Top Ten Tuesday: Book Boyfriends

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This week’s topic is book boyfriends!  What makes a good book boyfriend?  While good looks are certainly a bonus, I need more than a handsome face.  I’m attracted to characters who have personalities that leap off the page.  Whether that means they have a heart of gold, are a bit of a bad boy, or simply are intriguing, these are characters from some of my favorite books that I’ve found myself drawn to.

Mr. Darcy-Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen-Mr. Darcy is a classic hero of literature.  My list of book boyfriends would not be complete without him.


John Thornton-North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell-John Thornton is another favorite of mine from classic literature.  He’s such a passionate character.  I love the intensity of the relationship between John and Margaret.


Adam Hauptman-Mercy Thompson Series by Patricia Briggs-Adam is a very intimidating man with a great heart underneath.  His antagonistic relationship with Mercy in the beginning of the series was so much fun, and I loved watching them grow into one of the best couples in fiction.

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John Pritkin-Cassandra Palmer series by Karen Chance-I am several books behind in this series, but John is absolutely one of my favorite characters.  He’s strong, loyal, and the way he interacts with Cassie is extremely entertaining.


Aragorn-The Lord of the Rings series-J.R.R. Tolkien-I’ve always had a soft spot for heroes, and Aragorn is one of the best.


Peeta Mellark-The Hunger Games series by Suzanne Collins-Peeta is such a solid man in a volatile world and by far my favorite character in this series.  His love and devotion for Katniss is incredibly heartwarming.

Adrian Ivashkov-Bloodlines series by Richelle Mead-Adrian piqued my interest in the Vampire Academy series, and I was thrilled to have the opportunity to get to know him better in the Bloodlines series.  He comes off as extremely arrogant, but underneath all his bravado is the sensitive soul of an artist.


Eric Northman-Sookie Stackhouse series by Charlaine Harris-Eric is definitely a bad boy, but so intriguing.  He has an undeniable allure, and I believe he truly cares for Sookie.


The Beast-Beauty: A Retelling of the Story of Beauty and the Beast by Robin McKinley-I have always been drawn to this fairy tale.  Like Beauty, I fell in love with the beast.

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Hades-Daughters of Zeus series by Kaitlin Bevis-Hades is definitely mysterious, powerful and dangerous, but his love for Persephone is strong and true, which is why I like him so much.



  1. Mr. Darcy and John Thornton are both great, brooding characters- and they were cast brilliantly in both of those film/TV adaptions!

  2. Ah yes, Peeta didn’t make my list, but he was a fictional crush of mine back in my Hunger Games days!

  3. Peeta was on my list this week too!
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  4. Okay, it looks like you might have me sold on the Cassandra Palmer series.

  5. I considered putting Peeta on my list! 🙂 I do love him!

  6. MR Darcy is such a classic. I also love Eric, liked him more with Sookie. And Peeta is probably one of the best book boyfriends. Like you said, his devotion to Katniss is so touching.

    Carmen / Carmen`s Reading Corner

    • Poinsettia says:

      I had to put Mr. Darcy on my list. I really like Eric too, and I was so hoping he and Sookie would ultimately end up together. I have issues with the last several books in that series…. Peeta is definitely a great book boyfriend. Thanks for visiting!

  7. LOVE your list, we have a few of the same in our lists!

  8. Mr. Darcy, Aragorn and Peeta are so amazing indeed! And I do love Eric Northman as well 🙂

  9. Eric Northman?!! How did I not think of him?! Probably because it’s been ridiculously long since I saw True Blood.. But he’s so yum.
    Same for Aragorn. Definitely need to read the actual books someday instead of just watching the movies..

  10. I haven’t read North and South, but the mini-series has convinced me that Thornton would definitely make my book boyfriend list.

  11. You have so many great ones on your list! It doesn’t get much better than Mr. Darcy! And I love Eric Northman!

  12. Aragorn is awesome, for sure. I also like your Adam pick from Mercy Thompson, and Mr. Darcy yeah I have to agree. 🙂

  13. Great list. I understand your reasoning for including Peeta…but I’m still Team Gale all the way. It has nothing to do with my longtime crush on Liam Hemsworth…I swear. 🙂

    Have a great week.

  14. I saw Mr. Darcy on a couple of list. One of these days I’m going to read Pride and Prejudice

    • Poinsettia says:

      Pride and Prejudice is lovely, and I recommend Jane Austen’s other novels as well. Thanks for stopping by!

  15. Mr. Darcy is such a classic pick. So dreamy. 🙂 And Peeta… oh my goodness, love him. Such a sweet, decent guy who would do anything for Katniss.

  16. Mr. Darcy will always be THE BOOK BOYFRIEND lol. Definitely agree with most on this list! Great picks <3

  17. I have to admit Eric is one of my favorites from the Sookie Stackhouse books. 🙂

  18. I started with Mr. Darcy, too. Whatta guy. Thanks for visiting my blog.

  19. John Thornton, especially played by Richard Armitage, is definitely swoon-worthy. He and Margaret are a lovely slow burn couple. Good call also on Adam Hauptman – he is one of my favorites and I was going to be super annoyed if Patricia Briggs had paired Mercy with one of the other men waiting in the wings!

    • Poinsettia says:

      Yes, John and Margaret are a great slow burn couple! Adam and Mercy are simply an amazing couple. There were a few times in the series where I thought she might end up with someone else, but I’m glad she and Adam are together. Thanks for visiting!

  20. Excellent list, & I think am going to have to give Pride & Prejudice a read. Mr Darcy seems to be quite a favorite.
    Thanks for the visit to my blog!

    • Poinsettia says:

      Yes, do read Pride and Prejudice! I also recommend Jane Austen’s other novels as well, but Mr. Darcy is pretty hard to beat. 🙂

  21. Thornton. *Swoon* Darcy. *Swoon* (Especially the new “Pride & Prejudice.”)

    Also, Peeta is is a great character, and I often wish it doesn’t feel like (at least in the film, I cannot remember the book) Katniss picks him kind of “by default.” He deserves more.

    Thanks so much for visiting Finding Wonderland. 🙂

    • Poinsettia says:

      You’re welcome! Yes, Thornton and Darcy are amazing. I also think Peeta deserves a little better. He’s such a solid character.

  22. How did I not think of Eric?!? I feel like every time I read someone else’s list I find another person I want to add to mine!
    We have a few in common if you want to check mine out:
    – Shayna

    • Poinsettia says:

      Yes, visiting other blogs is so much fun because you remember something or find something completely new to look up. My to read list is just getting longer with every post I visit! Thanks for visiting!

  23. Oh Aragorn. Now he would be an amazing boyfriend. I like Darcy, but I would also like to slap him haha.

  24. YES, I LOVE ADRIAN!! I actually disliked him in VA, because I thought he was standing in the way of my ship, aka Rose and Dimitri, BUT OMG I LOVED HIM IN BLOODLINES. Wonderful list!

    Veronika @ The Regal Critiques

    • Poinsettia says:

      I didn’t want him to end up with Rose either, but I really liked him as a character and felt that there was more to his story. Thanks for visiting!

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