You've got the eternal alpha bad boy. He's totally hot, with changeable hair and eyes. He's all hard, sharp angles, distrustful of most everyone, doesn't want to be bothered with bull shit, or any other nonsense, for that matter. He can play the guitar, and he can SING.......Nickelback at that! And he's sarcastic enough to cause laugh out loud moments when you're in public. Then you get the raised eyebrow look from everyone in a fifteen foot radius. Of course I'm talking about ARCHERON.
My other selection brought me to historical England. To a Duke, a member of the peerage and ultimately, doing his very best to make sure that NOTHING causes one little blemish on his impeccable image. He's cold, arrogant, and toes the line, literally. Doesn't that just make you want to watch him get shoved, HARD, into a little scandal? Like falling in love with someone totally not suited for him? Because you and I both know that his headlong snap into Love will cause me, the reader, to fall headlong also. I'm talking about SARAH MACLEAN'S recent conclusion in her Love by numbers series, ELEVEN SCANDALS. Her hero is HOT in a way that will make you wish YOU were the one doing the prodding!
Now we have the super hot, SUPER HOT, novella, I WISH by Lisa Kleypas (a rita award winning novella ladies). The story is scorchingly searing in its intensity whenever the herione finally gets her man where she wants him. Have I mentioned how HOT this one is? Just thought I would reiterate. The hero was (in the past) an inveterate slob, drinking, smoking, gambling, looking worse for the wear, but suddenly he has to change, and change he does. Now with all that drinking bloat gone, his eyes shine with health, and the myriad things he wants to do with our little herione. With his tall, devilish good looks, pinchent for spitting out less than suitable remarks, causing our herione's face to blush, and enough charm to slip the bloomers off of any woman, he's set to get his heart caught in the herione's trap. But in the end they both get caught, rather explicitly!
I didn't have any problem picking which one I wanted to read...I chose them all! And of course lingered over the really good parts!
So my question is ladies, when you are hard pressed for a good read, what are YOUR fail safe choices? Choices that also tend to fire the imagination and get you geared up to write that one scene that has been holding out on you.....