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#HunkDay: Hot For Teacher

Happy #HunkDay! It’s back to school and that can only mean one thing for hunk day: the hot professor. It’s such a common fantasy that it’s become almost a cliche. Late nights after class, visiting for “office” hours, the appeal of the uber-intellectual, his sexy glasses….Ahem. I should just get to the photos before things get a little too sexy–cliche! I mean cliche! Before things get a little too cliche. There we go. …And here you go: five hunks that most likely aren’t actually professors, but they look the part and probably have better abs than your actual professors did (unless you happened to be the luckiest student in the world!). Follow the rest of the action on the Romance at Random Facebook and Twitter and [...]

#HunkDay: The Great Outdoors

Happy #HunkDay ladies and gentlemen! Anyone else noticing the subtle change in temperature? The few leaves starting to fall? The way the air has changed? Fall’s coming and coming quick! But we’re still in the last weeks of summer, so let’s celebrate. We’ve picked a few hunks who are doing their best to celebrate the great outdoors. Blue skies, shirtless men, what more could a girl want?! Our first five hotties are here, but follow the rest of the action on the Romance at Random Facebook and Twitter and our Loveswept Pinterest page.   1. This guy looks like he’s ready to do some gardening, or maybe have a little garden hose water fight?     2. I don’t know what’s more stunning, the man or the [...]

#HunkDay: The Six Pack Files

Happy Hunk Day! Each week we’re looking for the hottest hunks so that come Wednesday, we’ve got the best of the best. But…not all of the hunks we find get used. So today we’re opening up our Hunk Day files and bringing you the best of the six packs.It’s not about surfers or sailors or Scots, all we’re focusing on today are the bods. (And we may even have some eight packs to share too!) Our first five hotties are here, but follow the rest of the hunks from the vault on the Romance at Random Facebook and Twitter and our Loveswept Pinterest page. 1. You, sir, are most definitely blessed.   2. This guy really should be a cover model for romance novels. He’s got it all [...]

#HunkDay: Men in Kilts

Happy #HunkDay, Lads and Lassies! I’ve been trying to work out why exactly I’m so attracted to Scottish men. At first, I thought it was their history of being untamed and wild, then I was certain it was their Scottish brogue, and for a minute I even thought I may have confused my love of tea and shortbread for a love of Scottish dudes, but then something clicked. It was the kilts. Men in Kilts, there’s just something about it. Today we’ve got some men in kilts to celebrate our Scottish heroes. Follow the rest of the hunks on the Romance at Random Facebook and Twitter and our Loveswept Pinterest page. Who are your favorite Scottish heroes? Are you partial to a man in a kilt? 1. I [...]

#HunkDay: Suns Out, Guns Out

The summer weather is good for lots of things–picnics, surfing, hiking, outdoor concerts–but it’s especially good for allowing dudes to show off the muscles they’ve been working on since the cold days of January. We’re celebrating the phrase “suns out, guns out” today for Hunk Day. If you have to be inside working today, at least take a moment to enjoy this roundup of hotties baring their guns (and abs!). Follow the rest of the hunks on the Romance at Random Facebook and Twitter and our Loveswept Pinterest page. 1. This looks like some sort of apparition from my daydreams… 2. I’m very rarely speechless, but this man has left me without words.    3. Good Lord, I need to spend more time at the park!    [...]

#HunkDay: Surfer Studs

A few weeks ago we focused on lifeguards for #HunkDay, but this week, we’re looking from the lifeguard stands and out into the water to check out the surfers. There’s something so alluring about a tanned, blonde California surfer, something both totally American and totally edgy. And that’s not even mentioning Australian surfers and Mexican surfers and East Coast surfers and..well, you get the idea. I’m a fan of pretty much any surfers, but especially the ones we’ve rounded up for today’s Hunk Day. Follow the rest of the hunks on the Romance at Random Facebook and Twitter and our Loveswept Pinterest page. Do you have a thing for surfers? Ever dated (or married–lucky!) a surfer? 1. I WANT TO BE WHERE THIS IS.   2. Can I [...]

#HunkDay: Hot Guys On Boats

Let the summer time lovin’ continue with our Hunk Day! I was recently in Martha’s Vineyard and couldn’t help but daydream about the sailors and motorboat enthusiasts who took their boats out on the salty New England waters. I was in the harbor at sunset and it was so romantic that all I could imagine was being scooped up by a strong fisherman type. So instead of just daydreaming, I decided to do something about it. And that something is today’s Hunk Day! Enjoy…and catch the rest of the action on our Romance at Random Facebook and Twitter and our Loveswept Pinterest page. 1. This man is the stuff that New England dreams are made of…   2. What do you think he’s contemplating? “How is it [...]

#HunkDay: Hot Lifeguards

Happy Hunk Day Everyone! Summer might just be the best time for hunks. The hot weather encourages showing off their muscles–suns out, guns out, anyone? Not to mention that summertime is when lifeguards come back out. Ever since Barry, the tanned lake lifeguard, taught me how to swim when  I was ten, I’ve had a soft spot for lifeguards, reinforced by Baywatch re-runs and the more recent reality show, Bondi Rescue. Oh, and there was that time my vacation house faced the stretch of beach where lifeguard training happened. Let’s just say I liked watching the running and push-ups with my morning coffee much more than I enjoyed the morning news This week we’ve rounded up some hotties in red [...]

#HunkDay: God Bless America

Happy Hunk Day! We’re gearing up for the holiday weekend over here and we figured it was our patriotic duty to present some dudes who love America…and show their love while looking amazing with their shirts off, of course Start your celebration early with these hunks decked out in red, white, and blue. We can’t think of a better way to honor our wonderful country! Check out the rest of the HunkDay action on our Romance at Random Facebook and Twitter and our Loveswept Pinterest page. Do your Independence Day plans involve hunks in flag patterned swim trunks or maybe a hunky husband lighting up the grill? Let us know what you’ll be up to in the comments.  1. Where is this beach? Because we need [...]

#HunkDay: Beach Edition

A very happy Hunk Day to you! Summer is fully upon us now! July is only a week away (how did that happen?!) and people have started to leave the office for beach towns where life is a little slower and there’s a whole lot more time for reading and soaking up the sun. We’re celebrating this week with some beach hunks. Fingers crossed the guys look like this on your next vacay. Do you know of a good place for spotting beach hunks? Maybe in Maine, maybe in the Caribbean, maybe somewhere totally different? Share with us in the comments!  Check out the rest of the HunkDay action on our Romance at Random Facebook and Twitter and our Loveswept [...]

#HunkDay: Soccer Dudes

Happy Hunk Day! We are in the midst of the World Cup right now, so we wanted to celebrate with a day of soccer hunks. There are tons of “Hottest World Cup Players” lists out there, so we kept it simple with some average (but not average looking!) soccer players and a few big name hotties. Enjoy! Maybe this will inspire you to watch a match tonight Check out the rest of the HunkDay action on our Romance at Random Facebook and Twitter pages and our Loveswept Pinterest page.  1. Fancy footwork? Check. Abs? Check. Everything a girl could need? Check.   2. Sergio Ramos is one of the hottest soccer players around. He’ll be playing for Spain in the [...]

Last of the Red Hot Runaway Brides

I guess I was a runaway bride.  I figured out four days before my wedding that I didn’t want to marry my fiancé, my mother told me to fly home, and that was that. Mom also told me I wasn’t going to sit at home and cry, so she wanted me to call up an old friend that I hadn’t seen in fifteen years or so—which I didn’t want to do.  We hadn’t talked, and I was sure he was married with kids. Post-Runaway Bride moment, Tina Leonard has her own HEA.    But I finally cratered under Mom’s request (she’d promised to call his parents if I didn’t call him).  In retrospect, I think I could have called her [...]

#HunkDay: Hot Dads

Soo..a Hunk Day feature might be the strangest way to celebrate Father’s Day, but we happen to think it also might be one of the best ways to celebrate Father’s Day (second to, of course, actually being with your family). Today we’ve compiled dudes who’ve managed to only become hotter since having kids. There are a few famous ones (Liam Neeson, Usher) but mainly they’re just normal guys with that fatherly glow. Not to mention they’re making adorable faces at their little ones. This was such a cute day that we extended the list from five to seven. Enjoy Follow the rest of the Hunk Day antics on the Romance at Random Facebook and Twitter and the Loveswept Pinterest page. [...]

#HunkDay: Stanley Cup

Happy Hunk Day! As you may know, we’re in the midst of the 2014 Stanley Cup and we’re celebrating with Hockey hunks! Whether you’re rooting for the LA Kings or the NY Rangers, everyone can enjoy the beauty of a gnarly hockey player. And don’t worry we’ve got representation from each side in our post today Check out the rest of the action on our Loveswept Pinterest page and our Romance at Random Facebook and Twitter. Who are you rooting for? Do you have a fave hockey player? 1. First up, NY Ranger Ryan Callahan. Swoon. He’s the East Coast hottie. *Editor’s note: As a commenter pointed out, Ryan Callahan has since been traded from the NY Rangers. But since [...]

#HunkDay: Military Heroes

Happy #HunkDay! Monday was Memorial Day and this past week was Fleet Week in NYC, which means we’ve had military men on the brain. We can hardly resist breaking out of the office to see if we can find a lost sailor in Times Square and “help” them find their way. Part of their appeal is physical, but the other part has to do with the fact that they’ve sacrificed so much to keep our country safe. If that’s not a turn-on, I don’t know what is. Follow the rest of the HunkDay action on our Loveswept Pinterest page and our Romance at Random Facebook and Twitter pages. 1. I feel like this guy has Danger Zone playing around him [...]

#HunkDay: Wedding Season

This week we’ve been celebrating Wedding Season and we’re keeping the celebration going with a wedding-themed Hunk Day. We know it’s wrong to lust after a man just as he’s about to walk down the aisle, but we’re just looking! And we included some groomsmen pictures because they are totally within bounds! PS: Don’t forget to enter our Wedding Season Week Giveaway! We’re giving away four prizes of wedding planning books from The Knot! a Rafflecopter giveaway Check out the rest of the tuxedo-ed and suited up hunks on our Romance at Random Facebook and Twitter  pages and our Loveswept Pinterest. 1. We don’t care what he’s looking at if it’s making him smile like that!  Photo courtesy of elizabethannedesigns.com 2. That [...]

#HunkDay: Hot Guys in Hot Cars

Welcome to another glorious Hunk Day! We know it’s wrong to judge people by material goods, but we just can’t help ourselves when it comes to men and their cars. There’s something so sexy about a hot guy with a cool car. And a sexy car could be anything from a shiny convertible to a muddy truck–we’re not discriminating!  We’re also not about to discriminate against the people who don’t ride in the cars, but instead, fix them. Because a dude with a little bit of oil on his hands, leaned over the hood of a car–now that’s hot! Find the rest of the hunks on our Romance at Random Facebook and Twitter and our Loveswept Pinterest page. Do you [...]

#HunkDay: Guys Working Out

There’s nothing I love more than taking a stroll around the park in the late spring and early fall. And it’s not because of the fresh air or sunshine. No, it’s because all the dudes have finally returned to working out in the open air. Which means (if I time it right) I can see the after-work cardio and ab routines of the hotties in my neighborhood Since it’s the middle of the day, and I’m at my desk instead of at the outdoor track in the park, I’ve collected a list of hunks working out for today’s wonderful Hunk Day. Enjoy! Follow the rest of the #HunkDay action on our Romance at Random Facebook and Twitter accounts and our [...]

7 Things To Say To The Man In Your Life

Whether your marriage still feels like the newlywed stage, or you’re feeling like college roommates these days, there’s always room for improvement in relationships. To help you ramp up your relationship, we talked to sex and relationship expert Reid Mihalko, Reidaboutsex.com, for his tips on what to say to your guy to strengthen your connection and ramp up the romance in your relationship. One of Mihalko’s relationship courses, the Romance Home Run course helps his clients identify their partner’s “love language” (from Dr. Gary Chapman’s The Five Love Languages) and how to show love in a way that resonates with their partner so they feel cared for.   1. Tell him he’s doing a good job in the relationship. Men [...]

#HunkDay: Firefighters

Happy #HunkDay: Firefighters edition. When these guys aren’t putting out fires, they’re fanning the flames of our passions…and it’s pretty obvious why. They’re strong, courageous and have dedicated their lives to saving other people’s lives. Not to mention they’re in great shape There’s nothing I love more than walking by a firehouse while they’re cleaning off the truck or tidying up in the evening. It’s like looking into a secret club. Choosing the pictures for the hunks below felt the same: a peek into the exclusive group of super sexy firefighters. Be still my heart! Check out the rest of the action on our Romance at Random Facebook and Twitter and Loveswept’s Pinterest page. 1.  Abs and arms and pecs, [...]

Guess What Day it Is? Kiss Your Mate Day – So This is How You Do It

Honestly – it would be terrible if we didn’t offer up some instruction to this special holiday — not that we all don’t know how to kiss – but it’s fun to see how the Hollywood ‘experts’ do it – – – – – Photo courtesy of weregonnaneedabiggerblog.com Remember Friends? Ross & Rachel had it down!  Photo courtesy of filmfoodie.blogspot.com And really, Rhett did not really give a damn.  I’m not sure who these people are but they seem to have the swing of it.  Photo courtesy of telegraph.com 1933: Grace Bradley prepares to kiss a reluctant Charles Farrell (1901-1988)  Photo courtesy of dailymail.com Selena Gomez Humiliated for Kissing Justin Bieber On Camera  That should do it – a few [...]

Happy Kiss Your Mate Day!

Well, it’s Kiss Your Mate Day, and I figure there are two groups of people that are bound to know about this under appreciated holiday:


(1) romance authors (that’s me!)


(2) magazine columnists who write “the sexy stuff” (my characters!)


For those of you new to my Stiletto series, is about the women of Stiletto magazine who will do anything for a story … except fall in love. (Ha! We’ll see about that, ladies!)

Friday Love Poems: “XVII (I Do Not Love You)” by Pablo Neruda

April is winding down, which means this is the last of the Friday Love Poems. This was a very sad moment, until I found the perfect poem and all the sadness went away and I was just happy to share this with you all! Today’s selection is from Pablo Neruda, the king of love poetry. This comes from his collection, One Hundred Love Sonnets. Remember that Neruda wrote in his native tongue: spanish. So this is a translated version, but the beauty of the poem triumphs over any language gaps. If you like this, you might want to check out his collection, 20 Love Poems and a Song of Despair, for more beautiful love poems.   Enjoy!    “One Hundred Love Sonnets: [...]

Is Bedroom Clutter Hurting Your Marriage?

Improve your relationship and heat up your love life with these feng shui tips You tackled the garage and organized your closet as part of your spring-cleaning regimen, but did you know that the clutter under your bed (and on your side table and in your bookcases) could be the reason there’s not much excitement happening in your bed? Luckily, The Feng Shui Guy, Ariel Joseph Towne, author of Serene Makeover Inner Edition shared his expertise on how to use the ancient Chinese practice of feng shui (pronounced FUNG schway) organization and laws in your bedroom to improve your relationship, heat up your sex life, and create a soothing haven for rest. “What’s going on in your space is a [...]

#HunkDay: Cowboy Edition

Happy #HunkDay, guys & gals! Today we’re wranglin’ up some of the sexiest cowboys around–all for your enjoyment Five hotties wearing hats, boots, and not wearing shirts are below…but if you want to see even more cowboy goodness, follow us today on the Romance at Random Facebook and Twitter and the Loveswept Pinterest page. 1. What exactly are those leather straps for? Just wondering, of course…   source: Pinterest 2.Well, howdy to you, too   source: Pinterest 3. Shirtless horseback riding might just be the sexiest thing this girl has ever seen.   source: Pinterest 4. It’s easy to be casual when you look as good as he does. Yum!    source: Pinterest 5. I wonder if belt buckles that big are [...]

6 Celebrity 2nd Marriages That Have Gone the Distance

Some of these marriages are so sweet and enduring we forgot that they were a 2nd attempt at wedded bliss.  Here’s to those who really made it work the second time around. 1.       Ronald & Nancy Reagan Once upon a time, divorce could stop a political career in its tracks. Fortuitously, actor Ronald Reagan hadn’t entered politics yet when his marriage to actress Jane Wyman ended in 1948—after eight years together. By the time he ran for president in 1980, he had been married to second wife, Nancy Davis, for 28 years and voters forgave him (or never knew about his first marriage to begin with). Ronnie and Nancy were openly affectionate throughout their marriage. He wrote love letters to [...]

Friday Love Poems: Tyler Knott Gregson

The National Poetry Month celebration continues with our third edition of Friday Love poems <3. Have you ever heard of the poet Tyler Knott Gregson? He started his own blog to showcase his poems and his photography. His short, deeply felt haikus and typewriter poems made him a success. Now he has a book, Chasers of Light, but he still posts love poems to his instagram and tumblr. If you like the three short poems I’ve picked out below, be sure to see more of his work here.  

5 Ways to Surprise Your Man!

Photo Credit: Shutterstock When people say they don’t like surprises, it usually means they don’t like being embarrassed in front of a group. One-on-one surprises, however, especially from a lover, are not only appreciated but often just the thing needed to reignite the spark. Whether your man is a fan of spontaneity or someone who likes to be in control, these gestures will make his day (or night).   1. Answer the Door in Something Not Suitable for Work: It could be last year’s Halloween costume (unless you dressed up as Big Bird), a silk negligée, or an old dress that still fits but it’s a little on the short side. Whatever is it, let it be something you feel [...]

#HunkDay: Handymen

Happy #HunkDay! This week we’re spotlighting those sexy handymen who make our lives a little easier. Now, I’m a single woman and an independent one at that–I plunge my own toilet, hang my own pictures, I know how to change a tire and check my oil, BUT that doesn’t mean I wouldn’t gladly let one of these hunks take over the task…especially if I could watch him work! Enjoy And check out the rest of the #HunkDay action on our Romance at Random Facebook and Twitter. 1. I think he’s got the outfit just right. No shirt needed if you’ve got a tool belt (and arms like that!).  Photo courtesy of Pinterest 2. I might have to take my car into the [...]

Friday Love Poems: “XVI” by Adrienne Rich

I’m a serious poetry lover. So April aka National Poetry Month is pretty much my favorite month of the year.  Last week, I spotlighted Robert Hass’s poem, “Happiness,” and I’m excited to share a new poem with you today.  This week’s poem comes from the late, great Adrienne Rich. Rich was a hugely influential feminist poet, probably most well known for her piece, “Diving Into the Wreck.” The poem below, however, comes from her collection of poems, “Twenty-One Love Poems.” They are a sensual exploration and celebration of the love between two women. Rich, who was married to a man and had children, spent the later part of her life with her longtime partner, Michelle Cliff. In 2012, Rich passed [...]