Good guy or bad boy, what makes a great book boyfriend?

Book boyfriend

Stefan vs Damon? Maxon vs Aspen? Blake vs Daemon? Jacob vs Edward? Kael vs Tristan?

We all have our favourites. Some of us choose the good guys and some of us prefer the bad boys but what makes for an utterly irresistible book boyfriend?


1. Hot

Let’s face it; in the world of fiction, average just doesn’t cut it. Whether it’s pretty or rugged, he’s got to stand out in a sexy way, and that includes his fashion sense and conscious or unconscious swagger.

2. Arrogant

That’s right, we may not be willing to admit it but nobody wants a yes-boy. Arrogance makes for good conflict and great chemistry.

3. Loyal

Whether he’s good or bad, he’s the one you want on your side. He’s willing to fight, willing to sacrifice and willing to die for his own and chances are he’ll get plenty of opportunities to show just how dedicated he is to his cause.

4. Mysterious

There’s nothing sexier than a man with secrets. They are the reason he is what he is and the harder he holds onto them, the more we want to unravel him.

5. Clever

The source could be tertiary education, experience or just plain common sense, but either way, he’s got to have a good head on his shoulders. He’s going to have to make some tough decisions and sometimes he’ll even make the wrong ones, but he’s no dumb blonde.


So whether he’s good or bad, these are the five traits a great book boyfriend must have and here are a few of my favourite books that have this ‘greatness’ in abundance:

The Vampire diaries by LJ Smith

The Selection by Kiera Cass

Obsidian by Jennifer Armentrout

Twilight by Stephenie Meyer

Five by Caroline Greyling

Adults browsing YA bookshelves?

Young adult vs old adult

Tweeters are twitting and authors are arguing again. It’s a topic that has been hashed and re-hashed since the dawn of ‘Twilight’. Should adults be reading young adult or new adult fiction?

The arguments for and against are numerous and bear resemblance to the age-old war of fiction versus non-fiction. I’m not going to re-play these philosophical points again. I think we’ve heard them all and as a young adult fiction author, it’s probably pretty obvious on which side of the battle-field I place my sword.


Instead, I’m going to tell you why I love to read and write young adult fiction.

  1. We don’t age.

Well, at least not on the inside anyway. How many times has your grand-mother told you: ‘I feel the same as I did when I was eighteen’? Whilst I may still have a long way to go to say that, I heartily agree. The heart does not age, so why should the books I read?

  1. Firsts are fun.

Remember how your heart pounded out of your chest at the mere thought of your first kiss? How excited you were to get your first cellular phone? How scared but exhilarating it was to sneak out of the house for your first night-club visit? Firsts are fun, no matter how you look at it and the teenage years are brimming with first opportunities. Seconds and thirds might also be great, but they don’t have that same shiny new penny feeling and repeat episodes eventually lose their appeal. Who doesn’t want to relive a fantastic first?

  1. Passionate, vibrant youth.

The young are passionate. Nothing is done half measure. Emotions are raw and untainted by experience; arguments are sometimes irrational but uninhibited. Nobody wants to live a dull life, and even less people want to read about one. Give me a passionate, vibrant, living novel any day!

  1. Dream and believe.

Before you enter the working world and learn words like ‘responsibility’ and ‘stability’, the teenage vocabulary is full of words like ‘me’, ‘want’, ‘believe’. No dream is unattainable. It’s the one lesson I wish we could all take with us into adulthood and I’ll take every chance to remind myself and others of it.


These are some of the most compelling reasons why I choose to read a young adult novel over an adult work of fiction (or non-fiction) most days. I guess the question you need to ask yourself, when you’re surfing the virtual book-shelves of Amazon is: why do I want to read, or better yet, why do I want to read today, because if you’re anything like me, your motives will change from day to day. If your answer includes any of the words above like: ‘dream’, ‘passion’, ‘vibrant’, ‘first’, ‘believe’ or ‘living’, then I suggest you head on over to the young adult section and browse alongside me.

3 of 5 stars to ‘The weight of water’ by Sarah Crossan

Weight of water

Short and sweet

When Kasienka’s mother decides to leave their Polish home in search of the father that left them for England two years ago, she is devastated. She finds it hard to fit in at school and doesn’t understand why her mother is so obsessed with finding a man that didn’t love them enough to stick around. While Kasienka tries to make new friends, she must also deal with her mother’s loneliness and make a new home in a strange land.

Short and sweet is the best way to describe this lovely coming of age novel. The writing style is unique and unexpectedly effective, almost like little diary excerpts. It is a story about new beginnings and dealing with change, and is as much about Kasienka’s mother as it is about her. This novel is definitely more for the young adult market – not really new adult, as Kasienka’s character is still fairly immature but it is a wonderfully refreshing work of fiction.

5 of 5 stars to ‘Origin’ by Jennifer Armentrout


“I’ll burn the world down to save her.”

Katy is in the hands of Daedalus and Daemon will do anything to get her back, including putting himself at the complete mercy of her captors. But neither Katy nor Daemon could ever have guessed what was really going on in the fortified Daedalus compound, nor could they ever have imagined the things they would be forced to do. Will they survive? Will they escape? How far will Daedalus go to keep the existence of the Luxen secret from the world?

Jennifer has created a believable, extensive world and filled it with characters that are larger than life. From book one, I’ve been a steadfast Katy and Daemon fan and this installment is no exception. Daemon’s arrogance and passion keeps bringing me back for more and I particularly enjoyed his POV. The introduction of some other great characters and the stepping up of the stakes make for a successful sequel. I can’t wait to find out what happens next!