Hi, everyone! Welcome to the 2nd NA Crush Tourney hosted here at NA Alley!
Be aware there maybe spoilers in some of the advocate posts that support the new adult heroes. We’ve allowed the advocates to use excepts from their assigned NA Crushes’ books as well as other teasers, so just be mindful of that when you read the posts.
Matches will run for 24 hours, 12 a.m. to 12 a.m. EST every Tuesday and Thursday. Voting will only take place here on NA Alley, and the polls don’t allow multiple votes.
ULL(Eskler by S.T. Bende)
Hi! My name is Bianca and I’m part of the Martini Times Romance team. I’m here to represent Ull Myhr, the Norse God of Winter, from the Elsker Saga by S.T. Bende.
I met Ull about a year ago; we met through the NA Crush Tourney actually, and we’ve been together ever since. Now, by ‘together’, I mean I proudly call myself one of his ‘Twitter Tormentors’ We like to engage in witty banter, discuss Gunnar and his undies (that’s a whole OTHER story) as well as share our favourite recipes ( yes, this Norse God likes to bake, especially Church Waffles. Who would of thought?)
Ull is the perfect candidate for the NA Crush Tourney because he’s the total package. Not only is he sexy as all Hellheim and dangerous with a sword, underneath that gorgeous rugged exterior is a lonely God looking to share his life with someone special. He’s incredibly romantic and really knows how to make hearts flutter (mine included).
So, why should you vote for Ull? Well here are 10 reasons why:
1. He’s a fierce Asgardian Warrior, which means he’ll always protect you with his life.
“Do not ever apologize for coming to me. I will always look out for you. Always. It is my duty and my honor.”
“You have to understand that what you see as overbearing, I see as protecting you. I will do whatever it takes to keep you safe. You are my reason for living.”
2. He’s gorgeous (think the Scandinavian type gorgeousness of Alexander Skarsgard)
“He had eyes as blue as the cloudless sky, cheekbones as chiselled as pictures I’d seen of the Alps, and lips the pale pink of my grandmother’s roses. His jaw was square and strong with a hint of stubble, and his nose looked like it was lifted off a Roman statue. It was more beauty than any one person should have. Heaven almighty, was this guy for real?”
3. He’s a gentleman who will open doors for you, send you flowers, make you cups of tea or give a killer foot rub.
My consummate gentleman came to my door holding a single ivory rose.
“Good morning Kristia” He handed me the stem.
“Morning” I smiled.
4. I mentioned he’s sexy right? Just because he’s a gentleman, doesn’t mean things don’t get, ah, a little hot *fans self*
“Ull brought his mouth down again. He pulled me up with one arm, crushing his lips against mine and spiking my pulse to an unhealthy level. A warm glow settled in the pit of my stomach. Ull gently swept my mouth with his tongue, and the glow erupted into a ball of fire. My hands flew to his shoulders and I pulled him even closer, feeling his heart beat against my chest. Ull’s free hand ran softly down my side, coming to rest just below my hip. He gave a little squeeze and sucked on my bottom lip. My breath shallowed to ragged gasps.”
“I just turned on the do not disturb sign.”
“But why would you—”
I was cut short by a god nibbling on my earlobe.
“Do I need to spell it out for you?” he murmured.
My mouth formed a small O. No. No he did not.
5. He would put your needs before his, even if it means he’s fated to be alone for the rest of his days (and he’s immortal so that’s a LONG time) *swoons*
“Ragnarok is not a joke, and it is coming. I will not let you die for me”
6. He’s a badass with a sword. He once wiped out a camp of Evil Giants before breakfast.
“He took one menacing step into the center of the group, sending all but my attacker scattering.”
7. Ull rhymes will Drool. (enough said)
“The door flew open and Ull stood on the other side. He wore a loose pair of grey sweatpants and nothing else. Oh hot bejeebus. There was no way this guy was for real. It just wasn’t humanly possible to look that good.
Oh, right. Ull wasn’t human.”
8. Thor is his stepdad. How cool is that? I’d kill for an invitation to Sunday night dinner!
“I was beyond nervous about meeting Ull’s parents. Ull’s mom had golden hair – not hair the colour of gold, but hair actually MADE of gold. And Thor was, well a big deal.
9. He loves his grandmother, Olaug (bonus points for being a family man)
“Its overwhelming sometimes. I mean, Ull is perfect. He’s so smart, so thoughtful – he actually stopped traffic in Bibury to let an old lady cross the street. He dotes on Olaug, he’s ridiculously hot and he’s got this antiquated sense of decency.”
10. He wears a cashmere sweater like no other.
He wore dark jeans and an ivory sweater that clung to his chest and his accent was soft when he spoke.
“hei hei Kristia. Nice to see you.”
“Um.. Uh..” Oh, come on Tostenson. Find some words.
I couldn’t get over the shock I felt at every touch or the way my vision swam in and out of focus every time I looked at him. His endless supply of fitted sweaters didn’t help either. If this kept up, I was going to suffer a stroke at a tragically young age.
Now, if all of that wasn’t convincing enough to give Ull your vote, I’ve got a message from the man himself;
"The truth is I have not always been decent. Over the years I have committed heinous acts in the name of Asgard; conspiracy, abduction... murder. But my girl makes me want to be better. I love her with everything I am and I will fight to the ends of all the worlds to protect her -- heart, soul... and body. I risked my life for the chance to love her, and I will spend the rest of my existence showing my girl exactly what she means to me.
Hei hei, ladies. I am Ull. Let me be your Crush Tourney champion, and I will protect you, too.
In every imaginable way."
See? Perfect *Swoon*
It’s time the Norse God of Winter got the recognition he deserves, so, go on, join us as we #Drool4Ull and give him your vote!
And now I’ll leave you with some Alexander Skarsgard who was the inspiration for Ull.
This is the time ST met the God himself, and as you can see, even she wasn’t immune to his charms, especially when he signed her book! (You can read about that here)
(Taut by J.A. Huss)
Hi! My name is Nicole and I run Book Addicts Not So Anonymous! I’m representing Ford Aston from JA Huss Taut. I’m not really good at putting my thoughts into words BUT for FORD I have to try. You may know him from the Rook and Ronin series but Taut is where we really get into his head, and oh what an interesting head it is. Let’s finish this tourney on top, because Ford likes to be on top and he's good at getting what he wants."
Ford has been referred to as a “Kinky sex god” and feels as comfortable in a suit as he does in blue jeans.
So what do Kinky Sex Gods look like?
Brown hair, light brown eyes just the right amount a scruff to give you a little tickle when his head is giving you insurmountable amounts of pleasure. And hey if the pleasure isn’t enough to keep you sticking around his body? Oh my his body is toned in all the right places and his arms make you feel so secure you never want to leave their shelter. The intensity of those light brown eyes can set your body on fire within seconds leaving your panties wet and ready.
“I’m hurting you right now. And it feels good. Because you’ve been hurting me since the day we met. You’re selfish. You take. That’s all you do—take. You’re a Taker, Rook. And I’ve got nothing left to give you. You took it all.”
When it comes to getting to the heart of WHO Ford really is, you have to really dig deep.
“Sphere of privacy, people.”
Ford isn’t your warm and cozy boy next door. He can come off as cold and calculating but he as loyal as they come and a soft heart for those who manage to get past his defenses. While he maybe kinky and has left behind a trail of “pets” he wants what we all want LOVE. He's confident, has swagger, usually only half grins because he can't be bothered to exert the energy for a full smile when people usually aren't that funny.
“I’m not defective. I want to be touched. I’ve denied myself this most basic of human comforts my whole life and I’m ready to move on.”
As he is described he is known for many things “Being an emotionless, messed up bastard, a freakishly smart social outcast, and a cold, domineering master who keeps "pets" instead of girlfriends.”
“Do I want her to know me like this? Do I want her to know that I’m a freak, in the strictest definition of the word? Is this what intimacy entails? Baring your weaknesses to someone who might take advantage, but trusting them not to?”
A fellow Ford lover says
“I picture Ford tall & strong. & I know smart isn't physical but you can tell that he's brilliant just by the way he carries himself & the way he observes a room. He's cynical because being smarter than everyone is exhausting. He cares deeply for those in his circle, but he struggles to emote that.”
So why should you vote for Ford? Because he isn’t your stereotypical book boyfriend, he colors outside of the lines (not really because that would drive him nuts), because if he can drive you crazy with a look just imagine what he could do with a touch. But also because once you are his he will move heaven and earth to keep you happy and safe and he will cherish every single moment with his family because they come first.