Sophia Rose’s Top Ten Book Characters of 2020

Posted December 24, 2020 by Sophia Rose in Year End / 22 Comments


Generally speaking, the characters make the book for me, so yay, I can expand upon my favorite books by listing more with an emphasis on the engaging or compelling characters who people the stories.  

Last year it was mostly heroines making my list, but this year, I felt there were a bunch of heroine/hero pairs that were lights-out together and apparently I like them best when they are running for their lives based on this list.

 Do Me a Favor by Christina Hovland, Romantic Comedy
Sadie, a divorce lawyer, and Roman, a combat photographer now starting a photography business are a second chance at romance, but the character who stole the show is Roman’s Babushka.  His grandmother was over the top hilarious.

The Secrets of Love Story Bridge by Phaedra Patrick, Fiction
Single, widowed dad, Mitchell Fisher is the author’s latest average guy hero who turns out to be so engaging and easy to root for as he finds his way through life.

The Jane Austen Society by Natalie Jenner, Historical Fiction
I wanted to jump right into the story and be part of this group of people with diverse lives who came together for the love of a favorite author.  My favorite was the quiet farmer, but the group as a whole were wonderful.

Archangel’s Sun by Nalini Singh, Urban Fantasy
This was the story I would have never thought to ask for, but ended up adoring loud, rough yet understanding Titus and emerging woman of steel Sharine so much.  Their banter and their serious dialogue captivated me.

The Hidden Moon by Jeannie Lin, Historical Romantic Suspense
Wei-Wei and Gao were a wonderful class difference pair who made no sense on paper, yet the chemistry and every day contact made it impossible not to have them together.  I loved her strong, independent spirit so much.

An Ivy Hill Christmas by Julie Klassen, Inspirational Historical Romance
Richard Brockwell was a character that had to grow on me, but I was loving him dearly by the end when he got past the issue causing him to be a snot.

Arresting the Warlord by Gail Koger, Sci-Fi Romantic Comedy
Cee-Cee and Jake were a riot.  His courtship sucked at first and she put him through his paces, but I had a good time with this pair as they partnered to bring down a supernatural and alien set of villains.

Legacy of Secrets by Helen Starbuck, narrated by Amy Deuchler Romantic Suspense
Evan was easy to love and his forbearance was amazing.  I thought I hated the heroine for most of the book, but then Kate got over herself and her issues in the end to win me big.

Hope’s Folly by Linnea Sinclair, Sci-Fi Romance
Phillip and Rya were a stellar May-December romance and sensational partnership when the chips were down against so many enemies and an old worn-out space ship.

Jagged Edge by Kendall Talbot, Thriller
An electric, adrenaline rush of a pair of intelligent, skilled people working to solve a mystery and stay alive in the process.

What characters were memorable for you this year or make you auto-buy each new release so quick?  Do Tell!

My thanks to Anne @ Books Are My Heart for hosting the Top Ten week-long event.  You can visit her site and see the schedule here:

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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.

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8 months ago

I love it when characters really stand out in books. I’ve read about some great characters as well this year. You make me curious about Hope’s Folly by Linnea Sinclair, I’ll have to look that one up. Great lists!

Sophia Rose
8 months ago
Reply to  Lola

It was hard to narrow it down to ten and I only counted those who weren’t already mentioned in other categories. Whew!

Yes, you would probably like those. Hope’s Folly is the third book in the Dock Five Universe series. The first two were good as was the last, but this was the best of the four books for me.

Anne - Books of My Heart

Thanks for sharing some great characters. Characters are the key factor in making a story. These lists are overloading my TBR.

Sophia Rose
8 months ago

Yes, a meh plot can be got through if a character/s grab the imagination.

8 months ago

There were so many great characters in The Jane Austen Society! I also loved Titus and Sharine!

Sophia Rose
8 months ago
Reply to  Rachel

There really were and I was thrilled to see she plans a sequel with some of the characters.

Norma Gail Koger
Norma Gail Koger
8 months ago

Thanks for adding CeeCee and Jake to your list!!

Sophia Rose
8 months ago

What a fun couple! They were a shoo-in.

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8 months ago

I am a character driven reader, so characters are vital to my enjoyment. I have not read any of these, but they do sound intriguing.

Sophia Rose
8 months ago
Reply to  Sam@wlabb

Yes, the characters are what stick with me. 🙂

Mary Kirkland
8 months ago

Characters really make the book enjoyable. Merry Christmas and wishing you a happy holiday.

Sophia Rose
8 months ago
Reply to  Mary Kirkland

Sure do! Thank you, Mary!

And, you have a good one, too.

8 months ago

I love stories when characters are on the run. 🙂 Austen Society and The Hidden Moon both look fun.

Hope you had a great Christmas!

Sophia Rose
8 months ago
Reply to  Greg

LOL, same here! Nothing like a little death scare to get the blood pumping.

We did. Thank you, Greg! Hope yours was fab as well. 🙂

8 months ago

Some of these sound really good. I loved the whole “the issue that was causing him to be a snot” thing! Seriously though, I thought Jagged Edge, Secrets of Love Story Bridge, and Arresting the Warlord all sound good.

Sophia Rose
8 months ago
Reply to  Lorna

Glad to put you onto some good ones, Lorna. 🙂 LOL, yeah, I was a little punch drunk composing these. 🙂

Lover of Romance
8 months ago

What a great list of some of your favorite characters that you have there. I really loved Titus —-he was fabulous.

Sophia Rose
8 months ago

He cracked me up with his sister.

Carole @ Carole's Random Life in Books

I haven’t read any of these but I do tend to enjoy a good running for your life story 🙂

Sophia Rose
8 months ago

Haha, me, too, since six of them were like that. 🙂

Carole Rae
8 months ago

There are a few books on here I wanna read bad!

Sophia Rose
8 months ago
Reply to  Carole Rae

So many good ones out there. 🙂