Men at Work – 10 Romances that will Satisfy your Need for a Hot Man with Callused Hands
Giveaway: copy of UNDER HER SKIN
February 16, 2017
I’ve never been much for a billionaire hero. Partly because I don’t brush
shoulders with many men from the top 1% and I’ve never seen the point of fairy
tales. Besides, a workshop is sexy in a way a boardroom will never be. And isn’t
there something super sexy about capable hands and strong shoulders? Not to
mention the skill it takes to make and fix things. I’m not interested in
manicured hands laid atop the conference table, but rather scarred ones that put
might have that table together.
I’ve compiled my top ten books featuring blue-collar heroes. Watch out because
they’re hot enough to change your mind:
BEAUTY AND THE
BLACKSMITH by Tessa Dare is a fabulously steamy historical that
breaks the class barrier. (Lord knows I’m a fool for a blacksmith.) Strength and
heat and the way they bend metal.
CATCH OF THE
DAY by Kristen Higgins features a grumpy lobster fisherman, which
is doubly delicious for those who enjoy a strong, moody hero.
In CRAZY FOR
YOU by Jennifer Crusie, the hero is a mechanic who’s good with his
hands—and with animals. My favorite combination.
Cara McKenna has perfected the gruff, working class hero. In the very dark
and sexy WILLING
VICTIM, she gives us a kinky construction worker who fights for
TIME, also by McKenna, features a landscaper doing time for a
violent crime. His love letters are a thing of beauty—they’re sweet and touching
and totally drool-worthy.
As Meg Maguire, McKenna gave us THE RELUCTANT NUDE, featuring a moody French
sculptor who needs a physical connection with his model.
Sarina Bowen makes farming sexy in BITTERSWEET, which
brings together apples, cider, and cooking in a second chance romance. In
next book in Bowen’s True North series, an ex-con mechanic gets his second
chance at love. This book might just have the most intense hero/heroine conflict
I have ever read. It’s heartbreaking and wonderful.
Ruthie Knox’s novella, How to Misbehave
forces a rough contractor into a forced proximity situation with the heroine,
which rings pretty much every one of my romance bells.
Over the Edge, a novella by Anne Calhoun, features a hot,
damaged oil rig worker who is incapable of intimacy.
Why not mix things up with the last two?
Victoria Dahl’s START ME UP gives
us an architect hero—but the heroine is a sexually-frustrated mechanic who
drives a tow truck.
WE ARE ALL FOUND
THINGS, a novella by M. O’Keefe in the Devil’s Doorbell anthology
has a bad ass metalworking artist heroine and one of my favorite heroes of all
time—a tough super-introverted virgin.
What are your favorite HOT MEN with calluses? Tell us below and be entered to
win a copy of UNDER HER SKIN
Adriana Anders has acted and sung, slung cocktails and corrected copy. She’s
worked for start-ups, multinationals and small nonprofits, but it wasn’t until
she returned to her first love—writing romance—that she finally felt like she’d
come home. Today, she resides with her tall French husband, two small children
and fat French cat in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, where she
writes the dark, gritty, emotional love stories of her heart.
A darkly possessive relationship has left Uma alone and on the run. Beneath
her drab clothing, she hides a terrible secret-proof of her abuse, tattooed onto
her skin in a lurid reminder of everything she's survived.
Caught between a brutal past and an uncertain future, Uma's reluctant to bare
herself to anyone, much less a rough ex-con whose rage drives him in ways she
will never understand. But beneath his frightening exterior, Ivan is gentle.
Warm. Compassionate. And just as determined to heal Uma's broken heart as he is
to destroy the monster who left his mark scrawled across the delicate tapestry
of her skin.
[Sourcebooks Casablanca, On Sale: February 7, 2017,
Paperback / e-Book, ISBN: 9781492633846 / eISBN: 9781492633853]