Monday, November 11, 2013

Nice Guys Finish...FIRST!

by Melissa Landers

Happy Monday, lovely readers! Before I continue the Honestly YA "Good Guys vs. Bad Boys" debate, let me share a few things with you. First, the countdown to ALIENATED's release is in the double digits...only 85 days to go!

I'm running my *very last* autographed ARC giveaway on Goodreads, which you can enter here. Also, I'm offering signed swag to readers who pre-order. This is NOT a sweepstakes in which you enter to win. It's a sure thing. You pre-order the book, I send you free swag. Easy peasy.

For rules and additional information, visit my website.

Okay, now on to the debate!

The other day, I was avoiding my WIP (Work In Progress) by trolling YouTube for funny videos. (Don't judge. We all need a mental break now and then.) I came across "Honest Trailer: The Avengers." It's rather hilarious, so take a moment to watch it. Go ahead, I'll wait.

At the 1:08 mark, we hear "Captain America...NO ONE'S favorite character."

Wait, what?

Hold the phone!

Captain America was MY favorite character in The Avengers. Like, by a lot!

I perked up every time he entered a scene, and I might have even drooled a little bit watching him work out in the gym. But my interest in his character extends beyond physical appearance. There are plenty of hotties in that film, Thor, for example. What really set Captain America apart from the rest was his good ol' fashioned, nice guy, take-him-home-to-mama attitude. Steve Rogers is the kind of man who would track you down to return the wallet you accidentally dropped. He's a total Boy Scout.

And I love that.

Yes, that's right. I love good guys. Why? Because you can trust a truly good man, and he'll treat you with respect. A good guy won't ask if you really need that bowl of ice cream. In fact, he'll add the hot fudge. If you say, "Not tonight, hon. I've got a headache," he'll fetch you an aspirin instead of pouting or whining. You don't have to worry about catching him in a compromising position with a stripper, because he loathes the concept of paying a desperate young woman to grind in his lap. He will pull out chairs, hold open doors, and say that you look pretty when you're dressed in sweatpants and haven't washed your hair in a couple of days. Don't we all deserve that?

I married a good guy, and ten years later, I'm still glad that I did.

How about you, readers? Good guy or bad boy? Pick your poison!

 Melissa Landers is the author of ALIENATED, a seriously foreign exchange coming in February, 2014 from Disney-Hyperion. You can learn more about Melissa on her website, and she'd love for you to add ALIENATED to your Goodreads bookshelf!


Kimberly said...

I agree 100%! I never even went through a stage in my life where I was attracted to a bad boy. I never saw the appeal. That's not saying that I haven't seen friends sucked into that attraction, but I couldn't understand it.
BUT...there's a big difference between being a nice guy and a doormat. I've dated a couple doormats, and they never lasted long. I need a challenge. I need someone to stand up to me and disagree when the occasion warrants it. It's important to find someone who is your equal. Someone that will do wonderful things for you, but someone that makes you want to do those same things for him. It has to be equal. In all things.
My daughter was in love with Captain America in the Avengers. I have to admit to drooling over Thor. Sorry. :-)
I loved the video! So funny. Love the leather boobs line myself.
Great post, Melissa!

Pintip said...

Great post, Melissa! I married a good guy, too, so I am firmly on your side of the debate. So exciting about Alienated's upcoming release! So soon! I seriously can't wait to read it. Congrats !

Jen said...

Good guy who looks like a bad boy, like my husband with his tattoos. :D

Gilly said...

I like reading bad boys. I get to close the book on them and send them back where they belong while I go home to my good guy husband.

Best of both world . . .

Melissa Landers said...

Excellent points, all of you!

Lorie Langdon said...

Mel, Sorry I'm late to the party, but you KNOW my stance on this debate. ;) I'll be posting my rebuttal Monday the 18th.
Stay tuned, honest readers for some good ol' fashion cat fighting! ;D

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