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Book boyfriends... the acceptable means of infidelity.

You know you have one. You know you've experienced his kiss and want more. You know your heart is every bit as much his, as his belongs to someone else...

And your significant other is totally okay with you cheating for a few hours out of your life with the drop-dead sexy hero in your latest romance novel.

It can't get better, can it?

So just who have you fallen in love with over the years? The strong silent type? The naughty rogue? The agressive no holds barred lover?

I've published quite a bit and written even more, but there's one hero who outshines them all for me presently. His name is Kyle Garland. His story is A BROKEN CHRISTMAS -- which is an appropriate year-round read, not just a holiday heartwarmer.

Delta Force operative Kyle Garland divorced his wife to protect her. His top-secret missions expose him to constant danger, and his world is full of lies and deceit. But the threat to Aimee doesn’t come in the form of insurgents or bombs. Rather, his soul-deep love and the dreams he silently nurtures are her greatest hazard. When a career-ending injury brings him home for Christmas, to keep her safe he must bury his feelings and hide the monster he’s become.

Fourteen months ago, Aimee had the perfect marriage… then Kyle blindsided her with a divorce. Now, he’s coming home, and she intends to get her answers. Yet the crippled man she confronts bears scars her years of nursing cannot heal. The secret he’s hiding is tearing him apart. No matter how she tries, he keeps her at a distance, despite the love that’s still evident in his kiss. What Aimee doesn’t know is her own damaged past terrifies Kyle more than any wartime horror.

As she forces him to confront his demons, will the holiday shred the fragile bonds they share, or will Christmas complete all their broken parts?

I have to share why Kyle is my favorite too:


As he eased the golf cart to a jerky stop beside her car and she stepped out, he slid her a sideways glance. Walsh must have put her up to this. Damn him. Evidently he couldn’t get the message either—Kyle wanted to be left alone. But Conner Walsh had a way of screwing everything up.

How, in the name of God, could he survive living with Aimee?

“Are you coming?” Aimee called from inside her car.

More than anything in the world, Kyle wanted to tell her no. Not because he resented her too accurateassessment of his physical limitations, not because he wanted to move on and forget about her. No, he wanted to tell her she was out of her mind because the idea of going home with Aimee made him jittery.

“Yeah,” he mumbled with disgust. Coordinating cane, good leg, bad leg, and numb hand, he worked his way to his feet and limped to the passenger’s door. At least she hadn’t opened it for him—he’d have died right there if Aimee thought he was that incapable of tending to himself. His career might be toast, he might be crippled, but he was not an invalid.

And he was not hiring a nurse, damn it.

Kyle slid into the passenger’s seat with a grimace. The old pain started in his knee, worked its way up to his thigh. Muscles that had taken months to reattach and bind to bone protested the cold. Rebelled against the time he’d spent standing on the plane, just to prove to himself he could. “Why didn’t you move out?”

Aimee keyed the engine and dropped the gearshift into reverse. Looking over shoulder as she backed out of the space, she answered, “I haven’t gotten around to it yet.”

“What have you been doing?”

As she shifted into drive, her foot on the brake, she gave him a meaningful look. “Searching for a job.”

“Oh.” Kyle lapsed into silence. He drummed his fingers on the center console, mentally ticking off the numerous reasons why staying with Aimee in the house they’d bought as husband and wife was a bad idea. Beyond the fact he loathed the idea of her tending to him like she might one of her former patients she smelled too incredibly good after a shower, and he didn’t know how to keep his hands off her.

Already his brain formed fantastic pictures of them in the bed, reuniting in ways that would make Hugh Heffner blush. In the kitchen, on the dining room table, lathering each other in the shower…

Like he’d just run into a brick wall, the slow burn of pleasure that crept into his blood came to a frigid halt. He let out a derisive snort. Shower—right. He couldn’t handle the shower solo, much less with Aimee’s hands all over him and soap slicking his body. His leg wouldn’t hold up, the wet tile would make him slip. Christ, he couldn’t even make love to her if he wanted to—he couldn’t feel a damn thing in his right hand. He’d be no better than a bumbling teen. All thumbs, no finesse, and a damn sight rougher than what her fragile skin could handle.

So much for that little fantasy. Aimee deserved a whole man. Not one who’d been reduced to benches in the bathtub.


If you think you might fall in love with Kyle as much as I did while telling his story, comment on your favorite book boyfriend below -- what made you fall in love? Each comment will be entered into a drawing on Feb 5, for a .pdf copy of A BROKEN CHRISTMAS.

Then, check out the wonderful Book Boyfriend Blog Hop, sponsored by Reading Between the Wines and As the Pages Turn, and the fantastic prizes these authors are offering. It's a great kick-start to the Valentine's Holday!



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20 Responses so far.

  1. I'm torn between two book boyfriends, Acheron and Zsadist. They've both had horrific pasts that would break most people. It's the incredible love and kindness they're capable of which makes me love them.

  2. My favorite book boyfriend is Wrath from JR Ward's Black Dagger Brotherhood. He's so tough growls at everybody, but Beth just turns him into a big softy. He's sexy and wild, yet tender and generous. I just can't get enough of him.


  3. I love Alcide from the Sookie Stackhouse books. Thanks for the giveaway!

    geschumann at live dot com

  4. I'm into the strong viscous type that walk around like sex on a stick :)
    There are so many out there from cowboys to paranormal but my all time favorite BBF is V from J.R. Wards BDB series. Oh yea!


  5. I have so many book boyfriends that I could list, but I will choose Jamie Frazer from Diana Gabaldon's Outlander series. I like Jamie because I enjoy a historic rugged man who is written well and true to his time.

    Your Christmas story sounds awesome. If I don't win, I'm still planning to read it as that excerpt was great.

  6. I guess my fave book boyfriend would be Wraith from the Demonica series (Larissa Ione). He is half-vampire/half-sex demon and TOTALLY hot!!! I just love him, he is a tortured hero but ends up having a great heart.
    Thank you for the giveaway!
    manning_j2004 at yahoo dot com

  7. i've only one: Bones from the night huntress serie so loyal and honest

    all the best


  8. I think for me it is Con from the Demonica series by Larissa Ione.

    beckerjo at Verizon dot net

  9. Hmmmm....Could I date around instead of having just one??? Aside from the "usual suspects"--(Bones, Curran, etc.)--Seth from Richelle Mead's Succubus series (he makes being smart & geeky kinda sexy)...and Atticus O'Sullivan from Kevin Hearne's Iron Druid Series (tattooed Druid - YUM!)....and Wicked Truth from Laurell K. Hamilton's Anita Blake Series (TWIN vampires -- 'nuf said!)...and that's just the short list!

    elizabeth @ bookattict . com

  10. For me it is Ekkatt from Captured by Julia Rachel Barret I love him because he is strong, dominant, but caring and loving towards Mari! Oh and he's an alien.
    Thanks for the giveaway
    kayla.s.graham at

  11. Curran from the Kate Daniels series. Not only because he's a hunk and a half of manliness, but because he accepts Kate as is and makes no effort to change her. She also comes first in his life before all others and duties.

  12. Wow I have so many!!! Eek.. ok Roarke from JD Robb's In Death series, was someone I fell in love with years n years ago. He's very protective, yet snarky. That he's rich, gorgeous, and Irish doesn't hurt either! I just fell for him because for as much power as he has he would drop everything for Eve. He's just a great character. :)

  13. I have so many book boyfriends! But my top 3 are: Eric Northman (Sookie Stackhouse is one LUCKY lady!) and Michael and Sterling from Lisa Renee Jones' Zodious series :) All hot alpha males!!
    Ashley A

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  15. Sparhawk from David Eddings Elenium series.. he's gruff and grumpy and loves his friends imensly. i've had a crush on him since i was 15

  16. I have quite a few book boyfriends: Jamie Fraser from OUtlander, Dimitri from the Vampire Acedemy series, Bones, Clay from Kelley Armstrong's Bitten, just to mention a few.

    Thank you for the great giveaway!

    stella.exlibris (at) gmail (dot) com

  17. It would be Lothaire because he's smart, funny, and handsome.


  18. Edward Cullens because of his strength

    dlatany at gmail dot com

  19. Jacob from the Vampire Queen series by Joey W. Hill. He's all alpha, but will
    let Lady Lyssa dominate him because he wants to be her protector. But he also loves her. He's sweet, super sexy, strong, confident and maybe a little arrogant, but just has this quality of making women fall in love with him. He's
    also honest and will do whatever he needs to protect his lady.
    luvfuzzzeeefaces at yahoo dot com

  20. Thank you for the great giveaway! My book boyfriend? I have way to many. Right now im reading Diana Palmers series, so any of her cowboys would make me happy! ;D

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