Matthew McConaughey has been voted the 'Worlds Sexiest Man' on numerous occasions so it feels wrong not to include him in our listing - although I'm fairly sure in 'real life' he'd be a very bad idea.
Or, maybe, not? Maybe all he really needs is the love of a good woman? Whichever it turns out to be, I'm more than happy to have his image looking down from my pin-board while I write 'his' redemption.
Born Matthew David McConaughey on the 4th November, 1969, he's the youngest of three boys. According to one source I found, his parents divorced and remarried each other 'several' times. (Sounds expensive, doesn't it??? Wonder why they did that?)
After graduating from high school (where he was voted 'Most Handsome' in his Senior year) he spent a year in Australia, washing dishes and shovelling chicken manure before returning to the States with the intention of becoming a lawyer.
One major change of career direction later, he began acting in 1991. His first professional job was in a beer commercial but he came to my notice in 2001 as Steve Edison in 'The Wedding Planner'. Now I liked him in that a lot ....!
Almost as much as I liked him as Ben in 'How To Lose Your Guy in 10 Days'.
Then there was 'Failure to Launch' ....
Hmmmm I'm warming to my theme. :)
Currently single, he's said to have dated Sandra Bullock, Ashley Judd and, most recently, Penelope Cruz. They split in April 2004 after two years together and he's since been seen 'out and about' with various women. Much of last summer he spent surfing, running and swimming. All of which has made it difficult to find many pictures of him fully clothed. :)
In July 2006 details of a 'three-day bender in Costa Rica' appeared, first as a blog and later in magazines and newspapers which is probably why I think he's a man best confined to fiction.
There are lots of fascinating 'facts' about him on the web. In October 1999 he was arrested at his home in Austin, Texas. At 2.37 am the police responded to a call after a neighbour complained of loud music from the house next-door.
According to official reports, they arrived to "easily hear very loud music." Matthew McConaughey was found dancing around naked and playing bongo drums. The drug charges were dropped, but he pleaded guilty to noise disturbance.
Much more pleasantly he seems to be a concerned animal lover. Last year he reportedly snatched a cat away from two youths who had doused it in hairspray and were attempting to set it alight.
He also auctioned his 1971 Chevy Stingray Corvette on Ebay, donating all the money to Oprah's Angel Network Hurricane Katrina and Rita relief funds.
Then, just when I think I'm a little in love with him again, I discover something less attractive. Matthew doesn't wear cologne or deoderant. He says it's because he doesn't want to smell like anyone else. I do feel someone should tell him these perfurmes react with your skin and are entirely individual!
His house has three bedrooms and he rotates nightly. (Why????)
He owns a 1,600-acre ranch in West Texas, is 6ft tall and, this one should please Trish, is of Irish decent.
I can feel the embers of a story starting within me already.
It's the glint in his eyes that makes him so tempting, isn't it. That and the idea that he's a 'bad boy' who needs saving.
Natasha's newest release, 'Crowned: An Ordinary Girl', is available in both the United Kingdom and North America from mid February in store and online at eharlequin now. Read an excerpt here.
Our thoughts and prayers are with Natasha at this time. Sadly her mother passed away. for a truly lovely dedication, see her moving tribute here.
Love from all of us.