8 Protagonists with Exciting and Unexpected Careers

by Karen Green

Contemporary romance isn’t only about heirs and heiresses with endless amounts of money, leisure time and sex appeal—although, those are some mighty fine attributes in a protagonist. Sometimes our leading men and women have to go to work and their business is anything but boring. From music managers to sports stars, these heroes and heroines are working for a living—and working it hard. Check out these eight alluring protagonists and the exciting ways they spend their days—and nights.

 

In Tune by JN Welsh

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Protagonist: Leona Sable

Day job: Music manager

In Tune by JN Welsh

Leona Sable was a miracle-maker in the music industry—and EDM star Luke Anderson needs a miracle after his manager abruptly quits, leaving his upcoming tour in jeopardy. Leona and Luke could have a mutually beneficial relationship, if only Luke hadn’t insisted on an outrageous addition to their contract. Leona is not used to anybody dictating the terms of her personal or professional life—will she make an exception for the man she is having a hard time resisting?

 

Midwife Under the Mistletoe by Karin Baine

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Protagonist: Iona Munro

Day job: Midwife

Midwife Under the Mistletoe by Karin Baine

Stuffy GP Fraser McColl longs to be part of a loving family, but past experience has taught him he’s better off alone. Only, thrown together with gorgeous yet guarded midwife Iona Munro, to care for two children at Christmas, he’s tempted to believe in miracles. After one passionate night together, can he persuade Iona that they deserve a lifetime of happiness—together?

 

Winning Her Holiday Love (Bay Point Confessions) by Harmony Evans

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Protagonist: Sam Kelly

Day job: Soccer player

Winning Her Holiday Love by Harmony Evans

Mariella Vency never dreamed her son’s favorite soccer star would become his team’s temporary coach. Nor did she anticipate the sexy-as-sin playboy melting her guarded heart. Sam Kelly is everything a single mom could want—successful, charismatic and completely off-limits. She can’t fall in love with a man soon leaving town. Will Sam surprise her and make their yuletide fling more permanent?

 

Hide the Child by Janice Kay Johnson

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Protagonist: Trina Marr

Day job: Psychologist

Hide the Child by Janice Kay Johnson

Trina Marr’s job is to help children that have experienced trauma and her young orphaned patient, Chloe has certainly seen her fair share. Gabe Decker is the army ranger tasked with protecting Trina and Chloe, who have been hidden in a remote cabin. Gabe experiences a taste of family life and suddenly a new future seems possible for the three. But when bullets start flying, Gabe puts everything on the line and vows to do whatever it takes to protect his family.

 

Wyoming Legend (Wyoming Men) by Diana Palmer

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Protagonist: Karina Carter

Day job: Ice skater

Wyoming Legend by Diana Palmer

After suffering an injury while ice skating, Karina decides to take a job looking after a rancher’s little girl. The call of the rink is always beckoning Karina but so is her growing love for little Janey—as well as a growing attraction to Janey’s sexy single dad, Micah. Will she trade in her skates for a pair of cowboy boots and a chance at love?

 

Firefighter’s Christmas Baby by Annie Claydon

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Protagonists: Ben Matthews and Callie Walsh

Day job: Firefighter/Paramedic

Firefighter's Christmas Baby by Annie Claydon

Firefighter Ben Matthews is committed to his job above all else since his last relationship ended badly—until he meets alluring and fiercely independent paramedic Callie Walsh. Their fiery exchanges over the project she’s working on at his fire station leave Ben unable to deny their chemistry and soon Callie turns up on his doorstep—pregnant! Can some Christmas magic turn their holiday fling into a forever family?

 

Rugged Defender (Whitehorse, Montana: The Clementine Sisters) by B.J. Daniels

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Protagonist: Chloe Clementine

Day job: Investigative reporter

Rugged Defender by B.J. Daniels

Investigative reporter Chloe Clementine can’t forget the kiss she shared with cowboy Justin Calhoun as a teenager. Home for the holidays after a too-long absence, she hears Justin’s brother was murdered five years ago. Even more shocking is the fact that his father believes Justin killed him. Chloe knows he’s innocent and is just the person to uncover the truth.

 

Game Changer by Rachel Reid

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Protagonist: Scott Hunter

Day job: Hockey player

Game Changer by Rachel Reid

Pro hockey star Scott Hunter knows a good thing when he sees it. So, when a smoothie made by juice bar barista Kip Grady precedes Scott breaking his on-ice slump, he’s desperate to recreate the magic and to get to know the sexy, funny guy behind the counter. Scott and Kip become inseparable off the ice, but with playoff season approaching, the spotlight on Scott is brighter than ever. His team is counting on him to capture the cup—will he let the world see the man that has captured his heart?

 

 

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