Swoony Saturdays – William Crawford

Welcome! Welcome! Swoony Saturdays are your opportunity to be introduced to a book hero who fits high-quality hero characteristics. (okay, so he just makes us weak in the knees for all kinds of reasons, but you get the point)

The photos involved are chosen as the most representative of the heroes featured, so IF they look like someone you’ve seen before, that’s almost entirely accidental.

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In celebration of heroes everywhere, especially the ones who put their lives on the line, we’re talking about Captain William Crawford from J’nell Cielielski’s WW1 novel, Among the Poppies.

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Who? Captain William Crawford

Where can we find this dreamboat? Among the Poppies by J’nell Cielieski

Personality summary: The world is at war and the last person Captain William Crawford expects to meet in the middle of the devastation and destruction is the spunky Gwynn Ruthers – a chauffer’s daughter-turned-war-nurse. His sense of duty tends to keep him more serious and driven, but we watch him thaw as war and Gwynn continually impact his life. A protector to the core, he’ll do whatever necessary to keep the ones he cares about safe, but he also values strength enough to allow people to use their skills – which is exactly what he does with Gwynn.

What makes us swoon?

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Today we have a real treat because J’nell has shared her own thoughts about why she thinks Captain Crawford is swoony, but I wanted to give a shoutout to author Rachel McMillan’s answer first 😊

I would say the moral compass for sure and an innate sense of duty which you know is part of the fabric of who he is. He doesn’t think he is above anyone else: Including the heroine. He very much believes that she is just as strong as he in what she does. At core, he is an equalist. And he knows that life works best when everyone is able to do their strengths. He’s a natural leader because he can acknowledge his own weaknesses.

– Rachel McMillan

My thoughts:

He has a subtle yet charming sense of humor – a definite positive for a man of war.

He comes off as endearingly disgruntled.

He’s definitely protective and brave – super swoony characteristics.

He cares deeply, even to the point of coming off as a bit bossy, yet, like Rachel said, he encourages others to walk in their strengths.

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What does the author have to say about her hero?

Captain William Crawford of his majesty’s Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Infantry. A man of impeachable character, loyal to a fault, duty before self, and protective. The epitome of a military officer. At first glance, one might not think these features could make a swoony hero. Who wants a man that can’t bend a rule every now and again? How are you supposed to squeeze in any romance when it’s always duty before self with him? But think about this: every lady wants a man she can trust. A man who will keep his word because honor runs so deep in his veins that he would rather die than give it up. A man who puts the comfort and safety of others before himself, and a man that everyone holds in high regard. Now that is a hero that any woman would be proud to call her own. And that is exactly who William is.

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Starting off, William is very rigid, almost to the point of stoic, but we see glimpses of his compassion for the soldiers in his command and damsels in distress by the side of the road. Only when Gwyn comes into his life does William’s rigidity begin to bend despite his best efforts not to. Gwyn sees past the starched uniform to the beating heart beneath and breathes fresh dreams into it, dreams that William had never before allowed himself to have. Only for, and because of her, does he do this.

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But the war is never far and its horror tails our couple, casting small moments of joy as well as tragedy on them. All through the circumstances, William’s heart and intentions remain true despite the great pain it costs him. He wants only the best for Gwyn, and in his tormenting situation decides that he can no longer be what’s best for her. At first glance it’s martyrdom, but look deeper because this is William at his core. Not a martyr, but an unselfish giving of what he thinks will be a better life for Gwyn. His intentions are nothing but honorable. But Gwyn cares not two snaps. Bound by unconditional love, she is the only one who can pull William back from the darkness and into the happiness they deserve. And he knows this. As any true hero, William recognizes that he’s met the match to his stubbornness as well as his heart.

And let’s just say, who doesn’t love a man in uniform?

 

Kissing level of such swooniness: Definitely on the hotter side. I mean, once this guy allows himself to release his emotions, he’s all-in. Wowzah! I’d place him at a 4.5 or 5. What do you think?

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How can I meet this swoony mister?

You can find William Crawford in J’nell Cielieski’s book, Among the Poppies. Check out my review HERE and follow the links to purchase your own copy today!

Swoony Saturday – Klaus

Welcome! Welcome! Swoony Saturdays are your opportunity to be introduced to a book hero who fits high-quality hero characteristics. (okay, so he just makes us weak in the knees for all kinds of reasons, but you get the point)

The photos involved are chosen as the most representative of the heroes featured, so IF they look like someone you’ve seen before, that’s almost entirely accidental.

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There are just some heroes who dig deep and leave a meaningful mark on the reader. The slow burn of interest and understanding may take a little while to soak into swooniness, but there’s some massive swooniness to encounter if one just takes the time to stay at the coffee table and have a conversation.

Today, we’re swooning over Rachel McMillan’s hero, Klaus Bauner, from Love in Three Quarter Time, and let me just say…bring it on!

Who? Klaus Bauner

Where can we find this dreamboat?Love in Three Quarter Time by Rachel McMillan

Personality summary: Klaus Bauner isn’t a young pup whose ready to pounce on the unsuspecting Evelyn Watt. Oh no, he’s a seasoned heart, who has lived through wounds and has a good knowledge of himself. Cautious, yes, but not afraid by opportunities or put off by change. Our first impression might be of a disgruntled introvert who would rather enjoy a good book than a good conversation, but as the coffee flows and excellent pastries follow, we discover that Klaus is as much a part of the romance of Vienna as the coffee and pastries. He melts into Evelyn’s life, inspiring her to think and grow in ways she’d never attempted, and in the process, he helps her to uncover the true definition of romance.

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What makes us swoon? A HUGE thank you to my Dream Team for sharing what YOU love about Klaus!

Here are a few of my initial thoughts:

He comes off as endearingly disgruntled.

He’s intense yet gentle? How did Rachel pull that off so well 😊

He’s smart. (I love a smart, well-read man. SWOONY!)

He’s honest and incredibly perceptive – and this is a perception in a sweet way where he’s trying to leave the heroine to a deeper understanding of herself.

He knows how to treat a lady.

He LISTENS (I mean, seriously ladies, what can be more romantic to a woman than a man who really listens!!)

There are SO many good things to say about this amazing man, so I had to limit the responses I shared.

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Eli Olmedo said: I love that he’s grounded and confident in himself. He doesn’t demand/fight for attention. Even when Evelyn is being dumb chasing after a guy that’s not worth it, Klaus doesn’t freak out, feel like he has to compete, or show E. what he has to offer and that he’s a better option than Rudy. He is simply himself. He knows who is and is confident enough to wait for Evelyn to figure out his worth on her own.

Courtney Clark added: Klaus’ photo would be by the definition of “gentleman” in the dictionary. From his adorable nerdiness (glasses and eye crinkles) to his tenderness (handkerchiefs! and waltzes), he has many great qualities. Like you said, Pepper, if one takes the time to get to know him! I also love how he encourages and helps Evelyn to grow and be the best version of herself.

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Kissing LevelsKissing level of such swooniness:  I “had” to go back and reread the kisses to ensure I rated this appropriately 😊

I rate Klaus as a total 5. TOTAL! Rachel builds to the moment with SUCH anticipation, my breath actually stopped to experience the scene with Evelyn. As is part of Klaus’ personality, he was gentle, thoughtful, sexy (heavens), and saw HER more than seeing a need to kiss her. She may have started the kiss, but he finished it with panache and enough swooniness to leave the reader feeling it to her toes. Yep!

Hero Types

Basic hero type: So, the ladies and I were having a chat about this hero type and he’s a tough one. He starts off as a kind of Wentworth, but…for me blended into a Henley!   A combo of Henry and Mr. Knightley. His genuineness, friendship, and humor fit both of them, he’s also incredibly inciteful– and, as you get to know him, he’s not broody as much as thoughtful.

I LOVE how Eli (from my Dream Team) added this bit of info about our handsome hero:

I was almost thinking Mr. Tilney. Both men like/love the heroine, are somewhat amused by their naivety, and neither one pushes when the heroines act foolishly regarding men who are nowhere near the calibre of the heroes.

What does the author have to say about her hero?

Klaus is the quintessential gentleman inspired by the book characters I first crushed on as a kid: namely Paul Emanuel from Villette by Charlotte Bronte and Prof. Bhaer from Little Women. I love him because he hopefully inspires women to look at the men in their life carefully. Are they treated the way Rudy treats Evelyn or the way Klaus treats her: as an equal with respect? Every woman deserves a Klaus and fashioning him with some traditional characteristics hopefully recaptures some gentlemanly trails long lost.

How can I meet this swoony mister?

Love in Three Quarter TimeYou can find my review for Love in Three Quater Time Here. And don’t miss my Book Journeys post about Vienna! 

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Swoony Saturdays – #AdorkableAlex

Welcome! Welcome! Swoony Saturdays are your opportunity to be introduced to a book hero who fits high quality hero characteristics. (okay, so he just makes us weak in the knees for all kinds of reasons, but you get the point)

The photos involved are chosen as the most representative of the heroes featured, so IF they look like someone you’ve seen before, that’s almost entirely accidental.

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Who? Alex Murdoch

Where can we find this dreamboat? Charming the Troublemaker by yours truly.

Personality summary: Alex Murdoch! The guy surprised me from the very beginning! His flirty front covers a sweet heart that’s been wounded by some deep struggles of life. He was such a fun character to write because, really, I never knew what he was going to say. Why did I fall in love with Alex? Well, he already had a hero’s heart, he just needed someone to believe in him 🙂 A lot of times, in life, we see a very crinkled reflection of ourselves through the criticism or mistreatment of others, when that ONE person with clear vision can pinpoint the person we are on the inside and bring him/her to the forefront. Alex’s tender heart, charm, and humor had always been there, but Rainey (with some Holy Spirit inspiration) was able to make him shine up his armor for the rest of the world to see 🙂

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Let’s not forget the OTHER leading lady in this story…Did I hear you say underoos?

What makes us swoon? A HUGE thank you to my Dream Team for sharing what YOU love about #AdorkableAlex!

There are SO many good things to say about this amazing man, so I had to limit the responses I shared.

Rachel M.: What I adored about him was his sweet self-control. Oh there was some steamy scenes but because he wanted to honor her and God, he kept all things pure. AND that is really really romantic. 

Angi: His sense of humor, how he was always trying to protect Rainey and Sarah. LOVED his interaction with Sarah. His willingness to learn.

Buffy: His kindness & compassion are a big draw. Plus he knows about My Little Ponies.

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Rebecca: At his core, he was a very protective, loyal, loving and winsome character!

Courtney: He hides a VERY humble heart behind his flirtatious front, so when he finally lets himself be vulnerable…. SWOON. This vulnerability stretches into his interaction with little Sarah, which makes him even sweeter. He’s ever the gentleman when with Rainey (who could be described as a sassy level 5 kisser herself, HA!). AND, he unabashedly talks about period dramas and Hallmark movies.

Carrie: Is ‘underoos’ an acceptable answer?  (You really have to read the book now right?) Pam and Katie agree with this statement…STRIPED Underoos to be specific! 

Andi: His kissing ability . . . the closet scene.

Which brings me to….

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Kissing level of such swooniness:  There is NO doubt in anyone’s mind (especially Rainey’s) that Alex is a solid 5 on this scale! His tenderness is breathtaking. And..this is funny, but I love how he talks throughout kisses. And don’t get me started on the storage closet! #ClosetKisses

Basic hero type: He is a Henley!   A combo of Henry and Mr. Knightley. His genuineness, friendship, and humor fit both of them. His care of his own family and Rainey’s reminds us of Knightley.

How can I meet this swoony mister?

When Dr. Alex Murdock is demoted to a university in rural Virginia, the last thing he expects to find is a future. But country charm never looked as good as it did on Rainey Mitchell.

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“Rainey Mitchell is doing just fine. She has a great job helping children in need, her family is around her, she is mother to a fabulous little girl, and is getting over the betrayal of her ex-husband. Dr. Alex Murdock is not doing so well, as he is forced to work at a rural university, his life is full of secrets surrounding his family, and he has to start over in a new town. Luckily, Rainey, the daughter of his landlord, is there to get him settled. Rainey just wants to stay away from the new professor, who has the same charm as her ex. Unfortunately, they seem to need each other. Rainey needs his grant-writing ability to save her program, and Alex is terrible at the lecturing at which Rainey excels. The two must work together to fulfill their goals, but will they be able to do it? Rainey’s insecurities and Alex’s obsession with protecting his family could be their undoing. A well-written love story filled with suspense, mystery, and a loving family.” ~ Library Journal Review

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Swoony Saturdays – Josh Tyler

Welcome! Welcome! Swoony Saturdays are your opportunity to be introduced to a book hero who fits high quality hero characteristics. (okay, so he just makes us weak in the knees for all kinds of reasons, but you get the point)

The photos involved are chosen as the most representative of the heroes featured, so IF they look like someone you’ve seen before, that’s almost entirely accidental.

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Where can we find this dreamboat?  Then There Was You by Kara Isaac (Bellbird Press, June 2017) You can read my review HERE.

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Ok…Ok…I know this is not Josh Tyler…But it’s Hugh Jackman. And he is Australian and look at that smile!

Personality summary: Josh Tyler is a man whose past has brought gravity to her personality but depth to his faith. As a musician in a band that performs all over the world, he’s used to being in the limelight but has also learned, due to painful circumstances, to guard his privacy. He wears a smile more readily than a frown…unless the heroine, Paige, is involved, but don’t worry – her proclivity for being unintentionally ridiculous turns Josh’s frown around. With a desire to do what is right, a love for family, music, and Jesus, he oozes a confidence which is seen best in his compassion with others.

What makes us swoon?

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AUSTRALIAN!! (Everyone agrees that this is the top swoony feature 😉)

He’s a musician (guitar)

He can sing

He loves his family.

Loves people

Kind.

Great smile (this is a very swoony one for me. Smiles!! Sigh)

He’s gentle when it’s needed most.

Seriously, this guy is pretty adorable. Funny, confident, flirty…AND he loves Jesus!!!!!!

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Basic hero type: Josh can brood with the best of them but underneath is a very caring heart. I think brooding might not be his typical trait, so I’m placing him in the Wentworth (for grudge holding) with a dash of Knightly underneath. What do you think?

How can I meet this swoony mister?Then There Was You

You can find Josh Tyler in all his swoon worthy handsomeness in Kara Isaac’s most recent release, Then There Was You. You can check out my review HERE. And don’t miss out on the Book Journeys post featuring this beautiful country!

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About the Author

Kara Isaac is an award-winning writer who lives in Wellington, New Zealand, where her career highlights include working in tourism as Private Secretary for the Prime Minister. She loves great books almost as much as she loves her husband and two Hobbit-sized children.

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Swoony Saturdays – Charlie Lionheart

Welcome! Welcome!

Swoony Saturdays are your opportunity to be introduced to a book hero who fits high quality hero characteristics. (okay, so he just makes us weak in the knees for all kinds of reasons, but you get the point)

The photos involved are chosen as the most representative of the heroes featured, so IF they look like someone you’ve seen before, that’s almost entirely accidental.

Charlie Lionheart

In May, my lovely assistant, Rachel Dixon, posted a Swoony Saturday about Charlie Lionheart, because she LOVED him and because…well…I hadn’t read Joanne Bischof’s book, The Lady and the Lionheart, yet.

Now, with the story fresh in my mind since I finished the book last weekend (much to Rachel Dixon and Carrie Schmidt’s ‘finally’ stares), I’m going to SWOON over Charlie afresh with you guys today 😊

Joanne’s novel has garnered RAVE reviews, awards, and excited fandom-status, including a line of women who often use the hashtag – #mycharlie (you know who you are).  Rt Reviews even named it “Inspirational Romance of 2016”.

From here on out, my comments will be in italics 😉

So….Let’s talk about this tamer of lions and soother of hearts.

Charlie Lionheart: Who? Charlie Lionheart

Where can we find this dreamboat? The Lady and the Lionheart by Joanne Bischof

Personality summary:

Raised amid the fame and mystique of the Big Top, Charlie Lionheart holds the audience in the palm of his hand. But while his act captivates thousands, it’s away from the spotlight where his true heart lies. Here he humbly cares for his pride of lions as if they were his brothers, a skill of bravery and strength that has prepared him for his most challenging feat yet—freeing an orphaned infant from the dark bondage of a sideshow. A trade so costly, it requires his life in exchange for hers, leaving him tarnished by the price of that choice. (From the back of the book.)

Charlie is a protector – as fierce as his brotherhood of lions. Yet, amidst the world of the demands, unpredictability, and sometimes horrors of circus life, he breathes a gentleness and uncertainty which is endearing. A bit quirky (in the most adorable of ways), first necessity and then curiosity draw him toward the heroine in a timid dance of two worlds drawing back the curtains on each other. As his protectiveness merges with a sweet love for Ella, a most exquisite and tender romance blooms to outshine any show on the Big Top

LATL 4 : What makes us swoon?

He TAMES LIONS (of course, this would be considered swoony. Seriously??? How many heroes do you know who tame lions??)

He’s a tender daddy
His sacrificial love/Self sacrifice

Strength (works with lions!)I’d add here – his reigned in strength. It’s one thing to be strong (which is swoony, but it’s even more beautiful to curb the power into fierce tenderness and loyalty. That adds a depth that is breathtaking.

Compassion
His bravery (Not just regarding the lions)
His love for those he cares about is not just something to admire, but to learn from.

Another aspect of Charlie that is wonderful is his ability to look beyond external and take a person at face value.

I love his innocence.

And he’s quirky!! Bring on the ADORKABLE!!!

Kissing level of such swooniness: Charlie is definitely a 5 on this scale. I was left in an incoherent puddle for DAYS after reading this book. Make sure you read close to the kitchen, you WILL need your freezer!

THIS IS A KISSING BOOK, if nothing else for ONE kiss alone. Great googley moogley!

The Lady and the LionheartBasic hero type: Charlie is a Darcy. His brooding disposition and assumptions made about the heroine make him out to be harsh and cold. But he is a softy underneath.

Agreed, an unlearned observer might see him as fierce (much like the lions he tames), but closer observation reveals a loyalty, strength of character, and gentleness to remove any doubt of the dedication and swooniness of his character.

How can I meet this swoony mister? 

The Lady and the Lionheart can be found on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Christian Book Distributors.Christian Book Distributors. Don’t forget to add it on Goodreads!

You can find my review HERE.

About the Author

A Carol Award and two-time Christy Award-finalist, Joanne Bischof writes deeply layered fiction that tugs at the reader’s heartstrings. She was honored to receive the SDCWG Novel of the Year Award in 2014 and in 2015 was named Author of the Year by the Mount Hermon Writer’s conference. Her 2014 novella This Quiet Sky broke precedent as the first self-released title to final for the Christy Awards. She lives in the mountains of Southern California with her husband and their three children. Website

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Swoony Saturdays – William Preston

Welcome! Welcome!

Swoony Saturdays are your opportunity to be introduced to a book hero who fits high quality hero characteristics. (okay, so he just makes us weak in the knees for all kinds of reasons, but you get the point)

The photos involved are chosen as the most representative of the heroes featured, so IF they look like someone you’ve seen before, that’s almost entirely accidental.

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Who? Will Preston

Where can we find this dreamboat?  The Engagement Plot by Krista Phillips (releasing Nov 2017)

Personality summary: Will is a good guy who’s made some pretty impulsive mistakes that’s turned his world upside down. He’s trusting and kind, but struggles with trying to live up to the expectations of others instead of always choosing what’s best. Though his heart is mostly in the right place, he’s driven to find identity in his career, which sometimes places him in the wrong place at the wrong time. He used to be a dedicated Christian, but a painful wound has left him struggling with his faith and God’s Sovereignty. Thankfully, God never loses hold of His own and He’s placed Will right in the perfect spot to eat a little humble pie, rediscover some perspective, and…maybe even find the love of his life.

What makes us swoon?

I’m a sucker for broken heroes – guys who really need to be rescued. Will is definitely one of those.

His intentions are usually in the right place, even if his follow-through isn’t the best.

He loves his parents. A lot. Family is a heartbeat for him. (which also comes out when he’s hanging out with the heroine’s father. SWEET)

He apologizes to coffee! (you’ll have to read the book to get this one. LOVED LOVED this scene) (Preorder link is below 😉

He looks fabulous in a suit or flannel. Clean-shaven or five-o’clock shadow

Beth Erin says “He rescues damsels from kitchen mayhem”

She also says, “He bakes a mean humble pie and eats it too.”

He has a tender heart and desires to protect the heroine from further hurt at all cost.

Did I mention he looks like Tom Cruise???

Kissing level of such swooniness: Will is a 4 level kisser. Passionate yet also moments of intense tenderness.

What does the author, Krista Phillips, say about her creation?

While it might be dumb and not swoony to others, I love how Will eggs Hanna on, and his ability to carry on banter. I love that he bought Hanna the ring she wanted, no questions asked. I love that he has real regrets and remorse for his actions. I love that even though he is far from God at the beginning, he still saw something precious in Hanna that attracted him to her.

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Six months ago, William stole Hanna’s heart and shattered it in front of millions of people on a reality TV dating show. And now the big-wig CEO is back on Hanna’s home turf in Minnesota and wants her to forgive him? Fat chance of that. But life is swirling around faster than snow in a blizzard, and despite her objections, teaming up with William seems like the only option to rescue her reputation.

William has never regretted anything more than the day he gave that ill-fated interview for the reality show, The Price of Love. But while he can’t change the past, he’s determined to fix the future. He just needs to convince Hanna to forgive him—and pretend to be engaged with him. Simple, right?

When the media erupts with even worse accusations, teaming up and pretending to be engaged seems to be the only way to salvage their reputations. Despite the media frenzy that swirls around them, an attraction neither of them can fight off begins to surface. Could this love run deeper than a scandal, or will old wounds tear them apart once and for all?

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Krista PhilipsKrista Phillips writes inspirational romantic comedy. She believes a sprinkle of laughter (and a wee bit of chocolate) makes everything a little better! She blogs regularly about life as a wife, mother, follower of Jesus, and mother of a child with a rare congenital heart defect at www.kristaphillips.com.

Swoony Saturday – Tate Whitcomb

Welcome! Welcome! Swoony Saturdays are your opportunity to be introduced to a book hero who fits high quality hero characteristics. (okay, so he just makes us weak in the knees for all kinds of reasons, but you get the point)

The photos involved are chosen as the most representative of the heroes featured, so IF they look like someone you’ve seen before, that’s almost entirely accidental.

Tate

Earlier this week I posted a review for A Note Yet Unsung (you can find my review HERE). Next we travelled to Nashville with Book Journeys to visit Belmont Mansion (travel with us HERE). And today, we are swooning over the hero…Tate.

Who? Nathaniel Tate Whitcomb

Where can we find this dreamboat? A Note Yet Unsung by Tamera Alexander (Bethany House Publishers 2017)NoteYetUnsung_cover-4color-SIM.inddPersonality summary: Nationally acclaimed conductor Nathaniel Tate Whitcomb is Nashville’s new orchestra leader. And despite a reluctant muse–and a strange buzzing and recurring pain in his head–he must finish composing his symphony before the grand opening of the city’s new opera hall. But far more pressing, he must finish it for the one who first inspired his love of music–his father, who is dying. As Tate’s ailment worsens, he believes Rebekah can help him finish his symphony. But how do you win back a woman’s trust when you’ve robbed her of her dream? (From the back of the book)

What makes us swoon?

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MUSIC! He is a musician, need I say more?

Not only is he a musician, he is a nationally acclaimed conductor!

He is a serious, brooding sort.

Beth Erin says: “Rebekah and Tate made music together (literally) which was quite HOT like ‘you complete me’ good!”

He’s a moody fella, but, oh so tender with his family.

Fiercely loyal.

Rebecca Maney says: “(He is) complex, but he has his reasons.”

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Toni Shiloh says: “Protective and debonair.”

He is a Godly man!

The mountain music will make you swoon indeed!

Though his relationship with Rebekah begins with discord, they learn to work together to complete Tate’s symphony.

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Kissing level of such swooniness:  They didn’t kiss much but the sparks were definitely flying. After conferring with fellow Tate fans, we decided on a solid 3 “May forget to breathe.”

Basic hero type: Tate is definitely a Darcy-ish character. His serious, brooding nature coupled with his fierce loyalty makes him a top notch swoony hero!

How can I meet this swoony mister? You can find a copy of A Note Yet Unsung from the following retailers:
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About the Author

www.tameraalexander.com

Tamera Alexander is a USA Today bestselling novelist and one of today’s most beloved authors of Christian historical romance. Her works have been awarded and nominated for numerous industry-leading honors, among them the Christy Award, the RITA Award, the Carol Award, Library Journal’s top honors, and have earned the distinction of Publisher’s Weekly Starred Reviews. Her deeply drawn characters and thought-provoking plots have earned her devoted readers worldwide.

Tamera and her husband reside in Nashville, Tennessee, where they live a short distance from Nashville’s Belmont Mansion and Belle Meade Plantation , the setting of Tamera’s #1 CBA bestselling Southern series. Her upcoming series, the Carnton Novels , launches in fall 2017 with Christmas at Carnton  (October 3, 2017), a Christmas story, which is set at Franklin, Tennessee’s historic Carnton Plantation.

 

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Swoony Saturdays – Adrien Delaporte

Welcome! Welcome! Swoony Saturdays are your opportunity to be introduced to a book hero who fits high quality hero characteristics. (okay, so he just makes us weak in the knees for all kinds of reasons, but you get the point)

The photos involved are chosen as the most representative of the heroes featured, so IF they look like someone you’ve seen before, that’s almost entirely accidental.

Earlier this week I posted a review for one of my favorite books, Kissing Adrien (you can find my review HERE). Next we travelled to Paris with Book Journeys (travel with us HERE). And today, we are swooning over the hero…Adrien.

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Who? Adrien Delaporte

Where can we find this dreamboat? Kissing Adrien by Siri Mitchell (Harvest House, 2005)

Personality summary: Confidante, funny, compassionate, and flirty, Adrien Delaporte is the quintessential French good guy. Since Kissing Adrien is first person from Claire le Noyer’s point of view, we don’t get firsthand ideas of what Adrien is feeling, but boy, oh boy, Siri describes this gorgeous specimen of European manhood’s emotions so well as seen through Claire’s eyes.

Adrien has been Claire’s childhood friend – now 10 years after their last meeting, they’re brought together again in the City of Love and Light to settle the estate of a mysterious aunt of Claire’s. The mystery of this aunt continues to keep Adrien and Claire in close proximity, and despite Claire fighting tooth-and-nail against how Adrien tries to get Claire to think outside the box, eventually the truth of her being loved and beautiful transforms this insecure workaholic into someone much more like she was created to be. Love does that, you know 😊

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Seriously, this guy is pretty adorable. Funny, confident, flirty…AND he loves Jesus!!!!!!

He’s clever

He’s sexy

He’s French

Author Dawn Crandall had this to say: “his mysteriousness, his intensity, his charm, and his amazing enigmatic draw. His tantalizing conversation. The man oozes sexiness in the most casual way.”

He sees all the beauty in the heroine and wants her to see it too.

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He knows the heroine and takes special care to show her he’s interested in her.

The man is intense and a wee bit stubborn in the most delightful of ways.

His BLUE eyes

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This is Adrien’s “official” description from the book: “The interesting thing about Adrien was the synergy of all his parts. He was tall and lanky. Lithe and energetic. He had dark hair, bright blue eyes, and a perpetual tan. A largish nose and nice white teeth. But what pulled it all together was his personality – part clown, part diplomat – and the strange desire he created in those he talked with to make him laugh.”

He apparently has very nice ears as well, because our heroine Claire says this: “They were very nice. And clean. You can’t say that about everyone’s ears.”

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Kissing level of such swooniness: Okay, Adrien’s all around swooniness ups this rating even though there’s just one daggone kiss in the ENTIRE BOOK because when he does kiss…well, he’s as intense in his focus of that kiss as he is in the rest of the story. It’s a definite 4…if she’d written further kisses, I feel certain they would have been 5s…or higher.

Basic hero type: I’m saying he’s a Knightley with swagger (maybe with the intensity of Darcy sprinkled in for an additional swoon-factor)…what do you say? He’s the heroine’s friend, but he holds her to the fire on several issues to draw her out of her complacency and unhealthy thinking patterns. . When he realizes his own feelings, he’s intense in his pursuit, but still respects her uncertainty enough to gently ‘find’ her…at her heart.

How can I meet this swoony mister? Find on  Amazon

About the Author

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Siri graduated from the University of Washington with a business degree and worked in various levels of government. As a military spouse, she has lived all over the world, including Paris and Tokyo. Siri enjoys observing and learning from different cultures. She is fluent in French and loves sushi.

She is also a member of a strange breed of people called novelists. Siri wrote 4 books and accumulated 153 rejections before signing with a publisher. In the process, she saw the bottoms of more pints of Ben & Jerry’s than she cares to admit. At various times she has vowed never to write another word again. Ever. She has gone on writing strikes and even stooped to threatening her manuscripts with the shredder. Visit her website to learn more.

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Book Journeys – Paris

This week I’m celebrating one of my favorite contemporary romance novels. An “oldie” but a goodie, this book was published in 2005, and oh la la, I was introduced to the story and the author in 2007.

Why is that important?

Well, as a budding romance writer, I’d had a hard time finding books that really fit the mix of depth and fun I was going for, and when I stumbled across Siri Mitchell’s novel, Kissing Adrien, it was a match made of fictional proportions.

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So, of course, I then purchased every book by her I could find. I’d also discovered Mary Connealy around the same time and felt pretty sure I’d struck gold! Two authors who combined faith, fun, and romance into well-written stories? Wowzah!

Now, let’s get to the Book Journey for today.

Kissing Adrien is a novel of self-discovery with romance sprinkled in. In the current flare of Katherine Reay, Siri Mitchell’s novel is about a young woman who’s allowed her creativity to dull beneath real-life expectations and has lost her dreams along the way. The story introduces a hero who is quite delightful in his own right. We’ll swoon over him lots more on the upcoming Swoony Saturday post, but for today…we’re talking setting.

Paris

Now, of course, there are a gazillion things to see in Paris, so we’re only going to chat about 5 and the #1 on the list is NOT the Eiffel Tower. GASP!

1. Notre Dame

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Located on the River Sienne, the grand and gothic cathedral, Notre Dame rises into the cityscape with its memorable western façade, spires, and flying buttresses. Completion of the cathedral occurred in the 12th century and the building has been both a setting and character in many books, most notably the Hunchback of Notre Dame by Victor Hugo. For trivia’s sake, the largest bell in Notre Dame, and the one you’ll hear tolled on the hour, is named Emmanuel and weighs 13 tons. Here is a video you can watch to HEAR the bell toll for yourself!

2. The Louvre

Next on our tour list is…nope, not the Eiffel Tower! I know, I know! What about the most iconic building in Paris? Well, let’s take a side trip first to one of the most culturally exquisite buildings in Paris. The Louvre.

Hailed as being one of the best art museums in the world, the Louvre opened its treasure-trove doors in the late 1700s and features art from all over the world. With paintings, sculptures, and mummies, this former royal residence houses a truly breathtaking display.

3. The Eiffel Tower

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Next is the most visible symbol in The City of Love. The Eiffel Tower.

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Ready for this? It was originally designed as a temporary structure for the 1889 World’s Fair. So, #1 it wasn’t supposed to be featured on the streets of Paris forever and #2 it’s not sooooo old. Another interesting historical tidbit, Gustav Eiffel (creator of the famed tower), designed it with a true scientist’s brain. He ran experiments off the tower related to transmissions – and because of the tower’s height, it became a strategic communication tower during WWI to not only transmit Allied info, but to intercept messages from the enemies.

 

 

 

4. The Marais

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If you’re more into the city-life scene with a wonderfully historic-bent, another great place to visit is The Marais. Similar to Manhattan’s West Village, except with a French twist, The Marais is filled with trendy shopping, restaurants, hotels, and pastry shops, yet the setting is pre-Napoleonic France. Cobblestone streets and elegant whitewashed buildings bring a bit of small town (though quite liberal in philosophy) feel in the center of a thriving city.

 

Alright, last one (although there are many more I could list). I chose this one for me because I WANT to see it someday and I love historic houses…or in this case…um…palaces.

5. The Château de Versailles

The Château de Versailles is the former residence of King Louis XIV and XV. A conglomeration of architectural extravagance and dazzling beauty, the palace boasts The Royal Opera House, the Royal Chapel, and the most visited fixture – The Hall of Mirrors. There are also extended gardens to explore and a wonderful history to uncover, so what’s not to love?

Now, if we add a very romantic guy named Adrien to the list of things to see in Paris, then this Book Journey sounds like a dream-come-true. Learn more about Adrien Delaporte on Saturday in Swoony Saturdays.

So….if you could visit Paris, what would you most look forward to seeing?

Swoony Saturdays – The Beast

Welcome! Welcome! Swoony Saturdays are your opportunity to be introduced to a book hero who fits high quality hero characteristics. (okay, so he just makes us weak in the knees for all kinds of reasons, but you get the point)

The photos involved are chosen as the most representative of the heroes featured, so IF they look like someone you’ve seen before, that’s almost entirely accidental.

We are having a little fantastical fun today with our featured SWOONY hero.

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Who? Beast aka Dan Stevens

Where can we find this dreamboat? Disney’s live-action Beauty and the Beast released March 2017

Personality summary: Some people are experiential learners and for this prince, it’s going to take an enchantress’ curse, some faithful houseware, and a fearless commoner to transform him into hero material. Not all heroes are born. The prince’s future and personality were impacted by his mother’s death and his father’s cruelty, corrupting his heart into a loveless quest for self-indulgence. When the enchantress changes him into a beast, the only way to break the spell is for him to “learn to love and earn their love in return”, but not a lot of people brave a wolf-infested forest to a creepy, always-winter-never-Christmas castle in the middle of nowhere…except maybe a beautiful woman trying to save her father.

Through an interesting turn of events, Belle, the girl, takes her father’s place as the Beast’s prisoner, and with a little rescuing of each other, healthy arguing, a whole bunch of compassion, some singing flatware, a pretty substantial gift of books, a deeper understanding of their backstories, and the discovery of their mutual interests, this uncertain, brooding hero is rescued by true love.

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What makes us swoon?

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Oh, sorry…you mean the character of Beast. RIGHT!

Beth Erin says “Fur is manly and warm and cozy.”

He has a teachable heart, once he gets over his grumpiness

Tina Turpin said, “He is kind and compassionate.” Which is true once he sets his bitterness aside.

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His insecurity is sweet

He likes to read

And he gives Belle a LIBRARY…WHAT can be swoonier than that?

He also gives her a trip to Paris, but that’s anticlimactic after the library gift.

He is quick to apologize when he realizes he’s wrong

Humility looks fabulous on him

Marisa Deshaies had this wonderful quote to add: I have something: The Beast/Prince Adam is swoony because he becomes who is meant to be as he falls in love with Belle. He is the embodiment someone who learns to love (and not just in the romantic sense, as he also loves his friends) and becomes the better for it because in loving he forgoes his own desires and gives to the other person what they need.

Did we already mention Dan Stevens?

Here is the video of Beast’s song:

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Kissing level of such swooniness: In all honesty, it’s a kid-flick, so the kissing level barely made it to a 3. I’m certain if the camera hadn’t panned out so fast, we’d have gotten more of the 4 kind-of-kiss we see in the animated version.

Basic hero type: The consensus is that Beast is a combination of Darcy and Edward Ferrars. This melancholy is a brooder with a whole lot of uncertainty underneath that growl. When given the opportunity to show affection and love, he’ll shower it in extravagant ways from a tender heart, but his past keeps him second-guessing himself. Good friends, a steadfast heroine, and

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 opportunity, truly transform this beast into prince charming.

How can I meet this swoony mister? Disney’s live-action Beauty and the Beast. You can order it on Amazon HERE.

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