I've watched some great television and movies over the years...and I've watched some real crap. But one thing that always remained consistent was my willingness to keep watching something solely because of a hot guy. What can I say? I'm shallow. (#SorryNotSorry) That said, here are some shows & movies I watched over the years (mostly) because of a hot guy, and the great romance reads they reminded me of:
Once Upon a Time
I'm not going to say that I didn't enjoy Once Upon a Time, because I did. It was good, clean, family-oriented fun with batshit crazy plots and insane Disney tie-ins. It was clearly one of the most creative shows on television when reboots and "reimaginings" were all the rage. But in the first season, I can't say that I was 100% invested. I often wanted to nut-punch Prince Charming, and Emma got on my nerves a little. It wasn't until season 2 when Captain Hook (aka Killian Jones) showed up that I REALLY got hooked (pun intended, because that's how I roll.) Watching an insanely hot guy's character arc from hot villain to hot, snarky hero was perfect, and I would argue that television hasn't been the same since this pretty pirate sailed off into the sunset. *weeps quietly*
What fans of Captain Hook should read:
This book is the fairy tale completely re-imagined as a M/M romance between Hook and John Darling, and it is trope flipping at it's finest--which is totally in the spirit of Once Upon a Time, I think. It's also ALL KINDS OF HOT, so there's that...
So, don't let the creepy-eyed guy on the cover fool you. Captain Doom is easily one of the hottest pirates I have EVER read about, and Thief of Hearts is one of those reads that makes you laugh and still manages to give you all kinds of heart-warming feels. The sexy times are pretty hot, too. :)
And for more fairy tale re-imaginings, you won't want to miss THIS book list.
I was totally on the fence about this show in the beginning. It was moving at a positively GLACIAL pace. I was ready to tap out. Then this guy showed up on my screen--The Weeping Monk, all shrouded in secrecy, brooding, and tormented. He's a kickass (literally) bad guy...until he's not. I'm hoping beyond all hope that Cursed gets renewed for season 2 (you hear me, Netflix? Get your crap together!) because I'm NOT ready to give up on this guy just yet.
What fans of The Weeping Monk should read:
Former warlord in a fantasy setting gets redeemed? Yep. Sounds pretty The Weeping Monk-ish to me.
Ian is another reformed bad guy in a fantasy setting. Now, The Weeping Monk has yet to show his snarky, sensual side like Ian does so easily, but here's hoping for that in season 2!
The Rise of Skywalker
I wouldn't have watched The Rise of Skywalker if not for Adam Driver. And I realize that he's a polarizing actor when it comes to hotness. Some women find him irresistible, others don't see the physical appeal. He won me over completely in The Last Jedi and ensured that I'll watch him in WHATEVER he's doing. There's just something about his intensity and unique, strong features that I find super compelling, and whatever they paid him for The Rise of Skywalker wasn't enough, because even though they barely gave him any lines/screen time, he carried that entire misogynistic crapfest on his back. He was the only one who made it remotely watchable for me. (Don't get me wrong, I think Daisey Ridley is great--but what they did to her character in that "film" was unforgiveable. Same goes for John Boyega. But I digress...). #BenSoloDeservedBetter
What fans of Kylo Ren/Ben Solo should read:
The Reylo vibes are strong with this one. But you can check out my 5-star review here.
And for more reads for folks who were hoping Ben would get his happy ending (since the film was called "The Rise of Skywalker" and he was, in fact, the last Skywalker) and were so sorely let down, you won't want to miss this book list.
I loved this show with my whole heart. The humor, the emotion, the crazy storylines, the performances...it was perfection. (With the minor exceptions of the Leviathan season and that crapfest of a last episode) But would I have watched so intently all those years if not for Jensen Ackles (aka Dean Winchester, aka My future second husand)? I dunno. Because in my opinion, the most supernatural thing about the show was Dean's unholy hotness.
What fans of Dean Winchester should read:
Hot snarky guys who fight the forces of evil? Yes, please! AND, the Harper Hall Investigations box set of awesomeness is in Kindle Unlimited for the time being, so there's that...
And, for more Dean Winchester-esque reading, you won't want to miss THIS book list...
The Vampire Diaries
So, teen dramas are not usually my cuppa. I'm way too old and cranky for that. And I'm not going to say I loved every minute of this show, because I didn't. (Bonnie was great and Caroline was great, but Elena got on my nerves in a BIG way...so did Stefan) But I was hooked once Ian Somerhalder (aka Damon) graced my screen. Then Klaus showed up at a later date and I was ALL IN. (I'm still pissed that Klaus and Caroline weren't endgame, but I digress...) Point is, I watched every season because of Damon's supernatural hotness. I'm not even sorry.
What fans of Damon and Klaus should read:
This is the obvious answer, right? If you love the show, you'll love the books, right? Well, maybe. If you're a purist of the show, these books are very different. But if you picture Ian Somerhalder in your head while reading, they can't be ALL bad, now can they?
For an adult vampire read, you just can't go wrong with this one. And Bones, the hero, has a very snarky, bad boy, Damon kind of vibe about him. The premise of this series is nothing like The Vampire Diaries, but if you were only into that show (like I was) for Damon, you'll ADORE Bones.
But that's just me. What shows/movies have YOU only watched because of a hot guy? Let's discuss in the comments!