Top 10 of 2019: Captivating Characters

Posted December 27, 2019 by Kim in Top 10 of 2019 / 1 Comment

Top 10 of 2019

It’s day three of the Top 10 of 2019 event I’m hosting with Ginger and I’m talking about some of the most captivating characters I read this year. This is a REALLY hard list to complete, by the way. I met so many wonderful characters this year, but these are the ones I can’t stop thinking about. (Or a few of them anyhow.)

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Beatriz Perez

When We Left Cuba

Amazon | Goodreads

Despite being a huge fan of Chanel’s books, I put off reading Next Year in Havana for ages because I didn’t think I’d enjoy historical fiction. Silly, silly Kim. After falling in love with the world Chanel created, I practically begged for an ARC of When We Left Cuba. I had to get more of Beatriz Perez’s story. I wasn’t disappointed. She was a badass and one of the best heroines I’d read in a long time.

Hardy Cates

Blue-Eyed Devil

Amazon | Goodreads

Not only was Hardy Cates one of the most captivating characters I met this year, but he was also easily one of the most surprising. I’d be lying if I didn’t admit to not really liking him when I read Sugar Daddy. But boy did he ever redeem himself in this book. Heart eyes forever.

Lennix Hunter

The Kingmaker

Amazon | Goodreads

Not only does Kennedy Ryan write amazing books, she writes incredible characters. Her heroines especially tend to stand out for me. Lennix is another in a long list of favorites. I was in total awe of her strength and determination.

Marcus O’Shaughnessy

Heat Stroke

Amazon | Goodreads

If you’d have told me before I read Heat Stroke that I would fall head over heels in love with Marcus, the brash meathead who I was convinced was leading Jamie on, I’d have told you that you were crazy. But Oh. My. God. Underneath it all, he was too sweet, too pure and just the absolute best.

Sloan Monroe

The Happy Ever After Playlist

Amazon | Goodreads

It’s tough to put into words why Sloan was such a special character to me without spoiling A THING that happens in The Friend Zone. I don’t want to do that, so I’ll tread carefully. The Happy Ever After Playlist was one of my most anticipated books of 2020 and I was thrilled to get the opportunity to read it early. Sloan’s story arc in the two books was heartbreaking and hopeful and everything I needed it to be.

Gavin Scott

The Bromance Book Club

Amazon | Goodreads

An honorable mention goes out to Gavin’s book club buddies and teammates. His story wouldn’t have been the same without them — and Thea, of course. Gavin was far from perfect, but he was a great guy and I loved how he grew throughout this story. And the bromance with his buds? Loved!

Joss Abernathy

Baking Me Crazy

Amazon | Goodreads

I absolutely adored Joss and every little thing about this book. I’ve not seen a lot of romance books with representation of characters with disabilities, but I applaud the way it was done here. Joss’s strength and sass were amazing. I have a total girl crush on her and I basically want to be her best friend.

Khai Diep

The Bride Test

Amazon | Goodreads

Khai was a complicated and unique character, but I absolutely loved him. I basically just wanted to give him a giant hug through most of the book. He really came into his own. And much like with The Kiss Quotient, I appreciated the representation of a character on the spectrum.

Jessica Trent

Lord of Scoundrels

Amazon | Goodreads

I’m still kicking myself for waiting this long to read Lord of Scoundrels. My word, I loved everything about this book. But most of all, Jessica Trent. I loved her strength the most, but I’d be lying if I didn’t say the moment she shot the hero (in the arm) to get his attention. Love her so, so much.

Alex Claremont-Diaz

Red White & Royal Blue

Amazon | Goodreads

I loved each of the characters in the White House trio in Red, White & Royal Blue, but none more than Alex. His voice was honest and authentic and I absolutely adored him.

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