You are curled up in bed with a book - and in between the pages, you meet a man you want to curl up with instead. These books and its heroes might be fictional, but we get the feeling they could still get our motors running.
1. Jane Austen's Pride And Prejudice
Darcy's THE MAN - strong and silent and brooding, and a bottomless well of love and devotion. He's also the man who has spoilt it for the others. Come to us, D!
2. Suzanne Collins' The Hunger Games series
Yes, on paper, Gale - the "friend" was the hotter one. But there was something about Peeta who would quietly do whatever he could to keep the heroine - Katniss - alive. That was very touching. And we think that steadfast determination will do well between the sheets.
3. Margaret Mitchell's Gone With The Wind
Rhett Butler drew mixed reactions in our heroine, Scarlett O' Hara, as she went through her growing pains. But it takes a strong besotted man to say this to a belated confession: "Frankly my dear, I don't give a damn." Forget Scarlett and come to us, Rhett.
4. Sophie Kinsella's Can You Keep A Secret?
He is intelligent, funny, quirky, hot and doesn't bat an eyelid when the inimitable female protagonist confesses her entire life’s secrets to him at their first encounter. What's not to adore?
Do vampires count as men? Yes, if they look and behave anything like the bed-breaking Edward Cullen, we volunteer to be bitten.
7. Helen Fielding's Bridget Jones' Diary
We love our underdogs, especially if they have hidden depths and Darcy in their name.
8. Robert Galbraith's Cormoran Strike series
Robert Galbraith aka JK Rowling's new private detective is no Cedric Diggory. But there is something about intelligent, gruff, large teddy bears that makes us want to squish them.
9. George R.R. Martin's Game Of Thrones
The aura of danger around Jon Snow, Daroi Naharis, Oberyn Martell and Tyrion Lannister can make a girl breach any 'wall'. Winter might be coming, but we could find ways to keep each other warm.
10. Alexandre Dumas' Count Of Monte Cristo
The passion it takes to unleash revenge on the man you think stole your love away can be optimised elsewhere - in the bedroom, to be precise, we think.
11. Charles Dickens' David Copperfield
No, we are not illegally lusting after a young immature David Copperfield. It's the adult David who is grieving over the loss of his wife and then discovering his love for his best friend that has us in rapture. This is a man who has learnt life and his complexities just beg to be uncovered.Also read: 7 Books To Get Your Hands On (Even If You Don’t Love Reading!)
12. Mario Puzo's The Godfather
It's anyone's guess whether Michael Corleone was a hero or a villain. But sometimes, we need to leave debate about morals outside the bedroom. Right, right?
13. Bernard Shaw's Arms And The Man
Captain Bluntschli might be a soldier but he understands that the war is absurd. The pragmatic realist chose to hide in a woman's bedroom. He is welcome to hide in ours forever!
P.S.: A special thanks to film and TV show makers who have brought some of the hunks from a book onto a screen. From the TV to our beds is just a short distance.GIFs: Giphy