Grumpy Book Grrrl

a reader and writer


One of the greatest gifts an author can bestow upon a reader. We all have them (or we should). These men are larger than life and have sprung from the pages right into our melting, fangirling hearts. They cause us to be more possessive than we ever would be in real life. Hey, it’s fantasy – it’s allowed!


1) You think about him even when you’re not reading.

2) When someone else says they love his character too, you get defensive.

3) You start looking for the perfect actor to play his part in the movie (even though there is no movie).

4) You start looking for the perfect actor to play his part in your mind because you have started writing scenes for the movie in your daydreams.

5) You re-read the book over and over and start skimming to his parts because they are the best ones.

My recommendation to those with friends who have the same book boyfriends: agree to a custody arrangement and then everyone wins! We all know that one person though, who steals them all and won’t share.

Not cool, buddy. Not cool.

I’m excited to present a list of my top book boyfriends. These characters have stayed with me over the years and if I could, I would marry them.


Perhaps not exactly marriage material (but he is so much fun), I will start with Hugh d’Ambray from Ilona Andrews’ Kate Daniels series. I like Hugh so much, I even made a meme. I have cast actor Henry Cavill as my version of Hugh.

“What is it you want from me, Hugh?”

“Short term, I’d like you to say my name with a please attached to it. I’d like to walk into Jester Park with you on my arm.”

 “Long term, I want to win. And I will win, Kate. You’ll put up a good fight, but eventually you’ll be sleeping in my bed and fighting with me back to back. We’ll be good together. I promise you.”

“What part of no don’t you understand?”

“The part where I don’t get what I want.” (Magic Breaks)

“You’re a survivor. Voron put you on the edge of that cliff again and again until he conditioned you to claw onto life. You’ll do whatever you have to do to survive, and I’m your only chance of getting out. At first you’ll balk, but with every passing hour my offer will look better and better. You’ll convince yourself that dying will accomplish nothing and you should at least go out with a bang. You’ll tell yourself that you’re accepting my offer just so you can stick that broken sword into my chest and feel it cut through my heart. Even if you die afterward, the fact that I’ll stop breathing makes your death mean something. So you’ll call me. And you’ll try to kill me. Except you’ve gone three days without food, and that body . . .” He tilted his head and looked me over slowly. “That body burns through calories like fire goes through gasoline. You’re running out of reserves. I can put you down with one hit.”

“You’re right about the sword. You broke mine. I owe you one.”

He tapped his naked chest over his heart. “This is the spot. Give it a shot, Kate. Let’s see what happens.” (Magic Breaks)

Magic Rises is one of my favorites in the series and it’s because of Hugh. That scene with him and Kate, fighting sword to sword… captivating. Hugh is a bit too villainy (and scary) for me in real life , but I find him compelling on paper. He’s even getting his own book. This makes me so happy!

Casey cast actor Luke Evans as her Hugh.

For more Hugh news, you can find him at the Ilona Andrews website!


I’m not sure I need to say more. To those aware of this sexy vampire, you will understand completely why he made my list.

“We could go back,” he said. In the dome light of the car, his face looked hard as stone. “We could go back to your house. I can stay with you always. We can know each other’s bodies in every way, night after night. I could love you.” His nostrils flared, and he looked suddenly proud. “I could work. You would not be poor. I would help you.”

“Sounds like a marriage,” I said, trying to lighten the atmosphere. But my voice was too shaky.

“Yes,” he said.” (Dead to the World)

“I hurt with you. I bled with you – not only because we’re bonded but because of the love I have for you. — Eric Northman” (Dead in the Family)

“Eric was holding my hands, and I was digging my nails into him like we were doing something else. He won’t mind, I though, as I realized I’d drawn blood. And sure enough, he didn’t. “Let go,” he advised me, and I loosened my grip on his hands. “No, not of me,” he said smiling. “You can hold on to me as long as you want.” (Club Dead)

“You’re lips are bloody.’ He seized my face in both hands and kissed me. (Living Dead in Dallas)

“How grateful are you?” he whispered, his mouth hovering over mine. His eyes were very alert now, and his gaze was boring into mine.

“That kind of ruins it, when you say something like that,” I said, trying to keep my voice gentle. “You shouldn’t want me to have sex with you just because I owe you.”

“I don’t really care why you have sex with me, as long as you do it,” he said, equally gently.” (Club Dead)

I mentioned Eric in my vampire blog recently, but the book where he got amnesia blew my mind. I can’t explain why I lurv him so much, but it may have something to do with the fact that I started watching True Blood before reading the books, so I always had this guy in mind:


The Fever series by Karen Marie Moning is one that absolutely changed my life. Reading those first five books was literally like a mystical experience for me. Barrons was the anti-anti hero, the type of character you only come across once in a lifetime. (Well, he is tied with Eric Northman for me).

“Some people bring out the worst in you, others bring out the best, and then there are those remarkably rare, addictive ones who just bring out the most. Of everything.

They make you feel so alive that you’d follow them straight into hell, just to keep getting your fix.”

“Unpredictable as a hungry lion, he might be feared by everyone else, but he never ripped out my throat, only licked me, and, if his tongue was a little rough sometimes, it was worth it to walk beside the king of the jungle.”

“He pulls me around and kisses me. “You’re Mac,” he says. “And I’m Jericho. And nothing else matters. Never will. You exist in a place that is beyond all rules for me. Do you understand that?”


From the Maiden Lane series book, Thief of Shadows, by Elizabeth Hoyt. Who knew the quiet, conservative schoolmaster was such a devastating hunk under that reserved demeanor? Hubba hubba. I also loved the older woman/younger man trope.

“Somehow she knew he would take a love affair very seriously indeed. Once that pinpoint focus was engaged, he would throw himself body and soul into the liaison. In the the woman he decided to take as a lover.

A shiver ran through her at the thought. To be the object of such ferocious regard was an alluring prospect, but it also gave her pause.”

“Dear God, what she saw in that look! How he had hidden these many years behind the guise of a simple schoolmaster, she didn’t know. Anger, passion, lust, and surging hunger swirled in his stormy eyes. Emotions so stark, so strong, she didn’t understand how he kept them under control. He looked as if he were about to attack her, ravish her, and conquer London and the world itself. He could’ve been a warrior, a statesman, a king.”

I did not cast Winter but my review at Goodreads had tons of fangirling in it.


Another book boyfriend of mine is Duke of Sin’s Duke of Montgomery, also from the Maiden Lane series. I five-starred this book at Goodreads and couldn’t get enough of this devilish rogue.

She’d said she loved. Loved him. What a strange and wondrous thing. And how it hurt, this love! What pain it caused, like tiny knives in the veins. He didn’t think he liked it much, but he’d endure it, yes he would, if only she’d return and stab him again.

Val is dark and damaged, yet a charming rake written to perfection by Hoyt.

I could go on and on, but some of my choices would bleed into my recent vampire blog (haha did you see what I did there?), and I don’t want to be repetitive. But of course Harry from the Marnie Baranuik series and Bones and Ian from the Night Huntress series would also have spots on my list.

Both Abby and I have cast James Marsters as Bones. In book one, he has platinum blond hair and ever since then, it’s been Spike all the way…

And okay, this is how I picture Harry from the Marnie Baranuik files:


One more book boyfriend honorable mention: pretty much all of those hot, horned blue aliens from the Ice Planet Barbarians series by Ruby Dixon. Who are your favorite book boyfriends? Leave a comment below. This is a topic I never tire of. 🙂

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