Monday, January 31, 2011


Silhouette Desire author Rachel Bailey shares a little about tennis star and real life hero Pat Rafter in this week's Male on Monday...

My February (US) book, Million-Dollar Amnesia Scandal has a hero who looks suspiciously like Richard Armitage in my mind. But since Mr Armitage has been a guest on Male on Monday before, I thought we could chat about someone new: Pat Rafter, Aussie tennis legend, undies spokesman, charity creator and all round good guy.

I have to admit, I don’t watch tennis, but even a tennis-ignoramus like me still knows who Pat Rafter is. In fact, he’s a bit of a hero in Australia.

Let’s start with some facts – a little bio from his charity’s website, Cherish The Children:

The third youngest of nine siblings, Pat Rafter was born in Mt Isa, Queensland in 1972 and grew up to become one of the greats of Australian tennis. Throughout his tennis career, his commitment, generosity and down-to-earth approach have earned him great respect among sporting peers and the community.

His playing career commenced in earnest in 1991 when Pat turned pro. He went on to win the US Open in 1997 and then successfully defend his title in 1998. In 1999, he became the first Australian since John Newcombe to reach a number one world ranking and was Runner Up Finalist at Wimbledon in 2000 and 2001.

Pat was named Australian of the Year in 2002 and these days enjoys fishing, playing golf and going to the beach with his young family.

The thing I like especially about Pat Rafter is he seems like a genuinely nice guy. Sure, he’s gorgeous. Sure, he’s tall and broad and looks great in his Bonds. But there’s warmth in his smile. I like that in a man.

Apparently after he won the 1997 US Open, he tried to donate half the winnings to the Starlight Foundation anonymously. Word obviously leaked out about what he’d done, but even so, he also donated half his winnings the next year, when he won the US Open again.

Generous as well as buffed and gorgeous? Yep, that man’s a hero. J

Rachel Bailey writes for Harlequin Desire and her latest release is Million-Dollar Amnesia Scandal (February, US; March, Aust). You can read more about her books at

Truth, Lies and Seduction...

An accident left April Fairchild with no memory, ownership of a multimilliondollar hotel and the nagging sense something wasn't quite right in her life. It also brought her intensely sexy businessman Seth Kentrell, whose late brother had left her the property. Seth believed her a gold digger - and how could April deny it, when she couldn't even remember her name? Now Seth was ready to play hardball to get the hotel back.

But April knew enough to refuse to sign over the property until her memory returned. And if that meant Seth needed to persuade her... well, that was something she could enjoy! At least until the whole truth came out...


  1. great choice Rachel!!
    He's hot and decent and Aussie and sigh...

  2. Beck, glad you liked my choice! Hot and decent make such a great combination, don't they?

  3. He's hot!

    And the excerpt for your MILLION DOLLAR AMNESIA SCANDAL sounds so intriguing!

  4. Awww, Rachel, there's just something about a man with a ponytail and a glint in his eye :-)

    Love the sound of Million-Dollar Amnesia Scandal. Seriously looking forward to getting my hands on it!

  5. Nas, he is rather appealing, isn't he?
    Glad you liked the blurb about Seth & April!

  6. Michelle, kind eyes that have a glint? I'm sold. :)

  7. Ahhh, Patrick. I had the fortune of shaking his hand once at a Bonds event in my previous job as a manager in a department store. He's is so lovely. Nice smile. Great hair. Lovely biceps. Sigh.

  8. Sigh! I'm not too old to enjoy a good body and a funny video.

    Congratulations on your new book. It sounds very interesting.

  9. Helen, I think you've nailed his attraction - he's lovely, nice smile, great hair, lovely biceps. :)

    How cool that you got to meet him!

  10. Kaelee, that video is great, isn't it? I was laughing from the start to the end.

    Thanks for the congrats on the new book - Seth is one of my two favourite heroes so far. :)