This week I've chosen Patrick McCallister from Working Stiff: A Revivalist Novel by Rachel Caine (review to post Thursday). Patrick McCallister is the head of security at Pharmadene, the pharmaceutical company that specializes in a very special drug. A drug that can bring people back to life. Working Stiff was FREAKING AMAZING and Patrick McCallister is the whip cream and drizzled vanilla on the banana cream cheese cake. YUM! I've chosen Jake Gyllenhaal as my Patrick McCallister:
As she sat up to get a better look around, the door at the far end opened, and Joe Fideli came in. He was followed by another man Bryn didn't know--younger than Joe, with black hair and brown eyes and skin a few shades darker than Bryn's.
...The other man, the one she didn't know, walked forward, pulled up a single aluminum chair, and sat down next to her bedside. Close up, he was handsome in a quiet kind of way, and a little older than she'd thought--probably mid-thirties.
He reached out and put his hands on her shoulders.
She stiffened and started to pull away, but there was something vulnerable in his face just then, and she stilled herself and returned his stare. Seen this close, he was much more handsome than she'd realized--fine soft skin, a dark shadow of stubble stroking his cheeks. His eyes weren't just dark; they were a rich, complex brown, rimmed with dark green. There were strands of silver in his hair...
...He was right up against her, his chest brushing hers, and she felt the tension in his hands as he continued to hold her. Instead of pulling back, he stayed where he was, as if he had more to say.
But he didn't.
"You can't really feel anything for me, can you? Because I'm not really here. Underneath, I'm...that."
"Underneath, we're all that," McCallister said, "Everybody's dying, Bryn. You're just maintaining it better than most people--that's all."
"You can't actually believe that."
"I do," he said. "I believed it from the moment I saw you wake up. I knew you were a fighter. I knew you'd break my heart."
He stepped forward, put his hands on either side of her head, and kissed her. His lips were cool, damp, sweet, and urgent on hers, and suddenly Bryn felt wildly out of control, but safe. Safe. It felt like such an amazing relief.
"I'm sorry," he whispered, and pulled her into his arms. "I said I'd never let that happen to you, and I couldn't...I'm sorry."
So, what do you all think of My Book Boyfriend this week? Who's your book boyfriend?
And, I'll say it again. This book was so amazing. I recommend it highly to anyone who likes Adult science fiction, Rachel Caine and the living dead. I'll be posting my full review on Thursday, but I will never be able to fully express how much I loved this book. It was an emotional roller coaster. I think it may be Ms. Caine's best work yet. I'm really not just saying that. *serious face*