, but oh, my gosh, when he looks at Anna, he reallylooks at her. Stares in fact. DEEPLY. And I love that he and Anna are friends first. Taking it slow and letting it all build up can be the most delicious torture! He’s short and a nail biter yet I still fall for him every time. He’s perfect in his imperfection. Plus, never underestimate the power of good hair:)
Why Augustus? Uh, have you read The Fault in Our Stars? Could there be a more profound, sensitive, honest, ROMANTIC, soul of a poet, live-life-to-it’s-fullest-and-never-look-back, person than Augustus Waters?? What’s so awesome about Gus is that he doesn’t have time to play silly games, he says what he feels every time. You guys, I think he might be one of the most beautifully written characters in all of literature. LOVE HIM. Period.
3. Kaleb from The Hourglass Series by Myra McEntire
K to the LEB! Hello, let me introduce myself. I’m Heather and I am the self appointed president of the Kaleb Ballard Fan Club. So of all the bad boys on my list, Kaleb is my fave. Like Travis, we get a first hand account of all of Kaleb’s awesomeness because he is the narrator of Timepiece. And like the rest of the bad boys on my list, Kaleb has all the typical qualities: he’s cocky and arrogant, he’s sarcastic and snarky, he’s a total man whore, and like Cole he’s got some issues with addiction. Plus he is a total pretty boy, in a ripped, tattooed and pierced kind of way:) But Kaleb, as an empath, is also super sensitive and selfless. I fell in love with Kaleb in Hourglass, that bad boy vibe he was working was irresistible. But in Timepiece Kaleb begins the transformation to reformed bad boy, which is also damn sexy because he’s now got the whole ‘trying to be a better man’ vibe working for for him too. I love everything about him. Oh, and he cooks! And he wears an apron that says “Kiss the Cook.” Damn, he’s fine.
2. Marcus Flutie from The Jessica Darling Series by Megan McCafferty
Marcus. Flutie. Marcus has it all. All of the aforementioned character traits found on this list. Bad Boy, check. Reformed bad boy, check. Musician, check. Poet, check. Romantic, check. Sensitive, check. Smart, check. Wandering, bohemian soul, check. Plus he’s totally devoted to his woman in every way. He does have the tendency to branch off into the strange and zen like, but I can forgive him that because when Marcus is there, he is THERE. He is totally present and in the moment. He has a maturity and wiseness to him that is unusual to find in a YA read. And it has been SO awesome to get to know him over the course of three books. I have been waiting to read the final two works in the series because I just don’t want my time with Marcus to be rushed, that’s how much I love this boy and am invested in this story! And can I just say that the romance/ love/ sex scenes between Marcus and Jessica are amazing. Every time I read those three words: You. Yes, you., my heart skips a beat.
And my Number One Jail Bait Book Boyfriend is….
1. Joe Fontaine from The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson
Until very recently my #1 jail bait book boyfriend would have easily been Marcus Flutie. Then I discovered theholyhorsesunfreakingbelievable enigma that is Joe Fontaine. Joe Fontaine is PERFECT. And for as much as I love and revere the bad boy, Joe is as sweet and as nice as they come. So what makes Joe so special that he earned the #1 spot on this prestigious (ha!) list? Why, I’d be happy to tell you!
- He’s BEAUTIFUL. Long and lanky with miles of legs. He has a mop of silky black curls on his beautiful head (CURLS!) And don’t even get me started on his eyelashes. Bat. Bat. Bat. If you have read the book, you know what I am talking about. And he has this megawatt smile that he is always wearing. Sigh. So. Perfect.
- He’s a musician. No, scratch that. He’s a musical genius. And not just ONE instrument. He plays the French Horn, clarinet, guitar (sighs loudly) and probably a bunch of other ones I forgot after it is mentioned that he plays GUITAR. And he writes music. Not lyrics. MUSIC. He composes it. He writes a song for Lennie. In two parts. Good golly that’s hot.
- He’s half FRENCH. He speaks to Lennie in French sometimes. He lived in Paris. Need I even say more?
- He is SO freaking romantic and passionate. His heart is like an open book. He calls Lennie John Lennon. That sounds weird but when you read it, it ROCKS.
- He makes an entrance in the darkest of times and encounters the most broken of people, and he has the near magical ability to just lift them up and help them find their way out of it.
Reading about Joe took me back to my first love, all those butterflies and giddy feelings, all those feelings just, whoosh! come racing back and it made me feel like a sixteen year old girl all over again. Gah, he is just so amazing, I’m totally and completely joelerious (yes, that is a real term.) Put it this way, after I finished reading The Sky is Everywhere (and the review is coming, I swear) I immediately went online to try and find an image of what I imagined Joe to look like. I know, I know. ‘Quel dork.’
And because 10 11 is just not enough, here are a few Honorable Mentions:
- Lucas from Easy by Tamara Webber
I just read this book and it rocked. Lucas is a perfect blend of sexy and sensitive wrapped up in a protective, bad ass package. And he rides a motorcycle:)
- Jake from Saving June by Hannah Harrington
Jake is a total music snob but gosh, is he uber sexy.
- Dexter from This Lullaby by Sarah Dessen
Dex is the quintessential geeky musician. He’s adorably dorky yet hip and completely endearing. Favorite Sarah Dessen male lead EVAH:)
That’s it! Congratulations if you managed to swim through this total gush-fest of a Top Ten! Think I left anyone off? Who would make your list? Leave a me a comment below and let me hear your thoughts!