Countdown Christmas is an event at A Bookalicious Story to celebrate the coming of Christmas in 2 weeks time. There'll be fun interviews, Christmassy excerpts and giveaways just brimming with bookish-goodness ranging from YA Fantasies to New Adult Contemporary Romances to Adult Historical Romances. I hope y'all will join in this celebration! The more the merrier, aye? ;)
11 more days to go! I can't wait for I think my second white Christmas in my life! We don't get snow in Singapore, you see, the most we get is more rain. Haha, so yeah, but a celebration is not really complete without bringing along our book boyfriends right? :P So, introducing my favorite heroes and ideal cast (I feel like some fugitive searching for these pictures actually, haha this feels ILLEGAL):
from Nalini Singh's Guild Hunter series
“ She took a deep breath and a step backward before turning to face him. The impact hit her like a physical blow. He was... "Beautiful." Eyes of such pure undiluted blue it was as if some heavenly artist had crushed sapphires into his paints and then colored in the irises with the finest of brushes.
She was still reeling from the visual shock when a sudden wind swept across the rooftop, lifting up strands of his black hair. But black was too tame a word for it. It was so pure it held echoes of the night, vivid and passionate. Cut in careless layers that stopped at the nape of his neck, it bared the sharp angles of his face and made her fingers curl with the urge to stroke.
Yes, he was beautiful, but it was the beauty of a warrior or a conqueror. This man had power stamped on every inch of his skin, every piece of his flesh. And that was before she took in the exquisite perfection of his wings. The feathers were a soft white and appeared dusted with gold. But when she concentrated, she saw the truth -- each individual filament of each feather bore a golden tip. ”
--5%, Angel's Blood (Book 1)
My favorite Raphael quotes:
There are actually many more hilarious Raphael quotes in Legion as the relationship between Elena and Raphael really start to develop and he starts to open up more. But alas, time is not my friend this day.
As you can see, Raphael is not all power and intimidation, he's got a sense of humor too. And which woman can resist a witty? ;) If you haven't read Angel's Blood yet, go start with this series!! Really!! Nalini Singh is THE AUTHOR to go to for PNR goodness.
from Nalini Singh's Psy-Changeling series
“Hawke was muscular and he was lethal. A predator to the core. His eyes were the same icy blue whether he was in wolf or human form, his hair a thick silver-gold that had nothing to do with age. It echoed his pelt. Of all the changelings Lucas knew, it was Hawke who resembled his beast the most in humanity.”
--Slave to Sensation (Book 1)
Favorite Hawke quote:
from J.R. Ward's Black Dagger Brotherhood series
Believe it or not, my favorite brother is neither Wrath nor Zsadist. I feel that Rhage is more...down-to-earth? Hmm, more relatable and sweeter and well, book boyfriend-material.
Known as Hollywood (or Hal E. Wood as he first introduced himself to Mary, haha), he's a charmer, thoughtful and charismatic and daaaayum sexy. ;)
Narrated from Butch's POV:
“The son of a bitch actually bent the laws of physics, he was so attractive. Blond hair was cut short in the back and left longer in the front. Teal-blue eyes were the color of Bahamas seawater. And that face made Brad Pitt look like a candidate for Swan Lake.
But he was no mama's boy, in spite of being a charmer. Something dark and lethal seethed behind the flashy exterior, and you knew it the minute you saw him. He gave off the vibe of a guy who'd smile while he set the record straight with his fists, even if he was spitting his own teeth out while he took care of business.
"What's doing, Hollywood?" Butch asked.
Rhage smiled, revealing a splendid set of pearlies with those long canines. "Time to go out, cop."”
--Lover Eternal (Book 2)
Favorite Rhage quote:
Prince Greening Grandemalion aka Po
from Kristin Cashore's Graceling
“He was standing a floor above her, to her left. He leaned his elbows on the railing, the neck of his shirt open, and watched her. The gold hoops in his ears, and the rings on his fingers. His hair dark. A tiny welt visible on his forehead, just beside his eye.
His eyes. Katsa had never seen such eyes. One was silver, and the other, gold. They glowed in his sun-darkened face, un-even, and strange. She was surprised that they hadn’t shone in the darkness of their first meeting. They didn’t seem human. She couldn’t stop looking at them.”
--Pg 56, Graceling
For the life of me, I couldn't find any quotes that really showcased the selfless, charming, witty, and sweet Po fully. But ARGH, trust me on this one. :P
from Rick Riordan's PJ and the Olympians series
Ok the Percy in my head is just like the guy <---- but leaner, not so buff.
Narrated from Carter's POV (Carter from Riordan's Kane Chronicles):
“...standing in the marsh about twenty feet away was a teenage guy in jeans and a faded orange T-shirt that said CAMP something. I couldn't read the rest. He looked a little older than me -- maybe seventeen -- with tousled black hair and sea-green eyes. What really caught my attention was his sword -- a straight double-edged blade glowing with faint bronze light.
He sized me up, which was disconcerting since he was half a foot taller. I still couldn't read his T-shirt excerpt for the word CAMP. Round his neck hung a leather strap with some colourful clay beads, like a kid's arts-and-crafts project. He wasn't carrying a magician's pack or a wand. Maybe he kept them in the Duat? Or maybe he was just a delusional mortal who'd accidentally found a magic sword and thought he was a superhero.”
--22%, Son of Sobek
Favorite Percy quotes:
Obviously there are too many Percy quotes that really, the list is inexhaustible. But from a witty twelve-yo, I think he's gonna grow up to be a really cool adult. Definitely one of the top 5 book boyfriends. :P
There are at least 2 more that I wanted to add but I've already spent approx 4 hours on this blog post, and I've only listed 5! Haha, the other two are Bones from Jeaniene Frost's Night Huntress series and Jericho Barrons. Oh Jericho, must I specify which series he's from? Haha, guessed so. ;) I don't think I can really find any pictures that will really portray them well enough, so yeah, didn't list them.
Even though there are many, and I mean MANY, other similar books being released every year, be it YA, NA or adult fiction, those guys above are the ones that really stuck with me all this time. Old school of me, maybe?
Who are some of your top favorite book boyfriends? Any fave quotes? :))
For today's countdown, I'm going to be giving away a mystery swag bag with lots and lots of signed bookmarks, postcards, Chapter sampler, and other assorted goods. :) Giveaway is international and ends Jan 8, 2014.
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