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Thursday, January 20, 2011

Thursday Spotlight: Grace Elliot

 5 Reasons the Regency is Romantic
      Stallions are the embodiment of virility and power…and the regency was dripping with them. The Regency world ran on horse power, from high perch phaetons to farm wagons…and just like today’s sports cars, the quality of your engine spoke volume about the person. 

      What tonnish miss’s heart wouldn’t be set a flutter to see a handsome rogue pull up outside her address in a crest-emblazoned barouche, with coachman and liveried footman. From matched bays to high stepping hackneys the expense of keeping such an equipage was stunning… a distinct aphrodisiac. Such conspicuous wealth was not so much equivalent to a Porsche or Lamborghini but to owning a private helicopter with a personal pilot on constant standby. But then again, any self respecting heroine would see through such shallow materialistic values to the man beneath. 

      From hours in the stallion’s saddle our hero would have finely toned thighs. Chances our she’d get a good appreciation of this and other assets within his skin tight ‘inexpressibles’, showing every contour and plane that left little to the imagination. 

      And if our heroine is strong minded enough to resist a splendid physique, perhaps the skill of controlling a powerful beast between seat and heel would give her pause for thought.  The power of mind over body, of man over horseflesh, of the beast between his thighs might have made her stays feel uncomfortably tight… There’s definitely something about men and horses…what do you find attractive in a man? Do please comment below.

Excerpt from A Dead Man’s Debt
[Lord Ranulf Charing has received an urgent summons to return home.]

      …an Arab stallion danced in circles round the stable lad. Granite clouds towered in a brooding sky. A yard door slammed and the wild eyed stallion reared, dragging the lad off his feet. Then a down draught tugged the horse’s flowing silver-white mane and tail, as with flared nostrils he backed across the yard, hooves, like flints, striking sparks from the cobbles. The boy clung to the reins, more fearful of letting such a valuable horse bolt than of being trampled. The grey plunged heaven wards, a silvery ghost against a charcoal sky, then struck the ground, the massive muscles of his rump bunching to rear again just as a dark figure rounded the corner and entered the yard.
        “Sir have a care, your horse….” The shouted warning was stolen by the wind.
      Lord Ranulf Charing grunted, reaching out a hand to gentle the plunging beast. As if he’d cast a spell, the horse calmed and with a snicker rubbed his velveteen nose against his master’s coat to exhibit an understanding between man and horse that eluded Ranulf amongst his own kind.
      At the age of thirty, tall and of muscular build; Lord Ranulf Charing was a man not given to suffering fools; his expression a habitual frown, with wide unreadable lips and brown eyes so dark as to be almost black. The impression of the young Lord being part devil and part shadow was heightened by his dress which was entirely black; from neckerchief and lawn shirt, to riding breeches and kerysmere outer coat. In short, Lord Ranulf Charing was in mourning and it suited him.

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cheryl c said...

What I find physically attractive in a man are his eyes and his mouth, and oh yes, his chest! Romance novel covers boast some of the best chests you will find anywhere!

Unknown said...

I'll agree with that. Regency men were more physical in general - all that riding. Oh la la!

Miss Mae said...

Lovely excerpt, Grace! I quite agree about the master and his horses sending the heroine's heart all a-flutter. :) But what is romantic? Hmm, his eyes and whether they smile or glare. And I also adore a man's hard, firm handshake. Can't abide soft, wimpy ones...*shudder*

Denise Golinowski said...

Oh la, ladies, this is a fine topic indeed. What do I find attractive in a man? Chest and arms have always done it for me with hair - head/face/chest - coming in close 2nd. The shaved/waxed chests featured on the covers of the romance novels do show us some luscious definition, but real men have hair on their chests!

Denise Golinowski