Become an Expert: A Guide to Harlequin Cowboy Heroes

by Karen Green

There are as many types of cowboys as there are men. Some thrive on action and look for danger, and others just want to do their job and build a good, quiet life. And like any man in a 10-gallon hat, they are all unique—and ruggedly attractive—in their own ways. At least in the pages of our favorite romance novels they are!

So what kind of cowboy is the best kind of cowboy for you? Really, we would argue that every kind of cowboy is the best kind of cowboy, but since they come in all shapes and specialties, here is a quick look at the kinds of cowboys you’ll find in romance novels, and the books you should read when you, ahem, see something you like.

 

The Rancher

Working the land and tending to his animals is where you’ll find the rugged rancher. Unafraid of hard work, long hours and doing whatever it takes to maintain his simple, peaceful life, the rancher often wants to be left alone in the great outdoors. Who will be the woman to bring him out of his solitude?

For more ranchers, take a look at:

Made for the Rancher (Sapphire Mountain Cowboys) by Rebecca Winters

The Cowboy’s Cinderella by Carol Arens

Slow Burn Cowboy (Copper Ridge) by Maisey Yates
  

 

The Rodeo Star

Winners and wanderers, these cowboys go where the rodeo goes, looking for glory—and a good time—along the way. It will take a special woman to get these cowboys to settle down, and even when they do, the lure of the ring is never far from their thoughts.

For more rodeo stars, take a look at:

Just Like a Cowboy (Wrangler’s Creek) by Delores Fossen

His Last Rodeo (Sierra Legacy) by Claire McEwan

The Cowboy Upstairs (Cupid’s Bow, Texas) by Tanya Michaels

  

 

The Outsider

These loners may seem rough and rebellious, but it’s likely that these cowboys are trying to heal from a deep-set pain, not just avoiding being pinned down. Perhaps the love of a good women will get these men out of their sensitive shells for good—but expect some bumps along the way.

For more outsiders, take a look at:

Quick-Draw Cowboy (The Kavanaughs) by Joanna Wayne

The Outlaw’s Secret by Stacy Henrie

Long, Tall Texans: Christopher by Diana Palmer

  

 

The Lawman

Law and order may be the motive for these cowboys, whether they don a sheriff’s badge or a military insignia. But don’t think that the wild is totally gone from these Western boys—they’ll do whatever it takes to protect and serve, especially if they are protecting and serving a beautiful woman.

For more lawmen, take a look at:

Lucas (The Lawmen of Silver Creek Ranch) by Delores Fossen

The Marshal’s Mission by Anna Zogg

Shielded by the Cowboy SEAL (SOS Agency) by Bonnie Vanak

 

 

The Professional

You can take the cowboy off the frontier, but you can never take the frontier out of the cowboy. These Westerners may have left the wild for good, but everything they now do reflects a life on the land, from their ability to push their professional limits, to their ability to work a boardroom—or a woman.

For more professionals, take a look at:

Beyond the Limits (Space Cowboys) by Katherine Garbera

Hot Target (Ballistic Cowboys) by Elle James

Expecting the Billionaire’s Baby (Texas Cattleman’s Club: Blackmail) by Andrea Laurence

 

What kind of cowboy (novel) do you like to snuggle up with? Let us know in the comments!

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