Random Thoughts of a Romance Blogger: The Book Boyfriend Problem

Posted August 14, 2016 by Suzanne in Random Thoughts, Under the Covers / 8 Comments

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The Book Boyfriend Problem

Is anybody else’s book boyfriend list getting out of hand? At first I just needed a basement to contain all my lovelies, now I fear I need a small country, or perhaps a cluster of islands. This compulsion I have to gather imaginary (WHAT!?) boyfriends is a strange combination of kleptomania, lust and sheer good taste. In that imaginary country with my imaginary husbands I am imaginary Queen. And life is good.

Hello everyone I’m Suzanne and I’m Book-boyfriend-aholic.

But, I don’t think I am alone in this predicament. In fact, if I started ruling Suzannlandia, my new small country populated with all my book boyfriends and me their benevolent (and lusty) queen, I’m pretty sure my neighboring countries would be Franceslandia, Annielandia and Angelandia. If you read through our messages, which are hilarious, you’ll find a lot of claiming going on. Infact, if you read a book and you know that the hero is just meant to be yours and not that ho Annie’s then you need to make sure you get your claim in fast. Otherwise a round of hair pulling, eye scratching and other such violence may ensue.

IMG_0602See the text message example I have included from a genuine conversation on our group. Suzannlandia and Angelandia I fear won’t have a very cordial relationship, in fact I believe there would be constant war with Angelaish troops trying to steal a very sexy Suzannish citizen, Wrath. Have I taken this metaphor too far? But, I hope you see my point.

My point being… becoming part of the romance community often entails these small bouts of thoroughly enjoyable madness. Do we genuinely argue about our book boyfriends…maybe…sometimes. Do we have great fun doing it? Hell yes. But, I think it speaks to the power some of these books possess, that well after we have read them the characters, especially the heroes it seems, live on in our imagination and leave such an indelible impression.

I delight in each entry to my book boyfriend list. Why you ask? Why delight in this madness? Because inevitably that means whatever book I have just picked up has managed to fight valiantly, breached my defences and have found themselves in 4-5 star territory. And the whole reason I enjoy reading so much is that I am searching for those books that move me, that make me remember them well past the point of the last page. Maybe what I remember is the hero, the heroine, the story but whatever it is that has made that book stand out it’s forever trapped in my memory vault labelled “Books I Love”. And, in my opinion, that vault can never be over full.

Here are some of the citizens of my country Suzannlandia (name is a work in progress!):

Curran from the Kate Daniels series by Ilona Andrews
Wrath, Xcor, Butch from Black Dagger Brotherhood by J.R. Ward
Bones, Ian and Mencheres from Night Huntress series by Jeaniene Frost
Maddox and Lucien from Lord of the Underworld series by Gena Showalter
Charles Cornick from Alpha & Omega series by Patricia Thompson
Simon from Wallflowers by Lisa Kleypas
Derek Craven from Dreaming of You by Lisa Kleypas
Francis Rohan from Wicked House of Rohan series (Ruthless) by Anne Stuart

The list can go on for a while…but lets stop it there!

So, how long is your book boyfriend list? Who is on it?

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Gosh, we all seem to be admitting our ages…and I hate that I am at the point in life when admitting my age is a “thing”…whodda thunk it? I was kind of hoping I would remain 21 forever. However, I have moved out of that New Adult stage of my life and am now strictly in the Contemporary Romance age zone of 28. I would prefer to be in an Urban Fantasy arena, but I don’t think I own enough black leather. However, I could probably squeeze into some PNR, I am fully prepared to give a horn job to my favourite demon, or suck on my sexy vamps…fangs and I am definitely up for some heavy petting with some fine looking shifters. Than again their’s always Sci Fi…I am fully prepared to do the right thing and help some poor alien race with more 6 packs than a supermarket repopulate their planet. Not that I am loose woman or anything.

Annnnnd I will stop myself there, before I start waxing lyrical about my love of historical romance and fantasy as well; no one needs to know about my elf fantasies. As you can tell, I adore and day dream about most romance genres, and my three big loves are 1) reading about romance 2) writing about romance and 3) talking about romance with my gals. Which, is why I love Under the Covers so much, I get all my bookish needs satisfied and don’t get judged when I talk about my favourite characters like they are real people. Which they are right?
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Kathleen Bylsma
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Kathleen Bylsma

Don’t make a list…just enjoy them as I come upon them…must admit a certain fondness for Suzannne Johnson’s “Jean Lafitte” from her Sentinel’s series 😉

Darynda
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Darynda

I love this so hard!!! I too have many many many book boyfriends. I think would be afraid to start my own country tho. It’s one thing when counties fight over land or religion or land in the name of religion, but try to come between a girl and her book boyfriends? World War III.

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The list is insanely long and continues to grow… a few of yours are on my list as well as simon from the duke by julia quinn, noble britton from noble intentions by katie macalister, zsadist bdb, ash and vane sherrilyn kenyon, rivera in the chrissy mcmullen series by lois greiman, master z and zeb and shay by cherise sinclair, adam by kallypso masters, a few of hannah howell’s characters, damien sharpton in the pregnancy test by erin mccarthy, joe winston in say no to joe by lori foster

Darynda Jones
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Darynda Jones

Did you say Simon and Zsadist???? A girl after my own heart.

Tammy V
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Tammy V

Yes, love Butch! I like them all but he does stick out. Also love Kleypas men, she knows how to write them. I’d add Warner from Shatter Me series and Scott from Not If I See You First.

Mess
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Mess

I just need one. That one would be Reyes Farrow by Darynda Jones

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Timitra

Man my list is so long I might need a continent to house them all lol Some on my list are Jericho Barrons, Reyes Farrow, Drustan and Dageus MacKeltar, Circenn Brodie, Cian MacKeltar, Cord McKay, Tarek Jordan, Rhage, Derek Tyler, Reno Chavez, Clint McIntyre, Kell Krieger, Nathan Malone, Dawg McKay, Micah Sloane, Alex Jansen…

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Amy R

I have a list as well and mine mostly contains the guys from KA’s books along with Reyes Farrow.