We’re thrilled to have this Q&A with the queen of sexy and soul-searching, Rebecca Grace Allen! Her latest book, The Theory of Deviance, is out tomorrow!
What are your five favorite movies with romance or romantic elements?
It’s so hard to choose, but if I had to narrow it down, it would be Enchanted, French Kiss, The Notebook, 27 Dresses, and Stardust.
Describe your favorite scene from each one (you can include a Youtube clip if you want as well).
Enchanted has so many amazing scenes. A dancing musical scene set in Central Park? How can you not love it? But overall favorite is during the ball, when Robert sings while they’re dancing, despite telling Giselle he didn’t sing or dance.
French Kiss is one of my all-time favorite movies. I can recite full scenes from memory. And my favorite is when Kate is making fun of Luc, mimicking his accent and grumbly attitude, and the look he gives her afterward. It’s the moment they go from enemies to friends, right before the switch to lovers.
My favorite scene in The Notebook is the scene when Noah leaves clues all around the house for Allie, leading to the easel and paint supplies. My husband actually did that for me once.
In 27 Dresses, I absolutely love the “Bennie and the Jets” scene. It’s the moment when Jane and Kevin let their guards down and start really being themselves. (And of course, the kiss at the end.)
I love so much about Stardust (Claire Danes with a British accent? Robert DeNiro as a gay steampunk pirate? Hello!) But my favorite is when Yvaine saves Tristan by reminding him what stars do. It’s a reminder of how love can make you shine.
Did you have any of these scenes in mind when writing scenes from your latest release?
I didn’t, since my latest release is a bit of a different kind of love story, (coughs poly m/f/m coughs) but I always try to write stories about people showing their true selves to one another, and the idea of love overcoming anything.
If you could only read five books for the rest of your life, what five books would they be, and why?
The Distance from the Heart of Things by Ashley Warlick
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling
Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater
The Sea of Tranquility by Katja Millay
The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri
They are books that are brilliantly written, I can read over and over again without ever getting tired of them.
FIRST ROMANCE (AKA My First Time):
What was the first romance novel you read?
I can’t for the life of me remember the name of it, but it was a historical romance where the hero, who is kind of an ass, gets wounded in a duel in the very beginning. He has some kind of brain damage and has to be retaught by the heroine, who is of course an innocent virgin.
What did you like most about it?
It was the first book I’d ever read with actual sex scenes, so that opened up a whole new world to me.
What did you like least about it?
I remember being irritated at the flowery names used for all the body parts. And how innocent the heroine was.
Have you ever reread it? If you did, how do you feel about it now?
I have not. The things I’ve read since have had much less flowery language, lol.
Darcy or Wentworth?
(bonus: who’s your favorite Darcy or Wentworth on screen?)
My favorite Darcy is David Rintoul, from the 1980 BBC version of Pride and Prejudice.
Rochester or Heathcliff?
Never read it. hangs head in shame
Spock or Kirk?
Kirk. I like the bad boys.
Sunrise or sunset?
Matchmaker matchmaker….oh wait. Erm. Both, actually! Sunsets are beautiful, but I love the energy and promise that comes with the fresh start of a new day.
Angst or humor?
It depends on my mood. Usually angst, but every once in a while I need something funny to balance it out!
Tea or coffee?
Wine or beer?
I’m not much of a drinker, but if I had to choose it would be wine. The obnoxiously sweet kind.
Cake or pie?
Cake. Pie. Argh. Too hard, too hard!
Scruff, beard, or clean-shaven?
Omgggggg scruff. Always scruff.
Jeans or a suit?
They both can be equally as sexy at different times.
Car or motorcycle?
If I’m riding? A car. But a hot guy on a bike? I’ll watch that drive by any time. 😉
About The Theory of Deviance
Deviance is unacceptable. It’s taboo. And it’s the one thing he’s always wanted.
Portland Rebels, Book 3
Painful shyness isn’t the only reason Mikey Pelletier is a twenty-five-year-old virgin. Between working for his parents and volunteering at his church, he neither has the time nor the inclination to admit his bisexuality to the world—or to himself.
A visit from Krissy Porter will hopefully fix everything. After three months of chatting with her, Mikey’s got one carefully planned week to win her heart and lose his V-card. He’s hoping he can pull it off, even with her roommate along for the ride.
Krissy has been drawn to Mikey for a while. He’s so easygoing, she thinks he could be the calm in her storm. But there’s an extra complication when she comes to visit: her friend-with-benefits, “hetero-flexible” roommate, Rafe.
During a week of revelations, intimacy, and kink, Krissy and Rafe become the angel and devil on Mikey’s shoulders, tempting him in different directions. And all three of them discover that a week of pure deviance can lead to the most uncontrollable emotion of all: love.
Warning: This book contains innocent board game-playing that takes a sexy turn, use of recreational substances, back-door action, and some smokin’ hot threesomes. Plus, scenes of inner-demon slaying. Fans and tissues advised.
Rebecca Grace Allen writes kinky new adult and hot contemporary BDSM romance. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English with a double concentration in Creative Writing and Literary Comparison, as well as a Master of Science in Elementary Education, both of which seemed like good ideas at the time. After stumbling through careers in entertainment, publishing, law and teaching, she’s returned to her first love: writing. A self-admitted caffeine addict and gym rat, she currently lives in upstate New York with her husband, two parakeets, and a cat with a very unusual foot fetish.