We all make bad boyfriend-related decisions. I sure have. But when it comes to a book boyfriend, you have nothing to worry about. These fictional men are mostly written by female authors. They are the perfect combination of sexy and sweet.
Book boyfriends complete our lives in a way real boyfriends sometimes can’t. We don’t have to worry about their needs and wants because they aren’t real. They will never disrespect you or break your heart. They might be fake, but they can inspire what you want out of a real man. Or they can simply exist to satiate a taboo desire.
They are emotionally available and say the right things at the right time. If you’re a proponent of the book Boyfriend, you might have a hard time finding that kind of love. You might unintentionally start to compare.
We’ve compiled a list of some of the best book boyfriends. Loved and swooned over by the reading community, they drastically improve a literary experience. Are they worth ruining your love life? In our opinion, totally.
1. Rhysand in A Court of Thorns and Roses series
Rhysand may be the most beloved character on bookstagram. In A Court of Thornes and Roses, he is the High Lord of the Night Court. He is a character who would do anything, seriously anything, to save the one he loves.
Rhysand’s most admirable characteristic is his belief in women’s strength. Despite having two powerful male best friends, his second and third in command in the army are female. The way he shows patience, love, respect toward Feyre is something I think every man should learn.
He made her fight and taught her to use her powers. Read the book and you’ll swoon just as hard as everyone else on BookTok. I think a ‘Thank you’ to Sarah J. Maas for writing The Court of Thorns and Roses series is in order.
2. Ben Kessler in November 9
Colleen Hoover developed this character who, despite being flawed, is adored by readers. Ben is a writer, so the way he talks is bound to be damn good. He’s sweet and brings out Fallon’s confidence. He’s perfect for anyone in the market for a new book boyfriend.
When it comes to book boyfriends, readers often fall for alpha males. Ben is nothing like that. He’s better. He talks about books in a way that will put a smile on your face.
Ben has flaws. But he’s complex, and readers will empathize and inevitably fall in love with him. Read November 9 and see for yourself!
3. Aaron Blackford in The Spanish Love Deception
Every sunshine reader loves a tall, handsome, grumpy hero. Aaron Blackford is the kind of character who, if he was real, would make all men jealous.
6’4 with Clark Kent looks, Aaron is the perfect book boyfriend. He may be a total jerk at first, but readers will soon see his sweet side. He is book-boyfriend material in a way that when he loves, he loves you hard, supports you, and has a possessive streak.
And honestly, who doesn’t want that? Snag up your copy of The Spanish Love Deception by Elena Armas to fulfill your book boyfriend checklist.
4. Rowan Whitethorn in the Throne of Glass series
We find book boyfriends so attractive because they know exactly what to say. It even seems like they can read their love interests (and us, the readers) minds. And because of this, Rowan Whitethorn showed us what it feels like to be loved (in a fictional sense).
In The Throne of Glass series, he’s cold and grumpy, but as the story develops, we see how much he cares and loves Aelin. He is incredibly loyal and supportive. As a warrior, Rowan is capable of cruelty and torture to protect what he loves.
He’s tall, tatted up, ripped with muscles, and maintains a cold demeanor for everyone besides those close to him. Rowan is chock full of perfect book-boyfriend traits. Thank you, Sarah J. Maas, for your tremendous contribution to our book boyfriend checklist.
5. Jack Hawthorne in Marriage for One
To top off our list, we have the swoon-worthy Jack. This hot and rich lawyer is the object of all our dreams. He has a hard exterior but is a total softy on the inside. Again, the addicting grumpy-sunshine trope. His affection for Rose is syrupy-sweet, and we can’t help but want our own Jack Hawthorne. Despite his cold demeanor, there’s not much he wouldn’t do for those he loves.
Jack is brilliant, confident, and handsome. Even with all the arrogance and prickliness, Mr. Hawthorne is the perfect book boyfriend. We would argue he’s so sexy that it’s borderline sinful.
Interested only in his business, can Jack make this marriage of convenience work with Rose? Find out in Marriage for One by Ella Maise.
As a reader, I’m sure you’ve been told your real-life love standards are too high. But it’s because of these fictional men who show us how cosmic romance can be. You, dear, aren’t alone. We hope you enjoyed our best book boyfriends list!