the darkest

In continuing with our month long Blogiversary theme, today we’re talking about our Darkest BBFs.  These men take our breath away, even with all of the darkness within them!  If you haven’t met all of them yet, we hope you will!  And we’re wishing you lots of luck in winning today’s giveaway.  It’s the full trilogy and features one of our Darkest BBFs.  That side of him was shocking, but he completely captured our hearts!  Enjoy!
PS If you missed out on our previous blogiversary posts and giveaways, they were Fiercest BBFs, Kindest BBFs, and Favorite Heroines.


DISCLAIMER : These characters aren’t what I would call BBF, per se (because PSYCHOPATHS, you all) (alright, some of them more than the others) (some of them are only assholes) (or devious) (but still). Yet they’re complex and fascinating and worth knowing. So, so worth it.

The Darkling from  Shadow and Bone (The Grisha Trilogy #1) by Leigh Bardugo

“You’re shaking.”
“I’m not used to people trying to kill me.”
“Really? I hardly notice anymore.”

Jorg of Ancrath from Prince of Thorns (The Broken Empire #) by Mark Lawrence – (Review)

“You know how to break the cycle of hatred?” I asked.
“Love”, said Gomst, all quiet-like.
“The way to break the cycle is to kill every single one of the bastards that fucked you over”, I said.”

Jasper Dent from I Hunt Killers (Jasper Dent #1) by Barry Lyga – (Review)

“The killer was a badass. Talk about supreme confidence. Jazz couldn’t help it; he sort of admired the guy.
People matter. People are real. People matter…

Gabriel from Omens (Cainsville #1) by Kelley Armstrong – (Review)

“I warned you not to touch her,” Gabriel said, his tone conversational.
“She is my fiancée,” James spat.
“EX-fiancée, a concept you appear to have difficulty comprehending, which is at the root of this problem. However, if you are suggesting that even as her fiancé you would have the right to touch her, you are mistaken on a very important point of law. You do not. You will not. Is that clear?”

Laurent from Captive Prince (Captive Prince #1) by C.S. Pacat – (Review)

“There was a man I was supposed to meet. He’s got all these ideas about honour and fair play, and he tries to keep me from doing the wrong thing. But he’s not here right now. Unfortunately for you.”

Cassel from White Cat (The Curse Workers #1) by Holly Black – (Review)

“Marks think they can get something for nothing.

Marks think they can get what they don’t deserve and could never deserve.

Marks are stupid and pathetic and sad.


Marks forget that whenever something’s too good to be true, that’s because it’s a con.”

Werner from All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr – (Review)

“It is as if he has been drowning for as long as he can remember and somebody has fetched him up for air.”



falling kingdoms morgan rhodesMagnus from  Falling Kingdoms (Falling Kingdoms #1) by Michelle Rowan, Morgan Rhodes – (Review)

Up ahead, Magnus pulled something from a basket.  It was small, furry, and had long, floppy ears.
It’s nose twitched.
“It’s a rabbit,” Lucia said with surprise. “A baby.”
“A pet. For you.” He handed the animal to her. It nestled into the crook of her neck. She felt it’s rapid heartbeat beneath her fingertips and her own heart swelled. She’d always wanted a pet, especially when she was just a child, but apart from horses and a few wolfhounds owned by the king, her mother had never allowed it. 
“You didn’t kill it.” 
Magnus looked at her curiously. “Of course not. A dead rabbit wouldn’t make a very good pet, would it?” 
Its fur was so soft. She stroked it, trying to ease the animal’s fear. She looked up at Magnus. her throat tightening. “So  you think this excuses you for scaring off Michol-and who knows who else?” 
He gave her a wary look. “Does it help a little?” 
She hissed out a breath but couldn’t keep the smile from appearing on her lips. “Maybe a little.” 
Magnus was challenging, annoying. opinionated, and relied on his masks to hide his true feelings form the world far too much. But she still loved him and knew without a doubt that she would do anything for him, even when he tested her patience.
And she would tell him her secret the next time she had the opportunity. Maybe then he’d tell her what had been troubling him lately. Even now as he gazed down at her holding his gift, there was a deep and bottomless sadness in his eyes.

karen marin moning darkfeverBarrons from Darkfever (Fever #1) by Karen Marie Moning – (Review)

The million-dollar question: What are you, Barrons? His answer, on those rare occasions he gave one, was always the same. 
The one that will never let you die.

sins & needles karina halleCam from Sins and Needles (The Artists Trilogy #1) by Karina Halle – (Review)

“That is what I thought of you, Ellie.  Heartless, reckless, selfish, and cruel.”
He was back to shooting me when my armor was down. I turned my face away from him, not wanting to let him see the hurt in my eyes. He reached up and put his fingers under my chin, bringing my face forward again, forcing me to look at him.
“Beautiful, sad, wounded, and lost,” he continued. “A freak, a work of art, a liar, and a lover.”
His gaze was starting to eat away at my insides. Razor-blade butterflies whirled in my heart.
“I hate you, Ellie Watt,” he whispered, lips coming closer to mine, “because I still love you after all these years.” 

the winner's curse marie rutkoskiArin from The Winner’s Curse (The Winner’s Curse #1) by Marie Rutkoski – (Review)

“Do you know how to play Bite and Sting?” she asked.
“Either you do or you don’t.”
“Whether I know or don’t doesn’t matter.”
She made an impatient noise. “Because?”
His teeth flashed in the late, shifting light. “Because you would not want to play against me.

Cassel from White Cat (The Curse Workers #1) by Holly Black – (Review)

I-I don’t want to be a monster, but maybe it’s too late to be anything else.

i hunt killers barry lygaJazz
from I Hunt Killers (Jasper Dent #1) by Barry Lyga – (Review)

Jazz stared at her father. Connie had never seen such a stare. He didn’t move; his expression didn’t change. It was something ethereal, something in his eyes, or in his soul. Something had shifted, and Connie suddenly realized that she’d been wrong before-her father wasn’t the hawk on the high branch. 
Jazz was.



sins & needles karina halleCam from Sins and Needles (The Artists Trilogy #1) by Karina Halle – (Review)

He kissed me so hard I thought I might break. Somewhere in there a sob escaped his lips, or maybe it escaped mine. It didn’ t matter— we were only one, we’ d always been, always been the same. Our lips were wet, the salt of tears hitting our tongue. It wasn’ t a good-bye kiss, it was the opposite . It was the start of something that would last forever.




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  1. Kim

    I do love bad boys!

    • Anna

      😀 Who doesn’t 😉

  2. Arielle Starzynski

    Darkling, Magnus, ARINNN. Oh my heart. My poor heart. Why are some of the dark ones always the best ones?

    • Anna

      Wait for next post… The Most Tortured with OUR BABY ♥

      • Arielle Starzynski

        Yesssss. Can’t wait!!!!! ♥

        • Anna

          I’m still not sure about the quote. THERE ARE SO MANY *_* And I don’t want to put a too-spoilery quote either… Dilemma dilemma XD

  3. Tammy V.

    I have not read that series yet. In fact, I hadn’t read most of the choices but there were a few I would want to read.

    • Anna

      Let us know what you think if you read them! 😀

  4. Samantha

    I love this post!!! I have been dying to check out the Jasper Dent series! Great picks!
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    • Anna

      So glad you like!! And OMG JAZZ!! Chelsea and I fell heads over heels for this series last year, and our little Jazzy 😍

  5. AngelErin

    Ah I love The Darkling and Barrons!!! Great choices. 😀
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    • Anna

      THE DARKLING!!!! MY BABY 😍 I will never be over him. Ever.

  6. Miranda @ Miranda's Book Blog

    I haven’t met Camden…I think my favorite ‘darkest bad-boy’ would be Patch from Hush,Hush!

    • Jen

      I still have to read Hush, Hush and meet Patch! I hear so many amazing things about him! Have fun meeting Camden, he has all these different sides to him and completely captured Chelsea’s and my heart. ♥

  7. Lisa Mandina (Lisa Loves Literature)

    I haven’t met Camden yet. But I just read Smut by this author and loved it, so I can’t wait to meet Camden! Some other dark book boyfriends I have are Warner from Shatter Me, and then you could probably count Hardin from the After series by Anna Todd. Happy Blogoversary!
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    • Jen

      I’m so happy to hear that you loved Smut! I have some of her other books on my Kindle that I need to still read! I absolutely LOVED Camden, so I really need to go meet all of the other characters she has created. 🙂 Thank you, Lisa!

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