Sunday, November 27, 2011

My Top Ten Book Boyfriend list of 2012 thus far!

I don’t think I can accurately decide the actual rankings among these books I’ve read this year. They are all very good in their own right for their own reasons. Additionally, the timing is vast between when I read these books and the one that is most fresh in my mind always seems the best. So I will just say these are the ten must read books/series. I’m including series as one because I want to include more books.

Let’s start with my top three heroines from Vampire Academy, Divergent, and the Hunger Games.

Last Sacrifice (Vampire Academy, #6)Last Sacrifice by Richelle Mead

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I want to begin with Rose because I think she is the top “girl” lead I’ve ever read. Why did I choose Rose over Katiness and Tris? It is because Rose is more “real” than the other two despite that she is the only one in a paranormal romance. Rose although tough and capable, is a girl. She has desires for male attention and the one I can relate to more. From the beginning Rose has been selfless making tough decisions but always having everyone’s best interest at heart. Rose was born a leader and always acted like one. But she always showed vulnerability when it came to love and relationships.

I would be remiss if I didn’t mention my book boyfriends from this series. Dimitri and Adrian, wow! What’s not to love about either other them. Dimitri is the guy we shouldn’t date if we are Rose because he is our instructor and legal when we are not. But his passion and sexiness drive us insane. Adrian is the fun loving guy who doesn’t believe in himself. He is vulnerable and we want to save him from himself. But at the end of the day, Rose needs someone strong to balance her out and handle her in ways Adrian cannot. So the best decision is made with Dimitri at her sides. I can’t wait for the next Bloodlines book to see if Adrian will fight for what he cannot let go.

Divergent (Divergent, #1)Divergent by Veronica Roth

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Tris is my number two girl. What makes her number two instead of number one? Tris didn’t begin to think out of the box until the opportunity presented itself. She conformed until at sixteen and the “choosing” approach. Additionally, Tris was not a born leader until faced with no other options. She continually questioned herself about what was right/wrong. Her fighting against the “bad” guys only came when her family and friends were threatened. She is also not selfless which she admits as much. But her journey is not over like the other two series, so who knows how much more she will evolve. Tris was also initially uncomfortable with relationships. Therefore, she wasn’t as relatable to me.

Obviously, Four/Tobias is the guy. Al was never in contention. Tobias is strong and can help Tris to become the leader she is destined to be. Hopefully he can convince Tris that she is pretty and that beauty is in the eye of the beholder. She will not grow until she learns to love herself a bit more.

The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games, #1)The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Katiness is my number three girl. I must say, I don’t like Katiness very much. She is cold and unfeeling which has a lot to do with her circumstances. I didn’t much like her choices. She was definitely selfless, but she lacked emotions. I just couldn’t relate to that. She never allowed herself to feel. In fact, I think in the end, she only went with her option not so much that she loved the guy more but that he was the only one who showed up. Also, I think it was her best option despite I was on the other team. The other guy was too similar to her in a lot of ways. She needed someone else to balance herself out. But I never felt Katiness feel. She was always just doing the right thing. I think she would have done well in Tris’s home faction. I still loved the series though.

Gale and Peeta have very different qualities. Gale is strong and handsome. He will fight for us physically and loves us desperately. Peeta however will also fight for us but in different ways. He’s always loved us. His quiet nature compliments are strong one. He is the best choice.

Shadowfever (Fever, #5)Shadowfever by Karen Marie Moning

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

My top book boyfriend of all time would be Barrons. The Fever series is nothing short of great. The characters are rich and Barrons is the mysterious strong guys that we all want to protect us and love us with such ferocity. Barrons is right for Mac who although has evolved to be a fighter still needs protection. You have to read this series to appreciate. Well worth it.

HushedHushed by Kelley York

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

What can I say about Hushed other than the book took me by surprise. The guy is irredeemable yet we grow to love him nonetheless. Despite my apprehension to his flaws I find myself putting him on my top ten book boyfriend list.

Who wouldn’t love Evan? He will stand by us and be there through thick and thin unconditionally. Who wouldn’t want a man like that?

Succubus Revealed (Georgina Kincaid, #6)Succubus Revealed by Richelle Mead

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Georgina Kincaid made a bad decision and made another to overcome the first. Despite being a succubus and leading men to the dark side to corrupt their souls, we love her. She is not typically strong but her values are high and she constantly tests the limits of who she is to save the day.

Seth and Roman are very different male leads. Roman is the strong guy who will love you with a fighting sprirt. He love hard and fast and we love him. Seth is quiet at heart and sometimes a little soft, but he steps up when it counts the most. Georgina chooses right here and this is the best ending to a series I’ve ever read.

The next two books/series Shade and Beg for Mercy are different romance/paranormal romance books that I’ve ever read. The relationships are real in every way. There is no true love and no soul mates. The female and male leads are flawed and make bad decisions at times. They are in realistic situations in an unrealistic world only by nature because it is paranormal. The plot twists are not predictable and had me cringing at times. But I loved every second of the ride.

Shift (Shade, #2)Shift by Jeri Smith-Ready

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Logan and Zachery are both to die for in the Shade series. But this is no typical love triangle. And how could it be if Logan is a non-corporal ghost. This series isn’t over, but I still love Zach despite what he did. I never saw that coming. Which is what makes this series great.

Beg for Mercy (Cambion #1)Beg for Mercy by Shannon Dermott

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Paul, Flynn, Luke and Sebastian are all very good leads in Beg for Mercy. Who wouldn’t want Mercy’s problem with four hot guys. The only problem is choosing one. They are all good and bad and for different reasons. I couldn’t blame Mercy for her indecision. The easy answer is Flynn the hot bad boy who vulnerable heart shows through at times. Luke’s total love and kindness should also be the easy choice. Because he is not perfect which also makes him a good candidate despite his overall goodness. Paul is the would be boyfriend turned to best friend status only due to circumstances out of their control. But he’s human, so he is automatically last in the list. Then there is Sebastian. He is the wild card who is mysterious and dangerous. Yet in the end, he is the one that saves her time and time again. I can’t choose.

My breakout Indie awards go to Eden and Winter Awakening. These stories were fantastic and should be best sellers next to other traditionally published authors. Lighter on romance than all the others mention above, they still packed a punch, pun intended.

Eden (Eden Series, Book #1)Eden by Janelle Stalder

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

In Eden, Aiden is the perfect male lead and his confusion over the girls in his life is understandable. But they don’t eclipse the story that unfolds with mini romance stories all around. Aiden/Elisa/Wolf and Rose/Callum and King/Witch. This author manages to weave the tales of all of these romances yet romance is not the majority of the book. You have to read this fantasy tale to see the genius at work.

Winter's Awakening: The Metahumans Emerge (Winter's Saga, #1)Winter's Awakening: The Metahumans Emerge by Karen Luellen

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

In Winter’s Awakening, Meg is fearless and daunting. Yet she sometimes needs saving too. Her brothers are there to help protect her and fight against the unstoppable evil. This book is awesome and one you shouldn’t miss. The budding romance with Cole and Meg gets complicated with the introduction to Creed in book two. Yet again in this story’s romance is just a backdrop. It is an addition that enhances the story but doesn’t harm. Despite romance is not a major factor, you won’t even miss that it’s not the major theme. Another must read book of 2012.

There are many more great books out there that I’ve yet to read. My list only includes the stories that I have read. So don’t hate me if one of your favorite books/series isn’t on the list. I maybe I just haven’t read it yet. So check out my book list on Goodreads and suggest some other great series I should read!


  1. Great list. We have similar tastes in books, so I will definitely check out a few of your recs. I am a new follower :)