There are a few things that will make nearly all women stop whatever they're doing and stare:
Is it cliche? Yes. But it's true. For the most part, women love men in uniform. (And babies and shoe/handbag sales...but that's a topic for another list, another day.) The romance genre is positively brimming with hot heroes in uniform. There's so many, in fact, that sometimes it can get overwhelming and you're not sure which one you should pick. Because we're givers here at Romance Rehab, we want to help. With that in mind, we've put together this suggested reading list of heroes who'll rock your literary world as easily as they rock their uniforms. You're welcome. Here it goes (in no particular order):
I grew up on a dairy farm in the Midwest as the youngest of eight children. Now I live in Kansas with my husband, two daughters, nine cuckoo clocks, and a cat named Holly. My life's been blessed with lots of people to learn from and love. Writing's always been a major part my world, and I'm so happy to finally share some of my stories with other romance lovers.
I'm a member of Romance Writers of America, and I've been through a writing correspondence class in children's literature from The Institute of Children's Literature, and then I continued my writing lessons by majoring in English with an emphasis in creative fiction writing from Pittsburg State University.
Crushing the romance stigma once and for all
Romance novel sales tally in the billions of dollars every year. (That's right: billions. With a "b".) And still, literary critics and other various bookish snobs continue to malign the genre, loudly and with great disdain. Why is that? If you ask these folks, they'll tell you romance novels are nothing but badly written trash.
So, y'all have read a bunch of romance novels before forming that opinion, I assume?
Oh, no, they'll say, noses tipped heavenward. They don't read romance (with all the contempt in the world placed on the word "romance").
Huh. Now I'm confused.
Why would people be so openly hostile to a genre they've never read? I think I can tell you why.