With Christmas right around the corner, today we’re taking a moment to consider which literary characters we wouldn’t mind finding ourselves under the mistletoe with. Whether a chaste peck on the cheek, a soft kiss to the forehead, or a long, blush-inducing smooch, let’s take a look at who made the cut for Bookstr’s hottie Olympics!
Bryce Quinlan (Crescent City by Sarah J. Maas)
There’s so many reasons to adore Bryce! Not only is she wonderfully complex and brave, but she’s also incredibly witty and clever! She also has such a huge heart once she trusts you enough to see it. I also happen to have a huge thing for redheads, and honestly, Bryce would definitely be top five kisses of my life. Easily!– Dani Shembesh, Editorial Department
Mo Ting (Trial Marriage Husband by Passion Honey)
Mo Ting is ambitious, tenacious and possesses a very strong personality. He is very cold to those who try to exploit him but kind and selfless to those he considers family. Mo Ting is also a loving husband who lavishes affection on his wife at every turn. He sure fits the profile of my ideal man.Joyce John Aliche, Video Department
Sansa Stark (Game of Thrones series, George R. R. Martin)
I’m sorry, but how can you not love Sansa? Her character got so much hate during the TV adaptation of Game of Thrones, but I’ve always been in love with her. From her cleverness, determination, and natural beauty, I’d be a blushing mess if I was ever underneath the mistletoe with her. She’s the one character that I stood with until the very end of the show. I might also just be in love with Sophie Turner too.Jenna Sassenrath, Editorial Department
Parker Townsend (The Thoroughbred series by Joanna Campbell)
Parker Townsend is not perfect. He genuinely cares for his horses, has a strong work ethic in achieving his goal of making the Olympic Team, and is very human and passionate.Christina Hardesty, Graphics Department
Meredith Dardenne (If We Were Villains by M. L. Rio)
If I ever found myself under the mistletoe with Meredith from M.L. Rio’s book, I would request one of those double pecks on the cheeks that seem so chic and classy like Meredith. Aside from being an incredibly talented actress who is often underestimated for her looks and allure, I think that generally, Meredith’s had it tough romantically…I won’t go into details but if you know, you know! I just think that Meredith deserves to know she is worthy of unconditional love and support.Griffyn Tijamo, Graphics Department
Rhysand (A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas)
Rhysand had my heart from the first time we were introduced to him. Although I didn’t know the reasoning behind his kindness for Feyre at first, I knew right away that there was a deeper meaning behind it, and I wasn’t disappointed. His love for his people, his city, and his mate are indescribable. Once things turned around in ACOMAF, to see his character development with Feyre blossom truly melted me. His kindness, sacrifice, and true dedication have me impatiently waiting under the mistletoe!Sarah Wingo, Editorial Department
Peeta Mellark (The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins)
Of course Peeta is smitten with our girlie Katniss, but she can scoot aside for our smooch under the mistletoe. Peeta deserves a little more love. He’s the boy with the bread, and the softest boy I know from any book series. He’s definitely the guy you want to bring home to your parents!Sierra Jackson, Editorial Department
Nikolai Lantsov (King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo)
Nikolai is a snarky, sarcastic softy with a heart of gold. While he can come across as insensitive, he truly is a man trying to do the right thing for his kingdom, and I definitely think that earns him a kiss under the mistletoe– Lindsay Johnson, Socials Department
Jackson Godspeed (Immortal City by Scott Speer)
A popular hotshot young angel that is on the verge of being a Full Guardian and will soon be tasked to watch over a single individual. Despite all the fame and everyone swooning over him, he isn’t as arrogant as people would believe he is. The way that he tries to please everyone and live his life how people expect, but would turn all that down if it meant protecting his lover, is so thoughtful and selfless to me. He has some ups and downs through the book but by the end of it, he is someone I wouldn’t mind at all sharing a kiss with!– Jaiden Cruz, Graphics Department
And there they are! We like to think it’s an eclectic and unique bunch! But, what do you think of our picks? Did we leave any obvious book boyfriends and girlfriends out? Let us know on our socials!
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