It’s not that I have anything against smokin’ hot shirtless guys. Not at all! It’s just that a guy in a tux makes me melt. A guy in a tux doesn’t even have to try…or maybe he’s trying hard. Either way, he still might be hard to get—but there’s some reason he looks like a million bucks, whether he has a million or not. And I want to know that reason. I want to know that hero.
In my fantasy universe of hot guys in tuxes (where Daniel Craig rules as king supreme, Bond-style) I like to assume that what’s underneath the well-cut wool is a lonely heart. A searching heart—whether the wearer realizes it or not. Tuxes are so universal—they can be worn by alpha heroes and beta heroes alike. They can be equally swoon-worthy on rock stars, vampires, and average Joes. I’ve rarely met a guy who didn’t clean up nice in one of them, and a guy who’s delicious to begin with? In a tux, he makes my eyes bug out and my mouth unhinge.
There’s something about the crisp white collar, the satin tie, the cut of the jacket over a broad back that, to me—is so romantic. It doesn’t matter if a hero accessories with expensive sunglasses and a private jet…or his grandfather’s watch and a tattoo peeking out above the collar. Both types of men are great heroes and both have a sense of mystery about them simply because they’re wearing tuxes.
Now, having said all that—I have yet to put a tuxedoed hero in one of my books—and I’ve written both alpha and beta heroes. It’s not that I don’t want to; it’s just that I haven’t found the perfect opportunity. Oh, I’ve substituted suits, which are also charming, but I’m looking forward to that perfect moment when I can dress one of my heroes in an amazing tuxedo. You can be sure that my heroine will thank me. J
What about you? Do tuxes ‘do it’ for you? When you picture an amazing hero, what is he wearing? Or, as the case may be…not wearing?
After spending years in professional theater as a costume designer, Laura Simcox eased out of the hectic whirlwind of opening nights and settled in a comfy desk chair to write romance. She believes that life is too short not to appreciate heartwarming, quirky humor and her novels are lighthearted journeys into the happily-ever-after. Laura is the author of the ‘Something to Celebrate’ series for Entangled Edge, and the upcoming ‘Various States of Undress’ series for Avon Impulse. She lives in North Carolina with her true love and adorable little son.
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Daniel Craig photo source: http://vestidoslindosatelier.tumblr.com/post/48219407333
Marlon Wayans photo source: http://famewatcher.com/joseph-abboud-three-button-wool-suit-on-robert-pattinson.html
Justin Timberlake photo source: http://25.media.tumblr.com/f33316779805901d66ed3f2b44b682b7/tumblr_mi2tav5m521rq9i6no2_500.jpg
Alexander Skarsgard photo source: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/109986415870441698/