Wednesday, June 13, 2012

My Book Boyfriend: Valek

My Book Boyfriend is a weekly meme hosted by Missie of The Unread Reader. Its a chance to pay homage to the hotties that haunt the pages of the novels we love. These are the men who stay in our thoughts late at night, who plague us during our long hours at work, who cause us to stare off into the starry night and sigh, because we want them here with us. Yes ladies, its the Book Boyfriend...
Today's book boyfriend hails from a really amazing, yet kind of neglected series by Maria V. Snyder. The Study Series is an amazing mix of historical fiction and fantasy that keeps you amazed with every twist and turn. In Poison Study, we meet Valek: the suave, debonair chief of security for the land of Ixia, yet deadly assassin-trainer. He teaches Yelena, the newest poison-taster for the High Commander everything she needs to know about deadly poisons, malicious plotting, and cunning deceit. He's got a lot more to him than meets the eye...but why look beyond the bod when he looks so very pretty??
About The Book: 
About to be executed for murder, Yelena is offered an extraordinary reprieve. She'll eat the best meals, have rooms in the palace—and risk assassination by anyone trying to kill the Commander of Ixia. And so Yelena chooses to become a food taster. But Valek, the chief of security, deliberately feeds her Butterfly's Dust—and only by appearing for her daily antidote will she delay an agonizing death from the poison. As Yelena tries to escape her new dilemma, disasters keep mounting. It becomes increasingly difficult for Valek to keep her alive, and he just can't stand for that. Her life is threatened again and choices must be made. But this time the outcomes aren't so clear… 

Favorite Valek Quote:
“Yelena, you've driven me crazy. You've caused me considerable trouble and I've contemplated ending your life twice since I've known you." Valek's warm breath in my ear sent a shiver down my spine.
"But you’ve slipped under my skin, invaded my blood and seized my heart.”
“That sounds more like a poison than a person,” was all I could say. His confession had both shocked and thrilled me.
“Exactly,” Valek replied. “You have poisoned me.”

Who is my Valek??? Please let me introduce you to Australian model Travis Fimmel. Ladies, Ladies...stop your drooling...he's MINE!!!! I needed someone who had long they would in the days of castles and kings and what not...but someone who was also sexayyyy beyond belief! Enter Mr. Fimmel! His almost-too-pretty face, his ROCK-HARD bod, and of course that intriguing bulge he's got there have earned him the swooning attentions of women everywhere. To me, he's the perfect mix of pretty, handsome, and harsh to make the best Valek ever. Perhaps just a bit on the young side...but these pics were taken about 5-7 years ago...and I can only hope that Travis just get's better with age ;)


  1. "But you’ve slipped under my skin, invaded my blood and seized my heart.”
    “That sounds more like a poison than a person,” was all I could say. His confession had both shocked and thrilled me.
    “Exactly,” Valek replied. “You have poisoned me.”
    NICE! I've heard great things about this series! I've been wanting to read it forever! Thanks for stopping by My Book Boyfriend!

  2. :) WOW!!! Goodness he is a pretty boy!

  3. Wait... you said he was younger here... so much so that he is now at least 21??? Oh that suits me fine and makes me feel much less perverted. LOL

    Great choice! I need to read this series!

  4. *faints*

    I was going to say something profound, but then I scrolled down to that next picture and all sensible though escaped my mind.

    Good Lawd!

    I remember hearing a lot of great things about this series a while back, and now that I know Valek is hidden between those pages, I'll have to check it out.

  5. Oh my! I always wanted to read this book. I love the cover and now I love Valek... and Travis... I won't say anymore!

  6. I love Travis Fimmel!! He is one of my go-to MBB models. I have this book on my TBR shelf so I'm thinking I need to read it soon and meet Valek.

    Jennifer @ Feminist Fairy Tale Reviews

  7. Wow, I need to read this book! I've read the Healer series by Maria V. Snyder, but not the Poison series.

    Here’s my book boyfriend

  8. Hmm, I'll have to give this book a try, sounds really good. I love your pick too, Travis Fimmel? Yum. There's a series of books by Sherrilyn Kenyon (Dark Hunter series) where one of the characters, Simi, regularly lusts after Travis. That's how I know who he is!

    Breath of Life Reviews

  9. Nice! I seriously LOVE your guy this week! With such a great pictures and that quote, I'm definitely going to have to check this book out (I can't believe I haven't read this already!). He is so yummy! Thank you for sharing - have a great weekend! :)

    Here's mine: