Friday, July 8, 2011

Tell It To Bells: The Unsexy Side of Paranormal

While reading the excellent book Dragon Bound by Thea Harrison, I realized that it was my first read in which a dragon was the main character.  Now I'll be honest with you, I've never thought of dragons as being sexy.  I mean they can be downright scary looking.  But the main character in the book Dragos really made me look at them in a different light.  I mean yes they are big, scaly and have sharp teeth, but being able to pick one up and fly them around can be kinda sexy right?  I recently did a guest post about dragon lovin over at Ramblings From A Chaotic Mind recently where I discuss this topic.  You can read it here if you'd like. Come on you know you want to.  Lovers of PNR know that there are all kinds of sexy paranormals in the world of PNR.  We've got hot vamps like Disco from JA Saare's Dead, Undead, or Somewhere In Between and Ethan from Chloe Neill's Chicagoland Vamps series.  Werewolves like Luc from Larissa Ione's Demonica Series.  Heck we even got a half vamp/half were to love in the Demonica series as well, CONNNNNNNN!  I love him.  Angels like Raphael from Nalini Singh's awesome Guild Hunter series.  Lots of shifters in different series, but my favorite is a lion by the name of Curran from Ilona Andrews's Kate Daniel series.  There's also a beast.  What kind of beast you ask?  I have no idea and I don't care.  He's Barrons from Karen Marie Moning's Fever series and he rocks my world!  I even think in the right story aliens can be sexy.  Yes, you read that correctly.  Martini from Gini Koch's Kitty Kat series is very sexy.  He looks like a human and has 2 hearts. Double the hearts, double the pleasure. *wink*  So there you go, a smorgasbord (yes I had to look up that word for the spelling) of sexy paranormals that I love. 

But what about the other side of this equation, the unsexy side.  Once in a while one of the sexy ones will have to fight an unsexy paranormal.  A good example of this is in Dragon Bound.  Sexy Dragos and his love Pia must fight disgusting goblins.  Dragos actually snacks on some when he changes into dragon form (yuck, I bet you they don't taste like chicken). Another example are the disgusting Lessers that the fellas from the Black Dagger Brotherhood by JR Ward (BDB4EVA!) have to battle in the series.  They smell like baby powder and bleed black blood.  Not sexy at all.  I'm more of a dark spicy scent lover myself.

So I came up with an idea to discuss the unsexy side of the paranormal world.  Obviously there aren't any unsexy main male characters.  I'm pretty sure that books wouldn't sell if they weren't sexy.   Like who wants to put Lash on their Book Boyfriend list?!  If you did do that by the way, hey, different strokes for different folks.  Take this guy for instance:

Yeah, I won't be dreaming this guy at night if you catch my drift. 

So...Tell It To Bells:
What are some of the paranormals 
that you find to be unsexy and 
did they skeeve you out when you
were reading about them?

Here is a list of paranormals that will never appear on my Book Boyfriend list:





Spiders or any insects

Rodents (rats, squirrels, rabbits)

and Aliens.  Yes there are some unsexy ones out there.
Those blue ones from Avatar that my Jules loved so much. Hehe!

Yeah there may be that saying "never say never" and "don't knock it till you try it", but I can honestly say, if I was a female character in a romance book, I wouldn't try any of those listed up above.  *snickers*


  1. I know zombies are a trend right now, but DO NOT WANT. Their ding dong might fall off!

  2. Pam - AHAHAHAHAHAAHAHA!! Yes I totally agree! Oh gosh, I got shrived up zombie peen on the brain now. *gags*

  3. Just reading your post reminds me of the Merry Gentry series and the time (or two) when she did a goblin (and that other thing that bit her). Ew. Eeewwww. Shudder. I'm going to go with Goblins as the most unsexy.

  4. In the Cat Star Chronicles series by Cheryl Brooks, the semen from the main alien species is called snard. The aliens themselves sound hot but the moment they say "you want my snard?" I'm busting up laughing and so NOT turned on.

  5. Great post Bells. I might be alone on this one but, I'm not into the whole merman thing. Yes, yes I get that the top half is all hot and stuff but, the bottom half is scaley and slimy. Blech! No thanks!

  6. Chena - The character did a goblin?! Oh man...I'm going to have to check that one out. For research purposes of course. *clears throat*

  7. Paranormal Haven - Snard sounds absolutely disgusting! YACK!

    Jen D. - I agree with you on the bottom half of a merman. But what I want to know is where is know what I'm asking.

  8. Definitely no to the zombies!

    And PH - the snard - no thanks to that either! LOL

    And I agree - no aliens. No inter-species smexin' unless you are totally shifted to a human!

  9. I am cracking up about the dingaling falling off comment. LOL.

    This is an awesome post, Bellz, you do me proud. haha

  10. I agree - no zombies! No reptiles either Do dragons count as reptiles? Because I love Dragos too and Katie McAllister writes some pretty hot dragons as well ;)

  11. Great post! I had a big problem with Hellhounds until I read Frostbound by Sharon Ashwood and I met Lore. He changed my mind on the dirty dogs. I agree also about the goblins and zombies! Not sexy!

  12. Mer-people. I can't imagine anyone that is half fish has a delectable body odor.

  13. Smexi - Maybe the right alien might change your mind? Teehee

    RRR - I live to make you proud wifey. You know this.

    Patti - I thought of this as well. I decided to separate them since I read of a sexy dragon and didn't read of a sexy reptile yet. lol

    Ellie - I was going to put dogs on the list. LOL! I'm going to have to check that book out.

    L.J. - *gags* I didn't even think of that, but you're right! *gagging*

  14. @Bells - EXACTLY! Is it stuffed somewhere? Is it camouflaged? It's weird I tell ya.

  15. I love dragons and I'm willing to stay open to the idea of sexy lizards (has anyone read Nina Bangs' shapeshifting dinosaurs?), but I draw the line at zombies. I'm sorry, I just can't get my brain around that one. They're ROTTING! Yuck. Plus, I don't even want to think about them eating brains.

  16. Jen D. - We are thinking alike my friend. It's got to be there...somewhere. ;)

    JenM - I have read the 1st Nina Bangs book and I gotta tell you those dinos were pretty hot. Especially those Raptor triplets. Whew!

  17. *snickers* Honestly, Bells, sometimes I wonder where you come up with this stuff. No wonder I luv ya. :D

    As much as I love Teijan from Nalini's Psy/Changeling world...I dunno. Rats aren't my favorite thing. He's gotta be a super-sexy rat, I'm thinkin'. :D

  18. I used to get squickish over dragons until I read JA Saare/Aline Hunter's Eternity and a Day. Now I'm all about them! You still can't get me anywhere near a goblin or a troll. Ever.

  19. I am with you about zombies... that was the first thing that came to my mind. Have you read DUST? Yea, it's just gross!

  20. So funny Bells. Before Dragos, I wouldn't have picked a dragon as a hero either. Glad I was proved wrong. Can't wait for more books in this series.