by Johanna Raisanen, Editor, Harlequin American Romance
I love reading romance novels with cowboy heroes. I admit it took me a while to understand the appeal. Years ago, I happened to be in Las Vegas during a rodeo, and there were cowboys everywhere. Seriously good-looking in their Western gear and, oh, so polite. That’s when I got it.
Since then Kathleen and I have gone to a few more rodeos to watch the action. Who can deny the bravery of a man about to go eight seconds on a 1500-pound bull! I think the appeal of the American cowboy is the image of a man who works hard, who cares about home and country, who is tough but tender—a true gentleman of the American West! And it doesn’t hurt that these rugged men look pretty awesome in well-worn jeans and a Stetson.
At Harlequin American Romance our books quite often feature cowboy heroes. This month we have four! A retired rodeo cowboy falls for a single mom with four babies in Tina Leonard’s THE REBEL COWBOY’S QUADRUPLETS, the first book in her new Bridesmaids Creek miniseries. In Cathy Gillen Thacker’s RUNAWAY LONE STAR BRIDE, the first in a spinoff miniseries called McCabe Multiples, the hero’s a Texas rancher/security expert who suddenly discovers he’s a daddy to a son he never knew. Our Western hero could even be MORE THAN A COWBOY like Cathy McDavid’s hero in the first book of her Reckless, Arizona, series, or a Stetson-wearing P.I. who marries into a powerful Texas rodeo family as in Trish Milburn’s book, THE TEXAN’S COWGIRL BRIDE, the second book in our six-book continuity Texas Rodeo Barons. We love them all!
Whether you just can’t get enough cowboys or have never read a cowboy romance, we invite you to sit a spell and read an American Romance book. We guarantee you’ll be lassoed just as I was!