Gray Bowie broke the bro code: he fell in love with his best friend’s girlfriend… The Careless Boyfriend by @erikakellybooks #Romance #Reading @InkslingerPR


 

From award-winning author Erika Kelly comes the third standalone title in her smoking hot series about four elite athlete brothers raised in the Tetons by their eccentric, billionaire dad and uncle, The Bad Boyfriend Series!

Don’t miss your chance to meet the swoony Gray Bowie in THE CARELESS BOYFRIEND!

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Gray Bowie broke the bro code: he fell in love with his best friend’s girlfriend.

For years, he hid his feelings…until one terrible night, it all came to a head.

Since her life blew up in high school, Knox Holliday has spent her time honing her skills as a couture wedding dress designer. But, just weeks before her debut, a freak accident wipes out her collection. The culprit: her ex’s former best friend, Gray Bowie.

Gray does everything he can to get her career back on track. As they work together, they find forgiveness and start to stitch together something that looks a lot like love. But, at the very moment they realize they have a chance for something real, her ex comes back to town, bringing opportunities Gray can’t provide.

This time, Gray’s not going to step aside, so he can only hope Knox will hold onto his heart.

She’s his dream, but will he be hers?

 

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Excerpt

“So, what’s up?” Knox let Gray in, and then went back into the kitchen. “What brings you by?”

“I haven’t checked in for a while.”

“You check in with Amelia and Zach all the time.”

“I want to check in with you.” He watched her carefully.

I miss you. We shouldn’t let that kiss keep us from each other. She should just put it on the table, whisk away the weirdness. “It was a good kiss.”

Color spilled into his cheeks, spreading like a sunburn to his earlobes.

That was really cute. It gave her the courage to go on. “It might’ve been the best kiss I’ve ever had.”

He swallowed hard, making his Adam’s apple jump. “But…?”

“But we can’t cross that line.”

“Right. Because…?”

“Because I like you. I like you better than anybody.” Although Delilah had leapt to the top of her list tonight. “And we work together.”

Need crackled in his eyes. He wanted her.

Would she ever get used to the idea?

His fingertips tapped on the granite. “And I’m leaving soon.” The four simple words sounded like he’d pried them out of his throat with a tire iron. And, yet, he kept that nonchalant stance of his, like nothing mattered.

But she mattered to him. She knew it not just because of what he’d told her that night in the hotel room, but because for the very first time she could read the truth in his eyes and the tension in his body. And it was just so profound that she could see the world through something other than the bully lens. That she could see desire in his eyes and not aggravation or pity or whatever she might have interpreted in the past.

“Gray.” She didn’t even know how to deal with such a volatile cocktail of emotion. Affection for him, because it sank deep that she wasn’t—had never been—a pity project. Attraction, brand new, but potent and alive, like magnetic waves of energy flowing, colliding, sparking between them.

And fear. God, it scared her death to have romantic feelings for a man like Gray.

She could fall so hard for him.

“We’re on totally different paths,” he said.

Love was complicated for her. Her mom hadn’t been reliable. She was the type of person who checked in with her daughter—You good? Texted pictures of her adventures, woke her up in the middle of the night to watch a meteor shower, and routinely stood at the sink to shovel dinner into her mouth before “heading out.” She sought her own pleasures in life, and while she cared about Knox, it was in a detached way.

Other than Robert—and that hadn’t been healthy—Knox hadn’t really loved anyone else.

What she felt for Gray was so much richer, deeper, more profound, because it involved her head and her heart, her body and her soul. It had the power to consume her.

“Right.” He tapped his knuckles on the counter. “So, that’s it. Glad everything’s going well.” He turned abruptly and headed for the door.

Panic fluttered in her chest. She set her mug down. Logically, she was making the right choice. But her heart, God, she was in a panic. She didn’t want him to go, didn’t want this distance between them. She’d meant to bring up the kiss to dispel the weirdness between them but managed to drive him away with a conversation about the impossibility of a relationship between them.

You’re expert level at driving this man away.

Right when his hand closed around the door knob, she gave him what he’d come for. “It was awful. Tonight. Like tumbling back through time and being that girl again.”

He tensed, his whole body hard and alert. He tipped his forehead to the door. “I hate that they did that to you.”

“But you should’ve seen Delilah. She was fierce.”

“Yeah?” Slowly, he turned toward her. “That’s what I heard. I’m glad she was there. Otherwise I’d be in jail right now.” He opened the door and strode out onto the porch.

Don’t leave me. Stay, and we can lay in my bed on our backs, our feet against the wall, sharing a pint of Cookies ‘N Cream ice cream.

He sailed off the steps, landed on the grass, and turned to her, walking backwards. “Can you get away tomorrow?”

Happiness danced all over her skin. “Of course. What for?”

“A little field trip. Be ready at eight.”

And don’t miss the first two standalones titles in The Bad Boyfriends Series, THE WORLD’S WORST BOYFRIEND and THE HEARTLESS BOYFRIEND! Grab your copies today!

THE WORLD’S WORST BOYFRIEND

THE HEARTLESS BOYFRIEND

 

 

Erika Kelly’s THE CARELESS BOYFRIEND – Review & Excerpt Tour Schedule:

April 22nd

Book Lovers Reviews and Recommendations – Review & Excerpt

Fire & Ice Book Reviews – Review

Hopeless Romantic – Review & Excerpt

Obsessed with Romance – Review & Excerpt

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April 23rd

BookedMercy – Review

Jennifer Mitchell, Bibliolater – Review & Excerpt

Ree Cee’s Books – Review & Excerpt

Smut Book Junkie Book Reviews – Excerpt

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April 24th

Books According to Abby – Review & Excerpt

Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews – Review & Excerpt

Melena’s Reviews – Review & Excerpt

Sofia Loves Books – Review & Excerpt

April 25th

Book Addict Reviews – Review

It’s All About the Romance – Excerpt

The Butterfly Reads – Review & Excerpt

We Do What We Want Book Reviews – Review & Excerpt

April 26th

Adventures in Writing – Excerpt

Becky on Books – Excerpt

Defiantly Deviant – Review

From the TBR Pile – Review & Excerpt

Randa’s Rants and Books – Review & Excerpt

April 27th

Book Loving Pixies – Excerpt

Ginreads – Review & Excerpt

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Tangents and Tissues – Excerpt

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Bookishly Yours – Review & Excerpt

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April 29th

Cat’s Guilty Pleasure – Excerpt

Heartbeats Between Words – Review & Excerpt

Reviews from the Heart – Review & Excerpt

True Story Book Blog – Review & Excerpt

April 30th

CoensK Reviews – Review & Excerpt

My Book Filled Life – Review & Excerpt

Sweet Red Reads – Review & Excerpt

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May 1st

3 degrees of fiction – Excerpt

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May 2nd

Anne & Melissa’s Book Love – Review & Excerpt

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For The Love of Romance Books Blog – Review & Excerpt

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May 3rd

A British Bookworm’s Blog – Review

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Coffee Shop Reads – Review

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Spellbound Stories – Review & Excerpt

 

 

About Erika Kelly:

Award-winning author Erika Kelly has been spinning romantic tales all her life–she just didn’t know it. Raised on the classics, she didn’t discover romantic fiction until later in life. From that moment on, she’s been devouring the genre and has found her true voice as an author. Over three decades she’s written poems, screenplays, plays, short stories, and all kinds of women’s fiction novels. Married to the love of her life and raising four children, she’s lived in two countries and seven states, but give her pen and paper, a stack of good books, and a steaming mug of vanilla chai latte and she can make her home anywhere.

 

 

 

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