The Next Sexiest Man Alive?

Still sick.  Darn cold turned out to be a darn sinus infection.  But at last… antibiotics. Fingers crossed they kick in fast.  In addition to being under the weather, I’m aiming to send off the manuscript for Book 3 tomorrow, which means are things are bu-sy. So I decided to have a little fun with this week’s post…

Okay, now I admit that I’m a little biased these days.  The hero in my third book has dark hair and dark eyes and a smokin’ hot body and I think he might be the best, sexiest hero I’ve written.  I am just all about guys with those physical characteristics right now.  And I’m watching “Dancing with the Stars,” and Gilles Marini paso dobles onto the screen, and I’m just… smitten.  (In case you don’t know him, he was Samantha’s naked neighbor in Sex in the City.) I swear, it’s like this guy just fell out of the sky and became the sexiest man alive.  Don’t believe me?  Check it out:


Not convinced?  How about this?


Or this?



I’m thinking there aren’t too many women out there who would throw this man out of bed for eating crackers.  Just saying.

How about it–any lesser known sexiest men alive contenders we should all know about?  Do tell…

(This post is not approved by Julie James’s husband.)

34 thoughts on “The Next Sexiest Man Alive?

  1. Sharon Lathan says:

    Wowza!! I am a huge fan of Gilles on DWTS, Julie. He is so goodlooking and an amazing dancer. But, I had no idea!! Thanks for the additional visual treat. 🙂 You made my night!

  2. Elyssa Papa says:

    Julie, we must be channeling each other! I was just telling one of my CPs about how she needed to turn on the TV to watch Gilles Marini. (She declined.) And then I went on and on about how Gilles was perfect for the book to be written after this one. Gilles is just sexy.

    That’s horrible you’re sick. Sinus infections are horrible. But at least you get to send out book 3 tomorrow and can hopefully take some time to get better.

    Oh, I love the little note at the end of your blog. Too funny!

  3. Kati says:

    I LOVED Gilles in Sex and the City (the movie – he was Samantha’s naughty neighbor, Dante). And, definite plus, he was naked (or half naked) almost the whole movie. Yummy!

    Let’s see, lesser known Sexiest Men? I have to immediately go to Taylor Kitsch from Friday Night Lights. He plays bad boy Tim Riggins and is just delish. Granted, he’s probably better known by the high school set, but he’s hot, and 27, so not illegal to oogle.

  4. Stacy ~ says:

    I’m not a fan of DWTS, but I was definitely a fan of Gilles from SATS – just delicious.

    Hmmm, tough question. Jensen Ackles from “Supernatural” really does it for me, though I usually prefer less pretty and more brawny. I’ll have to think more on this. Much more.

    Sorry you’re still not feeling well. This weather isn’t helping. Let your dh pamper you a little…maybe then one day he’ll show up on your blog *g*

  5. Keira Soleore says:

    The minute I started reading your blog, all I could think about was how this is going to make Elyssa Papa’s day. And sure enough, there’s her comment above. I have the feeling, he’s going to be cast in many hero roles in the near future. Perhaps he’ll have a second career as a cover model.

    Hope you feel well soon.

  6. Julie says:

    Thanks for the get-well wishes, everyone! Stacy, you are right about this weather not helping– um, is SPRING going to start anytime soon in Chicago??

    Sharon– so nice of you to drop by!! I’ve been saving your book as my reward when I turn in my manuscript. Can’t wait to dig in!

    Elyssa and Keira– you two crack me up. Gilles could definitely make it as a cover model, although I think you’re right, Keira– I’m guessing he’ll be getting a lot of offers after DWTS.

    Elyssa– so I told my husband last night that I was thinking about doing this blog, and he didn’t say anything. Then, of course, he looks over my shoulder right as I’m posting the third picture (the one of Gilles in bed) and THEN he suddenly starts getting fussy, so I told him I gave him fair warning, he didn’t protest, so he’d lost his right to challenge the post. There was some minor huffing about after that, and a few mumblings about how he was going to start his own blog… we’ll see if that actually happens. 😉

    Stacy and Kati– I checked out Taylor and Jensen (more research of course). Definitely good suggestions…

    Katie– well said. 🙂

  7. Liz V. says:

    Made my morning! Yum. In addition to being such a hunk, he seems like a genuinely nice guy.

    Hope you continue to feel better, Julie.

  8. Julie says:

    Liz: I know– he does seem like such a good guy! I totally melted when they showed him playing with his son– nothing sexier than a guy so devoted to his kids.

    Cursingmama: that’s the best part– the show provides the perfect cover… the husbands never need to know our true motives for watching. 😉

  9. Sharon Lathan says:

    LOL! I do love the dancing aspect of DWTS, but I would be totally lying if I said the draw of the gorgeous professional dancers wasn’t a HUGE incentive! My daughter and I have been drooling over Maks since the beginning. *sigh*

    Julie, I do hope my novel is the treat you expect! I am anxious to hear your thoughts. I loved the final comment about your hubby. My darling man has gotten used to my Matthew Macfadyen infatuation and grouses rarely, but he does tease from time to time, usually commenting on some hot chick just to get my goat! It doesn’t work!!

  10. Julie says:

    Sharon– too funny. I’ve had my eye on Maksim as well for awhile now… I will definitely keep you posted– I’m so looking forward to your book.

  11. Megan says:

    I think that Gerard Butler from PS I Love You, 300, Phantom of the Opera, and others should be the sexiest man alive. I defiantly think he is!

  12. Liza says:

    Hope you get to feeling better soon Julie. I hate getting a sinus infection, but seem to get them at least twice a year.

    Gilles was so very yummy in SATC! I do agree with Stacy that Jensen Ackles is very hot! I’ve loved him since he was on Days of our Lives years ago.

  13. Julie says:

    Megan– no disagreement there on Gerard Butler. And that accent… big-time yummy.

    Liza– Days fan are always extra-welcome here. 😉 I used to watch that show with my grandmother when I was younger. I didn’t watch when JA was on, but I’m kinda digging whoever that is they’ve got playing Brady these days…

  14. KristieJ says:

    ROTFL – We DO have almost the same pictures don’t we?
    As for other ones – well my numero uno ‘crush’ would HAVE to be Richard Armitage. Mmmmmmmmmm

    Another one who got my cougar motor purring is Nico Archambault – the dancer who won in So You Think You Can Dance Canada.

  15. Julie says:

    KristieJ: I LOVE that we’re so on the same page about this.

    I’m not familiar with Nico A., but Richard Armitage is a name that seems to come up often in sexy-men discussions…

  16. Erika says:


    You should totally check out my blog. We have the LSM club over there. (League of Shirtless Men) Today was the photo shoot. Every Wednesday we have new men inducted.

    Come check us out.

  17. Rowena says:

    Awww, you’re sick? That sucks sweetie. I hope you get better soon. Love the pics, ill always be a fan of the eye candy. My lesser known favorite eye candy is an Australian rugby player named Daniel Conn. I want to lick him. Yum!

  18. Maya M. says:

    I don’t watch DWTS so SITC(the movie) was the first time I saw this man (I agree that he is eminently seeable), and he reminded me a little of Olivier Martinez, with whom Diane Lane had an affair in ‘Unfaithful’. I’d like to know what became of Olivier Martinez – can it really be that attractive Italian/French men find it hard to get roles?

  19. Julie says:

    Rowena: so I checked out some picks of Daniel Conn… definite eye candy. And tough, too. Whew.

    Maya: Olivier Martinez is an excellent choice– so sexy in Unfaithful– but he really has dropped off the face of the earth. I looked him up on IMDB and he doesn’t have that much coming up, either. Wonder what’s up with that? Shouldn’t the accent help them?? Certainly works for me. 🙂

  20. Pat L. says:

    Thanks for sharing these wonderful pix; I love DWTS and adore Gilles – boy can he dance and is not hard on the eyes at all. I love having my eye candy on DWTS and there hasnt been one since Christiane dela Fuentes (however you spell it).

    And no woman in her right mind would throw Gilles out for the crackers in bed. LOL.

  21. Julie says:

    Hi Pat! You are most welcome for the pix! Yeah, one of the best parts of DWTS is that they do not hesitate at all to let the man-candy go shirtless (or nearly.) Definitely adds to the entertainment value of the show…

  22. Lynn R. says:

    Wow! these photos are amazing. I’m reeling my tongue back in at this very moment. He just might be the remedy that you need to feel better. If your hero looks like him, then you picked a winner.

  23. Nikoletaki says:

    HE HAS EVERYTHING !!!!!!!!
    WE LOVE HIM ALL, I THINK HA ?????????:)

  24. Julie says:

    Lynn: LOL. I think you’re right… hot tea and photos of Gilles Marini– the new cure for sinus infections. Love it. 😉

    Nikoletaki– another vote for Jensen Ackles! Stacy and Liza, you might be onto something…

  25. Alberta Wales says:

    Laird Hamilton (the surfer), anyone? We need a blonde too.

    Oh, and let’s not forget Eric Bana (in “Troy”).

  26. Julie says:

    Great suggestions, Alberta. Especially, for me, Eric Bana. Tough to compete against Brad Pitt in Troy (IMHO), but he held his own. 😉

  27. Arllys Sueverkruepp says:

    Don’t have a website, but have become an obsessed fan of Gilles Marini. That is how I came across your Bliog. Love all the comments and I’m going check out some of these hunks that were mentioned. I’ve bookmarked your blog so I will be back here.

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