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Friday, May 26, 2017

Favorite Character Friday: Rhys!

Favorite Character Friday is a weekly meme hosted by Adria's Romance Reviews that gives readers a chance to celebrate their favorite characters, because with millions of books out there and more coming out every week, characters are like potato chips, you can't have just one.

How it works: Every week you pick one of your favorite characters and tell everyone WHY they're one of your favorite characters. Be sure to include the blurb and book cover as well! Share the love and maybe someone will read that same book and see why that character is one of your favorites! Unlike the Book Boyfriend meme (which was a great meme), your Favorite Character Fridays choice can be male or female!

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Favorite Character: Rhys Winterborne

Book Title & Author: Marrying Winterborne by Lisa Kleypas

Why is this character your favorite (Feel free to include a favorite quote or scene)? Rhys is a rough around the edges character, he’s ruthless when he wants something, and he isn’t above using his size to intimidate lesser men. However he’s also a man who needs kindness and love. He’s… Squishy. In a completely masculine, tough guy way. He’s impossible not to fall for when his rough edges are balanced out by acts of genuine kindness and consideration.

He can even admit when he’s wrong and apologize, even while kinda insulting the person all over again.
      “My lady,” he said to Kathleen, and paused, his breath hissing between his clenched teeth. “I apologize. For how I behaved that day. For what I said. I”—a groan escaped him as Kathleen gently pulled the sleeve from his aching arm—“have no excuse.”
      “I’m equally to blame,” Kathleen said, folding the coat and setting it aside. Meeting Rhys’s surprised gaze, she continued resolutely. “I acted on impulse, and created a difficult situation for everyone. I knew better than to go to a gentleman’s house alone, but in my worry over Helen, I made a mistake. I accept your apology, Mr. Winterborne, if you’ll accept mine.”
      “It was my fault,” he insisted. “I shouldn’t have insulted you. I didn’t mean a word of it.”
      “I know,” Kathleen assured him.
      “I’ve never been attracted to you. I couldn’t desire a woman less.”
     Kathleen’s lips quivered with a repressed laugh. “The repulsion is quite mutual, Mr. Winterborne. Shall we cry pax and start over?”

Rhys is a fair but shrewd businessman and has no problem employing women, nor coming to a agreement with and encouraging his future sister in law Pandora when she has a business proposition for him.
     “What if Cassandra and I make one?” she asked. “Could we sell it at your store?”
      “I don’t want to make a game,” Cassandra protested. “I only want to play them.”
     Pandora ignored her, focusing intently on Rhys.
      “Come up with a prototype,” he told her, “and I’ll take a look at it. If I think I can sell it, I’ll be your backer and pay for the first printing. In return for a percentage of your profits, of course.”
      “What is the usual percentage?” Pandora asked. “Whatever it is, I’ll give you half.”
     Raising one brow, Rhys asked, “Why only half?”
      “Don’t I deserve an in-law discount?” Pandora asked ingenuously.
     Rhys laughed, looking so boyish that Helen felt her heart quicken. “Aye, you do.”

And of course, when he falls in love, he falls pretty hard.
      “Try to leave me, and see what happens. Go to France, go anywhere, and see how long it takes for me to reach you. Not five fucking minutes.” He took a few vehement breaths, his gaze locked on hers. “I love you. I don’t give a damn if your father is the devil himself. I’d let you stab a knife in my heart if it pleased you, and I’d lie there loving you until my last breath.”

Rhys Winterborne is perfect book boyfriend material I tell you.

Book Cover/Blurb:
A ruthless tycoon
Savage ambition has brought common-born Rhys Winterborne vast wealth and success. In business and beyond, Rhys gets exactly what he wants. And from the moment he meets the shy, aristocratic Lady Helen Ravenel, he is determined to possess her. If he must take her virtue to ensure she marries him, so much the better . . .

A sheltered beauty
Helen has had little contact with the glittering, cynical world of London society. Yet Rhys’s determined seduction awakens an intense mutual passion. Helen’s gentle upbringing belies a stubborn conviction that only she can tame her unruly husband. As Rhys’s enemies conspire against them, Helen must trust him with her darkest secret. The risks are unthinkable . . . the reward, a lifetime of incomparable bliss. And it all begins with…

Marrying Mr. Winterborne

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