Top Ten Tuesday is hosted at The Broke and the Bookish.
This week's topic is a freebie, which means that we get to pick whatever topic we like! So I'm going to go with Top Ten Older Men Who Should Know Better:
Raffe from Angelfall by Susan Ee - This guy is probably the oldest of the bunch... by a few thousand years! To be fair, he's not exactly throwing himself at the 17-year-old heroine... but it doesn't take a genius to figure out where this relationship is headed.
Stefan Salvatore from The Awakening by L. J. Smith - The 150-year-old Stefan from the TV series is bad enough. But the original Stefan from the books hails from the Italian Renaissance... and he's into Elena because she looks like his old (dead) girlfriend. Talk about a weird May-December romance!
Basajaun from Basajaun by Rosemary Van Deuren - I don't care if he's a cute little bunny. He's still a pervert. The human girl he ends up with? She's twelve.
Jacob Black from Breaking Dawn by Stephenie Meyer - Speaking of perverts, how about a grown man who's made a pair bonding with a toddler? And who'll probably marry her when she's seven (because she'll look like a mature woman by then)?
Akiva from Daughter of Smoke & Bone by Laini Taylor - This is one of those awkward pairings that's sort of okay when you look at it in one way, and kind of not okay when you look at it in another. It's a confusing situation, to be sure, so I'm going to cut him a bit of slack.
Ethan from Dreaming Anastasia by Joy Preble - Anne even mentions at one point that Ethan is old enough to be her great-grandfather... but it doesn't stop her from waxing poetic about his blue eyes and wanting to be his girlfriend.
Damen Auguste from Evermore by Alyson Noël - Damen is not just a stalker... he's an old stalker. But he's gorgeous and rich... which I guess is what makes it okay to our tiresome 16-year-old heroine.
Bear from Ice by Sarah Beth Durst - Not only is this guy old enough to have had dealings with Cassie's mother when Cassie was just a baby, he's also a complete jerk. You do not mess with a girl's birth control so she'll have your baby. You just don't.
Ty from Stolen by Lucy Christopher - Ty is actually bordering on being an appropriate age for a teenage girl (well, compared to the rest of these ancient guys), but that doesn't make what he did any less awful. Actually, in some ways, he's the opposite of many of the other guys on this list in that he's quite immature -- almost stunted -- on the inside.
Edward Cullen from Twilight by Stephenie Meyer - This is probably the biggest dirty old man of them all. He's a controlling stalker who's attractive, rich, educated, and talented... and yet he spends his time hanging out at high schools and falling for underage girls. What a catch!