I need to offer some full disclosure before I begin to extol the virtues of my book boyfriend. I have a healthy, fictional fantasy life. I mean, healthy. In my fantasies, I have a whole assortment of book husbands, boyfriends, boo thangs, consorts and friends with benefits. And everyone involved is just fine with my polyamorous lifestyle. So, if you know me, it’s possible you’ve heard me refer to more than one man as my book boyfriend. You might even see it happen on this site. No worries; I got this. *wink*
I started reading the first book in the Black Dagger Brotherhood series in 2008. I vividly remember reading the first fifty or so pages, calmly putting down the book, hustling to my computer and promptly ordering the rest of the series right then. I was enamored with the world, the writing style and the Brothers almost immediately. The series now has eleven books published, with a twelfth on the way next year, but I picked my book boyfriend in his first appearance in that first book and none of the other books have shaken my faith. My boyfriend is the more-than-meets-the-eye, lollipop-sucking, wisecracking, mindbendingly beautiful, blonde behemoth Rhage.
If you read the series, you have a favorite. You might even have several; there’s no shortage of hot, alpha-male, worthy males (or females, for that matter!) to choose from; vampires, sympaths, demons…there’s even an angel! My heart was claimed by the one affectionately known as Hollywood, though. His first appearance in the first book of the series, Dark Lover, made my lady bits come to attention immediately:
“Rhage was a towering male, big, powerful, stronger than all the other warriors. He was also a sex legend in the vampire world, Hollywood beautiful with the drive to rival a barnful of stallions. Females, vampires and human alike, would trample their own young, to get at him.”
HELLO! But, it’s not just Rhage’s sexy ways that make him my ideal. There’s so much more to him than meets the eye. Literally! You know how you want your man to be both a gentleman and an animal, when the situation calls for it? Well, with Rhage, you get both. My boo is a beast. No…for real…he has an actual roaring, man-eating, angry monster that lives within him and comes out in times of need.
“Rhage’s eyes glowed white as headlights as his body mutated in a ghastly display of tearing and ruptures. Something horrible took his place, its scales glistening in the moonlight, its claws slicing through the air.”
Now, you may find that a little off putting, but I find it sexy as hell! As it turns out, the beast likes to get himself a little nookie every once in a while, complete with chains and whatnot. I’m confident I would be up for the challenge of handling his savage side. Now, you may now know too much about me and my proclivities and I’m sorry about that. I guess. Heh.
Truth be told, though, the clincher for me came very early on in Rhage’s book, the second book in the Black Dagger Brotherhood series, Lover Eternal. He goes on a date with the self-conscious, sickly, plain (or so she thinks) Mary and only has eyes for her, even though other women are throwing themselves at him. Which is awesome, of course. But it wasn’t what got me. His food order did.
“Let’s have the Chicken Alfredo. The NY strip, rare. And a cheeseburger, also rare. Double on the fries. And some nachos. Yeah, I want the nachos with everything on them. Double that, too, will you?”
Big, sexy, fierce, funny, beastly AND likes to throw down at the table? YES! MY. MAN! Add in the wicked sense of humor, fierce loyalty and the willingness to sacrifice for the woman he loves and, quite frankly, you’ve got the perfect combination. Well, YOU don’t….because he’s mine!