Thursday, February 22, 2007

Hey. Nice cookies.

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I'm on this total comfort read binge, and gobbling up as much Lisa Kleypas library as possible. But I can't find my copyp of "Devil in Winter." I think I loaned out my ARC, and gave one of you Bellas my only new copy.

So, I'm left here with the Bow Street Runner series, and the 16, yes, 16 boxes of Girl Scout cookies I bought from neighborhood kids. No. I can't imagine what I wuz thinkin. They just looked so good in the pictures, and the little girls reminded me of the goofy Brownie uniform I used to wear. (But then Dave asked me to do the whole French Maid thing instead. Oh, TMI)?

What do you like about Lisa Kleypas novels? Or Lisa Kleypas for that matter. Who's your favorite LK hero?

Me? I'm thinkin Becks would make a great St. Vincent, no? OK. I was just looking for an excuse to post this photo that MaryKate sent, and for some reason it got me thinkin of cookies, and...

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Encore! Grazie mille Ann Christopher for getting us to talk about sex after our long, dry spell! Please come get us worked up again any time!

Encore due! ev; julieinohio; mona, Ann selected you randomly to each win a copy of her new novel, "Risk." Please email her through her contact page at AnnChristopher.com.
Encore tre! Read my feature of Lisa Kleypas' "Devil in Winter" here. And check out an Old Flame of Lisa's "Lady Sophia's Lover."

50 comments:

MaryKate said...

OMG! Becks would make an AWESOME St. Vincent! Excellent call, Michelle! Dayum he's delicious.

We'd have to work on his accent though. He's got a London street thug accent. But, you know what? I don't need him to talk. LOL!

*MK who obviously missed her meds today*

Vivi Anna said...

Not a LK reader. If she ever decided to write about a demon named St. Daimon, or something like that, then I'd be there in the flesh...err, I meant in a flash...

I love those cookies though! Havent' had those in years. And Becks dipped in choclate and sprinkled coconut...mmmmm, YUMMY!

Julie in Ohio said...

LOL, MK!!

Becks has the right amount of unrepentant badboy to him that he could pull off St.Vincent...

Lisa Kleypas. How much I do love her. Let me count the ways...
She is absolutely positively brilliant. If she has written a book that wasn't an instant success, I don't know anything about it. She is a comfort read for me, too. I can pick up any of hers (and have) and get lost in the story yet again.
To pick just one fav hero, isn't fair. I have loved them all at one point or another. :o)
The Bow Street Runners are splendid. I love Sir Ross Cannon. He tugged at my heart strings. As did, Grant Morgan and Nick Gentry... YUMMY!!!

Playground Monitor said...

Uh... isn't that photo of Becks a wee bit uhm... revealing?

I haven't read LK so I can't comment. Sorry. But I do love me some Thin Mint cookies. Yum! Fortunately for my rapidly expanding arse, no Girl Scouts came to my door selling cookies this year.

Kalen Hughes said...

Love LK. Her books (and heroes!) are fab! But I think I'm missing the gene that forces most women to fall down and pant when it comes to Becks. There's just something really "off" about the way his torso is put together (I have the same problem with the dude who plays Sawyer on LOST).

MaryKate said...

Uh... isn't that photo of Becks a wee bit uhm... revealing?

Ooooh yeah. And that's why I sent it to Michelle. Cause she understands my need for the diiiirty, and a little sweaty. It's a variation on this year's theme: "Hot and Wet"

MaryKate said...

Oh, right, the actual topic...what do I love about Lisa K? Um, everything. But I think that she does Regency/Victorian guy speak really well. She understands how to make the hero's inner monologue genuine and realistic, and so that makes her heroes among the best out there.

Derek Craven takes it to a whole 'nother level as far as I'm concerned. He's a street thug, he's big, tough, brawny, and noble in his own way. And the way he protects Sara, and then absolutely cherishes her once he's got her. And then, when his temper is up, he slips back to street rat...well. I'm just saying, LK knows heroes. And she writes the hell out of them.

Michelle Buonfiglio said...

um,yeah play! I didn't notice it at first, but then the pic just inspired me. Hot and wet/dirty and sweaty it all works for me.

I see what you mean, Kalen, but the parts put together is so damn hot. Gesu. That Posh is one lucky woman. I'm starting to get the sense that maybe she's just too busy to eat and not really anorectic. God. Becks, Becks, Becks, breakfast, lunch, dinner. See what you started, Vivs?

But, wait. We were talkin Kleypas. I do love Sir Ross, too, Jules. And all her heroes who pull themselves up by their bootstraps. Craven is, of course, the king. But i love the guy who was the groom then made his fortune in America. You know, Aline's guy. Shoot. But, anyway, there's a reference to a scene -- a reference, mind you -- that is so erotic, I never forgot it. Kleypas writes such lovely sex and, really, her heroes are magnificent.

Ann Christopher said...

Lisa Kleypas? She's a HUGE favorite of mine. THE DEVIL IN WINTER is my absolute favorite, but WHERE DREAMS BEGIN is a really close second. She knows how to write a great hero, and wonderful sexual tension, that's for sure.

Ann

MaryKate said...

Michelle - McKenna. Mmmmm, McKenna. Again The Magic. My favorite Kleypas of all time.

Stacy~ said...

Are you kidding me??? Seriously, I worship the (writing) ground Lisa walks on. LOVE her, and want to give her major smoochies for all the hot heroes she's given me, er, the readers: Zachary Bennett from "Where Dreams Begin" can get his hands dirty at my table anyday - I'd love to teach him some manners. He has a special place in my...heart. Logan, oh Logan. All that restrained passion that eventually bursts forth. And of course there's dear, darling Derek, THE icon of LK hero worshipping. Many a gal has fallen (willing) victim to the charms of Mr. Craven.

And I can't forget the honorable mentions: Sebastian (who is no lobster but a decadent rake), Matthew, of the quiet yet intense variety that makes a girl swoon, McKenna, the midnight lover of any woman's dreams, the dangerous yet irresistible Prince of dreams Nikolas, one of my favorite pirates of all-time, Justin "the Griffin" Vallerand, sexy Simon....oh how I adore each and every one. LK, you are the queen of historicals (right there with Judith McNaught)!

Michelle Buonfiglio said...

But, how do you really feel about LK, Stace?

rachd said...

*drool*



(rach trying to avoid shorting out her keyboard by drooling)

rachd said...

Oh, right, there was a question.

LK is a goddess! I ADORE her writing. Her heroines are feisty and spirited and don't take no crap off no one and the heroes, OMG!! McKenna--Michelle, I totally know the scene!--Zachary, Derek, Logan, St. Vincent, HOT HOT HOT!!!!!!!!!!!!! Just when you think there is nothing redeeming about the hero (St. Vincent, anyone??) LK makes you believe they *are* reformable. I often get lost in her books. I will forget to eat, go to sleep, you name it. If I want comfort books, she's an immediate grab (JQ and Eloisa too).

As for the GS cookies, I'm waiting for the little darlings to bring them by. I can't *WAIT* from my Samoas and Thin Mints :o).

ashefrog said...

OMG I love them all. LK is a must read for me, I own them all and reread them regularly.

Pick a fav is difficult but I can't believe nobody has mentioned Jack Devlin (Suddenly You) or Alex (Then Came You) or ...

Like I said can't pick just one.

Lis said...

I haven't read any of her books, but nice pic of Becks :o)

Stacy~ said...

Rach have I told you lately that I love you *g*

Michelle, I don't really have an opinion LOL

Jennifer Y. said...

I LOVE Lisa Kleypas's books...not sure I could pinpoint why...she just has great heroes. Derek Craven and Nick Gentry are two of my fave heroes of all time. Worth Any Price featuring Nick is one I re-read quite a bit...very steamy!

rachd said...

Aw, shucks, Stace, I love you too *g*. :oP

I really miss being able to come out and play with you Bellas. I'm trying to pop in a little more frequently, but it's tough sometimes.

Jenni said...

ANY reason is a good reason to post a picture of Becks. Tomorrow is Friday. That sounds like a great reason to post another Becks photo. Topless, please.

I love Lisa Kleypas too.

ev said...

Oh, yeah, I won a book!! congrats to Julie and Mona too!!

I have never read LK, so I can't say anything about the characters. Guess I will have to. sigh.

MaryKate said...

ev - You've never read LK?!?!?! Get thee to a bookstore, woman! ;o)

Seriously, she's a superb writer. Start with Dreaming of You. It's the quintessential Kleypas and consistently ranks in the top 10 on AAR's list of Top 100 romances. It is truly a master work.

Stacy~ said...

Yep Ev, listen to our resident bookpimp. Dreaming of You is Derek's story. He's a romantic hero legend.

CrystalG said...

I love LK's books. Great heroes and heroines. I am always swept away from page one.

ev said...

Fine, I will add her to the every growing list. (sighs heavily)

Julie in Ohio said...

In my opinion, I think Ev should start with Then Came You. It shows a pre-Derek that shouldn't be missed. Then go on to Dreaming of You.
Derek Craven is a hero you can't get too much of.

MaryKate said...

Jules - I agree with you, but find that if you only get one shot to get someone to read an author, I always go with the best example of the author's work. Now, don't get me wrong, Again the Magic is my favorite Kleypas, but I think if ev gets hooked on Kleypas, she can go back and read Then Came You. Also, since ev seems like a hero girl, I'd recommend DoY. If she was more of a heroine girl, I'd recommend TCY. At least, that's my thinking.

Although really, you can never go wrong with Kleypas of any kind. I've never been disappointed in her books. Not a one.

Mona said...

Hey ev, thanks. Congrats to you too and Julie.
Another thing we have in common beside winning. I haven't read for LK too. Ok let's keep this just between you and me.

Julie in Ohio said...

Amen, MK! I agree whole-heartedly with you.
I just have a tinge of OCD so I need to do things in a specific order. I just assume everyone has the same dysfunction. :o)

Ev-- Go to any bookstore. Stand in front of the Kleypas section. Close your eyes and grab one off the rack. As MK said, you can never go wrong with any of her books.
That goes for all the others that said they've never read any Lisa Kleypas books. She is an author that should not be missed.

As for GS cookies, I have two little girlie scouts in my house so I get my share cookies. They freeze very well and the Tag-A-Longs are my favorites. :o)

Julie in Ohio said...

Thanks, Mona. Congrats to you, too.

Now, you and Ev get yourselves to Amazon and start adding to your TBR stack. If you don't already have one, I suggest you begin one. :o)

Lois said...

Oh, I love the last three Wallflower books. . . Then there are all the Bow Street Runner ones. And Suddenly You. I still have more that I haven't read just yet, but I will one day! :)

Lois

ev said...

Mona- I think we are out of luck on the keeping it between us department. Thanks for sticking up for me!

Julie- my TBR pile is ridiculous, and then there are the ones that keep coming from the library. I think i have 5 or 6 waiting for me now.

I am one of those that has to read in order, and I have my g/c from b&n.com so i have a list on it. the 2 LK's that were reccommended and Night Life by elizabeth Guest.

Michelle Buonfiglio said...

Hi, Bellas! There's a great column over at Romancing the Blog about the newkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkk

oops. got distracted by Becks for a sec there.

Anywayz, the columns by on of the folks from RomanceScholar Listserve/Teach Me Tonight. Sarah's discussing the new state of romance scholarship and how important the reader is to study of the genre. She also lauds the fact that scholars now are often romance readers, and likens the work of the academic to what you do here every day: think about why you like romance, and put it all into words. You might wanna check it out.

Still can't find my Devil in Winter. Yeah, thanks, McKenna's the hero I was thinking of.

And you know, what's this about a pirate LK?

Kate Pearce said...

oh becks...


love LK too!

catslady said...

Oh, I haven't read anything by her as yet but she is definitely on my tbb list>

ashefrog said...

I discovered Lisa in an anthology called Three Weddings and A Kiss, ran out the got my hands on everything I could and never looked back. IF you haven't read anything of hers, you are really missing out. IMHO

Mona said...

Yeah Ev, you've got a point there. But look at the bright side that's still yet the first author we haven't read for wait till we got another one. We'll work on it. You're welcome though I'll need you to stick up with me this time at least you've done your homework and went to amazon. Actually I went out. Think Julie would be very upset with me?

Julie in Ohio said...

Ah, Mona, what are we to do with you? :P

CarolH. said...

Hi all,

Perfect timing Michelle, I just got my copy of Sugar Daddy on Thursday! Just as you said, I loved it. I'm a huge LK fan! I think Gage is my new favorite LK hero. But I like Stacey's list too. I can't wait for the discussion on this book to begin.

Stacy~ said...

Hey Michelle and Bellas, happy Saturday.

Justin "the Griffin" Vallerand is a pirate in "Only With Your Love". I think that was my first LK. I need to give it a re-read....

Michele said...

Wow! Michelle! That's a lotta cookies!
Where's the party?

Oh, that's right. Here. *grin*

As for LK? She's the one I blame for converting me to historicals.
Each time I think I can pick my favorite hero, she writes a new one and he's even better.

With all those wonderful hero guys, here's the question:

What's wrong with a harem?

Michelle Buonfiglio said...

Excellent query, Michele! Nothing, as far as I'm concerned.

Oh...Justin! I haven't read it, but I just re-read his Dad's story, "When Strangers Marry." Now I've gotta have it.

We can always count on our Kate Pearce for a drive-by Becks ogle. Hey , Kate!

Mona, Jules does tend to crack the whip around here. Yeah, you'd think that'd be Vivi Anna's job, wouldn't ya.

Ashefrog! That's an awesome anthology! Plus, you get Lorretta Chase, for God's sake, and Catherine Anderson, I think, and who else? All great. Just read it a couple months ago. :)

Oh, Carol! So glad you like it! Gage is so crush-worthy. That limo scene? oh, man, oh, man.

ev, you are such a good reader, doing your homework! I think you're gonna love LK. What's this crew suggesting to go with first? I'd start with one of her older first. Oh, sheesh, I hope you like her, cause it's so cool to find a new author then realize how many great books she's already got out to work through.

hi, cats! good to see ya. btw, do you, like, like cats? I love em... mine has an enormous body and a teeny, tiny head. You should see her when she lays on her back for her tummy to be petted. It's as pathetic as it is funny.

Michelle Buonfiglio said...

Imeant to say thanks, stace, for the justin info.

ElsieHogarth said...

I just love LisaK. My all time favorite is "The Devil in Winter" (Evie & Sebastian). I just love Bad Boys because you know deep down inside they have a heart that needs a little thawing out and in all ways they are sooo goood.

David Beckham is adorable but what's up with the voice. Maybe he should take some voice lessons like Jason Lewis did to stop sounding a little like a girl.

Mona said...

Michelle, when you put it this way. Consider the job done.

Julie in Ohio said...

Ha. Ha. There are comedians around every corner... :p

You know, I find it interesting that I can't seem to place Becks voice. I don't know if I've ever heard him speak before. I guess I'm more into admiring from a distance... :o)

ev said...

what a hard day today was. sigh.
we left for NYC at 7am and hubby dropped daughter and i at MOMA so she could do something for one of her classes. he went to play with the grandson's. then once her task was completed, we went SHOPPING!! big surprise. we hit the M&M store in Times Square. Big Mistake. And Virgin Records. also big mistake. we did walk in and turn and walk out of the Hershey Store. Aren't we good? I hope I remember to tell hubby that when he gets the credit card bill next month. wasn't i a good little wife. hahahaha

we took the subway back to the kids place, getting off at the WTC stop. daughter hasn't been there since 6 weeks after 9/11, so she got to see it cleaned up, not filled with the debris. Amazing how damn big that place is. and the fellings it still invokes.

rachd said...

Wow! What a fabulously boring day, Ev. I don't know how you stood it ;oP.

orannia said...

Mornin' Michelle and Bellas :)

I know I've very late in posting, but I couldn't resist adding in my two cents. I LOVE St Vincent - he is definitely my favourite LK character (and I don't normally like blondes). Devil in Winter is definitely my favourite LK book too. I also liked the fact that Evie was not conventionally pretty. Why is it that most writers only have stunningly beautiful heroines? (Sorry, I have a bee in my bonnet about that topic).

Hmmm, Becks as St Vincent - YUP, I could see that. More so than Brad Pitt.

orannia

MaryKate said...

Hey Vivi - If you're reading this, you've been holding back on me girl! I was just catching up on my blog hopping, and hopped over to Nalini Singh's. She featured your new Nocturne (smokin' cover, BTW) on her Feb. 20th blog!!!

You didn't tell us you knew Nalini! Have you read her books? I'd love to hear what you think.

MUAH!
MK