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.

rope heart_redThe 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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14 thoughts on “Cowboys and Lawmen Blog Hop

  • May 2, 2013 at 2:31 pm

    I watched a few episodes of Bonanza, but I never really followed it. My tastes ran towards The Virginian, The Rifleman, and Wild Wild West.

  • May 2, 2013 at 5:15 pm

    I love my Alpha Males. And lawmen who are also cowboys are the ultimate alpha male. They are strong, independent, and fiercely protective; while on the inside they are nothing but big ol’ teddy bears! I love the way their mouths talk dirty, but their eyes show their vulnerability. They can be rough and tough in the bedroom, but still have the gentle caress of an attentive and protective lover. It’s all in the heart. They are the best!
    Thanks for being part of the hop and for the chance to win.
    reneebennett35 (at) yahoo (dot) com

  • May 3, 2013 at 12:53 am

    I like cowboys. Thanks for participating

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  • May 3, 2013 at 8:18 am

    Pa Cartwright had a lot to answer for didn’t he? What an example to set.


  • May 3, 2013 at 9:50 am

    I loved Little Joe too, but like you never followed Michael Landon to Little House. Enjoyed watching the Virginian with Trampas.
    skpetal at hotmail dot com

  • May 3, 2013 at 1:02 pm

    I watched re-runs of Bonanza and I love Little House on the Prarie.

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  • May 3, 2013 at 4:33 pm

    I liked Little Jo because he was handsome but always got teared up by Hoss’s sweetness. I watched Little House on the Prairie because my mom like it.

  • May 3, 2013 at 7:33 pm

    I love cowboys (and lawmen) too, Leah. Their simpler lifestyle, hard work, codes of honor, no nonsense and no grays, simple justice–all appealed and still appeal to me. I loved Rawhide, Wagon Train, Wells Fargo, Rifleman, Big Valley, The Virginian–you name it, I watched it along with my Dad when growing up. Once a week we’d go to movies at the local theater–and it was usually a Randolph Scott movie–of course! I love the western landscape and history, and I read western romance and suspense. I sleep better at night with those stories in my head.

  • May 3, 2013 at 9:07 pm

    Little Joe held the hearts to many little girls.

    ~~Emmly Jane
    ej (at) emmly jane (dot) com

  • May 4, 2013 at 2:09 am

    One of the main reasons that I loved Bonanza was Little Joe. He was so cute.
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  • May 4, 2013 at 2:52 pm

    I have always had a thing for a western lawman…. As a child, I remember my family watching all the old western series….Gunsmoke, Rawhide, Wagon Train, The Big Valley, Bonanza……….but my favorites were The Lone Ranger and The Cisco Kid and most of all…The Wild, Wild West!


  • May 4, 2013 at 5:14 pm

    I loved Bonanza, Little Joe always had that cute smile on his face.


  • May 5, 2013 at 5:41 pm

    Growing up, i lived for the tv show, Little House on the Prairie! I loved it!
    I love cowboys! There just so…i dont know. But i do find them irresistible! Thank you! 🙂

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