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Wildfire Creek

“Wildfire Creek” (Redemption Mountain, Book Two) by Shirleen Davies

Published on… 26 January 2015
Published as… Western Romance

Shirleen Davies’ Guest Post

The Appeal of Western Heroes

Today, we’re going to talk about a fun subject: what makes the western hero so very appealing.

If you’re a fan of my work, I assume you agree that cowboys have a certain “je ne sais quoi” that makes them irresistible as leading men and romantic figures. You’d be in good company: the cowboy is an American icon, personified by men like Sam Elliott, Clint Eastwood, John Wayne, and Tom Selleck. Let’s try to put our collective finger on their appeal, shall we?

1. The obvious, raw sex appeal.

This one requires little explanation. Cowboys have swagger. They wear jeans and boots, they always seem to have the perfect level of five-o-clock shadow, they’re strong and tan from working outside, and the cowboy rocks that kindly loner image like no one else.

2. They can, and do, take care of business on their own.

He’s tough, determined, rugged, and resourceful. All those masculine traits, and he can still cook his own dinner, mend his own clothes, and tend to his own home (or camp). A cowboy is a man who does what needs to be done, period, and it’s not a matter of what he should or should not have to do by virtue of his gender.

3. They display kindness and sensitivity.

Cowboys are known as men of honor, integrity, and simple kindness. They have good manners when they pass through town, and they’re good with animals (especially their beloved horses). These traits aren’t rare or hidden, either: they’re basic components of the cowboy ethic.

4. They live on the fringes of society, but integrate with grace.

Cowboys aren’t necessarily used to the creature comforts of living in a town. They don’t expect or need a roof over their heads, a clean and comfortable bed, a hot bath and a shave, or a woman lying beside them at night. “Need” is the operative word, here: they don’t need these things, but when the chance to have them arises, cowboys receive hospitality with unparalleled class and grace.

5. They’re gentlemen, without the baggage.

This ties in to both number four and number two. Cowboys don’t need women to take care of their more domestic needs, and they aren’t totally used to a woman’s company. The combination means that cowboys don’t have the unflattering, cosmopolitan trait of believing that his needs are a woman’s problem, but they do hold the appealing attitude that women deserve the utmost kindness, gratitude, and respect.

Sexy, self-sufficient, sensitive, gracious, and chivalrous…what’s not to like?

About the Book

“A passionate story of rebuilding lives and working to find a place in the wild frontier during the years following the American Civil War. A rugged, heartwarming story of choices and love in the continuing saga of Redemption Mountain.”

Luke Pelletier is settling into his new life as a rancher and occasional Pinkerton Agent, leaving his past as an ex-Confederate major and Texas Ranger far behind. He wants nothing more than to work the ranch, charm the ladies, and live a life of carefree bachelorhood.

Ginny Sorensen has accepted her responsibility as the sole provider for herself and her younger sister. The desire to continue their journey to Oregon is crushed when the need for food and shelter keeps them in the growing frontier town of Splendor, Montana, forcing Ginny to accept work as a server in the local saloon.

Luke has never met a woman as lovely and unspoiled as Ginny. He longs to know her, yet fears his wild ways and unsettled nature aren’t what she deserves. She’s a girl you marry, but that is nowhere in Luke’s plans.

Complicating their tenuous friendship, a twist in circumstances forces Ginny closer to the man she most wants to avoid—the man who can destroy her dreams, and who’s captured her heart.

Believing his bachelor status firm, Luke moves from danger to adventure, never dreaming each step he takes brings him closer to his true destiny and a life much different from what he imagines.

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About the Author

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Shirleen Davies writes romance—historical, contemporary, and romantic suspense. She grew up in Southern California, attended Oregon State University, and has degrees from San Diego State University and the University of Maryland. During the day she provides consulting services to small and mid-sized businesses. But her real passion is writing emotionally charged stories of flawed people who find redemption through love and acceptance. She now lives with her husband in a beautiful town in northern Arizona.

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  1. Thanks so much for hosting Wildfire Creek on your blog.
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    Enjoy your week and your reading!

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