We all love to read because of a multitude of things—a great story, great characters, a magical world that allows for escape. But let’s all be honest with ourselves and talk about one of the real reasons behind why we love to read and why we always reread our favorite books—the amazing fictional guys that we connect with, our Fictional Boyfriends. Today, I am going to share some of my favorite fictional boyfriends with you! And I will warn you beforehand, I do have a type… see if you can figure out what the type is by the end of the article!
1. Daemon Black from The Lux Series by Jennifer L. Armentrout
I will always remember when I first crushed on Daemon Black from Obsidian. He was the epitome of the bad boy, the guy who is too cocky for his own good and knows that he is gorgeous. I fell head-over-heels in love with Jennifer Armentrout’s novels after I read Obsidian, but I never connected as much to a fictional guy as I did Daemon. I think it is because he has a really incredible character arc throughout not only the first book in the series but the series as a whole. He is a great character that is always very loyal to his friends and his family.
Starting over sucks.
When we moved to West Virginia right before my senior year, I’d pretty much resigned myself to thick accents, dodgy internet access, and a whole lot of boring… until I spotted my hot neighbor, with his looming height and eerie green eyes. Things were looking up.
And then he opened his mouth.
Daemon is infuriating. Arrogant. Stab-worthy. We do not get along. At all. But when a stranger attacks me and Daemon literally freezes time with a wave of his hand, well, something… unexpected happens.
The hot alien living next door marks me.
You heard me. Alien. Turns out Daemon and his sister have a galaxy of enemies wanting to steal their abilities, and Daemon’s touch has me lit up like the Vegas Strip. The only way I’m getting out of this alive is by sticking close to Daemon until my alien mojo fades.
If I don’t kill him first, that is.
2. Jace Wayland from The Mortal Instruments Series by Cassandra Clare
I think Jace is my first ever fictional boyfriend. I read The Mortal Instruments series when I was thirteen and just getting into boys, and Jace was the first fictional guy I ever fell head-over-heels for. The moment he shows up in the book, it blindsides you because when you start reading City of Bones, you think the main guy is another guy. He was such a great, snarky, sarcastic character that I grew to love. I really adored watching him grow as a character throughout the series, and he will ALWAYS have a special place in my heart.
When fifteen-year-old Clary Fray heads out to the Pandemonium Club in New York City, she hardly expects to witness a murder― much less a murder committed by three teenagers covered with strange tattoos and brandishing bizarre weapons. Then the body disappears into thin air. It’s hard to call the police when the murderers are invisible to everyone else and when there is nothing―not even a smear of blood―to show that a boy has died. Or was he a boy?
This is Clary’s first meeting with the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the earth of demons. It’s also her first encounter with Jace, a Shadowhunter who looks a little like an angel and acts a lot like a jerk. Within twenty-four hours Clary is pulled into Jace’s world with a vengeance when her mother disappears and Clary herself is attacked by a demon. But why would demons be interested in ordinary mundanes like Clary and her mother? And how did Clary suddenly get the Sight? The Shadowhunters would like to know…
3. Percy Jackson from The Percy Jackson and the Olympians Series by Rick Riordan
How could I not include Percy in this list? The Percy Jackson series is my favorite childhood series of all time, and Percy was TOTALLY my childhood crush. He is the perfect mix of nerdy and caring, brave and honorable. I love Rick Riordan’s books so much, but Percy HAD to be my favorite male character Riordan has created! I mean, there is always Anubis from the Kane Chronicles, but he is a special exception! Percy Jackson has a very special place in my heart because he was really my first childhood-into-teenhood fictional crush. I’m sure a lot of others can relate to my love for him and his humor.
Percy Jackson is a good kid, but he can’t seem to focus on his schoolwork or control his temper. And lately, being away at boarding school is only getting worse – Percy could have sworn his pre-algebra teacher turned into a monster and tried to kill him. When Percy’s mom finds out, she knows it’s time that he knew the truth about where he came from, and that he go to the one place he’ll be safe. She sends Percy to Camp Half Blood, a summer camp for demigods (on Long Island), where he learns that the father he never knew is Poseidon, God of the Sea. Soon a mystery unfolds and together with his friends—one a satyr and the other the demigod daughter of Athena – Percy sets out on a quest across the United States to reach the gates of the Underworld (located in a recording studio in Hollywood) and prevent a catastrophic war between the gods.
4. Kaidan Rowe from Sweet Evil by Wendy Higgins
To me, Kaiden Rowe is a great character due to the character development he goes through in the Sweet Evil series. Throughout all three books, he changes in drastic ways, and as a reader, that was extremely fun and heartwarming to watch. He is a character that was the epitome of a bad boy. I mean, his dad is the demon of Lust, which makes him the son of Lust. But as he gets to know the main female character of the series, Anna, more and more, he begins to reveal his true self that’s hidden under the harsh exterior he puts on. Wendy Higgins created a fantastic layered character that is not perfect by any means, but has amazing depth. I absolutely love Kaidan and have a special place in my heart for the Sweet Evil series.
Embrace the Forbidden
What if there were teens whose lives literally depended on being bad influences?
This is the reality for sons and daughters of fallen angels.
Tenderhearted Southern girl Anna Whitt was born with the sixth sense to see and feel emotions of other people. She’s aware of a struggle within herself, an inexplicable pull toward danger, but it isn’t until she turns sixteen and meets the alluring Kaidan Rowe that she discovers her terrifying heritage and her willpower is put to the test. He’s the boy your daddy warned you about. If only someone had warned Anna.
Forced to face her destiny, will Anna embrace her halo or her horns?
5. Etienne St. Clair from Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
*Sighs* Oh, Etienne. Etienne, Etienne, Etienne. I remember the first time I opened up Anna and the French Kiss, the first time I heard Etienne St. Clair’s voice in my head, saw the description of him painted on the back of my eyes. I fell head-over-heels in love with this book for a lot of reasons, but a huge part of that was because of Etienne. He is so charismatic and real, so well thought out and three-dimensional. I really loved his character and would love to see more of him and Anna in the future!
Anna is looking forward to her senior year in Atlanta, where she has a great job, a loyal best friend, and a crush on the verge of becoming more. Which is why she is less than thrilled about being shipped off to boarding school in Paris–until she meets Étienne St. Clair. Smart, charming, beautiful, Étienne has it all…including a serious girlfriend.
But in the City of Light, wishes have a way of coming true. Will a year of romantic near-misses end with their long-awaited French kiss?