Dear Mr.Fantasy

Wench Book Boyfriends

We want our readers to get to know us better, and what better way to do that than to introduce you to our book boyfriends. The whole lot! (Yes... there are MANY!) We have a very special, happy community here. The Wenches don't do envy (mostly!), because sharing IS caring after all *wink wink* and there are lots of hot men to go around. Men we fell in love with in the books we love. Sometimes right off the bat, sometimes gradually. There are even cases where hatred turned to lust and love! Regardless of the journey, it ends the same for us. Yet another man we want... badly. Thanks to those naughty authors! I think it's safe to say we have all our genres covered. Paranormal romance: Check! Urban Fantasy: Check! Mystery/Thriller: Check! Classics: Check! Historical Romance: Check! Fantasy: Check!

So, Saucy Readers! Gird your loins, prepare your drool buckets, and have your fainting couches ready! The Wenches present to you their favorite Book Boyfriend Man Candy! All the Wenches have their favorites, and preferences, but these are in no particular order. Because really, why rank the pretty?

You've been warned!

Colin O'Donoghue as Bones

From Jeaniene Frost's Night Huntress series, Bones is considered by some Wenches to be THE perfect man. Regardless of your personal feelings, you can't deny that he is incredibly pretty, sinfully sexy, with a wicked sense of humor. A couple of us may be watching Once Upon a Time primarily for the sexy pirate who would be perfect as our favorite vamp. But only maybe.

David Gandy as Jericho Barrons

We may not all agree on who would be the perfect Barrons from Karen Marie Moning's Fever series, since he is a different creature in each of our minds. But he's dark and powerful, with an undeniable magnetism that draws people to him. Just like the incomparable David Gandy. Some of us can no longer separate Jericho Barrons from the image of David Gandy, and that is just fine with us!

Gabriel Aubry as Ethan Sullivan

The Master of Cadogan House is a somewhat polarizing figure. Generally Wenches either love him or, well they don't hate him, but they certainly don't like him. Whatever your feelings about Ethan Sullivan, of Chloe Neill's Chicagoland Vampires series, you have to admit that he is supremely confident, remarkably handsome, outstanding with the words, and beloved by all in his House. There are many opinions about who would make a great Ethan, but we like Gabriel Aubry's chiseled perfection.

Alexander Skarsgard as Eric Northman
The Wenches adore Eric Northman from Charlaine Harris's Southern Vampire Mysteries. We might have different opinions about the True Blood tv show, but there is one thing we all agree on. The gorgeous Swede is a wonderful Viking vampire. Alex has the raw sexuality, the beautiful blondness, the blue eyes that glitter and make your knees weak, and that smile that just tells you he's a ton of fun. All things that are exactly what make him perfect as Sookie's love, Eric Northman.

Gerry Butler as Jamie Fraser
The charismatic Jamie Fraser, the primary heartthrob from Diana Gabaldon’s popular Outlander series, is another candidate for perfect man. But beneath an exterior of fierce, strong, and shrewd Highland warrior beats the heart of a true romantic—deeply passionate, unfailingly loyal, and unswerving in his devotion. It is difficult to find any single mere mortal man who embodies Jamie. His lean, angular features are somewhat at odds with his slanted, sparkling blue eyes, his wide, full mouth, and his flowing red mane. But this photo of Gerard Butler captures a bit of his tousled charm, his beautiful smile, his ready wit, and the sparkle in his eyes. And he looks like someone who’d be pretty handy with a sword, too!

Ian Somerhalder as Christian MacKeltar
The thing that sells some of the Wenches on Ian as Christian, from Karen Marie Moning's Fever series, are his eyes. His crazy, beautiful eyes. Christian is described as having pretty eyes (rivaling Dreamy Eyed Guy's eyes), and nothing says pretty eyes like Ian's piercing baby blues. Plus, Ian's killer smirk just makes us think of human lie detector, Christian. We bet he would smirk a lot. And break some hearts along the way.

Jessie Pavelka as Curran Lenart
There are blonde, gorgeous men, and there is Jessie Pavelka. There are hot male book characters, and there is Curran, from Ilona Andrews's Kate Daniels series. Well, Pavelka has that something Curran does. Jessie's eyes, smile, hair, body... everything screams "Curran!" He's calm, but playful at the same time. Calculated, yet there's a trace of mischief behind his eyes. Some say Brad Pitt or Chris Hemsworth could be Curran, but we just don't see it. They lack that something, that Curran "trademark".

Jamie Dornan as Jonah of Grey House
Just because most of the Chicagoland Vampires fans LOVE Ethan, doesn't mean we hate Jonah. On the contrary, we like him and want him to be happy. Just not with Merit. Jonah is described as an Irish god here on Earth. Jamie is British, but we think he fits the god-like description pretty well. He's gorgeous, he's got a body to die for, and he gives off a good guy vibe, just like Jonah. Doesn't hurt that he's sexy as sin and we can totally see how Merit would be tempted! Plus, he's got that reddish tinge to his hair like Jonah does.

Eduardo Verastegui as Adam Black

"Dark. Sexy-as-sin. Raw." That pretty much screams Immortal Highlander, Adam Black, to the reader. And so does Eduardo Verastegui. With a natural tendency to "evil" and the entire world in his hand, Adam Black's eyes will send you flying. You have to be 'that special woman' to be able to restrain this man. And Eduardo seems to have the devilish charm and dark handsomeness that makes us think of Adam Black, from Karen Marie Moning's Highlander series.


Joe Mangeniello as Alcide Herveaux
Joe IS Alcide. Charlaine Harris's Sookie Stackhouse says something about having to look up and up and up at him. And that's how a few Wenches feel about Joe. He's manly and rugged, and we can totally see him as a construction business owner. Sookie makes a comment about how things might have gone in a different direction had he been shirtless the first (and only) time they had kissed. If you don't know what Joe looks like shirtless, do yourself a favor and Google it. Then come back and tell us you wouldn't be tempted. Just like Sookie was. We dare you.

Nikolaj Walder-Costau as Jamie Lannister
Jaime Lannister's hotness is hard to pinpoint for those of us who love him. Maybe because he is a man on the path to redemption now? Golden described him to begin with (to the point and rather shallowly), but changed or evolved is how we would describe him now. We think Nikolaj works perfectly. He just oozes the irresistible charm, the cockiness, the confidence, and of course, the handsomeness that is synonymous with the early Jaime. Even at his most arrogant, you can't help but admire the glint of his golden hair and that smirk when he addresses anyone he thinks he is better than (which is pretty much everyone!). Well done, Game of Thrones casting.

Simon Shaw as Terrible
Not all the Wenches have met him yet, but those who have unanimously agree, Terrible makes us swoon.Terrible, from Stacia Kane's Downside Ghosts series is very much an unlikely hero. He is described, more than once, as ugly, his job doesn't exactly inspire confidence, and he is not the most eloquent of men. But what he lacks in polish he more than makes up for with sincerity and we find ourselves sighing when he is on page, and looking forward to each time he smiles, and each time he tries to seduce Chess with his wonderful words. We think rugby player Simon Shaw captures Terrible's rugged charm perfectly. And wait until you see him smile!

Kit Harrington as Jon Snow

Setting aside the age differences between the book and the TV series, Game of Thrones casting at its best yet again. Besides his ridiculously gorgeous hair, Kit doesn't really look much like Jon is described. Jon is lean and long of face. Kit really isn't. He does look like his TV father, Sean Bean, though. But what really sells Kit as Jon is his personality. Honor, sincerity, wisdom, strength, and a sweet vulnerability that makes you root for him instantly. We want to see him smile that lovely smile, and maybe run our fingers through his gorgeous locks!

Eric Etebari as Lor

Lor from Karen Marie Moning's Fever series took a while to make it on our list of book boyfriends. But once we were done with Iced, we were done for! We love a man who makes us laugh! And Lor made us laugh. Lots. We were even charmed by his friendship with Dani. Eric Etebari just had to show up on our list as a Fever character! (A couple of the Wenches would never forgive us otherwise!) 

Karl Urban as Ty Grady
Ty's signature characteristics are his smirk, the mischievous look in his eyes, and his playfulness. Karl has all of those in spades. Plus he has that quality that pegs him as a nice guy, but a guy whose bad side you do NOT want to get on. Perfect for the ex-Force Recon Marine, Ty Grady.

Colin Firth as Mr.Darcy
Ah, Mr.Darcy (from Jane Austen's classic, Pride & Prejudice.) One of the first book boyfriends for a lot of us. What can we say that hasn't been said about him through the decades? Arrogant, charming, handsome, and willing to learn and change. We fell for him right alongside Lizzy. Add Colin Firth to that mix and voila! We were goners!

Viggo Mortensen as Aragorn
Aragorn. From J. R. R Tolkien's epic The Lord of the Rings trilogy. Who hasn't read his introductory scene in The Fellowship of the Ring and been instantly intrigued? Crownless, ranger from the north, Isildur's heir, King of Arnur? We'll take him any which way we can get him. And we don't even have to think about who we see when Aragorn comes to mind. Peter Jackson made fangirls ecstatic with his casting. The quietly intense Viggo Mortensen, with those dark locks, was spot on. 

Tom Hiddleston as Vlad Tepesh
Vlad Tepesh. We've been fans since Night Huntress. Understandably so. And then the lovely Jeaniene Frost gave us the Night Prince novels, and the rest, as they say, was history. Vlad smolders off the page and burns a path right into our hearts. For some of us, the extremely sexy Tom Hiddleston comes to mind as the very intense Vlad. He is likable, charming as hell, but has this quiet authority and seriousness to him we would attribute to Vlad. 

Richard Armitage as Mr.Thornton

Seriously, do we even need to explain this choice? Forget the fact that more than half the world would love him as a DWARF, but just watch North & South (based on the novel by Elizabeth Gaskell). Richard gives the role a depth and sexiness that just can not be found everywhere. Those eyes, that voice. He gives a WHOLE new meaning to being caressed by someone's eyes. Want to know what we're talking about? All you have to do is watch the miniseries. And then you'll know. Boy, will you. 

Michael Fassbender as Mr.Rochester
The beautiful Michael Fassbender was a surprise casting choice for Charlotte Bronte's brooding male lead in Jane Eyre. Would this ridiculously gorgeous man be able to play the dark, damaged, and secretive Mr.Rochester? We have to say, YES! He was brilliant, and his handsomeness actually does not play a part in the movie. It was all acting ability. Now, our Jane Eyre rereads have gotten a little more enjoyable.

Jason Momoa as Ryodan

Ryodan is still new to us as a book boyfriend. But he sure did make us sit up and wonder about him in Iced by Karen Marie Moning. Jason Momoa has the qualities we think would make a great Ryodan. We can so see him as the "man" Barrons was fighting with when Mac called him in Fever. He has that wicked sense of humor, that "I own this place and the bitches in it" attitude we can totally see Ryodan having. Plus, sometimes, he looks like he knows something the rest of us don't... and let's face it... that just screams Ryodan to us!

Benedict Cumberbatch as Sherlock Holmes

You'd think this iconic role created by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle had been played one too many times to surprise us anymore. But then Benedict Cumberbatch came along and blew our bleeping minds. The sharp, eccentric, annoyingly smart character is played to perfection by him. He has all the qualities a fan of the classics would want to see in the one-of-a-kind detective. We love his British charm, his voice which could very well hypnotize a snake on its own, and this certain other-worldliness that one would attribute the most brilliant detective to walk the earth.

Henry Cavill as Matthew Clairmont

When we first meet the mysterious Matthew Clairmont in Deborah Harkness' A Discovery of Witches, he is a biochemist at Oxford who has taken an unusual interest in historian Diana Bishop. After reading the second book in the series we have learned a great deal more about him. Matthew is a 1500-year-old vampire with a keen interest in genetics. He was a member of The School of Night, along with Sir Walter Raleigh and a host of other well-known historical figures. He was born in 500 AD, so he has had lots of time to learn and do practically everything. He has short dark hair, grey-green eyes, and is broad shouldered, lean, over 6 feet tall. You know, eye candy. And what better eye candy than the gorgeous Henry Cavill?

Dominic Lau as Lex

Lex, from Stacia Kane's Downside Ghosts. We know, we know. Not everyone is a fan. But the Wenches kinda love Lex. How can you not? He is irresistibly charming! We can't blame Chess for giving in to his considerable charms. He is sexy, funny, loves to tease (and we do love a sexy tease), and yet.. has that deadly edge. Dominic Lau (A VJ and E!News presenter in Asia) just seems to have all that lanky sexiness and attitude. 

Stephen Ammel as Gabriel Keene

As far as some of us are concerned, this list just wouldn't be complete without Gabe from Chicagoland Vampires. He has been described as "the ultimate alpha", and coming from Merit, that is high praise indeed. Stephen Ammel has the depth for it, and the brawn. And can you imagine him on a bike? YOWZA. He can do both serious alpha, and playful shifter who affectionately calls Merit kitten. This guy can play a man with layers. And sometimes, we just want to look at the pretty!  

So, Saucy Readers, did you enjoy the man candy? Did we include your book boyfriends? Let us know if we forgot anyone you think should have been included. There's always time for more man candy!

*All pics and gifs from tumblr. None belong to the Wenches.


  1. It's always interesting to see who others think to cast for characters! My differences were all in the Cut & Run arena - I've got Jensen Ackles as Ty, Joe Manganiello as Zane, David Gandy as Julian Cross, and the addition of James McAvoy as Deuce.

    I don't know who I picture as Alcide, though Joe does do it well - save for the bad direction that made him look stiff and stilted, Barrons always struck me as much bigger than Mr Gandy, and I love Karl Urban as Bones and can't find him anywhere else - Bones of the Star Trek variety, that is, not the vampire. ^_^

    I love watching how everyone's minds work, though, and some of the casting ideas (Bones the vampire and Vlad, for example!!!) are phenomenal, and will, undoubtedly, change my entire experience next time I read them!

    1. OMG, Care, are you watching Once Upon a Time???? Colin as Hook who is really Bones is UH-MAY-ZING!!!! He's not on nearly enough, but when he is... *___*

      Also, I'm glad you clarified about "Bones" because for a second there I was questioning your taste. ;) I got it now.

  2. It's hard because some of us have the face of one person stuck in their head for multiple characters. *whistles

    Poor Barb's challenge was to use a different beautiful man for each character. I hope her brain didn't explode from all the stress.

    1. Hehe, it didn't ;) I think I've started having that problem since Gandy... I want him to be everyone! Lol.

  3. Such a great list! I'm glad Terrible got included even though he's not hot like most of the others -- still swoonworthy.

    And maybe it's because I just finished Frost Burned, but I feel like some of the guys from the Mercy Thompson series need to be added onto here. Adam Hauptman, anyone? Or how about the Cornicks? Asil, the gorgeous Spaniard?

    1. Oh, good call, Anonymous! We definitely need to cast the Mercy Thompson guys! I think we even mentioned Adam, but not enough of us have read them (although we are working on it!). We also need to cast Reyes Farrow, and at least some the the Black Dagger boys. Hmmm...maybe we have enough for a Book Boyfriends Part II post. ;)

    2. Maybe for the next Mercy book I'll do a casting post. ;-)

    3. Maybe for the next Mercy book I'll do a casting post. ;-)

  4. Yes, Adam!

    Love all the man candy, thanks! Pretty spot on choices as far as I'm concerned.

    Veronica G.

  5. This is such a great list. I sigh and drool a little everytime I come and have a look at it. Great casting.

  6. Great casting!! Loving Tom as Vlad! And more than that, I'm loving, LOVING that you chose Eric Etebari to appear on this list. He maybe my Barrons, but I wouldn't kick him out of bed as Lor either!

  7. I can't believ Sam Heughan as Jamie Fraser was left out!

    1. He's brand new Kris! And this is an old post we reposted :) but don't worry, he will feature HEAVILY in new lists ;)

  8. Love the post and your choices!!! I rarely have similar taste in men with other women so this was awesome. There were only two actors I'm not all that into - I'm not hot for Hook but I guess I can see it, he just seems so boyish and Bones is manly (in my head anyway :D). Also, not a Fassbender fan so he wouldn't be my choice anywhere.

    But Jason Momoa as Ryodan...OMG...*drool*...that is going to be in my dreams from now on. *faint*

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    1. Also, Stephen Ammel...MY GOD...where has that man been hiding...he IS Gabe Keene!!!

    2. Hehe yup. Stephen Ammel and Jason Momoa were pretty great casting picks!


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