The Book Boyfriend Blog Hop is back and better than ever!
The authors of Evernight have a brand new team of swoon-worthy book boyfriend candidates. A sexy assortment of cowboys, Doms, detectives, millionaires, royalty, vampires, soldiers, and shifters are just a click away.
Get ready to find your next book boyfriend…
The heroes in romance novels are larger than life – in more ways than one ;). They are the type of men that we love to read about because they can fulfil so many of our needs and desires. Real men are great, I’m not denying it, but a book boyfriend can be whatever and whoever you want him to be. There are qualities that a book boyfriend must have which include strength, stamina, good looks, a knowledge of how to please a woman, a man, or even both and a good heart. Even if he’s a bad boy, there needs to be something beneath the surface that makes him desirable, whether it’s a hidden vulnerability that makes you long to wrap your arms around him, or perhaps a sensitivity to the needs of his lover.
My book boyfriend this blog hop is cowboy Gideon Swain from my historical western Wanton in the Wild West. Amber Carpenter, 23, and her friend Maisie Bennett are being escorted home from Chicago to Deadwood in the summer of 1890 via the Chicago and North-Western Railroad. Amber is reluctant to leave Miss Claudia’s home where she has enjoyed spending time but she is excited by the presence of their escorts, two attractive cowboys: Gideon Swain, 29, and Harry Delaney, 23.
Gideon is confident, gorgeous and knows what he wants, although it does take him the course of the novella to be sure about it. His conflict lies in being filled with desire for Amber Carpenter, yet not wanting to repeat past mistakes (you’ll need to read the novella to find out what these are) because he has a strong sense of responsibility and a need to do the right thing, even if his erection has other plans. Gideon is concerned about Amber getting hurt – after all, she’s a virgin and a young woman – but he can also can see that Harry really likes her and that there is a growing attraction between the three of them. Gideon and Harry become close and make love and Amber willingly loses her virginity to Harry while Gideon makes love to him. It’s a hot yet tender scene about the need for physical fulfilment but also a deeper connection, which is what Gideon craves and has done for a long time.
Here’s what Amber thinks about Gideon and his companion Harry during the early part of their train journey:
Amber turned away and looked instead at the burly cowboys sat opposite. They were both big and broad-shouldered with long muscular legs and huge, rough hands. They wore dark suits—their Sunday best, she guessed, as being cowboys she doubted that their usual attire would be so smart. But that was where the similarities seemed to end. Gideon Swain had dark brown hair cropped close to his head. His eyes were a soft warm brown, and they crinkled at the corners when he smiled. He looked as if he were in his late twenties. His companion, Harry Delaney, was about twenty-three—the same age as she was. He wore his thick sandy blond hair combed backwards with some kind of pine and cinnamon scented pomade. Amber was fascinated by his hazel eyes, which seemed to change hue through the day, as if following the sun or betraying the slightest alteration in his mood.
The men exuded strength and vitality. Amber could just imagine them astride their horses, galloping across the Great Plains. Their physiques were those of working men who could tend the land and their animals with expert care, yet take down a troublemaker in a saloon with one punch. A woman would feel safe with a man like that around. Perhaps.
She chewed her lip at her own musings. But despite their solid exteriors, both men had an air of melancholy that floated like a delicate fragrance about them. She couldn’t quite pinpoint what it was, but it was there. It didn’t match up with their masculine physical presence, and Amber found it intriguing. What could have happened to them that gave them such an air of unease? She had spotted the quickly hidden flicker of pain that sliced through their eyes like lightning through the night sky. It reminded her of her own, and it drew her to them like bees to a flower bed. As she looked at them, her stomach flipped. It was a strange sensation and one that she wasn’t familiar with. She felt excited and nervous all at once, as if something was going to happen, but she wasn’t quite sure what. Her reaction had been identical when she’d first seen them in Chicago just over two weeks ago. They had arrived at Miss Claudia’s large townhouse in order to consult with her about escorting Amber and Maisie back to Deadwood. Having no mature female to accompany them had left Miss Claudia a little jittery, to say the least, but Mr. Swain and Mr. Delaney had been most reassuring and persuasive. And what choice had Miss Claudia had? Her boarding house was full to bursting, and it was high time that Amber and Maisie returned home. So she’d entrusted the young ladies into the care of the solemn young cowboys. Besides, they had come highly recommended by others within Miss Claudia’s social circle, and such recommendations were not to be sniffed at.
Just being near two such strong and worldly seeming men with only Maisie as a companion, stirred something naughty in Amber, and she had a feeling that her time in their company could end up being an education in itself. She wriggled around in her seat. Her purple satin travelling attire was very pretty and haute couture, but that didn’t mean that it was comfortable. She had chosen it because Miss Claudia admired how it lit up her blue eyes and created a perfect contrast to her black tresses. Amber shook her head. She had succumbed to vanity in a moment of weakness, and now she was paying for it. At least her travelling companions provided a welcome distraction.
Right now, Gideon had a small pair of round spectacles balanced on his aquiline nose, and he was making notes with a pencil in a little black leather bound book. He frowned at intervals, causing his Stetson to move forwards on his head. It made Amber giggle. He looked so serious, as if he was plotting to run for president, and she wondered what was going on in his mind. She was almost certain that his thoughts weren’t travelling in the same direction as her own. To his left, Harry had sunk low in his seat, his own black hat pulled down over his eyes, his long legs stretched out in front. Amber roamed his face, tracing the square line of his jaw where a light dusting of golden stubble had begun to grow. She wondered how it would feel to run her hand over his chin, to feel that rough hair against her palm. She shivered and pressed her thighs tightly together. His chest rose and fell rhythmically, and his strong hands lay clasped over his stomach. As she looked lower, casting a cautious glance around to check that no one observed her, she perused his groin. Maisie was a fool not to be interested in what lay beneath Harry’s trousers. Amber could clearly make out a substantial bulge, and she had to fight the urge to reach out and squeeze it. She shook her head. She was indeed a wanton woman. But she just wanted a little fun … a little experience before she gave in to drudgery. What was wrong with that?
She toyed with her fan, flicking it out then folding it back. The movement made her think of an agitated cat’s tail. She’d had a ball in Chicago where she’d stayed with Maisie and her loopy aunt Claudia, and she hadn’t wanted to leave. When she’d left Deadwood just over a year ago, she hadn’t been convinced that she’d have a good time at all. Granny Carpenter had talked her into it, telling her that all young ladies should know how to conduct themselves properly and that it would do her good to travel a little before settling down. Especially before settling down in Deadwood. Granny had even suggested that she might find herself a man in Chicago! A smile spread across her face, and she quickly concealed it with her fan. What would Granny have said if she’d known what Amber had gotten up to?
What’s up for grabs?
• One lucky hopper will win a $100 Amazon Gift Certificate sponsored by Evernight Publishing.
• Plus, each author is giving away their own unique prize! So visit each blog hop stop for a host of fabulous prizes to win.
How to enter? Answer this question in the comments below…
What is it about Gideon Swain, a cowboy book boyfriend, that would get your pulse racing? 😉
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