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After re-checking my Read shelf on Goodreads, it seems that I have read very few books actually published in 2012 this year: a whopping six titles! Of those, two were Simon’s Cat titles, one was a fairly poor Romance and one was an anthology of Science Fiction stories about Robots.
This leaves me with only two characters that could even vaguely be described as ‘boyfriends’:
Barrons in Fever Moon by Karen Marie Moning
Barrons is one of those alpha males who is slightly repellent because of his overbearing attitude, but who is totally mesmerizing and very, very attractive. His physically attractiveness is counterbalanced by his biting sarcasm and dismissive attitude towards our heroine, Mac. He is grim and appears humorless, rarely smiling and yet often exuding a sense of barely controlled sexual tension when Mac provokes him. There is an otherworldliness to his grace and manner of movement, which allows him to move quickly and almost silently. Taken all together this creates an intriguing but highly attractive package, that Mac finds difficult to resist . . . and did I mention: he runs an epic bookstore!
Temur in Range of Ghosts by Elizabeth Bear
We see Temur with two different women in this title, but it is his devotion to Edene that shows his great potential as a partner. She is the aggressor in their relationship and he is almost reluctant to bed her, because he knows how short his life might be. He is very conscious of his responsibility towards her and her family, but he fears that he could cause them to become the target of his enemies, and this proves to be the case when Edene is kidnapped. Determined to recover her, he sets out to discover who has taken her and where. He is a thoughtful young man, who has prowess with a horse and a bow, but is not the overly alpha male that we see in Barrons. I am not so sure that he would create the same kinds of fireworks as Barrons, but he would provide a steady, comforting love that would keep you warm through the coldest nights.