It’s A Living! 7 Romance Characters With Unique Jobs

by Karen Green

From ranchers to rangers, soldiers to CEOs, the romance novels we read are full of gainfully (and aspirationally) employed protagonists. It’s fun to read about the luxurious lives of oil barons and the dangerous experiences of an FBI agent, but it’s exciting when we meet a protagonist that doesn’t spend their days in a boardroom or a uniform.

Take a look at the protagonists in these seven books and discover the diverse ways our heroes and heroines can make a living. Whether a pilot or a professional athlete, it seems like the only thing these couples need to add to their impressive resume, is love.

The Hockey Player

Off the Ice (Hat Trick) by Avon Gale and Piper Vaughn

Off the Ice by Avon Gale and Piper VaughnThis newly refreshed title offers a two-fer on unique jobs: our protagonists are a professional hockey player and a sociology professor. If opposites attract, it’s hard to come up with a couple on more opposite ends of the employment spectrum than a jock and an academic, so expect some pretty strong magnetism here.

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The Horse Breeder

 Healing the Cowboy’s Heart (Shepherd’s Crossing) by Ruth Logan Herne

Healing the Cowboy's Heart by Ruth Logan HerneHere’s another book featuring a hero and a heroine with interesting jobs, though these may seem a little more simpatico: Isaiah Woods is a horse breeder trying to help a neglected mare, and Charlotte Fitzgerald is the veterinarian helping him help the horse. But healing their personal wounds may be a bit more difficult.

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The Radio Personality

Falling for Her Bodyguard (Grace Notes Records) by Amy Vastine

Falling for Her Bodyguard by Amy VastineKelly Bonner is a radio personality with a very good job and a very bad problem: a stalker is getting too close for comfort. With that in mind, Donovan Walsh is tasked with protecting Kelly—but the detective/bodyguard has more at stake than just his assignment.  

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The Chef

Rust Creek Falls Cinderella (Montana Mavericks: Six Brides for Six Brothers) by Melissa Senate

If food is the way to a man’s heart, chef Lily Hunt must certainly be clearing a path for romance. But Xander Crawford is proving to be a tough customer—he loves her food but claims that he can only muster friendship for Lily. Good thing she knows how to cook up a few tricks to get her noticed in a different way, once she determines Xander worthy of her recipe for love.

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The K-9 Cop

Seeking the Truth (True Blue K-9 Unit) by Terri Reed

Seeking the Truth by Terri Reed

If being a K-9 unit cop isn’t cool enough (it is), pair him up with a newspaper reporter and watch how quickly the sparks fly between the two curious and highly motivated protagonists. Add in a mystery and potential danger and see who gets to the truth first—even if their investigative techniques are vastly different.

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The Wilderness Pilot

Arctic Wild (Frozen Hearts) by Annabeth Albert

Arctic Wild by Annabeth AlbertLawyers don’t always seem like the most romantic kind of people, but Reuben Graham will be a romantic lead to root for, especially when he hooks up with the equally skilled (and desirable) Tobias Kooly—a wilderness pilot! These high-achievers put their brains and their brawn to the test when their plane goes down in the Alaskan wild, giving them each a chance to shine, to heal and to love.

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The Sex-Advice Blogger

Sweet Summer Sunset (Coldwater, Texas) by Delores Fossen

Sweet Summer Sunset by Delores FossenEden is a protagonist with a job that will surprise some romance readers and make perfect sense to others—she’s a sex-advice blogger! Whether this will help or hinder her in the quest to find love remains to be seen, but a kiss from an unexpected suitor might ignite all the inspiration she need for her blog and for a potential new relationship.

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