Heroes Pt. I

There’s an old song from the Shangri-la’s (a girl group from the ’60s who did Leader of the Pack) called “Give Him a Great Big Kiss” that starts out with someone saying in a heavy Long Island accent, “when I say I’m in love you’d best believe I’m in love.”
Which brings me to my little friend. (As in “say hello to my little friend.”). Gorgeous isn’t he? A company called Hot Toy makes some incredibly accurate head casts of cult characters – actually they make the whole toy and they cost about $300. I’m not going to throw that kind of money at my latest inspiration (hero of Wildfire, Heartless, and probably something else) but on ebay you can buy the heads separately for about $30 and a body for just a little bit more. So my darling, long-suffering husband attached Tom’s head for me, and I managed his feet (his hands were already attached). I stripped an old GI Joe and dressed Hiddles up like Jonathon Pine and now he sits in my window and I smile at him.
My darling husband has had to live with this all our long, married life (43rd anniversary next Thursday), and he just rolls his eyes and rolls with it. He’s not a man who’s easily threatened, God bless him, and I always put my passions into books. Starting with … oh, Jesus, starting with Troy Donahue when I was in fifth grade (I’m ooooold) through Jerry Orbach in 8th grade. I even wrote a beginning with John Lithgow as a Scottish hero (the Laird of LinLithgow), when I was a freshman in high school and he was a senior and president of the student council. Sigh.
Richie survived androgynous Japanese rock stars, Don Johnson (I’m sorry, I’m sorry but Long Hot Summer was hot!). I imagine I’ll be in my nineties, we’ll be sitting in rocking chairs and I’ll be cackling about how lustworthy Hiddleston’s son is (no, his son hasn’t been born, don’t panic). I’m irredeemable. My cousin Helen, who’s 8 years older than me, chastised me a couple of years ago (I was lusting after an Irish actor in our local theater group who would have been a perfect person to play one of my heroes but then he turned out to hate children and shag every available female in the troupe so alas, he got ditched) – anyway, Helen said I was too old for such shenanigans. Never! I cried.
Not even in my 90s.
Anyone want to admit their secret lusts? Mine tend to be elegant and British, ones who could easily play a vampire, but I have a weakness for Vin Diesel and Russell Crowe as well, two exceptionally manly men. There are just so many luscious creatures out there.
And I won’t bring you down by telling you what I really think of men in general. Just that Richie broke the mold, and the rest of them ….
No, Krissie! Behave yourself. I love people on a one to one basis. People in groups or strata, not so much. And I’ve always been a mouthy, uppity woman. It’s likely a very good thing that I wasn’t pretty – I would have destroyed the world.
If anyone’s interested in seeing Tom in action, Wildfire and the two preceding books, Consumed by Fire (fabulous) and Driven by Fire (not so much) are on sale through the end of the month, with the audio versions ridiculously cheap. At Amazon, of course, since they published them, as well as the House of Russell historicals with three sisters going undercover in service to discover their father’s killer.
Montlake thinks my heroes are too dark. I think they’re yummy.
Ok, that’s the end of the advertisement. Tell me who you think is hot. I’ve got Adam Driver for the MIP, but I have an unending need for hero fodder.

8 thoughts on “Heroes Pt. I

  1. I like Chris Hemsworth more than I think I should. Something about the combination of a hulking friendly guy who is smarter than he pretends to be and has a sense of humor really works for me.

    Other than that, I really like the actor who plays Kylo Ren in the new Star Wars movies and Gregory Peck. With both of those, I think it is the deep voice. I just watched the movie Lincoln, which Kylo is in and that voice immediately caught my attention. Most actors have higher, gentler voices, I feel.

    1. Adam Driver (Kyle Ren) is the hero in the new contemporary I’m working on. I didn’t see Hemsworths attractions till Ghostbusters and the newest Thor, but then, with Hiddleston beside him I tend to get distracted.

      1. Yay!

        As for Hemsworth, I didn’t think I really liked him either, but his sense of humor drew me in. And I just keep picturing him as Georgette Heyer’s Unknown Ajax. Also, he was very good in Red Dawn.

  2. I find young Harrison Ford irresistible, actually the old one too.
    I love Paul Newman, read The Long, Hot Summer.
    I fell in love with Alan Rickman’s Colonel Brandon.
    I adore Charlie Hunnam in Sons of Anarchy.

  3. Daniel Day-Lewis in any of his movies, but my favorite is Last of the Mohicans.
    Keanu Reeves has sad eyes and it just gets me. Loved him in the Matrix (first movie only–the other two got on my nerves) and Constantine.

    And I have already told my kids that if I disappear one day, I’ll be with Jude Law.

  4. Right now, I’m all about British actor Tom Hardy and envision him as the lead in as many romance novels as possible.

  5. I am OLD. In order Gregory Peck (as Captain Ahab), Clark Gable ( Rhett Butler), Oliver Reed (he would have made perfect Edward Rochester), Alan Bates (Far From the Madding Crowd and Georgy Girl. Actually met this charming man once
    But found out he was gay. Sigh.) Liked the manly appearing men. Today, if I were young I would choose Sam Heughen as Outlander hero Jamie Fraser or Gerard Butler as The Phantom of the Opera. Sensitive men or tragic heroes. And tragic…where is Brandon? You left him almost literally hanging.

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