February 10, 2014

#chicklitlove: meet lexi burke

Blogger's Note: In honor of Valentine’s Day, the ladies of #ChickLitChat are celebrating #ChickLitLove all week. To kick off the festivities, I’m doing a Valentine-themed Q&A with Lexi Burke, the main character of Hard Hats and Doormats. Enjoy!

1) What three qualities do you find most attractive in a partner? 
I love a man who is driven. I have big plans for my life, and there is nothing sexier to me than a man who knows what he wants, too. Now that I’ve been living in Texas for a couple of years, I’d have to say I’ve become a fan of the Southern gentleman, too. You know the type – opens doors, offers to pay for your drinks, carries you home when you’ve had a few too many. And last, a sense of humor. Life is way too serious – so you’d better find someone you can laugh with.

2) What’s your idea of romance? 
It’s the little things for me. Do I love getting flowers? Yes. But more than that, I like a man who walks me to my car at night, and calls to make sure I got home safely. I travel a lot, so having a man who regularly checks in with me while I’m on the road – just to let me know he’s thinking about me – that’s about the most romantic thing in the world.

3) Who's your favorite on-screen couple (Film or TV)? 
I am a huge fan of those vampire-type shows. So for movies it’s Edward and Bella from "Twilight" (I know, I suck - ha ha ha) and on TV it’s Damon Salvatore and Elena Gilbert on "The Vampire Diaries" (when they’re together, and she isn't with his brother).

Source: E! Online

4) What's been your most embarrassing moment in regards to the opposite sex? 
I tripped over a carpet in my office and basically face-planted, dropping all of my paperwork, when I met my crush. I couldn’t even speak, and my face turned bright red. God, that was embarrassing.

5) What was your first impression of your partner or crush? How accurate was it? 
Considering that said crush stopped everything to help me pick up everything I’d dropped in the aforementioned incident, and made sure I was okay before going on with his day, I figured he must be a considerate gentleman. Two years later, and I’m pretty sure I was right.

6) How have you coped with break-ups in the past? 
I go into tween mode. I curl up on my couch with a pint of ice cream, comfy pants, and a marathon of my favorite Disney movies. There’s nothing like watching "The Little Mermaid" and "Beauty and the Beast" to perk up a girl’s spirits.

7) Which hot actor would you want to be stranded on a deserted island with and why?
Ian Somerhalder. He has the most beautiful piercing blue eyes and dark hair. He's basically the real-life version of Prince Eric, who is the hunky heart-throb from one of my favorite movies. There are… things I’d like to do to him. And if you’re stuck on a deserted island, you might as well have something to do – I mean, someone to hang out with – when you’re not busy searching for food, shelter, and rescue.

And he's friends with Grumpy Cat!

(Source: Perez Hilton)

8) What is the craziest thing you've ever done for love? 
I am such a total wuss. I haven’t done anything crazy. Yet. I keep going back and forth on whether or not I should make some grand gesture to win my crush over, but… I haven’t quite made up my mind.

9) PDA: How much is acceptable?
I’m a sucker for holding hands. There’s nothing sweeter than having your guy hold your hand as you're walking down the street. Maybe a little peck on the lips, because he can't believe how lucky he is to be with you. Otherwise, I’m more on the leave it in the bedroom type.

10) What is the best relationship advice you've ever gotten? 
“Listen with your heart.” That old tree told "Pocahontas" to listen with her heart in the Disney movie, and the girl landed a total stud. Granted, said stud got shot and had to go back to England (spoiler alert!) so maybe that’s not such a great idea after all. Hmm. On second thought, let's channel "The Little Mermaid" for advice. Be willing to fight for love, even if the obstacles seem too huge to overcome. (And it doesn't hurt if the man has a boat and ocean-front property.)

About the Book
Lexi Burke has always been a stickler for following rules and procedures. As a human resources manager for a leading Gulf Coast chemical company, it’s her job to make sure everyone else falls in line, too.

But after losing out on a big promotion–-because her boss sees her as too much of a yes-woman––Lexi adopts a new policy of following her heart instead of the fine print. And her heart knows what it wants: Jason Beaumont, a workplace crush who is off limits based on her previous protocol.

While navigating a new romance and interoffice politics, Lexi must find the confidence to stand on her own or face a lifetime of following someone else’s orders.
Who says nice girls have to finish last?

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  1. Love the Q&A with Lexi! Especially the Disney movie advice :) I'm such a Disney Princess fan!

  2. Great interview, ladies!!
    I can't stop staring at that picture of Ian and Grumpy Cat!! Too.Much.Cuteness!