Day 18 Colleen Hoover – The Good Ones Do Exist

Who Needs Bad Boys?

Back in May, my husband and I celebrated our 14th wedding anniversary. I couldn’t believe it. 14 years. If you counted the hooverthree years we dated before we got married, that was 17 years and half of my life. Half of my life we’ve been together, and I still love him. Of course we’ve had hard times; who hasn’t? But it definitely got me thinking about the last 14 years and what it is about him that has kept me around all this time.

I also started thinking about all of the male characters in my books. I don’t ever write “bad boys”. My characters are all just the boy-next-door type. (Literally, almost all of them actually live next door to the female lead). At the time, I realized that I somewhat model these characters after the man I married. I made a list of qualities and characteristics I thought the perfect man would possess, and it turned out I was actually describing my husband the whole time.

Readers are always asking me where they can find their very own Will, Holder, Daniel, or Ridge. I figure there’s no better way to celebrate romance than to prove to all of you that the good ones DO exist, and that the perfect boyfriend (or husband) can not only be found in a book, but in real life.

This is the list I made that day:

1) He would let me sleep in every single morning while he wakes up and dresses the children and drives them over twenty miles to school every day.

2) He would never complain about how much I work, even when sometimes he doesn’t see me for days at a time.fccover

3) He would make me lunch every day and bring it to my office, because he knows how busy I get.

4) He would let me travel the world and he would never complain about having to stay back home with the children.

5) He would tell me he loves me every single day, no matter what.

6) He would make the bed every day, even though I think making the bed is a waste of time. But I secretly love a made bed.

7) He would do laundry. All of it, so that I never have to do laundry.

8) He would do homework with the children every night.

9) He would play with the children. Like genuinely play with them, because he loves spending time with them more than anything in the world.

10)  He would listen to all my rants, even though he’s really tired of hearing about fictional characters.

11) He would understand that writing books is a really weird job and sometimes I’m not all here mentally, even when I’m staring at him and nodding my head. And he would understand.

12) He wouldn’t question me when I grab my keys and walk out of the house at midnight and say, “I need to go for a drive.”losing hope

13) He would be patient and never yell and always tell me I’m right.

14) He would never argue when I want to go hang out with the girls, or with my sisters or go gambling with my mom. He would just say, “Okay, be careful, babe.”

15) He wouldn’t know the meaning of jealousy, because he trusts me immensely.

16) He would laugh at my jokes, even if they were dumb. Even though none of the jokes I make are dumb.

17) He would tell me I’m tough when I give birth to all our children without medicine, and he would brag about me for years afterward to anyone who will listen.

18) He would make sure I always have Diet Pepsi’s stocked in the fridge. Always.

19) He would hug and kiss his boys every single day and tell them he loves them.

20) He would never take a single thing he has for granted, because he’s had nothing before and he’s had it all before, and he knows first-hand that family is the only thing that matters.

21) He would listen to The Avett Brothers with me, even though it’s “not his kind of music” and then eventually he would admit that he really does like their music now.

22) He would never complain. Ever. He would be selfless and good and he would make me want to be selfless and good.

Sounds like the best fictional book boyfriend ever, doesn’t it? It’s not. It’s my life and he’s my husband and every single day I wonder what I did right in life to get the very best one.


Colleen Hoover recommends reading novels from authors Tarryn Fisher and Amy Harmon. (Amy did a RARM post too! You can read it here.)

Questions for the Author

Describe the most daring, adventurous or inspiring thing you ever did?

I don’t do very many daring or adventurous things. I think one of the most adventurous things I’ve ever done was write my first book, Slammed. I had always wanted to write a book, and I finally decided to do it. I won’t say it was daring, though, because if I had known so many people would read it, I don’t think I’d have had the courage to write it.

 Tell us about your journey to becoming a writer. (How did you decide to get started? Did you always know or was there a specific moment when you knew?)

I always knew I wanted to write for a living, but I’d given up on that dream in my early twenties. I’d originally gone to school for journalism, but I was young, married, and had a baby. I just didn’t have the time I needed to put into writing to make it my career. On top of that, I knew how difficult it was to be successful as a writer. It wasn’t until November 2011 that I finally decided to write my first novel. I did it for myself, because it was fun. I didn’t expect to make a career out of it and I didn’t really expect anyone to read it. I couldn’t be more grateful for just how wrong I was.

 Tell us about The (or A) Book That Changed Your Life. (Why?)

Can I cheat on this question? Before I wrote Slammed, I honestly wasn’t a big reader. I did read, but it was usually true crime novels. I had never read a romance novel before I wrote one. However, I’ve always been a music junkie. There’s a lyric in a song by The Avett Brothers called Head Full of Doubt/Road Full of Promise. The lyric is “decide what to be and go be it”. I was at one of their concerts when they sang that lyric to me. Yes, it was just The Avett Brothers and I, alone in a room, as they told me to decide what to be and go be it. Or at least that’s how it felt. That was the moment I decided I needed to write.

Colleen Hoover’s new book, Since Ugly Love, is being released on August 5th. In honor of this, Colleen has generously decided to give away three copies of her new book for three different winners, two U.S. readers (entry below) and one international reader (enter here).


Colleen Hoover recommends reading novels from authors Tarryn Fisher and Amy Harmon.


Colleen Hoover is the author of five New York Times bestselling novels. Her first series was published in 2012 and includes Slammed, Point of Retreat, and This Girl. Her second series, published in 2013, includes the #1 NYT’s bestseller Hopeless and the companion novel, Losing Hope. She has released a free novella, Finding Cinderella, as a thank you to her readers for their continued support. The novella is a companion to her Hopeless series, but can be read as a standalone.

Colleen lives in East Texas with her husband, their three boys, their dog, Pacey, and their zombie, Steve. Colleen loves Diet Pepsi more than all of the things, and is a ninja in her spare time.

You can follow Colleen on Instagram (@colleenhoover) if you want to watch her pointless, random videos, or on Twitter (@colleenhoover), but she rarely tweets anything worth following. You can also find her on her blog at or on her very active Facebook page where she loves to give away free stuff when her husband isn’t looking.

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