After a lengthy time on top (ha), it appears that the Billionaire Hero may be losing favor with the romance-reading population. I’ve read a bunch of the billionaire books, everything from the alpha dom types to the tech geniuses, and I agree with Romancelandia. Time for a change! So, who’s next?
The Earthy Types
Farmers. Construction workers. Artisan cheesemakers. Men who work with their hands and have a connection to their work. These men provide so many opportunities for sensory description: the smell of baking bread, the smell of fresh cut hay, and the fascinating play of light and shadow over well-defined muscles. Who better to replace the workaholic billionaire hero than a man who appreciates hard work and the pleasure to be found in creating something?
Alice Clayton’s Hudson Valley series – So far, we have one book about a cheesemaker and one book about a walnut farmer. Clayton’s signature laugh-out-loud romantic comedy stylings combined with heroes at your local farmer’s market? Yes, please.
Sarina Bowen’s True North series – As a Vermonter, I’m biased, but let’s just say that Bowen’s hunky flannel-wearing farmer lumbersexuals are just what romance needs right now.