1. Luna Lovegood from Harry Potter series by JK Rowling
Luna is the type of person I wish I could be: just a little left of center yet still completely comfortable with being who I am. I loved her quirky personality and all the little quips she spouted off throughout the later books in the series. Plus I liked how thought-provoking her lines could be if you looked hard enough.
2. Mary Quinn from The Agency series by Y.S. Lee
Mary is an orphan who was arrested as a child thief, saved by the gallows to become a charity student at a London boarding school, and eventually became a secret agent. The missions she went on ran the gamut from masquerading as a twelve year old boy on a building site or as a lady's companion in a wealthy townhouse.
3. Atticus Finch from To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
The steadfast, loyal lawyer who inspired an entire courtroom to stand as he leaves after losing a high-profile case. I remember watching the movie, and later reading the book, and being complete in awe of Atticus's determination and sense of morality despite outside opinions.
4. Captain Wentworth from Persuasion by Jane Austen
I absolutely adored this man from the moment I met him as a twelve year old. His steadfast love for Anne Elliot just made me sigh and don't even get me started on that letter...
5. Valerius Magnus from Seize the Night by Sherrilyn Kenyon
A former Roman general who suffers from the fact that he actually cares what people think about him. This makes it difficult when everyone around him views his shy, quiet nature as one of snobbery and arrogance. I cannot tell you how many times Valerius made me cry in this book!
6. Jules Cassidy from the Troubleshooters series by Suzanne Brockmann
An FBI agent who never let his sexual orientation define him and made me hurry through books in an effort to learn more about him. His sense of loyalty and determination were extremely captivating as was his tumultous love life.
7. Grimalkin from the Iron Fey series by Julie Kagawa
I have loved the Cheshire Cat from Alice in Wonderland since childhood so it should come as no surprise that I adored Grim in all his snarky, mysterious glory. The shadiness of his character just made him more compelling to me and I hope to see more of him in the spin-off!
8. Finnick Odair from the Hunger Games trilogy by SuzanneCollins
I fell in love with Finnick from the moment we met him and I knew there was more to him than the carefree playboy. His bantering with Katniss were the few funny scenes in this series.
9. Cole Fenton Davenport from the Coda series by Marie Sexton
At first glance, Cole seems to be a complete cliche from his flamboyant style to his flighty way of talking to his poor little rich boy background. But, through Sexton's storytelling, readers are able to delve deeper into his psyche and see what has shaped him and made him the unique character he is.
10. Bones from the Night Huntress series by Jeaniene Frost
A Master vampire who was a former British gigolo turned penal colony prisoner? Crispin Philip Arthur Russell III (aka Bones) grabbed my attention the moment he stepped on the page in Halfway to the Grave. Since then, I have loved every minute that I get to spend reading about this fascinating man with his sarcastic comments and his romantic interludes with his vampire wife.