The Introverted Reader every Thursday. It's a great meme to gush about the characters we love. Head on over and join up.
Today I'd like to gush about Astley from the Need series. Now, I know these books aren't very well loved...well, in my circle of friends, any way, and I'm not a huge drooling fan myself, but I definitely love Astley and here's why.
We don't meet Astley until book two, Captivate, and that's a good thing because after the first book and the control freak that was Nick, we're all ready for a much better guy to come along.
Astley is pixie king which I admit makes hims sound kinda wimpy and, hey, maybe he is because he doesn't try to control Zara. Beause he isn't all possessive and manipulative like Nick. Nevertheless, he kicks butt if he needs to and is ready to fight along side Zara. He believes in destiny and calmly waits for Zara to realize she belongs with him...and she certainly better decide that!!! ;) He comes from one messed up family, his mom is a lying unloving...ahem (I won't say what) who tricked him into getting his fiance killed so he has that whole sympathy thing going for him. He loves his people and wants to serve them and he wants Zara to think he's perfect even though he knows he's not. But what I love most is his belief in Zara's ability to fight her own battles...even though, he's right there to rescue her if she ends up needing him after all.
So, yeah, in comparison to all those other control freak guys out there Astley is in a league of his own. BTW, I don't usually picture movie or TV stars as book characters and I didn't picture anyone in particular as Astley but I could see Alex Pettyfer playing him. Anyone else?