Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Julia London GuestBlog: Women Go Crazy For A Sharp Dressed Man

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When I began reading romance, I remember being thrilled to stumble across Julia London's Scottish historicals like "Highlander in Love." Then, I really dug her sexy pro athletes like the one in "Hot Ticket." Still, I'm really happy she's got another historical for you, a really terrific one coming out April 17 called "The Perils of Persuing a Prince." After I read the ARC, I immediately went back to read "THoHaD." I totally dig Julia's GuestBlog today. I mean, really, she's totally got a point. Please offer Julia a warm Bella buongiorno...

One of the cool things about writing romance novels is getting to look at the guys who model for the covers and inside art. If you’re lucky enough, and go to the right events, you get to see them in person. Nice. . I’m all for brawn—some of my most successful books have had the brawn on them…nice, hunky, well-defined brawn.

But I realized recently, while watching Pride and Prejudice for the umpteenth time, that there is definitely something to be said for a well-dressed man.

No kidding—Mr. Darcy makes my heart sing. I used to think it was just Colin Firth, who makes my heart sing no matter what he does—but then I realized the new guy was making it sing, too. Was it his British accent, which makes everything a man says incredibly sexy? Or was it the dapper look? The neck cloth tied to perfection? Was I going crazy for a sharp-dressed man?

Upon further consideration (and more movie viewing), I decided yes, well-dressed men are dead sexy. For starters, I think a well-dressed man exudes power. I am definitely attracted to that. If he’s handsome and makes me smile, I am already a sucker. But if we add to the equation that he’s loaded, wants to shower me with “whatever my heart desires,” and will put a very expensive roof over my head (and let me decorate the rooms beneath it) plus take me to nice dinner and make mad love to me, well. That just makes me swoon.

Brawny guy is love under the stars. Mr. Darcy is love on 1,000 thread count sheets. Brawny guy is danger and excitement and sword fights. Mr. Darcy is a stroll through the highest rungs of society, exquisite ball gowns, and waltzing under beeswax candles. Mr. Darcy exuded influence and power and—just like Elizabeth—when I saw Pemberley for the first time, I was there. Forget his stupid pride and prejudices—just give me Pemberely and him for a day!

There is also the uniform thing—I don’t know what it is about handsome men in uniform, but girlfriends, they turn me on. Remember Horatio Hornblower? Did you think there was a scrap he couldn’t get himself out of? A jam he couldn’t think through? And he had men to command to and fro. He was so sexy. Brawny guy—love on the deck. Horatio—love in the officer’s cabin after he sword fights for you.

You may be thinking, well yeah…but you’re talking historical novels. I am, but I’ve also noticed it holds true today. Everyone loves Johnny Depp’s Jack Sparrow, right? That gypsy look is very sexy. But check it out…Johnny looks pretty darn good in a suit, too, doesn’t he? Brawny guy—he’s no Johnny Depp.

What do you think? Are sharp-dressed men sexy? Who do you think is sexy in a suit (hint: not Ryan Seacrest). Who do you think looks better with nothing on? (Hint: Gerard Butler). What is about those historical heroes that make your heart do backflips?

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47 comments:

Mikal said...

I would definitely have to agree. Sharp dressed men show that they care about what they look like (as long as they aren't over the top). And men in suits -- oh gosh, it's so attractive. Yum.

danetteb said...

I still love the tight jeans and no shirt look,I love seeing my husband in just his surf shorts,when he gets dressed up for work its sexy,but I konw he's a smart guy,I don't need the bells and whistles.
Hugs, Danette
http://nenscl.blogspot.com/

Stacy~ said...

Hi Julia! I seem to be stalking, er, following you around LOL. Great to have you here. And morning, Bellas :)

See, my weakness is the blue-collared guy. Men in uniform or all clean-cut and pressed don't really do it for me, not even a well-dressed Becks. Sorry. I mean, some guys, like Johnny here, look fab all dressed up. But it doesn't send my hormones into overdrive.

I love a guy in jeans (unbuttoned) and a t-shirt (or no shirt), something that shows off his body. Maybe a little sweaty (he's gotta bathe!), a bit rumbled, a whole lot sexy. A rugged, masculine guy who does physical stuff like working on cars or building something, no metrosexual man for moi.

It was definitely Colin, after his dive in the pond, that did it for me. With that wet hair and his untucked shirt, oh yeah baby.

Michelle Buonfiglio said...

Buongiorno, Bellas and Julia! I'm writing you from beautiful downtown Toronto, and may I say, I love Canadians? Why arent' there more romances set in Canada? Julia, didn't the Scots settle a lot of this country? I think it fairly begs for an historical, don't you? Could you get right on that?

Well ,I'm so happy you're finally here with us, and I hopeyou'll tell everyne all about "Perils of Pursuing a Prince," cause it's soooo good. Heck, tell us about the series and what you've got planned, ok?

Far as how guys look best? I have to confess I don't meet enough men on a daily basis, working from home and all. Which is probably why I obsess here about the young snaxies.

But as for fantasy, I like descriptions like Stacy's above. brings that P and P magic right back. And I like the idea of guys in button-fly jeans, and, well, if he's just in too much of a hurry getting to the construction site to get to those top couple? More's the better.

I'm trying to think, though, about what guys in real life still make me blush when they're cute. Embarassingly enough, it still happens. And it's never the brainy guys or "suits," but always the "macho" profession guys. God, I'm such an adolescent.

Danetteb, I love how you describe your husband. Do you have pics on your blog by any chance, hmmm?

Mikal, I agree. don't you think any guy who makes an effort to take care of himself looks a little better than the next? If guys have to wear suits, etc. every day, I like when they look comfortable in them I feel bad when they look as though their ties are equivalent to nooses. and hte real hotties are the ones who can do Sat laid-back and business with the same ease.

I'll be back later, Bellas. Thanks again, Julia!

Julie in Ohio said...

Welcome, Julia!! Mornin', Bellas!

LOL! I think Ryan Seacrest looks quite dashing in his suits of many colors... :p

Every girl's crazy for a sharp dressed man but I *love* a man who isn't scared to get dirt under the finger nails. I can really dig a man in a uniform because you know that he isn't afraid to do what needs to be done even if that means he gets smudged. :o)

That being said, seeing my dh dressed in all his finery gets me hotter than hades every time. :o)

Julie in Ohio said...

Hey, Michelle!! I hope you're have fun up in Toronto. I'm so jealous. I love that town. :o)

I hope you gave Eve hugs from all of us last night and don't forget to give Vivi some Bella lovin', too. :o)

MaryKate said...

Mornin' Julia and Bellas. Julia, I'm so glad you're here. I've been a fan for a long time.

Well, this will surprise noone, but I agree with Stacy. ;o)

Give me a blue collar guy any day. I love firefighters, cops, tough guys. I think it's because I love alphas, and these guys put it all on the line every day.

That being said, I loves me some David Beckham, and he's awfully pretty-boy.

But IRL, and in romance, I don't want a pretty boy. I'd rather have a big brawny guy with a slightly crooked nose obtained either from a perp or from a bar brawl.

Julia London said...

Oops...hope I don't post this 100 times.

I was trying to post a hearty hello to everyone (and to you again, Stacy :-)). And to Michele--thanks for having me here! I am happy to see some fans among you.

And okay, I married a blue collar guy. He's big and strong and handsome and he is definitely not afraid of dirt--he doesn't notice it most of the time as my house can attest. But when the boy puts on a suit and tie, oh man, does my heart flutter. Maybe because that is so rare, LOL!

What about Horatio? You gotta love it -- suit AND dirt!

Vivi Anna said...

Welcome Julia. I LOVE a man in uniform and men in suits. I adore seeing a man all spiffed up in a suit and tie, because it makes me want to explore what's underneath when I get him alone. One of my ultimate fantasies used to be, having sex with one of my co-workers in the boardroom of the big company I used to work for...mmmm, then go back to work with his tie eskew...then every time I'd see him I would KNOW what's underneath all that spiff.

Julia London said...

Hey Michelle, is it cold in Toronto, or has spring sprung? Its interesting about the Scottish connection -- I have gotten a lot of mail from transplanted Scots now living in Canada. Why is that? I brazenly asked a reader one time and she said it was her husband's job. But it seems like a lot of Scots are landing there.

As for PoPaP -- it is the second book in the Desperate Debutante series (the first was The Hazards of Hunting a Duke). Its about three aristocratic women who lose their mother suddenly, and then their fortune. But they like living in the lap of luxury and figure out they need to take the bull by the horns if they want to continue living that way--in other words, chart their own fate before fate comes knocking. The third book, The Dangers of Deceiving a Viscount, will be out in October.

And I meant to say earlier -- thank you for the warm welcome. Its great to see fans here!

Julia London said...

Oooh, Vivianna -- what a GREAT fantasy!

Playground Monitor said...

James Bond (in any incarnation) in a tuxedo makes my heart flutter.

And how about those dancers on Dancing with the Stars in those tight costumes? I'm in lust with Maksim. He's graceful and muscular and cute, cute, cute.

Julie in Ohio said...

OOOhhh, Marilyn- I love Dancing with the Stars. It's the only show I watch religiously anymore. You are so right. All of the guys are spotless in their suits... :o)

Mona said...

Hi Julia,

I think sharp dressed men have their own magic. Remember actors of the fifties they always seemed like they were born in either a tuxedo or a suit. Though I think some guys looks good in both formal and jeans. If somebody is great.. well he's great in everything he wears.

MaryKate said...

How 'bout Clooney? Does anyone (who's alive, I believe Cary Grant would give him a run for his money) look as good a tux as Clooney?

He's just such a classic, and is, in the way of truly good looking men, only getting better looking as he ages.

amy*skf said...

Hello Julia, so glad you're here. I was just thinking I love (and married) a blue collar kind of guy, but when that guy dresses--good golly, hold me back...or don't. So I agree with you. When my husband dresses up I go insane--he thinks it's pretty funny, I think it's marvelous.

It must have something to do with anything out of the ordinary--of course when he puts on jeans, t-shirt, sunglasses and a leather do rag, I pretty much go insane again...

Happy belated birthday Marilyn and Kalen!

And Michelle, I'm pouting 'cause you're in Toronto and I'm not.

amy*skf said...

And Marilyn if that James Bond happens to be Daniel Craig--so much the better, Yes?

Marykate, Clooney is the ultimate. But he could look suave in a sack. Or in the sack. Sorry.

Julia London said...

James Bond, George Clooney, and oh yes, Cary Grant et al -- all perfect Johnny Depp-type examples. Of course Johnny Depp could wear a dress and I'd still think he was sexy as hell.

Amy*skf, my husband thinks it is funny, too. But if I go on too much about it, he starts to get that peacock gait in his step, LOL.

amy*skf said...

Ah, yes, the peacock gait--I know it well.

Vivi Anna said...

Julia, it's so funny you say that about Johnny. I thought he was sexy in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory...LOL I thought Dayum! I'd do him even with those big ass old glasses on...

Julia London said...

HAHAHA....Vivi Anna, I don't know if I would admit that. But since you outed yourself, I will stand steadfast beside you -- Johnny Depp is hot no matter what!

What about Gerard Butler? Anyone see him in 300? Now there are some bare-chested manly men for you!

Cherie said...

I think sharp-dressed men are sexy. They just ooze confidence because they know they look good. Thanks for being here Julia!

Cherie japp

Vivi Anna said...

mmm, yup Gerard Butler is sexy no matter what. I loved 300!

Maggie Robinson said...

I found the one copy of PPP early in my local bookstore and snapped it right up yesterday.

Thank you for the Ioan Gruffudd picture. I am completely obsessed with young Horatio Hornblower, dressed or undressed. His Burberry ads with Rachael Weicz (hmm, don't think that spelled correctly) are dreamy. He's on my bulletin board gazing off in the distance. Hey, look at me, Ioan, down here.

Julia London said...

Wow, Maggie, I have not seen those Burberry ads. I must get me some of that!

Thanks for picking up the copy of PPP. Be sure and stop by my website and check out the "freebies" section -- I am having a special drawing for all the early birds who buy my book.

Maureen said...

I like to see men dress up in suits. When I watch the stars before the Oscars I think the best looking men are wearing the traditional tuxedo.

Kate Pearce said...

I think we share the same fantasies-your list was my list and I'll add David Beckham and George Clooney if that's okay with you!

Julia London said...

Maureen, I love Oscar night. So dapper!

And Kate, we can definitely add Becks and George. What was I thinking? George should have been on there to begin with!

Kalen Hughes said...

I love me a hot metrosexual. What can I say, I live in San Francisco. *grin* Clive Owen on the cover of GQ? Total hot flash moment.

CrystalG said...

I do like a sharp dressed man. I think Johnny Depp and Matthew McConaughey look great in a suit.

robynl said...

Love me a well dressed man. I love David James Elliott in his Naval uniform.

orannia said...

Morning Julia, Michelle and Bellas (OK, it's still morning here :)

Hmmm, I think I'm agreeing with the masses. I like my alpha males to be well dressed, but I also like them in..what was it you said Stacy? Oh yes:

'...jeans (unbuttoned) and a t-shirt (or no shirt)...'

If they can wear both....is it hot in here?

orannia

Julia London said...

Oooh, Kalen, I forgot all about Clive Owen. Yum. Mattie's a good suit boy, too, although I never see him in one. Oh, and James David Elliot! Yessss!

Sue A. said...

Clothes really do make the man! A well groomed,and well dressed man suggests not only good breeding, but success and power. But that's not to say I would not like those same clothes to come off in the bedroom.

Playground Monitor said...

The Burberry ad.

M

Stacy~ said...

Oh MK and Jules, I knew I could count on my Bella sisters to back me up, though there's absolutely nothing wrong with a sharp-dressed man...that a little roughing up won't cure LOL. Love the dirt under the fingernails, too, Jules.

Vivi, you reminded me of a comment I made probably a year ago about one of my fantasies, but it was involving one of the mechanics and instead of the boardroom, it was the desk in my office. Alas, he's married, so that fantasy will have to play out with another leading man, provided I can find one that flips my switch like my mechanic (still) does. Of course I'm a raging introvert, so it might take some effort to work up the courage, but hey, it's good to have a goal, right?

I liked Ioan and Clive in "King Arthur", all battle-worn and scarred and hot as hell. Give me a warrior. Gerard Butler will do quite nicely.

Geez, the hormones are in overdrive today. Must be the SNOW we've been getting - I need something to keep the chill at bay.

KimW said...

I'm a fan of well dressed men, but I also like to see them in worn, torn, tight jeans. lol Johnny...he's my favorite no matter what he's wearing.

Julia London said...

Ooooh, thank you so much for the burberry ad! I am surprised I haven't seen it and zeroed right in on it.

Stupid question -- is that just an ad, or are they really an item? (I can' believe I would have missed that scoop, but stranger things have happened).

ev said...

I like 'em both ways- dressed up all snazy or blue collar working man.

Hubby looks best all dressed up- I just made him buy a new suit and a whole bunch of new stuff. Poor guy doens't know what hit him.

MaryKate said...

Stupid question -- is that just an ad, or are they really an item? (I can' believe I would have missed that scoop, but stranger things have happened).

Julia - Rachel Weisz is married to Darron Aronfsky, a director. She was pregnant last year when she won the Oscar.

Just think, some sort of useful information could be using the space that that little tidbit is using in my brain.

Julia London said...

Hey Ev, its sort of fun to dress them, isn't it? They're so pliable--at least my husband is. He doesn't have too many opinions about what I suggest he buy or wear except when it comes to dress shoes. They MUST be lace-up. No cool men's shoes of him, I am sorry to say.

And thanks, Marykate, for the update on Rachel and Ioan. I was feeling a little bent out of shape that it got past me, LOL. But then, when I read your comment, I remembered that she was very pregnant when she won the Oscar. Duh.

Julia London said...

I want to thank you all for the warm welcome and the most excellent discussion about sharp-dressed men!

I hope you'll remember me next week when The Perils of Pursuing a Prince comes out, and please don't forget to check out my drawing for everyone who manages to pick up a copy next week. There are five lucky grand prize winners and ten second place winners!

See it all at http://www.julialondon.com

And don't forget--I'll let you know who the lucky Bellas are on Friday.

Shannon said...

Hmmm... in a suit Johnny Depp, in nothing (or very little) Hugh Jackman. Low slung worn jeans, no shirt, no shoes my hubby, hands down.

tobfree35 said...

In tight jeans, a white or black snug fitting tee, and a jacket. Hot
Kimberly L

Karen Foley said...

Hi Julia! What a fun topic! I am so completely, over the moon in love (lust?) with Gerard Butler! He's actually the inspiration for my next book, Uncivilized Behavior. While I do love a sharp dressed guy (Hugh Jackson in Kate & Leopold made my heart flutter), there's nothing like a manly display of muscles and sweat to really make me swoon.

flip said...

Love, love buff guys in uniforms. The key word is buff!!!! Overweighted cops with a big pot belly don't have much impact. BEG. Love guys dressed up, but I also like guys in tight tshirts and jeans. Can't stand slovenly or dirty.

Abby Gaines said...

yes, yes, yes! Well-dressed men are sexy. Wealthy, historical well-dressed men are even sexier because they never have to consider mundane things (that's what servants are for), so they can be carelessly charming.

Men in uniform are sexy, too, but one should always bear in mind that outside of their uniform the odds are they're no more than average. They have no choice about their uniform, so there personal taste might be horrible. Whereas a well-dressed guy is the real thing.
Abby