Not long after I started blogging, author Vivi Anna—she of the kick-assingest of heroines and the alpha avengers built to love them—one day announced to the chicks who hang around my joint that one way to enhance one’s romance-reading experience is to imagine romance hero sammiches.
Vivi explained that a sammich is a fantasy combination of one’s self and two of the romance heroes one finds most sexually attractive, whom one would most like to spend hours catering to her every sensual whim, and whom, in some cases, one wouldn’t mind seeing go at a little boy-on-boy in the process.
I thought of Vivi’s sammiches this weekend as I was having a much needed, comfort-read binge of a tidy little boxed set of Black Dagger Brotherhood (BDB) books I splurged on recently after I received a sweet holiday surprise of a B&N gift card from some pals.
Now, I know some of you have just turned on to these guys, the vampire warriors sworn to protect the dwindling numbers of their race against the creepy lessers out to destroy them. So you already know the BDB novels are as violent as they are erotic, but we chicks still dig 'em because the author, J.R. Ward, is pretty evenhanded about the way she wields both sex and brutality, and how she does it within context of the amazing world and mythology she creates.
But even better than the hot sex and the gory fight scenes is the way the BDB are more than just an over-the-top virile band of brothers who let us see inside their hidden, all-male enclave in a way real-life warrior/soldiers never would. They’re vampire-guys who think and act exactly the way we think they should—which is to say, just like us—about the stuff we chicks love. They just do it big-in-all-ways and cool and while they’re all testosteroned up and stuff.
But back to the sammiches. Because if you ain’t hungry by now, you will be once you read or reread one of these like I did this weekend. Once you get all Brothered up, you can’t get these guys outta’ your head, and even though one of 'em is more than a girl can handle—maybe even one of Vivi Anna’s toughie chicks —there’s really always room for more BDB.
So my question for you today is: As a fan of the BDB, which brothers do you think would make the tastiest Black Dagger Brotherhood sammich? Or, which fave romance heroes of yours would make a dreamy fantasy sammich?