So, confession time. I don’t like nice boys. They give me hives.
That is not to say that I welcome abuse, or that I don’t like the company of good men, but I like my men with a bit of bite. As much as I understand the merits of a Riley Finn, I keep finding myself distracted by an Angel.
So it should not surprise anyone that my list of fictional crushes is a veritable who’s who of bad boys. Boys who are snarky, and pushy and emotionally unavailable. Or boys with anger issues that only the love of a good woman can keep in check. Or, in at least one case, a verifiable sociopath.
I do love them all so.
Windsor Thorne Lockwood, IV. Harlan Coben’s Myron Bolitar series.
Nick Santiago, Lucy Score’s Riley Thorn series
Death, Kalayna Price’s Alex Craft series
Elvis Cole, Robert Crais’ Elvis Cole series
Reyes, Darynda Jones’ Charley Davidson series
Rakken Tempestren, AJ Lancaster’s Stariel series
Curran, The Beast Lord, Ilona Andrews’ Kate Daniels series
Connor “Mad” Rogan, Ilona Andrews’ Hidden Legacy series
Four, Veronica Roth’s Divergent series
So, that’s nine bad boys. Number ten is strangely not a bad boy at all, nor even a boy. Number 10 (and probably number one in my heart, if I’m being honest) is Merit Sullivan, Sentinel of Cadogan House, from Chloe Neill’s Chicagoland Vampires.
Here’s the thing with Merit. I have never wanted to BE a character in a book the way I want to be Merit. She is so smart, so competent, such a bad ass. I love her so, and even though we still see her every once in a while in the sequel series (cause, you know, vampires are immortal…) I still miss being in her head. I miss her so much.
So, who are your crushes? Do you crush on nice boys, or bad boys? Tomboys or femmes? Do you like shifters, or do you prefer Lords, Ladies and other landowners? Talk to me about your predilections in the comments.