Top Ten Book Characters of 2019

Posted December 26, 2019 by Sophia Rose in Year End / 16 Comments

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

I tend to be harder on heroines so I was thrilled to see that a bunch of them made my list for this year.

Save Your Breath by Melinda Leigh

Morgan and Lance have been favorite characters since the first moment I met them and I have kept up my love affair with this pair through six books.  Morgan is the widowed mother of three adorable girls, a formidable defense attorney, good with a gun or self-defense move, and the investigative and romance partner to Lance who is a former cop turned private investigator.  Their smart and exciting and I can’t get enough of their thrilling cases.

Salvatore by Cecy Robson

Salvatore Romero has been raising his younger brothers alone and had to make a deal with the devil (aka the mafia boss who was his friend) to keep them all together and out of foster care.  I love how he fights to hold the line even while everything is against him. He is living in a shades of gray world and I enjoyed seeing him get his chance to prove he was a true hero.

Wolf Rebel by Paige Tyler

Rachel is a SWAT team member and a werewolf.  She’s vulnerable because she’s suffering from PTSD, but she’s capable and that was before she teamed up with former SEAL and former werewolf hunter Knox.  I loved seeing him believe in her and work well together.

Dragon’s Claw by Karen Chance

Dory Basarab, dhampir daughter to a vampire prince and powerful vampire senator was the first kick-butt heroine of urban fantasy that I came to love.  I hero worship Dory who is the underdog and leads with her heart, but she’s tough and doesn’t know when she’s beat so she finds a way.

Nothing to Fear by Juno Rushdan

Nothing to Fear by Juno Rushdan

Top black ops assassin and interrogator Gideon Stone meets his perfect match in brilliant computer genius and shy recluse Willow.  What a great action romance pair! Sexy, smart, and a bit of fun tossed in to make them perfect.

Season of the Raven by Denise Domning

Sir Faucon de Ramis is a poor, beleaguered knight who has been given a tough job of investigating all deaths not brought on by natural causes in the shire.  I do love this underdog knight with his wry sense of humor, ability to hold his patience, and keen insight who can fight, but chooses his battles whether by wit or sword carefully.

If I Ever by S.E. Jakes

Prophet and Tom have been driving me up the wall for several books now.  Both lethal and hot as sin and both capable of getting into intensely dangerous situations without trying.  Sadly, this was their final book. But, there’s always the rest of their gang of black ops buddies…

Who Slays the Wicked by C.S. Harris

Sebastian and Hero are my absolute favorite historical era couple.  They tag team to solve some of the most twisting and gruesome murders while forging a lasting love out of an arranged marriage.  Hero is an intimidating woman and Sebastian loves her for it, but also respects deeply.  

Holy Sister by Mark Lawrence

Nona Grey is the toughest nun you could ever meet.  She is a fighter from the start and goes up against incredible odds to survive and save her world.  I loved seeing her come into her own over the course of the trilogy that ended in a riveting grand finale in this one.

The Ghoast of Christmas Past by Angie FoxThe Ghost of Christmas Past by Angie Fox

Verity isn’t anyone’s idea of a tough girl, but I love how she makes lemonade out of lemons and was willing to be scorned and mocked to do the right thing for other people.  It doesn’t hurt that she has a hilarious gangster ghost partner and handsome, adorable sheriff’s deputy for a boyfriend.

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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2 years ago

Broken record here but my favorite characters were from The Crossbreed series by Dannika Dark. Her heroine Raven Black is half vampire and half mage. Mages in Darks world are not like the mages you’ve read about before. Her love is Christian, a vampire that’s full of snark. The two together are formidable and kick ass. The thing is, Dannika fleshes out all her side characters just as much and I love all of them as well. Christian was first introduced in The Mageri series and I didn’t like him. Now I love him. Okay, I’m done.

Sophia Rose
2 years ago
Reply to  Lorna

No, no, not a broken record, just a beautiful homage to a favorite series. 🙂 You really have me convinced that I’m missing out, Lorna. 🙂

Angela - Angel's Guilty Pleasures

Nice picks for Characters.

Sophia Rose
2 years ago

Thank you, Angela! I love that I can shout out about favorite characters. 🙂

Anne - Books of My Heart

Awesome list! Nona made my list last year. And she is certainly amazing. I’m also familiar with Morgan and Lance, and Willow and Gideon. It’s interesting how I just connect with a character and they stick with me. I’ll have to check out some of the others, although I have read the first book about Verity and CS Harris is already on my tbr.

Sophia Rose
2 years ago

Yes, some books I enjoy, but don’t feel as strongly about the characters while others I want to know every last detail and even reread their stories. Hope you end up liking CS Harris books. 🙂

Mary Kirkland
2 years ago

Salvatore was good. Characters make the book for me. If I don’t like the characters, it’s hard to enjoy the book.

Sophia Rose
2 years ago
Reply to  Mary Kirkland

I agree, Mary. Even a villain has to have some personality to them let alone if they are the main romance pair. 🙂

2 years ago

It would be difficult for me to choose some characters

Sophia Rose
2 years ago
Reply to  Melliane

Yeah, it’s hard to narrow it down to ten. LOL

Kimberly @ Caffeinated Reviewer

I love your choices and yes to Salvatore!

Sophia Rose
2 years ago

He was such an engaging complex guy. 🙂

Jen T
2 years ago

OH… I absolutely loved Prophet and Tom throughout the series, but I didn’t read IF I EVER after my blog partner read and reviewed the book. I don’t know if I’m ready yet – but maybe someday. I do need to go back and re-read the previous books.

Sophia Rose
2 years ago
Reply to  Jen T

Haha, yes, the last book in the series jitters. 🙂

Carole Rae
2 years ago

Love the list!

Sophia Rose
2 years ago
Reply to  Carole Rae

So fun to reflect back on what characters I loved.