To celebrate the release of Moonless, Crystal Collier’s new book, she asked several writers/bloggers to consider the question :
If you lived in a society where arranged marriages were a la mode, whom would you beg your parents to set you up with? Why?
(Make sure to scroll to the end of the post for Moonless’s blurb, a chance to win FREE books, and links to the rest of the blog fest!)
When Crystal asked me to participate in this blog fest, I had to set aside my ideal *waves at my husband Calvin* and try to come up with a second best.
Here’s my top ten in order from “least likely” to “yep, I’ll marry him”:
1. Odysseus (The Odyssey) Tough, clever, and enduring. But I want someone faithful—I’m not sharing my husband with Circe.
2. Benedick (Much Ado About Nothing) Witty, wealthy, and a notable solider. But he’s a bit too cocky for my tastes.
3. Westley (The Princess Bride) “As you wish.” Perfect. Except too young for me.
4. Mr. Darcy (Pride and Prejudice) Handsome, connected, and a house to kill for. But he’s got no real sense of humor.
5. Peeta (The Hunger Games) Clever, artistic, and single-minded, but also too young.
6. Sir Percival Blakeney (The Scarlet Pimpernel) Money, smarts, and daring-do. But I don’t think I could deal with the foppish part.
7. Edward Rochester (Jane Eyre) Brooding, handsome, and someone who shows tremendous character growth. So he's close, but I don’t think I could get over the near-bigamy issue.
8. Atticus Finch (To Kill a Mockingbird) He’s clever, a great dad, and does the right thing no matter what the consequences. He’s so, so close to perfect, but here’s the thing--if Gregory Peck hadn’t played him in the movie version, would anyone swoon over Atticus? Probably not.
9. Faramir (The Lord of the Rings) Handsome, solid, and selfless. I think he’s one of the most hard-working, self-effacing characters in literature. He doesn’t need the glory—he’s content if he can serve. The only thing keeping him from number one is that I don’t see the smoldering passion just below the surface.
10. Captain Frederick Wentworth (Persuasion). Tender, persevering, tough, and passionate. Yep. This is my guy.
In the English society of 1768 where women are bred to marry, unattractive Alexia, just sixteen, believes she will end up alone. But on the county doorstep of a neighbor’s estate, she meets a man straight out of her nightmares, one whose blue eyes threaten to consume her whole world—especially when she discovers him standing over her murdered host in the middle of the night.
Her nightmares become reality: a dead baron, red-eyed wraiths, and forbidden love with a man hunted by these creatures. After an attack close to home, Alexia realizes she cannot keep one foot in her old life and one in this new world. To protect her family she must either be sold into a loveless marriage, or escape with her beloved and risk becoming one of the Soulless.
Find the rest of the hop below!