We are excited to have Shana back on the blog today talking about Why Duke’s are so darn sexy. We are also giving away a copy of When You Give A Duke A Diamond, so make sure a leave a note telling us why you think Duke’s are so sexy. Contest is open to US and Canada only.
Why Dukes are So Sexy
It’s not hard to determine what women find sexy these dates. Just peruse Pinterest or Facebook, and you’ll see lots of pictures of men pinned or posted by women and labeled as “eye candy.” I suppose it’s only fair, as men have been ogling women for centuries, but I would argue that the interest of the fairer sex in male beauty is a rather new development. And I would further argue that money and power trump appearance any day.
Walk the romance aisles of any bookstore, and you’ll see a plethora of books with “duke” in the title. This is because, as my editor says, dukes sell. Women want to read about dukes. I’m a woman, and I want to read about dukes, too. But before my recent release, When You Give a Duke a Diamond, I’d never written about a duke.
(Yes, dear readers, Julien Harcourt in The Making of a Duchess was a duke, but he was a French duc. His title was revoked during the French Revolution. He was a duc living in England without lands or power, so he doesn’t really count.)
There were several reasons I chose to write about a duke in When You Give a Duke a Diamond. First of all, dukes are sexy. Remember those aisles in the romance section chock full of duke books? Why do dukes sell? Because a man with power is sexy to women. This isn’t only true historically. Look at Fifty Shades of Grey. The “hero” in that novel is powerful, and that’s part of his appeal. Dukes also have a title, and titles are sexy. Titles make us think of royalty, which conjures images of country houses, jewels, horse-drawn carriages and the like. It’s romantic. It’s sigh-worthy. Titles make a man sexy, and no one save the King has more titles than a duke.
But I’d argue there’s yet another reason dukes are sexy. They can be choosy. They are sought after, and they can choose any woman they want, for the most part. It’s sexy to think that a man who can have anyone wants you. In When You Give a Duke a Diamond, the hero, William the sixth Duke of Pelham does not want the heroine, Juliette. He has his family honor and illustrious family history to think of. She is a courtesan and not an acceptable mate for him. He doesn’t want to fall in love with her, and she doesn’t want to fall in love with him. After all, he’s a bit of a prig, and she likes to have fun.
But she can’t deny that Will is sexy, and for Juliette it’s a lot more than power or rank or money. There’s another part of Will she falls in love with…
I’ve heard it remarked that while there were only a handful of eligible dukes during the actual Regency era, fiction would have us believe there were thousands upon thousands. Why do you think readers love to read about dukes? Do you enjoy heroes who are dukes or have you tired of them?
WHEN YOU GIVE A DUKE A DIAMOND BY SHANA GALEN – IN STORES SEPTEMBER 2012
Praise for Shan Galen:
“Galen pulls out all the stops…will leave readers breathless and highly satisfied.” —RT Book Reviews
William, the sixth Duke of Pelham, enjoys his punctual. securely structured life. Orderly and predictable—that’s the way he likes it. But he’s in the public eye, and the scandal sheets will make up anything to sell papers. When the gossips link him to Juliette, one of the most beautiful and celebrated courtesans in London, chaos doesn’t begin to describe what happens next…
Until She Came Along
Juliette is nicknamed the Duchess of Dalliance, and has the cream of the nobility at her beck and call. It’s seriously disruptive to have the duke who’s the biggest catch on the Marriage Mart scaring her other suitors away. Then she discovers William’s darkest secret and decides what he needs in his life is the kind of excitement only she can provide…
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
SHANA GALEN is the bestselling author of Regency historicals, including the RT Book Reviews Reviewer’s Choice for The Making of a Gentleman. A former English teacher in Houston’s inner city, Shana now writes full time. She is happily married, with one daughter and a spoiled cat. If You Give a Rake a Ruby, the next exciting book in the Jewels of the Ton Series, hits stores in March 2013. For more information please visit www.shanagalen.com, like her on Facebook, and follow her on Twitter, @ShanaGalen.