Saturday, November 22, 2014

Book Boyfriend ~ 11/22/14

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So my book boyfriend for the week is

Caleb Bowden

Ex-military cowboy unwilling to break the best friend's sister code

Originally appeared in the e-book anthology All I Want for Christmas Is a Cowboy.

Jennifer Ryan, author of the New York Times bestselling The Hunted Series and the upcoming Montana Men Series, takes us to the very beginning in this Christmas prequel about two people who finally receive the one thing they've always wanted … each other.

Though she is the woman of his dreams, Caleb Bowden knows his best friend's sister, Summer Turner, is off-limits. He won't cross that line. Summer shares a connection with Caleb she's never felt with anyone else, but the stubborn man refuses to turn their flirtatious friendship into something more. Summer will have to take matters into her own hands if she wants her cowboy for Christmas.

 Bought this one for 99¢
Still that price! 

Why is he my book boyfriend?  Glad you asked...

He only needs her...

The song blended into the next slow song that kept the couples entwined and the atmosphere in the bar sultry.  He didn't need the music or the mood, he only needed the women in his arms.  For those few minutes, he didn't think of anything but her. (Kindle location 203)

He can only resist so much...

His hands remained gentle, cradling her face, but his lips took possession and consumed.  His tongue slipped past her lips to taste and slide against hers. (Kindle location 485)

He gives her the choice...

Summer let out a yelp when Caleb wrapped his big hands around her waist and hoisted her into his lap.  She straddled his thighs, and his mouth took possession of hers and he devoured it, sliding his hands up her sides, his thumbs caressing the sides of her breasts in soft half circles.  
"Last chance, sweetheart, because in a minute it will be too late." (Kindle location 934)

He can multitask...

Her tank top didn't stand a chance against his marauding hands.  Somehow he managed to lose his boxer briefs and pay homage to her breasts at the same time.  The man could multitask. (Kindle location 1020)


This is a novella I loved.  I struggle with short books because I often feel let down.  Not this time.  The characters were in love to start the book but neither had admitted as much.  The whole story was the resistance to their relationship.  

I loved these characters.  Caleb came back from Iraq with some baggage and he's not really dealing with it well.  But he's not going to date his best friends sister.  Not after that best friend shared so much with him overseas.  But a determined sister might have something to say about it.  Summer is strong and I loved how she handled both Caleb and her brother Jack.

I think I loved Jack so much because he was clueless about how his best friend and sister felt.  Jack and Caleb worked together on the ranch with Summer living on the property but it never even crossed his mind that there were feeling between them.  So male.

The story is quick and thank goodness.  I'm not sure I could take much more of Caleb's resisting before I crawled in the book and smacked him.  I love him.  Yes, he's stubborn but once Jack knew,  Caleb as adorable.  AND there's a bunch of the story after the resistance ends.  I love that when a book lets us see them happy for more than a couple of pages.  YAY.

A great Christmas novella that I read in an evening and was so satisfied when I turned the last page. 


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  1. Oh gosh... He sure is a great multi-tasker!!
    Sounds like a nice fun read!!

    Naomi @ Nomi’s Paranormal Palace