Okay, who doesn’t like a hot cowboy? Those jeans tight-fitted in all the right places. That deliberate half-smile peeking from beneath the brim of a Stetson. The sexy drawl that you want to lull you to sleep at night and wake up to in the morning…
Or is that all there is?
There’s something else about cowboys being real good men. Last night, I watched a top-rated movie on cable where the hero, make that anti-hero, does Very Bad Things, yet the writer/director/producer wants me to root for him to get away, to get the girl. To find a way to keep the ill-gotten loot. And I’m no prude, but do we have to hear the F-bomb twenty five times a minute? Aw, give me Johyn Wayne any day. Or Kevin Costner in Open Range. Sam Elliott in anything.
Why? I think it all boils down to the Cowboy Code. Here is Gene Autry’s:
- A cowboy never takes unfair advantage - even of an enemy.
- A cowboy never betrays a trust. He never goes back on his word.
- A cowboy always tells the truth.
- A cowboy is kind and gentle to small children, old folks, and animals.
- A cowboy is free from racial and religious intolerances.
- A cowboy is always helpful when someone is in trouble.
- A cowboy is always a good worker.
- A cowboy respects womanhood, his parents and his nation's laws.
- A cowboy is clean about his person in thought, word, and deed.
- A cowboy is patriotic.
The above code is the main reason the heroes in my books are always cowboys. In my current release Faithful Danger, Rhee Ryland might be a high priced investigator, but he started out on a Colorado ranch and longs to go home.
After he catches a runaway socialite with murky secrets.
Blurb: Frightened and alone, Caffey Matthews leaves behind her wealthy Manhattan life after her husband's financial crimes and suicide…knowing his enemies are in pursuit. Finding succor in remote California ranch land helps her to reclaim her faith and trust in God. But the heart-stopping stranger Rhee Ryland frightens her even as she’s powerless to halt her deepening feelings for him…
Believing she's involved in her late husband's misdeeds, cowboy-turned high-priced private investigator Rhee Ryland arrives in Rancho Lorena on her tail ready to haul her back. Never expecting to fall in love with her, even more surprising is his return to his childhood Lord.
Well, back to the Code. What attributes could you add to the Cowboy Code? Or, if you’re like me, do you think it’s pretty perfect the way it is?
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