Stiletto: The Male Perspective – What He’s REALLY thinking . . by columnist Grace Brighton
The Male Perspective: What He’s REALLY thinking . . by Brighton, with special guest Mitchell Forbes
Grace Brighton: Hi Stiletto readers! Welcome back to another week of sassy goodness. This week we have a special guest, and a rare breed around the Stiletto office . . . a man. We love good girl talk as much as the next woman, but every now and then we like to keep ourselves honest by hearing the male perspective.
Some of you likely know Mitchell Forbes as Julie’s man from AFTER THE KISS, but today, he’s just another handsome guy, here to give us an inside look about what makes men tick.
Mitchell: *gets up from his seat*
Grace: Hey, where are you going?
Mitchell: I’m out of here. Julie told me I was here to give some beginners’ pointers on investing . . .
Grace (in horror): You believed her?
Mitchell: She’s my fiancée.
Grace: Um, precisely my point. You asked her to marry you. Of all people, you should really know . . . oh never mind. How about this: sit down and answer my questions, and I’ll try to talk Julie out of her campaign for pink bow times at your wedding?
Grace: Good. Now let’s start out simple. You sometimes wear glasses. Are you aware of just how sexy those are, or is that just an added bonus on top of the Clark Kent brand of sexy you have going on?
Mitchell: I’m nearsighted. Sometimes I just wear glasses when I don’t feel like my contacts.
Grace: So you are unaware of the sexy factor then?
Grace: Right, okay then . . . so totally unaware. Moving on . . . Here at Stiletto, we talk a lot about the latest in hair/makeup trends in addition to you delightful men folk. And while I’m a personally big believer that women should get bangs because SHE wants bangs, or give fuchsia lipstick a shot because it makes her feel like a million bucks, and not because a guy might like it, I have to ask . . . do you guys notice when we get new boots or do something different with our eyeshadow?
Mitchell: Can you repeat the question?
Grace: Let me break it down: Last month, Julie switched lipstick colors. The new shade is a little less berry, a little more mauve.
Mitchell: She did? When. What color is mauve, exactly? Like . . . pink?
Grace: So that’s a ‘no’ on noticing Julie’s makeup
Mitchell: I notice Julie. With or without makeup.
Grace: Damn. Julie was right. You ARE good with the pretty words when you’re not being all Wall Streety. Next: Does the female obsession with reality TV and celeb gossip annoy you as much as your obsession with sports annoys us?
Mitchell: Our watching sports annoys you? Is Julie still mad about that bet I made about getting in her pants for Yankees tickets—
Grace: It’s hypothetical, Mitchell.
Mitchell: *folds arms* Pass.
Grace: That’s probably better. Okay, last question: In the bedroom—
Mitchell: Double pass.
Grace: You only get one pass. So, in the bedroom, do you like it when a woman takes control, or would you prefer to be, you know . . . calling the shots?
Mitchell: Do I look like the type of guy that’s going to answer that on the record?
Grace: No. No you do not. What if I just set this here notebook aside . . .
*leans forward and takes Grace’s notebook, ripping out the page with all of her interview notes.*
Three things, Ms. Brighton: I really am nearsighted, but yes . . . I’m fully aware of exactly how women feel about the Clark Kent thing I have going on. As such, I wear them whenever I’m trying to talk Julie out of yet another cooking attempt. Second, I DID notice Julie’s lipstick color, I just don’t need to waste brainpower discussing it. And lastly? In the bedroom? When it’s Julie, I like all of it. Write THAT down.
Grace: *fans self as Mitchell storms off* Well then . . .
For more of the sexy, studious Mitchell Forbes, check out After the Kiss, available now!
About the Book:
Lauren Layne’s Sex, Love & Stiletto series simmers to a boil as two high-powered magazine writers find love amid a war of words.
As a leading columnist for Stiletto, Grace Brighton has built a career warning women about rotten, cheating liars. She just never suspected her fiancé would be one of them. After Grace takes a heart-mending hiatus, her first assignment is to go on a couple of dates with a counterpart from the men’s magazine Oxford and report her impressions. Grace 1.0 may have been instantly smitten with the gorgeous correspondent, but Grace 2.0 has sworn off relationships for six months, and she’s not falling for his outstanding bod and trophy-winning kisses . . . or is she?
Jake Malone wants to get back to the fly-by-night, who-knows-what’s-next guy he used to be, and he knows exactly how to do it. Oxford is adding a travel section, and Jake—with no wife and no kids and a willingness to live anywhere, eat anything, do everything—is perfect for the job . . . except that his playboy reputation makes his new editor nervous. To get the gig, he must agree to a fluffy joint article with Stiletto. But after just one date with snooty, sumptuous, sensational Grace Brighton, Jake starts taking this assignment a whole lot more seriously.