#BookBoyfriend Blog Hop: Meet NYC Dominant, Richard Halstead


Book Boyfriends…

They can be strong and sexy, dark and dangerous, rebellious and reckless or cute and quirky. We love to fall in love with these irresistible heroes and Evernight Publishing has them all!

The authors of Evernight invite you to a Speed Date challenge. Their cowboys, Doms, detectives, millionaires, royalty, vampires, soldiers, shifters, even steam-powered heroes are waiting to meet you on each author website. 50 heroes in 7 days! Are you up for the challenge?

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Welcome to my stop on Evernight Publishing’s Book Boyfriend Blog Hop. Unlike many of the other authors you’ll meet in perusing the participants of this blog Hop, I have only one story published with Evernight at this point in time. So for me, there was only one “boyfriend” to introduce you to — the hero of FAITH’S GIFT (Vanilla-Free Christmas), Richard Halstead.


I guess it’s a damned good thing Richard is a cut above most men. Not only a successful NYC businessman, he’s quick witted, roguishly handsome, of course, and an Alpha male all the way. The lifestyle dominant has no problems going after what he wants — in and out of the bedroom. Not a bad choice to be stuck with, don’t you think?

He made quite a splash with the ladies in my Vanilla-Free Christmas tale, FAITH’S GIFT, so Richard Halstead and his sweet submissive, Faith will be making another appearance in my May 2013 Evernight Romance on the Go title, A LEAP OF FAITH.

Meaning there is more of this hunky Dominant on the horizon. *wicked grin*


Here is my “pitch” for Richard — who by all rights should be selected as your favorite “Book Boyfriend”. I’m sure you’ll agree once you’ve read the rest of this post.

The following excerpts are all taken from FAITH’S GIFT by R. Brennan – Vanilla-Free Christmas Anthology.

Available from Evernight Publishing HERE.)

Faith glanced down at the dog who’d taken position at her feet. She gave the fluff at the top of his thick head a scratch. “Laura was right, Hercules, the view is really amazing.”

“I agree completely.”

Faith jumped and spun about. Her scream died in her throat.

The most beautiful man she’d ever encountered stood across the room from her, clad in nothing but a fluffy, white towel. Wet, black hair dripped onto broad, bronzed shoulders. The tiny rivulets of water chased each other down the hard lines of his chest, drawing her gaze along washboard ridges of a firm stomach.

Swallowing hard, Faith forced her gaze away from perfect abs, back to the man’s equally distracting face. Her heart hammered against her ribcage as she gauged the distance between herself and the front door.

Poor Faith. She never stood a chance, really. If his rugged good looks aren’t enough to persuade you, perhaps we should take a closer look at Richard’s quick wit and charm.

“I should really get going, Mr. Halstead.” She reached down and grabbed her bag. “I’ll just come back tomorrow at the same time.” Faith glanced at Hercules. “As long as you promise not to growl at me again.”

“Yes, you’re right. Absolutely. I’m sure it’s much safer to ride the subway this late than to take a well meaning stranger up on his offer of kindness.” The deep timbre of his voice made her shiver.

She wrinkled her nose. He did have a point. And besides that, what did she have to run home to? Certainly nothing as attractive or interesting as the male specimen standing in front of her. Laura’s most recent admonishments echoed in her mind—Live a little, take a chance. If Faith were brutally honest with herself, she had no real desire to leave—at least not yet. A prickle of warning jabbed at her spine, but she ignored it. “I guess you’re right.”

“Good, then you’ll stay.” Richard turned and headed to the mirrored bar built into the wall near a huge flat screen TV. He poured himself a drink from one of the crystal decanters and glanced over his shoulder at her. “Would you like one?”

See what I mean? Faith never had a chance at resisting a man like Richard Halstead. Still not convinced? Seriously?

Alright, time for the big guns… Richard’s secret weapon — his smooth, commanding Dominance…

He hadn’t moved. He just stood there, his intense green gaze devouring her.

With insides squirming and cheeks burning hot, Faith unbuckled her pants, slid them down to her ankles, and stepped out of the legs. They joined her blouse on the floor. Standing upright, she thanked the heavens she actually bothered to wear matching panties.

“Undergarments need to go as well. I want to see every inch of you.”

After a slight hesitation to gather her courage, Faith’s bra and panties joined the growing pile of discarded clothing. She stood before him, arms folded protectively over her bare breasts. Her weight shifted from left to right as he continued staring at her. God. Did I do something wrong?

“Good girl,” Richard said finally, breaking the tenuous silence. “I want you to lock your fingers behind your head. Be proud of what you offer, Faith. You are a gorgeous woman.”

She swore she blushed all the way to her toes. “Thank you, Sir.”

“Turn around.”

Faith took a deep breath and swung about. Just knowing he watched her, inspected her, gave her chills of excitement.

She let loose a gasp of shock when his warm hand caressed the curve of her hip and slid upward along her waistline, sending shivers of pleasure through her limbs. “On your knees, Faith.”

She quivered at the command in his words and tried to ignore the dampness growing between her thighs.

*swoon* I don’t know about the rest of you, but I’m convinced. Richard Halstead is my choice of Book Boyfriend.

Don’t you agree?

Good 🙂

Click here to vote for your favorite book boyfriend (IE. Richard Halstead)

You’ll earn an extra grand prize entry! While you’re there, check out the list of other Book Boyfriend candidates. I have every confidence you’ll still vote for Richard, even after meeting them all.

What’s up for grabs?

  • One lucky hopper will win a KINDLE PAPERWHITE eREADER sponsored by Evernight Publishing.
  • Every book blogger/reviewer site is giving away one free eBook from Evernight (winner’s choice of any eBook from Evernight Publishing’s website).
  • Plus, each author (that’s where I come in) offers their own unique prize! So visit each blog hop stop for a host of fabulous prizes to win.

For my part of the HOP, I am giving away:

a $10 AMAZON Gift Card to one lucky commentor.

I have only two requirements for entry.

  1. Leave a comment below telling me what qualities you look for in a boyfriend. You must include your email address in the comment, so I can contact you if your selected as my winner. Copied and pasted entries will not be accepted, so make your answer unique.
  2. LIKE” Bex Book Nook on Facebook (YES, this is also required to qualify for prizes)

NOTE: Don’t forget to leave me your email address. Unfortunately, if you don’t leave that information in your comment, I will have to disqualify you for the prize. Rules is rules, dontcha know?

Voting for your favorite Book boyfriend, and entry here for the Amazon gift card are both open until Midnight EST on April 21st

REMEMBER: Keep hopping to the next author or blogger and enter to win even more great prizes.

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About Bex Brennan

I never know what to put here. I assume something witty to make you think I'm interesting. But, Im just me -- a published erotica writer, single parent with a day job. I love my kids, writing, my boyfriend (life partner sounds ridiculous), my dog and going to camp on the weekends. *shrugs* That's all I got for ya.

Posted on April 14, 2013, in BDSM, Blog Events, Blog Hops, Erotic Romance, Evernight Publishing, Faith's Gift and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 35 Comments.

  1. MichelleW (MsRomanticReads)

    Richard is my favorite. I’m so happy you’re resurrecting him from the anthology and giving him his own book 🙂 I’m not entering, but I just wanted to send you some love ❤


  2. thanks for resurecting richard from the anthology! i am looking forward to reading that book



  3. Richard is just the kinda Dom I like; tough but tender. I loved their story and I’m so excited about the next installment!



  4. I look for a caring, patient and loyal traits. I like you on FB, Sheri Vidal

    smurfettev AT gmail DOT com


  5. I love the alpha male. Someone who is protective and loyal to a fault. I followed you on twitter and facebook. I can’t wait to read this!! fishinlovingal@yahoo.com


  6. I love Alpha Males, whether they be shifters, aliens, or cowboys. They need to be strong, sexy, loyal, confident, and protective of their woman even when they KNOW she can kick some major ass. Liked you on FB too. Thanks for being part of the hop and for the chance to win.
    reneebennett35 (at) yahoo (dot) com


  7. I believe you have me convinced on Richard. Damn, he’s got me wanting to strip down to my birthday suit, too. I look for someone who can laugh at himself, is confident, trustworthy, romantic & sexy. Thanks for the giveaway!

    JessieL62 at comcast dot net


  8. A sense of humor is what does it for me. Friended on facebook Donna Antonio
    1_trouble at msn dot com


  9. 1. For me its honesty, attraction, some level of intelligence, personal hygiene, sense of humor, and someone I can hold conversations with
    2. Facebook: Cassandra Hicks
    Thanks for the awesome giveaway!


  10. I like a strong, confident guy.


  11. Dominate, alpha male with a great sense of humor, beautiful eyes and smile and someone I can talk to! (That works for book boyfriends too!! I like Mr Richard Halstead!)
    liked on facebook as Ashley Anne Applebee
    Ashley A


  12. the good old boy is great and then ilove ot have good worker and then one nows his way around the areal




  14. I LOVE LOVE LOVE alpha men!! Richard Halstead sounds so HOT!

    fb like susan platt

    susanmplatt AT Hotmail DOT com


  15. I love a sense of humor in a guy and a great smile.
    magic5905 at embarqmail dot com


  16. I look for a man who can make me laugh (like my hubby) no matter how man at him I get, he finds a way to break through and get me laughing! I love it n.kuhn.acn (at) gmail (dot) com


  17. I love an Alpha male, dominating yet caring who can make even the strongest heroine melt and feel safe… He also has to be able to make me laugh. I am married to a marine who is very dominating yet he makes me laugh and can make feel feel safe and loved… I like my book boyfriends to have some of the same traits my hubby has.

    j.m.platt83 at gmail dot com


  18. intelligence
    bn100candg at hotmail dot com


  19. Where’s an alpha male when you want him (other than in our stories!). My three qualities are: dominant yet caring when caring is called for, sense of humour, a wicked grin. jennifer.denys@yahoo.com


  20. What do i look for? Someone whos sweet, honest, loyal, humorous(i love it when they can laugh at themselves), i love an alpha male. Thank you!
    FB: Shadow Kohler


  21. Someone who I feel is right. Its hard to explain, the diversity of guys Ive taken interest in means I dont really have a type. But a man to whom I can kid with, or have a fake fight over something silly, or debate with at the top of my lungs. Someone who sees when Im right and calls me out when Im wrong. As I would do to him. That sound good?

    kitsune_no_sora @ yahoo. com


  22. A loving bad boy who loves life.


  23. Many of you have the same taste in men as I do. 🙂 Love a dark, dominate, tasty looking man who doesn’t take himself or life too seriously.


  24. honesty is number one…honesty and openness…those are my top two. And next would be alpha…I love a strong man who knows what he wants.

    liked BBN on FB


  25. I like a sense of humor and honesty.


  26. I liked your FB page: Meghan Stith
    The hero trait that I love the most is selflessness. In spite of everything, if the man is selfless it’s unnervingly attractive. I also do love that alpha male air where they control anything and all other men shake in their wake.
    Thanks for the giveaway!

    mestith at gmail dot com


  27. I look for a boyfriend who is smart, caring, and doesn’t need to be attached at the hip.


  28. Brains, brawns, loyalty, passion, compassion, understanding, honesty, protective, courtesy and acceptance are just few qualities I like.

    Thanks for sharing the post 🙂


    (email, FB liked, twitter following and goodreads friend requested)


  29. My top book boyfriend qualities are a sense of humor, dominant Alpha streak and knows his way around a paddle.



  30. My perfect book boyfriend is tall, muscular,confident, Alpha,bad-ass, intelligent, protective, vulnerable and majorly damaged — but ultimately redeemable!

    Thanks for the amazing giveaway!
    elizabeth @ bookattict . com
    Facebook: Elizabeth Kotkiewicz Hyatt


  31. Honesty, sense of humor, loyalty, caring, and forgiving. Those are the top 5 qualities I look for.

    FB: Emily Wells



  32. A sense of humor is important, as is inner strength.



  33. I would love someone who is confident in himself and is caring and loyal and a sense of humor also!


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