Man Crush Monday: Hector “Jesse” De Silva


Take a hot, Mexican gentleman from the early 19th century and place him in the 21st century and you not only have a genuine nice guy but I’d say a diamond in the rough. Too bad this guy is a ghost.

Jesse, the male lead in Meg Cabot’s Mediator series is everything you could want in a guy. He’s charming, funny, hot, and your knight in shining armor when you need him (although he totally understands that you can kick butt on your own). Unfortunately, Jesse is dead. And not hot vampire type dead, I mean really dead.

Which makes it very interesting that he’s clearly the love interest for one Ms. Susannah Simon but that’s what makes these books awesome (besides the crime fighting and other amazing plot points).

Although the Mediator series isn’t new I’m surprised by the amount of people that have never heard of it much less read it. If you’re one of those poor unfortunate souls please pick up these books and fall in love with Jesse ASAP. You won’t regret it. Trust me.

‘I may have been dead for the past hundred and fifty years, Susannah,’ Jesse said, ‘but that doesn’t mean I don’t know how people say good night. And generally, when people say goodnight, they keep their tongues to themselves.’ – The Ninth Key

Woman Crush Wednesday: Susannah “Suze” Simon


I haven’t read the Mediator series in quite sometime but I still love Suze Simon. I have read and reread this series at least twice (but quite possibly more than that). Besides having the super cool and also interesting ability to see, speak to, and touch ghosts, Suze is an all around cool person.

Her abilities to interact with ghosts makes her a mediator whose job it is to make sure ghosts move on to … well, wherever it is they’re supposed to go. Although Suze isn’t always thrilled about the job she still does it, which is something I admire about her.

Besides this, Suze also has awesome fashion sense and a bit of a tough girl attitude. She feels like she can take care of herself and doesn’t need anyone’s help, which isn’t always true. When she has to she’s willing to swallow her pride and accept help, although she usually does it begrudgingly.

Overall, Suze is compassionate and really does try her best to help the ghosts she meets. She’s also really close to her mom since it’s been just the two of them for a while after her Dad died. Even though her mom has remarried and Suze has a new step family filled with three step brothers, Suze still feels protective over her mom and eventually becomes protective of her new family as well.

Suze has a big heart even though she tries to hide it sometimes and I kind of like that about her. A girl with a tough exterior but a heart of gold.

If you haven’t read the Mediator series yet I would definitely recommend it, especially because there’s apparently a new adult book in the series coming out next year. I can’t wait!

‘I’ll tell you what kind of girl I’m not,’ I said crankily. ‘I am not the kind of girl who’s looking to share her room with a member of the opposite sex. Understand me? So either you move out, or I force you out. It’s entirely up to you. I’ll give you some time to think about it. But when I get back here, Jesse, I want you gone.’ – Shadowland