Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Top Ten Tuesday: Unforgettable Male Characters in Books I've Read

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. 10 is just a suggestion to aim for if you can hit it. You can do a list of 3 or 5 or 20, whatever you decide. And you can put a spin on the topic if you need to. Each week there is a new list to create. This week the list is a Love Freebie, so I have chosen the topic:

Unforgettable Male Characters in Books I've Read

So what makes a male character unforgettable in a novel? For me, it's much more than good looks, charm, and muscles. There are various qualities I admire in a man that makes him stand out from the crowd. In addition, a man who shows vulnerability makes him very attractive to me. Here are a few unforgettable male characters I've encountered in my reading. They are not in any order of preference.

Kadesh is mysterious and exotic in this series that takes place in the Mesopotamian desert and the land of frankincense. I was swept away and could not resist the allure of a sword-wielding young man who becomes the forbidden love of a courageous girl. 

Dante is the good-natured and super patient investigator and member of the Roma Underground,who becomes the love interest of our kick-ass heroine in the Roma series. It's hard not to fall in love with such a nice guy.

Murphy Thornton, Lieutenant in the US Army and member of their elite team of Phantoms is a sexy guy who loves his wife and drinks green tea and smoothies. The combination makes this guy swoon-worthy to me.

The gentleman police officer Constable Kelly who is in a blossoming romance with our sleuthing heroine is kind, thoughtful, brave and humble. A sensitive man. And a gentleman. Did I already say that? Yes, that's right, a gentleman.

Prohibition enforcement agent Oliver Anson is a straight-arrow who is not afraid of danger or bringing down the bad guy. He's strong and takes quite the beating for our jaded heroine. So self-sacrificing.

This story is based on the true account of Angelo Di Marco, a young Amercian-Italian who fought WWII in Italy and survived the bloody battles, malaria, capture by the Germans, starvation, and an incredible escape behind enemy lines. He is one unforgettable male character. So courageous and brave!

Joseph is an anti-hero who has to overcome emotional barriers to take action in his life. He lives with guilt and remorse and this has nearly destroyed his life. I couldn't help but like Joseph. The scenes between him and his sister were so endearing and touching. A man who loves his sister? Makes my heart melt.

Donnie Ray Cuinn is the underdog lawyer, a broken man who cannot stop grieving the loss of his young wife. Throughout the four books, Donnie just grew on me. It's hard not to like him when he tries to do the right thing and helps those less fortunate. Women are drawn to him, but no one can fix him.

It had been awhile since I read a romance novel and this one had a swoon-worthy sword-wielding Highlander Scots. Need I say more?

Who are some of the unforgettable male characters in the books you've read?

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  1. I haven't read any of these, but I love Beatriz Williams so I will be getting my hands on Wicked City ASAP!

    1. I have Cocoa Beach on my bookshelf which I still haven't read and hope to do so soon.

  2. Ooh I love that cover of Remember, Remember. Not sure why but it does jump out at me. The Roma books look good too.

  3. I haven't read any of those but hope to get to Wicked City soon.

  4. I love a good male character! And you're right, there's more to an unforgettable male character than good looks :)

  5. Ooh, I like your topic. Some of these guys sound amazing.

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

  6. I haven't read any of these... I like older, quiet guys, for instance Armand Gamache in Louise Penny's series

    1. and My own post is here:

    2. Shamefully, I have yet to read any of Louise Penny's books even though she's a Quebec author.


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