Saturday, February 11, 2012

Getting Smitten with Suzanne Rock and Her Leading Men with a Giveaway

Top Five Most Romantic (and Sexy) Leading Men In the Movies 

Hi everyone! With Valentine’s Day fast approaching, people turn to all things romantic, and that includes romantic movies. I don’t know about any of you, but when I think of romantic movies, I always think of the sexy leading men. These guys charge onto the silver screen and sweep the heroine off her feet. They sweep *us* off our feet as well. So for this blog, I thought I’d list my top five most romantic leading men. Do you agree with me? Let’s see…

#5 – Patrick Swayze – Dirty Dancing This was a tough call for me, since I loved him in “Ghost” too, but since Dirty Dancing ended up on a more upbeat note, I went with that. ;) 

Favorite Line – “Nobody Leaves Baby in the Corner”

He’s the tough yet sexy dancer who loves Baby for who she is and gives her the self-confidence to stand up for what she believes in. What’s not to like?


#4 – Collin Firth – Bridget Jones’ Diary

Favorite Line – “No, I like you very much. Just as you are.”

He’s shy, he’s a little self-deprecating, and he had me as soon as I saw him in that ridiculous Christmas sweater. 

#3 – Richard Gere – Pretty Woman

Favorite line – "You and I are such similar creatures Vivian. We both screw people for money”

A rich businessman sweeps a girl off her feet and gives her everything she desires? Sign me up!


#2 – Humphrey Bogart - Cassablanca

Favorite Line – “Here’s looking at You, kid.”

Perhaps my favorite movie of all time. Who doesn’t fall in love with Ricky and his bar? It’s so romantic, so tragic, so beautiful. Truly a classic.


#1 – Michael Douglas – Romancing the Stone

Favorite line – “You’re the best time I’ve ever had.”

Hey – I’m a romance author, how could this NOT make the top of the list? I think almost every romance author points to this movie as one of their favorites. Perhaps we all have a little Kathleen Turner in us, and we all hope that Michael Douglas will come in and sweep us off our feet. ;)


So there you have it – my favorite top five romantic movies. Do you agree? Is there a movie I left off the list? Tell me about it!

Velvet Steel 

Genres: Contemporary, erotic m/m/f
ISBN: 978-1-61118-737-3
Length: Category

Shane and Noah set out to seduce Kitty Velvet into selling them her family’s struggling steel company on their terms. They plan a weekend of deception and sexual adventure to convince her to give up the business she had spent her life keeping afloat. As they begin their passionate getaway, things don’t go as planned. Instead of putting their rival out of business, they gain deeper feelings for the feisty blond – and for each other. With their world upside down, Shane and Noah must now decide if business ambitions are worth losing a chance at something bigger than money, and more precious than owning a steel empire.

Kitty has worked hard to keep Velvet Steel afloat, but changing technologies and the growth of their rivals have made the company’s continued viability almost impossible. As she embarks on an erotic weekend to distress and regroup, she develops feelings for two strangers who turn out to be the very men who had made her life a living hell for the past year. Is saving her family business worth losing her only chance at love?


“Well, Ms. Kitty, would you like to dance?” Shane asked.
“Don’t be silly, Shane, of course the lady would like to dance.” Noah stood, blocking her view of the dance floor. “She wouldn’t be here otherwise, would she?”
Kitty agreed. “You want me to dance with both of you?”
“Would you prefer only one of us?” Shane’s eyes twinkled with mischief.
“I --” She shifted her gaze between the men. While Shane was broad and rugged, Noah was long and lean. Black hair, cut on the short side, curled around his ears and gave him a scholarly appearance. There was nothing scholarly about his body, however. Hard and chiseled, Noah looked like one of those international soccer players she liked to watch during the World Cup.
“I’ve heard dancing with two men can be more…stimulating.” Noah’s voice trickled over her like a caress. “Isn’t that right, Shane?”
Kitty noticed how Noah’s voice hardened on his friend’s name and stifled a wince. How could she be such an idiot? She had probably offended them. “I’m sorry. I didn’t mean to --”
Shane glanced at his friend and frowned. “No, we are the ones who are sorry.” He removed his fingers from her thigh and smiled. “A beautiful lass like you probably has a man waiting for her.”
“No, no man.”
“Good.” Shane’s features softened as he brushed her cheek with his knuckle. “Then you have no excuse not to dance” -- he flicked his gaze to Noah -- “with both of us.” He returned his attention to her. “Come on.” He stood and held out his hand.
This was so sudden. Kitty had a ritual. First she’d have her martini and evaluate the crowd; then she’d pick out someone who seemed nonthreatening. Then she’d approach him and offer to buy him a drink.
“Come on.” Shane winked and tugged her to her feet. “I promise you won’t regret it.”
Kitty stared at Shane’s back as the men led her away from the table. This whole thing seemed surreal. Taboo was infamous for its sexually charged atmosphere. Stepping on the dance floor was like taking part in an orgy without actually having sex. No, sex was saved for the reserved areas and VIP rooms upstairs. The dance floor was for displaying a person’s sexual prowess and for capturing a lover for the evening.
Soon she would be joining the erotic fray -- with two dance partners. The thought of the three of them pressed close together caused her skin to tingle with anticipation. It would be different. Exciting. Just what she needed to forget about her father and Velvet Steel.
Shane dropped her hand and started to move. Kitty stood, stunned at the large man’s gracefulness. Shane seemed like he had been born on the dance floor.
Noah stepped up from behind and touched her shoulder. “Go on, don’t be shy.”
Kitty closed her eyes and concentrated on the techno beat, letting it infuse her body. Gradually the weight of the world fell away, and she became light-headed. She tilted her head back and lifted her arms in silent salutation to the strobe lights above.
First she swayed her hips. When she found the rhythm, she swished her arms in time to the music. It was divine. She let the music lift her spirit up into the rafters and blank her mind to all but the steady thrum of the beat.
Shane snaked his arm around her waist and pulled her close. She could tell it was Shane because his broad chest surrounded her in heat and sexual energy. Noah’s thinner frame could never pull off such a feat. She felt good in Shane’s arms. Safe. Her position as the CEO’s daughter had forced her to have a tough-as-nails attitude, but now, with these men close to her, Kitty felt herself letting go, becoming more malleable, submissive. She wanted to lean into all that hard muscle and cocoon herself away from the world, if only for a little while. Kitty molded her body against his and let herself become lost in the music.
Shane’s grip tightened. “You smell like cherries.” He slipped his knee between her legs.
“My shampoo.” What made her say that? It didn’t matter. She pressed her breasts harder against his chest. She could feel the rise and fall of his chest. It felt so intimate. Their hips began to move as one. Heat poured through her body as she rubbed her thighs against the rough fabric of his jeans. She imagined herself, legs spread, his hard cock thrusting deep inside her body. Would he be gentle like the man she’d found the last time she was in the club? She hoped not. All week Kitty had had to make tough decisions for work. Tonight she wanted to be controlled and dominated. She didn’t want to have to think.
Shane leaned forward and traced the rim of her earlobe with his tongue. “You taste good enough to eat.”
Another hard body pressed against her back. “Let me try, Shane.” Noah kissed the base of her neck. Kitty moaned as liquid heat shot through her center and settled between her thighs. How did these men know just what she wanted? Kitty's skin tingled as every inch came into contact with hard, male muscle. She felt as if she were drowning in testosterone, and God help her, she loved it.
“You’re right. She is sweet.” Noah repeated the kiss, this time letting his tongue linger on her skin. “She purrs just like a kitten too.”
Kitty’s lower abdomen clenched, and her thighs became damp with need. She closed her eyes and bit back a groan as Noah’s lips once again brushed her skin.
“How interesting.” Shane inched his hand down until it rested on her hip. “I wonder if you can make her purr louder so I can hear it better over the music.”
“It would be my pleasure.” Noah wrapped his hand around her middle and slid his fingers under her top.
Kitty opened her eyes in surprise. His touch felt warm, much warmer than she'd expected in the air-conditioned club. She held her breath as Noah eased his hand under her bra.
"Oh, Shane, you need to feel this," he said.
Shane arched his brow and leaned back to study her face. "Too much for you, lass?"
Kitty slowly shook her head. It wasn't too much to have these two men surrounding her. In fact, it felt just right.
Shane smiled. "Good, because Noah and I are just beginning."

~~~Suzanne Rock~~~
Love Immortalized, Destinies Fulfilled


After over a decade in the scientific world, Suzanne needed a creative outlet. She tried scrap booking, cooking, crocheting, painting, and piano, none of which held her interest for very long. Then one of her friends suggested writing. Thrilled with the idea of creating her own worlds, she opened up her lap top and never looked back.
When Suzanne’s not writing, she can be found playing with her two daughters, testing her husband’s latest kitchen creations, or curled up with her favorite romance novel in her central Massachusetts home.

Online Writing classes:
Books on Writing (with Em Petrova):
Kyron Pack Series (werewolf):
Unholy Series (demons):
Immortal Ream Series (a little bit of everything paranormal):

Suzanne has graciously offered one digital copy of DARK DECEPTION, Book One of the Immortal Realms, to one reader of BBPR.  To enter the giveaway, answer Suzanne's question in your comments along with leaving your email address.  Giveaway runs through February 17, 2012 and is open to the residents of the US only.


  1. Just wanted to say hi to Suzanne, and say that Pride and Prejudice with Colin Firth is one of my favorite romantic movies.

  2. Denzel Washington in anything. I call the first day of his movie releases my "date with Denzel" night. I know I'm delusional.

  3. I love Bridget Jones! Colin Firth rocks. That movie is perfect for your list.

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  4. Much as I love romance novels, I don't really watch romantic movies. I prefer action movies. Anything with Jason Statham in it is good enough for me!

  5. The only movie I can think of right now is another Patrick Swayze movie GHOST. I loved that and think it is a great romance movie.
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  6. Great list! I think Colin Firth was great in Pride and Prejudice.


  7. Great list! Another movie that comes to mind is Dear John.

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  8. I didn't like Bridget Jones Diary, I'd subsitute Jerry Maguire and "You had me at hello."

  9. So much fun with ROMANCING THE STONE! Love Danny Devito's line to his brother Ira: "He's romancing it from out under her." Or something along those lines. It's bad (or not) when Hubs and I can quote lines. One of my favorites too!

  10. I haven't seen Romancing the Stone in ages! I like While you Were Sleeping.
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  11. Colin Firth. Yum!!!!I agree with your picks, but I'd have to add While You Were Sleeping. Thanks for the giveaway.


  12. I did enjoy Dirty Dancing. I think that is my favorite.

    Rachel V
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