Hi, everyone! Welcome to the 2nd NA Crush Tourney hosted here at NA Alley!
Be aware there maybe spoilers in some of the advocate posts that support the new adult heroes. We’ve allowed the advocates to use excepts from their assigned NA Crushes’ books as well as other teasers, so just be mindful of that when you read the posts.
Matches will run for 24 hours, 12 a.m. to 12 a.m. EST every Tuesday and Thursday. Voting will only take place here on NA Alley, and the polls don’t allow multiple votes.
TRAVIS(Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire)
Hello, everyone! My name is Kelli, and I am reporting for advocate duty from the fabulous blog, Seeking Book Boyfriends! I have the supreme honor of representing my Book Husband, the one and only, TRAVIS MADDOX!! I am ecstatic that I was chosen for the task!
By now, EVERYONE should have met this crush, but if not --- he's the underground fighter and leading man of Beautiful Disaster, Walking Disaster and A Beautiful Wedding by Jamie McGuire. My goals are to prove to all my fellow readers that Travis is THE #1 book boyfriend and get him that NA Crush championship title he deserves!
Why should I vote for Travis? What makes him worthy?
Let's start with the most obvious part, his looks:
"My eyes traveled upward; jeans spattered with blood, a set of finely chiseled abs, a bare, tattooed chest drenched in sweat, and finally, a pair of warm, brown eyes."
"Lean muscles stretched under his tattooed skin..."
"He oozed sex and rebelliousness with his buzzed brown hair and tattooed forearms..."
Oh! And don't let me forget to mention his dimple, which adds even more to his beautiful smile. Le sigh! A gorgeous face and a killer body? SIGN ME UP!
Looks aren't everything. I know this. Thankfully, Travis is more than a pretty face and hot body! Let's move on to his PERSONALITY.
Yes, I think it's safe to say Travis is a bad boy. He's dubbed Eastern University's Walking One Night Stand for a reason. BUT - don't let that fool you! Behind his cocky persona lies a sensitive guy who cares about his friends and family. He's also fiercely protective of those he loves, especially once he falls head over ass for Abby Abernathy.
Though he had a rough childhood, he still loves his brothers and dad. The loss of his mother at the age of 3 altered his outlook on life. Growing up the youngest of four mean brothers prepared him to be an underground fighter. Plus, his reputation around campus makes him untouchable. And that temper! He gets physical with people (during fights, and for those who threaten Abby), but I feel it shows his protective nature. It's also how he deals with his feelings. Between you and me, I like a guy with some passion or a slight temper. Someone who is always agreeable is BO-RING! I need something more in my BBFs. But he has a sweet side, too. He cooks Abby dinner, buys her favorite foods, gets her a puppy for her birthday, but most importantly, HE CHANGES HIS ENTIRE LIFESTYLE for her.
"I knew the second I met you that there was something about you I needed. Turns out it wasn't something about you at all. It was just you."
Suh-woon! Are you guys getting it yet?
What else could there be?
- Travis isn't a dumb jock. He's so intelligent that he doesn't have to study and pulls straight A's!
- He rides a motorcycle. Yep. A Harley Night Rod, to be exact.
- He threw Abby a surprise birthday party, and then held her hair back as she was sick from drinking too much. Then, he slept with her on the bathroom floor all night, just so she wouldn't be alone.
- He tattooed her nickname on his wrist.
- Travis stayed in a burning building in order to seek out Abby and rescue her.
- He took a spontaneous trip to Las Vegas in order to make Abby his wife. While still in college.
Still not convinced? Let's hear about Travis in the words of others. His cousin, Shepley:
"I don't know what's going on with you and Travis, but I know that he's going to do something stupid to piss you off. It's a tic he has. He doesn't get close to anyone very often, and for whatever reason he's let you in. But you have to overlook his demons. It's the only way he'll know... If you'll climb over the wall."
Abby's best friend, America:
"I know for a fact that if you looked Travis in the eye and told him you wanted him, he would never look at another woman again."
From his mother:
"Of all my boys, Travis is the most tender hearted. He is also the strongest. He will love you with everything he has for as long as you let him."
"If Travis is anything like his father, and I know that he is, he's a deep ocean of fragility, protected by a thick wall of swear words and feigned indifference. A Maddox boy will take you all the way to the edge, but if you go with him, he'll follow you anywhere."
"And when a Maddox boy falls in love, he loves forever."
And then, from the woman who stole his heart, Abby:
"This whole thing might play out to be a completely wonderful, beautiful disaster, but I want that if it's with you."
"You, Travis Maddox, are kinda sexy when you're not being a whore."
"In another life, I could love you."
"It wasn't just me, and it wasn't just him, it was what we were together that was the exception."
Misunderstood by many, but loved by far more, Travis is indisputably the BEST book boyfriend to come along in years. He doesn't realize his own worth, which only adds to my affections for him:
"I know you deserve better than me. You think I don't know that? But if there was any woman made me for me... it's you. I'll do whatever I have to do, Pidge. Do you hear me? I'll do anything."
"You need to walk away, Pidge. God knows I can't walk away from you."
"I never once convinced myself that I was good enough for you."
The man breaks my heart! He's possessive, and good hearted and will go to the ends of the Earth in order to make Abby happy.
"I need to hear you say it. I need to know you're mine."
He laid his feelings on the line, publicly, in order to win her over:
"To douchebags!" he said, gesturing to Brad. "And to girls that break your heart," he bowed his head to me. His eyes lost focus. "And to the absolute fucking horror of losing your best friend because you were stupid enough to fall in love with her."
Abby Abernathy is the luckiest fictional woman, and readers worldwide agree that they'd even be Megan for a day just to get a shot at Travis.
I'm pretty sure I've made a great case for Travis! Just in case you're still on the fence and debating voting against him, here's a video I made - a mock movie trailer for Beautiful Disaster, featuring Colton Haynes as Travis Maddox. Just imagine if Travis made it to the big screen!
So, that's it! I hope you're convinced that there is no better BBF than Travis Maddox. Please make sure to vote, and get all your friends to vote, as well! If you want to help further, join our Facebook group HERE.
And don't forget to use #TeamTravisMaddox and #NACrushTourney on Twitter and Facebook to show your support! But most importantly - VOTE!
ARCHER(Archer's Voice by Mia Sheridan)
Hi there, our names are Donna and Willow and we are from The Romance Cover. We are truly honoured to be chosen as the advocates for our perfect silent boy Archer Hale from Archer’s Voice by Mia Sheridan. Our blog has been running now for 14 months, although we have been friends for a lot longer, we actually met on an Amazon Chat Forum page where we daily conversed about our mutual love of books. We are both avid readers and bloggers and love what we do.
How could you not vote for Archer… just take a look at his bio:
Name: Archer Hale
Eye Colour: Deep Whiskey Brown
Hair Colour: Wavy brown
Build: Lean, muscular and toned
Height: 6ft 2in
Distinguishing Features: Scar across his throat
Archer has some amazing attributes, he really is PERFECT…
Ardent – he is extremely passionate and fiercely protective, loves completely, a wounded healer.
Respectful – he sees the good in everybody, even if there is none to be found, he is humble, he has made the best of a bad hand.
Chivalrous – he is courageous, he is considerate, he is courteous and he is extremely loyal. He overcomes so much and really has to fight against adversity.
Honourable – he is honest, he has morals and principles, he is trust worthy and he has integrity, the world has not managed to sully our silent boy.
Empathetic – he is compassionate, he is extremely sensitive, wears his heart on his sleeve and there is a lot of heart there.
Romantic – this one speaks for its self, having no experience he just did what came naturally, bouquets of chocolates and sitting on a porch in a thunderstorm to protect his love are just two things that he did because he wanted to, because it felt right. He radiates romance, he gives completely, he really is that perfect.
Archer may be silent
But actions speak louder than words
His actions could move mountains
But his voice will never be heard
Archer may be silent
But he communicates through sign, through love and through his eyes
His heart is pure, his soul divine
Excels in all he tries
Archer may be silent
Forgotten, ignored, avoided, shunned, no-one ever tried
To communicate to befriend to love
He was left to his own devices, to be alone, unloved to hide
Archer may be silent
But Bree took that leap of faith and uncovered what was hidden
Archer Hale, the man, the friend, the lover, our perfect silent boy
She nurtured, befriended, communicated even though it was forbidden
Archer Hale, the man, the friend, the lover…enjoy
If you need convincing further, here is one of our favourite scenes…
“Archer was leaned back, looking at me as I stared at him. My heart started pounding as I took in his drenched form, his jeans and white t-shirt plastered to his body. Oh God , he must have walked here in the downpour. I only hesitated for a second before I hurried to the door and flung it open to the sound of the rain pounding the ground in front of my porch. A loud clap of thunder shook the cottage and I jumped slightly, causing Archer to take a step toward me. What are you doing here? I asked. You don't like thunderstorms, he answered. I tilted my head, confused. You walked a mile in the rain because I don't like thunderstorms? He hesitated for a second, looking away, frowning slightly. Then he looked back at me and said simply, yes. He paused, his expression pained. I know I'm probably the last person you want to see right now, but I just thought if I sat on your porch, you wouldn't be scared. You wouldn't be alone. Oh God. I couldn't help it, my face crumpled and I started to cry…for those few minutes, it was only me and him, and nothing else.”
Still not sure…
“I walked her to the front door and slid my flip flops on, noting that I needed to throw the rotting roses sitting on the table by my entry, into the garbage. When I opened the door, I immediately saw something sitting on the mat on my porch. Confused, I bent down and picked it up. I sucked in a breath and then started grinning. It was a "bouquet" of Almond Joy candy bars held together in the middle with a little piece of string, tied neatly in a bow. I turned it around in my hands, grinning stupidly, happiness blooming in my chest. I guessed this was an apology? Or… a gesture of friendship? What exactly did it mean? I groaned . This man! I laughed out loud, hugging the candy bars to me and then standing there grinning like a fool some more. Awkward boy. Sweet, silent Archer Hale.”Surely you don’t need any further convincing…
“Not only did he know how to make me wild with desire with his hands and his tongue and his impressive male parts, but he knew that when he scratched the backs of my knees with his short fingernails, I would purr like a cat, and that it relaxed me entirely when he ran his fingers through my hair. It was as if my body was his instrument and he learned to play it so perfectly that the melody vibrated within my very soul. Not only because of the pleasure he brought, but because he cared so much to know every little thing about me. One day, he put a bowl of potato chips out while I was preparing us lunch and as I snacked on them, I noticed that they were all the folded ones that I loved , but usually had to hunt for. I looked down at the chips and then up at Archer, confused . "All these chips… they're all folded," I said, thinking I sounded crazy. Aren't those the ones you like? I nodded slowly, realizing that he had gone through several bags of chips to collect the ones I liked the best. And realizing that he had noticed that small fact about me at all, I didn't know whether to laugh or cry. But that was just Archer. He wanted to please me, and he'd do anything in that effort.”And finally…
“I'm here for you. I'm here because of you . I'm here because you saw me, not just with your eyes, but with your heart. I'm here because you wanted to know what I had to say and because you were right… everyone does need friends...and he raised his hands and signed, I Bree you, and I laughed and signed, I Archer you. God, I Archer you so much.”
Finally…acceptance…now please speak up for our silent boy…vote with your fingers. Vote for Archer Hale, he is so deserving, so pure, so perfect, the ideal NA Crush, the one man you wouldn’t be ashamed of taking home to meet the parents.
VOTE ARCHER HALE!