Top Ten Tuesday | Top Ten Book Boyfriends and Girlfriends

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s theme is: Top Ten Book Boyfriends and Girlfriends

I underestimated making this list. You know I love me some book boyfriends and live for amazing book girlfriends, but there’s so many of them to choose from! I hope I didn’t miss out a top book boyfriend/girlfriend because my fangirl heart would be so ashamed and crushed.

Book Boyfriends

1. Mr. Fitzwilliam Darcy (Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen)

My numero uno. No one can ever dethrone Mr. Darcy as my top book boyfriend. He started out as a total snob, but don’t judge a book by its sneer and awkward social skills. This man is and always will be a selfless and caring brother, lover, and friend. I fall in love with him even more whenever I re-read Pride and Prejudice, and I read that book every few months.


2. Marlon “Grip” James (Grip series by Kennedy Ryan)

If anyone knows how to make any girl swoon, it’s Grip. He can write poetry, has a face and body that would make anyone sing, and continues to speak out about the injustices, prejudice and bias people of color encounter in their day-to-day life. He loves his mom, his community, and Bristol, and you know what, I won’t even fight her for him. I know I’ll lose. But that’s what makes me love Grip even more. He loves so much.

(Amazon | Review)

3. Joshua Templeman (The Hating Game by Sally Thorne)

Oh this man. Like most of my favorite book boyfriends, Joshua started out as this strait-laced, brooding hero, the total opposite of his carefree counterpart and future lover, but he turned out to be a total teddy bear who loves to cuddle. I believe I raved about him and his cuddling ways in this post I especially for him.

(Amazon | Review)

4. Gabriel Scott (Managed by Kristen Callihan)

My beautiful, brooding Englishman. I like my men brooding, okay? And the English accent helps. I knew I’d fall in love with Scottie when I first read about him in Idol, but then Managed came out and it’s done. Scottie’s officially one of my book boyfriends. He’s serious, hardworking, and intense. Just take my word for it. If you love brooding men as much as I do, you’ll definitely fall for Scottie, too.

(Amazon | Review)

5. Aiden Graves (The Wall of Winnipeg and Me by Mariana Zapata)

This Canadian football player completely took over my life for at least three months straight, I swear. Aiden went from an asshole who doesn’t give a crap to a wonderful partner who will do anything for you. Now I need to read this book again and have all the feels. Oh, did I mention he loves dogs???

(Amazon | Review)

Book Girlfriends

1, Elizabeth Bennet (Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen)

My girl Elizabeth is a feminist badass at a time when feminism basically leads to spinsterhood. She loves to read and learn about the world, protect and defend those closest to her, go on long walks, and marry for love. She didn’t give in to Mr. Darcy just because he’s a big shot moneybags with the gorgeous house and the powerful relatives. She let him work for it, and it made them both the better for it.


2. Vanessa Mazur (The Wall of Winnipeg and Me by Mariana Zapata)

She loves Dragonball Z, dogs, and Christmas. Need I say more? All joking aside, Vanessa is so much more than what I’ve mentioned. She’s hardworking, resilient, and caring. She’s a digital artist, wears glasses and gets her hair dyed (by her best friend) in amazing hair colors. I love her!

(Amazon | Review)

3. Diana Casillas (Wait for It by Mariana Zapata)

Another MZ heroine, plus she’s Vanessa’s bestie! Due to some circumstances I won’t mention, Diana had a lot of growing up to do from Winnipeg to Wait for It. What I love about her is she’s a strong, no-nonsense woman who is amazing with her nephews. She’s one of the few characters I relate to the most.

(Amazon | Review)

4. Lady Sarah Titebottum (Royally Matched by Emma Chase)

If you forget about the fact she’s an aristocrat and ends up with a prince, Lady Sarah is just like us. Aside from being a bibliophile and an Austenite (Jane Austen Fan), she’s a little awkward. But once you get to know her, you’ll see she’s a sweet and funny person who can be quite outspoken when it’s about something she’s passionate. #Feminist

(Amazon | Review)

5. Chester Copper (Hot Shot by Kristen Callihan)

Chess is a fantastic photographer who is funny, strong, and sweet. She keeps her cards close to her chest but would give her whole heart for those she loves the most.

(Amazon | Review)

How about you? Who are your top book boyfriends/girlfriends? If you have your own Top Ten list, I’d love to check it out!

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22 responses to “Top Ten Tuesday | Top Ten Book Boyfriends and Girlfriends

  1. I love Fitzwilliam Darcy but I also love John Thornton from N&S and Jamie Fraser from Outlander has to be up there also. The way Jamie looks into Clair’s eyes in the first season as she is treating his wound is “making love with your eyes” for me and so Sigh worthy.

    And for me it is Colin Firth’s portrayal of Darcy that brought me into Jane Austen’s world.

    • ofpensandpages

      Oh goodness I can’t believe I forgot about John Thornton and Jamie! Love love looove Jamie Fraser! Je suis prest!

      Fantastic choices, Sheila. I’m the same as you. Colin Firth reeled me in. xx

  2. Mary

    I must agree with one of Sheila’s candidates,namely John Thornton!!! He and Fitzwilliam Darcy are two of the most swoon-worthy men in literature!! Sigh!

  3. overduebookreviews

    I am such a sucker for Fitzwilliam Darcy. He was my first book crush, and even now I still get weak-kneed thinking about him.

    You just moved “The Hating Game” up my list with your description! I’ve only heard great things about it and now I think I MUST read it. *Schedules a book date for Saturday evening*

    • ofpensandpages

      Same! I just read a Pride and Prejudice variation with a Mr. Darcy that once more brought me to my knees haha

      Yay! It’s a wonderful. The hero reminds me a little of Mr. Darcy tbh. Hope you get to read it soon!

  4. OMG your blog aesthetic is on point! Pride and Prejudice is my absolute favorite classic, and I love Jane Austen novels a lot! Joshua Templeman is also on my list! I had such a good time reading The Hating Game and it’s become one of my top contemporary books. I can’t wait for the author to release her second book! I was shocked when I found out it was a debut.
    What a cute, swoon-worthy list! Here’s my TTT:

    • ofpensandpages

      Thank you so much! It means a lot to hear you say that.

      Yes, Josh Templeman! What a swoon-worthy man. And I know! You wouldn’t think THG was a debut from the way the author wrote it. From what I know, she’s working on a second book, but I don’t think it’s the one she teased at the end of THG.

    • ofpensandpages

      Hehehe her books have a very special place in my heart. If you love slow burn as much as I do, you might enjoy it, too. I understand some people think it’s too slow (tbh it took me a while to get into the first book of hers I’ve read, but by the end of it, I was completely in love. I re-read it as soon as I finished it!). I hope you enjoy her books, too, Blessie! The Wall of Winnipeg and Me is my absolute favorite hehe

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