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, firefighters and shifters are just a click away.
Get ready to find your next book boyfriend…
Book boyfriends come in all forms, quite literally, that’s the great thing about reading romance. But the ones that seem to get my heart racing and juices flowing the most are the ones that seem the most real to me… with a past, with emotion, with heart! No true hero is perfect! That’s why we love him! Perfection is overrated!
Last year, Matt Riley from my book, In Flames, arrived right around the time of Evernight’s first Book Boyfriend Blog Hop. In fact, he arrived on April 25, 2013 (so it’s also kind of my publishversary for In Flames)! Matt had been on the scene of the fire when his brother was killed on the job. Not being able to save his brother plagued him for quite some time. He and his sister-in-law, Gracelyn, leaned on each other to get through the loss and a love formed between the two of them… a love that marred him with guilt, but a love that he desperately wanted to give in to. Read Matt’s struggle in In Flames to find out exactly how Matt got to his happy ending! 😉
You can find Matt and Gracelyn’s story here: Evernight Amazon ARe Bookstrand
Aside from being a strong and sexy firefighterMatt’s also a guy with a lot of emotion and a very big heart!
What makes Matt a great book boyfriend? I could tell you what I think makes him a great book boyfriend. Or we can ask him some questions and you can see for yourself.
My front door creaks open! Damn! I need to get my husband to WD-40 that thing!
Look at that! Speak of the devil! Here he comes, swaggering into my living room in a pair of jeans slung low on his hips and a nicely fitted red t-shirt that hugs his chest in ways that make a girl go weak in the knees. He’s got a little scruff along his jaw line and I must admit, it looks good!
Jessica: Hey Matt!
Matt: Jess! It’s been awhile. Do you need me to fix that squeaky door for you?
Jessica: Nah! But thanks for offering. The hubby likes projects! *winks* Come on over and have a seat! *waves him over to the couch*
Matt: Can I give you a hug before I take that seat?
Jessica: Of course! *smiles big*
He gives me a big squeeze and I enjoy the feel of his strong arms and his woodsy scent…for crying out loud, he’s dreamy! Pulling back, his mouth quirks up on one side as if he knows exactly what I’m thinking. He takes a seat on my new shale colored sectional couch.
Matt: Wow! This couch is comfy.
He bounces around on it like a kid and I can’t help but laugh.
Jessica: Thanks! Just bought it a few weeks ago. We love it. Needed something comfortable but sturdy with the kids.
Matt: I’m going to have to talk to Gracey. We’re in need of a new couch and I really like this. It’s firm where it needs to be but soft and comfortable all the same. Kind of like a good woman. *he winks*
Jessica : *blushing a little at his statement* Speaking of Gracey, how is she?
Matt: She’s fantastic, as usual.
His golden eyes get that glassy look of someone thinking of about the person they are head over heels in love with.
Jessica: *clears throat*
Matt: Sorry. Got lost when you asked about Gracey. We had a great morning.
He gives a naughty smile and I sigh. Lucky girl!
Matt: Anyway, she’s busy at work at the court house and Josh and Jenna are both in spring soccer, so we’re both hopping after school and on Saturday mornings with practice and games. Plus, Brian kicked some serious ass in football last fall and has already started the spring training for next season.
Jessica: So lots of family activities?
Jessica: I know your son, Brian, took things a little hard initially. Has he adjusted to things?
Matt: He held out hope for several years that his mom and I would get back together. I think a lot of kids of divorce do that, especially if they’re young when it happens. But he’s known Gracelyn his entire life and he already loved her. He’s come around.
Jessica: Good to hear. Kids are so resilient. And Josh and Jenna? How are they doing with you as a father figure instead of just Uncle Matt?
Matt: It was a little easier adjustment for them because I’ve been around regularly since Chad’s passing.
His voice cracks and he dips his head. Pinching the bridge of his nose, he inhales deeply and looks at me.
Matt: I’m sorry. I still sometimes get choked up when I talk about Chad. I’ve come a long way since that day, but it still hurts. I miss my brother every day. I’m trying to help Gracey raise his kids in the best possible way, so they know how much their father loved them. Some day, I hope it all makes sense to them.
Jessica: *a little misty-eyed* You never have to apologize to me.
Matt: Thanks *smiles softly*
Jessica: So are you and Gracey still in the “honeymoon” phase?
Matt: I’d like to hope that we’ll always be in the “honeymoon” phase.
Jessica: That’d be nice, wouldn’t it?
Matt: Definitely. But yes, we’re still in the “can’t keep our hands off each other” stage. And I love it. I love being around her, being with her.
Jessica: You know this conversation is about what makes you a great book boyfriend, so we’re going to have to get into some of the nitty-gritty of what makes you tick.
Matt: *laughs* Like what? My favorite position during sex?
Jessica: That sounds like a great place to start. So, what is it?
Matt: *laughs* In all honesty, I do love all positions. I love sex! What can I say? But my favorite position is one where I can look into Gracelyn’s eyes when we’re making love. I love watching her come apart all around. That gets me off more than the act itself sometimes. Doesn’t necessarily have to be missionary though there’s nothing wrong with that. I’ll admit, there are times when doggie-style is what you need. Oh, she’s going to kill me when she sees this. *laughs*
Jessica: What do you find most physically attractive about a woman?
Matt: Eyes and smile, first. You can tell a lot about a person by the expressiveness in their eyes and the depth of their smile. Women particularly. I’ve loved Gracey’s blue eyes from the moment I met her, back when she was dating Chad. I told him the first time he introduced her to me that he’d better hang on to her and it had a lot to do with the warmth in her eyes and her genuine smile.
Jessica: Awwww! You’re such a sweetheart!
He smiles at me.
Jessica: And once you get past the face?
Matt: I’m an ass man. *grins* Don’t get me wrong, I don’t shy away from a woman’s breasts, but I love watching Gracelyn walk around in a tight pair of jeans that hug her backside. God! Or sometimes at night, she’ll wear these little panties and one of my t-shirts. I love curves on a woman. Women aren’t supposed to be skin and bones. Gracey’s got this muscular, curvy body that I just can’t keep my hands off. I can run my hand over the curve of her low back to the rise of her ass and be hard in an instance. Shit! Can we change the subject? I’m getting myself worked up over here.
Jessica: *chuckles* Okay! But all the ladies out there like the idea of working you up.
Matt: Only one lady I’m worried about, Jess, besides you, of course! *winks*
Jessica: Since you’re sweet talking me, I’ll move on. *smiles* Your job as a firefighter is physically challenging. How do you stay in shape for it?
Matt: I run about ten to fifteen miles per week and I hit the gym at the station house pretty hard. Plus, we have regular training.
Jessica: Will you show us a little bit of your washboard abs?
Matt: Are you trying to get me in trouble?
Jessica: I’ve already spoken to Gracey and she’s okayed every question thus far, including this one. She knows you’re hers, so she doesn’t mind showing you off.
He stands up on my plush honey colored rug, his dark brown work boots contrast nicely. His cheeks flush a little as if he’s embarrassed.
Jessica: Are you embarrassed, Matt?
Matt: Maybe a little.
Jessica: Let’s go in the backyard and make this like a nature shot. A shirtless shot of you in my living room isn’t as sexy as a rugged outdoor shot.
We both start laughing.
Jessica: Yes! I mean you did pose for the 2014 Northeast Ohio Firemen’s Calendar. This should be a walk in the park. You do want to win best book boyfriend, right?
Matt: Of course, I do! *winks*
We walk out my back door and into my backyard, which is shrouded by a woody preserve. He lifts his shirt. Good God! He is ripped and sexy as fuck! Gracelyn is a lucky lady! I snap a picture with my phone.
After I snap the picture, he puts his shirt back down and walks over to hug me.
Matt: *looking at his photo on my phone* Do you think that picture will win it for me?
Jessica: It should definitely put you in the running, Matty. Thanks so much!
We walk back into my house. I pour us each a glass of iced tea and we chill out for a bit talking about life and such. Matt Riley, he really is one fucking cool guy!
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
- I’m giving away a free ecopy of In Flames and a ten dollar ($10) gift card to Evernight Publishing (combined for one winner)
- How to enter? Answer this question in the comments below…
Aside from good looks (which we all can agree is important for a book boyfriend), what is the one quality that your book boyfriend must have?
Be sure to leave the answer and your email address to be eligible to win a prize. Each comment gives you an entry for the grand prize (one per blog hop stop).
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63 thoughts on “Evernight Publishing’s Book Boyfriend Blog Hop – Meet Firefighter Matt Riley of In Flames”
The one quality that my book boyfriend must have is that he is possessive. I love to read about men hat are possessive.
Possessiveness certainly has its draw. I like when my man is protective of me.
I love sincerity and I love Matt too cjlps23 at gmail dot com
Sincerity is a great quality. And I’m glad you live Matt.
Book boyfriends should have many fantastic qualities but the most important is compassion.
Love your answer, Susan. Compassion is a must for me too.
Honesty is what I treasure most. PlumCrazie@ymail.com
Yes! Honesty because it breeds trust.
Thank you for the giveaway! One quality my book boyfriend should have is confidence. I want him to be secure in his self first and foremost.
Confidence goes a long way. I agree. A man that is confident in himself has a sexiness that is indescribable. Thanks!
Kindness. Below all that toughness and confidence and manliness he must have a good and kind heart.
shantih (at) hotmail (dot) it
Great answer! I agree! If you’re a great looking guy but an idiot, well, it doesn’t work for me either.
Devotion is always a plus!
Nice! Devotion is great!
simondex68 (at) gmail dot com
definitely a great quality in a book boyfriend!
i like posesiveness, kindness, honesty, and still ruff and tuff.
i would name him
Thanks, Cyndi. A man full of all these qualities is great!
all things alpha!
The ability to love fully and completely.
debby 236 at gmail dot com
Oh, good one, Debra!
He must be fun to be with (wouldn’t want a book boyfriend who is too serious all the time) ❤
Very true! Fun is a must!
Kindness is the cornerstone of a good book boyfriend for me!
Thanks for the giveaway!
If the guy isn’t kind, he’s not worth it… even a book boyfriend. 😉
I think self-confidence is majorly sexy!
Thanks for the amazing giveaway!
elizabeth @ bookattict . com
Oh, Elizabeth… me too!
Strong and protective.
magic5905 at embarqmail dot com
I totally agree, Joy!
Strength and kindness are important. Thanks for the giveaway!
Two very important traits! 🙂 Thanks for stopping by!
I love a man who fully embraces all the character qualities needed to be a good Dominant.
ilookfamous at yahoo dot com
A dominant… yes! Great answer Elise!
Honesty/compassion and a good heart. Thanks for the giveaway!
bimmergrlmd at gmail dot com
Three great answers! A good heart is a must!
A sense of humor is a must have.
Bookworm (dot) judy (at) gmail (dot) com
A sense of humor is a great answer! Love a guy that can make me laugh!
Honesty is the most important for me. And some of the others I like in a guy are caring, loyalty, strong, funny, smart, protective & dominate. =)
Thank you for having this giveaway!!
I hope you have a great week! =)
BLeigh1130 at yahoo dot com
Thanks, Brandi! You’ve given me a slew of great answers!
I think for me I want my book boyfriend to be fiercely possesive. Nothing like him saying “mine” in a story! Thanks for sharing huge an of your books!
Thanks, Amy! Possessiveness is a great quality!
Hi, Jessica. I had to stop by and see what hot book boyfriend you had this time. Matt more than meets the criteria. My book boyfriend would have to be supportive.
Thanks for stopping by, Steph! And supportive is a great answer! 🙂
Trustworthy is a must for me 🙂 firstname.lastname@example.org
Trustworthy is an obvious must, Melissa! Thank you!
A sense of humor is a must for me. I also think loyalty and being able to cook is a good plus! 🙂 Thanks for the giveaway,
Yes, Kaylyn…being able to cook! Awesome! I married a good cook and it is incredible.
I want him to be protective.
Protective is great, Vanessa.
I love an alpha male who puts love of family and friends first. He is protective, honest, and loyal where it counts. He has a caring heart and has a true sense of who he his. He values loving partnerships.
belgre at centurylink dot net
Great answer, Belinda! Sounds like a perfect book boyfriend.
bn100candg at hotmail dot com
Caring is definitely important!
Must love unconditionally.
Good one, Anne! Unconditional love is a wonderful trait!
Awesome interview, JJ! I adore Matt. xoxo
Intelligence and a sense of humor. (great interview!)
He must be the most loving, supportive and caring guy I have ever met.
he must love you so much he would risk every thing for you.
sasluvbooks at yahoo dot com
He must be faithful.
jmesparza821 at gmail dot com