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The Careless Boyfriend

(Calamity Falls Small Town Romance #3)

4.23  ·  Rating details ·  173 ratings  ·  75 reviews
Gray Bowie broke the bro code: he fell in love with his best friend’s girlfriend.

For years, he hid his feelings…until one terrible night, it all came to a head.

Since her life blew up in high school, Knox Holliday has spent her time honing her skills as a couture wedding dress designer. But, just weeks before her debut, a freak accident wipes out her collection. The culprit
ebook, 372 pages
Published April 23rd 2019 by EK Publishing, LLC
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Sandra It can be read as a standalone, but I think you'll miss some important family dynamics that enrich the story.

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Naadira  Moodley (BookedMercy)
Oh, my heart. This book stole a piece of my heart. It was captivating and a real page turner. I am a big fan of the ‘I have loved you for years’ plot especially when it is the hero who has pined over the heroine for years.

Gray has been in love with his best friend’s girl for a really long time. He pushed aside his feelings and was the third wheel to them. He watched their relationship play out and a bit of him died every day until he couldn’t handle it anymore. Years passed and Gray and Knox ar
Shelly Bell
Apr 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I loved the previous two books in the series and this was no different. Gray and Knox’s friends to lovers story was everything I’d hoped for. Gray has been in love with Knox his entire life but he couldn’t be with her because she dated his best friend. Erika Kelly has been my go-to author when I want a well written contemporary romance with a hero that will make me swoon. I highly recommend this series!
Nerdy Dirty & Flirty
Apr 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The Bowie brothers are back! *insert screams of joy*

I love this series. I can’t say enough about the emotions it stirs up and the smiles that the stories put on my face. Gray and Knox, well, they – somehow - made it even better…

Friends? Sort of. Lovers? No way. Complicated? In the best possible ways! Reconnecting – what a mild word for how they met again – meant revisiting a town, a time, and people Knox had hoped never to see again. On the other hand, was Gray. Unbelievably helpful, supportive,
Apr 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
Nothing says angst like unrequited love. Though I'm not a fan of it, I was glued to this. I've enjoyed the first two Bowie brothers I was curious about Gray. Gray and Knox were childhood friends, Robert their other friend and an ex of Knox was an addict. He was part of the reason there was a rift in Knox and Gray's relationship. While Knox was from the other side of the tracks, Gray was always there for her and it was hard when the Robert turned out had an addiction it was more than they could h ...more
Paula White
Apr 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: review
I was gifted a copy for an honest review.

I really loved Knox and Gray together in this book. Gray was caring, loving and supportive. He had been in the background for years always wanting Knox but never acting on it as she was with his best friend. Fast forward 7 years and they ‘crash’ in to each other and so the story begins. They get to know each other again - Knox gets to understand Gray’s feeling and open herself up to the fact they could be together - she never thought she was good enough.
Aug 09, 2019 rated it liked it
Hmm. Between 3 and 4 stars... Friends to lovers. But I didn't like he was for so many years in love with her and didn't tell her earlier. And I didn't like he walked away from her...
But he is more mature now and did well finally.
Safe, no OP scenes, no cheating.
Normal heroine.
Anne OK
Apr 13, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019-reads, 2019-arcs
This is my first time to read a book by this author and, besides being surprised with how much I enjoyed the overall storyline, I was totally impressed by the quality of her work and her writing style. It's so fresh and clean. I haven’t read the first two books in the Bad Boyfriend Series, but had no problem catching up with the story here, and I have every intention of reading the others before the fourth book is released in October 2019.

The more-than-generous book blurb sets the stage providin
Apr 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Gray and Knox grew up and went to school together, they were just from opposite sides of the town. Gray was also best friends with Knox’s boyfriend, and he was secretly in love with her. A chance disaster brings them back into each other’s lives, and nothing will stop Gray from showing her how he’s always felt.

Absolutely loved this book! Gray was such a good guy, and I loved how he wanted to do everything he could to help Knox.

Apr 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Erika Kelly does it again with her newest release, The Careless Boyfriend. Book 3 in her Bad Boyfriend series, takes us from Hawaii to New Zealand and finally back to Calamity, Wyoming, Kelly’s fictional town that I absolutely adore. The Careless Boyfriend has everything that I’ve come to love about this series: strong family dynamics, a strong, yet feminine heroine, and a Bowie brother that is vulnerable, sexy, and dedicated to his family.

There is so much to love about The Careless Boyfriend.
Apr 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was a really enjoyable story. I liked seeing each of their perspectives on what their relationship had been in the past. Grey had been the "third person" in the relationship when Knox dated his best friend, Robert, in high school. Now, years later, they are reunited and Robert is no longer in the least not in the beginning. It gives Grey and Knox time to discover they each have feelings for the other. In the midst of all of this, Knox is trying to salvage her future in wedding ...more
Apr 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
**SPOILERS** This book had so many aspects to it, but loyalty was the main feature of the book. In high school when Robert was into drugs and getting into a lot of trouble, his girlfriend at the time Knox (the h) always stuck by his side trying to get him to sober up which didn't happen until the disastrous prom night. Gray was the third wheel and was always in love with Knox but would never go behind his former best friends back and so he left them both behind because he knew he couldn't be the ...more
Brianna at Renee Entress's Blog
4 Stars!

Erika Kelly might have named this series the Bad Boyfriend series but wow, our vulnerable, unforgettable, swoony Gray.. the hero in this book.. was so very much anything but that y'all. THE BEST!

The Careless Boyfriend (very cute title connecting with the circumstances of them reconnecting) was a sexy, sweet, swoony, unputdownable standalone contemporary romance that was packed with tons of heart, heat, attraction, and a hella a lot of sizzling chemistry that just rolled right off of the
carrie thackston
Apr 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Amazing friends to lovers romance. Gray has feelings for his best friend's girl and she has no clue because basically she thought he was too good for her. Knox has had a lonely life, between her mom's wanderlust and her boyfriend, Robert's addictions. Gray was always there for her until he realized he enabled her while she was in the codependent relationship with Robert. They all cut ties in one way or another and Knox has a somewhat stable life as a designer, except for Luc's manipulations. Gra ...more
Renee Entress
Apr 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
4 star

I was pulled right into this story. The story has laughs, pain, twists & turns, secrets, and heartbreak.

Before reading this story you might want to read the below that are also in this series
The World's Worst Boyfriend (Bad Boyfriend, #1)
The Heartless Boyfriend (Bad Boyfriend, #2)

This is Knox and Gray’s story. Knox was dating Gray’s best friend. Gray broke the bro code and fell for his best friend’s girl. She is trying to run a business and her ex’s best friend Gray destroys it. Can he he
Apr 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
The Careless Boyfriend by Erika Kelly is book three in her Bad Boyfriend series. While every book is about another couple and can easily be read as standalone, I ecommend to read the books in order. The previous books are The World's Worst Boyfriend and The Heartless Boyfriend.
But back to The Careless Boyfriend. Gray Bowie is in love with his best friends girlfriend, since a long time. But for the sake of their happiness he stepped back.
Knox Holliday is a wedding dress designer and her life's a
Apr 10, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was an excellent read with a great storyline like 2nd chance, if you ask Gray, but their very 1st Romance and friends to lovers.
I loved Gray's character, he showed the world exactly what he wanted them to see and nothing else. He had most people fooled into thinking he didn't take anything too serious.
When he and Knox met up again, things changed for these two. I was totally enthralled at how caring Gray was and everything he did for Knox. This was love and there's heat in here!
I'm sorry
Kathleen Lemke (Page)
May 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Another awesome book by Erika Kelly. This time we get Gray, who is an all around great guy, and Knox, the woman who is perfect for him. Next up is Brodie, and I can’t wait to read his book.
Sandy S
Apr 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
4 stars—

ABOUT THE BOOK: Release Date April 23, 2019

Gray Bowie broke the bro code: he fell in love with his best friend’s girlfriend.

For years, he hid his feelings…until one terrible night, it all came to a head.

Since her life blew up in high school, Knox Holliday has spent her time honing her skills as a couture wedding dress designer. But, just weeks before her debut, a freak accident wipes out her collection. The culprit: her ex’s former best friend, Gray Bowie.

Gray does everything he can to
Feb 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars

This book had a 4.5 almost 5 star rating up until the last 20% where Gary really pissed me off. There were a lot of other things I did enjoy about this book but for the sake of this review I'm just going to be talking about the last 20% and why it didn't work for me.

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Sofia Lazaridou
Apr 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
Three books into the series and I still think that the Bowie brothers are douches when they actually are not. Each man has his own winning attributes and yet I begin each book in the series thinking that they must have done something bad and I will dislike them. These men have big hearts though and each one so far has won me over in some way. Will's story is still my favorite though. I liked Gray and Knox's story, but I didn't like some parts of it. Both of them seemed to have feelings for each ...more
 Reading In Pajamas
May 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Blog Tour, Review & Excerpt: THE CARELESS BOYFRIEND by Erika Kelly
Publication Date: April 23, 2019
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Reviewed by Reading in Pajamas/ Cori
Rated 4.5 Stars

I loved this one! Gray just became my favorite Bowie brother! THE CARELESS BOYFRIEND is the third book in Erika Kelly’s Bad Boyfriend Series. Each book in the series features a Bowie brother and can be read as a stand-alone, but I recommend reading them in order to fully enjoy the series. I devoure
Apr 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
The Careless Boyfriend is just as absorbing as the first two "Bad Boyfriend". This best friend's friend and friends to lovers story brings a completely different dimension to this genre.

Gray is an adrenaline junkie who flips from one extreme sport to another.

Knox has been best friend to Gray from an early age. Whereas Gray comes from wealth, Knox comes from the opposite side.

Robert is the other one who forms this trio of friendship as well as being Knox's boyfriend.

When things takes a turn for
Miranda Knight
Apr 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
There's a reason why I dislike reviewing books that are part of a series and this book is one of those reasons. Throughout the book, I felt that I was missing pieces of the other characters such as why the Bowie brothers have a toddler baby sister or the details behind the older two Bowie brothers. Sometimes there are hints or clues to give a new reader a glimpse of these details so the reader isn't left confused about the minor characters that play an integral role in the storyline or pushing t ...more
Jennifer (jm_bibliolater)
Apr 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance, arcs
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Thank you Erika Kelly, Inkslinger PR and the publisher for a copy of the ARC in exchange for an honest review.

The Careless Boyfriend is a wonderfully written, charming romance about two childhood friends. It is a tale of unspoken words and misconceptions that lead two friends to atone past mistakes and eventually fall in love.

What I truly love the most about this story are the characters. I am a total sucker for a
Stephanie Phillips (Stephanie's Book Reports)
I received a free copy of this book from the author.

You know - everything that happened to us as kids impacts how we act/react to our environment as adults. It's true. It's especially true for these characters. Yes, this is a work of fiction, but it's one of those that deals with real life issues.

Knox, Gray, and Robert were all close friends growing up. Knox and Robert were a couple for years, a relationship Gray would love to have with her instead. Then one awful night Gray couldn't take it a
Apr 23, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Is there any way for Erika Kelly to make the Bowie brothers any more attractive??? These guys are so far from the titles given to each for this series - I want one for myself.

Gray has been struggling to be seen his entire life. When he wasn't on a desperate bid for his brothers' and dad's attention, he had to deal with being on the outskirts while his best friend got the girl, Knox Holliday. Now, he has a chance to be Knox's savior, but what will happen as his old feelings keep popping up? Will
Teralyn Mitchell
May 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
*I received this ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review. *

I really enjoyed The Careless Boyfriend. Knox irritated me to no end a lot of the times but I understood her motives just fine. She had a terrible upbringing and wanting to prove all her bullies wrong. She wanted to show she was more than what they called her growing up and I could respect that and understand it perfectly. She was such a strong character even if she didn't realize it. She was talented and knew what she wante
Apr 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019-books
Yessssss!! This book was EVERYTHING. It brought all the feels and held me completely captivated. Full review to come!
I LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOVED this book! I literally couldn't read it fast enough and I didn't want to do anything (you know, like stop and eat) that took me away from it. Gray crashes into Knox's life and completely turns her world upside down. I loved seeing these old friends find their way back to each other and watching their adult relationship evolve. Gray wants to be there
Reviews from the Heart
Apr 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
The Careless Boyfriend by Erika Kelly was full of angst, chemistry and hope for more. Gray Bowie has been in love with his best friend’s ex for years. It devastated him when they were together, and he kept his feelings hidden and then she was forbidden as the ex of his friend. But now they are reunited, and he can help her fulfill her dreams.

Knox Kennedy is finally getting the chance to launch her career, but an accident puts it all in jeopardy. Gray is determined to help get back on track and
Bookworm Bells
Apr 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review and it didn’t disappoint..I’m giving it a full 5 stars. I really enjoyed it!
When I stated reading, I realised I had, not too long ago, read the first book in the series. It actually didn’t matter that I hadn’t read the second, although I wish I had of!
I love the setting of Calamity, the mountains, town & log cabins and have a great visual of the place, the Bowie brothers are just great, not your typical alpha males, more strong &
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Award-winning author Erika Kelly writes sexy, passionate, and emotional contemporary romance. Married to the love of her life and raising four children, she lives in the southwest, drinks a lot of tea, and is always waiting for her cats to get off her keyboard.




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