Miscellaneous Musings: Book Boyfriends …

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We all have them … book boyfriends. Those yummy heroes who make our hearts go pitter-pat. The ones we dream of having someday (fiction-schmiction). These are a few of ours shared by LASR reviewers. Who are yours?

Sean Evans / The Innkeeper Series by Ilona Andrewsinnkeeper

Former military, he has a poetic bent, is handsome, sexy and loyal to those he claims as friends. He is also a rare alpha strain werewolf that is not supposed to exist.

~ Foxglove


John Thornton from North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell

john-thornton-from-north-and-south-by-elizabeth-gaskellIt is a favorite book of mine for many reasons, but John Thornton is one of my favorite characters of all time. He is so passionate, strong, caring, and loyal. He cares deeply for his family and friends. His relationship with Margaret Hale (the heroine of the story) and her family is complicated for a good part of the story, but he always treats Margaret and her family well. He cares for them when they need help without expecting anything in return. Even when he is crushed by Margaret’s rejection of his first proposal, he continues to watch out for her and protects her in a situation that could have had some serious repercussions had he not intervened. I hope this is all making sense as I could ramble on and on. I highly recommend John Thornton. He is one of the most real and vibrant characters I’ve come across in a book.

~ Poinsettia


Anthony Bridgerton from The Viscount Who Loved Me by Julia Quinn.anthony-bridgerton-from-the-viscount-who-loved-me-by-julia-quinn

Why did I choose him? Because he was among my first. I met him in my early days of reading romance novels and he just made such a strong impression on me. He was such a complex character on one side Alpha, but on the other side sweet and soft. I like how he panicked when Kate was stung by a bee, but I think I fell in love with him when he was comforting Kate in the library during the thunderstorm. All in all a perfect book boyfriend.

~ Quince


Hector Chavez from Rock Chick Regret by Kristen Ashley

hector-chavez-from-rock-chick-regret-by-kristen-ashleyHector was one of the best alpha heroes, strong, possessive and hot. Kristen Ashley writes the best alpha book boyfriends and by that I mean they can be abit of an alpha hole at first but underneath is always a guy with a soft heart. Hector was the best. He met Sadie while working undercover to bust her crooked drug lord father. First impressions can be the worst, especially as Sadie, who really had a heart of gold, worked extra hard at keeping up her defensive walls. So lots of misunderstandings to complicate their relationship. But Hector knows that Sadie is the one for him so he finished his job, quit the ATF and started getting ready to claim his woman. Except that poor Sadie is beaten and raped by one of her dad’s associates before Hector can make his move. Oh Lord that man went into Kristen Ashley possessive alpha man high gear. I wanted my own Hector ! Rock Chick Regret is in my opinion one of Kristen Ashley’s most emotional tear your heart out reads.

As a matter of fact, every one of my top book boyfriends are Kristen Ashley alpha men.

(1) Hector
(2) Tate Jackson from Sweet Dreams ( Colorado Mountain Series)
(3) Tack Allen from Motorcycle Men (Dream Man Series)
(4) Joe Callahan from At Peace ( The Burg Series)

I could go on and on because Kristen Ashley writes the best book boyfriends ever.



Jake Romero from With Caution by J.L. Langleyjake-romero-from-with-caution-by-j-l-langley

He was smoking hot! Him being an alpha werewolf biker might have had something to do with it!

~ Lilac


Seth Carter from His Tattooed Virgin by Heather Rainier from the Divine Creek Ranch Collection

seth-carter-from-his-tattooed-virgin-by-heather-rainierSeth is the owner of Divine Ink and married to Jayne. They have one child, Toby, who was literally dropped in lap Seth’s with a “Surprise, you’re a daddy” note. Seth has led a very exciting life as a tattoo artist that took him all over the world but he also saw things that made it clear that “world traveler” wasn’t what he wanted. Home, love, family and his art was where his heart was. This and a friend brought him to Divine and to shy librarian and recent cancer survivor, Jayne Sheridan. Seth is protective of Jayne but also sensitive to her need to live after almost dying. He doesn’t try to smother her but stays close. When she comes to him for a tattoo to cover her scars, he designs a one of a kind piece that is beautiful both in aesthetic creativity and the personal touches that make it unique and personal for Seth and Jayne. He has that lovely bad-boy look, lots of ink, rides a motorcycle, is the epitome of tall, dark and handsome. For me, Seth Carter is the total package and if I didn’t really, really like his wife, I’d totally want him for a book boyfriend.

~ Honeysuckle


Legolas from J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings trilogy (The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers, and The Return of the King).legolas

Not only was he handsome, he was brave, light-hearted, loyal to his friends, and not at all afraid to risk his own safety when someone he cared about was in danger. I also liked the fact that he didn’t seem to feel the cold when traveling outside in the winter. He’d wear a light pair of shoes on even the snowiest days.

~ Astilbe


Roarke from the “In Death” series by J. D. Robb

vengeance-in-death-jd-robb-250From the moment I met him in book one, he’s been my favorite book boyfriend despite the hundreds of books I’ve read since. He’s perfect in his imperfection. I think what makes him most attractive isn’t his looks, accent or money, but the fact that he loves Eve unconditionally. She puts him through Hell on a regular basis, but his devotion to her never falters. They fight, they have their disagreements and they are a relatively “regular” married couple, but he is her rock and she is his and that type of amazing love isn’t something you see all the time. To have someone love you that way? … Is there anything hotter?

~ Poppy

Okay, now it’s YOUR turn. Who is your book boyfriend? Don’t forget to tell us the book or series it’s from so we can add to our TBR pile!!


  1. Mine was always Lord Ian Mackenzie – from The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie by Jennifer Ashley
    There was something about him, even to this day, 6 years later, that still resonates with me.
    All romance stories have the hero giving the heroine ‘ the look’, but there was no more profound a gaze than when Ian finally locked eyes with Beth. For me, it was the most romantic and powerful moment. In that moment, there was nothing and no one else in existence for Ian except Beth. Once a reader understands why Ian was so unusual, they’ll understand why that moment had such power over me. And still does. Imagining a man looking at me with that kind of intensity sends delightful chills up my spine. I want to be loved just. like. that. 🙂

  2. Valentine Napier, the Duke of Montgomery, from the book,Duke of Sin by Elizabeth Hoyt
    Why Him? Probably because he’s a bad guy, yet not – an Anti-hero I guess. There was something about the way he was – he had the ability to be cruel yet he had a sense of honor and justice unique to his upbringing. He was sensual, seductive, worldly and full of surprises. And, he’s a man who decides that when he loves a woman, he will do anything for that woman. His cruelty would be aimed at anyone who poses a threat to her, the ultimate knight in tarnished armor. I like a man of action but not overtly so. Val balanced that dichotomy quite well and I found it sexy. I can’t imagine ever being bored by a man like him. Marriage to a man like him would be a lifelong adventure. Yum.

  3. There are a few here that are on my all time book boyfriend list besides the one I sent…Rourke from the In Death books, of course, Legolas is fine but then you gotta have Aragorn too. Back to the Innkeeper books, I also like Arland Kraut, the Vampire Marshall. And of course there is Jericho Barrons from Monings’ Fever books, and Curran from the Kate Daniels series. So many to …covet.

  4. Honeysuckle says:

    This is a pretty awesome list! I will say I do love a hot elf who knows how to use a bow!

  5. Oh yeah, I forgot about Jericho Barrons … He sure was mysterious- I still don’t know WHAT he is. LOL

  6. I’ll always be faithful to my Kristen Ashley book boyfriends. One might say that obsessed would be a better word. However, I do have one more to add to my list.
    Lothaire the half mad vampire hero from the Immortals After Dark series by Kresley Cole. In his book, which by the way is titled Lothaire, this half mad vampire claws out his heart and sends it to his mate because she broke his heart. Crazy but romantic. Lol

    • completedreviews says:

      Oh Yeah!! I remember that one!! You’re right – he was a redeemed villain ..love those kinds of heroes. Thanks, Tulip for the reminder – it was a dark book but Lothaire took my imagination hostage. 🙂

  7. Thank you so much, LASR and Honeysuckle, for including Seth Carter from His Tattooed Virgin in your list. I’m honored and humbled that he made a list with such auspicious characters. If I were to name my favorite book boyfriend, it would have to be Jamie Fraser from the Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon. The perfect blend of strong and tender. ❤

  8. Judith A King says:

    Mine would be Valiant, which is Laurann Dohner’s New Species Series Book #3. He is a little more animal than human and has withstood torture only to be finally released into the world and has a place in an area that they bought in the US for these particular groups of ‘people’. He falls in love upon seeing and smelling Tammy Shasta who is there for a catering event, but someone sent her to the wrong place. It tuned out to be Valiant’s home and he’s not letting her go or get away any time soon. Valiant lives up to his name and this is a wonderful, one of the best series in science fiction/erotic romance that I have had the pleasure to read. I do have to say that I have ‘a lot’ of book boyfriends and there are a few authors that grab me and give them to me, not just Laurann Dohner, but Heather Rainier, Dixie Lynn Dwyer, Shelly Laurenston, Leah Brooke and Lora Leigh to name but a few who keep me in book boyfriends. I do reread the books as well every chance I get.

  9. I definitely agree that Legolas and Aragorn belong on this list! I would also add Adam Hauptman from the Mercy Thompson series by Patricia Briggs. He’s very strong, loyal, a loving father, and the alpha of his werewolf pack. However, what I like most about him is his relationship with Mercy. They make a great team and I’ve enjoyed watching their relationship grow throughout the series.

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