Author Jill Shalvis Picks the Sexiest Non-Obvious Occupations
In many romance novels, "man in uniform" is often shorthand for "hot." But, just because a romantic hero may pursue a less traditionally sexy path, doesn't mean he's not filled with the same passion that readers love. Jill Shalvis, author of the Lucky Harbor series--the latest release, "Always on My Mind," hitting shelves now--details the jobs held by hot romance heroes that'll give cops and doctors a run for their money.
I love sexy occupations in my romance novels as much as the next reader--hello, firefighters, anyone?--but sometimes, being different is fun. In the book I'm writing now, "Once in a Lifetime," my hero is an engineer. I know, I know--you're thinking slide rules and pencil protectors. But, I'm here to tell you a guy who is good with his brain and his hands can be just as hot! Especially since, in this case, my hero Ben spends his time rebuilding water systems in war-torn countries before coming back home to the States. He's dedicated and brave--and that's sexy, too.
While it's always fun to fantasize about traditional heartthrobs such as cops, firefighters, athletes and soldiers, often the quiet, intellectual heroes sneak up on us and grab our hearts when we least expect it. If, like me, you sometimes like to mix it up with brains over brawn, here are a few heroes who seem much too sexy for their occupation:
Tom Cavanaugh has come home to Virgin River to take over his family's apple orchard. The Virgin River series is filled with sexy working class heroes, but fertilizing and harvesting seem like particularly unlikely tasks. Nonetheless, as a former marine, Tom will sweep Nora off her feet.
Brandon has taken over his grandmother's matchmaking business. So, in addition to having an occupation that's usually the province of a wide range of women from yenta to Patti Stanger, he loves his grandma. Awwhhh! Brandon's repeated attempts to find the perfect match for Allison will win her heart, and yours.
Brenda Novak may have had the most difficult job of all the authors on this list when she made Levi McCloud a drifter--because, let's face it, that's just a polite term for a homeless person! Fortunately, Callie doesn't judge him when he shows up on her doorstep, and she does need a lot of help on her farm… Levi is a man of many secrets, and that's always sexy.
I had to laugh as Katie Lane's heroine hires a male escort to take her to the company holiday party. Now, Katie does have the advantage of having a hero who is smokin' hot! (Don't burn your hands holding that book jacket.) But how will Cassie feel the morning after, having spent the night--and fallen in love with--the hired "help"? And should she tip?
Now, all this talk of Christmas parties makes me hungry for my favorite food--cookies--and reminds me of...
Twilight, Texas, has its share of sexy cowboys, but Travis Walker's job is a bit off the beaten path: He's a game warden--and he says a warden has to be good at science and math. Leave it to Lori Wilde to make protecting parks and lakes a sexy way to earn a paycheck.
And, if you think that getting in the holiday spirit with Wilde's Kismet cookies is a bit premature, you're right--but just by a bit. Holiday romances are just around the corner, coming to bookstores at the end of September (that's next month!). Look for two Lucky Harbor titles, "Always on My Mind" and "Christmas in Lucky Harbor," on sale September 24. And be sure to enjoy all those delicious, non-traditional heroes all year-round!
New York Times bestselling author Jill Shalvis lives in a small town in the Sierras full of quirky characters. Any resemblance to the quirky characters in her books is, um, mostly coincidental. Look for Jill's bestselling, award-winning books wherever romances are sold, and visit her website for a complete book list and daily blog detailing her city-girl-living-in-the-mountains adventures. You can learn more at JillShalvis.com, and follow Jill on Twitter @jillshalvis and on Facebook.