Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Ann's Top Ten Romance Heroes of all Time--Number Four

They seek him here
They seek him there
Those Frenchies seek him everywhere.
Is he in Heaven
Or is he in hell.
That demmed, elusive Pimpernel.

Among our first swashbuckling, morality driven superheros, Sir Percy Blakeney set the bar for almost every romance hero alive today. Clever disguises, an anonymous identity, a willingness to risk his life and the ability to make women swoon with his derring do, the Pimpernel had it all. Even--unbeknownst to her--the love of his wife *gg*.

Marguerite Blakeney is contemptuous of her witless fop of a husband. She yearns for an exciting, passionate man of honor like the Pimpernel--who rescues English nobility from the guillotine during the French Revolution. But through a series of unintentional mistakes, she's blackmailed into helping uncover the Pimpernel's true identity in exchange for her brother's life.

In one of the most exciting scenes, she discovers a missive that says where the Pimpernel will be at a certain hour. Certain she'll discover his true identity, she arrives at the appointed location only to find her lazy, good for nothing Sir Percy snoring on the setee. He's been so convincing as a society fop, she doesn't make the connection.

Later, when she confronts him at home and then flounces away from him, up the grand staircase, Percy watches her go. Then he bends and with excrutiating passion, kisses each step her foot touched.

Nevermind his clever tricks and swashbuckling ;) Anyone can do that! It's his desire for his wife that makes Percival Blakeney AKA The Scarlet Pimpernel one of my top ten romance heroes of all time.


Anonymous Jane/FabDame said...

I think there needs to be a new version of this - starring Johnny Depp maybe...

May 22, 2007 8:11 PM  
Blogger Ann Wesley Hardin said...

OMG that would be awesome. Awesome I tell you. Let's spam his inbox with requests...

May 22, 2007 9:08 PM  

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