Red Carpet Romance Heroes

Sunday, February 27

A few weeks ago (for the Superbowl) I featured romances that I loved that had heroes that were football players, so I thought in honor of the Acadamy Awards Oscars tonight that it might be fun to feature romance heroes that are movie stars.  I mean who doesn't love a movie star?  Some of my favorite "real" movie stars are...


Movie stars are like American Royalty...we don't have princes, but we do have George Clooney :)  I don't know about the reality of being in love with one of these leading men, but it's something that I love in fictional romance novels.

Some of my favorites that I've read have been:
  • Jude's Law by Lori Foster.  There was a time a few years ago that I couldn't get enough of Lori Foster after first discovering her and contemporary romances...and the "Law" series remains a favorite to this day.
When it comes to love, he plays to win

There’s only so much frustration a guy can handle before he gets a little nutty. For Jude Jamison, his frustration has a name—May Price. She’s everything the former Hollywood bad boy actor came to Stillbrook, Ohio, hoping to find: open, honest, lovable, and full of those luscious curves you don’t find on stick-figure starlets—curves May doesn’t seem to appreciate in herself. Every time Jude tries to get close to the skittish business woman, to take her in his arms, she thinks he’s joking. Joking? Joking does not involve lots of cold-shower therapy.

Time for new tactics. If May can’t respond to his sly compliments and sexy innuendos, he’ll just have to spell it out for her. Jude Jamison is going to lay down the law for May Price. And after that, she’ll have no delusions about just how much he wants her…

  • Cajun Heat by Joann Ross from the anthology Bayou Bad Boys.  What can I say I LOVED those Brava Bad Boys anthologies and this one by Joann Ross featuring a movie star hero that has a cajun accent definitely brings the heat :) (this one is currently bargain priced @ Amazon)
Louisiana men?  Honey, talk about the Big Easy...

Bad boy bayou movie star Gabriel Broussard has come back to his Louisiana hometown for some peace, but things only heat up the minute he reunites with Emma Quinlan. With her lush body and hearty appetite, she’s no Hollywood matchstick, and oh, chere, does he like that!

Emma just has to stop thinking about her former Cajun crush, so she makes a list of all the things she wishes he’d do to her and buries it in a graveyard at midnight. But Gabe finds it and intends to fulfill every blissful one of them...

There’s a bad moon rising on the bayou... and the Bad Boys have never been better...
  • She Went All the Way by Meg Cabot....this was Meg Cabot before she became The Princess Diaries Meg Cabot.  I love her historical romances (aka Patricia Cabot) so when I found out she had a few contemporary romances I knew I had to read those too, except that I like the cover on the version that I have better than this one which I think gives it more of a chick-lit kind of feel.
There are a few places screenwriter Lou Calabrese would rather be than crammed into a helicopter with Jack Townsend, star of her claim to fame, Copkiller, and whose ex just ran off with Lou's ex. Talk about uncomfortable. But when, halfway out to the isolated arctic location where Copkiller IV is currently shooting, their pilot turns murderous and their helicopter crashes, Lou realizes her day has just gotten a lot worse.

Now, while family and friends back home fret over her disappearance, Lou is on the run in the arctic wilderness with America's sweetheart Jack Townsend and only the contents of her purse, his pockets, and their mutual knowledge of survival movie trivia to keep them alive. Can these two children of Hollywood put aside their differences and make it back home without killing each other? Or much, much worse, actually start to like one another?

Then there are these that I would love to read sometime soon...
  • Just the Sexiest Man Alive by Julie James.  I meant to give author Julie James a try last year and for some reason never got around to it.  Now, with her new contemporary romance,  A Lot Like Love coming out this week, I think it's time to make that happen.  I've heard such good things about Julie James and I don't think you can go wrong with a book that has "Sexiest Man Alive" in the title!
Cool. Calm. Collected. 

Nothing fazes Taylor Donovan. In the courtroom she never lets the opposition see her sweat. In her personal life, she never lets any man rattle her–not even her cheating ex-fiancĂ©. So when she’s assigned to coach People’s “Sexiest Man Alive” for his role in his next big legal thriller, she refuses to fall for the Hollywood heartthrob’s charms. Even if he is the Jason Andrews.

Confident. Famous. Irresistible. 

Jason Andrews is used to having women fall at his feet. When Taylor Donovan gives him the cold shoulder, he’s thrown for a loop. She’s unlike any other woman he’s ever met: uninterested in the limelight, seemingly immune to his advances, and shockingly capable of saying no to him. She’s the perfect challenge. And the more she rejects him, the more he begins to realize that she may just be his perfect match. . .
  • And then there's Diana Holquist's Sexiest Man Alive....I guess great minds think alike :)  After reading the description on this book I thought that this would be a great vacation book because it sounds sexy and funny at the same time.
Shy No More Worksheet

Name: Jasmine Burns
Imagine the person who intimidates you. Naked. I'm intimidated by Josh Toby, the world's biggest movie star. Who has to imagine him naked? I've seen it on a forty-foot screen.
Breathe deep. Did I mention he's Josh Toby? As his costume designer, I'm supposed to dress him. And undress him. Oh, and my psychic sister Amy, who has never been wrong, named him my One True Love. Breathing is completely out of the question.
Ask for what you want. What I want is for him to stop being so...irresistible! I want not to fall in love with a man who's stalked by the paparazzi, whose washboard abs could cut glass, and whose movie star girlfriend is the most stunning creature ever.
Believe you can do what needs to be done. Then do it. So, all I have to do is believe I can resist Josh Toby. Resist those deep violet eyes, those strong, muscular arms, and the way he makes me feel like the only woman on earth. Couldn't be easier. Yeah right...
  • Last year I discovered Sarah Mayberry, so when I saw she also had a novel with a movie star hero title Burning Up, I added it to my book reading wishlist.

Somebody get some ice... it's steamy in here!

Spending a month as personal chef for an overindulged--and mouthwatering--man? Sophie Gallagher is so up for the challenge. She's immune to charm...or so she thinks. Because when big-screen star Lucas Grant turns up the temptation, she discovers--up close and personal--he's earned the name hottest man alive.

Sophie is fun, vivacious and couldn't be further from Lucas's bimbo bombshell type. Much to his surprise, she's captivated him. But as sizzling as they are between the sheets, once his hiatus is over, the credits will roll on this fling. Saying goodbye, however, isn't as easy as he'd thought. Will this production be The End of the Affair... or Love Actually?
  • Then of course there's Susan Elizabeth Phillips, who it seems that I have majorly been missing out on between her football heroes and her movie star romance heroes.  I've got to put her on my list of authors to try this year.  She has quite a few titles with movie star heroes so instead of listing them all separately here, I just included them in the Amazon widget below.

How about you?  Do you like movie star romance heroes?  If so what are some of your favorites?  Which ones did I NOT mention that you would recommend? Do you watch the Academy Awards, or are you like me and just watch the pre-show to see the red carpet fashions (or just the recaps later)?  Have you seen any of the movies that have been nominated this year?  I have to admit that I don't think I've seen any of the movies nominated for best picture, best actor or best actress.  I used to, but not so much anymore...maybe that's why I love movie romance novel stars instead :)

How would you like the chance to win a few of my Red Carpet Romance Heroes picks?  Berkley romance was very kind in offering to giveaway Julie James's Just the Sexiest Man Alive, and Forever romance has offered to giveaway Diana Holquist's Sexiest Man Alive so you have the chance to win two times the sexy! Here's how you can enter to win....

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11 Comments:

June M. February 27, 2011 at 8:25 PM  

I don't watch any of the Oscar's show (don't really watch much tv or movies..would rather read). My favorite actor though would have to be Hugh Jackman!

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Cecile Smutty Hussy February 27, 2011 at 9:46 PM  

hey honey, I am just poppin in to see how you are doing? I hope all is well! hugs to you... and you know I have a special place in my Lair for those men, lol!

Meredith February 27, 2011 at 10:36 PM  

I don't watch the awards shows either, but I'll agree with June about Hugh Jackman!

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Scorpio M. February 27, 2011 at 10:38 PM  

McNaught's PERFECT & Julie James', JUST THE SEXIEST MAN ALIVE (my favorite of hers so far) are fabulous reads. An HEA with a movie star hero is hard to pull off but when done right it's so much fun.

I'm hoping Colin Firth wins because he was my first Mr. Darcy and I loved him in Bridget Jones!

My favorite actors are old school...Robert Redford & Daniel Day-Lewis. Of the new generation, I like Leo DiCaprio.

JenM February 27, 2011 at 10:50 PM  

I'm doing really well this year, I've seen two of the movies nominated for best picture - Inception and The Social Network. I really enjoyed both of them, but they were totally different from each other so I can't say which is better.

As for movie star books, have you read The Unidentified Redhead by Alice Clayton? It's a fantastic and funny book about a famous actor who falls in love with an aspiring actress.

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winnie February 28, 2011 at 1:45 AM  

My favourite movie star would be Hugh Jackman too! As for watching the Oscars, I usually just watch the recap during entertainment shows, so no Oscar predictions from me either.

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Carol L. February 28, 2011 at 3:54 AM  

Last night was the first time I watched the scars in awhile. I thought Christian Bale definitely should have won for his performance and he did. He really earned it. I loved James Cagney, Paul Newman and Gregory Peck from old Hollywood too. But Al Pacino,Robert DeNiro and definitely Leonardo DiCaprio who should win because he's such a great actor. Johnny Depp and Hugh Jackman is right up there. :)
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Carol L. February 28, 2011 at 3:55 AM  

Forgot to mention that I'm a GFC follower under Lucky47.
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Tore February 28, 2011 at 9:11 AM  

I dont watch the awards either but my favorite couple is Tim McGrawn and Faith Hill. Please enter me in contest. Tore923@aol.com

Artemis February 28, 2011 at 2:23 PM  

Nope, didn't watch the award show; just caught who won what this morning. Although, I am happy that Colin Firth won. I didn't see any of the films that were nominated. I usually don't - I'm an action/adventure movie buff.

Thanks for posting these books. Of course, it's wonderful to read about new releases, but I also like to know about past reads too.


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Pam S (pams00),  March 1, 2011 at 2:32 PM  

Great list of books I don't think I've read any of them, they sound great.

I didn't watch the Academy Awards this year - did get an app for my Iphone to have a looksee at the list though :). I used to be a big follower but not so much any more. LOL was always curious about the fashions.

I managed to see How to Train Your Dragon, Toy Story 3, and Alice in Wonderland - actually own them. They were all good movies. Fav I have say s was TS 3 although I admittedly cried at the end. None of the others I managed to catch (except for Wolfman which was a makeup nominee).

Some other novels with movie stars/movie related themes -

Heart Throb by Suzanne Brockmann (hero is an actor)

The Good, the Bad, and the Sexy by Emily Carmichael (hero is an actor)

Extreme Bachelor by Julia London (heroine is an actress)

Power Play by Deirdre Martin (heroine is an actress)

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