Cowboy romances wax and wane in popularity, but they never go out of style completely. I got thinking about that the other day. Why are cowboy romances so popular?
I mean, I know I like reading them and writing them, but clearly there are many women (and some men!) who find western romances compelling. From a Christian standpoint, there’s more to it — much more! — than how attractive a man looks in jeans, boots, and a Stetson.
1. There’s no one more masculine than a cowboy. A banker in a business suit who can’t even change the oil in his convertible? No thanks. A true man is wild at heart and isn’t boxed in by current society’s attempt to “tame” him. He can tackle anything he sets out to do and isn’t afraid to get dirty or even hurt in the process. A man of action practically ooze testosterone while reminding us of simpler times when men were men and women were women. A cowboy has real muscles, not from pumping iron at the gym, but from the physical labor he engages in every day.
2. There’s no one more hardworking than a cowboy. He makes an action plan then gets things done. Nothing can stop him — not a thousand-pound calf, not a raging snowstorm, and not a mountain lion or grizzly bear. So a woman can’t derail him, either, at least not for long!
3. There’s no one more resourceful than a cowboy, unless it’s MacGyver. A cowboy can’t take the time to sit in a corner and whine. He can survive anything nature throws at him and come out on top. Self-sufficiency rules. Wet matches and wet wood won’t keep him from building a fire. Being thrown from his horse won’t keep him from bringing in a wounded colt or calf. His independent, creative mind is up to any challenge.
4. There’s no one more honorable than a cowboy. If he says he will do something, consider it done. If he sees an innocent person being attacked, he’ll step up and send the bad guys running. He’s often the strong, silent type, but it’s not because he can’t articulate his thoughts. He can, but you might not be worthy of hearing them. Want a friend who’ll stand by your side no matter what? Pick a cowboy.
5. There’s no one more gentlemanly than a cowboy. In today’s culture of “equality,” men aren’t encouraged to step up and hold the door for a woman. A gentleman — a cowboy — will do it anyway. He’ll saddle your horse, call you ‘miss’ or ‘ma’am,’ protect you, and respect you. With any luck, he’ll notice when you are willing and able to do something for yourself, and he’ll respect that, as well. But he may need reminding, because he’s going to default to being a gentleman every single time.
See that cowboy? Now kick him up a notch with a spiritual dimension. He loves Jesus and doesn’t mind if you know it. Is he perfect? Nah. But he keeps coming back to what he knows is right and true and godly. Ah, now we begin to see why any savvy heroine might want to ride off into the sunset with her cowboy!
But even a cowboy can get in over his head, at least temporarily. Take Adam Cavanagh, for instance… except you can’t, because Riley Dunning already did.
Marry Me for Real, Cowboy releases September 8.
Adam Cavanagh’s rodeo championship tastes like dirt after a competitor’s critical injury, but going home to his family’s Montana ranch isn’t much of an improvement. If not even the coveted trophy earns his stepfather’s respect, what will it take?
Riley Dunning’s quick thinking is all that’s keeping her body, soul, and principles together, but demanding a kiss from a hunky cowboy to deter the weirdo following her might be taking things too far… especially when the cowboy comes up with a risky plan that might offer them both stability. If it doesn’t backfire completely.
Will a fake engagement give Adam and Riley the leg up they each need, or will the cost to their hearts be too high? Because neither believes the other will want to marry them… for real.
So tell me, do you enjoy cowboy heroes in a Christian romance? If you do, why? Did I miss something in my list above?