Share the Love: Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Wednesday, March 17

Happy St. Patrick's Day!  I was watching the news this morning and they had a story about what accent women find the most sexy.  I have to admit I LOVE accents.  I even love reading them as they are written in a story.  It's just as sexy to me to read an accent as to hear I the only one?

Anyways, the news story said that a poll was recently conducted surveying 5000 women from around the world and asked them to rank what they thought were the sexiest accents.  Curious to know the results?  Here are the top ten sexiest accents according to

   1. Irish
   2. Italian
   3. Scottish
   4. French
   5. Australian
   6. English
   7. Swedish
   8. Spanish
   9. Welsh
  10. American

I would have to agree with most of those listed.  Last month I read a contemporary romance titled ALWAYS by Lauren Dane, which I absolutely loved.  The hero was Irish and his accent was included just a little bit in the story.  Here's the Samhain warning for the book: "Like-whoa sexy Irishmen speaking French in the ear of a very willing Seattleite. Sexin with all the big words".  Two accents in one wonder I loved him so much :)

That the hero was Irish was one of my many favorite parts of the book.  So, if the Irish accent is considered the sexiest, and Irish men are undoubtedly sexy...hello, Liam Neeson (whom I love!), why aren't there more Irish heroes in romance?  I find it hard to believe that I am the only I the only one?  So here are my questions to you:  
  • When you read an accent in a novel do you read it as you would hear it as if the person where standing there?
  • What's your favorite accent?
  • Do you have a favorite Irish actor?
  • Do you know of any other great romance reads that feature Irish heroes that I might have missed out on?
  • Would you like to see more Irish heroes in romance, and if so in what genre? (historical, contemporary, paranormal...)

And since today is Share the Love day, I have a parting gift for you in the form of the sinfully seductive Irish actor, Jonathan Rhys Meyers.  Enjoy!

Share the Love is a weekly meme hosted by Seductive Musings every Wednesday. 
  • Every Wednesday post whatever it is that you love on your blog or website.
  • Then leave a link to your post in the comments on the weekly Share the Love post at Seductive Musings. If you don't have a blog, that's ok you can still share the love in your comment on the weekly Seductive Musings post.
  • What can you share...well that depends on what you love :) Here are some ideas: a new blog or website, a great recipe that is a taste bud triumph, new shoes or purse that you seriously can't afford but lust after anyway, a great love story like the ones from When Harry Met Sally, a love note to someone special in your life (or wish was), a book you just adore and can't wait to share with someone, a song or CD that plays on repeat until it's worn out, poems, pictures, videos, or even baby giggles :) I think you get the idea.

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K Giardina March 17, 2010 at 1:13 PM  

Good morning! I majored in French at university and now speak French (though it's a bit rusty), a smattering of Spanish and Portuguese, Swiss-German, and am just beginning to learn Italian.

I always hear accents when I read, and I love an Italian accent (with Irish being a very close second).

Jonathan Rhys Meyers is amazing, but Pierce Brosnan is definitely my fave...Mmmm-Thomas Crowne...

Amanda Leigh March 17, 2010 at 2:20 PM  

Yes I usually read an accent in a novel like I would hear it if they were standing there. My favorite accent changes all the time. Lately it's been Irish and English. After seeing that picture you put there I honestly can't think of anyone else. LOL. The only books that I can think of that take place in Ireland that I've read lately is the Fever series by Karen Marie Moning. I'd love more Irish heroes! Mostly I read paranormal. Happy St. Patty's Day!

Anonymous,  March 18, 2010 at 6:31 AM  

I do usually hear them with an accent, but I'm not sure how good my mind is with those accents, but it seems so natural to some characters like I speak it myself. I'm not sure where that comes from if it's all in my head or the writer actually can make you hear them speak so clearly. But I mostly read contemporary so not many accents there.

librarypat,  March 18, 2010 at 1:53 PM  

I guess I read the accents as I would hear them. As for my favorite accent, it is a tie between the Irish and Scottish. Nor real favorite Irish actors.
Come to think of it, most of the romances I like take place in the Highlands. Last month, I read DREAM LOVER by Virginia Henley - Irish hero, conflict with England, nasty English villains. Ruth Langan had THE O'NEIL SAGA TRILOGY that was released in 1999. Loaned it to someone and never got it back.
There is always room for more Irish romances in any genre.

alba March 18, 2010 at 5:56 PM  

Hands down Scottish Accent
of course it could be that i was raised in Scotland
Irish is 2nd
I'm also partial to the Texas drawl
I do love reading Historical Romance books where you can hear the ( Scottish)accent as you read along...
& yeah hooya Jonathan Rhys Meyers what a hottie....
Have a good one...

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