Today I’m going to write about what makes cowboys sexy and why they are so popular with the readers. As most of my readers know, I love writing cowboy stories. Give me a hot, sexy guy in Wranglers, a Stetson and pointed-toe boots and I’m ready to go. I swear Wranglers can make any guys butt look good.
I’ve lived around horses off and on most of my life. With horses and cattle come cowboys. No wonder I love them so much. If a guy gives me the yes ma’am, no ma’am, holds the door for me, and has a nice chest with a six-pack abdomen, I’m drooling all over myself. I currently live in middle Tennessee and trust me, there are plenty around here. I think the values of a gentleman are bred into a man from his parents. There are a lot of people in the south who still carry those old-fashioned values. Not to say there aren’t men out there who don’t, because there are. I’m not saying there aren’t men in other parts of the country who are raised as gentlemen, but in the south, it’s a slower pace of life.
My question today is why are they so popular with the readers?
I asked some readers and this is what they said:
Cowboys are humble. Most were raised right and treat their woman right. Plus their bodies are made from hard labor and pride. They long to be family men and no players. ~ Drea Becraft
A handsome, physically fit guy astride a horse with those old fashioned values and a wicked mind. ~ Sarah McNeal
I like ‘em because they’re virile and commanding, but also very cherishing and polite (or at least they should be). Whenever I read about this hot hunk with pecs and biceps to die for saying “Yes ma’am,” to a woman, I always smile. I like that kind of politeness and the way they treat women. ~ Tina Donahue
That slow, Southern drawl. Their unassuming presence. The way they’re so comfortable in their own skin. AND they are so ordinary, so real, yet special because they’re soooo Alpha. lol And then there are things which are very subtle as well. When you hear the name cowboy you think of hard-working, honest, a man with pride. You also think of a free-spirit, a man in tune with nature–someone who appreciates the beauty in nature through horses and the great outdoors. Now. Do you want me to talk about their buffed bods and those Levi’s that show he’s always ready for action—and I ain’t talkin’ ’bout brandin’ and ropin’ here either—unless, of course, the brandin’ and ropin’ somehow involves me…. ~ Tess McKall
I suppose what makes the cowboy stories so popular is the thought there really are men out there that respect women. When we think about that, it always seems to lead us to the down-home good guy, the cowboy. What trips my trigger when it comes to cowboys, those slightly bowed legs and callused hands. ~ Sherri Good
I personally like that cowboys hold a reputation for being gentlemen, rugged, tough, hard working, into the outdoors, but loving and attentive at the same time… I guess you could say “real” men. Not afraid of what others may think, they are just real I hope that makes sense. ~ T. Hayes
They’re alpha types, usually living their lives off alone somewhere. Always strong and buff looking – usually scruffy, always needing a shave. They have muscles everywhere and they never take no for an answer. They master their horses just as easily as they master their women. They are always the king of their own little worlds. ~ Missy Martine
There’s just something sexy about cowboys. I grew up watching Sam Elliot who I have a major crush on. They just had this raw strength. They have a code of honor that made them brave in times of danger and fiercely loyal. It’s their character that makes them so sexy and irresistible to women I think. ~ Alicia Tags
Umm, I would have to say it is their attitude, the way they can ride a horse! ~ Bridget McCain
Now, for me, I’d have to agree with all of these definitions. The ruggedly handsome face, the scruffy five o’clock shadow, a chest and arms that can hold me close and make me feel safe and loved, callused hands from hard work, and a smile that could light up half the state when his eyes rest on me. A man who cherishes his woman and a man who doesn’t love easily, but when he does, it’s for forever.
This is what I try to describe my hero as. So far, I think I’m hittin’ the mark pretty well. Hot Summer Love (Cowboy Style 1) is my latest release and it’s available from Whiskey Creek Press. Caleb is the typical unassuming cowboy. The kind a girl can fall in love with. I know I did while I wrote him.