Wednesday, June 01, 2011

My Book Boyfriend- Marcello Fiorelli from Waterfall and Cascade

Book bloggers highlight the characters they fell in love with in My Book Boyfriend, a weekly meme from Missie at The Unread Reader.

My date for Memorial Day weekend was a man half my age. (Don't judge, 38 is the new 18).

Marcello Fiorelli is the hero from Waterfall and Cascade-the first two novels in The River of Time Series. The books follow Gabi and Lia, teen aged sisters who travel back to medieval Tuscany where they find hunky boyfriends and tweak history.

My book boyfriend's stats:

A fourteenth century Italian knight.

Future Lord of the house of Fiorelli

Late teens/early 20s

Curly hair

"Big, chocolate brown eyes, square jaw, aristocratic nose, pronounced cheekbones..." p. 27 Waterfall.

"Oh my gosh, could he be a little less hot? He belonged in some teen-girl magazine. Movies. Book covers. Ads for Abercrombie & Fitch." p. 71 Waterfall

In my head, Marcello looks like a young Orlando Bloom:

What I love about him:
He has the whole rescuing a damsel in distress move down to a science. And whenever he kisses, Gabi's knuckles I get shivers.

My favorite pick up line: (bonus points because he's actually picking someone up when he says it.)

But then he had his big hands on my waist. He bent down a little, getting ready to lift me to the saddle, just as I looked up at him. Our lips were so close, I could feel the heat of his breath on my skin.

We froze. Neither of us moving, simply staring at each other, wondering if the other was going to move first.

"You are" he whispered, "uncommonly stirring."

He closed his eyes then, as if he had to in order to break the bond between us, then lifted me into the saddle and stared at the ground as he guided my feet into the stirrups.

p. 161 Waterfall

Want to read more about Marcello? Pick up the first two books in the River of Time series by Lisa T. Bergren:

Did you miss Serena's reviews? Check them out here and here.

P.S.- I'm at Author Culture today along with blogging buddies Renee Chaw and Amber Stokes talking about what makes a great romance. Swing by and say hello!


  1. Joy! I've been hearing so many great things about this series. Orlando in that picture looks like great pick for Marcello. That quote had me spellbound.

  2. I love when you post about your book boyfriends Joy because I always get flutters in my heart LOL! You sure do know how to pick 'em, Orlando is just dreamy and he certainly fits the description of Marcello. I really want to read these books, they're on my wishlist so here's to hoping I can get them soon!

    XOXO~ Renee
    p.s. thank you for mentioning the Author Culture interview. that was fun huh?

  3. That picture of Orlando Bloom makes me want to just sighhhhhh.

  4. So fun! I really need to read this series! :)

    I agree with Renee--thank you for also mentioning our AuthorCulture interview! It was an honor to be asked to share my responses along with the yours and Renee's. :)


  5. @Missie- Thanks for hosting this meme every week, it's lots of fun.

    @Renee and Amber- I think you will love it!! Renee, especially you b/c you read lots of YA. After inspy romance, mainstream YA is my second favorite genre. This is actually the first time I've EVER read an inspy YA and I'm impressed. A whole new world has opened up for me. :)

    @Keeper- Dreamy right? I'll get over to your book boyfriend post later. :)

  6. Ohhhh I loved these books!! And Marcello is so awesome!! I can see him as Orlando for sure!!!

    Im freaking out waiting for Torrent!!

  7. @Tina, yeah, I can't wait for Torrent either. Only a few more months. Can't wait to see how this series ends.

    @Juju- Have you read this yet? Do you like YA?

  8. I love this feature. Still giggling over it today. :-)

  9. Thanks Lisa! After I posted this, I went over to Rel's blog to see if you had done a character feature with her. Your pick for Marcello was a little more muscular than mine, but it was neat to see how you pictured him. If anyone wants to see, go here:

  10. Ha-hahahhahahahaha! I'm laughing... but I'm right there with you. 38 is the new 18. absolutely. I love Marcello. Love him. Thanks for giving me a big hootnholla laugh today, Joy!


  11. I absolutely must find a way to remember 'My Book Boyfriend', as it is a fabulous idea! It's great when a bit of dialogue or description captures my heart for a character, and it happens often. I also enjoyed seeing how your version of Marcello compared/contrasted with your friend, Lisa's. Good stuff. ~ Nadja


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