Different Strokes for Different Folks

Hey, everyone!

Passion couple

Since this is my very first swaggerly post, I thought I’d share something fun with you: my undying love for sex-say cowboys!  Yep, that’s right.  I have a penchant for a man in a low-slung pair of tight Wranglers, scarred boots, and if he tips his Stetson and calls me “ma’am” or “darlin’,” then holy hell, get out of the way!

Now, you’ll have to forgive me.  I know our own chickadee, Jodi Linton, already guest-blogged about cowboys back in December (you can read her post here!), but I wanted to add to her fabulous insight and infinite wisdom.  Because you know what they say…  “Everything’s bigger in Texas!”  And when it comes to hot cowboys, there’s always plenty of room for…um, growth (pun intended).

For starters, is this what you think of when you picture a cowboy?


Because it’s not at all what I think of.  When I’m picturing a cowboy in my head, I’m a little more in tune with this:

Like a rhinestone cowboy

And this:


Now, although I’d love nothing more than to pin that subject under me and ride it for all it’s worth (take that however you want), I am really talking more about cowboys…in romance.  Did I just hear a collective sigh?  Oh.  No?  Must’ve been me.

As a Texan gal, I’ve dated my fair share of cowboys, and over the years, have become enamored with them.  Seriously.  Because absolutely nothing is better than a man who knows how to ride.

Imagine this, ladies.  The man spends his day on the range bulldogging or rustling cattle only to come home and still have the energy to lay claim to his woman’s body, give her a daily dose of his Vitamin D, and have her shouting “Remember the Alamo!” by suppertime.   Yum, right?  Just the thought alone leaves my lady parts all hot and bothered.

Now, who wants a piece of that action?

hands raised to the sky

 By the way, if any of you are wondering if I married a cowboy…

Nope.  I married an Iowa farmboy.  Close enough.

Okay, so I know not everyone loves cowboys.  *gasp*  (Yeah, I’m shocked by that, too!)

But there are many types of heroes that can get your juices flowing.  Maybe yours is a naughty knight wielding an over-sized sword, a smoldering Scot, a tempting tycoon, a panty-stealing pirate, a guitarist who rocks out with his cock out, a sexy shape-shifter, a soldier who leaves you standing at attention while he salutes with something other than his hand, or possibly even a fireman who sets your libido ablaze.  It’s all about what kickstarts your own engine, right?  Different strokes for different folks.

And this goes for story tropes as well.  Just to name a few:

  • Enemies to Lovers
  • Brother’s Best Friend
  • Accidental Pregnancy
  • Marriage of Convenience
  • Fake Engagement
  • Mistaken Identity
  • Reunited Lovers

And many more…Enemies to lovers is my personal favorite because I love adversarial characters and the snarky, witty banter that usually comes with such a trope.  In fact, I’d say the more the hero and heroine torture each other, the better.  😉

So tell me, what is your favorite type of hero (or heroine)?  And what are some of your favorite tropes?



  1. Hi Alison!!
    Ok, I’m going to start with the trope that gives me hives, first, because when I saw it in the list I had a visceral reaction to it. “Accidental Pregnancy.” More specifically, “Oops, his penie ‘accidentally’ fell into my vajayjay, repeatedly, over the course of several days and PRESTO a baby was hatched out of nowhere. Now, I’m going to ‘conveniently’ forget to tell the owner of said penie because a) I’m scared he’ll want to get married right away, b) I don’t want to hold him back from his burgeoning career as the next rock god c) he’s going off to war, the Peace Corps, college, his job at the gas station…” Blech.

    Why is this STILL a trope in contemporary romance? Authors, please….a little help on this one, before Toonces drives me off the ledge. (Historicals are totally off the hook here, IMO.)

    Breathe, Michelle. It’s ONLY Monday. Even though you lost that hour, yesterday, you are not tired…or bitter. At all.

    And, exhale…..ah…getting control of the ‘ol ADHD. And, scene.

    I love the enemies-to-lovers, or even frenemies-to-lovers trope, especially if at least 10 to 15 years have passed since the last confrontation. What I like most, is that the characters have already established, that their counterparts are worthy adversaries, BEFORE the book starts. Therefore, they will be worthy partners. They are pitted against the one person in the world they cannot best, and pushes them to try harder and strive for a higher sense of self or career. It is typically paired with another of my favorite tropes – opposites attract.

    The rest can be fun, but I like the built-in conflict, resentment and undeniable passion in tropes that set the main characters together as equals, Makes me WANT to root for them to get together, because when they come together (I said “come”…snicker…ok, I’ll take off my Beavis and Butthead hoodie, now.) it’s explosive.

    Happy 1st Monday of DST, everyone. *headdesk

  2. Yay! Welcome to the hen house, Alison! I’m so excited to have you join the Chicks *tosses chocolate confetti and hot men*

    Okay, because I’ve already had the chance to drool over that *hawt* opening picture, I’ll save my comments for your actual post. LOL Which was written for me, right? Because that first picture is EXACTLY what I imagine when I think of cowboys. But thanks to you and your extensive rehab methodology, I may be developing an appreciation for REAL cowboys 😉

    Hmm. I notice there aren’t any Greek heroes on your list *slaps Alison’s wrist* You know who I mean… *cough, Max, cough* 😉 But I’ll forgive you this time (you-know-who thinks you should apologize. On your knees.) LOL

    • Thanks, Rach! I’m going to force you into cowboy submission…um, I mean…ahem. And you do know that I purposely left Max out for reason, right? I REFUSE TO SHARE HIM! He’s mine…all mine! Well, and maybe a little yours. But he loves me more. 😉

  3. Welcome to the “chicks,” Alison!!

  4. Yippee, Alison!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Absolutely thrilled to have you here!

    You don’t even want to get me started about cowboys – LOVE’EM! I have a series on hold about a bunch of rowdy good ‘ole boys too. One day I’ll get back to them. That picture you have of the dead sexy dude with his face obscured by his Stetson is the one I’ve had pinned to my bulletin board as the hero in my book one. He is sooooo freakin’ fine!

    As for tropes, my favorites are opposites attract, best friend’s sister, and enemies to lovers (though I think the last one is getting a little tired – then again, maybe that’s all I’ve been reading lately??). Opposites attract is probably my all-time favorite because it’s so ripe for comedy as well as growth of character arc as the couple learns to see traits they’d previously condemned in a new light.

    Great post, looking forward to more laughs…and hot men pictures in future posts! 🙂

    • Thank you, Misty! I’m so happy that I’ve done you proud! Opposites attract is most definitely an ace-in-the-hole for comedy. One of my favorites, also. And yes, obscured-face cowboy man is a hottie. I think he deserves to be pinned to everyone’s bulletin board…or bed. Whichever. 😉

  5. I like athletic men, so I prefer a ball cap to a cowboy hat, but as long as he’s got a hero’s heart and the body of a god with stamina to go with, I’m all in;)

    • Hmm…Kym, I think you just turned me on to athletic men. LOL

    • Josie Matthews says:

      Kym…Im feeling a hot contmp from you where FINALLY a woman is appointed as a major league coach of a baseball team! Wouldn’t that be a hoot? How come there are no female coaches in any professional sports? Or do I just know know them? Heck…

  6. I’m taking a mega vitamin D pill. Crap, no one told me I could ditch the pill and find a cowboy to rub up against. Though I’m not sure the hubby would approve. Are all things really bigger in Texas? Rachael, sounds like we have to plan a road trip…you know for research to see if Alison is telling the truth.

    Tropes? I like enemies to lovers and all that sexual tension they try to control. So glad to have you with us, Alison! Love the post.

    • Thanks, Renee! I’m sure between me and Jodi, we could show you a few places to see some hot cowboys. I’m totally up for a road trip! 😉

      • Whoot! Another road trip! (all in the name of research, of course, Renee. We Chicks do so like to be thorough…) After we check out the Great Wall of Vagina, do you think those Texas cowboys will pose for some molds of our own? 😉

  7. We’ll just say we need them…ya know, in the name of science. 😉

  8. Josie Matthews says:

    I’m late, I’m late, I’m late….I know!! Send one of them-there cowboys over to rope me and tie me up as a punishment. For some reason I am NOT getting posting notifications! UGHHH…
    Anyhoo…Im with Kym…I like the jocks…the smart, alpha, ripped ones. Cowboys I DO like but GOD…the tight jeans just SLAY me! Get rid of the tight Wrangles and wrap em up in a nice pair of faded Levi’s the rest seductively on the hips and Im allllllll in!
    As for tropes….I love the opposites as well…they seem to always test each others boundaries yet bring the best out in each other…perfect for a sizzling romance…
    As far as the accidental pregnancy? Hmmmm…Love the heartache it can cause when it looks like things arent going to work out but it is kindof ridiculous in this day and age. I have sooooo many single mother’s on state aid, in my job, that keep having kids…all with different last names and it makes me so angry. I did put in a requisition form, however, for a dart gun…with Norplant darts. Lets see if I cant hit a few from my office window… JUST KIDDING PEOPLE!!!!
    Alison…I am SOOOOOOO fullfilled that you are here and you’ve become part of our lives! You fit like a puzzle piece! Love you

    • Aww, thanks, girly! I love you, too!!! You’re the sweetest little thing ever! All of you have been so welcoming and have truly made me feel like part of the group from the very beginning. Thanks so much for taking in a complete stranger and making her feel at home. Oh…and, Josie, I about keeled over at the Norplant darts comment. LOL Hilarious!

  9. Such a great 1st post Allison, congratulations! Love those cowboys, I married a Texan from Wichita Falls. We live in Missouri now, but he will always be a Texan 🙂 I love enemies to lovers, my fav to read and to write! I have a Best friend/boss to lovers coming out next month, and it was so much fun, you can have such great dialogue when the H/H really know each other.

    • Thank you, Susannah! And your hubs has the right attitude. Once a Texan, always a Texan. 🙂 I’ve always wanted to write a best friend to lovers trope. Maybe one day I will. In the meantime, I can’t wait to read yours!

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