There are a lot of book boyfriends out there, which makes it hard to choose one to spend Valentine's Day with. Good thing you don't have to choose! You can spend this Valentine's Day with as many as you want. And I have a few not-so-humble suggestions:
Historical: Rhys Winterborne
Why you should choose him: In the vast sea of amazing heroes Lisa Kleypas has created, Rhys Winterborne somehow manages to stand out. The way he yearns for Helen and worships her in his own gruff, grumbly, I'm-not-used-to-feeling-feelings way is nothing short of breath taking. If you don't love Rhys...well, you might be in the wrong place, because I'm not sure I can help you.
Contemporary: Sebastian Lindstrom
Why you should choose him: Look, as the title would suggest, Sebastian is not what you'd call a "good guy." This is a Persephone and Hades retelling, so he does kidnap the heroine. But as you get to know Sebastian, you realize why he is the way he is, and you feel for him. Trust me...you'll feel LOTS for him. You can check out my full review here, but if you're a fan of antiheroes, you will NOT want to miss out on Sebastian.
Rom com/sci fi: Killian Morgan
Why you should choose him: He's a gorgeous, hilarious, semi-villainous, Irish billionaire who isn't an alphahole and is turned on by the fact that the love of his life is a strong, independent superhero. Never once is his masculinity threatened by his kickass heroine. He's EVERYTHING a romantic hero should be (with just a hint of villainy). You can check out my full review here, but much like Kylo Ren, if Killian offered me his hand (or anything else), I'd take it.
Rom com: Jude Ellis
Why you should choose him: He's a gruff, growly, super competent bodyguard who is never threatened by the fact that the heroine is a smart, successful billionaire. Claire Kingsley always writes great heroes, but Jude is my all-time favorite of hers. I gushed about him in this review, but if you love the bodyguard trope, it just doesn't get any better than The Mogul and the Muscle.
Rom com: Leo Bexley
Why you should choose him: He's a hot, gruff, grumbly, grouchy, dirty talker who bakes. I mean, what more could you possibly want??? For more info, though, you can check out my gushy 5-star review here.
Historical: Garret McCray
Why you should choose him: Garret is a sweet, gooey, cinnamon-roll hero of the HIGHEST order. He's smart and hot and secure enough in his manhood to step back, let Spring be a total badass, and never feel threatened by how strong she is. He loves and accepts her for who she is--sharp edges and all. We could ALL use a man like Garret in our lives.
Contemporary: Archer Hale
Why you should choose him: Archer is maybe the most unique romance hero I've ever read. He's a sweet, shy, reclusive virgin who also happens to be sexy as hell, and so deeply emotional that he'll make you cry. (And I'm NOT a crier, y'all, but Archer made me cry.) If you're looking for feels this Valentine's Day, Archer's your man. But if you doubt me (which I just do NOT understand, because I've never been anything but honest), you can check out my review here.
Rom com: Eddie Cannavale
Why you should choose him: He's hilarious, sexy, and so in love with his best friend that you can just FEEL the emotion rolling off him in every scene. His banter with Birdie will make you laugh until you almost pee yourself, but even while you're laughing (and crossing your legs really hard trying not to pee), Eddie will still somehow manage to make you get all emotional. (And super hotness must run in his family, because I adored his brother Declan, too. But I digress...)
Paranormal: Reyes Farrow
Why you should choose him: There's just something ridiculously sexy about a guy who is willing to literally burn the world to the ground for the woman he loves, isn't there?
Romantic suspense: Marc Hunter
Why you should choose him: Look, I could've put any Pamela Clare hero on this list. She's THAT good at creating swoon-worthy heroes. But I went old school and chose Marc Hunter. Why? Well, he's loyal, strong, crazy hot, and has a protective streak a mile wide. He's what every romantic suspense hero should aspire to be when they grow up--a blueprint for swoony awesomeness, if you will. I mean, there's a reason why I've re-read this book more than a dozen times...
Contemporary: Noah Lake
Why you should choose him: If you're looking for a good cry, you don't need to look any further than Noah Lake. You can feel him reaching into your chest and squeezing your heart while you're reading. He's wounded and broken and alone--but then he meets Charlotte and he starts to remember that life really is worth living. Watching him fall ass-over-elbow in love with Charlotte was amazing, and even though all of Emma Scott's heroes are pretty great, Noah has always been a standout for me. Need more info? You can check out my gushy 5-star review here. I think I was ugly crying tears of joy when I wrote it...
Paranormal: Noah Riddick
Why you should choose him: He's a grumpy, growl-y recluse who also happens to be the kind of vampire slayer that scares the crap out of other vampire slayers--and watching the heroine saunter into his life and pretty much demand that he love her was SO MUCH FUN. This was my first Isabel Jordan read, and it ensured that I would read ANYTHING she wrote in the future. Noah appears in the other books in the series, and every time he appears on a page, I smile. :)
But those are just my picks. What about you? Which book boyfriends would YOU want to spend Valentine's Day with? Let's discuss! Feel free to leave titles and links in the comments. :)
2/12/2021 12:59:21 pm
LOVE that Isabel Jordan's Noah and Killian made the list. Emma Scott's Miller and Holden are pretty swoonish, too.
2/12/2021 02:05:44 pm
Woohoo Pamela Clare! I love me some Marc!
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