1.) Daemon Black.
Lux Series by Jennifer L. Armentrout.
2.) Circenn Brodie.
The Highlander's Touch by Karen Marie Moning.
Demon in my View by Amelia Atwater-Rhodes.
4.) MacAllister Booke.
Heaven and Earth (Three Sisters Island Trilogy) by Nora Roberts.
5.) Wren Tigarian.
Unleash the Night by Sherrilyn Kenyon.
Yes, all of these guys except for Daemon are from books written years ago but those are the ones that have stuck with me most. I read a lot of books, which is probably why I really remember those characters that drew me in the most. When I first really started reading reading, at 12, I fell into a huge Nora Roberts obsession. One of her books was actually the first non-chapter book I've ever purchased. Her Three Sisters Island Trilogy is one of my favorites; I've read it at least five times. Booke always made an impression on me. I just love the way he brings Ripley out of her concrete shell. Around the same time I started reading Amelia Atwater-Rhodes, Den of Shadows series. She was one of my favorite authors from like 12-16, and the only reason she stopped was because I could never find any of her new books after Hawksong and the ones in that series. Den of Shadows is amazing, but I actually don't even like the books in the Hawksong seires (other then that one). Anyway, I've loved Aubrey since the first book In the Forests of the Night. He's witty, yeat soulful. Clever yet...well, clever, but still. Pretty much the perfect vampire who doesn't sparkle and who actually has cool abilities. I was also a HUGE fan of Sherrilyn Kenyon's Dark-Hunter series. I owed and read every single book up until the last two. The reason for that is all the books after Acheron (and in truth Acheron itself) were disapointing to me. I just don't like them sadly. Unleash the Night actually came out my Sophmore year of highschool, and Wren reminded me of an ex boyfriend I still had feelings for so...that explains that! :) To be perfectly honest, I can't remember why I love Circenn so much, but everytime I think of characters I love he ALWAYS pops to mind. I'm gonna take that as a sign I need to reread the book soon. And for those of you who haven't yet had the oppurtunity to read the Lux series, that should be the next thing on your to-do list! Trust me! Just read the first book and you'll know exactly why Daemon made my list, despite the fact I only recently discovered him.
1.) Vo Spader
Pendragon: Journal of an Adventure Through Time and Space by D.J. Machale
2.) Signor Benedick
Much Ado About Nothing by William Shakespeare
3.) Christopher Carrion
The Books of Abarat by Clive Barker
The Iron Fey series by Julie Kagawa
5.) Julian Macedone
Fantasy Lover by Sherrilyn Kenyon
So my list is pretty diverse. Spader was one of my first HUGE literary crushes in seventh grade. I mean seriously, who wouldn't say no to a surfer-dude with almond-shaped-eyes with a tan and muscles from the Cloral territory? MacHale's series was so addicting back then, my friend and I would literally plead for my dad to drive us to the mall so we could grab it and start reading it that night. Remembering Spader now makes me want to scramble for my copies of the books again...I might just pick them up again. Much Ado About Nothing is my favorite comedy by Shakespeare, partly because it has one of the greatest figures of humor in it. Benedick and Beatrice's battle of wits is hilarious and engaging, and his change when he falls head over heels in love with the shrew is heartwarming and a joy to read (or to watch onstage). Sadly, if he were real, my match would hardly be a match for him...I doubt I could ever be his Beatrice :( Ok, so some of you might think I'm a bit nuts when I say that I would love it if Christopher Carrion was real. To be honest, I've always kind of had a thing for the bad boy or trickster in books. Humor and wit attract me, such as Benedick's. Chris' sadism...well, ok that's not attractive, but he's one of those charmingly tragic bad boys who I couldn't help but pity while reading Clive Barker's books. Even after he's had someone devoured, I still found myself being like "Aawwww but his grandma was such a JERK and he was SO in love with her!" I think it'd be SICK if Barker wrote a book specifically about the Prince of Midnight separate from the series. I adored his sulking :) Puck: a trickster, someone with humor. Plus, Kagawa's Puck in her series is wonderfully illustrated. Rather than simply made of wit and slyness (though he has plenty of it) he's a sweet, kind-hearted protector who only wants the best for Meghan Chase...except for her to be with Ash, that is. Despite the hotness that was Ash, I couldn't help but cheer for Puck (though my colleague Tempest might disagree :P ). If he was real, I'd be more than happy to take him off Meg's hands. Finally, there's Julian. Fantasy Lover was my first Romance novel. At first skeptical with the genre, I finished the book on a plane ride to Atlanta and on the way back. Not only did this rejuvenate my love of greek mythology, Kenyon's depiction of a demi god and his story of obtaining freedom was heart pounding and just plain addictive. Seriously wished I had discovered her and Julian sooner. Whew, ok! Hope to see other lists pop up! Let me know if any of these guys on my list interests/disgusts you :P