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It’s that time again! It’s Monday, and that means Man Crush Monday!

The Book Academy is proud to present our Man Crush Monday: Paul Markov from A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray!


Paul is one of the main characters in Claudia Gray’s Firebird series.

When you are framed for the murder of a mentor and are hopping through dimensions to discover the truth and to save the girl, life can be interesting! Paul is full of secrets and he himself is a mystery, but we still love him!


Paul is known for being a bit of a geek, being wicked smart, intriguing, handsome, and hard to figure out. Throughout the book A Thousand Pieces of You, the reader is constantly in question over whether or not to trust Paul and where he claims his loyalties lie. Whether it’s racing through dimensions, getting lost in another form of your life, running from danger, or all of the other fun stuff thrown Paul’s way, he charges through it all.

Did I mention he’s a heart throb? Paul is actually quite the sweetheart. He proves to be pretty sweet and lovable later on. He is just perfect! His love and protectiveness of Marguerite is adorable and hard not to swoon over!

Paul is our #MCM for today, and we would like to thank him for being such a great character! If we haven’t convinced you of his beauty and loveliness yet, below is more evidence.

“I would love you in any shape, in any world, with any past. Never doubt that.” -Lt. Paul Markov


“Every form of art is another way of seeing the world. Another perspective, another window. And science—that’s the most spectacular window of all. You can see the entire universe from there. So it’s like we gave each other the whole world, tied up in ribbon.

“You want me to learn the entire universe?” His grin is natural, somewhat abashed; we are no longer guard and grand duchess, just a guy and a girl, standing very close. “For you I will.”

the feels

Want more Paul?! Then check him out in A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray Here!

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