It is an exciting day around RG Book Blog. Laura Howard stopped by to give us her thoughts on book boyfriends.
Laura's novel is coming out on May 15th.
Five Reasons Book Boyfriends are Better by Laura Howard
When I read I’m not necessarily looking for realistic. I’m totally willing to suspend my disbelief and enjoy the swoon. Who wants to read a story about a guy in his sweats that burps and asks that infernal question -- What’s for supper?
Right. I’ll take the alpha male who always looks sexy and thinks I’m (ahem-- the protagonist) the hottest lady on the planet.
So, in case you’re not on board (as if) here are five reasons why it’s totally okay to have a fling with your book boyfriends!
1. They are a total player until they meet YOU (ahem, the protagonist)
“Do you really think anyone in this world, compares to you in my eyes?”
“He spoke rapidly in-between his tender kisses. "I love you. I'm sorry. I'm so sorry. The women...I was so scared to touch you. You didn't want me...I couldn't take the pain. I tried to get over you. Every time with them, I was with you. I'm so sorry...I love you.”
~Kellan Kyle, Thoughtless by S.C Stephens
2. You are the most important part of their lives.
“I’ve been looking for you my whole damn life.”
“I swear I will spend every last breath thanking you for allowing yourself to love me.”
~Dean Holder, Hopeless by Colleen Hoover
3. They can say things like this and it is hot, not hilarious.
"Would you like something to eat?" I ask.
He nods slowly. "Yes. You." he murmurs."
~Christian Grey, Fifty Shades Darker by E.L. James
4. They think you are the most beautiful woman, no matter what.
"Her tear-streaked face is beautiful. I want to wipe away her tears. I want to take the last ten years and erase them. I want to start over."
"I only have eyes for one woman, period."
~Liam Page, Forever My Girl by Heidi McLaughlin
5. They can be total cavemen and it’s SEXY.
“Suddenly, I was airborne. Travis threw me over his shoulder, at the same time shoving one of his frat brothers hard, knocking him to the floor.”
After Travis pulls her out of Parker’s car during their make-out session:
“Why did you do that?” I asked.
“Why? Because he was mauling you in front of my apartment!” he yelled.
~ Abby about Travis Maddox, Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire
A lot of the things Book Boyfriends do would be considered horrible and sexist in real life. In fact, hundreds of women revolt against most of the books I just listed.
I think if any of these things happened in our daily life, it would be anything but sexy or hot.
But, isn’t it fun fantasizing that these guys are so enraptured by us that they lose all sense of right and wrong?
About the Forgotten Ones
Allison O'Malley's plan is to go to grad school so she can get a good job and take care of her schizophrenic mother. She has carefully closed herself off from everything else, including a relationship with Ethan, who she's been in love with for as long as she can remember.
What is definitely not part of the plan is the return of her long-lost father, who claims he can bring Allison's mother back from the dark place her mind has gone. Allison doesn't trust her father, so why would she believe his stories about a long forgotten Irish people, the Tuatha de Danaan? But truths have a way of revealing themselves. Secrets will eventually surface. And Allison must learn to set aside her plan and work with her father if there is even a small chance it could restore her mother's sanity.
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Laura lives in New Hampshire with her husband and four children. Her obsession with books began at the age of 6 when she got her first library card. Nancy Drew, Sweet Valley High and other girly novels were routinely devoured in single sittings. Books took a backseat to diapers when she had her first child. It wasn't until the release of a little novel called Twilight, 8 years later, that she rediscovered her love of fiction. Soon after, her own characters began to make themselves known. The Forgotten Ones is her first published novel.
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