Saturday, September 30, 2006

He Just Looks Like He Sounds So Hot

I just got a care package from Kensington, and what should I find? Yet another Bad Boy that somehow escaped my notice.

I've only read a couple chapters, but I'm liking it a lot, fan that I am of those Brava Bad Boys.

So, I notice the guy on the "British Bad Boys" cover is so flippin British looking, he probably sweats pale bitter.

And it reminded me of another cover we loved a while back, the delightful Loretta Chase's "Lord Perfect." I mean , that guy has a riding crop and Hessians. Be still my naughty schoolgirl heart.
Maybe it has something to do with those Viking marauders and randy Normans that infuse the Briton gene pool, but can you help me out here? What makes these guys look so British? Is the term British Bad Boys oxymoronic?
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49 comments:

nearhere said...

that British bad boy looks hawt! I think it's the formal looking clothes that are rumpled and disordered. In both covers, the men look like proper gentlemen who are playing quite naughty :)

I can just imagine the dirty things they might say with that crisp upper class Oxford accent... be still my heart.

MaryKate said...

Afternoon Bellas! I'm in NC visiting the folks. Just wanted to drop by. Michelle - I dunno what it is about British bad boys, but when I think of Clive Owen, I just think "YES PLEASE!"

On to another topics...remember when I asked the other day about THE SMOKE THIEF by Shana Abe? I finished it yesterday. Bellas, I'm not kidding, this is one of the finest historical/fantasy novels I've ever read. The prose is sumptuous and beautiful. She creates pictures with her words. The hero is ALPHA (literally) and it features two of my favorite things, a lady thief and dragons. LOL! Yes, you read that right, dragons. I'm not kidding, it's completely worth every single penny of the $7.00. Run to buy this book.

Jennifer Y. said...

Congrats Stacy!

The formal attire and posture I guess conveys that they are British (I have seen the Lord Perfect cover model on a couple of American-set books I think...he definitely looks more British here). Also that calm, cool, and collected expression...body language, facial expression, etc.

I am not sure what makes them so hot...maybe it is the formal, yet disheveled look and their posture that makes them look so proper, yet relaxing and fun.

The disheveled and sweaty Lord Perfect definitely looks like he was interrupted while doing something...makes ya wonder what he needed his crop indoors for...LOL.

The British Bad Boy looks relaxed and calm, but still aware of his surroundings. You kind of want to know what he is thinking. Would James Bond be considered a British Bad Boy (even though my fave Bond was the Scottish Sean Connery)?

Julie in Ohio said...

Hey, Bellas!!!

I'm not sure where to begin. All this British masculinity has entranced me. :P

If you go deeper then the way they dress (which screams "I'm British come and strip me"), I would say their bored expressions and superior attitude makes them look British. :o)


CONGRATULATIONS, STACY!! :o)

Michelle Buonfiglio said...

I'm British come and strip me

My, God, JulieO. If the British government gets wind of that one, they'll probably use it as the national tourism slogan and owe you big bucks.

It'd make me wanna make the jaunt to spend some time in rainy weather and drinking warm beer. And listening to folks tell us how Tony Blair is SO not the US's lap dog. Um, exuse me, Kate Pearce, if you're lurking. You know the Ugly Americans have to have our ice.

OK. I guess this is a nerd thing, cause his surely isn't the Oxford accent you're talking about, nearhere -- Cambridge man, he -- but I always found Tony Blair's accent appealing when I hear him on NPR or something.

MK, I was literally looking at copies of abe's Dream Thief and Smoke Thief on my desk, wondering, should I give these away in a contest?

OH, def, JennY,007 is a Bad Boy, and I'm in the Connery camp, too, although he crossed the line in a film or two from alfalfa male to b*tch-slapper. I can't find anything exciting about that. But Sean will always be my Bond.

OK, so don't you think the eyes and the mouths add to the British-ness of these guys? Or is it just that the "famous" Brits we've been turned-on to in films kinda have the whole sexy mouth, cleft chin and disheveled hair thing? No, no, I don't mean Mr. Bean, cheeky monkeys...

Julie in Ohio said...

Michelle- Do you think I aught to send the Queen a bill? :P

I definitely think the eyes and mouth have to do with their British-ness. It's all about the expressions and self confidence that they exude. Just look at these two loveys. They are saying "Yes, I know I'm sexy. It's a curse, really."

*sigh* What I wouldn't do for an overseas vacation right about now. :o)

MaryKate said...

Michelle - I wouldn't give them away without reading them! I won't pay hardcover for THE DREAM THIEF, but I can hardly wait until it comes out in paperback. I went over to AAR to see if she'd written anything else and how it had been reviewed. She wrote a book called THE SECRET SWAN which got an A on AAR, so I combined that with ALMOST A GENTLEMAN (also an A on AAR, BTW) by Pam Rosenthal, and ordered it from Amazon. Woohoo!

I really, really loved this book. The AAR reviewer hated it, but I think it was a case of the hero being manipulative (which he was) but the heroine was pretty darn fiesty, so I wasn't nearly as bothered by it as the reviewer.

Anyway, British men. You seriously can't discount the accent. It's definitely swoon worthy. I'll take any of the British Isles accents, Irish, British, Welsh. SIGH. I love them all!

Jennifer Y. said...

MaryKate: I have never read Abe's books, but have had them recommended to me.

Michelle: LOL at the Mr. Bean comment!!! I have had a few British celeb crushes...must admit Mr. Bean wasn't one of them...unless you mean Sean Bean.

I didn't really pay attention to their eyes or mouths until you said something. I think there is an attitude of confidence that they seem to convey in the pics through their expressions. As Julie said, they seem to know they know they are hot...they seem confident, but they need to be careful because it may come across as arrogance.


Man, I am really analyzing these pics...LOL...slow day today.

Oh, and I am all for an overseas expression...we need to do some field research to see if these Brits are accurately portrayed.

Jennifer Y. said...

Marykate: I love accents too!

Kate Pearce said...

De-lurking to say hi Michelle!
I'm not sure what it is about the British men that gets everyone so fired up, (possibly for me familiarity breeds contempt?)although I too have a thang for that terribly upper-class English accent, Hugh Grant, Colin Firth, Clive Owen spring to mind.

I suppose it's the attraction of the unknown. I'm totally fascinated by cowboys and Native Americans.

Both the cover guys are very hot though-and I think the comment about the haughty expressions and the whole class thing definitely makes things interesting.
But then I still don't get it when people here come up and coo over my accent!
And iced water is okay, Michelle-it's the iced tea that gets me!!

Jennifer Y. said...

Oh, and I am all for an overseas expression

I meant vacation...not expression...LOL...not sure what is going on in my head.

Jennifer Y. said...

I suppose it's the attraction of the unknown.

I believe you are right. I think that is why I am fascinated by accents and people that are from different places.

Oh, and I had to laugh at the iced tea comment since I am currently having a glass of sweetened iced tea...LOL.

Julie in Ohio said...

{{dreamy sigh}}

MK and Jenn- There is nothing sexier than an accent. Even here in the good old USA we have accents. Unfortunately being from the north, we Yanks weren't deemed worthy enough to have any but just south of the border... :P

Kate- I'm sure if we were to ever meet, I, too, would coo over your accent. :o)


Is it just me or does the British Bad Boy look alot like the actor Jason Stratham?

Michelle Buonfiglio said...

OH, Bellas. Go to amazon or something and look at an enlargement of the BBB cover to see how really gorgeous this guy is. Yes. I've had a couple rough weeks and I'm choosing to think of nothing intense this weekend, so I am all over the photos of the hot guys. Seeing Mr. England totally perked me up.

I actually had a good yesterday, after I turned in my final work. Local RWA chapter anniv dinner last night. Barbara Samuel spoke (said she'd love to come chat with youz) and Crusie/Mayer were there, too, and are giving a workshop today. I had to pass and get a stress-relieving facial. I look 10 years younger. Not. But it was awesome, and I always love talking with the woman who does it.

She has these things called Brazilian Fiestas, where someone gets a party of women friends together, they drink lots of wine, eat snacks, then one after the other goes into the lovely spa room to have, well, Brazilians. I can't bring myself to do it. Too much pain. But it's a nice idea.

Oh, and I've been thinking about having one of those sex toy parties. Hmmm...I smell blog!

Jennifer Y. said...

Hmm...not seeing Jason Stratham...maybe Ioan Gruffudd (another UK hottie)

Jennifer Y. said...

Ouch on the Brazilians.

Julie in Ohio said...

Michelle- That Brazilian Fiesta sounds great...well, minus the Brazilian. OUCH!
The facial made you look 10 years younger? Well, to each their own. I personally wouldn't want to *look* 15 years old. :o)
Although I wouldn't mind having that body back. :P


Jenn- I can see him as a blonde Ioan. I just also saw Jason, too. It might me because of the hair. It doesn't really matter. He just fine the way he is.

Stacy~ said...

Wow, thanx Michelle! I'm excited about winning Pam's book. Sounds fab.

Speaking of fab, that Brava cover reminded me a bit of Michael Vartan from Alias. Yummy. And I adore the slightly rumpled look. It really works on the bad boys.

Oh Jennifer Y, yes, Ioan. Yummy. Loved him and Clive in King Arthur. Won't say how many times I watched that movie...

But you know what? The British accent doesn't do it for me. Irish, Scottish, Spanish - yes. English, not so much. That's okay, they don't have to talk.

MK aka book pimp, "The Smoke Thief" sounds really good. Dang it. Oh well, I have a coupon for Border's that expires tomorrow...

amy*skf said...

Julie, this is me slapping you. There--that's for the fifteen year old comment. Just Kidding.

Nearhere and Jennifer got the lovely formal and disheveled statement correct and Michelle I think it's more than the eyes--it's also the brow. That gorgeous intelligent brow.

MaryKate I just was reading about The Dream Thief in Book Page--got a fab review--so Michelle, I think you should use them in a contest.

Stacy--Yay! you won.

I love the British accents--I can't even talk about them I love them so much.

I've been at the Dr. youngest has strepp--yuck. Poor guy. I feel as if I've been medicated.

MaryKate said...

Michelle - Sorry to hear about the stress. I hope things really are calming down for you!

Umm, sex toy party?! I'm all in on that. Are they going to have one of those people there who make it a "learning" experience?! LOL! I love this idea!

"MK aka know as Book Pimp" GASP, that's SO what I'm calling my blog if I ever do one, Stace!

Michelle - I DO think you should do a contest on the Abe books...but only if I can win THE DREAM THIEF! Just kidding! No, really, I am kidding.

OK Bellas, off to bed. Hope you all had a great day.

ev said...

Ioan. mmmmmm.......
Scots in Kilts. mmmmmmm......
The nice young DJ at the wedding I just came from, who we gave $1 per article of clothing we got him to strip off....mmmmmmmmhhhmmmmmmm....
My husband just shaking his head the whole time. priceless....

have a good weekend bellas. I had a whole herd of beers and am off to zzzz land.

Kate Pearce said...

If you tell a British person they have a "British accent" they will look at you funny because we don't use that term-we shake it down more into English, Welsh, Irish, Scottish, southern, northern, cockney, London, upper, middle, working class etc etc etc. Open your mouth in Britain and someone will immediately and instinctively give you a label-usually about your class. Not good but still true despite Mr Blair's efforts to make out we're all equal.
So if someone from the UK gives you a funny look when you say I love your British accent you'll know why!
Mind you I've also been asked if I'm Australian or South African!
gosh I'm a fount of wisdom aren't I? I just had the joy of explaining exactly what a spotted dick was to my RWAOnline pals.

It's a pudding
honest

Jennifer Y. said...

LOL Kate! I figured there were differences in accents...especially after watching some of the BBC shows.

This reminds me of a lecture I had in college. In my speech class in college a professor discussed the difference between accents and dialects. Accent is about pronunciation and dialect refers to a whole language (and dialects are often characteristic of a specific region or social group). So I guess that people in the UK have different dialects depending on which region they live in...just like people in the US.

Okay...now that I have bored all the Bellas I'll stop now...LOL...sorry.

Laura Vivanco said...

In my speech class in college a professor discussed the difference between accents and dialects. Accent is about pronunciation and dialect refers to a whole language (and dialects are often characteristic of a specific region or social group).

Yes, first of all there are several different languages in the UK (English, Scots (i.e. Lowland Scots), Welsh, Gaelic). Then there are different dialects (e.g. Doric is the Aberdonian version of Scots, in Yorkshire there are many distinctive words which make it different from 'standard' English) and then there are the accents. As Kate said, 'we shake it down more into English, Welsh, Irish, Scottish, southern, northern, cockney, London, upper, middle, working class etc etc etc.'. Being Scottish myself, I don't recognise a 'Scottish accent' - I notice the subtleties, so a Glaswegian accent (and, actually, there are various different accents in Glasgow) is different from an Edinburgh accent (again, there are different accents in Edinburgh - Leith is different from Morningside) and so on. And yes, the class factor plays into this too. Not being English, I'm less aware of the subtle differences in English accents, but Brummie (Birmingham) is different from Scouse (Liverpool), is different from Cockney (parts of London) etc.

Oh, and I am all for an overseas expression...we need to do some field research to see if these Brits are accurately portrayed.

Lets just say that the cover models on romances with British settings are about as representative of British manhood as the cover models on romances with American settings are representative of American manhood. ;-) Mind you, despite knowing that it can't be true, I still have this lingering impression that all American men are very tall, fit and handsome and work as cowboys or cops or are business executives.

Michele said...

Oh, Brits. My favorites.

Fancy a shag, love?

How can you not swoon at any man who'll call you love and not mean it, yet, mean it? Know what I mean?

I think it's the British tailoring, that slim body, narrow cut on their suits that lets you see the whole body, not the bulky junk US men wear.

I'll take Clive and yes, even Robert Carlyle and oh! Matthew Macfayden, who did a stint on Pride and Prejudice, but who really rocked on the Brit Tv series MI-5.

M

Vivi Anna said...

Yup, I love me some Brits too. The proper accent does me in...can imagine that accent whispering dirty words into your ear while fingers are busy unbuttoning your shirt...mmmmmmmm

I loved Colin Firth in Bridget Jones Diary. I found him so friggin' sexy, even while he was being so pompous. I think I'd be in a permanent state of orgasm if I went to Britian.. *checking back account* *looking for airfare to London*

Pam Rosenthal said...

The hotness of class distinctions is one of my guiltiest reading and writing pleasures.

Michelle Buonfiglio said...

Yes, Pam, YES! A thousand times, Yes! We're so flippin enthralled as American readers with the whole aristocracy (hmmm, I usually ask featured historical writers about that, so I'll have to get you to have at that one).

I think the class distinction thing appeals to my (and lots of folks, of course) egalitarian nature,and, as Americans, we really relate to the struggle between understanding how things should be and how they are and always shall be despite the fact that Americans influenced a great deal of Social Change across the pond and beyond.

But add into that mix a strapping lord in doeskin and some Hessians, and you get me from, "would you like me on my knees, my lord?"

OK, you guys, it is true that we all say "British Accent," or Italian, Spanish, etc. But we know in this country, as in all, we have dialects, accents, and various enunciations (not the same as pronunciations, btw, but I'm not gonna bore you with that becasue it's not as sexy as talkin Hot MI-6 agents).

But howza bout we put the Wellie on the other foot? As an American, do you ever feel like you don't speak well enough because you have an "American accent?" Have you heard that we don't really speak English, but American English?

And, as American accents, as it were, aren't seen as desirable as Brit ones, which Brit accents do we think are sexy, and which "low?"

It's all about Class Distinction, i'n it?

I still have this lingering impression that all American men are very tall, fit and handsome and work as cowboys or cops or are business executives.

It's not an impression, Laura; it's the truth. All American men are rich professionals and simple cowboys or Indians who've made a killing in stock market, but choose to live life on the wide-open or on the Rez until they find the women of their dreams.

If you weren't married, I'd invite you over to introduce you to a few of the many, many I know personally.

:)

Michelle Buonfiglio said...

OK, Vivs, I'm thinkin we could get a little tour of interested parties to do a little research tour to the Isle. But we'd do it a little alt. Sure, we'd do some manors, etc., but we'd make sure to hit the seedy stuff, too. I'd ask you to recommend some spots, Kate, but don't want to imply you know them intimately.

But if you did, where would you take us, is all's I'm askin?

I'd never imply that the erotica writers who hang here are nothing but ladies of the first order. Remember the Jessica Rabbit quote? I'll just change it and say, "They're not bad girls, they just write about them."

Yes, Michele, the slim suit thing that started as the true heroine chic back with the Who and Birds, etc and is back. That look is really sexy. But I'm always thinkin: if the pants are that slim, what, oh what of the anatomy? (I'm just sayin, is all)

Oh, and can I mention one of my current romance crushes from a book by Michele Hauf called Flawless? Aston Dane? Have I mentioned before my crush on him? I have? My bad.

JennY, not boring at all. Remember, we're closet nerds.

Beware that Random Acts of Intellect can occur here at any time. Blog at your own risk.

Manda said...

Hey Bellas--Still talking British Bad Boys? I am so in!

Re: accents and class differences, I think here in the US, the Southern accent is the one that gets a bum rap. There is talk about how people love a Southern accent, but for the most part I think people think Southern is a shortcut to stupidsville. Not true, of course. But neither is it true that all people in Northern England talk like something out of DH Lawrence...

I came in 4th in the Avon thingy last week. But five of the top ten were gals from my critique group!

Michelle, I love me some random acts of intellect. Much more likely to "take" than a big ol' dish of it!

MaryKate said...

Manda! Fourth?! That's incredible! Congratulations Bella, I'm really proud for you!

Amazing! Such amazing women hang out here!

Manda said...

Thanks, MK:) It was pretty sweet. This week's chapter is hard. Avon said it has to contain: a feather, a kiss, and a strange incident at midnight. That's not to mention the cats and the house decorated in purple from the last chapter...This thing is really straining my comedic chops!

Michele said...

OOh, that Brit guy kinda looks like that up in coming model that visited me on my blog awhile back. He just got a part in the next Pirates of the Carribean movie .... I mean, he's American, not British...but he could be this guys twin...same hair color and facial features...wouldn't it be cool if it WAS him??

Michelle, did you find out his name??

Playground Monitor said...

Hey y'all!

Getting back into town after a weekend away. Thought I'd have all afternoon to finish up SEA SWEPT and instead ended up getting drafted to be scorekeeper for my husband's volleyball tournament. Oh well. I earned brownie points and trust me, I'll call them in. :grin:

Re: SEA SWEPT. My Lord. Cam doesn't have baggage. He has an effing steamer trunk! And so does Anna. But I'm loving her -- she has balls. I can tell I will not be satisfied until I've finished this entire 4-book series.

Marilyn

Laura Vivanco said...

It's all about Class Distinction, i'n it?

Works both ways - some working class men like 'posh totty', and some posh girls like 'a bit of rough' (since Manda brought up D. H. Lawrence, think Lady Chatterley's Lover, with Sean Bean as the gamekeeper ;-)

It's not an impression, Laura; it's the truth. All American men are rich professionals and simple cowboys or Indians who've made a killing in stock market, but choose to live life on the wide-open or on the Rez until they find the women of their dreams.

If you weren't married, I'd invite you over to introduce you to a few of the many, many I know personally.


Ah, I'd be really torn. On the one hand I much prefer denim to suits, on the other hand I'm never going to be able to bake apple-pie or ride a horse.

Americans influenced a great deal of Social Change across the pond and beyond.

Very, very true. All those denim-clad cowboys (there is a serious point in there somewhere, to do with changes in clothing as a social marker). Well, and there were the GIs who came across during WW2...

Ranurgis said...

I'm not sure if Lord Perfect represents the Brit to me as much as the Bad Boy does. I think of the Brits being blond and less brawny-looking with their muscles somewhat "hidden".

Maybe I'm being influenced by the princes right now in my imaging. Somehow Brits just seem more refined-looking.

On the other hand, I may be too used to seeing half-naked Regency bucks without specifically thinking of them as British lords so that Lord Perfect doesn't strike me as much as being one either. Huh, I don't know if that makes sense or not.

Laura Vivanco said...

I may be too used to seeing half-naked Regency bucks without specifically thinking of them as British lords so that Lord Perfect doesn't strike me as much as being one either.

The model for Lord Perfect reminds me strongly of my brother. For obvious reasons I therefore don't find him at all attractive.

Maybe I'm being influenced by the princes right now in my imaging. Somehow Brits just seem more refined-looking.

This is how I imagine a Regency gentleman Lord Grantham or James Purefoy as Brummell.

amy*skf said...

Oh Mandacoll--I knew you should do the fanlit thing--yay!

Michelle Buonfiglio said...

LV wrote:Very, very true. All those denim-clad cowboys (there is a serious point in there somewhere...

Actually, I was thinkin Tommy Paine, et al, but we'll take Levi's and GI's w/Hershey's bars, too.

Btw, Laura. Your brother wouldn't happen to be single, would he? I'm not askin for myself, of course, just that we have some single Bellas...

Marylin, so cool you like Cam and Anna (that fiery Bella!). You're gonna love the series. Who'll be your Mighty Quinn, I wonder?


Manda, we know you've got it in you. If you need help with the funny, we're here for you. As you know, we're certain we're always very very amusing.

You do make sense, rangurgis, cause I think the same of Brit men, at least the media hotties. Of course, I've always adored Sting, but as bright and talented as he is, he's always -- to me -- retained a bit of the working class "rough," as Laura calls it.

Michele, I thought you were my friend. You have hotties at your blog and you don't tell us in advance? For shame. You must let us know next time so we can be 'Dusted,' too.

ev said...

How come they never smile, those Brits on the book covers? Could it be because of the reputadly bad dental care? ( I say reputadly cause I have no clue) If they smile will we be disappointed. i love a man with a great smile, especially if it is devilish!! ;)

Michelle Buonfiglio said...

I think they're going for the brooding or sensuous thing, ev. We're not even sure that these guys are Brits, and are leaning toward not.

Interesting, living in the Midwest, there are tons of the gorgeous, strapping Scandanavians, right? Well, take my short, dark Italian word for it, ok?

Anyway, some of the guys look very stereotypically "Nordic," and others "Corn fed," still others have that indefinable "Brit" look about them. And we did mention earlier all the viking that went on and infused the Anglo gene pool.

I hope everyone understands that this discussion is meant to be in good, slavering fun, and not trying to stereotype British guys as one thing or another. For too long, great-looking Anglo-Saxon hotties have had to live under the oppression that comes with their superior visages and melifluous tones of voice.

I'm merely doing my part to see that they get the respect they so richly deserve.

If they'd like to thank me personally, they can email me at romance@ibsys.com, and I'll be happy to meet them face to face...

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Michele said...

I had to delete the comment, both links didn't work for you guys to see Nate. Pooh. I'll try something else.

Laura Vivanco said...

I'd heard Tom Paine's name before, I think, (come to think of it, it might have been in a Regency-set romance) but I didn't have a clue who he was. We didn't cover that period of history in school. In fact, we did almost no American history at all apart from learning very briefly about conquistadores and the slave trade, so I looked him up. Seems he was born in Norfolk (England), emigrated to America, then became an honorary French citizen, and managed to make himself extremely controversial everywhere he went. Very interesting person. I'm not sure why we learned so little about the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries. Instead we spent years learning about the the leadup to the First World War, the First World War and the inter-war period.

Anyway, yes, my brother's single, but he's got a girlfriend.

Michele said...

Michelle, I emailed you Nate G's pics. Do with them (him)what you will ...but I shared, LOL

Happy Monday to you!

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