We’re so pleased to have author Jacob Z. Flores with us today, on the tour for his latest Dreamspun Desires release, Suddenly Yours. Find out what his top three fave movies set in Vegas are, and then be sure to check out the giveaway details below.
Top 3 Fun and Quirky Movies Set in Las Vegas
Hi, everyone! I’m Jacob Z. Flores, and I’m so glad to be here today, promoting my recent release Suddenly Yours, the second book in my One Fine Day series.
Some of you may already know that the books in this series all center on the theme of marriage. In fact, a wedding/marriage is the common thread in all the books in the series. The characters in each book will be different and so will their situations, which allows readers to pick up the series at any point without feeling as if they have missed out on something covered in the first book, so if this is your first book in the series, don’t worry. You don’t have to read these books in order.
Now that you know a little about the series itself, let’s talk about Vegas, baby. Why would I want to do that? Well, Suddenly Yours is partially set in Sin City, and it’s because of Vegas (and its temptations) that Cody and Julian wake up married to each other. Thanks to their night of debauchery, my characters undergo a series of quirky misadventures as they try to navigate the choppy waters of an unexpected marriage.
So to celebrate the quirky fun in Suddenly Yours, I wanted to share with all of you my favorite fun and quirky movies set in a city where anything can (and usually does) happen.
#3—Honeymoon in Vegas
This movie is funny, charming, and its premise is a bit over the top, but that’s what makes it so much fun. You see, Nicolas Cage, who promised his mother (on her deathbed) that he would never get married ends up breaking that promise for the totally adorable Sarah Jessica Parker. The two hop on a plane to Vegas where dumb butt Cage loses Parker in a poker match to bad guy James Caan. Naturally, the ticked off Parker goes off with the rich guy, and the rest of the movie is about the hilarious lengths Cage goes through to win back the woman he loves.
Sure, the plot is convoluted, but where else are you going to get Nicolas Cage dressed in a light up jumpsuit leaping out of a plane with a gaggle of Flying Elvises? That’s just pure fun right there, and in Vegas, that’s just par for the course.
I know. This is totally a “guy” movie, but man, this is one of the most fun movies set in Vegas. It takes the bachelor party movie to a completely different level of insanity. I mean, how drunk do you have to be to forget how a tiger and a baby got into your hotel room? Apparently pretty darn drunk as Bradley Cooper, Zach Galifianakis, and Ed Helms find out as they retrace their steps in search of the missing groom. What they find is Mike Tyson, strippers, and a naked Asian guy in the trunk of the car. What we get is nonstop hilarity.
#1—Fools Rush In
To me, this movie is the epitome of quirky fun. After a one-night stand, Salma Hayek discovers she’s pregnant and informs Matthew Perry of his impending fatherhood. Despite not knowing each other for very long, the pair decides to get married, but they both get more than they bargained for. Not only do they have to contend with learning about each other, but they also have to deal with their different cultural backgrounds. What follows is one hilarious situation after another as Perry and Hayek (who are extremely adorable together) try to fit in with each other’s lives and families. Sure, stereotypes abound, but what makes this movie so much fun is how those labels ultimately don’t matter when true love is involved.
So, there you have it—my top 3 fun and quirky Vegas movies. What are your favorites and why do you like them so much?
About the Book
“What Happens in Vegas Doesn’t Always Stay in Vegas”
Cody Hayes is having one epic morning-after. The hangover following a Vegas bachelor party is nothing new to him, and neither is the naked man in his bed.
His apparent marriage is a different story.
Carefully plotting every detail of his life carried Julian Canales to a senate seat as an openly gay man. A drunken night of Truth or Dare isn’t like him… and neither is marrying a man he just met. He’d get an annulment, but the media has gotten wind of his hasty nuptials. If Julian’s political career is going to survive, he has to stay married to a man who’s his opposite in every way.
Now he must convince Cody that all they need to do is survive a conservative political rival, a heartbroken ex, their painful pasts… and an attraction neither man can fight.
About Undercover Boyfriend
Two men, one lie, and a whole bunch of trouble.
Marty Valdez is in serious trouble. His sister’s wedding is around the corner, and everyone expects to meet Marty’s super-successful underwear model boyfriend—whom Marty invented. Now Marty has to produce a half-naked hottie or suffer the worst humiliation of his life.
FBI agent Luke Myers is in serious trouble. He’s been working undercover to take down a dangerous drug cartel, but his cover’s blown and he needs to disappear. Luckily, a geeky yet intriguing comic book artist gives him the perfect opportunity. Luke just has to pretend to be his boyfriend, and pretending is what he does best. But between Marty’s mother and his ex, Luke might’ve bitten off more than he can chew, and Marty’s knack for finding trouble might ruin more than just his sister’s wedding.
Cody let out a long breath and peeked into the bathroom, where Linda Blair had finally stopped spewing pea soup. Thank God. “How are you feeling, sweet cheeks?”
“Don’t call me that.”
Had Julian been this much of a party pooper last night? Cody recalled a frosty reception when he had first introduced himself. While most other men would have turned around and left, Cody hadn’t. Julian’s aloofness presented a challenge, and Cody never ran from a challenge. It had excited him—like the first time he went scuba diving. He was nervous but couldn’t wait to jump in feet first.
That was exactly what he’d done. No, that was exactly what they’d both done. Julian clearly hadn’t remembered that yet.
Cody leaned against the door and grinned. “Do you prefer honey bunny, or do you like to keep it simple? Something like babe or love?”
“Julian works just fine,” he said into the bowl before another wave of gross left his body.
This was the worst honeymoon ever!
Since his groom wasn’t interested in playful morning banter, Cody took it upon himself to survey the body the state of Nevada had recently declared all his. No wonder he put a ring on it. Julian was smoking hot, even with his face shoved inside the porcelain god.
His short dark hair, which stood up at rakish angles, complemented his naturally dark flesh, and boy did Cody love him some dark-skinned men. He pursued them like it was his job or something. Julian also had a lean, muscular chest, nicely developed arms, and a cute, tight butt.
Score, score, and double-oh-my-God-I-could-eat-that-all-night score.
If Cody weren’t so nauseous, he’d be doing his Go, Cody dance, which was basically the cabbage patch with a few high kicks thrown in for good measure.
Still, no matter how awesomely yummy Julian’s body was, why did Cody even walk down that aisle in the first place?
Julian took his head out of the toilet, staring up at him with his big, dark chocolate brown eyes, and flashed him a smile that turned Cody’s legs into Silly Putty.
Oh yeah. That might’ve had something to do with it.
About the Author
Jacob Z. Flores lives a double life. During the day, he is a respected college English professor and mid-level administrator. At night and during his summer vacation, he loosens the tie and tosses aside the trendy sports coat to write man on man fiction, where the hard ass assessor of freshmen level composition turns his attention to the firm posteriors and other rigid appendages of the characters in his fictional world.
Summers in Provincetown, Massachusetts, provide Jacob with inspiration for his fiction. The abundance of barely clothed man flesh and daily debauchery stimulates his personal muse.
When he isn’t stroking the keyboard, Jacob spends time with his daughter. They both represent a bright blue blip in an otherwise predominantly red swath in south Texas.