Love the beards, the smell of evergreens or just the outdoors? Then it’s likely you’ve come across or should read a book with a lumberjack hero. Some people might have a problem with the whole cutting down trees thing, but the hero in Penny Watson’s Lumberjack in Love, Marcus Anderson, actually cares about the environment and conservation. Together with his bulldog and the great state of Vermont, he’ll try to win the heart of the city-loving Ami Jordan.
Sometimes the hero is more of a broody, sexy hero whose personality and axe come between an existing couple like the hero Patrick in Cara McKenna’s Ruin Me. Robin wants to marry Jay, but can’t forget about the sexy lumberman who saved her one night. With Jay’s permission, Robin embarks on a journey to get Patrick out of her system. The only question is: can she?
Another erotic take on lumberjacks is featured in Ava Lovelace’s short and sweet The Lumberfox, the first in her Geekrotica series. Although not a lumberman by trade, hero Ryon fits the lumberjack stereotype, plaid shirts, facial hair and all. The meet-cute in this story is a car accident in the middle of a gigantic snow storm.
If you’re after a cozy contemporary, the lumberjack hero is featured in a number of stories, including Daisy Prescott’s Ready to Fall or Mary Ann Rivers’s Live (okay, so the hero is a woodcarver, but it's close). In Prescott’s book, John Day is a lumberjack and acts as a tour guide to the heroine, Diane. In River’s Live, the first of her Burnside series, a man with a past ends up comforting a woman with optimism for her future.
First in her Country Roads series, Inez Kelley actually makes land the point of conflict between the hero and heroine in her novel. While the heroine, Kayla, unknowingly hires Matt to work on her property, what she doesn’t realize is that Matt’s family owned the land before her. Now the hero and heroine both have to lay their hearts and hopes on the line all for a region that they call home.
Paranormal lovers should not feel left out of the lumberjack love; Molly Harper takes readers to Grundy, Alaska in How to Flirt with a Naked Werewolf. What happens when you put a Southern gal in the cold and then have her find her naked neighbor stuck to her porch with a bear trap around his leg? Once again, neighbors meet and fall in love especially when hero Cooper Graham identifies her by scent as “The One.” Featuring snarky humor and a bit of a mystery as to whose killing who in Grundy, paranormal fans should take a bite out of a novel that fits with the outdoorsman hero type.
You can’t talk about romance without finding at least family based romance. Luckily for readers, Janet Chapman’s Logger series offers two tales about Alex and Ethan Knight, members of a logging family. Featuring a marriage by proxy (The Seduction of His Wife) and a female mill foreman, The Stranger in Her Bed, readers will find non-traditional heroines paired up with two traditional alpha males.
Whether they’re a neighbor, a bad boy in plaid or cutting their way off the pages and into your hearts, the lumberjack hero definitely has its appeal. Do you like lumberjack heroes?
Sahara Hoshi reviews for Wicked Lil Pixie and is a lifelong reader of romance. Favorite genres include new adult, paranormal romance, contemporary romance and erotica.