This week we are celebrating the heroes of Embrace – the Best Book Boyfriends Ever.
Today we are sharing the love for the men who aren’t afraid to get their hands dirty.
Here’s what our authors have to say about the every day heroes who are always the right man for the job.
The hero in your book is the kind of guy who is not afraid to get his hands dirty. What is it about working men that make them so much hotter than other heroes?
Candace Havens: I’m all about guys who can fix things. I think that’s the sexiest thing ever. And I guy who can fix things and reads to horses to calm them down, well even better. That’s why I love me some Cole. He’s one hot cowboy.
Suzanne van Rooyen: I think there’s something honest and down-to-earth about men who work with their hands, who have to rely on the strength of their bodies to get the job done. And of course, doing manual labor doesn’t hurt when it comes to sculpting a great physique.
Beth Anne Miller: There’s just something sexy about a guy who works with his hands. I wonder if one reason we find them particularly appealing is because back in the day, these guys were the most fit for survival, and we probably still have it programmed into our DNA to seek out the guys who’d be best suited to keep the species going.
With regard to Tristan, the hero in my book, he’s a deckhand on a tall ship. Like all the deckhands I’ve seen over the years, he’s never really idle — he’s always tugging a line to make sure it’s holding fast, or mending a sail, or splicing two lines together, or working on something in the engine room. He’s windblown, tousled, sunburned, scruffy, sweaty, and salty. His last “shower” was probably bucketing seawater over himself on deck–and he couldn’t be happier about it.
Julie Particka: I grew up around working men. Father, brother, uncles, family friends… We were a very blue-collar family. And one of the things I noticed about them is none of them ever did anything half-assed. Once they made a commitment (to a job or a person), they gave that their all. For me, that level of dedication is sexy as hell.
Tiffany Truitt: Of course, the most cliched and obvious answer is that he’s probably good with his hands, and while I won’t deny this, it’s certainly not the only reason I have found this type of man the “Right Man for the Job” on more than one occasion. In my experience, there is often a certain earnestness and self assuredness attached to these types of men that I have always found attractive.
Erin Butler: Their resourcefulness! Ronan swoops in to save the day and it’s not just with pretty words or money, he uses his mechanic skills to get the job done!
Cole Gibsen: The hero in my book began working at a very early age because he wanted to support his family after his dad passed. I think there’s nothing sexier than a man who cares about his family so much, he puts them above all else.
Melissa West: I think working men are hotter because they aren’t afraid of hard work and using their own two hands to complete projects. They also tend to be family men, who will defend their family and loved ones above all else.
What’s the hardest job you’ve ever had?
Candace: Working at Kinderfoto in high school. The kids were amazing. The parents, not-so much.
Suzanne: Teaching primary school. This isn’t particularly dangerous or physically challenging, but I feel the weight of the responsibility of my job every single time I stand up in the classroom. I have to do right by those kids, to nurture a lifelong love of learning in them and to help them not only academically, but socially and emotionally too, and that is daunting! But I love it!
Beth: Writing! 🙂 My “day” jobs haven’t really required much in the way of physical labor, but having spent over 2 months at sea as a student crewmember of a schooner, I will say that was by far the hardest thing I’ve done. So much to learn and know instinctively, sleeping at odd times, standing watch late at night– all while being seasick. That was the hardest “job” I’ve ever had.
Julie: Physically? Working for my dad! Seriously, we’d get to a job at 8am and from that point until 5 or 6, it was GO time. Dad’s tool box weighed about 35-40 pounds. And that was just one of the many things that we might have to run back to the truck to get. Dad also had a bad habit of forgetting to eat. (There’s nothing like eating lunch on the way home to eat dinner that mom had waiting.) Working for him gave me mad respect for people who come into my home to work (and also taught me that the most helpful thing I can do is offer assistance and then stay the hell out of the way unless they ask for something.) I came home and fell into bed every night, but I wouldn’t have given up that time for anything.
Emotionally hard? That’s a whole other, less happy job situation. LOL
Tiffany: Well, I did teach 8th Grade English for ten years..but, truly, it was working as a cafeteria lady in college. A lot of sweat and mash taters.
Erin: Babysitting. I was way too busy daydreaming up stories. 🙂
Cole: I was a waitress for several years, and that’s by far the most difficult job I’ve ever had.
Melissa: I once worked at a pet store, and wow did it ever keep me busy! Cleaning cages, walking dogs, feeding animals–it was exhausting!
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The last thing I need is a Texas princess like Callie messing with my head. But there’s something more to this spoilt little rich girl than the perfect image she works so hard to keep.
There’s only one rule to keeping my job and a roof over my sister’s head: stay away from the boss’s granddaughter. But I’m not always great at following the rules.
No Falling Allowed by Melissa West
No Kissing Allowed #2
Twenty-four hours. That’s how long it took my life to flip upside down. Wake up in bed alone after the best night of my life? Check. Get fired? Check. Wealthy parents cut me off when I refuse to follow their path for my life? Check. Now I’m in Cricket Creek, SC—a place where no New Yorker belongs—disowned and broke, with a new job that I can’t mess up. Oh yeah, and staring at my one-night stand, who happens to be the complete opposite of my type. Southern. Cocky. Bartender. Who knew Mr. Wrong could feel so right…
Seven Ways to Lose Your Heart by Tiffany Truitt
In the span of seven days, Annabel Lee will lose her heart. Kennedy Harrison, as reckless with life as Annabel is obsessed with order, never could commit to anything. But he’s got a history with Annabel, and for once Kennedy doesn’t want to run. Determined to spend time with her before she leaves for college, Kennedy dares her to join him on a road trip to a music festival. And neither of them could ever say no to a dare. What follows is a dizzying week of music, shady hotels, comical dares, and a passion neither one knew existed. But when it ends, Annabel and Kennedy will realize the biggest dare of all might just be falling for each other.
A Star to Steer Her By by Beth Anne Miller
Ever since her last dive ended in bloodshed, Ari Goodman’s been terrified to go back into the water. But the opportunity to spend a semester at sea is too good to pass up. So is Tristan MacDougall. Rugged, strong, and with demons of his own, Tristan heals her with every stolen moment they share. But when a dive excursion goes wrong, their only hope for survival is each other.
Scardust by Suzanne van Rooyer
Dead Rock, Texas, 2037 Raleigh made a promise to his brother before he died, that he’d scatter his ashes on Mars. His plans are thwarted when a meteor near-misses him in the desert, and in its crater he finds a man with no memory of who he is—but whenever they touch it ignites a memory swap between them. As their minds and worlds collide, reality unravels and Raleigh must face a painful truth, one that could shatter his dreams of finding love, reaching Mars, and fulfilling his brother’s last wish.
Fall with Me by Julie Particka
Dumped by her college boyfriend for her best friend, the last thing Jenna Brandt needs is to be around her backstabbing-BFF’s hotter-than-hot brother, Sutton Bell. When he offers her a chance to get revenge on her ex, she can hardly say no—even if spending time with Sutton puts her heart in jeopardy all over again. Sutton’s determined to convince Jenna he’s not the player he used to be, but saving his sister from making an awful mistake might mean losing Jenna for good.
Remembering Kyle #1
Nothing feels right. Not since my best friend died and I screwed up the one promise asked me to make. Now my life is empty. So goddamn empty. Then she walks into the bar, all bright beauty and sweet lips made for kissing. Em Stewart is a complication…one I need to avoid. No matter how hard I try, I can’t resist her, and our unexpected road trip sure as hell isn’t helping my cause. But I’ll be damned if I screw up my first chance at something real…
Written on My Heart by Cole Gibsen
Written on My Heart #1
It’s been six months since Ashlyn Daniels was kicked out of her home. Six months since she stood up to her abusive stepfather and got a busted rib—and seeing all her things set ablaze in a backyard bonfire—for her trouble. Never going back. She doesn’t need trouble…especially if trouble is tattoo artist Lane Garrett, who’s six-feet-plus of tattooed hotness and a complete ass. But while some secrets are as visible as ink on the skin, others must be hidden at all costs…
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