SPRING IS BUSTIN’ OUT ALL OVER: SANDY SULLIVAN

COWBOYS

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.

Comments

  1. I like cowboys too but I like them because they represent the rugged west and the past that we came from. People had to tame the countryside in order to become towns and cities and cowboys remind me that at one time, we all iived in a rugged environment. It’s all about survival of the fittest with them:)

    junegirl63(at)gmail(dot)com

  2. The cowboys in all the books are definitely alpha males but they do respect women and have a gentler side to them, that is why I like them.

    angelwolf_storm@hotmail.com

  3. Since I am an avid fan of historical romances, I’m not too into reading contemporary westerns. However, years ago, I really enjoyed reading about the old west from the mid to late 1800’s. That’s when cowboys were ‘real men’…LOL

    kkhaas at bellsouth dot net

  4. Love reading books with cowboys in them. They represent a whole different way of life, live to a code that isn’t found in todays world very much.

    skpetal at hotmail dot com

  5. I enjoy reading books about cowboys there is just somithing about them.

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  6. I love cowboys because they are so “real” with great values and a sense of what is right and good.

  7. Cowboys not only attract women because they’re polite but they have a worked ethic that ignites the pride in what they do. This in turn creates that sexy side of a man. Being on a working ranch helps form those muscles we love to touch and it’s true, the ‘yes ma’am’ comes from their parents.

    Mmmm….who can resist a man with a rope in his hands! *wink*

  8. I am a HUGE fan of the Cowboy hero in romance books. Alpha, southern charm, and rugged good looks, you can’t bet it! I think I’ll go curl up with a Cowboy book now.

  9. Shucks! I forgot my email address: debbifarmer@yahoo.com thanks guys!

  10. Doesn’t everyone love cowboys? Best wishes with your new book.

    Snowdance1@gmail.com

  11. I was raised around a rodeo circuit, so I guess that’s why I’m drawn to cowboys. I’ve seen some really handsome ones over the years, da-rool, da-rool! LOL!

    bicknellbrown @sbcglobal.net

  12. I honestly haven’t read a lot of books featuring cowboys but one I read recently that was really good and brought all the wonderful characteristics of the cowboy to life was Infamous by Suzanne Brockmann.

    I can tell you one honest thing though, I wouldn’t be adverse to having a cowboy of my own! Sigh.

    kauchouakisame_19@yahoo.com

  13. There is something about an alpha male who has wide shoulders, jeans that were made for his body, and a six pack that is enough to make any woman swoon! Now add those “down home” values where they cherish and respect their woman. What’s not to like?

    marierosedufour@gmail.com

  14. I like cowboys because they seem like a different breed of males.lol I like when they tip the hat at you, my knees turn to jelly.:)Plus the wrangler butt is a nice bonus to the whole package.:)
    tarusgirl2001@yahoo.com

  15. I have always enjoyed a good cowboy story, both contemporaries and historicals.
    castings at mindspring dot com

  16. I just love Sam Elliot. John Wayne may have be a “man’s cowboy” but Sam Elliot is a “woman’s cowboy!”

    Tracey D
    booklover0226 at gmail dot com

  17. There is just something about a cowboy that intrigues me. It might be the link to the Wild West or their laid back approach to the world. A cowboy hat, a pair of jeans, and a pair of boots (shirt optional) is a fashion statement in itself.

  18. GREAT post, Sandy! It’s all about respect and being real for me. Cowboys are usually pretty good at both.

  19. I love cowboys. They are real men.

    Kit3247@aol.com

  20. I love cowboys for most of the same reasons as others have said. And they are sexy as h#ll!!
    Sue B
    katsrus(at)gmail(dot)com

  21. I love cowboys like just about everyone else. They have such a persona around them. I love the wrangler jeans that fit just so, the big belt buckles, the Stetson they wear cocked down on their head, and I love how they walk with such confidence!!

    Judy
    magnolias_1[at]msn[dot]com

  22. What a hero! I love cowboys because they seem to have this ingrained code of ethics that is more gentlemanly than that of modern men.

  23. Who donen’t love a cowboy. Save a horse ride a cowboy.

    Terra
    tpen89@charter.net

  24. You definitely got some good responses about why cowboys are so appealing. I have to agree with them.

  25. Totally agree with your list, and enjoy a sexy cowboy romance story.

    caity_mack at yahoo dot com

  26. Love, Love, Love a good cowboy story. Put ’em in a small town and bring along a friend or two (or three :D) and I am ALLLLL over it! Hot Summer Love sounds terrific I’ll have mosey on over to Whiskey Creek and check it out!!

  27. There is just soemthing about a man with a sexy southern drawl and a cowboy hat that is just so yummy!! I’m not sure I have a real “reason” for loving cowboys, but I know I do!! 🙂
    Ashley A
    ash_app@hotmail.com

  28. Hah! You certainly don’t need to explain this to me! Even the word “Cowboy” makes me go “mmmmmm”

  29. I grew up in Oklahoma so I understand the attraction of cowboys.

    user1123 AT comcast DOT net

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