Tuesday, January 10, 2012

The Bachelor, Week Two - Pucker Up

Mindy here. Well, last night's episode of The Bachelor started off on a good note. Ben brought the eighteen remaining women back to Sonoma, and Kacie B, our resident southern belle, won the first one-on-one date. This had to be one of the sweetest dates ever. He wanted to show her his hometown, to see how she would fit in, and he wanted it to be personal. There seems to be a natural chemistry between the two as they stroll down main street. The conversation flows from one topic to the other. They're genuinely getting to know one another. I like this, as opposed to the usual conversations that focus on the other women, things at the house, or where you know the girl is saying everything she thinks Ben wants to hear.

The date culminated with a trip to a vintage movie theater where they watched old home movies of each other, getting a further glimpse of the person sitting next to them. By the time it was over, both Ben and Kacie had tears in their eyes. Ben, whose father passed away, admitted it was the first time he'd heard his father's voice in five years and Kacie feels his pain.

She gets the rose. Yay!

Then we had our first group date. UGH!! Blakeley is determined to stand out. Apparently showing a good portion of her breasts is how she plans to do it. Embarrassing to watch when you see that the date is to do a community theater play with a bunch of kids. Unimpressed by her cup size, the kids chose Blakeley to dress in a gingerbread man costume that covers everything but her face. Ha! Kids, you gotta love 'em.

The play was cheesy, performed in front of a full house that included some of Ben's closest friends. The women can't help noticing how much Ben likes kids and how comfortable he is with them, scoring him big brownie points.

From here, the date, and last night's show, continued in a downward spiral. The wrap party after the play was full of drama. Lots of kissing. However, it is interesting to watch some of the kisses. Who initiates them? Does Ben lean toward her or her toward him?

When all is said and done, Blakeley gets the rose. SHOOT ME NOW!

Courtney gets the next one-on-one date. I have not cared for this chick since she stepped out of the limo. She's just a little too into herself for my tastes. And as the date card arrived, it's evident that she's there to beat out every other girl, not to find love. Oh, and to further her modeling career.

When Ben brings his dog along on the date, I'm hopeful. Dogs are usually a good judge of character. Still, Scotch doesn't bite Courtney. Then again, he didn't snuggle next to her either. Good dog.

They take a tractor ride through the vineyards, sans the dog, before settling in for a nice candlelit dinner. Courtney says all the right things, everything she thinks Ben wants to hear. She gets the rose and can't wait to gloat about her victory to the other women.

Finally, it's cocktail party time before the rose ceremony. The mood is very tense. Even Ben notices it, commenting that he didn't expect the tension and drama to happen so quick. Well Ben, you're a good guy. You're there because you genuinely want to find someone to share your life. Some of the women though, not so much.

Blakeley and Jenna provide the night's drama, while others, like Brittney and Lindzi just try to stay out of it. When all is said and done, Shawn (who we saw nothing of last night) and Jenna are sent packing.

Yes, there are some really great girls on this season of The Bachelor. I'm just waiting for Ben to get rid of the few bad apples. Hubby swears the producers tell him to keep them. I hope so, because I'd hate to think Ben doesn't see them pulling the wool over is eyes.

Now about those kisses. If you write romance, how do you approach that all-important first kiss? Who initiates it? Do you make it quick or let the reader linger over the moment?

Happy Tuesday, y'all.

6 comments:

  1. Well, I've missed the first two episodes. But as for kisses in books...

    I love it when I've been reading and dying for it to happen. Then the timing is perfect.

    One of my biggest compliments I can get as an author is when a reader writes to me and says, "I thought they'd NEVER kiss!!!"

    LOL I love that they're reading, just waiting...

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  2. Mindy--last night was drama crazy night! I thought Jenna was pretty downplayed--then she got weird. She's just an unstable girl. Totally not the scene for her. She needs special attention.

    As far as writing I find then when my hero and heroine kiss, then they can't stop kissing. I don't mean the kiss is 10 minutes long, I mean the next scene I write there they are kissing again.
    My current wip is half written and they haven't kissed yet. That's on purpose--I need to focus on other things, and I know once these two start........

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  3. Mindy--last night was drama crazy night! I thought Jenna was pretty downplayed--then she got weird. She's just an unstable girl. Totally not the scene for her. She needs special attention.

    As far as writing I find then when my hero and heroine kiss, then they can't stop kissing. I don't mean the kiss is 10 minutes long, I mean the next scene I write there they are kissing again.
    My current wip is half written and they haven't kissed yet. That's on purpose--I need to focus on other things, and I know once these two start........

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  4. Missy, I'm one of those readers who waits for that kiss. I guess it's just that sexual tension that drives things along.

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  5. Lindi, isn't it crazy that Jenna has a blog about love?

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  6. Ooh, what's the blog address?

    And, I have missed the Bachelor for several years now. I think last season I came in at the final rose ceremony. I did see some clip on ET that they were skiiing in their bikinis? Or maybe that's next week?

    Anywho, I'm way behind y'all on all this drama. As for kissing in books, I'm one of those who can't wait for it to happen. I have a love/hate feeling in Missy's books, I hate that she makes us wait so long for her H/H to kiss, but I always love the scene anyway and it's always at the right time. As for Lindi's book, I actually like that they keep on kissing. It's a normal happening. When you're in that new relationship, that kiss is a new discovery and you want more of it! It's really hard for me to keep my H/H apart. But as I'm revising, I'm making sure they aren't kissing until well into the book.

    Who initiates it... usually the stories I've written the hero has initiated it, but I could see it being fun if the heroine did.

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