Thanks to the wonderful ladies at Foxy Blogs for hosting the Meet Your Next Book Boyfriend blog tour. 14 blogs, 14 book boyfriends, and a lot of giveaways! For the ninth stop, I’m featuring the hero from The Hating Game by Sally Thorne, one of my favorite reads for 2016.
Meet Joshua Templeman, the right-hand man of Richard Bexley, the other half of Gamin & Bexley Publishing.
I love Josh! He started off as this arrogant, brooding man who gets anyone scared shitless of him with his cold stare and sharp tongue. Every day, he goes head to head with Lucy Hutton, his Gamin counterpart, and never once falters or backs down.
At first glance, he perfectly fits the mold of a Bexley man–stiff, serious, straight to the point. But like my beloved Mr. Darcy, he’s more than the impenetrable wall people see.
He’s got an acerbic wit, is thoughtful and sweet as fuck. His gifts and gestures are so freaking well-thought of and damn it. I swoon just thinking about it! And he’s so affectionate!!! Someone needs to hold me right now because I cannot handle this man. A cuddler. Joshua Templeman is a cuddler.
“I’d have to be blind not to see the light of affection in his eyes as he wraps his arms tighter and begins kissing the side of my neck. I’d have to be a thousand years old to forget the way he kisses me.”
He stumbled his way through the start of his ‘Make Lucy Fall for Him’ plan, but as soon as he got back on his feet, the man went for it. Straight for the heart and lady bits. Josh has never half-assed anything in his life, and he certainly proved that with Lucy.
“I haven’t wanted you this long, and gone through so much, and given up so much, to have you for one night. It’s not enough.”
Last but not the least, he became one of my top book boyfriends when he didn’t get offended or thump his chest like a caveman when Lucy once came to his rescue. He loves control but knows when to give it up. He doesn’t coddle Lucy when she needs help; he leads her to the right direction instead. He supports her even when she doesn’t think she needs it, and he doesn’t do it for a treat or a pat on the head (among other things); he does it because he loves Lucy and cares about her.
And that, my dear friends, is my kind of guy. My book boyfriend, Joshua Templeman.
FANCAST & body aesthetic
I didn’t have a specific person in my mind as my Josh when I was reading this book. I pictured him as a mix of a lot of people; mainly Henry Cavill for his work of art jaw and Liam Hemsworth for his physique and hypnotizing blue eyes. Still, it’s never a full picture. Just glimpses. Teasers. His eyes, mouth, collarbone, hands, body. But I definitely hear him in Liam Hemsworth’s voice. Yum.
“…the old-fashioned drawings of Clark Kent reminded me of Joshua.
He doesn’t have the forehead curl or the nerdy black glasses, but he’s got the strong masculine jawline and sulky, pretty mouth… He’s definitely got the ink-blue eyes and the laser stare, and probably some of the other superpowers, too.
But Clark Kent is such a darling; all bumbling and soft. Joshua is hardly the mild-mannered reporter. He’s a sarcastic, cynical, Bizarro Clark Kent, terrorizing everyone in the newsroom and pissing off poor little Lois Lane until she screams into her pillow at night.”
-The Hating Game, Chapter Two
How about you? Do you usually have an actor or model in mind when you’re reading a book? If you could choose someone to play the role of your favorite book boyfriend, who would it be?
1) An opponent or rival whom a person cannot best or overcome;
2) A person’s undoing;
3) Joshua Templeman.
Lucy Hutton and Joshua Templeman hate each other. Not dislike. Not begrudgingly tolerate. Hate. And they have no problem displaying their feelings through a series of ritualistic passive-aggressive maneuvers as they sit across from each other, executive assistants to co-CEOs of a publishing company. Lucy can’t understand Joshua’s joyless, uptight, meticulous approach to his job. Joshua is clearly baffled by Lucy’s overly bright clothes, quirkiness, and Pollyanna attitude.
Now up for the same promotion, their battle of wills has come to a head and Lucy refuses to back down when their latest game could cost her her dream job…But the tension between Lucy and Joshua has also reached its boiling point, and Lucy is discovering that maybe she doesn’t hate Joshua. And maybe, he doesn’t hate her either. Or maybe this is just another game.
Plus win a copy of The Hating Game by Sally Thorne! To join, simply comment your top book boyfriend and who you’d cast to play his role. Winner’s choice if e-book or paperback as long as Book Depository ships to your country. Winner will be notified in the comments section and will have 24 hours to contact me. Giveaway ends on February 14th, 8 PM EST.
Check out the tour schedule to meet the other book boyfriends!