Let’s Talk Bookish is a weekly meme, that is hosted by Rukky @ Eternity Books and Dani @ Literary Lion. It’s a chance to discuss certain topics, share opinions, and spread the love by visiting each other’s posts.
Posts are written on Friday’s, and you can suggest topics using the form that you will find on Rukky’s Contact page.
This is my first foray with this meme, but I do hope (and plan) to make it a regular feature.
This weeks prompt is
QUALIFICATIONS FOR A BOOK BOYFRIEND/GIRLFRIEND
Do you have any book boyfriends/girlfriends? What makes you fall in love with them? Is there anything all your favourite book boyfriends/girlfriends have in common? Do you prefer they come from certain genres?
Do you have any book boyfriends/girlfriends?
As an avid fan of romance books so the very brief answer is yes, I do have book boyfriends. Lots and lots of book boyfriends. I’m particularly fond of Ronan in Reaper by A. Zavarelli, Leonhardt from Rough Surrender by Cari Silverwood (and Ryke from Branded Possession) , Marshal Kellee who can be found in The Messenger Chronicles by Pippa DaCosta, and Ari from The Escape Artist by Kitty Thomas. Oh I mustn’t forget the half-cyborg Leonidas from Lindsay Buroker’s Fallen Empire Series.
There are a whole host of heroines who I would love to be best friends with but, since the question suggests in a romantic way, I won’t be naming them here (though Kesh from The Messenger Chronicles is high on the list!)
What makes you fall in love with them? Is there anything all your favourite book boyfriends/girlfriends have in common?
The truth is that I am a sucker for a damaged hero, nothing tugs on my heart strings more than a guy with a story. The number one requirement is for the author to have made me care about their hero, and that is generally achieved through creating a character with depth and layers to their personality. I also need to feel an emotional connection to the story/main protagonists.
Most of them are alpha males, or at least dominant in some way, hopefully knowing one end of a flogger from the other. At the very least they should be protective, as well as worshipping the heroine, but without crossing the line into arrogance and controlling behaviour. Nothing is guaranteed to turn me off quicker than a man presuming to know what a woman wants or needs without having the courtesy to ask her first.
Do you prefer they come from certain genres?
I count myself amongst the millions of others who love romance. Contemporary doesn’t feature very highly on my list, but I do enjoy romantic suspense, PNR (witches, magic, demons rather than vampires or shifters), SFR and Dark romance. I have, however, also fallen in love with book heroes from Urban Fantasy, Fantasy and Science Fiction too. I’m an equal opportunities kinda gal.
Who are your book boyfriends/girlfriends?