Thursday, May 10, 2007

Mmmm, Pass Me The KFC, Luvah...

Romance: B(u)y the Book and this blog
move to LifetimeTV.com in late June. Details soon!
Oh, and I've got a fun secret to tell you about Monday!
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Well, we had a great time yesterday talking with Eve Ortega/Tessa Dare about all the things we love -- and love to hate, as she put it -- about romance novel covers. So with apologies to folks who don't much care for the nekkid backs, I give you some of the very same.

Why? Cause I love Kresley Cole's novels, and had forgotten til Bella MaryKate reminded me as she began her Cole journey with Cole's latest, "If You Desire," not to be confused with Connie Brockway's "As You Desire," another fab historical on my keeper shelf.

Why do I dig Cole? Especially in her first two novels, her heroes are unabashedly alpha, leaning toward Old School. And I absolutely sink. into. her. stories.

OK. There's this little tiny thing about an occasional slip of voice that's a tad anachronistic -- I'm warning youz purists in advance cause I don't want you to miss out on great reads just because of a couple cadences of language.

Cole's novels have great sub-plots filled with thrills and danger, but the thick of the thing is totally the love story. sigh. Nary a TSTL chick in sight, but you can find some believably forward-thinking debs. And her Highlanders? Ah, it's so nice to have a strapping Highlander around for a good weekend's read.

Her paras are strong, too. :)

And did I mention that the novels are fuhlippin hawt? Totally in context, totally mouthwatering; you will so totally blush if you read this stuff on the metro, not cause it's graphic, but because you feel every vulnerability expressed in and out of the clinch.

You might want to try Kresley Cole's stuff if you love historicals - specially Highlanders - or you just want to try a historical with the feel but not the history lesson. And if I can work it out, we'll have Cole visit with us soon.

So. You're stuck in a hotel suite for a weekend with a phone and a romance novel hero of your choice. Who's your hero -- and -- what kind of take-out do you order in?

27 comments:

Julie in Ohio said...

LOL, Michelle!! Are you going on any trips soon? :D

I am currently reading "Oceans of Fire" by Christine Feehan. So I would say the hero to have is a Russian Interpol Agent with serious protective instincts (you have to be careful who's knocking on your suite door), but ditch the phone first thing. You don't want any interruptions. As for take-out, pizza is always a crowd favorite or maybe only strawberries and champagne. I hear they go great together. ;o)

MaryKate said...

Mmm, three topics I love:

Kresley Cole - She's my latest glom, I swear her royalties are going to go up this month just from me reading and then gushing about her books!

Romance Heros - I choose Rhage (LE - JR Ward). Why? He makes with the dirty talk, and well, you get two for the price of one with him. I'd settle for Lucas Hunter (Slave to Sensation - Singh), why? Well, he's just big cuddly kitty-cat who'll take a bite out of you! LOL!

Take-out - General Tso's for MK. Yummy!

MaryKate said...

Hey Bellas - I'm blogging over at Stacy's joint: http://trelainastarblazer.blogspot.com/

Come visit us!

Playground Monitor said...

I'm trying to get ready to fly to my mom's tomorrow and tend to her once she gets out of the hospital. I'm trying to decide which books to take to read. Decisions, decisions. Of course it's not like they don't have a book store there. I just figured I'd made a small dent in my TBR pile.

Given that I'm headed out of town, our joint blog with Michelle won't be happening tomorrow after all. But we're set up for next month.

My fave heroes are all over the place -- I'm easy. :grin: And fave take-out? Well... it has to involve cheesecake somehow.

Marilyn

Lois said...

Ooh, I'll go with the last hero in the last book that I reeeeallly loved. . . Heath Boscastle in The Wedding Night of an English Rogue by Jillian Hunter. I want him! :)

And chocolate. Mostly because there is some in the other room, and I can't have any. LOL :)

Lois

orannia said...

Decisions, decisions...

OK, no contest. JR Ward's Rehvenge. For any one who hasn't met him, he is EVIL...and as for take-out, well - he has me, what more does he need (I so wish :) On the other hand, I will need to keep my strength up - berries (any and all) and ice-cream (I so miss Ben and Jerry's)...oh, and some ice.

orannia

PS Out of interest, which historical Kresley Cole book should I start with please? They sound gooooood :)

carolanne said...

Hi Michelle,

Can't wait for your annoucement on Monday. Congrats again on the move. Hmmmm....which hero...this is tough. Since I just re-read Lover Revealed, I will pick Butch and how about some Italian?:-)

Vivi Anna said...

Can I order in a Vivi sub-sammich?

It finally feels like Spring and I need to get my sammich on...you know what I mean????

MaryKate said...

Orannia - I started with IF YOU DESIRE, and I loved it. I'm currently reading IF YOU DARE (which is actually the first in the series). I don't like it quite as much, but it's still great.

Not sure that helps.

MK

orannia said...

Many thanks MK :) I'm not a sticker with starting with the first in a series, so I'll hunt down 'If You Desire'.

orannia

Michelle Buonfiglio said...

Thanks, Carolanne! I think we'll have some fun. You wrote: I will pick Butch and how about some Italian?:-)

Um, I'm always up for a little Italian.

Vivs: yes, it's springtime, and sammiches are always in fashion. Again, howza bout a nice Italian sammich? Just add Canna and Eros from Rona Sharon's "My Wicked Prirate." Yes, I know you'd order the foot long.

I like Orianna's fresh berries and cream idea, too.

Ooo, I gotta say, MK, I liked "If you Dare" very much, and enjoyed re-reading it before I read "If You Desire" yesterday. And, don't hate me, but I'm getting a copy of "If You Deceive" soon.

Of course, you can read the series in any order, but there are some themes that run through. Is this our first disagreement, MK?


Good girl, lois. Maybe Godiva delivers to swanky hotel suites?

Play, cheesecake? Cheesecake? That's just too close to beefcake, ya know? w/ or w/out strawberry or chocolate sauce?

Take-out pizza is always a "crowd favorite," JulieO? You do understand you get to choose only one hero, doncha? Unless you go w/the sammich. Are toppings allowed, Vivs?

Vivi Anna said...

Hey I'm about toppings... :-)

MaryKate said...

Michelle - Naw this isn't going to be a disagreement, I haven't finished the book, so I can't draw a final conclusion. I may end up loving the book. And, of course, I do hate you for getting IF YOU DECEIVE. ;o)

Stacy~ said...

Fun topic!

If I was gonna shack up temporarily with a Brother, it's gonna be Vischous. I don't know why, but I love that dirty boy.
Or if I can't have him, I'd seriously consider being the filling in a Sam Starrett and Wildcard Oreo. Handcuffs and multiple O's...yeah, that sounds like a party.

Speakin' of Sam, I'm thinkin' I'd take a page outta Sam's & Alyssa's book and call for chocolate syrup, and add ice cream. A batch of chips and salsa for some spice. Maybe dial up some honey, some grapes, and throw in a few pixie stix for dessert. And add raspberry vitamin water to take the edge off my thirst.

I'm reading Jaci Burton's Wild, Wicked and Wanton before starting Cole's If You Desire. Hot, hot hot.

MaryKate said...

Stace - Don't forget the black wax...

catslady said...

I'm all for variety so my hero is usually the one I'm reading about. Pizza is a great choice and also Chinese since you know how they say you'll want to go back for more lol.

Stacia said...

Good morning, Bellas!

OK - my hero would be Jean Claude from Laurell K. Hamilton's Anita Blake Vampire Hunter series. That man just seems sooooooo sexy and the French accent - Ooh La La. From room service - would probably have to me some shrimp cocktail - yummy.

Kelly F. said...

Hmmmm, this is really hard. There are too many en to pick from. LOL! I would have to say any of the ones listed:
1.) Zach Benedict from Judith McNaught's "Perfect"
2.) Theo Buchanan from Julie Garwood's "Mercy"
3.)Alex Romero from Roxanne St. Claire's "Kill Me Twice"
4.) Cosmo Richter from Suzanne Brockmann's "Hot Target"
As for the take out....some nice fresh fruit would be nice. :p

Julie in Ohio said...

"Take-out pizza is always a "crowd favorite," JulieO? You do understand you get to choose only one hero, doncha?"

If they're all in the same fam, won't it count as one? I mean, they only have *one* last name.

I'm missing me some Anthony Bridgerton and bros. I think we need to get reaquainted...

amy*skf said...

Michelle, I thought your Italian was always up for you.

Black wax, black wax?

Marilyn, good luck with Mom--hope everything will be okay, hope you have time to catch up on your TBR pile. I just keep adding and adding...we'll have fun next month when we play with all the playground.

You guys, I'm feelin' a little ADD about picking a hero--I like kellyf's idea of a list.

Can I just say I love Kresley Cole's covers--I like back. So now I've got another book to find. But right now I'm reading Mona Lisa Awakening--and Michelle, I gotta tell you, I'm loving it--it's a little uneven at times--but for the most part I like the characters and the premise. I know, I know, not your cuppa.

We go for the pizza and hoagies, but it has to be from Frankie's.

MaryKate said...

Black wax, black wax?

Yeah Ames, V likes Black Wax. OOOOUCH!

Michelle Buonfiglio said...

Hey, Bellas! I was out all. flippin. day. volunteering for this Junior Achievement thing my son's class participated in. Like, I thought it was gonna be a couple hours. Not. Sheesh, I don't know how teachers do it.

Amy, I can't touch a single thing you've written about. I'm speechless.

Jules, I don't know if I buy the family thing. Are you talking all the Bridgerton men? Hmmm. Does that include the men the chicks married, too? Cause I remember a yummy Duke, and I kinda dug Gareth, too.

Stacia -- ok, this is gonna sound mean, or like I'm lording it over youz -- but I just got the first 5 comics in the AB series from Marvel/Dabel bros.

Holy God! Jean Claude? He's a frikkin cartoon and he's got me hot. That's just plain wrong, isn't it? Sure, Popeye had that brawny thing going on -- and for that matter, the Brawny guy was kinda hunky in an "He's a Lumberjack and He's OK," kinda way. But Jean Claude?

Just, Holy. God. 's'all's I'm sayin.

Good on the Chinese, C-lady, cause, you're right: you eat some and 1/2 hour later, you're hungry again. Please tell me I'm not the only one who's ever heard that.

Hey, Kellyf! good to see you again. Nice LIST. But what about the eats?

Stace, I just started Burton's WWW, and can I say that I worked w/ veterinarians for years and never, ah say, never met any that hot. Best guy friends, no less. I started it in the car while I was waiting for my kids and was so mad I had to put it down. It's really hot. I think it's the first of hers I've read. :)

Kelly F. said...

LOL!! Sorry to be away for so long Michelle. We have a "Relay For Life" (American Cancer Society overnight walk)coming up the middle of June and I am a captain for a team. So we are trying to raise money with fundraisers and plan our tent theme for the overnight walk. Things have been kinda hectic with all that goes into this. My team is walking for my Uncle who passed away at the age of 41 2 years ago. Anyway, I have missed visiting the blog. And couldn't help but finally check in this morning.

As for the eats...I did put Fresh Fruit down...LOL!! But I could also be persuaded to have maybe a good ole fashion cheese burger.

amy*skf I just couldn't possibly pick one....how about one for each room and being in a suite?? LMAO!

danetteb said...

I haven't read Kresley's historicals yet but her immortals are hot,I wouldn't mind be stuck with any of them with a dessert cart.*g*

Stacy~ said...

Well black wax might be on V's dinner menu, but it's not on mine. I'm big on improv.

Michelle, I finished Burton's WWW and totally dug how it captured a lot of woman's most private fantasies and also how girlfriends talk to each other about them. And there's heaps of emotion, which gets me everytime. If you guys love hot stories, I highly recommend Jaci Burton's latest. It was my first, but certainly not my last.

Michele said...

ACk!
Stacy~!
OH My GOSH! I just discovered
Sam Starrett and Wild CArd and I am in L.O.V.E.!

I'm reading Cosmos' story right now ...in fact Max and Jones are right up there.
Instead of a sammich, can I have one of those quadruple deckers -- oooh, A club Sandwich, right? Isn't that what you call them?

I'd like a Brockmann SEAL Club sammich please!
"Deck" the halls with Izzy and Lopez too!

Yeah, I like those Dark Brother's too, but I'm in SEAL territory now and Ima lovin' it!

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As for Kresley ... Hunger Like No Other..oh yea, that's a great series... I found it be accident reading an anthology and once I read it, I had to search for more in the series. There's something about it that just "grabs" you. Haven't read her other stuff though,.
Is it as good as the paranormal line?

I just read Nigh Lost by Lynn Viehl.
Wow, those Brethen are N.A.S.T.Y.!
and I love the surprise that is Nick.Anyone read the Darkyn series yet?


How about the Dark Wing Chronicles? Just read the latest on that one too.
She has GOT to get over Darius.
Think it will be with St. Fitz?

Michelle, what do you think of AB's puppy eyes and all those scars? Looked too .. I don't know... messy. But yeah, JC has some nice drawings.
That's a great come-on line, isn't it?
"Come inside, Ma Petite, I think you'll like my drawings ...."
*gg*

Michelle Buonfiglio said...

Hi, Michele! Answered you in Saturday's blog. :) See you there.