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BLOGIVERSARY + GIVEAWAY – Our Most Tortured BBFs

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Today is the last day of our Blogiversary celebration!  We hope that you have loved going through our lists of book boyfriends and favorite heroines!  If you missed one, they are our Fiercest BBFs and Kindest BBFs, Favorite Heroines and Darkest BBFsSo for today, we are going to talk about Our Most Tortured BBFs.  These men completely enrapture our hearts, we ache for them as the story progresses and we can’t stop thinking about them long after we have closed the book.  We hope you’ll want to meet all of our favorites too!  And we’re wishing you lots of luck on our giveaway…..they’re 7 books that we loved!  Enjoy!  And thank you for celebrating with us!

Rhysand from A Court of Thorns and Roses (A Court of Thorns and Roses #1) by Sarah J. Maas
* Amazon * Goodreads *

Rhys suffers so much for the people of his court during the entire series.  For 49 years he was used and abused Under the Mountain before Feyre came and even after finding his mate, he doesn’t think he’s worth that kind of love. YOU WILL ALWAYS BE WORTH IT, RHYS.

 

Chaol from Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass #1) by Sarah J. Maas
* Amazon * Goodreads *

Chaol’s character goes through one of the biggest and best transformations throughout the course of the Throne of Glass series.  He starts off as a very unforgiving person with a lot of deep prejudices and after a few major and heartbreaking events, does a complete 180. His own personal journey from self loathing to acceptance in Tower of Dawn is incredible.

 

 

Will Herondale from Clockwork Angel (The Infernal Devices #1) by Cassandra Clare
* Amazon * Goodreads *

I’m pretty sure Will is my oldest and most beloved of all the tortured BBFs I have come to know and love.  The fact that he was just going to let Tessa (his one true love) be with Jem because of his love for his parabatai is a knife to the freaking heart.

“I am catastrophically in love with you.”

 

Cal from War Storm (Red Queen #4) by Victoria Aveyard
* Review  * Amazon * Goodreads *

While Cal is certainly tortured throughout the entire Red Queen series, I feel he is at his most tortured during War Storm. He and Mare are in a difficult spot, he is still conflicted about his brother no matter how many awful things Maven does, there’s a major war going and he needs to reconcile his feelings about continuing the way things have always been done versus charting a new way for the people of his country. And I’m pretty sure I’m leaving a few additional conflicts out of that list, but you get the gist.

 


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Arcus from Frostblood (Frostblood Saga #1) by Elly Blake
* Review  * Amazon * Goodreads *

Arcus is the guy who is looking out for those who were there for him when he needed them most. When he had no one else. And he and Ruby may have animosity at first, but what grows from their banter is a loyalty and attraction (haha and forbidden) that makes my heart beat so fast I can barely breathe-he does everything in his power to protect her and save her….and I just adore him so much.

I brought you here to prepare you for a huge task,” he said, dipping the cloth in the water and touching it to my cheek again. “An enormous weight rests on your shoulders.”
I sighed, irritated at the reminder of what made me truly important. I wanted to mean more to Arcus than a way to melt the throne. 
“And now I wonder if I can let you go,” he added quietly.

 

Akos from Carve the Mark (Carve the Mark #1) by Veronica Roth
* Review  * Amazon * Goodreads *

Wow, did I love this guy. Used as a pawn to heal and keep pain from Cyra, he is anything but happy. But as their forbidden love grows and the preconceived notions against one another fade, the relationship blooms into something so fierce, you can’t breathe when they are pitted against one another. Just amazing. And let’s not forget his kindness that he refuses to let go of..but when he has to for survival, it rips his soul to shreds.

Once I reached the door, I paused with my hand near the sensor, listening.
At first, all I heard were heavy breaths that turned into sobs. Then Akos screamed, and there was a loud crash, followed by another one. He screamed again, and I pressed my ear to the door to listen, my lower lip trapped between my teeth. I bit down so hard I tasted blood when Akos’s screams turned to sobs.

 

 

Wallace from Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia
* Review  * Amazon * Goodreads *

To be fair, Wallace should have been under kindest…but rules are rules and I need him on my list, even if he’s not wholly tortured. He was sweet and funny and endearing and kind…but he didn’t talk out loud. At least, not all the time. And mostly to Eliza and only his closest friends. And, in the end, at THAT scene where things are, ahem, made right, I saw a tortured soul who really doesn’t know what he’s doing at all-and I loved him even more, even after everything.

(Wallace) rainmaker: Weird, I didn’t know you had such a thing for timid guys.
(Eliza) MirkerLurker: Really does it for me when a guy is paralyzed with fear on a regular basis
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rainmaker: Aw. Sad.
MirkerLurker: What’s sad?
rainmaker: That it would never work between us. I’m too courageous.

 

 

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Reece from Black Bird of the Gallows (Black Birds of the Gallows #1) by Meg Kassel
* Review  * Amazon * Goodreads *

Reece may be one of the most tortured souls I’ve ever read about.  He gutted me.  He broke my heart and then shattered it into the tiniest of pieces.  But he also had the ability to completely captivate my attention and melt my heart.  And did I mention he was full of secrets?  He was such a complex soul and was deliciously addicting!  I loved, loved, loved Reece!

His lips brush against mine in the whisper of a kiss. It’s different from any other. It tastes of certainty and sadness and promises that can never be made.

 

Prince Caden from The Prince (A Wicked Trilogy #3.5) by Jennifer L. Armentrout
* Review  * Amazon * Goodreads *

Prince Caden’s past haunted him over the horrors he was put through.  And while he could be cold and distant, he wasn’t always that way around Brighton.  He could be seductive, playful and the way he was protective of her was sexy as hell!  Caden was absolutely beautiful inside and out and he easily caught me in his web of seduction.

He drew my head back and then I felt his lips press to my temple. He kissed me there, and I don’t know why, but that act squeezed at my chest like my heart was in a juice grinder. It was sweet and intimate and… It was everything.

 

Rhett from ISAN (International Sensory Assassin Network #1) by Mary Ting
* Review  * Amazon * Goodreads *

Rhett was protective and intense, but he continually made me laugh and smile.  And at the same time, my heart hurt so horribly for him.  The love of his life doesn’t even remember him.  I even found myself with tears in my eyes during a few of those moments.  But I kept holding out hope that Ava’s heart would find her way back to Rhett and that she would love him as much as I did.

“….I’ll tell you this, no one in this world loves you as much as I do.” – Rhett to Ava

 

Giveaway:

***There will be 5 winners, and prizes will be sent via Amazon Kindle. The first winner drawn will get to chose which book they want first, and so on.  Prizes are ebooks of:
*An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir
*Illuminae by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff
*Adorkable by Cookie O’Gorman
*Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard
*Angelfall, World After & End of Days (YES the whole trilogy!) by Susan Ee***

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BLOGIVERSARY + GIVEAWAY – Our Kindest BBFs

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We’re continuing our celebration of our 4th blogiversary!  So in keeping with our Book Boyfriend theme, today we’re going to talk about some of Our Kindest BBFs.  Enjoy meeting some of our favorite men and and don’t forget to enter our fabulous giveaway below.  We’re giving away 6 books that we love!  And there’s extra entries with each post, in case you already entered in our last post. 🙂
PS – If you missed it, check out our Fiercest BBFs list here.

Isaac from In Harmony by Emma Scott
*Review * Amazon * Goodreads *

Here is a boy who despite all of his troubled upbringing goes out of his way to care for others, from the neighbor boy with a similarly broken home, to his mentor/father figure and the heroine of the story, Willow. Isaac is tough when he needs to be, but he is also incredibly kind and loving.

 

 

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Aiden from The Wall of Winnipeg and Me by Mariana Zapata
*Review * Amazon * Goodreads *

Okay, people, OKAY. Thus began my love affair of EVERYTHING MARIANA ZAPATA. Aiden is the silent killer. He’s the heart attack you didn’t see coming. My brain couldn’t compute the feels that erupted from this subtle powerhouse who’s more loyal and amazing than any football player I’ve known (okay, shut up). BUT MY HEART. BRAIN=DEAD. HEART=SHREDS. SOUL=Forever Aiden’s.

“Home is where you are. I would go anywhere for you if you wanted me there.”

 

 

Billy from Three Dark Crowns (Three Dark Crowns #1) by Kendare Blake
* Amazon * Goodreads *

Well would you looky here, frans. The kind, adorable, LOYAL Billy-the boy who was to court all the ladies…but falls for the rugged (and amazing-I-am-obsessed-with-her) Arsinoe. I can’t explain when and why this boy stole my heart-perhaps it was the time spent together, or maybe it was when he saw all that was wrong with the trials  and the people or whatever. But likely…it was that bow. I was a goner-hook, line, and sinker.

Until Billy comes ashore.
Her heart warms. He does not seem weak or injured.

Billy stands below the cliffs and looks up at her. He bows, deep and slow, and the crowd murmurs. Arsinoe holds her breath.

He bows only to her.

 

 

Thomas Cresswell from Stalking Jack the Ripper (Stalking Jack the Ripper #1) by Kerri Maniscalco
*Review * Amazon * Goodreads *

Awww my smart, weird, and, again, loyal boy. He is always at Audrey Rose’s side. Always up for the next adventure-and their banter. I can’t. It’s just so cute. And his devotion to her….it’s unparalleled. I’m obsessed and that’s all there is to it.

Without lifting his head from his own journal, he said, “Not having any luck figuring me out, then? Don’t worry, you’ll get better with practice. And, yes”—he grinned wickedly, eyes fixed on his paper—“ you’ll still fancy me tomorrow no matter how much you wish otherwise. I’m unpredictable, and you adore it. Just as I cannot wrap my massive brain around the equation of you and yet adore it.”

 


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Mason from Sugar and Spice (Glitter and Sparkle #3) by Shari L. Tapscott
*Review * Amazon * Goodreads *

Mason was thoughtful, a good listener and such a good friend to Harper.  He could be so sweet and down to earth and exactly what she needed with her cynical ways.  And his sexiness easily possessed my heart! 

“We’ll have to be careful not to appear overly friendly in public,” he whispers, his words tickling my ear.
My mouth goes dry, and I swallow before I answer. “Shouldn’t be a problem. I don’t even know you. You certainly don’t know me.”
“Oh, but I plan to.”

 

Nicholas Wakefield from The Importance of Being Scandalous (A Tale of Two Sisters #1) by Kimberly Bell
*Review * Amazon * Goodreads *

Nicholas was beyond intoxicating and spellbinding.  His words, mannerisms and slight touches had my heart racing.  I loved how he was there for Amelia and that they confided in one another.  Their friendship and trust was so beautiful.  But underneath that friendship simmered tension, since Nicholas had been in love with Amelia for forever.  

His words died off as she leaned in close, lips a hair’s breadth from his. The deep rise and fall of his chest as he breathed in drew her hand up in fascination. She played her fingers along the edges of his cravat. “I’m still interested. Are you certain?”
His hand brushed her rib cage. His thumb whispered against the underside of her breast. “It is not in my power to deny you.”

 

 

Ash from Ninja Girl by Cookie O’Gorman
*Review * Amazon * Goodreads *

Ash was seductive while also being hilarious without even trying. And I quickly got caught up in his spell! his attempts at even just talking with Snow had me cracking up while also sighing at the same time and he is someone you must meet!

“You know, you’re kind of arrogant,” I said.
“And you’re kind of beautiful.” Ash smiled and nodded to the bar while I tried to recover. Who said things like that?

 


Liam from The Darkest Minds (The Darkest Minds #1) by Alexandra Bracken
* Amazon * Goodreads *

LIAM IS THE KINDEST BBF OF ALL TIME.  I mean seriously guys he spends the whole series doing nothing but loving Ruby, Chubs, and Zu. Even after his memory of Ruby is taken away, he unconsciously tries to find her.  Ugh that sweet Southern boy. I can’t wait until this movie comes out and I swear they better have done his character justice!!

“Cause, frankly, the way I see it, you and me? Inevitable.”

 

 

Arin from The Winner’s Curse (The Winner’s Trilogy #1) by Marie Rutkoski
* Amazon * Goodreads *

We don’t really see this kindness until after the initial rebellion starts but afterwards he is nothing but sweet to Kestrel.  He’s there for her when her own father isn’t and would have given EVERYTHING up for her.

 

 

Giveaway:

***There will be 5 winners, and prizes will be sent via Amazon Kindle. The first winner drawn will get to chose which book they want first, and so on.  Prizes are ebooks of:
*An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir
*Illuminae by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff
*Adorkable by Cookie O’Gorman
*Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard
*Angelfall, World After & End of Days (YES the whole trilogy!) by Susan Ee***

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BLOGIVERSARY + GIVEAWAY – Our Fiercest BBFs

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The month of August marks our 4 year anniversary! And we’re celebrating…a little bit late cause life has been crazy…. by talking about some of our newer book boyfriends and we’re giving away books that we absolutely love! Our posts will be about our Fiercest BBfs, our Kindest BBFs, our Favorite Female Heroines, our Darkest BBFs and our Most Tortured BBFs……are you so excited?! Because we are!

Today we’re talking about Our Fiercest BBFs! If you haven’t met any of them, we highly recommend you do! And don’t forget to enter our fabulous giveaway below where we’re giving away 7 books that we love!


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Connor Cobalt from Kiss the Sky (Calloway Sisters #1) by Krista Ritchie & Becca Ritchie
* Amazon * Goodreads *

Connor Cobalt is hands down the fiercest BBFs that I have ever read about.  He went from believing that is was impossible to love anyone to loving his wife, his children, and Lo. He went so far as to give scandalous pictures to the paparazzi to take the spotlight off of his best friend, sister-in-law, and their son.  You can’t really get fiercer than that.

 
 

Han from The Demon King (Seven Realms #1) by Cinda Williams Chima
*Review * Amazon * Goodreads *

From gang member, to student, to wizard, Han was basically destined to be one of the fiercest characters in the Seven Realms.  He also loved fiercely. “I want to breathe you in for the rest of my life.” Watching his relationship with Raissa progress from the first time they met to the last page of Crimson Crown was a beautiful roller coaster of a thing.

 
 

Elian from To Kill a Kingdom by Alexandra Christo
* Amazon * Goodreads *

Elian is a reluctant prince but a confident and skilled sea siren hunter. He is incredibly loyal to his amazing crew, but can turn on his princely charm when he needs to. And no matter who he is fighting (and it’s a lot of people and creatures!), you always feel like he’s got a great chance of winning the fight.

 
 

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Elian from To Kill a Kingdom by Alexandra Christo
*Review * Amazon * Goodreads *

By far one of the strongest bbfs this year, Elian is my free-spirited, determined pirate prince. He would do anything to save a damsel in distress…until that damsel is Lira, the Prince Killer. They hate each other at first, but then, as they realize their souls are more alike than they ever imagined, their love becomes so palpable it leaps off the page—-and rips your soul apart when he realizes just who he has fallen for. Can I re-read this yet??!!

“Gods.” Kye recoils as I slash open Lira’s dress. “Is she going to live?” 
“Do you care?” I snap back. It isn’t his fault, but yelling at Kye feels a little like yelling at myself, and I need to be yelled at right now. Because this is on me. If Lira dies, then it’s on me. 
I can’t believe you came back for me.
But I left her first.

 

Nikolai from Amour Amour (Aerial Ethereal #1) by Krista Ritchie & Becca Ritchie
*Review * Amazon * Goodreads *

Talented, true, and just the most loyal guy-he does everything in his power to train Thora so she doesn’t have to go home with her tail between her legs…and falls in love with her in the process. This book, guys, it’s so underrated yet it deserves so much more. The passion, the love…it’s all plain as day on the page-And I need more of it.

“I’m in love with you,” I whisper. 
He tries to smile but his eyes flood instead. “Don’t love me more than your dreams, myshka. Because I love you too much to let you give them up for me.”

 

Ivan from From Lukov with Love by Mariana Zapata
*Review * Amazon * Goodreads *

Ivan is a Mariana guy…therefore he is everything. The hate-to-love relationship with Jasmine was just ohhh soooo satisfying-and his determination both on and off the ice skating rink stole my breath away. Every little thing he did, I wanted to live in the moment forever. As with all Mariana Zapata books, I certainly tried to. But, alas, it’s never enough.

 

“Because I’m okay with you having ten other people be your favorite. But you’re always going to be my favorite person,” he finished. “Always. No matter what.”

 


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Prince Lucien from Bring Me Their Hearts (Bring Me Their Hearts #1) by Sara Wolf
*Review * Amazon * Goodreads *

Prince Lucien was such a complex man who easily stole my heart.  And when we learned what he secretly does and how brave he truly was, I was a goner.  He was caring, thoughtful, passionate and fierce!  He was still haughty, he is a Prince after all, but you could see all of his emotions he kept hidden swirling under the surface. Zara brought it all out of him and I loved every single moment of their slow burn romance!

“I will never consider meeting you a mistake,” Lucien says, his midnight eyes flashing.

 

 

Joe Malone from About That Kiss (Heartbreaker Bay #5) by Jill Shalvis
*Review * Amazon * Goodreads *

Joe worked for a security company and ended up on a case for Kylie.  I loved how he wanted to keep her safe and how protective he was.  He was loyal, brave and his trust in others was absolutely beautiful.  Together their moments were explosive and fireworks were definitely guaranteed!

She was an irresistible dichotomy of sweet charm and heart-stopping sexy, and she threw him off guard with every look, be it a smile or a glare. In fact, he kinda liked when she gave him dirty looks, which meant he was seriously losing his shit. And he never lost his shit.
Never.
Yeah. He was royally screwed and the thing was even knowing that, he didn’t want to walk away because he enjoyed her so much. How crazy was that?

 

 

Rylen Fite from Unknown (Unknown #1) by Wendy Higgins
*Review * Amazon * Goodreads *

We actually got to witness the demise of the world. And I had no clue the depths my heart would ache watching this tale unfold.  But thankfully we have Rylen to mend our hearts.  He was protective, loyal, passionate, seductive and always in control.  He will always be one of my favorite book boyfriends ever! 

 

A lump filled my throat as Rylen pulled me aside and pressed his forehead to mine. We didn’t kiss. No hugs either. We just stood there, foreheads touching, eyes closed, breathing each other in, letting the urgency of our hope rise up and twirl between us, spinning until it was a powerful cyclone of unspoken words, holding us together.
Be safe.
Stay alert.
I love you more than life.
Don’t you dare die. – Amber & Rylen

 

 

Giveaway:

***There will be 5 winners, and prizes will be sent via Amazon Kindle. The first winner drawn will get to chose which book they want first, and so on.  Prizes are ebooks of:
*An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir
*Illuminae by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff
*Adorkable by Cookie O’Gorman
*Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard
*Angelfall, World After & End of Days (YES the whole trilogy!) by Susan Ee***

a Rafflecopter giveaway

 

2017 Favorites From A Series

We are so excited that we get to share our favorite books in a series from last year with you!  We read them in 2017, but they could have been released a previous year. 

Click our reviews to learn more about each book, or click on the cover to go to Amazon.    We organized our favorites by age and genre categories so it would be easier to find exactly what you want.  We hope you enjoy!
♥ The Star-Crossed Ladies

   YA Dystopian   

The Union by T.H. Hernandez
Jen’s Review
the ruins th hernandez
Jen’s Review
The Uprising (The Union Series #3) by T.H. Hernandez
Jen’s Review

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   YA Fantasy   

A Darker Shade final for Irene
Chelsea’s Review
Brittney’s Choice
A Gathering of Shadows Final
Chelsea’s Review
Brittney’s Choice

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   YA Historical Fiction   

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Chelsea’s Review
Brittney’s Review

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Brittney’s Choice
 

 

 

   YA Science Fiction   

Broken Skies theresa kay
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fractured suns theresa kay
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   NA Dystopian   


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   NA Romance   


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Chelsea’s Choice

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We hope you had fun looking through our 2017 Favorites From A Series!  Are any of these your favorite books too?  If not, what was your favorite series from last year?

If you want to check out our previous favorites, they are:
2016 Favorites From A Series
2015 Favorites From A Series
2014 Favorites From A Series

Or if you want to check out our current & past favorite singles, they are:
2017 Favorite Singles
2016 Favorite Singles
2015 Favorite Singles
2014 Favorite Singles

 

2017 Favorite Singles

 

We are so excited that we get to share our favorite books that are stand alone from last year with you!  They may be part of a series or have a spinoff,  but they read so you are given closure upon completion.  We read them in 2017, but they could have been released a previous year.  

Click our reviews to learn more about each book, or click on the cover to go to Amazon.  We organized our favorites by age and genre categories so it would be easier to find exactly what you want.  We hope you enjoy!
♥ The Star-Crossed Ladies  

   YA Romance   


Jen’s Review
Chelsea’s Review

Chelsea’s Review

Chelsea’s Choice

Chelsea’s Review

Jen’s Review
Chelsea’s Review

Chelsea’s Review

Jen’s Review

Chelsea’s Review
Jen’s Review

Jen’s Review

Chelsea’s Review

Chelsea’s Review
 

 

   YA Fantasy   


Chelsea’s Review
Brittney’s Review
     

 

   YA Paranormal   


Jen’s Review
     

 

   NA Romance   


Chelsea’s Review

Chelsea’s Choice

Jen’s Review
 

 

   NA Science Fiction   


Jen’s Review
     

 

   Adult Romance   


Jen’s Review

Jen’s Review

Jen’s Review
 

 

We hope you had fun looking through our 2017 Favorite Singles!  Are any of these your favorite books too?  If not, what was your favorite standalone book last year?

If you want to check out our past single favorites, they are:
2016 Favorite Singles
2015 Favorite Singles
2014 Favorite Singles

Or if you want to check out our current & past favorites from a series, they are:
2017 Favorites From A Series
2016 Favorites From A Series
2015 Favorites From A Series
2014 Favorites From A Series

 

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