* A virtual date, with a fictional character. I mean date in the metaphorical sense here.

Sorry. Didn’t want to get your hopes up to Match.com standards here. Look, I can barely people on the best days and setting other humans up with dates is WAY out of my skillset. I’m incredibly lucky to have a man who not only gets but encourages my crazy. (Give a mechanic a shot, they make pretty awesome partners, is my best real-life advice.)

Friday Favorites (2)

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February 22 Favorites: Book Boyfriends/Girlfriends

George Cooper (aka the King of Thieves) from The Song of the Lioness series, Tamora Pierce.

Give George a right-swipe if you like: a funny, deadly, cocky, ruthless, passionate, unscrupulous thief who isn’t afraid to poke The Lioness herself right in her sore spots.

Numair Salmalín (Tortall’s most powerful mage) from The Immortals quartet, Tamora Pierce.

Swipe right for: serious, dedicated, stubborn, disciplined, super powerful, loves animals, and only reveals his vulnerable silly side to one person. Be prepared for all kinds of magic you didn’t expect, with him.

Nawat Crow from The Trickster’s Choice duology, Tamora Pierce.

Date Nawat for: Inhuman mannerisms (he’s a crow turned human), nice juicy grubs and shiny rocks as courting gifts, blunt honesty, so much cluelessness it’s cute, strong fighting skills, flock-oriented, and a super mischievous personality.

Malkom Slaine from Immortals After Dark series, Kresley Cole

Definitely swipe right. Malkom is seven feet of Demon/Vampire hybrid, incredibly strong, inhumanly fast, nearly unkillable, feeds on blood or food (so he’s versatile, which is cool), has a killer hunting instinct (okay . . . just a killer instinct in general), collects the head of his enemies, and has a super tortured past. Insert heart eyes here.

Lothaire Daciano (aka The Enemy of Old) from the Immortals After Dark, Kresley Cole

Date Lothaire if you like; cunning, opportunism, violence, retribution, power, forcing deadly immortals into debt to you, a lot of give and take, incredible strength, glowing red eyes, and incredible age (he’s thousands of years old), possible insanity, only the vaguest understanding of morality, extreme possessiveness, intelligence, and wit.

If you’re looking in a girlfriend direction instead, there are some fantastic choices in these same two series.

Alanna of Trebond (The Lioness, Champion of Tortall) from Song of the Lioness series, Tamora Pierce

Swipe right on Alanna if you like; STUBBORNNESS FOR DAYS, honestly she doesn’t know when to quit, give it up already, Alanna, and just freaking admit you like George. Serious fighting skills, a versatile mage gift, someone easily irritated, blunt honesty, a woman who could beat your ass in a joust, and occasional cross-dressing.

Veralidaine Sarrasri (The Wildmage) from The Immortals series, Tamora Pierce

Pick Daine if you want; someone super low maintenance and incredibly powerful. The ability to speak with any animal (those critters are SALTY though, beware), intelligence, wit, a well-developed sense of humor, and knowing that any prank you play will be handed back tenfold most likely involving animals in a way you did not expect.

Alianne Cooper (aka the Spymaster) from the Trickster Duology, Tamora Pierce

Swipe right on Aly for: a tricky, convoluted, complex day full of spying and counter-espionage. Tricks, plots, and the ability to kill someone in many fun, inventive ways. THE BEST verbal sparring. Pranks that probably won’t kill you. Not immediately, anyway.

Carrow Graie (Carrow the Incarcerated) from Immortals After Dark, Kresley Cole

Carrow is the girlfriend for you if you enjoy: a wild child who can show you a really fun time, a rare three-caste witch with multiple abilities, a ruthless streak when it’s time to get things done, a tough exterior with a marshmallow center, and someone high maintenance who enjoys being given demon heads as courting gifts.

Elizabeth Pierce (Ellie, Lothaire’s treasured Bride) from Immortals After Dark, Kresley Cole

If you’re looking for someone incredibly resilient, adaptable, and strong, Ellie is your girl. She’s made it through some of the hardest times a human can and it developed her steel backbone into titanium. She’s super intelligent and can run circles around The Enemy of Old even though she’s a fraction of his age. She’s selfless, loyal, unpredictable, unafraid, and believes in the power of love.