Romance Novel Heroes- Cowboys vs. Athletes

My recent post, Is Red The New Grey?, celebrated the fact that Romance Authors are choosing among several archetypes for their Romance Heroes.  The “Red” of the title referred to the fact that “Redneck” Heroes are becoming more popular, although Hot Billionaires  (ala Mr. Grey) will probably retain their popularity indefinitely (tons of money and the resultant lifestyle can be a potent aphrodisiac).

Yee. Haw.

Yee. Haw.

That being said, there is another Hero archetype that has been the center women’s fantasies for a very long time- The Cowboy.  Cowboys are near and dear to my heart, having grown up on “Spaghetti Westerns” (movies) and having an on-and-off love affair with country music.  There is just something so inherently macho about the whole cowboy lifestyle- ranching, riding, farming, etc.   We already mentioned that tight jeans are a female favorite on a man; add the hat and boots, it’s like icing on a really tasty cupcake!

Hope the hay isn't itchy...

Hope the hay isn’t itchy…

There are several authors that write about Cowboy Heroes.  Do you have a favorite to recommend?  I have not read any recently, but I would love to read some.  Here are a few that seem to have a pretty good following:

Rough Rider Series by Lorelei James

The Cajun Cowboy by Sandra Hill

The Wild Ones by M. Leighton

He's gonna melt some ice....

He’s gonna melt some ice….

Another popular Hero archetype is The Athlete.  Toni Aleo has several novels featuring athletes that are on my TBR list.  Hockey is one of the few sports I really like to watch, so I have been searching for a hot read featuring a hockey player for a Hero.  What is your favorite sport, and have you found a novel featuring that sport that you can recommend?  Here are a few reads that feature Athletes as Heroes, with several good reviews online:

Game For Love (Bad Boys of Football Series) Bella Andre

Double Play (Pacific Heat Series) Jill Shalvis (baseball)

Tackle me, please!

Tackle me, please!

With the Winter Olympics going on, stories about athletes just might have some renewed interest!  A Skier or Snowboarder for a hero, maybe?  And Ice Skaters look pretty damn good in those skin tight costumes….just sayin’.

So much has been written about these types of Heroes, but apparently we can’t get enough.  So many (fictional) men, so little time to read them all!

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