Monday, May 12, 2014

Alexa Egan Finds Her 'aahhhs' in 'Say Anything,' 'Decoy Bride,' 'Tangled'

by Joyce Lamb)

Alexa Egan, author of Warrior's Curse (Book #3 in the Imnada Brotherhood series), her new "para-storical," shares three of her favorite cinematic romances.

Alexa: I love romantic movies, which I define the same way I do romance novels; at their core is a love story that leads to a happily-ever-after. I want emotion, chemistry, and lots of fun with an "Aaahhhh" moment at the end that makes me want to watch over and over. The three movies below have all the crucial components that transition them into keeper movies I go to whenever I need a little muse pick-me-up.

For emotion, I choose Say Anything.

Slacker Lloyd Dobler and valedictorian Diane Court are an unlikely couple in this '80s romance classic. He's determined to win her love despite her overprotective father and her upcoming departure for college overseas. I choke up every time I see the iconic scene of Lloyd standing outside Diane's window in the middle of the night holding the boom box over his head, blasting Peter Gabriel's In Your Eyes. Though, honestly, if someone did this in real life I'd probably find him creepy and stalkerish, and be taking out a restraining order on him in the next 24 hours. I guess it just goes to show you there's a fine line between sexy romance hero and sinister serial killer.

John Cusack in "Say Anything."(Photo11: 20th Century Fox)

For chemistry, I'm picking The Decoy Bride.

I stumbled on this recent rom-com starring Kelly MacDonald (Brave) and David Tennant (the best Dr. Who ever). It was love at first viewing. Tennant is seeking a way to avoid the paparazzi hounding him and his movie star bride-to-be. He hires MacDonald to be the decoy to throw them off the scent, but in the confusion, they end up mistakenly married to each other. The dialogue is crisp, the Scottish setting gorgeous, and the leading characters adorably at odds with each other. I thank the Netflix movie gods for streaming it free so I can watch it as often as I want.

And for fun and an "Ahhh" moment, it's Tangled all the way.

Do I really have to tell you what this one's about? OK, for those of you living under a rock for the past five years, this is Disney's take on the Rapunzel fairy tale. After capturing Flynn Rider, a thief who's climbed into her tower, Rapunzel gets him to agree to take her along on a trip to the city in search of the mysterious lights she sees every year on her birthday. Flynn is the epitome of the bad-boy hero with a heart of gold. The scene when he sacrifices himself in order to save Rapunzel from a lifetime of imprisonment is the stuff of which swoon-worthy, heart-melting romance is made. And his frying pan fight with a horse might be the strangest thing I've ever seen. (Had to throw that in.) LOL!

So, pop that popcorn, curl up on the couch, and enjoy three very different romances, all guaranteed to put a smile on your face and love in your heart.

Here's the blurb about Warrior's Curse:

Will their desire conquer evil's wrath?

Major Gray de Coursy, Earl of Halvossa and exiled heir to the five clans of the Imnada shapechangers, must regain his throne in order to save his people from a deadly war with the Feybloods. First, however, he must break the curse he has lived under since the final chaos of Waterloo. Desperate, he resolves to steal the Imnada's most sacred relic—the mysterious crystal of Jai Idrish—to help him. When he receives a visit from his childhood companion Meeryn Munro, Gray is surprised by her offer of help . . . and by how the girl of his memories has grown to become the woman of his dreams.

None of Meeryn's powers as anointed keeper of Jai Idrish have prepared her for the threat of battle, but it's the passion Gray arouses in her that she finds herself fighting. In a perilous quest spanning two realms, Gray and Meeryn must outwit and outrun a cunning enemy. And only the strength of the warrior, the magic of the priestess, and a love greater than death can reclaim a crown and win them a future together.

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