Trend Watch: Lumberjack Romance

As the weather gets colder, our thoughts turn to one of the most under-appreciated types of heroes out there — lumberjacks. With their plaid shirt-covered brawny arms and luscious beards, it’s no wonder these men are icons of masculinity. Big, strong and willing to get up close and personal with nature, these men are made to sweep us off our feet.

For those who long to cuddle up with a lumberjack, then there are certainly a wide range of sweet romance reads available to you in both contemporary romance and the inspirational genres. You won’t go wrong with Deeanne Gist’s A Bride in the Bargain, this 2009 inspirational historical romance was was rated an RT Top Pick and was nominated for that year’s Reviewers’ Choice Awards. If that hasn’t sated your appetite then we also suggest two tales from 2011. The contemporary romance Laura and the Lumberjack by Ellen Kelley and the inspirational historical romance Rugged and Relentless by Kelly Eileen Hake will leave you dreaming of your very own Brawny Man.

But if thoughts of these muscular bodied men heat up your fantasies, you aren’t alone. There are a slew of tales about sexy lumberjacks. We suggest you check out The Gloss’s excellent slide show, “Cute Guys With Beards That Aren’t Ryan Gosling.” And if you head over to Etsy you can check out PennyRomance’s collection of knick knacks and accessories “For Girls Who Love Lumberjacks.” But if your tastes skew to a hotter version of these naturemen, and you want a Mountain Man to call your own, join your fellow lumberjack lovers at this NSFW (Not Safe For Work) tumblr Lumberjack Erotica.

To fuel your fantasies we also suggest checking out some of the erotic romance that features lumberjacks. You can take your affection for these plaid-wearing, bearded men to a new, paranormal level with Sanctuary Unbound by Moira Rogers. This novel is the fourth in her Red Rock Pass series, and features a vampire lumberjack. Or to spice up your reading without any supernatural elements, we suggest two menage erotic romances, Blown Down by Em Petrova and “Triple XMas” by Valerie Martinez, which is part of the Naughty, Naughty anthology.

Happy reading and best of luck on your hunt for a lumberjack of your very own!