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The Heartless Boyfriend (Bad Boyfriend Series #2) by Erika Kelly Review Tour with Excerpt

 

From award-winning author Erika Kelly comes the second standalone title in her brand new, 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 dedicated and swoony Will Bowie in THE HEARTLESS BOYFRIEND! Grab your copy today!

 

There’s not an athlete alive who can match Will’s drive and self-discipline…until an adorable two year old and a fiery chef land on his doorstep and turn his life upside down. If he wants to keep his girls, he’s going to have to learn to lead with his heart and not his mind.

Will Bowie is supposed to be training for the Olympics, but the toddler unexpectedly dropped into his life isn’t interested in his schedules. Still, he’s pretty sure he’s got things under control…

…until a sexy chef lands on his doorstep and offers a temptation he can’t resist.

Hours after losing her restaurant, chef Delilah Lua enters a cooking competition thousands of miles away from home. Winning would resurrect the dream that’s been stolen from her. If–no, when–she wins, she’ll go back with the capital to open her own place and enough fame to do it with flair. Her roommate, though, is a delicious surprise she hadn’t anticipated…

…but she’s not sure how to have her cake and eat it, too.

Despite the undeniable sparks in the kitchen, Will’s not about to give his heart to a woman who’s leaving, and Delilah must decide if the delectable future she could cook up with Will is worth more than a childhood dream.

 




Christie’s Review

5 STARS

The Heartless Boyfriend is the perfect combination of sexy and sweet made even better by a great storyline and wonderful characters!!!!

This book is the second one in the series. Don’t worry…it can be read as a standalone. I haven’t read the first book, although, it’s now on my Kindle TBR list. I found the book easy to follow even though I didn’t have the background of the previous book.

Will and Delilah are complete opposites, yet they find themselves at a crossroads in their lives dealing with the same issue…proving themselves to their families, even if it is under different circumstances. Life has thrown them a curveball, but it will change their lives forever.

Will is an athlete just on the cusp of realizing his dream of possibly joining the Olympic team. However, when a sweet little girl, Ruby, enters his life, it could possibly change everything. Will prides himself on self-discipline. With the arrival of Ruby, that upends life as he knows it. She has no concept of training schedules. She just misses his mother. Life changes even more when Delilah enters his life. She is in town for a cooking competition. She makes him feel things he has never felt. Yet, he is ruled by his mind not his heart, but these two females may just crack his cold heart.

Delilah has always dreamed of opening her own family restaurant. Yet, those dreams are crushed when she receives a crushing food review. Her family has lost faith in her. She travels thousands of miles away to win a cooking competition. This is her only hope of getting the money she needs to return back home and open her very own restaurant. Unlike Will, she is mostly ruled by her heart. She falls in love with little Ruby instantly. As she spends more time with Will, she begins to fall for him too. Her road to success and love will be mired with many obstacles. I just kept my fingers crossed that Will would finally open his eyes!

The book is told in the third person but with a dual POV. That allowed me to see more deeply who both characters were. Both of them have always had dreams they have worked hard to achieve, but is it really for themselves or for others? Delilah wants to prove herself to her family, and Will wants to make his mother really “see him” and finally open her heart to him. As they will discover,  they each have to love themselves and not try to do things to make others love them.

As you can see, I loved the characters. Ruby completely melted my heart, and she was a driving force in the book. She had as much to do with Will’s softening heart as Delilah did. To me, she was the anchor to the story. The storyline was very well thought out as well. The romance was sort of a slow burn even though it happened over a short period of time. Not many writers could pull that off, but Kelly certainly did. This was a romance packed with emotion!!!

I am a new reader to Erika Kelly and this series, and to say that I was impressed would be an understatement!!! She definitely has a new fan in me!!!!




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Excerpt

As the warm water rushed over her soapy hands, Delilah thought about her immediate reaction to Will’s question about whether she’d leave if her family gave her the restaurant back, the way her heart had seized. It would mean the world to have them believe in her enough to support her franchise.  

At the same time, though, she’d had a stab of fear. She didn’t want to leave Will and his sister, the competition, and this sprawling ranch filled with ice-cold creeks and wild animals, cabins, trails, and teal-colored lakes.

These feelings for Will…she couldn’t explain it. He wasn’t her type, and yet she wanted to spend every damn minute with him. And that kiss in the hydroponic farm?

She’d never had a kiss like that. Something so electric, so erotic. It had uncorked this desperate need for more. It wasn’t just exciting to kiss in the hallway outside the tasting kitchen…it had called on something deep, primal. Him.

Mine.

She’d had this crazy feeling like, if she didn’t get closer to him, meld with him, she would combust.

Shutting off the faucet, she reached for a clean dish towel.

No question, Will was an intimidating man. His energy bristled with purpose, and he didn’t waste a single moment, word, or calorie. Everywhere he went, people stopped and watched him. It was almost comical when someone froze in the middle of licking an ice cream cone to take him in. Women eyed him with want and possession; men eyed him with awe and envy.

But nobody saw those moments when he held his sister and agonized over whether he was doing right by her. No one saw him curled up in her bed reading books, as she bounced Squawk in her lap.

And the way he looks at me? That carnal hunger—the promise of what he’d do to her body if they were alone—Glory be—it sent a direct hit to her heart, making her giddy.

She liked him, for sure. But that kiss made her realize she more than liked him.

God, she had to have him. Just had to.

 

 

 

 

 

And don’t miss the first book in The Bad Boyfriends Series, THE WORLD’S WORST BOYFRIEND! Grab your copy today!

 

Six years ago Fin Bowie made a decision that cost him the love of his life. Now his ex is coming back to town for her brother’s wedding, and he can finally make things right. Except, right before the event, a text he sent goes viral. Overnight, he becomes an international meme. And it’s hard to win your woman back when the whole world’s calling you The World’s Worst Boyfriend.

The last thing on Calliope Bell’s mind is getting back with Fin. Not when her life’s just gone sideways, forcing her to spend the summer in Calamity, Wyoming. She can’t be away from the New York art world this long, so she comes up with the idea to turn the hottest pop culture event of the moment into a museum exhibition.

The two have every intention of avoiding each other–until the county judge sentences Fin to community service…helping her exploit the meme he’s trying to make go away.

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

October 15th

All Things Dark & Dirty – Excerpt

Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews – Review & Excerpt

Maggie’s Escape Book Blog – Review & Excerpt

Ree Cee’s Books – Review & Excerpt

October 16th

Book Lovers Reviews and Recommendations – Review & Excerpt

Books According to Abby – Review & Excerpt

Fire and Ice Book Reviews – Review

Melena’s Reviews – Review & Excerpt

Reviews from the Heart – Review & Excerpt

October 17th

Bookishly Yours – Review & Excerpt

Books and Things Blog – Review & Excerpt

Mes Livres – Review & Excerpt

THE BOOK I LOVE – Review

October 18th

Book Magic – Under a spell with every page – Review & Excerpt

It’s All About the Romance – Excerpt

Ramblings From This Chick – Excerpt

SBB Reviews – Review

October 19th

Bad boys and bedtime stories book blog – Review

Catty Jane Book Lovers – Review & Excerpt

Family, Books and Food – Excerpt

The Reading Cafe – Review & Excerpt

October 20th

Ashley Book Blog – Excerpt

Book Addict – Review

Devilishly Delicious Book Reviews – Review & Excerpt

Miss Riki – Review & Excerpt

Reds Romance Reviews – Review & Excerpt

October 21st

From the TBR Pile – Review & Excerpt

Kari’s Book Reviews and Revelations – Review & Excerpt

Movies, Shows, & Books – Excerpt

Reads & Reviews – Review & Excerpt

Smut Book Junkie Book Reviews – Review & Excerpt

October 22nd

Becky on Books – Excerpt

IrishdaisylovesRomance – Review & Excerpt

Once upon a romance blog – Review

Reading in Pajamas – Review & Excerpt

Wicked Babes Blog Reviews – Review & Excerpt

October 23rd

Book Lovers 4Ever – Excerpt

Live Read and Breathe – Review & Excerpt

Shannon’s Book Blog – Review & Excerpt

Sofia Loves Books – Review & Excerpt

October 24th

Brittany’s Book Blog – Excerpt

Boundless Book Reviews – Review & Excerpt

For The Love of Romance Books Blog – Excerpt

Nerdy Dirty & Flirty – Review & Excerpt

The Book Addict’s Reviews – Review & Excerpt

October 25th

A crazy vermonters book reviews – Review

KDRBCK – Excerpt

Sweet Red Reads – Review & Excerpt

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We Do What We Want Book Reviews & More – Review & Excerpt

October 26th

Cofffeeandbooks – Review

Miranda’s Library – Review

Pages Abound – Review & Excerpt

Spellbound Stories – Review & Excerpt

True Story Book Blog – 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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