Thursday, January 25, 2007

Leslie Kelly PlotMonkeyBlog: My King Of The Jungle

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Leslie Kelly's got some of the hottest covers around -- including one on her website she calls "John Boy with Pecs!" So it just makes sense that she joins us for day three of PlotMonkeys.com "King of the Jungle' Week to talk about another fave of we RBtheBloggers. Please offer the very talented Miss Kelly a cheerful buongiorno as she divulges which King of the Jungle could get coconut shell crumbs on her 700-count egyptians anytime...

Hey, thanks for sticking around for more Jungle talk with the Plotmonkeys! And what a great subject to talk about…men.

I have to start by saying my husband really is my hero. He’s the undisputed king of my jungle.

Now, Janelle and Julie have covered some fabulous hero types, and I know Carly will, too. I’ve written their kinds of heroes, too, except, I think, for the Chief. But overall, there’s one type of guy I always end up going back to, the one who make my heart sing and my pages fly, and deep in the heart of even my most conservative professor hero, there’s an element of the one I love the most: the charming rogue.

He’s not the same as a bad boy. The rogue’s badness is primarily related to women and it isn’t bad at all, it’s just…naughty. Wicked. Playful.

Irresistible.

I love playboy/rogue heroes. I love their self-confidence and the way they can work their way around any woman’s defenses. I love that they’d rather charm their way into a woman’s good graces than battle their way to her heart. I love that they don’t need to bluster or bully. They smile, they wink, they can captivate a woman’s imagination with a word or a suggestive glance. The rogue loves women--all women--and he loves to be loved by women. BUT…he will fall hard when he finds his perfect match..

Rogues. Yeah.

I’ve written a lot of them. Probably my favorite was Mick Winchester, the real estate agent hero of my first single title novel KILLING TIME. He was such a player, he had a Big Bad Wolf tattoo across his lower back. Yet at the end, he was a confident enough guy that he didn’t think twice about heading off to California to move into the heroine’s world, never thinking about asking her to give up her life for his.

I can definitely think of some rogue heroes I’ve loved in television and movies. Anyone who knows me knows I had a crush on Hugh Jackman a few years ago. I loved him as Eddie in Someone Like You. He was an ultimate playboy, unrepentant, sexy, a womanizer but so charming.

A lot of people call Rhett Butler from Gone With The Wind an Alpha hero, but I don’t see him that way. He didn’t feel the burning alpha need to go off to war to prove something. He never let Scarlett get the best of him. He flirted, he smiled, he charmed. He was a cad, a rogue. And we adored him.

As for TV, my favorite character in the show LOST is not Jack. It’s Sawyer--the con man, the flirt, the dog. He might be wicked, but he has his own code and he adheres to it. (I was shocked that Kate held out until season three to jump on him!)

I’ve recently found myself writing three more serious, intense heroes in a row and I am so ready to find myself falling in love with a rogue. Fortunately, I’m about to embark on an interesting project, writing a “Take 5” book for Blaze, in which I’ll be writing five separate, yet connected, romances in one book. I know at least one of the heroes will be a vampire and another will be a cop. But beyond that, you can bet there will be at least one more of those heartbreaking playboys in the mix.

After all, I need my fix.


Want to win three books starring some of my favorite rogue heroes? Just post a comment and I’ll pick a random winner who will get to know: Mick from KILLING TIME, Max from HERE COMES TROUBLE and Troy from WICKED & WILLING.




Visit Leslie at www.LeslieKelly.com, and with her cheeky monkey pals at www.PlotMonkeys.com !

82 comments:

Stacy~ said...

Hi Leslie! I hope you had a great birthday, and that you're hand is doing better :)

Oh, I love those charmers. And Hugh Jackman was fabulous in that movie, btw. I would have loved to have been Ashley Judd's character ;) There's just something kinda sweet and vulnerable about those types of men, because look at how hard they fall when they finally do meet the right woman. Maybe they've been hurt before and don't want to get too close, but once they let the right woman in, they are devoted and faithful partners. You just gotta fall a little bit in love with them yourself. I know I do.

ev said...

Hmmmm.... i already have a signed copy of Here Comes Trouble.....

I would never have described the type of hero I like as a rogue, but that's it. this is why you guys do the writing and I do the reading.

yummy in my tummy on Sawyer.

I will have to think on this one for a bit.

ev said...

I can't believe I almost forgot....

THE TOBY CONCERT IS TONITE!!!!!

AND I AM IN THE FAN SECTION!!!!!

(The Bellas all know what a Toby Keith fan I am. Sad. and at my age too. But he makes my little heart flutter.)

RubyD said...

A definite yes to the rogue. They do make things interesting. Keep those stories coming, and I will just keep reading, and reading, and reading....

Elisa said...

Hi Leslie,

How was your birthday? Hope it was spectacular(ok i cant spell at 8am). I got to agree with you on Hugh Jackman and Sawyer.

What about Josh Lucas character in Sweet Home Alabama with Reese Witherspoon?

Hey Ev are you going to stalk Leslie today, like you did Julie? lol. =o)

ev said...

I am going to try and stalk, but like yesterday I got waylaid and wasn't home all day. And then of course, I have to leave by 5 for the concert. gotta find a parking space that is a mile away, and since it is below zero, I don't want to walk. I may even spring for the garage.

but, ya never know. (Keep her on her toes)

Billie said...

Russell Crowe definitely falls into this category. I always try to catch any interview he's giving because he is so unrepentantly outrageous. But it looks like he might have found his one true love (shucks!).

Cherie said...

Welcome Leslie! Rogue heroes are great to read about so keep those stories coming. That "Take 5" for Blaze sounds great, very intriguing.

Cherie Japp

Chicki said...

I agree. Sawyer is wickedly delicious! Jack is just boring. Can't wait for them to come back in two weeks. Yippee!!!!

amy*skf said...

I knew a charming rogue in high school...give me a minute. He would flirt and give you all his attention--for that moment, but you knew it wouldn't last. Well, not for me at any rate, so he became my friend instead of my boyfriend--that way I got to keep him longer.

Leslie--George Clooney, he should be in the dictionary under the heading "Charming Rogue"

Take Five sounds cool--is that going to be a while?

Shannon said...

Clark Gable is one of my faves. Gone with the wind was the best movie ever made in my humble opinion. The new guys don't seem to hold up in comparison. Of course they are nice to look at, but the substance isn't always there.

Have a great day everyone!

katie said...

I totally agree with the Josh Lucas character from SHA. Oddly, I sort of like Matthew McCaughney (okay, I can't spell at 6 in the morning). I usually go for the nerdy, executive type.

Minna said...

My pick for Charming Rogue would be Michael T. Weiss.

MaryKate said...

Welcome Leslie - You're a new to me author, but I loves me some charming rogue, so I'll have to pick up some of your books!

How 'bout Bobby Tom Denton from SEP's HEAVEN, TEXAS? He loves the ladies and is a charmer. I love her Chicago Stars series!

Maria said...

Yes, I adore Sawyer, he is so bad.
George Clooney is definitely another great one, and good old Jack Nicholson

Leslie Kelly said...

Oh, yes, some great rogues here! Definitely George Clooney in just about anything he does. His E.R. charcter started him down that path and he never left it. And Josh Lucas in SHA--absolutely. So many romantic comedies have rogue heroes, I think becuase an alpha just wouldn't play well on the screen. Kevin Kline (another of my swoon guys) was a wonderful rogue hero in French Kiss.

Leslie Kelly said...

Ev--yay on the concert! I am in no way a country fan, but he is a cutie!

Leslie Kelly said...

By the way--my birthday was unbelievably fabulous. My hubby is an absolutely amazing man.

My finger ain't so great. I think I'm in for another trip to the dr., this time for an x-ray because it's black & blue and swollen and I think maybe I chipped a bone or something.

Not easy typing 9 fingered...lol!

Julie in Ohio said...

Welcome, Leslie!!!
Mornin', Bellas!!!

My favorite rogue would be Cary Grant. He puts butterflies in my tummy in any of his roles. It's that half smile he gives...

The first literary hero that came to mind when I heard the word rogue was Anthony Bridgerton. Actually any of the Bridgerton boys would fall under that heading. I never liked them being called rakes. I think rogue fits them better...

Playground Monitor said...

sneeze, sneeze, cough, hack, sneeze

Hugh. swoon

And Cary Grant. swoon

sneeze, sneeze, cough, hack, sneeze

I god a code in my dose and I'm going back to bed, Bellas.

sneeze, sneeze, cough, hack, sneeze

Marilyn

Julie in Ohio said...

Poor, Marilyn...
I hope you get feeling better soon. :o(

Amy S. said...

My favorite rogues are Matthew McCaughney and Keanu Reeves.

Carolyn A. said...

I hope you had a great birthday Leslie!

I'm right there with you in regards to Sawyer. He's just such a charming flirt! I also have a thing for Mark Harmon's smile. Love it - very sexy!!

Susan said...

Matthew McCaughney is very sexy!

Glad your DH treats you so well. He knows he got himself a terrific lady!

Leslie Kelly said...

Oh, yes, Matthew McCaughney (how the heck do you spell that, anyway?) is a wonderful rogue. I loved him in Sahara, even though I went in prepared not to because I just didn't see him as Dirk Pitt. (I've read most of the Cussler novels.)

Leslie Kelly said...

Thank you, Susan...I've got myself a terrific guy, too. We decided to extend my birthday a little bit so he took the day off and is getting ready to take me to lunch.

Teresa said...

Nice to have you here Leslie! I am a big Lost fan and can't wait for it to come back on in February. Only a couple more weeks and I get my Sawyer fix again.

Gigi said...

Matthew McCaughney and Hugh Jackman get my vote for favorite rogues.

Gosh, don't they both have great smiles.

Maureen said...

Bruce Willis' character in Moonlighting, David. He was sarcastic and charming.

Leslie Kelly said...

I LOVED Moonlighting! Actually got the first two seasons on DVD for my hubby for his birthday last year. I need to get my girls to sit down and watch it so they can see how he got his start, before he started blowing stuff up and everything...lol!

ev said...

Thanks Play- now I have to find the lysol for the puter screen. I hope you feel better.

Once again, George can be at the top of my list (and anything else) anytime!!!

Leslie- Toby has one of those 12 packs going, and I like 'em big and badassed and that is what he defiantely is!!!

Leslie Kelly said...

It's snowing! YAY! So very pretty.

(Remind me I said that if we end up with a blizzard and I'm housebound with bored kids...)

Patricia W. said...

Love those rogues! Clark Gable and Cary Grant. George Clooney and Bruce Willis. Tad Martin on All My Children (Haven't watched in at least 10 years but I'll bet he's still there and still up to his old tricks.

Phyllis said...

I agree with Gigi, Matthew McCaughney and Hugh Jackman have the best smiles and make perfect rogues. I love your stories. Keep them coming.

orannia said...

Hi Leslie!

It's your birthday? Happy Birthday! Hmmm, a rogue hero. I completely agree with everyone about Hugh Jackman as Eddie in Someone Like You. I'm not sure thought if everyone will agree with me on my suggestions:
1. Captain Jack Sparrow as Look how he charms Keira Knightley's character!

2. Hawkeye Pierce from Mash. To me he is the epitome of a rogue. I grew up wanting to marry him because he was so charming.

What does everyone think?

orannia

Aisling said...

Hey, I forgot about Jack Sparrow, he was a great rogue, can't wait for his next movie.
Matthew McConaughey and Hugh Jackman are up there too.
And James Bond, especially Sean Connery's.

Mary J said...

What about Hugh Grant in Bridget Jones? I loved his character!

Lois said...

Love rogues. . . :) Pierce Brosnan's Bond, Gerard Butler's Phantom, Colin Firth's Mr. Darcy, David Duchovny's Fox Mulder, Sean Connery in anything - however I am digressing. . . :)

Lois

Jennifer Y. said...

I adore the charming rogue! Such a great character type. I love Hugh Jackman, Matthew McConnaughey....Christian Bale does rogue well too.

What about Patrick Dempsey on Grey's Anatomy? Or McSteamy (the other doc)? Have they been mentioned?

Carol said...

I so agree with you about Rhett Butler! Gone With the Wind is my favorite romance book and I loved the movie, too!

MD said...

When I think rogue, Colin Farrell definitely comes to mind. Rhett Butler and James Bond too.

ev said...

Johnny Depp as himself should qualify!!

Leslie- keep the danged snow!!! Although we are supposed to have artic temps coming thru tonite and tomorrow. -40 to -50 below with windchill in some places!!

I love NY!! don't like the weather? wait 5 minutes.

katie said...

Geez, I forgot about my McSteamy...they are making him a little too mean, though.

Leslie, you can have the snow...we had it last week for a WEEK! I love snow, for about a day and a half, which is typical. I had a sick kid and two bored kids (I couldn't go out with them because I was too sick!).

Gram said...

Love all those types...keep 'em coming!

Leslie Kelly said...

Oh YES Captain Jack Sparrow is definitely a rogue. Irresistible...(has anyone seen The Libertine? I caught the last half hour of it on HBO the other day and am dying to see the whole thing!)

I absolutely thought the same thing about Hugh Grant, too...not just in Bridget Jones, but also in Two Weeks Notice.

And I hear ya on waiting 5 minutes for the weather to change, Ev! It was definitely that way in Florida. And, today, here! The snow lasted a few minutes, temperature plummeted and it stopped. Bummer.

Leslie Kelly said...

I atually love McSteamy. McDreamy is too Mcwishywashy for me...and if his storyline with Meredith has been reduced to them sniping at each other because she snores and he has bad breath, I say ENOUGH already!

McSteamy is a mcprick, for sure, but oh, he's so hot and so bad. Some woman's going to bring him down a notch or two...can't wait to see who it'll be!

And Alex is *definitely* a rogue. He's so naughty and yet during some moments, like when he swept Izzie into his arms and carried her away after Denny died, are so incredibly tender. (Personally, my favorite Alex moment was when he did the dying woman in the bathroom of the bar. What a guy!)
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Anonymous said...

Cary Grant and does anyone remember Rod Taylor? I've had my adult sons call me long distance when they know one of his movies will be on.....

Karen B

catslady said...

Rogues are wonderful to dream about but just the act of settling down with someone would take them out of the category. Just don't think they're marrying material and that's what makes them so enticing lol.

Jennifer Y. said...

(Personally, my favorite Alex moment was when he did the dying woman in the bathroom of the bar. What a guy!)

LOL...I remember that scene. I forgot about Alex when going through the guys on tv. Justin Chambers, the guy who plays Alex, was in the movie that triggered my love of romances. He played Cole Clayborne in the movie based on Julie Garwood's For the Roses...I saw it and then read the book and was hooked on romances. So everytime I see him I think of that...sorry to get off topic.

Leslie Kelly said...

You know,my hubby was kind of a rogue when we met and has become the kind of husband every woman dreams about. (two of my sisters asked if they could clone him last night after seeing what he did for my bday.)

Jennifer I loved the book For The Roses--never saw the movie, but I heard it did *not* end happily for Cole, which was one reason I didn't want to see it. Is that true?

Abracadabra said...

I love a rogue! Leslie, you write rogue so well. Actually, I love all of your heros. They are all men I would love to have in my life.

~Stephanie

Side Note: I seem to be having trouble posting today. So if this is the second post, I do apologize.

amy*skf said...

McWishywashy--ahahahahahaha.

Mcsteamy is so...steamy. For the rest of the day I will call everyone Mc-something.

And Ev you've stalked very well today for getting ready for Toby.

Marilyn--feel better. Now.

Jennifer Y. said...

Leslie: Yes that is very true...the movie is nothing like the book really.

katie said...

Okay, I forgot about Alex....he's hot (not as hot as McSteamy, but I agree, what he did for Izzie is commendable)...(putting Alex in the rogue category). I think they are trying to make McDreamy nice again (he was so nice first season, then, gosh darn it, his wife shows up who we didn't know he had), which is why McSteamy has become, to quote Leslie, a McPrick. He is wonderful to look at, though.


Gosh, I need a life....Thank Goodness "Grey's" is on tonight! LOL!

Michelle Buonfiglio said...

Oh, Leslie! Mea culpe, but I am the lamest excuse for a hostess know to woman. Please forgive me.

Not that you all need me here, of course, cause you're doing a fab time discussing rogues, in print and on screen.

Here's what I'm learning:

That I should watch Grey's Anatomy more than once a season.

I wasn't the only one who was in love with Hawkeye Peirce.


That ev loses control of every part of her brain that isn't connected to her libido when Toby Keith is in town. (and I mean that in a good way, of course).

And that, just like Leslie's guy, reformed rogues make the best husbands. :)

Michelle Buonfiglio said...

um, that's mea culpa sheesh. I'm an even worse Catholic than I thought.

orannia said...

Michelle - you loved Hawkeye Pierce too? Ohhhhhh :) He just had that 'devil may care' attitude (is that the right phrase?) but yet could be so sweet and sensitive!

The third season of Grey's Anatomy hasn't started in NZ yet...am I right in reading we get more of McSteamy? And yup, I agree with Alex being a rogue, but what's this about a bathroom floor?

orannia *who now wants to go and watch MASH re-runs*

Maggie Robinson said...

Yup, the rogue is my favorite, too. He's the one who doesn't seem quite serious, but there's a core of steel underneath his devil-may-care attitude. And there's his crooked grin and a wicked twinkle in his eye...sign me up.

Lis said...

Leslie, you write great rogues! Loved Mick in Killing Time.
Michelle, we all loved Hawkeye. He was a charming bad boy - and always got away with it!

Jeanette J said...

Interesting what different generations considered sexy. I liked Errol Flynn as Robin Hood...he had an impish look on his face that I like

Jennifer Y. said...

orannia: Definitely more of McSteamy headed your way!

Cherylann said...

OMG I have been watching MASH reruns Hawkeye Pierce

PLOTMONKEYS RULE

Leslie Kelly said...

Jeanette--I have the Errol Flynn version of Robin Hood and I love it. He was SUCH a sexy rogue.

Lis--thanks so much, I absolutely adored Mick from the first time I wrote about him in Trick Me, Treat Me.

And YES I am another major Hawkeye fan. I LOVED him, especially in the early seasons.

Leslie Kelly said...

Oh my gosh Orannia, yes, the sex in the bathroom bar was SO hot even though you don't see the sex. He's such a dog about it but he is really doing this woman a favor. She's dying, she knows it, and she checks out of the hospital determined to live a little. And she runs into him in the bar and decides one thing she wants to do is...well, you'll see...swoooooooon!

Leslie Kelly said...

Thanks Cherylann!!

Plotmonkey readers and Bellas rule too!

Leslie Kelly said...

Grey's is on in 51 minutes...let's have a Grey's party!

Stacy S said...

I think of Colin Farrell and Johnny Depp. I think maybe I need to start watching Grey's.

Joyce said...

Have to be quick with my comment Grey's on in 10 minutes and I have to wash my hair.

Leslie Kelly said...

Oh YUCK on the thing with the legs!!

Alex is so cute.

I think McSteamy is going to end up as Chief!

And Derek is, once again, being McWishyWashy or McWhiner.

I want the McDreamy of season 1.

KimW said...

Wow...great prize! I want Mick, Max and Troy to come on over to my house. lol

I only watched Grey's Anatomy once, too. I do watch LOST, but that's just to see Jack.

Leslie Kelly said...

Whoa boy...these guys sure pick their moments, don't they?????

Angie G. said...

What a fun post and the eye candy is fabulous too! Rogues definitely rock!!! :)

I'm a huge Lost and Grey's Anatomy fan. I'm in the McDreamy camp for Grey's and while I do like Jack, I'd take Sawyer any day. There's just something about him. I can't wait until Feb 7 when new episodes start back.

Anyway, today's blog, comments, and Leslie's responses have been a lot of fun!

BarbaraV said...

Leslie,
Love all your heroes,but my favorites are the bad boys.

Leslie Kelly said...

Thanks so much everyone, I really enjoyed being here today! I don't know if any of you are interested, but I did a big online q&a session at eHarlequin a few years ago, called "They're not ALL Alpha!" in which we talked a lot about the "gamma" hero. There was a lot of Hugh Jackman discussion...lol! I am sure it's still on the eHq site...

Anyway, anyone who is confused about what a gamma hero is, I think the "rogue/playboy" is probably a pretty fast explanation.

Thanks so much everyone for chatting online today! I'll be sure to get the prizes off to the winner asap!

Jennifer Y. said...

Thanks Leslie for taking the time to post! I really enjoyed the discussion and everyone's comments!

Michelle Buonfiglio said...

Grazie, Leslie, for visiting us today and introducing us to the gamma hero. It's been so lovely having you, and really neat that you brought along lots of new friends for us! Hope you'll come visit again soon!

Have a great evening, Bellas, and feel free to hang around the place as long as you'd like, even though it's a school nite. :)

Buonanotte, Bellas!

Dr. Bill Emener said...

Hi Michelle,
This Post and all of the Comments (especially the talking about men parts) have been fascinating. And now I know why my sister-in-law smiles when she listens to a bunch of us men in the Harley dealership talking about motorcycles LOL. (I think she knows -- it's fun.)
Bill

Michelle Buonfiglio said...

We aim to have fun, Bill. And we welcome you to RBtheBlog!

Laurie said...

I loved the overachiever, hard man Richard Gere played in Pretty Womanand. I alsoenjoyed him in An Officer and a Gentleman as he finally accepts his love for the local factory worker. I think Tom Cruise is great in Top Gun and the MI's.. My favorite all time hunk actor is Sean Connery. Love a man in a kilt. Ohh almost forgot.. also like Scotsman Ewan McGregor and the guy in Lord of the Rings who playes Aragon.

Pat said...

Good response; hope I am not to late to comment for the draw.

I will go with Sawyer - he is my bad boy and love his accent. And nice eye candy; who could ask for more - and good boy underneath.

flip said...

I love rogue heroes. My favorite movie rogue is Colin Firth in Valmont. He is so bad, seducing virgins to win bets. But he is irresistable.

Anonymous said...

I agree w/ all the Grey's Anatomy comments!

And ev, I hope you enjoyed the concert! I'm a country music fan too.