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Thursday, September 13, 2012

"His Very Own Girl" Blog Tour - Guest Post

Easy on the Eyes
By Carrie Lofty

I’m a historian, but I’m also a woman with eyes…eyes that are drawn to men in uniform. What is it about a uniform that suddenly adds sex appeal to an otherwise ordinary guy? Maybe it’s status. We know the sharper the dresser—and the more medals and do-dads pinned all over the place—the braver he’s proven himself to be.

Men in business suits wear the “uniform” of their position, but you can’t tell just by looking at his sleeve whether he’s an intern or a VP. When looking out for the right guy, those considerations are important! “Am I falling for a rich billionaire CEO, or the guy who makes coffee?”

The military makes it much simpler, and still very snazzy. I mean, look at this dress coat! That says “squared away” and ready for action…of all kinds. And you know an image has legs when advertisers try to capitalize on the mystique. Check out this Clark Gable lookalike in the leather bomber jacket. In the 1940s, the message was clear: You wanna be cool? You need to look like the Real Deal.

The heroine of HIS VERY OWN GIRL, Lulu Davies, is a British civilian pilot who meets soldiers and airmen all the time. Leicester has been overrun with Americans billeting in preparation for D-Day, so she’s made it somewhat of a hobby to be able read the mysterious insignia of their uniforms. Here, she catches sight of a group mingling outside of a club:

Each chap wore the golden wings of a paratrooper and the AA arm patch of the 82nd Airborne. So they weren’t any old Yanks. They were the All-Americans. A more boisterous, arrogant lot couldn’t be found in the U.S. Army. They split their time between war maneuvers and seeking out—in no particular order—women, liquor, food, music, and trouble.
They were heaps of fun.

And when she meets paratrooper medic Joe Weber, she sizes him up with the same cheeky precision. In this case, Lulu doesn’t mind at all that she’s landed herself a private rather than a general!

“Now it’s my turn to guess.” She took hold of his shoulders and turned his upper body to face her squarely. Joe shivered when she gave his biceps a quick squeeze. A secret smile tilted the corners of her perfectly painted lips. “Only one chevron,” she said, glancing at his tunic sleeve. “Poor private.”
“First class, at least.”
“You don’t think I’d be seen with any less, do you?”
“I wouldn’t presume.”
She touched the insignia of wide eagles’ wings affixed above his right breast pocket. “No stars above your jump wings, which means despite being with the 82nd Airborne, you haven’t yet seen combat.”
“I’m impressed.”
“You shouldn’t be,” she said with a dismissive wave. “Simply means I’ve idled with too many soldiers. Now all I need is your name.”
“Joe Weber.”
Lulu finished her drink and nodded for Joe to do the same. He complied. The beer wasn’t strong enough to cool how hot his blood was running. Not by half.
She took his hand. “Well, Pfc. Joe Weber, I’ll have that dance now.”

Yeah, Joe looked fine, but I think she was actually more interested in what he wore underneath. This is a romance novel, after all!


Summer has been a blast! Available now from Pocket Books are three Christ Family romances. FLAWLESS kicked it off with a tale of an estranged couple's search for love. The 99¢ tie-in novella, "A LITTLE MORE SCANDAL" follows two aspiring lovers to London. And the Scottish-set second novel, STARLIGHT, was an RT BookReviews 4½ Star Top Pick. "Richly nuanced characters and a superbly realized Victorian setting come together brilliantly." ~ The Chicago Tribune

I've also launched a co-written pseudonym, Katie Porter, with my long-time friend and critique partner, Lorelie Brown. Our "Vegas Top Guns" series of contemporary erotic romances launched from Samhain with DOUBLE DOWN and INSIDE BET, both of which were RT BookReviews 4½ Star Top Picks: "This racy, raunchy, hella good read…will move Fifty Shades of Grey to the children's section of the bookstore."

Where to find me:
Twitter: @carrielofty

I'd like to give away a digital copy of HIS VERY OWN GIRL in any format. Just answer: Which uniforms (cops, firemen, military) catch your eye, if any, and why?

Thanks again to Book Lovin’ Mamas for featuring His Very Own Girl!

To enter for a chance to win a digital copy of His Very Own Girl please answer Carrie's question in a comment bellow with your email so that we can contact you if you've won.

Thank you so much for being here to day Carrie! I really enjoyed the book. To read my review of His Very Own Girl click here.


laurie said...

the uniform that catches my eye are military uniforms. ONE of my uncles and my maternal grandfather served in the armed forces so for me theres that personal attachment to them!

Shadow said...

I love uniforms! Military and firemen both catch my eye. It makes them seem alpha and assertive. Loyal and honest. Protective and passionate. :)

Thank you for stopping by, ladies! I appreciate your feedback and personal stories.

Allie said...

I love cops.....They can be swat, undercover, detective....Any kind of cop!
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