Dec 2, 2013

Blog Tour: 25 Days of Book Boyfriends

Hello, lovelies! I am very excited about today's post. Three lovely blogs--Readers Live A Thousand Lives, Lovin' Los Libros, and Starbucks & Book Obsession--put together something exciting for the holiday month: 25 Days of Book Boyfriends! It's just as it sounds: 25 days, 25 blogs, and 25 book boyfriends! So today I am going to tell you all about one of my most favorite book boyfriends (but he's mine, so back off): the one, the only, there will never be another...Shane Collins!

Before I really get into this post, here's the deal: I'm kind of writing this on a whim. I'm not really sure what I'm going to write or how I'm going to do this post. I'm just going to do it. It will most likely feature quotes and words, but not many (if any) pictures. Here's why: I have an image of Shane Collins in my head. Fancasting doesn't do much for me, and I don't find much (if any) that scream Shane Collins. So I'm just going to use good ol' fashioned words and your imagination to paint a picture of Shane Collins. And hopefully, you'll decide to meet him and create a picture yourself.

So there's this guy.

He's one of the main characters in one of my most favorite series ever ever ever, The Morganville Vampires by Rachel Caine.

And his name is Shane Collins.

(Don't get too attached, because he is mine mine mine.)

Shane is not your average book boyfriend or person. (Really, how average can you be when you live in a town run by vampires, your dad's a badass--emphasis on ass--vampire hunter, and your mother and little sister both died in tragic ways?) He's a bad boy. He makes a lot of mistakes and does stupid stuff and may have had handcuffs on his hands once or twice (or more). He can be crude and he swears. He can have a temper and be violent.

But that's just part of him.

Shane Collins is one of my number one, absolute top book (and in real life) boyfriends/husbands. Sure, he has his issues, and he's a far cry from perfect, but for me (and the people who love him) he is perfect. He's an amazing friend. He will protect you and fight for you and try his hardest to keep you safe. He has wit and charm and can be sarcastic. He has a great sense of humor and a fantastic personality. He is easy on the eyes and super sexy. He's a wonderful, loving, caring boyfriend.

He is Shane Collins.

If you know me (and even if you don't), then you know that I am a mega-fan of The Morganville Vampires. To me, the characters and story and place and everything are just real. The characters can do something and I can nod and think, "Yep, that's totally something [character] would do or say." I know them and I love them and they are real.

And the same goes for Shane Collins.

He's sweet.
"I think I'd fall for you no matter what, Claire. You're kind of awesome."
"He had brown hair, cut in uneven layers that didn't quite manage to look punk. He was an older boy, older than her, anyway. Eighteen? A big guy, and tall to match it. Big enough to make her feel more miniature than usual. She thought his eyes looked brown, but she didn't dare meet them for more than a flicker at a time."
A bit of an ass.
"Your father's an asshole [Shane]. It's not a disease. You don't have to catch it." 
There's no one like him.
"Silver nitrate and water in a super soaker," he told her. "My own invention. Ought to be good at twenty feet, kind of like wasp spray."Oh. "You get me the nicest things.""Anybody can get jewelry. Posers."
And he is quite entertaining.
"Oh, he is cute!” Shane said in a fake girly voice. “Gee, maybe we can ask him out!"
He's cool.
"If you love me, you'll give me a taco.""Seriously? That's all you got? What about you'll do sexy, illegal things to me for a taco?""Not for a taco," she said. "I'm not cheap.""They're brisket tacos.""Now you're talking."
"Jackass!" Eve yelled."You know, when people say that, I just hear the word awesome," Shane said.
A lover.
"In this whole screwed-up town, you're the only thing that's always been right to me," he whispered. "I love you, Claire." She saw something that might have been just a flash of panic go across his expression, but then he steadied again. "I can't believe I'm saying this, but I do. I love you." 
Full of laughs.
"Right. I’ve been missing Nutty McFang anyway."
"Stop making up names for him."
"What about Count Crackula?"
"Just stop."
He's got some intelligence.
"You're still here. No beer. I'm not corrupting a minor.""But you're a minor," she pointed out. "At least for beer.""Yeah, and by the way, how much does it suck that I'm an adult if I kill somebody, and I'm not if I want a beer?” 
Naughty and nice can both describe him.
"What's this?" Shane asked, and traced the line of her new bra with his fingertip. "Sexy. What else you got?"
"I'll give you a hint. It matches."
"Let's take a look..."
And he's just...Shane.
“Is it him?” Dad asked. “Did he get you into trouble?”“Not me,” Shane said. “I’ve just got that kind of face.” 
I don't know if I've convinced you of anything in this post. If anything, I hope that you'll at least give this series a try and meet Shane Collins for yourself. You'll see him grow and develop as a character, and you'll get to really know him. (Also, he will make you SWOON.)

My name's Rachel (Collins).

And I hope you enjoyed meeting my boyfriend Shane Collins.

(Now get your eyes and hands off of him.)

To learn more about Shane Collins and The Morganville Vampires series, please go here (or ask me, I will tell you all you need to know!).

The 25 Days of Book Boyfriends Tour has only just begun! It started yesterday on Lovin' Los Libros with Jonah from the Fate series and continues tomorrow with Four/Tobias from the Divergent trilogy on Between the Lines! Be sure to check it all out!


  1. This was awesome! I have not read these books--- I'm not sure why, but after reading this I am quite certain I need Shane Collins in my life. Love how you used all the quotes to make your point! 25 Days Of Book Boyfriends is the best holiday feature EVERRR.

  2. I loved this post! I have been meaning to start this series for a while now and now I really want to meet Shane! Thanks for participating in the tour! =D

  3. Great post! So creative, I loved it! I have not read this series but you have definitely convinced me to check it out so I can meet Shane Collins (I'll keep my hands to myself though :-D)

  4. Thank you so much for participating Rachel! I have not met Shane yet, but after this I definitely plan to! :) I loved the quotes you included and how we got to see all the different sides of Shane! :) I think my school library has these so I'll have to grab them up during a break!

  5. I haven't read this series! For awhile I had this thing against vampires but then I read the Vampire Academy series and I no longer dislike them. =) I'm going to check this out, esp because umm Shane sounds amazing!!! Awesome quotes!


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