There is much to appreciate in the male physique. I am a connoisseur. I consider it part of my job and well, The Professor (my DH) understands, though he does require reminding at times – I tell him, it is my job to know what *other* women find sexy. I can’t very well write authentic to-die-for heroes unless I spend some quality time perusing the male form.
I’m sure you’d all agree.
I’m a big fan of a nice, strong back. Good abs are always nice. And a firm jaw, that certain gets my attention. I can’t forget the eyes, I’m always drawn to eyes (like Joseph Fiennes, not sure what I’d do with myself if those eyes were ever to look in mine…swoon…) Here’s where the confession comes in. I have a thing for thumbs. Yep, you heard that right, but don’t give up on me yet. Ever watched a good romantic movie and the man runs his thumb along the woman’s bottom lip? Or maybe he wipes away one of her tears. All with his thumb. I don’t know what it is about it, but damn it’s sexy. It can even transform completely innocuous actors like Tom Hanks and Billy Crystal into sexy men. I brought visual aids though to prove my case, if you’re still not a believer.
Consider the Peppermint Patty guy. I’m sure you’ve all seen the commercial.
Okay tell me that isn’t sexy when it nibbles that bite off his thumb. Whoa!
It’s a strange fascination, I’ll grant you that. Maybe it’s just an extension of my finding male hands attractive. They’re a great indicator of a man’s strength. Though perhaps it’s nothing more than a way that men in Hollywood pose, just like that common pose for Hollywood starlets to be walking away from the photographer and to look back over their shoulder. Why do they do that? Is it simply to show off the lovely backless part of their dress? Is it simply to look coy? But I digress.
I really think what this boils down to is the little things. You know how when you’re first attracted to someone, you notice those minute details that make them so much more enticing to you. That’s part of why we all love romance novels, isn’t it? To relive that first blush of falling in love (and of course knowing it’s the forever kind of love). To be mesmerized when the hero brushes a curl away from the heroine’s face or when he traces his thumb against the sensitive flesh at her wrist. Shiver! It’s intoxicating and how wonderful that we get to all relive it again and again. Romance readers and writers are quite lucky in that regard.
So how about you? What’s that tiny thing that always gets you going about the opposite sex? Do you agree with me about the thumbs? Or do you like earlobes instead? I have a digital copy of A LITTLE BIT WICKED to give away to one random commenter today!
And special thanks to the Goddesses here for hosting me today! What an honor to be among so many of my own favorite authors.