#Stiletto – My favorite book boyfriends by Julie Greene
I was eight, and he was a bit older. Ok a lot older. And he was was taken, but that that wasn’t even the real problem.
The problem was that he was taken by none other than Nancy Drew.
And Ned was merely the first of many in a long-line of book boyfriends.
See, for the longest time, I thought I wasn’t much of a “reader” but I eventually learned that I DID like to read . . . when cute boys are involved.
Not much has changed over the years, except it’s no longer about the boys. It’s about the MEN. And we’ve got some pretty great ones to choose from. From billionaires to cowboys, big-city tycoons to small town sheriffs, brooding brunets and bachelors blonds . . . whatever your type, whatever your fantasy-guy, he DOES exist.
What’s that? You want to meet him? No problem. He’ll usually show up right around . . . chapter two.
Here at Stiletto, we’re no stranger to a steamy read, and know that there are no finer men than the ones that live in the imagination of a romance writer just waiting to sweep the rest of us off our feet.
The good news about book boyfriends is that they’ll never disappoint you by failing to start the dishwasher like they promised. The bad news? They have to be shared. I’ll give you a few of my past loves, but only if you all promise to share yours!
Ethan Mirabelli from THE NEXT BEST THING (Kristan Higgins)
He’s the sweet, reliable best friend, but don’t think Ethan fits neatly into the beta-hero box. He’s been in love with the heroine for years, but he never gets sappy and annoying about it. He also has enough self-worth to know never to grovel, and yet enough patience to stick it out. The result is the ultimate husband material: steady but sexy, supportive with shades of macho. Also? He cooks.
Nick Sinclair from DOUBLE STANDARDS (Judith McNaught)
Picture the ultimate alpha. Now multiple by a hundred. THAT is the jaded, controlling, cynical doesn’t-believe-in-love jerk that is Nick Sinclair. Yes, you heard that right. He can be a jerk a lot of the time. But he’s got that old-school romance hero machismo going on, and the Nick in the last chapter? So worth his jerky moments.
JD Jameson from PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT (Julie James)
He’s a lawyer. He sometimes wears glasses. He’s sarcastic without ever being cruel, smart without being a know-it-all, rich without being snobby, and most of all he has a strong enough personality to deal with a very feisty heroine without ever wanting to change her. This is one guy that you REALLY want to be real.
Lord Westcliff from IT HAPPENED ONE AUTUMN (Lisa Kleypas)
I’m mostly a modern kind of girl, but who doesn’t love a Regency peer every now and then? Marcus and Lillian’s story was second in a four-book series, and when he showed up as a secondary character in book one, he completely stole the show for me. He’s got that brooding gentleman thing going on, and he begs a woman to take a second look . . .
Lucas from EASY (Tammara Webber)
If Ned Nickerson was too old for my eight-year old-self, Lucas is too young for my almost-thirty self, but . . . I love him anyway. He creeps up on you. At first he was a little too emo for me, but then . . . THEN the emails started, and he was clever and witty. And then the kisses started, and he was intense and dreamy. By the time the vulnerable yet strong side showed up? I was a total goner.
Your turn, ladies. I very generously am sharing my men with you, now you must return the favor Who are your book boyfriends?
About the Author:
Lauren Layne graduated from Santa Clara University with a B.S. in political science that she has yet to put to good use. After dabbling in an e-commerce career, she decided to quit talking about writing and actually do it. A Seattle native, Lauren’s also tried on the Bay Area, Orange County, and most recently Manhattan. She’s currently back in the Pacific Northwest, missing the big-city life but also enjoying the cheap price of wine in the burbs. She lives with her husband and badly behaved Pomeranian.