My TBR and keeper shelves are lined with military hero stories—Catherine Mann, Cindy Gerard, Suzanne Brockmann.. The appeal of the ultimate alpha, a man who will endure that rigorous training, a man who’s willing to fight and die for a belief, is compelling. Why do they do these difficult jobs? And why do women love to read about them, be they Navy SEALs, Army Rangers, Scottish lairds leading their people to battle, or knights returning from the Crusades?
For me, part of the appeal is the confidence you see in a military man. I live in a military city, and have encountered pilots in their flight suits while waiting for breakfast at IHOP. Y’all. The way they stand and the confidence in their swagger is damned sexy. Not sure I’d want to live with that, but it sure turns heads. My cousin’s son is the same age as mine, and my cousin’s son joined the military in early 2010. When last the family saw him, in June of this year, they couldn’t get over how mature and sure of himself he is.
Another part of the appeal is the strength, not just of body but of character. As I mentioned, I can’t imagine having the drive to endure boot camp, much less a career of being sent to dangerous places.
As a romance writer, I also wonder about the women who love these men. They have to have a special strength themselves to live with uncertainty and isolation. Thus, story ideas are born.
In my latest release, Three Days and Two Nights, my heroine thought she could love a military man, but the sacrifices were more than she could bear. Now she has a second chance with the man she loves.
What about you? Do you devour the military hero? Or are they too alpha?
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Three Days, Two Nights
Nathaniel Reis screwed up. He put his career as an air force pilot before his marriage to Tess, and wound up divorced. Now that he’s left the service, he has a plan to fix things, if only he can get her alone for a few days.
When Tess misses her flight to a corporate retreat, Nat’s there with his island-hopper plane and a plot to get stranded in paradise thanks to “mechanical problems.” But his plan goes awry when a storm blows them off course and they have to make a real emergency landing—and not on the island where he’s stashed supplies.
Tess is furious. She’s anxious to get to her retreat, and away from Nat. She’s even angrier that being so close to him arouses her in a way she hasn’t been for a long time. Rescue can’t come soon enough, but in the meantime, she’s going to have to trust Nat to keep her safe. Even if she’s in danger of falling for him all over again.