Sunday, November 29, 2009

RBTB GTFR Day #4: Living The Luxe Life

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My wedding anniversary always falls during GTFR, and Male Perspective Guy (MPG) aka, Dave, my husband, and I just got back from a sweet overnight in Chi Town at a kinda' swank hotel. Gotta' love them travel points.

Now, I adore luxe. Since I don't get it too often -- unless by luxe you mean 'lives/works in her jammies and doesn't bathe for days on end' -- I go for it big in romance and, if you're like me, you give thanks for it in the two best places to find it: categories with ultra-wealthy and deliciously jerky sheikhs, CEOs, etc; and, you guessed it, historicals.

I'm unbelievably thankful that you let me spend so much time here 'in the pink,' goin' on 'bout my beloved historical romances. And while I could read one every day for the rest of my life and die happy, I needed some help telling you about all the great ones that are hitting the shelves of late.

Enter another colleague of mine, new RBTB Correspondent and fellow historicals fanatic Melanie Murray. This GTFR day, Melanie says, "
I'm thankful for the abundance of tortured heroes, the heroines who love them, and the many velvet-lined carriages where they work out their, um, issues."

Why are you thankful for "luxe" in romance? What luxuries in romance do you like best and wish you had in your life? And if you're an historicals fan, why are you thankful for them?

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Unknown said...

I guess for me it would be the fancy balls that they go to or the ball gowns. Sometimes I can just see them in my head. Its funny they just seem to always have money to do what they want and get what they want. Its a shame that real life isn't more like that.


Kara said...

I am thankful for the alpha CEO who suddenly sees his employee as being more than an employee.

Also those ever so dominant and arrogant sheikhs that whisk their woman across deserts!!

And last but definitely not least - I'm thankful for those lusty hunky highlanders.

amy kennedy said...

I just finished Lorraine Heath's Between the Devil and Desire...and while the luxe was a little bit different here, mainly because it was in the form of Jack Dodger's gentlemen's club, it certainly did have Jack in the form of a tortured alpha (way alpha) male.

But I do love the dressing up and the gardens and the carriages and the horses and the maids and butlers...and people who cook for you.

Happy Anniversary Michelle and MPG!

Vanessa Kelly said...

I'm thankful for all those hot Regency lords in their breeches and polished hessians!

You know, I think I'd like some of that nice Regency bling our heroines get from their heroes.

Sissa said...

I'm thankful for romance for having a chance to get away from my normal hum drum life and experience a life of splendor and elegance. Romance offers a chance to be someone-else for awhile and experience another time period where ladies were ladies and men were gentleman. You can't find anything like that in real life. I've often thought how nice it would be to be able to plunk the men from romances and make them my own. They'd certainly be an improvement to what i'm surrounded by.

Becke Davis said...

I'm thankful for romance, period!

Becke Davis said...

I'm with Melanie on the tortured heroes. It was Anna Campbell's tortured heroes and heroines that really sucked me into historicals. And it's hard to beat Anne Stuart for torturing her characters.


1AnneB said...

Hi Michelle - AnneB here - Happy Anniversary ! We had our anniversay on Friday - we just celebrated 39 - how many for you & MPG? I'm grateful that romance books show me a life so very different from mine, but the authors usually describe them so well, I can easily imagine myself there. Happy Reading...


Gannon Carr said...

Amy, wasn't Jack a fantastically tortured alpha hero?! Loved that book!!

Give me fancy dress balls, heroes in tight breeches, stolen kisses and torrid encounters in hidden alcoves, moonlit terraces, carriage rides.... well, you get the picture. *g*

Happy Anniversary, Michelle!

Nancy Bristow said...

Reading romance novels, across many genres, is my favorite hobby and I do it daily. I'm thankful for the number of choices provided by so many talented authors.

I just finished an older historical, "Passion" by Lisa Valdez who was a new-to-me author. It's toward the erotic side and fully supported by a good story. Yummy enough that I need to track down some back list connected books of hers:)

In another category of the romance genre I recently tried a Brenda Novak book. She's been on my TBB forever, and I finally got around to buying my first book...The Perfect Couple. Though I normally enjoy more romance in my reads, the story was really well done and I look forward to trying more of her work. Good writing is good writing:)

A curtsy or high-five to all those talented authors who fuel my fantasies and allow my escape from the real world.

nbristow @

Pat L. said...

Happy Anniversary, Michelle.

I am thankful for my family and good friends.

Vanessa Kelly said...

And Happy Anniversary, Michelle!

QLady48 said...

I'm thankful for the "luxe" in romance novels because I get to see how the "other half" live!!! Hahaha!!I do enjoy reading about fab things they have and the places where they travel. We can all dream!!! Thanks, Sue

Carol L. said...

I am so thankful for the Scottish Highlander who carries the heroine off to a field of Heather , what more luxe could you want ? Of course a kilted man to me is the luxe I'd need. lol I love romance for the excitement of finding new love, the tortured heroes who find their heroine willingly accepting them.
It's the greatest escape. Of course the on;y downside is after reading about all these Alpha men, it's disappointing where I live and see that there aren't any to even resemble an Alpha. lol And I don't say that in a bad way. So let me get back to my Romance books and dream again. :)

Monica Burns said...

Happy Anniversary to you and Dave, Michelle. Back to the historical I'm not really thankful for at the moment because the characters are NOT playing nice with me. They're been damned uncooperative.

But I'd be lost without my historicals, particularly ones by Loretta Chase, Judith McNaught and Jude Devereaux

Becke Davis said...

Nancy - I LOVED Passion. I hope she comes out with another book soon.

Melanie Murray said...

Happy Anniversary, Michelle!

I'm with all of you who cited the fancy ball gowns as the luxe to love. I know some people (ahem, Becke)get drawn in with covers graced by naked male torsos, but if I see an image of a lush, ruby red, dress, draped in jewels and complimented with an upswept 'do, I have to have it. What can I say? I'm thankful for getting to imagine playing dress-up.

Becke Davis said...

Probably the only instance where I could be called a "minimalist," Melanie!

Fedora said...

I'm thankful for all the wonderful settings in romances--I haven't been able to travel to all the places (or times!) I'd love to visit, but romances give me the chance to do that without even leaving my living room! Plus, I get the pleasure of enjoying the story and the newness of love all over again!

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Jane said...

I agree with Fedora. I've read a couple of romances set in India. I love the exotic locales.

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robynl said...

the luxury in romance I wish I had in real life would be gallant events where you dress up to the nines, a maid to do your hair, lay out your attire/jewellery, cooks making the meals, a butler.

In Westerns I'd love the ranch house, horses, hired hands, wide open spaces.