Why Romance Readers Love Cowboys

Browse through the romance section of any brick and mortar bookstore and you will see quite a few cowboys on the covers. Thanks to film and folklore, there is a mythical idea of the cowboy and the legends continue today. Ask anyone to describe a cowboy and they might say he’s a heroic man of action. He could be a charming rogue, a dangerous outlaw or a chivalrous knight.

But almost all of the cowboys in fiction share these traits: they are independent men in charge of their destiny. They make their opportunities and their fortune through hard work and luck.  A cowboy is a dreamer who goes west, untethered by rules and society. His grit is hard-won as he faces adventure and tames nature.

Cowboys are favorites among romance readers because the archetype embodies the American spirit.

If you are interested in reading a cowboy or western romance, try one of these books:  Continue reading “Why Romance Readers Love Cowboys”

Ready for a Red-Hot and Romantic Read?

If you are looking for a love story that offers off-the-charts chemistry but doesn’t skimp on the romance, then check out these Harlequin Blazes. They all won a Romantic Times award for excellence and the storylines are just as current today as when they were first published. Each book features brazen women, swoon-worthy men, lusty sex and a satisfying romance.
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Why You Should Read Romance While Chasing Your Dreams

There are days when you suffer a setback and your support system fails you. You’re ready to hit pause and recharge. Just when you want to curl up in your bed to watch reruns and call it self-care, consider a different form of entertainment: romance novels.  Continue reading “Why You Should Read Romance While Chasing Your Dreams”

Amnesia Love Stories: The Angst and the Attraction

Amnesia. It’s a devastating medical condition but the loss of memory is a beloved trope in romance novels. I’m sure many authors use poetic license with the symptoms and details, but this is not the time for realism. Readers want the angst, the challenges, and the ever-present intrigue that that can be found with an amnesia storyline.  Continue reading “Amnesia Love Stories: The Angst and the Attraction”

3 Football Romances You Need to Read before Kickoff

 

Years ago it was difficult to find the professional athlete hero in romance fiction. The common thought (at least what I heard for years while attending conference workshops and editor panels) was that readers didn’t want these characters. The pro athlete was not considered a good romantic partner.

I’m not sure when this opinion started to change. Did the shift occur when the Chicago Stars series by Susan Elizabeth Phillips gained popularity? Did readers who were also sports fans asked to see professional athletes in romance fiction? Or did New York editors realize that a team of alpha men in their prime was a perfect built-in series?

Whatever the reason, these days readers enjoy a huge selection of sports romances. One of the popular sports readers enjoy is American football. The hero’s physicality is blatantly masculine and he’s celebrated for his power and brawn. He’s wealthy, famous and enjoys an enviable lifestyle. The football player hero is also driven, competitive and takes care of his team.

If this hero archetype interests you, here are three shining examples of football romance for you to try:  Continue reading “3 Football Romances You Need to Read before Kickoff”