Mr. Rochester, “Jane Eyre”
He’s got a dark secret. He’s broody. He’s got a sense of humor and a fiery wit. I think it’s impossible not to fall in love with this literary heartthrob. I mean, he’s got a few things hidden in the closet *wink* but he’s a good dude deep down.
Jamie Fraser, “Outlander”
I know he pretty much goes without saying. A handsome redhead with emotional intelligence, humor, honesty and passion…thanks for ruining all real men for me. He singlehandedly made me change my opinion on kilts, so that’s something. Who hasn’t stayed up at night hoping that Jamie’s ghost was lurking outside just waiting to throw you on his horse and call you, Sassenach?
Jay Gatsby, “The Great Gatsby”
What I always loved about Gatsby was his ambition. Yeah, he’s got some issues, but he basically met and fell in love with a girl (who shall not be named) and decided he needed to become something for her. So, he gets rich and buys a house where he is able to see the light on her dock. Stalkerish? Maybe, but he’s still a hopeless romantic and that’s why I love him.
Mr. Darcy, “Pride and Prejudice”
You know it wouldn’t be a list of swoony literary men without this guy. Oh the amount of times I spent dreaming I could tour Pemberley on his arm. Kind. Sensitive. Willing to risk anything to just have Elizabeth. Total heartthrob.
Jean Valjean, “Les Misérables”
I mean, all he did was steal a loaf of bread, right? He’s not so bad. A Frenchman who climbs from the bottom and ends up adopting a orphan all from a promise he gave to her dying mother? What a hero. I would totally let Jean take me for a boat ride down the Seine with the sexy French accent he must have.
Edward Cullen, “Twilight”
Travel back in time to 2009. Everyone wanted Edward to slip through their window and watch them sleep while humming a lullaby. My first book crush. Reading about Edward through Bella’s eyes made you want to run to the nearest meadow and hope to see something sparkle.
Augustus Waters, “The Fault in Our Stars”
I don’t think there is a sweeter guy. He knows his time is finite, but he just wants to dedicate the last part of it to making Hazel’s life amazing. The little infinity they create together is unbearably romantic and sad. Here’s to Amsterdam, Gus.
Ross Poldark, “Poldark”
So, I probably shouldn’t have him on the list just because I never read the books or saw the show and I hear he is up to no good in the newest season, but I just like his face. So here it is. You’re welcome.
Do you love these literary men? Who is your favorite?