After a deluge of responses (four) to my literary lads, the list now goes up to 10! Hurrah!
6. The brothers MacGregor from Firebrand (and Bloodstone, coming out in August) by Gillian Philip.
Seth and Conal MacGregor are the first entries from a different species (Sithes). Seth was suggested by Savita Kalhan and both brothers suggested by Lucy Coats, who said:
'You need to consider the brothers MacGregor from Gillian Philip's Firebrand/Bloodstone on hotness grounds alone. Seth--committment issues, but Conal--lovely.'
I think personally I'd go for Seth, as I have a penchant for the half-feral, swear-y, commitment-phobic man.
Here is an interview with Seth by Nicky Schmidt on Absolute Vanilla
And apparently he looks like Billy Crudup.
Actually, maybe I'll go for Conal...
Here is an interview with Conal on Lucy Coats' blog. He is, as she says, a rather lovely man.
7. Sirius Black from Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling
This suggestion comes from Faye Fornasier and her reason is 'I like big dogs'.
8. Birk Borkason from Ronia the Robber's Daughter by Astrid Lindgren
This suggestion is is also from Faye and I am trusting her good opinion on this one because I haven't read the book.
Here is what she says about Birk:
'Birk was ginger, brave and amazing - regardless of the fact he had nits, so I stand by him.'
9. The Romans
I mentioned before a liking for a certain Mr Caesar. There must be something about a man in a toga with leaves behind his ears.
Other ravishing Romans include Marcus from Rosemary Sutcliff's The Eagle of the Ninth, who marches into 'the north' to recover his father's lost Eagle standard (and his family's HONOUR of course) and looks angry and pouty a lot, but is actually quite sweet deep down and has a good bromance with his slave, Esca.
Another Sutcliff man is Aquila from The Lantern Bearers. He's more angry than Marcus (the Saxons murdered his family, the little scamps!) and spends the beginning of the book as a Saxon slave wearing only an iron ring round his neck and little pants. At least I think he does - I could have imagined it.
For some unknown reason I pictured him as Cesc Fabregas.
Caroline Lawrence's Roman Mysteries series certainly delivers on the Hot Roman front. There's muscly-armed, floppy-haired lawyer Flaccus (if you don't know about 'Floppy', catch up here). And there's my favourite, Felix, who spends a lot of time cheating on his wife with slave girls, but who is also quite attractive, especially when you imagine him looking like Javier Bardem.
10. I'm just going to pop Mr Rochester on the end
Even though in his last incarnation he appeared to have dressed up as Rupert Bear.