Angels have been a big trend in young adult fiction for a couple of years now, and while I’ve read my fair share of novels about Nephilim and demon fighters and fallen Seraphim and all the rest, I have to admit this isn’t a topic that naturally draws me in. Often angel-themed books have to spend a lot of time explaining their mythology — which is far from standard Judeo-Christian beliefs — before you can get to know the characters. While Fictional Boyfriends I’m about to introduce you to are steeped in their own world too, something about them will draw you in immediately. No joke, I read this book in a single afternoon without coming up for air.
Who: Lincoln and Phoenix
From: Embrace, by Jessica Shirvington
What’s Their Story? Violet Eden met Lincoln a few years ago in a self-defense class and immediately started crushing on him, but the older boy has kept their relationship strictly platonic as he’s taken her on as his private kickboxing/running/rock-climbing student. It turns out, he’s actually something called a Grigori, a half-angel/half-human guardian charged with sending rogue angels on earth back to their own realm. And Violet’s the half-angel destined to be his partner … if she chooses to “Embrace” the Grigori life too.
Violet sensed something strange about Phoenix when they met on the dance floor on her 17th birthday, and the way he tracked her down certainly is creepy. It turns out he’s actually one of the aforementioned rogue angels living on earth. He swears to Violet that he’s got not evil intentions and just really wants to live like a human … and enjoy Vi’s intimate company.
Why We Love Them: Lincoln didn’t have to find Violet and train her before her 17th birthday, but he wanted to. And it turns out he’s been keeping things firmly in the friends zone because to be more to each other would be dangerous. That kind of protective instinct and self control is admirable, and super frustrating. But when he whispers, “Did you ever think we would be anything other than unbelievable?” our knees give way as much as Vi’s. Phoenix, on the other hand, doesn’t play hard to get. He’s got the allure of the completely smitten bad-boy, which Violet can’t resist. Especially since she’s all but given up on Lincoln. Sometimes, the challenge of taming someone so dangerous is an aphrodisiac on its own.
Where Will This Love Go Next? Book two of the series, Entice, is due out in the states on September 15. I’ve heard rumors that the book is being considered for an American TV series, which sounds awesome: It would mean so many opportunities to see Lincoln and Violet as an angel-fighting, humanity-saving team. Plus I can see big potential with Vi’s best friend Steph if she had some screen time. As for fantasy casting, I’m dreaming big for Lincoln, who’s described as having sun-streaked brown hair and a tan: Dave Franco. I can certainly picture a girl crushing on that grin of his. And for black-haired, dark-eyed Phoenix, I’d love to see Perks of Being a Wallflower‘s Ezra Miller in the role — he looks dangerous and heart-melting all at once. It’s hard to imagine either of these up-and-comers going to TV at the moment, but I can dream, can’t I?
Have you read Embrace? Share your casting ideas with us in the comments below! And don’t forget to read about our past Fictional Boyfriends!
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