Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Viva BlogVegas: What Happens in Vegas, Freezes In Vegas

OK. I'm trying to be all, "accept the sitch, and make the fun happen anyway," but it's like Minnesota in Vegas right now. Which means I totally have nothing to wear. Here in Minnie, I do jeans and sweaters. Old jeans and sweaters. I thought Vegas was hot, balmy; summer clothes central.

I stand corrected, because global warming notwithstanding, Vegas is flippin cold right now. But that doesn't mean I won't be bringing the best -- and hopefully, tee hee, worst -- Vegas has to offer right to your doorstep this week.

We're off on our flight soon, and while I could use one, I'm not a great drinker so I won't be having an in-flight cocktail. I get a little, um, silly, and always fear I'll do something I'll later regret.

So I've been thinking about the whole idea of what we might do while a little snookers that we wouldn't otherwise, like in romance novels when the heroine takes a glass or two of champagne and has her way with the rake. Or in the case of "The Seduction of Simon Blackwell," by Samantha James, a very sexy situation arises while the hero is drinking and brooding.

What do you think about those scenes? Oh, yeah, and apropos of nothing -- well not really nothing, especially because I was just looking at nude photos of the TV show Vegas' Josh Duhamel -- what do you think of those scenes in novels where the hero, um, takes himself in hand, as Bella Marykate would say? I LOVES em!

Vegas G-eye Candy: Ah, yes. Josh Duhamel who, thank Christ, loves to take his clothes off for the camera. But, sheesh, don't he look all regular guy pretty in a plain old T and jeans?

Valentine's Day ain't that far away, so get in the ready by entering the
"Lover's Path to Romance" contest. Kris Waldherr, who designed the books and tarot in the gift set, will GuestBlog with us Fri, Feb 9!
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Kati said...

Mornin' Bellas! Michelle - I know what you mean about flyin'. I always say the Lord and I have a quick chat before the plane takes off. LOL! I'm not a particularly spiritual person, but I always feel compelled to check in before that plane takes off. But cocktails work too!

Let's see, scenes where the heroine gets a little "saucy," love them! Especially if the author has done a good job of making the heroine a bit uptight before the scene. More than anything, I love the battle the hero always seems to have about not taking advantage of the situation. It's a great opportunity for the heroine to seduce the hero while the hero tries his best to do the right thing...and always loses. I *LOVE* that.

I also love scenes where the hero, umm, takes himself in hand. I find that we usually see the scene go the other direction, hero talking heroine into doing herself, but not alot of the hero pleasuring himself with her watching. I find it, if well written (a la Lover Awakened) to be very erotic. With Zsadist it was especially so because he was just discovering that aspect of himself.

I wish you guys safe travels, Michelle, have a terrific time Bella, and remember, if it's cold in Vegas, cocktails warm from the inside out! ;-P

Monica Burns said...

Hugs on the cold in Vegas, Michelle. That must really bite (no pun intended! LOL) As for warmth, snuggle up with your sweetie. I'm betting that will keep you snug as a bug in a rug. Or maybe it will be tooo warm, but that's not a bad thing either. Does the plane your on go up over a mile? *evil grin*

As for heroes taking it in hand, I've NOW got to stop everything and force myself to find the time to read Zsadist story. I've had the book since it came out, I've just been sooooo busy.

Oh and as for planes, stop reading right here until you get home...

Oldest wanted to bring Snakes on a Plane home to watch. I told her there wasn't a chance in hell of that happening given how much I fly and how terrified of the damn things I am. She just didn't get it. I ought to make her watch Arachnids with John Goodman. She hates spiders. Teach her to mess with Mom! LOL


RDCICON said...

Oh boy that means my birthday is around the corner, but its a super prize to win *lol*

Playground Monitor said...

I just read one of Rhonda Nelson's books where the hero took himself in hand. And the scene stopped right there. She'd done a terrific job of showing his state of arousal and his determination NOT to get involved with the heroine. So when she wrote simply that he pulled down his zipper and took things into his own hands, it was perfect.

And after all, isn't it probably a pretty realistic scenario -- the laying on of hands? *g*

Vegas has lots of great shopping! You could buy some nice sweaters there I'm sure. Same thing happened to us -- Easter weekend 1999. We flew to Phoenix, rented a car and drove to just outside the Grand Canyon via Sedona. They had a freak storm blow in and it freaking snowed! But I had a polartec jacket for the Canyon since they said it got cool at night. And something had told me to tuck a cap and gloves into the corner of my suitcase. I wore those plus everything else I had and stayed pretty warm. Sedona in the snow is gorgeous and the Grand Canyon covered in white stuff will bring tears to your eyes.


Janice Maynard said...

Michelle - Hey, lady! Enjoy Vegas! We were there the last week in November, and like you - I thought it would be toasty warm... not! It was in the mid-fifties in the daytime, which was not bad, but I did have to wear a sweater.

Can't wait to hear all your G-rated tales. :)

Janice M.

ev said...

And the Desert gets very cold at night! There is nothing (ie cloud cover) to hold the heat in. Take warm clothes!!

Taking themselves in hand doesn't do much for me. I don't tend to be a solitary player.

Michelle Buonfiglio said...

Ciao, Bellas! In Vegas and it was warmer than I expected. Pretty view of the strip from our room. Looking around for stuff to do. And I know, poor pitiful me having to go to Vegas (in the cold).

Now, the helping hands deal. I think back when I read the Clan of the Cave Bear books, which I didn't realize were romance at the time but was like, wow, are these hot (my philosophy prof actually assigned them for extra credit!).

Anyway, there's this scene where Jondalar (sp) is crazed for Ayla (she of invention of fire, wheel, moveable type, etc.), but she doesn't understand; she thinks she's ugly. Anyway, he runs off into the forest and takes himself in hand and it's so hot that he's so hot for her but doesn't think she'd appreciate his letting her know he has feelings for her. And Ayla figures out what he's doing and is all, like, "sheesh, I invented fire, but I'm so ugly this guy'd rather do it himself than pleasure (remember how many times we read that word in those novels?) himself with me?

Anyway, I think it's really sexy imagery, and Ward's scene with Z is awesome, because she's layered in so many emotions and conflicts.

Off to find something to take photos of.

ev said...

go find Josh and take lots and lots of pics of him.I quit watching All My Children when he left. sigh

RDCICON said...

Mama mia now that was an awesome scene by JR Ward on Z -- he was my best alpha male from her series *down down now ...LOL*

Julie in Ohio said...

Holy Wow, Michelle! You must be in Sin City to come up with a topic like this.... :P

The first scene that comes to mind when I think of drunkedness is when Lillian got wasted in Marcus's library in It Happened One Autumn by Lisa Kleypas. I loved that scene. It makes me laugh just thinking of it.

However, the "taking himself in hand" part eluded me. I couldn't think of any off hand. I had forgotten all about Z. I guess I need to do a reread...

OT: MK-- I'm slowly working my way through Slave to Sensation (time is not my friend). I just have one word to describe it "HAWT". Thanks for the rec.

Kati said...

Jules - Where you been? I missed you! I'm SO glad you're enjoying S2S! I loved, loved, loved that book. It's a good tide over until Butch. The hero is of the same ilk as the Brotherhood, I think.

I SO want Michelle to read it (HINT, HINT, Bella!) so that we can get Nalini Singh in here to guest blog. I think she's terrific. I'm pretty sure Marilyn said she writes great catagories too. Either way, she's my favorite "new to me" author this year.

I'm really glad you're enjoying it!

Julie in Ohio said...

MK--I'm trying real hard to figure out a schedule. I started college last week and I'm not balancing things as well as I'd hoped. If we could add a few more hours to the day, I'd be set. :o\

I really like NS's imagery. She's built a world comparable to JR's. I need to look into her other books. I'm only half way through S2S and am already looking forward to the next one. Didn't I hear Michelle say something about getting her to guest?

Kati said...

I wish, I think you probably heard me begging Michelle to get her to blog. She's from New Zealand, and I literally finished S2S and immediately went to post on her blog how much I enjoyed the book. At least you don't have long to wait, I think her next is due in March (the month of no money because we've spent it all on books).

I've re-read it twice just because I love the chemistry between the h/h. You know how I love me an alpha hero, and he's so beautifully protective and she's so lost. It's just a really, really well written book. I think the last time I was this jazzed about a first book WAS Dark Lover.

MK - off to watch Ellen because you know how I love a showbiz trainwreck and those crazy kids on Grey's Anatomy seem to be imploding!

Vivi Anna said...

I hate to say it but the scene in LA where Z takes it in hand turned me off. I'm not sure why, but I think it was because Bella talked too much...I didn't like her urging him on. It felt degrading to me.

I finally finished the book the other night, and I have to say it was a difficult read for me. It took me four times to get it started and then 3/4 of the way through I almost tossed it aside to start soemthing else, but I pushed through it, and finally finished. Not sure how I feel about the book. My verdict is still out.

Kati said...

Vivi - I think that it depends on what's your cup of tea. It's interesting to me that the book might now have worked as much for you as it did for me. Any idea why? For me, I'm not someone who had been yearning for Z's story (to me, he's not the most interesting brother), so I didn't have a lot of expectations, and thus the story worked for me. But I'd be interested to hear why you had a hard time getting into it. Was it the narrative? Or the dialogue? Did you have a hard time with the other books?

Julie in Ohio said...

Vivi- I'm surprised you didn't care for Z. I thought he'd be the right amount of tortured for ya. I do have a confession to make. I yelled at Z alot while reading LA. I don't understand how or why he kept trying to push Phury on Bella, especially after the Needing. But the last two chapters really made up for my angst.

MK-- I'm glad my birthday is in March. I hoping for alot of gift cards to various book stores. That's the only way I'm going to get through the month. :o)
Isn't your birthday in March, too?

Vivi Anna said...

MK, I had a hard time with the first book. Started adn stopped it about a dozen times, till half way through I was hooked, and then enjoyed it. I definitely wasn't in love with it. I picked up the next book with no expectations and I really really liked Rhage's story. Then of course I fell in lust with Z. And yes, I was anticipating his story. And I think I came away disappointed in his character. I guess maybe I would'nt have written him the way she did. The part where he kept pushing Bella off onto his brother and being a real f*&^%$# jerk to her, hurting her, really really bothered me. When he came around at the end, and learned to read and whatnot, I thought was great and I did shed a tear.

So, I'm not sure I'll pick up the next one. It was almost like work reading the book.

Kati said...

Hmm, well reading certainly shouldn't be work. I guess I liked the juxtaposition of this big scary guy who was terrified of himself. I thought that Bella's initiation of him was deftly handled, although I agree, he did spend alot of time treating her like crap. For me though, I could understand the scene before she leaves the mansion for good where he realizes Phury isn't for her and that he's not ever going to see her again. It's the turning point in the story, IMHO. That's the scene where he begins on his path to redemption in my eyes. Prior to that, I did spend a lot of time wishing he'd accept what was being offered to him.

I can see where you're coming from about it being "work." I've felt that way about books, and it always aggravates the crap outta me when the payoff isn't worth it.

Michelle Buonfiglio said...

I'm loving reading your comments about Z and LE. You know, I think work is an ok word to use to describe reading that book, because it's got some harsh stuff to read through. At the heart of is all is not just that Z was a "sex slave," a character/plot device we read about often in romance.

In other novels, the sex slave is used, but the heart of the issue isn't faced, because we're usually sold the "he was just so sexy, [whomever kept him] wanted his body" line.

In this case, it's clear that Z was sexually abused for, what, centuries? His actions all stem from that, and Ward has talked here about her initial concerns presenting the novel's content.

I think viewed in light of the rawness of Z's experience, the behavior he exhibits makes sense, especially cause he's just developing his "authentic self;" he's a child in so many ways, inside a big male's body. He worships Phury and loathes himself, clean/unclean, yada yada.

It was a difficult book to read and, I think, should have been. But I thought the payoff was there, worth it -- but perhaps not for every reader.

But, gawsh, I loved the scene where he was learning about his own body, sexual arousal, by taking himself in hand.