I thought about trying to write about my favorite couples for Valentine's Day, but honestly, I don't pay a whole lot of attention to the actual romantic part of books. I pay more attention to how I feel about a male character than how the women in the book react to him!
So that's what you're getting today. Some of my book crushes. Admit it--you have them too.
The first one is a little weird. Atticus Finch from To Kill A Mockingbird. Okay, he's a father figure. But a widowed man raising his children well, with the moral strength to seriously defend a black man in the Jim Crow South? I'm in love.
Papa and Rudy from The Book Thief for pretty much the same reasons I love Atticus. Here's a spoilery quote that shows why I love Papa. And Rudy--a boy who impersonates his hero, Jesse Owens, in Nazi Germany is going to grow up to be a man that I love.
Odd Thomas from the book of the same name. He's funny, self-deprecating, heart-broken, loyal, and always doing his best. He might not be a hottie, but he's got a beautiful heart.
The rest are more frivolous.
The Phouka from Emma Bull's War for the Oaks. Wow. Playful, protective, fey, and sexy? Sign me up. Willy from the same book is a ball of sex appeal himself.
Jamie from Outlander--There's a drummer for a Scottish group that I describe as sex on legs. That's Jamie too.
Finally, there are Rodrigo Belmonte and Ammar ibn-Khairan from The Lions of al-Rassan by Guy Gavriel Kay. I have told my husband, quite seriously, that if Rodrigo and Ammar ever walk out of the pages of that book, he should be very worried. They're strong, intelligent, attractive, faithful, thinking-soldier types who treat a woman as an equal in a time when women aren't much more than baby factories. Heck, if I'm being honest I'm probably a little love with Jehane from the same book also. Those three are a fantastic trio of characters that are firmly lodged in my heart, even though they broke it as I read.
There you go--a few of my book crushes. There are more, but those are the first ones to come to mind. Who are your book crushes?