Top Ten Love Interests I Don’t Really Get


Happy Top Ten Tuesday! This week’s theme has to do with unpopular opinions about characters, but I chose to narrow it down to just love interests and consider them in a semi-real-life setting. I’ve also re-imagined what a typical date with these love interests would look like, if you’re interested in that kind of thing. Enjoy! ❤

In hindsight, after writing this post, I probably should have retracted some of the names I’ve listed here… or changed my TTT title, because honestly, sometimes I do get it. Sometimes. 😛

1) Rowan Whitethorn (Throne of Glass – Sarah J. Maas)

Heir of Fire by Sarah J Maas“I missed you,” he said quietly, his gaze darting between her mouth and eyes. “When I was in Wendlyn. I lied when I said I didn’t. From the moment you left, I missed you so much I went out of my mind. I was glad for the excuse to track Lorcan here, just to see you again. And tonight, when he had that knife at your throat …” The warmth of his callused finger bloomed through her as he traced a path over the cut on her neck. “I kept thinking about how you might never know that I missed you with only an ocean between us. But if it was death separating us … I would find you. I don’t care how many rules it would break. Even if I had to get all three keys myself and open a gate, I would find you again. Always.”

ISSUES: I fully admit this is just personal preference, but I really dislike guys being possessive or territorial over me (I can handle myself, thank you very much), and Rowan is definitely this. I don’t find him hot’, so to speak, and even find some of his actions a bit controlling. Also, that whole claiming thing creeps me out (and not just in this book).

YOUR TYPICAL DATE: A sparring match in your castle. Then a run through the forest for a good ole tumble… if you know what I mean. ❤

2) Cal (Red Queen – Victoria Aveyard)

Red Queen Victoria AveyardHis lips are on mine, hard and warm and pressing. The touch is electrifying, but not like I’m used to. This isn’t a spark of destruction, but a spark of life. As much as I want to pull away, I just can’t do it. Cal is a cliff and I throw myself over the edge, not bothering to think of what it could do to us both. One day he’ll realize I’m his enemy, and all this will be a far-gone memory. But not yet.

ISSUES: Honestly, going for your brother’s fiancee? Not cool, man. Also, dating a prince is too much trouble than it’s worth, I think. I rather like my anonymity and privacy. 😛

YOUR TYPICAL DATE: Around his kingdom on his version of moped (I forgot what was it he took Mare on). Potentially anonymous, but then he’ll get found out and you’ll have to run all the way back to the castle.

3) Bo (Dumplin’ – Julie Murphy)

Dumplin'He pulls the chain out from under his t-shirt to reveal a small medallion. “Saint Anthony,” he says. “Supposed to help you find lost things.”

“What are you looking for?”

“I don’t know.” He tucks the necklace back behind his collar. “I think maybe I found it. But then some days I think it found me.”

ISSUES: He’s broody. He’s a bad communicator. He’s certainly entitled to not share his past, but I really dislike how he treated the protagonist (like a dirty little secret), especially in the first half of the book.

YOUR TYPICAL DATE: Late at night at an empty parking lot. He’ll pick you up after work, and you’ll spend the next three hours just making out because there’s not much he wants to tell you.

4) Adrian Ivashkov (Bloodlines – Richelle Mead)

Bloodlines Richelle Mead“And hey, if I keep loving you, maybe you’ll eventually crack and love me too. Hell, I’m pretty sure you’re already half in love with me.”

“I am not! And everything you just said is ridiculous. That’s terrible logic.”

Adrian returned to his crossword puzzle. “Well, you can think what you want, so long as you remember-no matter how ordinary things seem between us-I’m still here, still in love with you, and care about you more than any other guy, evil or otherwise, ever will.”

ISSUES: I used to LOVE Adrian, at least in my first year of college, I did, but as I got older, his angst and broodiness and general baggage turn me off. I think he’s also become very codependent in the relationship, i.e. he practically breaks down when Sydney is away.

YOUR TYPICAL DATE: I admit, Adrian seems like he’s going to be a fun date since he doesn’t take most things seriously. I think a warehouse where you throw arrows at paint-filled balloons a la The Princess Diaries? Paint each other? Something along those lines. 🙂

5) Christian Grey (50 Shades of Grey – E. L. James)

Fifty-Shades-of-Grey-by-E.L.-James“It’s about gaining your trust and your respect, so you’ll let me exert my will over you. I will gain a great deal of pleasure, joy, even in your submission. The more you submit, the greater my joy – it’s a very simple equation.”

“Okay, and what do I get out of this?”

He shrugs and looks almost apologetic. “Me,” he says simply.

ISSUES: Super rich, which is a problem for me because I’ll feel inadequate and like I can’t contribute enough. Possessive, controlling, territorial — three of my biggest “no thank yous” when it comes to relationships. Incredibly self-centred. Has issues, knows it, but isn’t getting help. Red flags all around!

YOUR TYPICAL DATE: You fly to Paris for a fancy dinner date and a shopping trip. He buys you designer clothing and handbags, and then cuts off the date abruptly when the shopkeeper hits on you because issues. No thanks.

6) Peter Kavinsky (To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before – Jenny Han)

She Latitude - To All The Boys I've Loved Before“The thing is . . . I’ve never had a boyfriend before. I’ve never been on a real date before, or held hands walking down the hallway. This is all new for me, so I’m sorry about the forehead thing this morning. I just . . . wish all of these firsts were happening for real and not with you.”

Peter seems to be thinking this over. He says, “Huh. Okay. Let’s just save some stuff, then.”


“Sure. We’ll save some stuff for you to do when it’s the real thing and not for show.”

ISSUES: Too indecisive. Bad communicator. Unable to draw appropriate boundaries with his ex-girlfriend, which results in his current girlfriend feeling shitty and inadequate and insecure.

YOUR TYPICAL DATE: He comes to your place and you guys watch a movie. Maybe eat a whole batch of cookie dough or two as you do it. He insults you a couple of times, but then holds your hand. Admittedly, he’s actually rather cute. (Okay, I kind of get it.)

7) Khalid (The Wrath and The Dawn – Renee Ahdieh)

The Wrath and The DawnShazi,

I prefer the color blue to any other. The scent of lilacs in your hair is a source of constant torment. I despise figs. Lastly, I will never forget, all the days of my life, the memories of last night—

For nothing, not the sun, not the rain, not even the brightest star in the darkest sky, could begin to compare to the wonder of you.


ISSUES: I’ll be the first to admit that I love, love, love The Wrath and The Dawn, but even with how much I love the book, there’s no way I’ll recommend my friend to go for Khalid. Literally a life-and-death matter here!

YOUR TYPICAL DATE: You go to the archery range in the castle because, hell, everyone’s freakin’ scared of him. You eat in the castle gardens and chat intermittently. He then writes you a love letter… and holy hell, it will be the best love letter you’ve ever read. ❤ (Okay, I kind of get this one too…)

8) Jason (Hello, I Love You – Katie M. Stout)

Katie Stout - Hello I Love YouHe’s the hottest Korean I’ve ever seen.

Not that I have much experience with Koreans, but all the ones I’ve encountered couldn’t even be considered in the same realm as Sophie’s brother.

ISSUES: I don’t care if Jason is as hot as monkey’s ass, he’s still one of the most hot-and-cold love interests I’ve ever read, not to mention he’s indecisive, rude, and also entitled. He’s also a (Korean) pop superstar, which is a HUGE dealbreaker for me because nuh-uh.

YOUR TYPICAL DATE: You stay at home and watch a movie because you’ll be swarmed by his fangirls if you go out. And by swarmed, I mean swarmed. Of course, you then fall asleep in each other’s arms. Chastely.

9) Etienne St. Clair (Anna & The French Kiss – Stephanie Perkins)

Anna and The French Kiss Stephanie PerkinsI look at St. Clair for help, but find him staring at me with his head tilted to the side.

“What?” I ask, irritated. “Soup on my chin? Green bean between my teeth?”

St. Clair smiles to himself. “I like your stripe.” he finally says. He reaches out and touches it lightly. “You have perfect hair.”

ISSUES: He’s not the most faithful guy around, is he? He’s also not the most straightforward guy and may lead you on, accidentally or otherwise. (This review I think illustrates him rather perfectly.)

YOUR TYPICAL DATE: An ice cream trip down the streets of Paris. Hell, give me the ice cream — I’ll give you the boy. 😛

10) Digby Jones (This Raging Light – Estelle Laure)

This Raging Light Estelle Laure“I like that you can do so many things with things that come out of the earth. But you know I like my steak, too. As long as it’s in Philly.”

“I don’t know. You seem…” I choose my words carefully. “You seem too sensitive for meat.”

ISSUES: Much like Etienne, he’s also not the most faithful nor straightforward guy around. He runs somewhat hot-and-cold often, and with him, you never really know where he stands. Also, he’s boring. :/

YOUR TYPICAL DATE: Study date at home, because what else will you do with him?

What’s on your list this week? Leave me a link or let me know in the comments! 

47 thoughts on “Top Ten Love Interests I Don’t Really Get

  1. Great list! I especially agree with Rowan, Peter Kavinsky, and Khalid. I didn’t get the appeal of any of those guys. Particularly Rowan. He’s supposed to be so perfect, but he’s so possessive and controlling, it makes me uncomfortable.


    • Thanks! Yeah, I’m really not into those possessive love interests. I think I used to be when I was younger because it can be seen as ‘protective’, but now that I’m older it’s like… no thanks, I can handle this myself. :/

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  2. I totally agree with Adrian from Bloodlines!! I also loved him when I was younger and was really into Vampire Academy (I liked him so much more than Dimitri), but once I got to reading Bloodlines, his character turned me off for some reason. That’s mainly why I couldn’t get into the Bloodlines series.

    As for Rowan from Throne of Glass, I don’t really see him as a love interest, but more so of an important friend/protector to Celaena. I agree his actions can be too territorial though. It would be a definite no-go if they were to actually get romantic.


    • I’m with you 100% on Adrian! I liked him more than Dimitri too and I was so excited when he got his own series, but he just fell short in Bloodlines. Plus I also don’t really like Sydney, so it’s all just a flop for me. :/

      Have you read Queen of Shadows yet? I’m actually not a fan of the whole ToG series but at this point I feel like I have to finish it. Territorial would be the right word to describe his personality and actions, I think.

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      • I really, REALLY didn’t Sydney either! I don’t talk about it much though because 1) I’m not exactly sure why I dislike her so much, and 2) everyone else seems to like her.
        No, I haven’t read Queen of Shadows yet! I’m planning on reading it closer to the release date of the next book. I love the Throne of Glass series! It’s too bad you don’t like it as much. I feel like the series will pick up in the next few books with dramatic scenes and everything fitting together nicely, so hopefully you’ll like the series more in later books! 🙂


        • Yeah, everyone else seems to like her! I think for me it’s just because she comes across as really uptight and inflexible — I suppose that’s how her character is meant to be but I really didn’t see much of a development throughout the books (I’ve read 2-3 of the Bloodlines series).

          Hopefully so! I doubt it though mostly because I really dislike Celaena, haha. It’s actually one of those things I don’t understand — none of the characters in the series really entice me yet I’m still compelled to read through even though I know I probably wouldn’t like it. 😛


  3. Christian Grey is the worst of the bunch. I just cannot even being to see the appeal. If any guy tried to control me the way he does I’d tell them to stick it where the sun don’t shine. Nothing about his is appealing at all.

    I see at least one of the male characters from the Throne of Glass series in most people’s list today. I’ve not read the books but I don’t think I’d get along with Rowan.

    Being with Khalid would definitely be the definition of dangerous but I desperately hope he and Shahrzad can somehow get their happy ending.


    • Oh yes, definitely. It’s actually strange for me that some people really, really LOVE him (i.e. why it’s so popular) but his whole personality is just a huge, burning red flag for me. No thanks.

      I have seen Chaol and Rowan make it to people’s lists but not Dorian yet — there’s still hope for us still! Haha, I’m actually not a fan of the whole ToG series but I just feel bad dropping it now.

      And me too! Super excited for the second book. ❤

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  4. I haven’t read Bloodlines yet, but I totally can see those qualities of Adrian in a relationship just from how he was when he briefly dated Rose in VA. I find him entertaining and enjoy his character overall, but you hit the nail on the head with “codependent!” 🙂


    • I guess for me it’s a bit like… he was an alcoholic, and in real life I really wouldn’t have dated one if I knew. I know people change and all that, but it’s just a bit too much for me? And yeah, the codependency isn’t healthy either. 😛

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  5. Christian Grey is a great choice! I actually love Rowan, but I can see why you don’t and in all honesty if a guy acted like that in real life (and in most books) I would want to punch them- but probably cos he’s fae and I like Maas characterisation, I like him anyway. And I had problems with Peter and Etienne too! I thought I was the only one when it came to Etienne- though I enjoyed the book anyway


    • I think I’m just a bit done with the whole overprotective love interest thing — maybe it’s my age showing, I’m not sure. 😛

      I’ve actually seen Etienne in a couple of TTT lists this week, so he’s definitely not as popular as I once thought. But Anna and the French Kiss is such a popular book, and popular books tend to have more ‘fans’ and ‘haters’ in general. I enjoyed the book too, I think! I barely remember it honestly. 😛

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  6. Seems like Etienne is on a lot of people’s lists… I didn’t realize how many people don’t like him! I don’t like either of the love interests in Red Queen, to be honest. I like how most of your reasons isn’t because you hate them as a person but of their status or what comes with them, haha! It’s so much more respectful than others I came across.


    • Me too, not until this week! I guess it’s because the book is very popular so a lot of people have read it (and become annoyed by him). 😛

      Thanks! I was just trying to draw the line between what I can accept in fiction and what I like in real life… and I’m definitely way, WAY pickier in real life (as it should be, perhaps). ❤


  7. Yes yes yes!
    I originally created 10 characters people love that I don’t get before switching to my current TTT topic, and Rowan was my #1 too for the same reasons as you mentioned. He is way too territorial for me. I guess the whole possessive brooding alpha male thing just not working for me *shrugs*
    But then again, Aelin was my #2. :p


    • Soooo stoked you agree with me! 😛

      Yeah, I think when I was younger, I liked the possessive brooding alpha male thing — I definitely went through a phase of liking the idea of ‘saving the bad boy’ or ‘being the exception’ — but now it’s like no thanks.

      I kind of get people’s arguments for liking Aelin. Like in theory, she’s wicked cool, you know? But then she also likes shoes and other conventionally ‘girly’ things, so it gives her more dimension. Personally it’s just the way Maas writes her that annoys me to bits and pieces. :/

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  8. I have seen Throne of Glass characters everywhere for this weeks TTT topic, mind of making me re-think whether I want to start this series if everyone hates all the characters!
    But I completely agree with you about Cal, he was actually on my list for this weeks picks before I read Glass Sword and realised Mare was so much worse! But yeah, the fact that he went after his brothers fiancé, there are just some lines you don’t cross.
    Anyways, great picks for this week 😀


    • I think it’s just a very popular series that everyone has read, and it’s going on four books now, with the fifth one coming this year (I think) so there’s a lot of time to get annoyed. 😛

      I’m not too excited either about Mare. Maven though I’d like to know about, but just not enough to continue with the series, haha.

      Thanks! ❤

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      • Yeah, everyone in WordPress seems to have read it and everyone will have a different opinion on it, I guess I’ll just have to see what I think when I read the series 🙂 I suppose any series that’s that popular with that many books out is going to have some mixed opinions as well.
        Urg, Mare is not my favourite character in the Red Queen series at all! I guess when out of the three main characters you’re only interested in one its just not worth carrying on with the series is it?


          • I completely agree, I’ve said this in my reviews and to a few other people there are so many questions about the world I need answers to and they are just completely skipped over in both books. Mainly where does Mare’s powers come from, why is she a Red with powers, how did that happen?
            I think as well because there are so many dystopian books released now there beepers to be something unique and Red Queen just doesn’t have anything :/


  9. I can agree with Peter. I was rooting for John most of the time. I don’t hate Peter, John’s just better. But I am still a big Adrian fan. Love him so much. Great TTT! Sorry for the late comment.


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