Kiss and Tell (part one): Creating a Swoonlicious Book Boyfriend


Kiss and Tell (part one): Creating a Swoonlicious Book Boyfriend

Kiss and Tell (part one): Creating a Swoonlicious Book Boyfriend

Kiss and Tell (part one): Creating a Swoonlicious Book Boyfriend

Anyone who hangs around me for any length of time - online or in "real" life - learns pretty quickly that I'm an avid collector of book boyfriends. My husband has resigned himself to this collection, goodnaturedly tolerating my swoons over fictitious heroes and pretending not to notice that most of them are based on Henry Cavill or Chris Hemsworth.

(Now, before anyone starts clutching their pearls... He's not threatened because he knows I know they're fictional. After all, my husband is my very own Mr. Knightley and that's the best kind of hero anyway.)

Since I first met Prince Charming on the pages of Cinderella (a book I had memorized before I could technically read), I have been adding to my book boyfriend collection. And while Prince Charming joins Frank Hardy, Gilbert Blythe and Thane Andrews (Roses for Mama by Janette Oke) in my book boyfriends hall of fame (another way to say 'book boyfriends I've loved since middle school"), more recently I have amassed quite a swoonilicous collection of new book boyfriends. And don't tell Charming, Frank, Gilbert and Thane, but this new crop is even more swoonilicious! 

Of my reads from the past three years or so, there are five heroes that I have quite a crush on. See, I fall in love with book boyfriends while I'm reading their particular story but more often than not when I move on to a new book, I move on to a new book boyfriend as well. (It's not cheating if they're fictional! The internet says so!) However, these five guys made such an impression on me that a) I can't quit talking about them and b) I put them on a shirt. 

Kiss and Tell (part one): Creating a Swoonlicious Book Boyfriend

In case you haven't met them yet, let me introduce you! Meet James MacDonald (aka #myJames) from Carla Laureano's Five Days in Skye, Ty Porter from Becky Wade's Meant to be Mine, Charlie Lionheart from Joanne Bischof's The Lady and the Lionheart, Vance Everstone from Dawn Crandall's The Cautious Maiden, and Wes Harrison from Pepper Basham's Just the Way You Are. Ironically enough, three of these swoonlicious fellas look like Henry Cavill. For those of you taking notes, that's not a MUST but it certainly helps ;) 

Since I debuted my book boyfriends shirt, I've been asked this question more times than I can count: 

How do my heroes get on your shirt???

Now, aside from the potential awkwardness beget (begotten?) from a question such as this one, I have been mulling over a list of characteristics that make these five book boyfriends (and your future heroes) shirt-worthy.

  1. Falling in love hits HIM in all the feels. Obviously, it needs to hit me in the feels too (I still have not recovered from Vance's redemption or Charlie's sacrifice) but when it makes the hero's voice go husky, his throat tight, his control fray... these things are sure to have me swooning right off my fainting couch (also known as my trusty recliner). For example, watching tough, cocky, bullrider Ty Porter or smoldering, flirty James MacDonald fall hard in love is truly a swoonilicious pleasure.
  2. He's not afraid to share those feels, when appropriate. I'm all for macho heroes but there's something particularly yummy about a guy who isn't afraid to tell a girl how he feels. To tell her he's scared, too. To tell her that he's trying to rein in his desires because he respects her, but also to tell her that he has those intense desires to rein in. To let his voice get all raspy and his jaw tight. I'm all a'swoon just thinking about it! (But please, for the love of all things swoony, don't make him smarmy!! If a guy's every thought is some sort of innuendo, nope. He can express desire but right on its heels must be respect. Vance Everstone & Wes Harrison are great examples of this desire/respect balance.)
  3. He is a man of integrity and character...Eventually. He can be a bad boy at the start but the process of redemption must be a key element to his story. I'm telling you right now, there is nearly nothing as sexy (am I allowed to use that word??? Where's Julie Lessman when you need her? LOL) ... anyway, there is nothing quite so swoonilicious as a redeemed rogue. If you look at each of these 5 heroes, you'll find a bit (or more) of redeemed bad boy in each one of them.
  4. He is a protector at heart. A shirt-worthy book boyfriend doesn't have to be a Navy SEAL or an FBI agent or a First Responder (though, now I'm swooning at the thought) but he has to have some sort of protective instincts. If someone tells him to stay put when his woman is in danger, he better not stay put. And if he's forced to stay put because he's stuck in a hospital bed with a possibly-mortal injury of his own... well... then he at least needs to be growly about not being able to come to her rescue. Even if your book is not a suspense novel, this protective side can come out around kids, dogs, and the heroine in other ways that are just as meaningful. Worthy of note is that none of my 5 shirt-worthy book boyfriends are in a suspense novel. But if you've met Charlie Lionheart, you can't say he doesn't have protective instincts!
  5. He's a goooooood kisser! Ok, this last one isn't essential but y'all there is something to be said for a kiss that has you using your book as a swooning fan. (Please be cautious of using your kindle in the same manner... it doesn't have quite the same cool-air effect and a miscalculated swoosh could leave you a bit bruised. Don't ask me how I know this.) We'll talk more about what makes a gooooood kiss the next time I'm on Seekerville! (July 13th, if I did my math right.) 
Now, take this advice with a grain of salt because every reader has her own preferences. Some like flirty heroes. Some like brooding Mr. Darcy-types. Some go for the nerds. Some get weak-kneed over the bearded lumberjacks (I'm looking at you, Beth Erin!) and others prefer a scruffy cowboy or a dashing Brit. It also depends on what kind of chemistry the hero has with the heroine, and the overall quality of the story.

Dear readers, the stuff of fairy-tale romance and happily-ever-after is in our soul's DNA. God has set eternity in our hearts (Ecclesiastes 3:11) and I believe this is one reason we crave the Prince Charming who comes riding in on a white horse to defeat evil and whisk away as his bride. Sound familiar? Yes, that's basically the plot of every fairy-tale and nearly every romance ever written. But it's also THE plot. It's the story God has been telling from the beginning!

One day Jesus WILL come riding in on a white horse as our Prince of Peace to defeat evil and whisk us away as His bride (Rev 19) to the ultimate happily-ever-after (Rev 21). As we wait for it play out in reality, we read little reflections of it in the meantime. This is why we collect book boyfriends... and this is why certain heroes make it onto my shirt. Because in their stories, I see The Story. They remind me that THIS is love, that someday my Prince will come... in a tale as old as time.

Until then, I'll keep collecting book boyfriends and adding them to my shirts. I've already got a list going for the next one ;)

    Kiss and Tell (part one): Creating a Swoonlicious Book Boyfriend

    Authors: What do you find most difficult about writing a swoony hero?
    Readers: Who are some of your fave book boyfriends?

Let me know in the comments & you'll be entered to win ONE BOOK of your choice from ONE of my book boyfriend lists found here:

(I told you I talk them about them alot LOL)

Giveaway is open internationally, provided Book Depository has the book of your choice and ships to your location. Void where prohibited by law.

175 Comments on Seekerville: The Journey Continues: Kiss and Tell (part one): Creating a Swoonlicious Book Boyfriend

  • Anonymous
    on April 16, 2018 | 19:12 Anonymoussaid :
    "okay, I meant who is this TOX...
    No idea how it got switched to God... I do know who He is
    *note to self* double check auto corrected words... *sigh*"
  • DebH
    on April 15, 2018 | 12:12 DebHsaid :
    "Very late to this party, but I enjoyed reading all the comments. I realize I've missed a slew of books I need to read. Um, who is this God and where may i find him?

    As for my favourite swoon heroes... Basically any Mary Conneally men, Ruthy's cowboy heroes, and any man in uniform. May I also mention a TV hero who I swooned over through high school and college even though it might be a little goofy now? I loved MacGyver and he still makes me swoon. *sigh*"
  • Anonymous
    on April 15, 2018 | 10:13 Anonymoussaid :
    "Eeeep! I'm so glad you think so!"
  • Julie Lessman
    on April 15, 2018 | 09:08 Julie Lessmansaid :
    "Oh, WOW, am I sorry I'm late to THIS post, my friend -- YUM!!!

    I would have to agree with you on Charlie Lionhart for sure. One of my favorite CF heroes is Jamie from Liz Curtis Higgs Whence Comes a Prince, and Becky Wade's heroes are always dee-lish as well.

    But I would have to say my favorite, all-time fictional hero is Jamie Frasier from Diana Gabaldon's Outlander series (NOTE: This is not a Christian book). If you would have told me that I would have said that about a hero who is a redhead, younger than the heroine, and inexperienced with women, I would have told you were were out of your mind. Well, Diana Gabaldon made a liar out of me with Jamie because he is King of Swoonilicious in my book!

    Great post, my friend!

  • Julie Lessman
    on April 15, 2018 | 08:51 Julie Lessmansaid :
    "I'm sorry to be so late to the party, especially on such a "sexy" post! ;) Thank you, Dawn, for mentioning Sean -- he appreciates it and so do I! ;)

    And thanks, Carrie, for your words about my swoony heroes -- MUCH appreciated, my friend!

  • Dawn Crandall
    on April 14, 2018 | 23:41 Dawn Crandallsaid :
  • Trisha
    on April 14, 2018 | 18:11 Trishasaid :
    "This is such a fantastic post!! I especially loved how you tied it back to Jesus and His triumphant return! The ultimate hero on a white horse."
  • Melanie Dickerson
    on April 14, 2018 | 12:57 Melanie Dickersonsaid :
    "You know I'm kidding, right? :D Love you! And I LOVE your enthusiasm for Christian fiction and romance! It's contagious, and very fun!!! <3"
  • Jeanne Bishop
    on April 14, 2018 | 11:27 Jeanne Bishopsaid :
    "Sarah, I am at the moment reading your book "The Esther Paradigm". There's a certain swoonworthy sheikh that definitely makes the list. "
  • Jubileewriter
    on April 14, 2018 | 06:23 Jubileewritersaid :
    "Fun posted. I love Mary Connealy's hereos too. They help the heroines be the best of themselves. I love that in a hero. I also love seeing a hero who is broken restored by a heroine. I don't care what they look like. It's what's inside that draws me. I try to write those kinds of heroes. Carrie how do I get reviews from you? You blog looks so fun. I read a lot- I mean I am addicted. Yet I haven 't read any of your faves. I'd love to share one of your boyfriends. Boy, does that sound weird. But, in the book world that is permitted.
    Cindy Ervin Huff"
  • Linda R
    on April 13, 2018 | 23:26 Linda Rsaid :
    "I love this post. I had seen your shirt posted by Becky some time ago. I think #5 should be added to your list as essential. Needless to say, who is my favorite? Ty, of course!"
  • Connie Porter Saunders
    on April 13, 2018 | 22:53 Connie Porter Saunderssaid :
    "I am very late coming to the party and I certainly agree with many of the men mentioned. I don't think anyone mentioned Dr. Dr. Neill MacNeill from Christy. Yes, he was an agnostic but you can't help feeling his pain at losing his wife and his dedication to seeing the people made him very special. And there was just something about the actor who portrayed him in the TV series!
    Great post Carrie!!"
  • Toni Shiloh
    on April 13, 2018 | 21:40 Toni Shilohsaid :
    "I'd pick Matt Jareau, Gray Fowler, and Michael Carrington and amen Vance Everstone and Charlie Lionheart."
  • Toni Shiloh
    on April 13, 2018 | 21:37 Toni Shilohsaid :
    "Even Ned's name is boring."
  • Vince
    on April 13, 2018 | 21:29 Vincesaid :
    "Hi Carrie:

    You have a beautiful website! It's so inviting. With so much white space. I like your pleasing and restful pastel colors. You also showcase many authors I have not yet read. Of your fifteen boyfriend books, I've read just two. However of your ten authors you've most read, I've read eight of them. So we have a few things in common.

    I tend to think in terms of heroines as women I'd like to marry…vicariously, of course! I think you're right about fictional swooning being ideal. I would call that safe swooning. ;)

    I also like all the items on your 'swoonabiliy' list. I would suggest one additional item and that's a hero who all the other women notice when he's around and who always does little romantic things, like giving you a rose and a kiss, with all those other women looking on. I think there needs to be more romance in romances.

    Please put me in the drawing!


  • Melanie Dickerson
    on April 13, 2018 | 20:58 Melanie Dickersonsaid :
    "Aw, Carrie, I'm so disappointed none of my heroes are on your shirt! I'm crying a little bit right now. Sniff sniff."
  • MeezCarrie
    on April 13, 2018 | 20:48 MeezCarriesaid :
    "#safetyfirst ;) "
  • MeezCarrie
    on April 13, 2018 | 20:48 MeezCarriesaid :
    "haha! love it, Chautona!"
  • Chautona
    on April 13, 2018 | 20:04 Chautonasaid :
    "This part of the comment thread made me think of an old Roger Miller song:"
  • MeezCarrie
    on April 13, 2018 | 19:20 MeezCarriesaid :
    "ohhhh Phillip and that kiss! SWOON!!! that is a definite multiple-reread book <3"
  • Heidi Reads...
    on April 13, 2018 | 19:08 Heidi Reads...said :
    "I loved your insights into what makes a hero memorable and book boyfriend status! My longtime book boyfriend is Phillip from Edenbrooke by Julianne Donaldson. The romantic tension is off the hook because he is too honorable to declare himself to the lady under his temporary guardianship, but tries to hint it to her in other ways, all while getting frustrated at his inability to read her feelings. I can't count how many times I've re-read this book!

    Please enter me in the giveaway- there are a few books on your list I haven't read yet and I'm intrigued..."
  • MeezCarrie
    on April 13, 2018 | 18:57 MeezCarriesaid :
    "Oh KAV! You must read a Pepper Basham novel post haste! PM me on FB and I'll get you set up.

    I'm not sure what to say about Winnie the Pooh HAHA but Jim Frayne was such a sweetie & definitely swoony :D

    Connor! OH! Yes! And his brother Quinn is delicious. Ryan Parker is another excellent choice too! "
  • Kav
    on April 13, 2018 | 18:36 Kavsaid :
    "Ohhh...I swooned my way through this post and all the comments. Some of the heroes I've met and some I haven't but I have list going now. Still haven't read a Pepper Basham and clearly I am missing out!!!

    So...have to confess my first book boyfriend might have been Winnie the that weird? But I sophisticated up fast and Jim Frayne became my heart throb..remember him from Trixie Belden. My first swoon was when he told Trixie she was his girl in Happy Valley Mystery. And I've been swooning ever since.

    Currently Connor Shea from The Promise of Breeze Hill is a major crush...though I hear his brother will be stirring hearts sometime this summer. And I just finished Beneath the Surface by Lynn H. Blackburn and Ryan Parker is definitely book boyfriend material!!!! I love that we're allowed to be fickle when it comes to bbfs...cause I have a lot of them."
  • Kav
    on April 13, 2018 | 18:23 Kavsaid :
    "Eeeep -- Tracey, your inside scoop on another Charlie from the same author????? I'm in full swoon and will stay in this condition until July. Thankfully, my TBR pile is next to my fainting couch so I can industriously occupy my time for the net few months."
  • MeezCarrie
    on April 13, 2018 | 18:21 MeezCarriesaid :
    "Amen to that, Pepper!"
  • MeezCarrie
    on April 13, 2018 | 18:21 MeezCarriesaid :
    "haha thank you Marie! Janette Oke was the first CF author I read - I was in middle school and that was the beginning of my love story with Christian fiction! She has a special place in my reader heart :)

    I know Carol but (hangs head in shame) I haven't had the pleasure of reading her books yet. So many books, so little time ... but ... argh. lol."
  • Pepper Basham
    on April 13, 2018 | 18:18 Pepper Bashamsaid :
    "Thor is swoonilicious! YEs, and I agree with Rachel, he did feel incredibly 'real'."
  • Beth Erin
    on April 13, 2018 | 18:18 Beth Erinsaid :
    "Definitely a fan of Carol's heroes!"
  • Pepper Basham
    on April 13, 2018 | 18:18 Pepper Bashamsaid :
    "Humor! YES!!! Life is wwaaaaayyyyy to hard to handle without Jesus and humor!!!"
  • MeezCarrie
    on April 13, 2018 | 18:16 MeezCarriesaid :
    "TOX is AWESOME! He will be on my next shirt for sure :D"
  • Anonymous
    on April 13, 2018 | 18:10 Anonymoussaid :
    "Carrie, you know who I am gonna say before I even start typing it right?! Tox!!

  • Mrs Tina
    on April 13, 2018 | 18:05 Mrs Tinasaid :
    "Well Beth, let's see...there is Tom, Moose and Ox. So you have your pick of lumberjacks who are all very heroic and handsome, did I say handsome!? Oh, and big, muscular, strong lumberjacks too!!!
    blessings, Tina"
  • MeezCarrie
    on April 13, 2018 | 18:00 MeezCarriesaid :
    "I (clearly) love me some book boyfriends too, Nicki!! And sometimes the anticipation of the kiss on the page is better than the actual kissing scene ;) "
  • MeezCarrie
    on April 13, 2018 | 17:58 MeezCarriesaid :
    "that makes for some great emotional swoony scenes :D"
  • MeezCarrie
    on April 13, 2018 | 17:57 MeezCarriesaid :
    "he already sounds swoony, Laurie! :D Will look forward to 'meeting' him <3"
  • MeezCarrie
    on April 13, 2018 | 17:56 MeezCarriesaid :
    "ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh I can't wait!"
  • MeezCarrie
    on April 13, 2018 | 17:53 MeezCarriesaid :
    "Hi Vince! Yes, I don't encourage grabbing a boyfriend or life mate because of a swoon in real life. But fictional book boyfriends are ok to swoon over :)

    I love your list! That kind of hero fits in very nicely with my list too!!

    And i totally agree - humor is VITAL!"
  • Nicki Chapelway
    on April 13, 2018 | 17:46 Nicki Chapelwaysaid :
    "Oh, you had to choose a subject that I absolutely cannot resist.


    I love me some book boyfriends. In fact, as of right now, they are my only boyfriends. My favorites are Peeta from the Hunger Games, Zachary Goode from Gallagher Girls, Percy Jackson, Rene from Rook, and Morpheus from Splintered.

    I definitely prefer the noble rogues, but Peeta isn't a noble rogue so obviously I'm open to suggestions.

    Writing swoon worthy heroes can often be difficult. The kissing would probably be the hardest part for me (*cough* probably because I've never been kissed *cough* *cough*). Most of the time the main romantic tension of my stories is the leading up to the first kiss.

    With my character Easton, he's the childhood friend, so it was really hard to show his love for her as a friend versus his romantic love. He's probably the hardest to make the most swoon worthy. I mean with the others I have princes who are dark lords, reclusive huntsmen, brooding bounty hunters, cyborg pilots (the list can go on)

    And then there's the childhood friend...

    But, I love Easton and he definitely grows through the story so yeah. Some of my readers have called him a heartthrob so I guess I did something right :P

    Please enter my name in the drawing!"
  • Erica Vetsch
    on April 13, 2018 | 17:44 Erica Vetschsaid :
    "I love your list, and your qualifications for a good book boyfriend. Sa-woon!

    I'm partial to a stoic, brooding, tough-guy hero, preferably one that has been wounded...both physically and emotionally. :)"
  • Laurie Wood
    on April 13, 2018 | 17:35 Laurie Woodsaid :
    "Great to meet you, Carrie and I’m late to the party but I *love* your list of book boyfriends! I now have a new goal as an author - to write swoon-worthy hero’s who become fan book boyfriends. That’s actually a tall order but then, I’m a newbie. :) I based my debut hero on the late actor Paul Walker from the “The Fast and the Furious” movie franchise. He’s my first “beta” hero and he’s also the first hero ive written who wasn’t in law enforcement. And the book sold - fancy that! I’m not sure about swoon-worthy but I’ll keep it in mind as I do my edits for sure. He’s a family man and an outdoorsman. Please put me in your draw and thanks for the inspiration! I love your tahirt and list of book boyfriends."
  • Marie Pinkham
    on April 13, 2018 | 17:30 Marie Pinkhamsaid :
    ""Swoonilicious" - I love it. And I love your post. The fact you read Janette Oke and love Jesus say you're a good person without knowing anymore about you 😊 Carol Moncado writes wonderfully "Swoonilicious" men in all of her stories (especially her royals series!) Glad to discover your blog."
  • Courtney Clark (The Green Mockingbird Blog)
    on April 13, 2018 | 17:30 Courtney Clark (The Green Mockingbird Blog)said :
    "Thor ❤❤❤❤. Carrie, you MUST meet him soon!

    As much as I looooove Thor, I love him even more for Aven. "
  • Courtney Clark (The Green Mockingbird Blog)
    on April 13, 2018 | 17:23 Courtney Clark (The Green Mockingbird Blog)said :
    "PETER! And we can't forget Klaus!"
  • Vince
    on April 13, 2018 | 17:00 Vincesaid :
    "Hi Carrie:

    As a guy I'm not very swoonlicious knowledgeable. I'm more aware of experiencing a beatific vision when seeing a drop dead gorgeous woman. Probably something more like Dante and Beatrice.

    I'm not even all the sure that swooning is all that good. Haven't women made a lot of terrible choices while in a state of swoon…even to the point of marrying the same bad type of character again and again?

    Given the survival of the fittest, I believe I know the kind of hero women should like. This is the kind of hero I like:

    1. Big, strong, alpha who can defend and provide for a wife and offspring.
    2. Very intelligent, honest and creative individual with a healthy sense of humor. Humor can defuse anger and other dangerous situations which otherwise could get out of hand. Intelligence can get his family thru the winter while the less capable are dying.
    3. A good father type who relates well and is protective of all children not just his own.
    4. A man who is aware and respectful of others and is loyal to his mate and family because it is the right thing to do.
    5. A man who is positive, believes in a good creator, and who tries to learn what others enjoy so he can brighten their lives and who loves life and those in his life with passion.

    That's the kind of hero I want for my sister, the kind I want to be and the kind I try to write.

    As an example I like the hero in "The Price of Victory". Also, Missy has a hero like this in her novella, "Her Valentine Reunion". (Note: he was a real bad boy until he changed.) And yes, Ruth has such a hero in "The Lawman's Second Chance". (Sterling in "The Price of Victory" is near perfect!)


  • MeezCarrie
    on April 13, 2018 | 16:34 MeezCarriesaid :
    "eeeep! (tries to figure out if I can sneak in an unscheduled read this weekend) lol"
  • rachel mcmillan
    on April 13, 2018 | 16:30 rachel mcmillansaid :
    "I really really really really loved Thor! Probably more than Charlie because he read as a little more 'real' to me.
  • MeezCarrie
    on April 13, 2018 | 16:26 MeezCarriesaid :
    "Oh my gosh, NO! Soon but not yet ... but Thor is now moving to the tippy top of my TBR pile :D"
  • Melissa Andres
    on April 13, 2018 | 16:11 Melissa Andressaid :
    "This list is Fantastic! Charlie Lionheart is my favorite, although Thor Norgaard from Sons of Blackbird Mountain is A VERY close second! His silence makes him all that much more interesting...and swoon worthy! Have you read it yet??"
  • MeezCarrie
    on April 13, 2018 | 16:10 MeezCarriesaid :
    "(whispers) I've not read that book yet :("
  • MeezCarrie
    on April 13, 2018 | 16:10 MeezCarriesaid :
    "Peter is awesome! :D"
  • rachel mcmillan
    on April 13, 2018 | 15:57 rachel mcmillansaid :
    "Also, I read through this whole list and not one person mentioned my first book crush: John Murphy from the Zion Covenant series by Bodie Thoene. There is NO ONE like John Murphy. I adore him! "
  • rachel mcmillan
    on April 13, 2018 | 15:53 rachel mcmillansaid :
    "Peter Holstein from Roseanna White's A Name Unknown and I have a special relationship!! <3"
  • Pepper Basham
    on April 13, 2018 | 15:47 Pepper Bashamsaid :
    "YAY!!! He is SUCH a good guy! And he has a great sense of humor. That's soooooo swoony!"
  • MeezCarrie
    on April 13, 2018 | 15:42 MeezCarriesaid :
    "August is MARVELOUS!! I love him <3"
  • MeezCarrie
    on April 13, 2018 | 15:41 MeezCarriesaid :
    "LOL poor Jan! (Can i confess that i'm a little jealous of your blizzard?)"
  • MeezCarrie
    on April 13, 2018 | 15:41 MeezCarriesaid :
    "right?? She does such a great job writing swoony heroes :D"
  • Cordially Barbara
    on April 13, 2018 | 15:27 Cordially Barbarasaid :
    "I'm head over heels for Pepper Basham's August from The Thorn Healer. Oh my goodness. He is wonderful."
  • Jan Drexler
    on April 13, 2018 | 15:22 Jan Drexlersaid :
    "We're having a blizzard today and my internet keeps going in and out. Let's see if this comment publishes! (If someone sees a comment of mine blowing by in cyber-space, tell it to come back here where it belongs!)

    Great post, Carrie!

    My favorite book boyfriend is Tell Sackett. Love those Sackett men. :-)"
  • Debra E. Marvin
    on April 13, 2018 | 15:17 Debra E. Marvinsaid :
    "I immediately thought of at least three LAURA FRANTZ heroes...

  • MeezCarrie
    on April 13, 2018 | 14:59 MeezCarriesaid :
    "Courtney - he totally is!"
  • Anonymous
    on April 13, 2018 | 14:39 Anonymoussaid :
    "Noble was totally swoonalicious!"
  • Anonymous
    on April 13, 2018 | 14:38 Anonymoussaid :
    "You guys!!! You know how to make a writer's heart melt. <3 I actually *was* writing...ahem. I try to write heroes I love so I'm glad y'all love them too."
  • Courtney Clark (The Green Mockingbird Blog)
    on April 13, 2018 | 14:31 Courtney Clark (The Green Mockingbird Blog)said :
    "Missy and Beth, thank you!

    Annie, yes Peter! His bookishness & his quiet and steady ways… Rachel McMillan also loves him. Her own recent hero, Klaus, should be on this list too!

    Carrie! Tox checks all the boxes. The whole list. He's an overachiever :)"
  • Tracey Hagwood
    on April 13, 2018 | 14:28 Tracey Hagwoodsaid :
    "I think Charlie is a long lost cousin to the Norgaard brothers, he reminds me of one in particular, they are cut from the same cloth. Never fear Carrie, there is always room for another swoony heart-throb in our ranks! "
  • MeezCarrie
    on April 13, 2018 | 14:11 MeezCarriesaid :
    "ohhhhh A Noble Groom - be still my heart! And Julie writes several swoony heroes :D"
  • MeezCarrie
    on April 13, 2018 | 14:10 MeezCarriesaid :
    "DAWN! I don't know what you've been doing (you know, besides raising two little boys, renovating a house, and writing delicious books) BUT you MUST read these ASAP! lol"
  • Dawn Crandall
    on April 13, 2018 | 13:57 Dawn Crandallsaid :
    "Some of my favorites are Karl from A Noble Groom by Jody Hedlund and Sean O’Conner from Julie Lessman’s A Heart Redeemed. I know there are so many others, but I’m too busy with toddlers right now to go look at my bookshelf. 😜"
  • Dawn Crandall
    on April 13, 2018 | 13:45 Dawn Crandallsaid :
    "Thanks for adding Vance Everstone to your book boyfriend list—and so high up to make the shirt! ❤️ I have read Carla’s book, and I agree! And I have Becky’s, Pepper’s and Joanna’s books on my bookshelf! I just haven’t read them yet! I will soon though! 😍"
  • MeezCarrie
    on April 13, 2018 | 13:10 MeezCarriesaid :
  • MeezCarrie
    on April 13, 2018 | 13:09 MeezCarriesaid :
    "a hero i'll love more than Charlie?!? Say it ain't so! #CharlieLionhearthasmyheart"
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