Fri
Oct 5 2012 9:30am

Author Jessica Scott on Sexy Military Men

Until There Was You by Jessica ScottAuthor Jessica Scott knows what she's talking about when she talks sexy guys in uniform; she's a career army officer who's married to a career army officer, and she writes military romance with strong-willed men and women. Her newest release, Until There Was You, pits two tough, sexy people against each other as they fight their mutual attraction—and the enemy. Today, Jessica is here to share her thoughts about military men, and what makes them so hot. 

Thanks for joining us, Jessica!

(Read to the very end of the post for a link to Jessica's Until There Was You pre-order sweepstakes!)

I’ll admit it: I’m a sucker for a man in uniform. There’s something really hawt about a man who dons the uniform of a policeman or fireman or military man and everything that entails. But I’ll be honest, some of my favorite heroes are military men, and even though I may have read these books years ago, the military heroes still do something for me.

The biggest thing—for me anyway—that make military men so sexy is their sense of honor and the quiet strength that doesn’t need the chest-banging bravado of so called manly men. The best fictional military heroes are those with that quiet strength who are struggling to overcome their own injuries or fears.

In the Army, we talk about the Army values: Loyalty, Duty, Respect, Selfless Service, Honor, Integrity and Personal Courage. How is that not the perfect hero, regardless of whether they wear the uniform or not? These values create the ideal military hero, and when our heroes fail to live up to these values, cue instant conflict. My favorite military heroes, however, are those who are flawed, who have failed to live up to their own ideals. Going to war changes people, and some of my favorite books deal with how those heroes cope with those changes.

There’s also the warrior aspect. There is something about a man (or woman, but we’re talking about heroes here) who will put himself into harm’s way for another person, especially someone he loves. The implied willingness to sacrifice one’s self for another is a very heroic attribute. Plus, warriors are typically not couch potatoes, so there’s a built in smexyness factor.

Seize the Fire by Laura Kinsale

Sheridan Drake never wanted to be a hero. I think that’s part of his appeal; real heroes don’t set out to beat their chests and say 'look how awesome I am!' And Sheridan’s damage from his war time service is so compelling and appealing. Olivia refuses to listen to Sheridan when he tries steering her away from the revolution and in the end, both of them end up holding the other. Sheridan’s invisible wounds of war almost make him a tragic hero, but he pulls through, holding both himself and Olivia together once she faces the reality of the revolution she sought to inspire.

Edge of Sight by Roxanne St Claire

Sam and Zach had a steamy fling before Zach deployed and when he comes home, he’s changed forever, both physically and mentally. Roxanne does an amazing job dealing with Zach’s injuries and how he’s changed from the war. I love that there’s no magical cure for Zach’s problems other than the love of his soul mate. It’s incredible how Roxanne takes a hero who is physically damaged  in a way that most of us would not expect and makes him super sexy and appealing.

Whisper of Warning by Laura Griffin

Will Hodges is the epitome of quiet heroism. He needs every ounce of that heroism to deal with Courtney, who is, well, a hot mess. But Will’s patience and determination are exactly the right counterweight to Courtney’s impulsive behaviors and this book has probably my all-time favorite happily ever after *ever*.

Military men make an inspiring romance hero. These were just a few of my favorite military heroes. Who are yours?

 


Jessica Scott is a career army officer, mother of two daughters, three cats, three dogs and two escape-artists hamsters, wife to a career NCO and wrangler of all things stuffed and fluffy. She has commanded two companies, served in Germany, Korea, Fort Hood and Iraq, and been lucky not to get fired. She is a terrible cook and an even worse housekeeper, but she’s a pretty good shot with her assigned weapon. Somehow, her children are pretty well adjusted and her husband still loves her, despite burned water and a messy house.

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5 comments
Heather Waters (redline_)
1. redline_
You nailed why military heroes appeal to me too--I like 'em honorable, and flawed, too! Great post.
Jess Scott
2. Jess Scott
Yeah, honor is a big thing for me, too!
Tonya Burrows
3. TonyaBurrows
Ooo, I love me some military heroes. One of my favorites is Sam from Gone Too Far by Suzanne Brockmann. Cowboy+military hero = super smexiness!
Jess Scott
5. JayJay
I really doubt if ANY military man (except maybe the Don't Ask Don't Tell crowd) would shave/wax all of his chest and arm(s) body hair.... Get a new cover model (like one of a real man). Just a suggestion.
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