Sunday, March 12, 2006

To Heck with Peoria

Pollyanna here writes Romance: B(u)y the Book for a general audience; all column content gotta play in Peoria, ya feel me?

That ain't the case here, Bellas.

So leave your "Oh! But I love my husband too much, blah blah blah" self at the door and dish:

Name the romance novel hero with whom you'd most wanna make passionate, sweaty, do-me-up-against-the-wall love all night long?

And for some snaxy inspiration:

Encore! Nathan Kamp.


Kati said...

Well, my current OOL (object of lust) is Rhage from JR Ward's brilliant LOVER ETERNAL. He's gorgeous and well, big and a little rough around the edges (not to mention he's got an inner monster that comes out too.) It's a 2-fer-1! ;oP

Michelle Buonfiglio said...

Ooh, yeah, Kate. Out-of-the gate and we're off with a great one. Rhage.

And, let's all get this acro down now, cause I suspect we'll be using it a lot in this discussion:

BiMBiAW/bimbaw: Big man, big in all ways.

I like the big, rought ones like rhage who've got the beast within, but who need to be loved to be saved and learn some other lesson. But that's not important in this conversation, is it?

anneg said...

Michelle it will come as no surprise to you when I say Valerius Magnes is #1 for me. All that icy cool on the outside and hot decadent fire on the inside. Oh yeah! Or is it Adam Black the quintessential bad boy who can be gentle and caring and full of passion. I just love the black hair tied back in a queue. Sweet dreams are made of this.

Kati said...

I'm also a huge fan of Dane Hollister (DREAM MAN by Linda Howard) also Wyatt Bloodsworth (TO DIE FOR also by Linda Howard).

Linda Howard has such a knack for writing big, brawny sexual men. She also writes some of the best "guy-speak" in the business, IMO.

Either way, both characters can barely contain their lust/love for their heroines. Wyatt in particular is a terrific piece...of work.

SIGH. I'm gonna go reread TO DIE FOR.

Stacy~ said...

Well, I like a lot of 'em ;) And I'm liking the sound of this Rhage guy. JR''s books are next....

There's Bram from Lori Foster's "Luring Lucy", oofta, he is HOT! Now that is a MAN.

Then there's another one from Lori, Sam Watson from "My House, My Rules".

And while I'm on a Lori kick, um, Jamie Creed anyone?

Then there's Sam Donovan from "Mr. Perfect" by Linda Howard.

Michael Stirling from Julia Quinn's "When He Was Wicked".

Derek Craven from "Dreaming of You" and Zachary Bronson from "Where Dreams Begin".

If you're wondering why I named so many, it's cuz I think they're rather similar and it's difficult to settle for one - they're all snaxy.

Right now I'm picturing Nathan as every single one of them, too (especially as he looks on the cover of Kinley MacGregor's latest).

Lori Foster said...

LOL. Thanks Stacy. I'm flattered.

I agree with MaryKate about Dane Hollister - wowza. What a guy! Dream Man is one of my all time favorite books ever! And as MaryKate said, Linda Howard writes some of the best hunkiest hunks out there. All those Mackenzie men... swoon!


Michelle Buonfiglio said...

Stacy! oofta? Do we have another piece of Stacy IP to add to the RBtheBlog lexicon with your permission? Does any word describe better that emotion/sensation?

Yeah. Jaimie. Ooo. And Noah Harper from "Too Much Temptation," which has, like, one of my fave erotic scenes from a romance ever. When I described it to my husband, he said it had hemingway-esque Christ imagery. Then he just said it was really hot, and kinda smiled that, well, you know that smile...

OO oo. Val, AnneG. On his knees with his head on whazzername's lap. Just, subjigating himself to her power over him. oofta, indeed.

And, yes! Derek. And, Adam. Black. Wouldn't it be great if we still had village blacksmiths?

I don't know Dane and Wyatt. Shoot. More TBR.

And our man, Nathan, sure could be a lot of em. He's definitely my Valerius now.

Oh, yeah, Michael Stirling! That was a kinda dark one for Julia and I loved it. One never looks at an escritoir the same way again after Michael.

(xcuse my spelling, pls)

Kristi Cook said...

I can only choose *one*? Hmmm, well, it's funny, 'cause I mostly read historicals, but the hero that's jumping to mind right now is Colin Byre from SEP's "Ain't She Sweet." He's a hero that really stayed with me--despite the fact that he was initially described as not so very attractive AND he did some pretty mean things at the beginning of the book. By the end of the book, though, I was positively panting over him!!

Kristi Cook said...

That should read Colin Byrne. I can't type today!

MelissaJoe said...

How about ALL the SG5 heroes from Jill Shalvis.

Totally hunky knock your socks off heroes. The current one from her new release (available April 1 but already shipping ) Deep Breath is Harry Van Zandt. Totally to die for and the book rocks!

check her out

She was recently reviewed/interviewed at Buy the Book.


Stacy~ said...

LOL. Well, oofta is used a lot by Finnish people (like my family), as well as the lovely MaryJanice Davidson, who used it in her Undead books a bit, so I'll let the credit go to her for making it a part of the vernacular ;)

Michelle, you do seem to get the gist of it rather well.

Michelle Buonfiglio said...

Isn't the arc from bastard to on-his-knees in love very sexy sometimes? Brenda Joyce writes these totally horrid heroes who are so hot my feminist brain gets totally over-ridden by my libido. Devlin O'neill and , oh, shoot, i can't remember names, the guy from "Masquerade."

But they still aren't my do-me-against-the-wall favorites. Which, btw, have been some of my fave scenes in romance novels.

One of my memorable heroes is Mike Ryder from Susana Carr's short "Wicked Ways," from "How to Be a Wicked Woman." Mike's amercenary, totally rough, not a traditionally attractive man. But he's sweet inside, while totally-leashed on the outside. And, he's working undercover as a librarian! Nerd Girl fantasy material.

Michelle Buonfiglio said...

Oh. My . God.


nuff said.

Amanda said...

Sebastian from Lisa Kleypas's Devil in Winter.

Lucky Luc from Rachel Gibson's See Jane Score.

Definitely Adam Black. What a hottie...and gotta love his leather pants...

What a wonferful way to start the week....

Amanda said...

Oh, and Michelle, do you know who the cover model is for Lord Perfect? Because he is...well...perfect!

Michelle Buonfiglio said...

Ok. I don't. But you're right, Amanda! Doesn't he actually look British? He's a good'n.

Amanda said...

He does indeed look of the most apt cover portrayals of a hero I've seen in a while...usually I just appreciate the eye candy and let my imagination actually draw the hero according to the book. But this one actually looks like Benedict Carsington...

Rach said...

Hey guys, just getting in on the party. It's been a LONG day and I'm beat. But, snaxy men 'r us has me perking right up. I'd have to go with Derek Craven (who looks amazingly like Nathan Kamp at the moment =0) ).

Thanks for the pick-me-up!

Michelle Buonfiglio said...

LOL, Rach. I think we've all got Nathan on the brain. Isn't it funny that so many of us think of Derek Craven? He's got that gritty, overbearing thing goin on. Did you ever read the collection of shorts, Where's My Hero? I think that's the title, where we get to read the story of the Doc from Lisa's stories and who he ends up with. The book's all about secondary heroes earning their due. And, you're welcome for the pick-me-up. Was it your first day back?

I'm the same way with the covers, Amanda. I don't usually pay attn except to rate the cheese. A nd I read lord perfect in ARC w/o cover art. When I saw the actual art, I felt just like you. I actually stared at the thing. Often I'm so creeped out by the art, it emarrasses me to look at it. But not so with this.

NOW. I must say that, aside from the guys I talked about before, my choice answer to today's question is Rupert Carsington from Mr. Impossible. He's big, strapping, etc. And makes up for lack of traditional intellect by being big=hearted and genuinely well-natured. And, definitely strapping enough to fulfill the up-against-the-wall fantasy.

Please don't tell me I'm the only one who digs that fantasy. TMI?

amy kennedy said...

What do you mean fantasy?
I don't understand.

Okay, okay. It is so hard to pick--cause usually it's which ever romance I'm reading at the time--but, no 'cause they aren't all UATW (hah! made-up my own up against the wall)kind of guys.

Oooh, Adam Black...
I know Michelle is tired of hearing about Calder Hart from me. But Calder Hart it is, Brenda Joyce's Hero/Anti-Hero from her Deadly series.

Against the wall, against the tree, on the floor, on the stairs...I do so like green eggs and ham.


amy kennedy said...

Mea culpa, mea culpa, mea maxima culpa.
Jeese--I cannot believe I said that last bit.

Rach said...

Michelle, yup, first day back, and wouldn't you know it, it was a field trip. I'm absolutely EXHAUSTED!! Not to mention leaving the baby was sheer unadulterated torture. Um, sorry, what was the topic again? Oh yeah, snaxy men to bed ;-).

I have indeed read the Kleypas short story with Dr. Linley (I think that's right). I don't know why, but I seem to be groovin' on bad boys today. Sebastian from LK's Devil in Winter is also very appealing. Maybe if we can suspend reality, and forget about the fact that these men are male sluts, and therefore would probably be STD sponges, there is something very appealing about these rakes. It probably has to do with the fact that these guys definitely know their way around a woman's body. And, oh yeah, there's nothing like a nice, likable guy with which to have a fantabulous wall banger ;-P. (definitely be needing a bimbaw!!)

Lori Foster said...

You ladies are all so funny!
I loved reading all the posts, but y'all are too quick for me. My poor sluggish brain can barely keep up with the quips. Kudos to all of you!
Maybe I'll rest up, then check back again and see if I have anything to contribute beyond a yawn. LOL.


Michelle Buonfiglio said...

You are so NOT absolved, Ames, my child. However, you are dispensated because you added UATW to our RBtheBlog lexicon. Say 3 Hail Mary (Bly/Eloisa James's) and read Dark Lover and Lover Eternal, and go and sin some more.

BTW, I don't think I've ever LOLd more than at your post.

Yeah, RAch, a definite SOD on the STDs with the rakes. I always think the same then toss it cause they really do know their ways, as you said. Hope you got some good baby time last night.

I agree with Lori. You guys do make my head spin. But I can never wait to see what you've written....