Today we're thrilled to welcome Damon Suede (Lickety Split) to Heroes and Heartbreakers. Damon's latest book is an erotic cowboy romance so you could say knows a thing or two about cowboys! Today, Damon is here to help us pin down what exactly it is about these strong, silent, often charming heroes that makes us love them so much. Thanks, Damon!
Hey y’all! Today I wanted to take a minute to talk about what makes a cowboy hot…or not.
One of the worst things you can say about a cowboy in Texas is that he's “All hat, no cattle…” That is to say, a flimflammer, a faux-hunk, someone who is all sizzle no steak. Plenty of fellows wear a Stetson and Luccheses to the office in Houston, Dallas, or Austin, but most of those guys have never bucked hay or ridden a fence. They play the part without ever getting barbwire scars or breaking a rib.
For best results, a hot cowboy draws on a set of timeless qualities that show up in every Western romance hero, contemporary or historical. What's astonishing is that although the adjectives stay constant, they apply to a whole range of variable ingredients which produce cowboys of every stripe. It’s practically a spice rack with recommended fixings:
- Battered: hat, heart, hopes
- Strong: ties, opinions, arms
- Thick: calluses, skull, charm
- Fierce: eyes, loyalty, appetites
- Slow: walk, anger, smile
- Rough: manners, hands, language
- Square: jaw, tastes, values
- Devoted: friends, habits, animals
- Solid: roots, seat, reputation
- Faded: Wranglers, tattoos, prejudices
- Rugged: build, skills, home
- Frank: needs, talk, urges
- Tough: job, skin, problems