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If we share the same Book Boyfriend, does that mean he’s cheating?

Posted on Sep 2, 2015 by Lisa Ricard Claro   16 Comments | Posted in The Naked Truth

Restoration #7b Final (medium 600X900) copy

Book boyfriends! That’s the topic today at Writing in the Buff, by my guest, author Kim Loraine. That beautiful book cover above belongs to her. Kim has graciously agreed to blog swap with me, so after you read her post below, please jump over to Kim’s blog where I’m talking about books that hold on to us and don’t let go. But first, meet Kim!

Kim Loraine author


Bio: Kim Loraine  is the author of The Golden Beach Series, including Restoration and Renovation (Release date October 28, 2015) She was raised a Navy brat but spent most of her life growing up in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. A proper Washingtonian, she’s addicted to coffee, doesn’t let a little rain ruin her day, and thinks the sun is a gift from God. When not chasing her two little minions around, Kim spends her time writing, reading, and binge watching Doctor Who.

BBF, or Book Boyfriends.

Any avid romance reader has heard the term. Some husbands are even rallying against their wives’ fictional boyfriends with T-shirts and other paraphernalia. I for one, LOVE the concept of a book boyfriend, as long as he doesn’t get in the way of your real life relationship. Today, I am giving you my favorites, the men who have stuck with me, for better or worse (in their case, usually.)

#5- Christian Grey (Fifty Shades of Grey, E.L. James)

I know, I know, it’s a cliché. But let me tell you why. Christian has that damaged soul ripe for the saving. I’m a sucker for the Byronic hero. He’s tragic, he’s hot, he’s a little bit dangerous, and fairly unstable. Here’s the thing about Christian. He doesn’t know what he wants from a relationship because he’s never really had one. His knee jerk reaction is to control the things in life that scare him.  That being said, if he was real, and tried to spank me … I’d run for the hills no matter how sexy he was.

#4- Colton Donovan (The Driven Trilogy, K. Bromberg)

Foul mouthed, bad boy, racecar driver. Colton is one of those characters who gets under your skin at first, and then suddenly you love him. Kind of like Chuck Bass in Gossip Girl. From the moment Colton started pursuing Rylee Thomas I was in “like” and eventually I was swooning over him.

#3- Braden Carmichael (On Dublin Street, Samantha Young)

Tall, dark, and Scottish. I have a thing for British boys. People who know me aren’t surprised to hear the latest show I’m watching is on the BBC. When Braden and Joss began to butt heads over and over, or Braden put on his domineering caveman hat, I couldn’t help but laugh out loud. I could practically hear his rumbling Scottish brogue in my head as I read his dialogue.

#2- Ridge (Maybe Someday, Colleen Hoover)

Maybe Someday broke me. There is something about Colleen Hoover’s writing that just pulls me in, but Ridge, he is a character that will always hold a place in my heart. His devotion, his personal struggles, his heartbreaking story, all of these make him not necessarily the best book boyfriend, but such a memorable and raw character. I won’t spoil the most interesting thing about the plot, but I will say. This book becomes about a lot more than a boy and a girl making music together.

#1 Jamie Fraser (Outlander, Diana Gabaldon)

Ah, back to the Scot. Jamie has it all. He’s rugged, sensitive, sexy, innocent (in some ways), and man is he devoted. Jamie is the kind of guy who will put you in your place when you’re out of line, and then turn around and help you kick the ass of anyone who threatens you. Jamie is your passionate partner, you’ll fight—a lot—but the making up is so worth it.

I would be remiss if I didn’t mention my all-time, goes-without-saying, BBF. Fitzwilliam Darcy isn’t on my list because he sets the bar for all others to measure up to.

Who are the character’s who’ve stolen your heart over the years? I’d love to know. I’m always looking for more BBF’s to add to my pinterest board.

Honorable Mentions:

Kellan Kyle (Thoughtless/Thoughtful, S.C. Stephens)

Max Stella (Beautiful Stranger, Christina Lauren)

Gideon Cross (The Crossfire Series, Sylvia Day)

Ansel Guillaume (Sweet Filthy Boy, Christina Lauren)


Thanks so much to Lisa for swapping blogs with me for the day. Don’t forget to stop by my blog and find her post!

Restoration #7b Final (medium 600X900) copy



Restoration is available in ebook format and will soon be available in paperback and audiobook.




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Thanks, Kim, for doing the swap! My book boyfriend is Levi Cooper from The Best Man by Kristan Higgins. *oh, sigh!* For my blog friends—who is your book boyfriend? And if we all have the same one, does that mean he’s cheating? Ha.

Thanks for hanging out with us! Hope to see you over at Kim’s blog. 🙂



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16 Responses to "If we share the same Book Boyfriend, does that mean he’s cheating?"

  1. Comment by Pat
    September 2, 2015 at 11:18 am  

    Is it too old fashioned of me to say my favorite is Rhett Butler? Sigh…

    • Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
      September 2, 2015 at 3:54 pm  

      Not at all! I’d forgotten about ‘ol Rhett. Shame on me. I should have my “Southern” card revoked!

    • Comment by Kim Loraine
      September 2, 2015 at 6:36 pm  

      Oh, Rhett. I love him too. I decided to go with Romances written more recently because if I opened up the classics can of worms I wouldn’t have been able to give any new guys a chance.

  2. Comment by ButtonsMom2003
    September 2, 2015 at 3:58 pm  

    I have had way too many BBFs be able to point out specific ones but Christian Grey would be right up there near the top. What’s kind of funny is that I love reading about the damaged, brooding, alpha-type BBF but I know it’s not what I would ever want in real life.

    You’ve mentioned some books that I haven’t read yet so now my TBR list is even longer. 🙂

    • Comment by Kim Loraine
      September 2, 2015 at 6:35 pm  

      I’m a sucker for the audiobook, somehow that makes the BBF even better if he’s read right. On Dublin Street is narrated by a woman, but she does Braden’s Scottish brogue so well I forget I’m listening to a woman. I listened to Grey and the narrator for that is fantastic, chills, Mr. Grey.

    • Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
      September 3, 2015 at 2:02 pm  

      I’m still trying to figure out the appeal of CG, so I can’t agree with you ladies on this one. Maybe if I actually read the whole book instead of excerpts. lol He seems rather like a sociopath to me, and since I don’t like him in any of the excerpts that I’ve read I had no interest in reading the book. Convince me, ladies!

      • Comment by ButtonsMom2003
        September 3, 2015 at 7:28 pm  

        At first I was afraid to read the series – not having read anything like it before – but then I found out my sister read all three and my doctor said they were good (doc is a female btw) I decided to give them a try. I think it’s the whole damaged guy/want to fix him thing. It’s been quite a while since I read the trilogy but as I recall the first book just really sets things up. It was interesting to see him grow as a person and become less of an a$$. That being said, the books are not for everyone so I don’t necessarily recommend reading them unless you really want to. I’m glad I read them and unlike a lot of people, I also enjoyed the movie. Of course movies are almost never as good as the books they are based on.

  3. Comment by Cathy C. Hall
    September 2, 2015 at 5:17 pm  

    So…does it count if I say it’s Poldark? But not the Poldark from the book (’cause I haven’t exactly *read* the Poldark series.) or the Poldark from the old BBC series but the Poldark from the NEW series. Basically, it’s Aidan Turner ’cause he’s Irish and he’s smoldering hot. But yeah, I like his Poldark character. (Especially the scar. I have a thing for scars. And brooding. And guys in a long coat on a horse. With long, curling hair.And long scars. Did I already say scar???)

    • Comment by Kim loraine
      September 2, 2015 at 5:23 pm  

      I LOVE Aidan Turner. He makes me swoon as Poldark. Such a wonderful show. Mr. Thornton from North & South is another of mine, played by Richard Armitage.

    • Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
      September 3, 2015 at 2:03 pm  

      Now I have to go Google Aidan Turner. 🙂

  4. Comment by Linda O'Connell
    September 3, 2015 at 10:28 am  

    After reading Lisa’s book, I am still having daily flashbacks of Caleb, a gentleman’s gentleman and myself at 35 🙂

    • Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
      September 3, 2015 at 2:04 pm  

      What a nice thing to say! On behalf of Caleb, thank you! 🙂

  5. Comment by Tammy
    September 5, 2015 at 4:59 pm  

    I’m with Linda. I just started your book, and OMG, how I wish I could find a Caleb!!

    • Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
      September 7, 2015 at 11:52 pm  

      I’m so glad you love Caleb. I love Caleb too. 🙂 He was fun to write, because he really is just a salt-of-the-earth kind of guy, a single dad trying to get it right.

  6. Comment by Theresa Sanders
    September 7, 2015 at 11:06 am  

    I totally agree with Cathy regarding Poldark/new series. What a great character! And also agree with Linda and Tammy about Caleb. What makes him so hunky is that he’s REAL. He’s polite, he’s tender. And do also agree with Kim about Jamie Fraser. So love the Outlander series! Great post, Kim! And thank you, Lisa, for introducing us!

    • Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
      September 7, 2015 at 11:54 pm  

      Glad you enjoyed it! That’s one of the best things about the blog swapping—a chance to introduce a new author friend!

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