I really didn’t want to let Shelli Stevens guest blog for me today. Her “Anybody but Justin” kept my Personal Protection from hitting #1 on the My Bookstore and More bestseller’s list the week our stories were released. *pout*

Ah, who am I kidding? I was thrilled that I was second only to Shelli. Plus Shelli is another of those uber-supportive authors who you can’t be upset with. She’s the one who gave me the idea for giving credit for those of you who retweet my twitter messages each day about my guest bloggers. (I’ll bet she doesn’t even realize it.) And she’s always been there with an encouraging word for new authors, and jumped right in with both feet when I posted about needing guests for my Birthday Bash.

So welcome Shelli Stevens. (You do realize I was kidding about that first paragraph, right?)


Hi, Leah and happy birthday! Thanks for having me on your blog today!

So I’m going for a fun, somewhat random, topic! You know when we read books, the heroes and heroines are all across the board in physical appearance. I’m not just talking eyes, body types and hair…. or wait maybe I am talking hair.

Sure, romance novels like to take you a step away from reality, but I still like a little bit in mine.

For instance…chest hair. I actually LIKE chest hair on my guys. Both in real life and in my heroes in books. It’s that sexy little difference in female and male to me. It gives the hero that manly edge.

(Unfortunately, the original image Shelli provided was taken down by PhotoBucket so I substituted my own cover. )

But you don’t really see that so much anymore in books. I mean, especially on cover models on covers. They’ve got these smooth as a baby’s butt, oiled up, ripped chests. Not that I’m complaining, mind you. But, I like it when I see a smattering of hair, or when an author shows us in the book that the hero has a bit. I mean, sure, we don’t have to go so far as to show the heroine running her hands through the hero’s back hair, but a little more reality can be fun.


(Leah here: ZOMG maybe I should take back those nice things I said about Shelli – that photo is … akkk, it made me spit out my morning coffee. Please tell me that’s photoshopped.)

Here’s the cover of my newest (and first NY release!) Take Me from Kensington Aphrodisia.

Notice the smattering of arm hair on the guy? Can’t say that I’m disappointed 😀

So how about you? How do you like your heroes? Smooth and oiled? Or hard with a little man hair? Leave a comment to be entered to win a signed copy of Take Me!


Shelli Stevens: Big Fat Hairy Deal

59 thoughts on “Shelli Stevens: Big Fat Hairy Deal

  • July 29, 2009 at 6:43 pm

    I'm with you Shelli! I like a little bit of man hair, especially on the chest, but don't want him to be wearing a hair shirt so to speak.
    I do enjoy looking at the smooth chested men on the cover of the books, but in real life I like them to be more natural. Great post!

  • July 29, 2009 at 7:49 pm

    Smoooooth!! That little trail of hair under the navel that points the way is fine but I prefer swirling my tounge around a smooth nipple and not getting hairs in the mouth. I don't mind looking at some chest hair but prefer smooth for interaction.

  • July 29, 2009 at 10:37 pm

    Hi Leah and Shelli,
    I don't mind a little bit of hair but prefer a hard and smooth body. 🙂 Confrats Selli on your release.
    Carol L.

  • July 29, 2009 at 10:46 pm

    I do not want any facial hair but having some body hair is OK and probably more low maintenance than waxing/shaving regularly.

  • July 29, 2009 at 11:21 pm

    Hair on men is fine.But not so much that it makes you want to break out you little, pink, throw away razor LOL! 🙂

  • July 29, 2009 at 11:39 pm

    I drew a random winner and it's lindseye! Please email me at shelli @ shellistevens.com with your address and I'll send you the book!

  • July 30, 2009 at 3:34 am

    Thanks for such an interesting post, Shelley. And I have to agree with the commenter who talked about that trail from the naval and arrowing down. Very sexy.

    I was at a spa yesterday where I got to do a little discreet ogling. Not a lot of hairy chests, very few of the men there had hair. The one that I did notice had very little hair on his chest, no back hair except for a thick patch on the small of his spine. It was very weird, and made me wonder if he had hair on his butt cheeks. That would be a definite turn off as someone else said above.

  • August 1, 2009 at 4:33 am

    Not a 'back hair' fan either. In fact had to place a comment about this dislike in my latest novel:

    "Though Lily had never seen his upper torso unclothed, she suspected that his back-hair was probably thick enough to carve her initials onto it. She made a mental note to herself. Refuse all beaching invitations…."

    Tee hee.

  • August 6, 2009 at 7:03 pm

    bald and smooth or some hair is fine; I love chest hair and moustaches.

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