Man Crush Monday – Levi

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Hey, y’all! It is time for Man Crush Monday, the day when the internets are abuzz with girls plastering pics of their heartthrobs on Instagram and Twitter. Only here at ChickLitChickadees, we do things a little differently. Rather than post half naked photos of famous celebrities who are DBags in real life, we give a shout out to our favorite male literary characters.

 

Y’all already know what a big fan I am of Rainbow Rowell, and this week’s ManCrushMonday may be my favorite male character that she has created!

 

Levi is, quite simply, the bestest.

 

He is quirky and cute in an unconventional-prematurely-receding-hairline-kind-of-way.

 

A total gentleman, he would walk Cath back to her room from the library every night.

 

He pushes Cath to try new things, but is completely understanding when she’s not ready to step outside of her comfort zone every time.

 

He’s also patient. I don’t know many guys who would put up with Cath’s idiosyncrasies like he does.

 

He’s willing to drop everything at a moment’s notice if Cath needs him (like to rescue her drunk sister).

 

He’s not perfect, as evidenced by his learning disability, cowardice in admitting his feelings, and for the whole kitchen kissing debacle.

 

Still, this imperfection makes him more likeable. He’s real life.

 

He is totally into farming/sustainable homesteading. In this respect, he is a total nerd, which makes him a winner in my book.

 

He drives a truck.

 

Honestly, what’s there NOT to like about Levi?! I love, love, LOVE him, and he could very well be the best book boyfriend EVER!

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Man Crush Monday – Avan

Hey, y’all! It is time for Man Crush Monday, the day when the internets are abuzz with girls plastering pics of their heartthrobs on Instagram and Twitter. Only here at ChickLitChickadees, we do things a little differently. Rather than post half naked photos of famous celebrities who are DBags in real life, we give a shout out to our favorite male literary characters.

When I read Gates of Thread and Stone, I was definitely drawn to Kai’s shopkeeper friend, Avan. Not only is he cute, but he’s also kind. (Anyone else get all swoony when he added extra food for free to Kai’s groceries? No? Just me?) Add in the fact that he overcame adversity in the form of his home life (abusive father, ill mother), and you’ve got a guy with great character, which makes for a damn good story, and an awesome candidate for this week’s ManCrushMonday!

Avan is described by Kai as being too cool for school. You get the distinct impression that he was one of the “popular kids.” That being said, it also comes to light that this might be a front, a way to mask his pain.

His sexual history points to a boy so afraid of going home to his violent, drunken father, he would go home with anyone who offered him an escape. Avan himself said that his choices weren’t based on gender. The reader is lead to believe that he was motivated to seek comfort.

Whatever his past, his present in the book is book boyfriend worthy! He is patient, understanding, protective, and overall, AMAZING.

One irritant was how the chemistry between Kai and Avan was obvious, but they always danced around their feelings rather than embracing it.

I won’t get into too many details about the results of their feels, or what happens with Avan, because SPOILERS. Just read the book yourself! And then email me so we can freak out together. Because OHMYWORD! Lori M. Lee, you’re KILLING me!

Have you read this story yet? What do you think of Avan?

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Man Crush Monday – Robin the Hood

I LOVE the tale of Robin Hood! There’s just something so stirring about the story, that makes me want to go out and combat social injustice wherever I might find it! Three cheers for righting wrongs! Hoorah!

 

Image obtained from Goodreads
Image obtained from Goodreads

In mid-December, I read a Robin Hood retelling, Scarlet. Y’all may recall how yesterday I passionately ranted on how much I detested the love triangle the author created.

Well, that’s because Rob, in my opinion, is the only acceptable love interest!

Sir Robin the Hood was ousted from his rightful position as a muckety muck in town. While he was away fighting in the crusades, his family home was given away, and a corrupt sheriff takes his place. The sheriff is a seriously bad dude, and squashes the local poor under his despotic and greedy thumb.

To atone for all of the horrible acts he committed during the crusades, and in order to provide for his people, Rob forms a band that steals from the rich and distributes the goods to the poor. He manages to escape any attempt to capture him, and the populace loves him for it.

A brilliant strategist and quick to think on his feet, there were several instances in the book where I felt like swooning over The Hood’s heroic behavior.

Rob is responsible, loyal, fierce, aristocratic, intense, and good.

Maybe TOO good.

It’s a tad bit irritating how perfect he is. I’m not sure I’d actually enjoy that on a daily basis.

For the sake of ManCrushMonday, however, Robin the Hood is just the thing!

Be sure to pick up a copy of the book here, and see for yourself how swoon-worthy Robin is!

 

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Man Crush Monday- Nick Baron

Man Crush Monday-Nick Baron

Remember when I read that awesome thriller book about the kick-butt military guy? Today, the main character, Nick Baron, is our Man Crush Monday! Read the book review here.

Nick Baron is part of a secret government team called the Triple Seven Chase. A stranger starts a digital chess game with Nick and every time he loses a piece in the game, he loses a team member in real life. Nick is fighting to see “The Emissary’s” next move before he makes it and protect his teammates.

Nick is intelligent, strong, and an action hero! He performs heroic moves in novel. He is also devoted to his wife and child. He is fiercely loyal to his teammates and willing to do whatever it takes to keep them safe.

This book is really incredible and you need to read it and fall in love with Nick!

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Man Crush Monday – The Men of Duck Dynasty!

You guys, I have a confession. I LOVE the television show, Duck Dynasty. I know! Sometimes the dialogue feel super scripted, Uncle Si’s behavior is way over the top, and poor little animals get shot and eaten, but I just can’t help it!

I LOVE IT! Good, clean, funny entertainment in every episode. Plus, it is one of the few television programs that my husband and I can agree on to watch together.

My husband and I even dressed up as Jessica and Jep one year for Halloween!
My husband and I even dressed up as Jessica and Jep one year for Halloween!

Now, you may be wondering why I’m shamelessly promoting a television show on a book blog. Awhile back, I read a book written by the women of Duck Dynasty, and it was PHENOMENAL! Forserious!

While reading the true tales behind the strong family dynamic witnessed on the show, I fell in love with these guys. Not in a “I want to steal their man and wreck their marriage” way BY ANY MEANS, but more like I saw how the guys on the show underwent serious character development as their lives were shaped and challenged by tough circumstances that I wasn’t aware of.

Image obtained from Goodreads
Image obtained from Goodreads

The women of Duck Dynasty are immensely proud of and loyal to their men, but that’s because their respect was EARNED.

Phil has gotten in trouble over the years for unabashedly standing up for what he believes in. While I may not always approve of his abrupt way of communicating on touchy subjects, I can’t help but give him props for believing in something so fiercely.

I’ve always admired Willie’s positive attitude, and willingness to take risks to improve the family business. Reading about how he started out was crazy. They went from having almost nothing to having a multi-million dollar business. Somehow, he seems easy going despite all the success.

And Jace! Jace could very well be my favorite. I absolutely cannot get over what a good dad he is. His little girl was born with a cleft palate, and has had to undergo surgery after surgery in order to correct it. How he loves on his little girl is precious, and is in such stark contrast to the tough, macho, manly man he portrays.

If you haven’t read The Women of Duck Commander: Surprising Insights from the Women Behind the Beards About What Makes This Family Work, I highly recommend it! But beware! You may end up crushing on those camo wearing, bearded hunters!

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