Cowboys are known as bad-boys, but what happens when the bad-boy is also the law in town? What is it about these contradictions that make small town sheriffs, Texas Rangers and ex-outlaws-turned-lawmen so irresistible? Whether you write or love to read about the Wild West or modern day Montana, what do you love most about lawmen who are also cowboys? And what makes them so gosh-darn sexy?
When Sara Walter Ellwood put out the call for bloggers to talk about cowboys, I jumped in with both boots. Because I love reading about cowboys — and writing about them too. There’s something about a guy who is tough and strong yet cares about his horses and cattle. I pinned a picture of what I think of the quintessential cowboy to one of my Pinterest boards — a cowboy riding his horse in a snowstorm, cradling a calf on his lap. I find a guy who isn’t afraid to get his hands dirty, who gets the job done without wasting a lot of words incredibly sexy.
The first time I was really aware of cowboys was watching the old episodes of Bonanza. Yes, I’ll admit it. I had a thing for Little Joe. (Though strangely enough I didn’t follow Michael Landon over to Little House on the Prairie.) When I look at many of the cowboy stories that I read these days, they share similar elements–successful ranchers, generally a group of brothers, facing challenges both personal and to their ranch. (Did anyone ever point out to Pa Cartwright’s love interests that getting involved with him was a dangerous undertaking? I mean, all three of his sons had different mothers!)
And while you can find similar stories set in contemporary cities, the heroes who are cowboys send me all gooey. I don’t know if it’s that rough scruff as they wake up at four in the morning to do their chores, the muscles in their forearms bulging as they pull on a fenceline or help a cow give birth. Or maybe it’s the idea of these tough guys who know how to be gentle (when needed, or wanted) with their women. Then there’s that whole thing about a man’s word being sacred–it seems to be much bigger in westerns than in contemporary city-guys, even with cops and firefighters who are equally honorable.
Maybe it’s because I grew up hearing Pa Cartwright lecturing his sons about that code of honor. Or maybe it’s their hard-working discipline makes me love writing cowboys — and the women who love them like how Nikki love Brett and Dillon in Texas Tangle. Or, like Sarah in Tangled Past, whose men Nate and Jackson loved both her and each other.
Yup, I love me some cowboys…
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