Monday, February 14, 2011

"Be My {Bookish} Valentine" & Giveaway!

It's that time of year again! No, I'm not talking about getting your taxes filed .. I'm talking about that time of year that we actually like. The part that's a little more... romantic. That would be, of course, Valentine's Day! I remember when I was little always worrying over who would ask me or who I would ask to be my valentine. Nowadays, it is and will forever be my husband because no man will ever live up to the high standards he lives up to ... except some fictional characters in a book. Which led me to wonder: "If fictional boys were real and I could have my choosing of one to be my valentine ... who would I choose?"

Then I realized just how difficult that was to do because I have many book crushes. There will always be a place in my heart for one Jasper Hale from the Twilight series. The old-fashioned manners and southern gentleman role always make me swoon because my husband is like that ... and I love it. Recently, I have fallen for √Čtienne St. Claire from Anna and the French Kiss. Not only does he have an accent, but he's the perfect gentleman and completely irresistible in every way possible. However, there's one that's completely won me over with his accent, good looks, charm and unconditional love and loyalty. That would be Benedikt Czerny from Katie MacAlister's Confessions of a Vampire's Girlfriend and Book 8 of her Dark Ones series, In The Company of Vampires. He's completely and utterly devoted to his Beloved Fran, doing everything in his power to give her the time and space to come around and be okay with their union - even if it hurts him in the process. That, in my eyes, makes him the perfect valentine.

So, if you had the choice ... which fictional character would you choose? I decided to do a little investigating and see who some of the girls around the blogosphere are swooning for.

I picked the wonderful and sexy Alex Fuentes from Simone Elkeles' Perfect Chemistry. The fact that he's Mexican American alone attracted me but he's also hot, protective, charming and he loves his family. What's not to love?"

My fictional Valentine? Acheron Parthenopaeus [from Dark-Hunter]. I don’t think I’ve ever read a story that made me so emotional. It truly melted my soul. I would fight for that man. Plus, he’s an ancient Atlantean god, which means he has lots of…experience. I would take care of him, he would really take care of me. Win/Win, I say. :)
- Ash, Smash Attack Reads!

I would pick Rehvenge [from Black Dagger Brotherhood] to be my valentine. I thought his whole dinner date he made to seduce Ehlena was so romantic and the fact that he just relished in her the whole night never taking for himself for fear of hurting her. He would have our date set up the same in his penthouse with candles silver, and crystal. But I wouldn’t stand out on the terrace I would be more than happy to come in and join him. Who couldn’t love a strong sexy man like Rev with his amethyst eyes and sexy alpha male attitude?

Here is a very sexy quote I wanted to add from Rev to Elhena:
“I thought you agreed with me.” -Elhena
“Agreed with you?” He did “Hell, if it would make you happy, I’d say yes to anything. But what are you specifically referring to?” – Rev
“You said…. I shouldn’t date anyone.”-Elhena
Ah, right. “You shouldn’t date any one.” - Rev
“I don’t understand. “ – Elhena
“It’s simple. I don’t think you should date anyone” Rev moved in even closer, until he could see the flecks of gold in her eyes “But I’m not just anyone.”- Rev

- Athenna, Paranormal Haven

I thought of the many hot, hot boys in YA literature from Peeta, to Ren, to Varen, and yet, I felt they were lacking a lil' something. Then, I figured it out. Ladies, they're boys - not men. If I could have one single Valentine of my dreams, hands down, it's Sirius Black from Harry Potter. He's a little bit kooky (Azkaban will do that to you), but he's got a heart of gold, and let's be honest, he's a fighter...just my type. I like a good challenge, and he's actually a manly-man, not some sissy that whines around like a blathering idiot *cough* Edward *cough*. Plus, I could totally see Sirius being a hopeless romantic!
- Melissa, i swim for oceans

I really would like to have Po from Graceling (by Kristin Cashore) as my valentine. He's funny, adventurous, charming, and cuuuuute. Heck, I would want him even if it's not Valentine's. The mere thought of him makes me swoon. He's really one of a kind.

Here's a quote from the book:
He laughed. "I know you're teasing me. And you should know I'm not easily humiliated. You may hunt for my food, and pound me every time we fight, and protect me when we're attacked, if you like. I'll thank you for it."

- Len, Musings of a Reader Happy

I also picked a character from J.R. Ward's Black Dagger Brotherhood as my Valentine. For me it would be Rhage. In the insider's guide, Rhage wrote on himself with icing and laid naked on the bed as his Valentine's gift to Mary. Sweets + Naked Rhage = Perfect Gift
- Stephanie, Paranormal Haven

Seth from Danann Frost Falls From Grace by Joanne Valiukas would definitely be my pick for a valentine. So strong, yet loves Danann so completely! Every time he calls her "My Goddess", I melt!
- Theresa, Fade Into Fantasy

So who would be your bookish valentine if you got to choose? Leave your answer with a way to contact you by this Sunday (2/20), and I'll put your name in a drawing for a valentine surprise! FYI - Contest is international.

Happy Valentine's Day, everyone!


Melissa (i swim for oceans) said...

Ahhh loved how the post came together, Missy! I love reading about everyone else's literary crushes because there are just SO many to choose from! Happy Valentine's Day :)

Mariya said...

Curran from the Kate Daniels series by Ilona Andrews. He is just so sweet, funny, and protective. I would love to have him all to myself.

Theresa said...

Great post, Missy! Loved seeing everyone's answers and they all picked such great men! Can I just have them all? LOL Thanks for featuring me :)

Anonymous said...

I'd have to pick Qhuinn from Black Dagger Brotherhood. He's definitely meant to be with Blay, but maybe I could have him just for a day?


Steph said...

Love this post! I would hands down pick Ian from The Host by Stephenie Meyer! He is my dream man. Sweet, sensitive, protective and not afraid to show his true feelings! Definitely a keeper!!

Ricki said...

Kyo from Alice 19th by Yu Watase - hottest guy in a manga ever!

Anonymous said...

The post looks great and Happy Valentines day to you!

Stephanie G
Paranormal Haven

Lexie@BookBug said...

I know it's cliche but I would totally choose Jacob from Twilight. So much hotter than Edward!

Lisa_Gibson said...

What a fun post! So many great guys in fiction, it would be tough to choose. :) I'm here from CEP.
Lisa ~ YA Literature Lover

BLHmistress said...

My bookish valentine is Acheron from the Dark Hunter series by Sherrilyn Kenyon, that man has been through so much and still has a heart of gold and what he did for his Dark Hunters. What a Man! 'sigh'


Smash Attack Ash said...

This post came together SO well! Yay for our Valentine loves! :)

Kulsuma said...

Peeta from the Hunger Games!

Sniffly Kitty said...

Joscelin from Kushiel's Dart!

LunaMoth said...

such a difficult question!
probalby Drizzt Do'Urden from the forgotten realms series, even though I would die WAY before he would, darn those sexy dark elves.

LunaMoth said...

lol forgot my email! trancespiderx(at)

Stephanie said...

Roarke from the In Death series by J.D. Robb.

Book Soulmates said...

Great post :) Like I commented on Smash Attack's page...I can hardly pick just one Book Valentine, but if I must it would be BONES from Night Huntress ♥

Sexy, strong, brooding, sarcastic, totally badass AND British (which is the icing on the delicious vampire cake)...I'll take it ;o)


Looksie Lovitz said...

Jace from the Mortal Instruments series would be my ideal valentine. He can show me flowers at midnight in the witch light (which is totally romantic) while feeding me those amazing cheese sandwiches he makes.

Preferably he would be shirtless during this.

Cialina at said...

I love Melissa's pick!!!! Sirius Black does deserve some love.

I would pick Draco Malfoy though.... I think he needs a bit more love than Sirius. He's definitely misunderstood and maybe he won't be so mean if he had a Valentine.

ArtemisG said...

My bookish valentine is Edward from Twilight!!!
Happy valentine's day!

artgiote at gmail dot com

Midnyte Reader said...

Melissa, my first thought was Sirius Black too!

BADklv said...

Jacob from Twilight! I love the werewolf!

Spav said...

I think I would pick Samuel from the Mercy Thompson series.


Andrea I said...

Great post. It's fun to see who others pick. I would heve to go with Jericho Barrons from the Fever series.

Melissa (Books and Things) said...

Oh shoot. I meant to do this and time flew by! Sorry!

Oh I would have said Z from BDB. It's the whole Beauty and the Beast story retold! :)

Alexa said...

I'm with several of the ladies in the post. I would have to pick a brother from the Black Dagger Brotherhood series. Except I would pick V because he could take me to his penthouse anytime! :)

Happy V-Day!

Stephanie M said...

I would pick Curran from Kate Daniels series by Ilona Andrews. I love that he is protective of his pack, but when he finds love with Kate, he puts her ahead of everything because everything he has done for the Pack is to help ensure a future with his mate.

smccar1 at hotmail dot com

Anaiz said...

Oh my gosh Oh my gosh, anyone? Well I think I would choose Dimitri from Vampire Academy. God-like, quiet, tall, smoldering eyes.... *sigh* yep ideal Valentine for sure! ;D

Missie, The Unread Reader said...

I love this post! I'm always on the hunt for new book boyfriends. ;P

I have to agree with Amber! I love Alex Fuentes!!! I want my own Alex.

Thanks so much for the giveaway. So much fun!
missie at

Ashley said...

I don't really have a fictional crush... I've never crushed on a book boy, not even Mr. Darcy... Maybe I'll have to find me one. :/

basicallyamazingbooks [at]

Barbara E. said...

Strong, passionate, sexy and immortal, I'd have to pick Jeaniene Frost's Bones for my bookish valentine.


My Life With Books - Jennifer K Jovus said...

Strong and independent Mercy Thompson, Katsa or maybe even Katniss. Never mind about Katniss, I am old enough to be her dad! (But I would be proud to be her dad - she's a good one)

FreakChiq said...

My fictional Valentine would be Nick from The Demon's Lexicon trilogy. :)

I know, I know, the most emotionally unavailable guy is like Love-a-lot Bear from the Care Bears compared to him, but what can I say... I don't like it easy. :D


Brodie said...

Awesome post! I loved reading everyone's fictional Valentine :D

Oh man, it's tough narrowing it down. So many! But you know what, I'm going to go with Adrian Ivashkov from Vampire Academy. He's far from perfect, he's got a lot issues to sort out but he's funny, witty, confident and oh so charming. I've always been Team Dimitri for Rose, but I want Adrian all to myself :D


Anita Yancey said...

I would have to pick Edward from Twilight for my Valentine.


Unknown said...

I would have to pick Edward Cullen from The Twilight series for my Valentine. Please enter me in contest.

Unknown said...

I would chose Patch from Hush Hush to be my Valentine!!!

Fi-chan said...

I think Luke Brandon from Shopaholic series :D

feeyonachan at gmail dot com

Life's Simple Pleasures said...

Definitely Matthew Farrell from Judith McNaught's Paradise. My ultimate guy!

Thanks for this cute giveaway! I'm sure you'll get really cool and interesting answers!

reviewsbyabby at gmail dot com

Teril said...

mm I want Eric from Charlaine Harris' series. Especially amnesia Eric!

terilhack at gmail dot com

Chelsea B. said...

Mr. Darcy for me, please!


Lisa (Lisa's World of Books) said...

Roarke from in death series

Maidenveil said...

I'm always going for Patch (from Hush Hush) if I get to choose a date. Definitely going to be hot and wicked. :D


Unknown said...

What a wonderful idea! If I could pick a fictional Valentine (or a fictional boyfriend/husband for that matter) my no.1 choice would be Jamie Fraser from Diana Gabaldon's Outlander: he is brave, generous, warm-hearted, romantic and he has poetry in his soul. Couldn't think of anyone more ideal than him.

Of course I would be thrilled to have Bones from Jeaniene Frost's series too ;-)

Thank you for the fantastic giveaway!

stella.exlibris (at) gmail (dot) com

Orchid said...

Maybe Will from Angelfire.

hauntingorchid (at) aol (dot) com

Claire (Cem) said...

Ahh...I think Tucker from Unearthly has to be my pick!! So in love with him!

Thanks for the giveaway :)


stormvikki said...

Vampire Bill from Charlaine Harris' Stookie Stackhouse books. Thanks.

Tina said...

I would choose Gen from Megan Whalen Turner's The Queen's Thief series. He's such a great character and I've had a huge literary crush on him since middle school heh.
melodiousrevelry (at) gmail (dot) com

Rosa said...

Edward Cullen! No explanation necessary. ;)

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