beach_readingLast week’s Washington Post featured a nifty column in which they asked a few authors (no romance authors, of course) to name a fictional character with whom they’d like to spend a day at the beach.

As we’re heading into a lazy summer weekend, I thought it would be fun to ask our readers the same – only this time we won’t leave our romance.  So, here’s the question:  What hero or heroine is your fantasy day at the beach companion?

Here’s a clue to mine:

“He had broad shoulders, mirrored sunglasses, and no smile and Sophie could hear ominous music on the soundtrack in her head as her heart started to pound. His fair hair shone in the late-afternoon sun, his profile was classic and beautiful, the sleeves of his tailored white shirt were rolled precisely to his elbows, and his khaki slacks were immaculate and pressed. He looked like every glossy frat boy in every nerd movie ever made, like every popular town boy who’d ever looked right through her in high school, like every rotten rich kid who’d ever belonged where she hadn’t.”

Recognize that perfect prose?  It’s from Jennifer Crusie’s incredible, fantastic, and stupendous Welcome to Temptation and it describes the moment when heroine Sophie Dempsey and Mayor Phineas T. Tucker first meet. The sexy, smart, dry-witted Phin is my choice for several reasons. First, well…he’s hot. And he knows exactly what he’s doing. But mostly I love a funny guy and I particularly love a dry-witted funny guy and I think he’d be the ideal companion with whom to exchange dry-witted observations on the passing beach scene and then have some big girl-big boy fun later.

If only.

So, who’s your pleasure? (BTW, if there seems to be some kind of consensus going with a number of the same names cropping up, we’ll take our shallow preoccupation even further and post a poll on the blog to pick AAR’s Hottest Summer Fantasy.)

-Sandy AAR

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