Top Ten Tuesday: Crush

Top Ten TuesdayHello Tuesday!  I haven’t been writing much, but I think once I get into the swing of the new job (and stop being so darn tired, omg!) and get rid of this pesky cold that’s still hanging around, I’ll be back in the saddle again.  Top Ten Tuesday, as always, is brought to you by the wonderful Broke and the Bookish!

This week we’re talking FICTIONAL CRUSHES!  This might be hard for me, while I do have a couple of “go to” guys, I don’t really crush that much on fictional characters, to be honest.  Sure, I like them in the context of the books, but…well, they’re fictional and generally already paired up with some awesome female character…or if they aren’t, they will be eventually.  So we’ll see how this goes…

Top Ten Characters I Would Crush On If I Were Also A Fictional Character

1.  James Alexander Malcolm Mackenzie Frasier from the Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon–*swoon*.  Redheaded Highlander that fights like a badass and loves like a badass and is just generally the most awesome male character ever written.  Probably the main reason I don’t really have a huge list piled up already…because he just ruins you for anyone else.

2.  Joe Morelli/Ranger from the By the Numbers series by Janet Evanovitch–in a pinch, I’d totally pick Ranger.  His most used description uses the words Cuban Batman.  Um, yeah.  Batman.  Please and thank you!  Morelli’s more marriage material, though, so he does deserve a spot on the list, too.

3.  Jericho Barrons from the Fever series by Karen Marie Moaning–he’s tall, dark, and mysterious.  He also appears to be immortal and from the descriptions from Dreamfever, also perhaps the world’s best lover.  He might be an asshole to Mac most of the time, but he sure does know how to treat a lady when he wants.

4.  Buddy Threadgoode from Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistlestop Cafe by Fannie Flagg–okay, so this started out as a movie crush, but I think I liked him more after reading the book.  A fantastic older brother that died young tragically.  Okay, so maybe not the best choice for a book crush, but you had to love how he treated Idgie and that’s enough in my book.

5.  Rourke from the In Death series by JD Robb–the richest man in the universe, and he is fiercely devoted to a NYC lieutenant…to find someone with that amount of devotion AND he has the resources to fulfil your every wish?  Oh yeah…he’s right up there with Jamie Frasier up there.

6.  Jinx from The Hallows series by Kim Harrison–okay, so he’s a pixie, but he has a wicked sense of humor and a huge sense of loyalty.  I almost died the book where he turned into a human male.  SO.  AWESOME.

7.  Rhett Butler from Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell–another great literary character, I always loved how dashing Rhett was, especially the scene where he comes in and buys a dance from Scarlett even though she’s still supposed to be in mourning for Charlie.

8.  Falcor from The Neverending Story by Micheal Ende–okay he’s a great big white dragon…but this is a holdover from when I was younger.  I didn’t so much have a “romantic” crush on him, but I still loved him dearly.

9.  Perrin from The Wheel of Time series by Robert Jordan–I just love Perrin and Faile’s story, about how Faile decided that Perrin was the one for her, it just took her telling him that for him to realize it.  Plus, he’s a blacksmith, and he does have arrrrrmmmmmmmssss (I used to have an arm fetish), and Rand is too crazy and Mat too unpredictable for me.  Give me the stable blacksmith anytime.

10.  Jack Reacher from the Jack Reacher novels by Lee Child–He’s big (I love big guys), he’s quiet, and he has no need for material possessions.  I’ll admit, it mostly because he’s a big guy than anything else. I don’t think in reality I could handle a guy like Reacher, but in theory…he’d be fun for a week!

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Top Ten Tuesday

Okay, this is not my favorite topic–I’m really not one to anticipate book releases (well, other than certain series like The Wheel of Time).  I honestly can not tell you a single book that has a release date in 2013.  I used to go into bookstores just to see if my favorite authors had released a new book or not.  Book release date, what’s that?  The next book I’d probably mark on my calendar would be the sequel to A Dance with Dragons, honestly.  I’m going to try, though, I pulled up a list of releases on Barnes and Noble’s website, and meandered around on Goodreads.

1.  A Memory of Light by Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson–HOLY CRAP THE LAST BOOK OMG OMG OMG!  Okay, I am totally excited about this–it’s the last book in one of the most epic series of all time.  Too bad it doesn’t come out in December so that my husband can get it for me for Christmas, like he’s done with the last few books.  My birthday, perhaps?
Release Date:  Week of Jan. 7th

2.  Scarlet by Marissa Meyer(Lunar Chronicles #2)–Okay, I haven’t read Cinder yet, but I’m sure I will by the time the second book comes out.  Cinderella retelling with cyborgs? Yes please!
Release date:  Feb. 5th

3.  Ever After by Kim Harrison (The Hollows #11)–I’m woefully behind in this series by about 3 books, but I *love* these books, so I can be excited about another one coming out to add to my teetering To Read pile.
Release Date:  Jan. 22nd

4.  Revealed by PC and Kristen Cast (House of Night #11)–Zoey Redbird is probably #1 on a lot of people’s most annoying main character EVER (she’s up there on mine), but for some reason I just can’t get enough of these books!  I’m fascinated by the Casts’ version of vampires, and the tattoos are a really neat concept, plus, this has to be close to the end of the series.  Zoey can only thwart Neferet for so long before she defeats her once and for all, right?
Release date:  sometime in 2013

5.  Written in My Own Heart’s Blood by Diana Gabaldon (Outlander #8)–More Jamie Frasier!  YAY!  I love these books so much.  Judging from the synopsis on Goodreads, though, I’m going to have to reread An Echo in the Bone before I read this one…Jamie’s best friend marries his wife?  What?

Hmm, maybe I’ll finish out my list with books I’d like to see published?  I just…can’t dig out any more books I’d anticipate, and honestly, the list above is…not really all that anticipated, other than A Memory of Light (and I’m not going to lie, this list is the only reason I know it’s coming out).

6.  Dollhouse #2 by Anya Allyn–the ending of book was extremely abrupt, and there is no book 2 in sight yet.  Dollhouse was creepy and twisted and perfect Halloween reading–a giant dollhouse underground beneath a National Park in Australia?  EEEEEESSSSH!!!  I’m also interested to see where book #2 goes, plotwise.

7.  Matt Archer:  Monster Hunter book 2 by Kendra C Highley–Matt Archer is like..12 and works for the US Army as a monster hunter after he accidentally picks up a strange knife his uncle owns.  I’m sure there’s going to be more of this story, and the first one was very well done!

8.  The Many Lives of Lilith Lane sequel (or another book) by EV Anderson–my first foray into Kindle serials, and I love loved looooooved this story.  Lilith is splitting her time between two realities–one where her younger sister was kidnapped and murdered and one where she is still alive, but in danger of being kidnapped an murdered.  If you haven’t checked this out (or other serials from Plympton Publishing), you are missing out!

9.  Spookygirl:  Paranormal Investigator sequel by Jill Baguchinksky–LOVED this book, loved Violet, and Buster was absolutely adorable.  Would love to see more from this series and the author!  ❤ Jill!

10.  The Toadhouse Trilogy book #2 by Jess Lourey–book 1 had the heroes book hopping to save their lives.  It’s fun to see books (this one included The Time Machine, A Tale of Two Cities and Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde) from a different perspective, and honestly, who hasn’t wanted to step inside their favorite book and experience it as a character?