02 February, 2012

Book Boyfriends and More!

There's been a lot of buzz about book boyfriends this year. Who's dangerously hot, who's swoon-worthy sexy, who can make your heart pitter patter with just a simple touch.

In all of my time as a reader, writer, I fell in love with many, many heroes over the years. The one who stands out in my mind today is Ranulf from Johanna Lindsey's "Reina and Ranulf story" -- whose book title I ALWAYS mess up and think of the Georgina and James book. So I just stick with "Reina and Ranulf story". (As you can see the characters stuck in my head.)

I also have a soft spot in my heart for Grey from Maya Banks' Sweet series, and in a completely different vein, I'm still in love with Gandalf from LOTR.

But... I also happen to think Alexei Nikanova from LIE TO ME, my forthcoming Black Opal book is the man of my dreams.

Here's a little peek:

Fury radiated off Alexei’s body in hot waves as he forcibly ushered Sasha through a white painted door, into a spacious suite at the Palazzo Vecchietti. He kept going through the living area, past the rich plum-colored furniture, and into the bedroom. His heel connected with the door, sending it slamming shut so forcefully a painting on the wall rattled. Sasha didn’t know whether Grigoriy followed or not, her head spun with a chaotic mixture of defiance, rage, and a smidgeon of fear.

He spun on her, startling her back a step. She braced for the inevitable storm that came next. She didn’t fear he would actually hurt her. But she knew his words would wound.

For several seconds he merely stared, his angry eyes searching hers, seeking answers to questions he had yet to ask. She swallowed. Waiting. Anticipating.

Creating answers faster than she’d ever thought possible.

“What the fuck were you thinking?” He flung a thick arm sideways, indicating the wide window. “Kadir’s still out there. If I hadn’t seen you, hadn’t caught up to you, he could damn well have you stuffed in the back of some car, heading to God knows where! Dead maybe!”

She bit down on her tongue, biting back her own angry retort. Alexei took another step forward, forcing her backward in order to maintain eye contact. Quietly, logically, she answered, “Kadir doesn’t want to kill me.”

“No?” Alexei invaded her personal space again, standing so close his chest brushed against her breasts. “Just why has he been shooting at us then?”

Meeting his challenging stare, she gave into the defiance working through her bloodstream. “He’s been trying to buy me. If he wants me, he’ll take me, but he won’t kill me.”

Alexei’s eyes darkened with a deeper emotion, turning his light green gaze the color of rich jade. His jaw worked furiously, his temper barely restrained. At his thigh, one hand curled into a tight fist. “Is that what you want? To go back to silk sheets and the lustful desires of power? Did you like it there, Sasha, a slave to whatever Saeed wanted to do to you?”

She would have struck him if she’d had room to gain enough power to make an impact on his poisonous mouth. Instead, she flattened both hands against his chest and pushed. Hard. “Go to hell!”

Alexei threw off her hands by wedging his forearms between them. With lightning fast reflexes, he grabbed her wrists and thrust her backward, imprisoning her against the wall. The air sped from her lungs in a wild rush. His body pinned her in place from chest to toes. “You almost compromised my assignment, Sasha. I don’t take that fucking lightly.”

Writhing to escape his viselike hold, Sasha glared at him. “Is that what I am, Alexei? A mission? Is that what I was in Moscow? Something to be completed. Forgotten the minute you kicked me off that truck.”

The pain that flashed through his expression almost made her regret the accusation she knew was off the mark. But the need to unravel the layers he hid behind and expose the feeling he sought to keep disguised drove her onward. She held his stare, unwilling, unable to back down. “When you handed me to Amir, your job was done. Just one more girl in a chain of nameless, faceless others.”

He heaved in a deep breath and his lips pursed so tight they turned white. For a moment, she doubted her sanity in pushing him so far. He looked ready to kill.

Then, his fury cracked, giving her a full glimpse of the anguish she had suspected he suffered, but never truly witnessed. The same torment filled his hoarse whisper. “No.”

Before she could absorb his confession, his mouth crashed into hers. Nothing about his kiss was gentle. His teeth nipped hard, his tongue tangled desperately. Where his chest pressed into her breasts, she felt the shudder that rocked his body.

Alexei tore his mouth away, his lips moving toward the base of her ear as his hips sank into hers, his cock nestling in the tight space between her legs. A shock of pleasure hit her like a semi truck, and she speared her fingers into his long hair, holding on, grounding herself against the flick of his tongue, the scrape of his whiskers, the sharp edge of his teeth.

“I sent someone back.” His hand smoothed over the curve of her hip, down her thigh, drawing her leg up to his waist. He held it there as he ground his erection against her clit. “Back for Irina.” Another tremor rolled through his body and vibrated into her. “Because I fucking need this."

Mmmm. Gotta love a tormented soul.

But in any case, to celebrate all these book boyfriends, for the upcoming Valentine's holiday, I'm giving away a 15.00 Amazon Gift Certificate, which would cover your cost for the first Black Opal book, STRIPPED -- released January 3rd!

This prize will be awarded on Feb 5th!

All you have to do is:

1. Comment below. Either on the excerpt or share your favorite book boyfriend of all time. Or shoot, even your current book boyfriend!

2. Then check out these amazing men on the fantastic Book Boyfriend Blog hop, sponsored by AS THE PAGES TURN and READING BETWEEN THE WINES for more amazing prizes!


Enjoy, and happy early Valentines Day to all of you!



My current book boyfriend is Chardadon from “Briana” by Judy Mays.
Thanks for being part of the hop and for the chance to win such a great prize! <^_^>

Oh I LOVE that excerpt! Makes me want to read more, more, MORE!! my current book boyfriend is Eric Northman from the Sookie Stackhouse books :)
Thanks for the great giveaway!
Ashley A

The excerpt leaves me wanting more, what more can you ask of an excerpt?

My favorite book boyfriend of all time is Wrath from JR Ward's Black Dagger Brotherhood, though truthfully I'd take any one of the brotherhood home.


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

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Great excerpt! My book boyfriend is Gregory from Dark Magician...yum!

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My book boyfriend is Deep from Sought by Evangeline Anderson.

Wow, what an excerpt!!

Thank you so much for participating in this hop - you are a new to me author, so I am so glad to have found you!

My current book boyfriend is Kael, from In Service to the King, by Laura Kaye. But I spent last night with him...I'm kind of fickle that way, lol. Who knows who it will be tonight ;-)

Thank you for the generous giveaway chance!

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Gena Robertson

Love the excerpt!

My BBF for some time now is V from J.R. Wards BDB series. I have more, but he is my all time fav :)

Thank you for this awesome giveaway!


That was an attention grabbing excerpt!

My all time favorite would be Jamie Frazer from Diana Gabaldon's Outlander Series.

Thanks for the giveaway opportunity.

Great excerpt! My #1 book boyfriend would be Wraith from the Demonica series by Larissa Ione. I just LOVE him!!

Thank yo for the great giveaway!
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Wow! Loved the excerpt! I constantly switch book boyfriends, ther are just so many to pick from and do many to discover! So if I had to pick one I would go with Con from Larissa Ione's Demonica series.

I love Roarke from the in Death series. Super yummy :D


My book boyfriend is Lore from the Demonica Series by Larissa Ione

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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!

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Hmmm. Mine is Roarke from the In Death series. So many other wonderful ones but he's hard to beat :)


My favorites change with every fabulous story I read. My latest favorite book boyfriend is Daegan from Vampire Trinity by Joey W Hill.

caity_mack at yahoo dot com

Thanks for the giveaway. My book boyfriend would have to be Dante from Lara Adrian's Breed series.


Thank you for the giveaway. My favorite book boyfriend of all time is Ekkatt from Captured by Julia Rachel Barrett! kayla.s.graham@gmail.com

Congrats on all the great reviews on Stripped!

Mum current book boyfriend is Curran from the Kate Daniels series.


I have soo many! V from the BDB, Roarke from JD Robb, Maddox The Lords of the Underworld. Lots lots more! :)

LOVED that excerpt...sounds like a series I want to get into! My current book boyfriend is Adrian Vogal from J.R. Wards Fallen Angel series. Thx for this winning opportunity. Happy Valentines Day <3

barbbattaglia @yahoo.com

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.


Awesome excerpt. Thanks for sharing! Looking forward to reading more.

My current one is Ronin from Touched by the Angel.

bacchus76 at myself dot com

Fantastic excerpt! Now I want to read it!! :-D

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

Wowsers have to say I totally loved and am hooked on that excerpt. Both LIE to Me and Stripped sounds like intense reads I will love.

Tons of book bf's for me lol...to many to even decide from.

pams00 @ aol.com

I can't wait for Lie to Me, LOVED Stripped! Thanks for participating in the hop Tori!

Crystal @ RBtWBC
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Oops, forgot my answer. LoL My all time BB is Vishous from the Black Dagger Brotherhood. Love that male. ;)

Story sounds like a keeper. I have added it to my book wish list.

My book boyfriend is Ash (Dark Hunter series) by Sherrilyn Kenyon.


I enjoyed the excerpt. The book sounds good.


My book boyfriend is Edward Cullens

dlatany at gmail dot com

It's hard to pick just one boyfriend. But it's Jacob from the Vampire Queen series by Joey W. Hill. He's super hot and he can have his wicked way with me anytime he wants.
luvfuzzzeeefaces at yahoo dot com

My favorite one is Bones love him! Thank you very for the great giveaway!
tishajean@ charter.net

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

Hot excerpt! Sounds like a great book! One of my favorite book boyfriends would be Dash from Elizabeth's Wolf by Lora Leigh or Darius from Dark Prince by Christine Feehan or . . . there are so many out there that I love!
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-Jessica B

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