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BLOGIVERSARY + GIVEAWAYS – Our Favorite Female Leads

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Since we’ve already had two posts talking about our Fiercest BBFs and Kindest BBFs, today we’re going to talk about some of Our Favorite Female Heroines. These are the women we look up to, respect and absolutely love! So have fun meeting our favorite heroines and we’re wishing you lots of luck on our giveaways below!


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Evie from The Darkest Star (Origin #1) by Jennifer L. Armentrout
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I had no clue how I would feel towards Evie, aka Evelyn Dasher.  Her father played a horrific role in The Lux Series and I hated him with a passion.  But right from that first page, I loved Evie.  She was just so relatable, logical, sweet, kind and had the hugest heart ever.  Plus I loved that she didn’t just fall for Luc either, she made him work for it!

Our stares connected , and the effect was instantaneous. Everything around us faded, and there was just us, and this . . . this sensation of falling. I couldn’t look away as this feeling surfaced, rushing to the top.
I’ve been here before.
My breath caught as a wave of tight shivers rippled over my skin. That thought didn’t make sense. I hadn’t been here with him before.

 

Sunny from Sunset Rising (Sunset Rising #1) by S.M. McEachern
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I loved Sunny right away!  She was fierce, brave and extremely loyal.  Plus I loved her endurance, strength and how she always worked at making herself better.  She was someone people could look up to and respect, so I instantly connected with her. 

My voice caught on hitch as tears stung my eyes, and I shook my head and silently admonished myself because crying was such a weak thing to do. And there was no room for weakness in the Pit.

 

Psyche from Soul in Darkness by Wendy Higgins
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Psyche proved herself that she was born to be a queen, when she agreed to marry a monster to help her village.  She was brave, spirited, determined, smart and I absolutely loved her!

All I knew for a fact was that if he was an enemy, he was the most dangerous enemy possible, because when I was with him, my heart, my body, and my soul wanted him.

 

 

Franny from The Raging Ones (The Raging Ones #1) by Krista and Becca Ritchie
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I LOVEDDD Franny so much.  She grows so much into herself as the series progresses and I loved watching her grow into her potential.  I loved that she questioned everything and wouldn’t rest until she got answers. Most of all, I loved the closeness she had with Court and Mykal and then her friends at Stardust and eventually Stork, too.

 

 

Safi from The Witchlands Series by Susan Dennard
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She is SO badass and has the funniest insults of all times!

“Yes,” Safi breathed, swaying into one of the men holding her up. She flashed a grin at him and said, “I’m Safiya fon Hasstrel, and I can do anything.”

 
 

Iseult from The Witchlands Series by Susan Dennard
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Our OTHER resident badass.  I love the friendship between Safi and Iseult.  Might be one of my favorites in a series of all time!
 

“I hate this. Both the storm and the plan. Why does it have to be ‘we’? Why not just me?”

“Because ‘just me’ isn’t who we are,” Iseult hollered back. “I’ll always follow you, Safi, and you’ll always follow me. Threadsisters to the end.”

 
 

Mare from House of Salt and Sorrows by Erin A. Craig
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This book honestly came out of nowhere and absolutely surprised me in the best possibly way. I was lucky enough to receive an ARC and after the first chapter, I was absolutely hooked. One of the main reasons was how much I loved the main character, Annaleigh. Here is a girl who has lived through unspeakable tragedy, with multiple members of her family dying, many under mysterious circumstances. But nonetheless, she still continues to fight for her family and tries to figure out what is happening to her and her family. I loved Annaleigh’s dedication and concern for her sisters and her blossoming relationship with Cassius, but most of all, I loved how strong and brave she was, even under the most dire circumstances.

 

 

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Evie from The Diviners (The Diviners #1) by Libba Bray
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Some mornings, she’d wake and vow, Today, I will get it right. I won’t be such an awful mess of a girl. I won’t lose my temper or make unkind remarks. I won’t go too far with a joke and feel the room go quiet with disapproval. I’ll be good and kind and sensible and patient. The sort everyone loves.

But by evening, her good intentions would have unraveled.

 

Celia from The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
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Celia is hard to quote because…everything she and Marco say is so magnificent and bold and beautiful…and the story is shrouded in mystery. So what quote? This one just stuck with me, and I really loved it…Celia has a way of putting simple statements into words that I, myself, could not have expressed so perfectly. 

“You’re in the right place at the right time, and you care enough to do what needs to be done. Sometimes that’s enough.”

 

 

Claire from Outlander (Outlander #1) by Diana Gabaldon
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They’re both wonderful quotes of fragility and fierce determination she can’t quite conquer, in these moments.  Otherwise she’s a bossy boots. I love her!

…to step outside the group, let alone to stand against it, was for uncounted thousands of years death to the creature who dared it. To stand against a crowd would take something more than ordinary courage; something that went beyond human instinct. And I feared I did not have it, and fearing, was ashamed.

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I felt as fragile and as brilliant as the glass, as though I would shatter with a touch, and fall in glittering fragments to the floor. If I had meant to spare either Jamie’s emotions or my own, it seemed I was very much too late

 

 

 

Giveaway:

Three people will each win a book of their choice, up to $20 USD, on Book Depository!

We have one on Twitter, you can see it here.

We have another on Instagram, you can see it here.

And below is our third giveaway. Wishing you all lots of luck!

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BLOGIVERSARY + GIVEAWAY – Our Kindest BBFs

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We’re continuing our celebration of our 5th 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 giveaways below where three people will each win a book of their choice, up to $20 USD, on Book Depository!  And there’s extra entries on our blog giveaway, in case you already entered in our last post. 🙂

PS – If you missed it, check out our Fiercest BBFs list here.


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Jamie from A Study in Charlotte (Charlotte Holmes #1) by Brittany Cavallaro
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I’d been thinking for so long that what I wanted from Holmes was—everything. Like this thing between us was a Wonderland rabbit hole, that we could fall endlessly and never hit the bottom. I wanted us to belong to each other, completely, in a way where no one else could come close.

 

 

Marco from The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
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“Celia, wait,” Marco says, standing but not moving closer to her. “You are breaking my heart. You told me once that I reminded you of your father. That you never wanted to suffer the way your mother did for him, but you are doing exactly that to me. You keep leaving me. You leave me longing for you again and again when I would give anything for you to stay, and it is killing me.”

“It has to kill one of us,” Celia says quietly.” 

 

 

Sam from The Diviners (The Diviners #1) by Libba Bray
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“Well, maybe you can give him a noodge?” 

“A what?” 

“A noodge. A little prodding,” Sam explained. “I’m getting antsy here.”

“Fine. I’ll send him an urgent letter.” At the door, she wrinkled her nose. “Noodge? Is that a real word?” 

“It’s Yiddish. Like… Ikh hob dikh lib.” 

Evie narrowed her eyes in suspicion. “What does that mean?” 

Sam smiled. “Maybe one day I’ll tell you.”

 

 


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Grant Sanchez from Fraternize (Players Game #1) by Rachel Van Dyken
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Grant Sanchez walked into the story and he stole my breath.  He made me laugh, smile and I loved his friendly personality.  But every single time he picked up Emerson, when her heart was hurting, he made me fall even harder for him.

 “Why?” I had a hard time finding my voice as he slowly moved his head back up. It was impossible not to feel the heat from his body.

He stopped, looking me in the eye. “Because one day, he’s going to regret walking away from you. And I want to be there when it’s too late—when you’re in my arms, my bed instead.”

 

Colt James from It Started with a Cowboy (Cowboys of Creedence #3) by Jennie Marts
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Colt James was swoon worthy, sexy, charming and I just wanted to steal him out of this book.  I loved his friendly, easy-going nature and what a good guy he was.  He was always helping others and his actions showed how sweet, thoughtful and kind-hearted he was.  I fell hard for him!

“What if I fall?” she whispered.
“It’s okay to fall.” He gazed down at her, his expression sincere, and it felt like he was talking about something else, something deeper.

 

 

Landon from If the Summer Lasted Forever by Shari L. Tapscott
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I’m obsessed with fake boyfriend/girlfriend books and this one stole my heart.  Landon was charming, adorable and made me constantly smile.  He would say and do the cutest things ever and while Lacey tried to keep her distance from him, it was impossible.  He was such a sweetheart and I wanted to steal Landon right out of the book!

 “We’re not in public,” I remind him when he brushes his lips against my jaw. It’s my last noble effort to keep things simple.
“No, we’re not.”
“I thought we weren’t going to—”
“I changed my mind.”

 


Mykal from The Raging Ones (The Raging Ones #1) by Krista and Becca Ritchie
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“You’ve stolen my heart, you little crook.”

His smile only stretches further and brighter. “My most valuable theft.”

 

 

 

Silas from Superfan (Brooklyn #3) by Sarina Bowen
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Silas is a character that readers had met earlier on the in series as a side character.  He was always a sweet guy who had a crush on Delilah Sparks but getting his story and getting to know HOW that “crush” came about was so fun.  He basically is a perfect book boyfriend and is always there for Delilah time after time. It was so wonderful to read.

 

 

 

Isaac from Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston

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I know I’m cheating by picking Alex and Henry together, but to me, they are a pair I can’t separate. So I’m going to talk about them both. When I tried to think of any other BFFs that made me feel more gooey and warm, I couldn’t think of anyone else other than these two. Alex and Henry have taken up a portion of my heart with their love story, which is in no small part to how kind they are to so many people in their lives, especiallytheir family and friends. There’s is nothing they wouldn’t do for each other (which is shown over and over again), as well as those they love. Alex and Henry love each other unconditionally and refuse to let any of the major hurdles stop them. Their love is rooted in friendship and understanding and each bring out the best qualities in each other. I could go on for hours, gushing over my love for these two boys, but just read the book yourself. You won’t regret it.

“I thought, this is the most incredible thing I have ever seen, and I had better keep it a safe distance away from me. I thought, if someone like that ever loved me, it would set me on fire. And then I was a careless fool, and I fell in love with you anyway. When you rang me at truly shocking hours of the night, I loved you. When you kissed me in disgusting public toilets and pouted in hotel bars and made me happy in ways in which it had never even occured to me that a mangled-up, locked-up person like me could be happy, I loved you. And then, inexplicably, you had the absolute audacity to love me back. Can you believe it? Sometimes, even now, I still can’t.”

 

 
 

Giveaway:

Three people will each win a book of their choice, up to $20 USD, on Book Depository!

We have one on Twitter, you can see it here.

We have another on Instagram, you can see it here.

And below is our third giveaway. Wishing you all lots of luck!

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BLOGIVERSARY + GIVEAWAY: Our Fiercest BBFs

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The month of August marks our 5 year blogiversary! And we’re celebrating by talking about some of our newer book boyfriends and having three giveaways!  Three people will each win a book of their choice up to $20 USD on Book Depository!  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 giveaways below!


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Prinz Soren from Lady Smoke (Ash Princess Trilogy #2) by Laura Sebastian
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After the events of Ash Princess, things are not any easier for my darling Prinz Soren. To say he’s been through a lot is being kind, but he continues to fight for what he believes is right and just alongside Theo and co. Soren continues to defy the way his father raised him and wants to help those who have been wronged by the corrupt people in power of the world. He knows others do not trust him thanks to his family lineage, but again and again, Soren lets his actions show the kind of man that his and his ultimate desire to help others.

 
 

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Jamie from Outlander (Outlander #1) by Diana Gabaldon
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“I can bear pain, myself,” he said softly, “but I couldna bear yours. That would take more strength than I have.”

 

Kulti from Kulti by Mariana Zapata
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“I haven’t done a single thing in my life to deserve you, schnecke, but I will never give up on you, and I won’t let you give up on me.”

 

Fiske from Sky in the Deep by Adrienne Young
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“I don’t belong to you.” I repeated the words I said to him that night he pulled the stitches from my arm.

“Yes, you do.” He pulled the hair back out of my face so he could look at me. “Like I belong to you.”

 


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Jack from Sunset Rising (Sunset Rising #1) by S.M. McEachern
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Jack was protective, smart, fierce, loving and honest.  What he was willing to do and sacrifice to help Sunny, oh my heart.  I loved Jack with my whole heart and soul.  

He picked up my hands from the table, held them in his, and looked at me with his intense blue eyes. “I’ll do everything in my power to keep you safe.”

 

 

Jessie from Bad Influence by Charleigh Rose
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Jessie was the ultimate bad boy who was seductive, charming and hot as fuck. *fans face*  Allie tried her hardest to fight it, but this is Jessie Shepard we’re talking about.  There was no escaping him.  So when he started showing up where Allie always seemed to be, I was obsessed.  He knew what he wanted and I loved watching him take control.

He moves toward me, and instinctively I step backwards until my back is flush with the door. “I want you. And I’m sick of playing this game.”
I swallow hard, feeling the warmth of his skin without even touching him. “That’s not why you’re here,” I say, calling his bluff. 
“No,” he admits. “But it definitely sweetens the deal.”
“You had your chance. The offer’s expired.”
“Is that so?” he asks, moving closer. “And what’s changed?” He pinches my chin between his finger and thumb and tilts it up so I’m forced to meet his gaze. 
“Everything.” I don’t know why my voice comes out as more of a whisper.

 

 

Carson from Darker Water (Once and Forever #1) by Lauren Stewart
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I. Loved. Carson.  If you love alpha males then you have to meet Carson.  He was addictive, seductive, powerful and charming without any effort at all. His words and actions had me melting into a puddle.

 

“If I turn around now things are going to escalate, Lane.” I spoke with my eyes closed, my hands clutching the countertop. “So what would you say if I asked you how far you wanted to go with this?”
“I’d say, ‘Why are you asking me questions when you should be fucking me?’”

 

 

 

 

Reiner from Kulti by Mariana Zapata
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“What would I gain from telling you the first moment I realized you were meant to be mine? Nothing. You’re supposed to protect what you love, Sal. You taught me that. I didn’t wake up one day and know I didn’t want to live without your horrible temper. I saw so much of me in you at first, but you aren’t like me at all. You’re you, and I will go to my grave before I let anyone change any part of you. I know that without a doubt in my mind. This,” he pointed between us. “This is what matters.” 

 

 
 

Merik from The Witchlands Series by Susan Dennard
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Take the god’s gift. Become the Fury.

It was time to become the monster Merik had been all along. No more numbed distance. No more fighting the Nihar temper. Only vicious, hungry heat.

One for the sake of many; vengeance for those he’d lost.


 
 

Giveaway:

Three people will each win a book of their choice, up to $20 USD, on Book Depository!

We have one on Twitter, you can see it here.

We have another on Instagram, you can see it here.

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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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 Darkest BBFs

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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 don’t forget about our wonderful giveaway below!
PS If you missed out on our previous blogiversary posts, they were Fiercest BBFs and Kindest BBFs, and Favorite Heroines.

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Nicholas Russo, aka Nico from The Sweetest Oblivion (Made #1) by Danielle Lori
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Nico was seductive but dangerous, he was one of the most notorious men in the mafia.  He had a traumatic past, but he was a smart business man and got further than anyone else his age.  He was respected, feared and lusted after. And I found myself completely engrossed in everything that was Nico and his alpha ways. Especially when I read some of the chapters in his pov!  But those moments when Elena and Nico were together, they made me laugh, smile, swoon and fall deeply in love.  

I wanted to fuck her and ruin her for anyone else. I wanted to crush her wings and then put them back together again so she’d become dependent on me. I wanted her to need me. That dark, possessive, and dangerous feeling crawled through me every time she crossed my path.
Elena Abelli was my vice, and fuck if I’d let it kill me.

 
 

Iron Phantom from The Supervillain and Me (Morriston Superheroes #1) by Danielle Banas
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The day after Abby was rescued by a new super, he was caught on video burning city hall.  And then he vanished.  The city dubbed him as a Supervillain and called him Iron Phantom. But he saved Abby so he can’t be all bad, right? Or can he?  BTW I loved Iron Phantom, he was seductive, cocky, brave, selfless, thoughtful and playful…sigh.

“Abigail,” he whispered, his voice so low it nearly got lost amid the hum of the AC unit. “I’m not the bad guy. I’m not a villain. If I wanted to hurt you, I would have done it already.”

 


Kaz from Six of Crows (Six of Crows #1) by Leigh Bardugo
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I had a hard time deciding if Kaz belonged in this category or that of Most Tortured.  Overall with his life and power gained with the Dregs in Ketterdam’s underbelly earns him a solid position as one of my darkest.  He may be cutthroat and one of the most dangerous minds in Bardugo’s books but I will forever love him.

 
 

Dante from Legendary (Caraval #2) by Stephanie Garber
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Oh. My. Goshhhhhh.  Dante’s character in Caraval was nothing short of horrible but that all changes in Legendary.  He connects with Tella in a way that had me gobbling up each of their interactions. It’s clear he has an important and possibly sinister role during each Caraval game and finding out what that is at the end of this book is so worth it.

 

 


Elias from A Reaper at the Gates (An Ember in the Ashes #3) by Sabaa Tahir
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I know this is kind of an obvious choice, but since a Reaper at the Gates just came out, it only solidifies just how dark Elias has become. Elias’ story has never been pleasant, but there’s been light spots here and there throughout the series. But by the end of Reaper, it’s practically pitch black. I hope the fourth book finds himself fighting to get out of the dark, but the ending of book three is about as far away from happy as you can go.

 
 


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Cardan from The Cruel Prince (The Folk of the Air #1) by Holly Black
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Cardan is the bad boy you can’t help but drool over. He’s cruel, but he just..his heart is more than that. Or maybe I’m a hopeless, lovesick puppy that’s seeing more to it than there actually is but…I really hope there is. Layers, people. Layers. He’s dripping with depth (and desire EEPS). See: Forbidden.

“Have I told you how hideous you look tonight?” Cardan asks, leaning back in the elaborately carved chair, the warmth of his words turning the question into something like a compliment.
“No” I say, glad to be annoyed back into the present. “Tell me.”
“I can’t.” 

 
 

Rook from An Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson
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Apparently, for me, this is the year of the Fae because I am just OBSESSED. Rook is so hard to explain. He does everything in his power to prove his worth, even at the cost of the girl he hates-but-really-is-falling-for-even-though-it’s-forbidden (AGAIN)…yet, when it comes down to it, he’d die for her. Sorry not sorry-knife to my peril-loving heart.

“Are you in love with me?” I blurted out. 
A terrible silence followed. Rook didn’t turn around.
“Please say something.”
He rounded on me. “Is that so terrible? You say it as though it’s the most awful thing you can imagine. It isn’t as though I’ve done it on purpose. Somehow I’ve even grown fond of your – your irritating questions, and your short legs, and your accidental attempts to kill me.” 
I recoiled. “That’s the worst declaration of love I’ve ever heard!” 
 

Poet from Trick (Foolish Kingdoms #1) by Natalia Jaster
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Ahhh my snarky, quick-witted, and silver-tongued jester. Need I say more, REALLY? Tough on the outside, hates the princess…until he doesn’t. What ensues is a forbidden love affair that strips Poet down to the core-and ohhhhhh the feels. When he is stripped bare…that’s when we see what truly lays beneath. And it’s oh so beautiful. Did I say forbidden? Lolz

As we crossed into his line of vision, Poet became aware of me and tensed, his shoulder blades locking. 
The crease of his spine. The waist that tapered and then rounded into a solid backside.
Anticipation flared. But he kept advising the girl, sparing me not a glance. 
Not until the distance between us grew again.
We craned our heads over our shoulders, our eyes smoldering.

 


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