A Real Cowboy Hero
Guest Post by Bestselling Author Maisey Yates
I’m a big fan of the cowboy hero (of course, that isn’t a secret!). What is it about them that’s so appealing? I mean, what isn’t? I love the idea of a man who plays by his own rules. A man who works hard, loves the land…is good with his hands. Sure, he might not be the most in touch with his feelings, he might be a little bit old-fashioned, but the cowboy hero is always going to be true to his woman.
That’s definitely my idea of the cowboy hero in fiction. Of course, we know real life isn’t always as spectacular as fiction. Given that, you can imagine my delight when the heroic actions of a real life Oregon cowboy made worldwide news a couple of months ago!
When a robber tried to make off with a bicycle at a Walmart in Oregon, a cowboy stepped in. Hearing that someone was making off with a bike, the cowboy saddled up and LASSOED the thief from the back of his horse before he could get away.
Since I write cowboys in Oregon, I think the article got sent to me about 50 times over social media by people who thought of me and my heroes when they read about it. I thought it was pretty amazing to have something so close to home go viral like that, but then I figured that was the end of it.
But a few weeks later I went to a local baseball game, and who was there throwing the first pitch, but our heroic cowboy!
Well, I couldn’t let the chance to meet this real life cowboy hero pass me by.
I made my way down to where he was sitting and awkwardly introduced myself (I don’t do anything in a non-awkward manner, that’s just a fact). Now, my husband was there too, but you know, for you, dear readers, I will disclose that when I shook the cowboy’s hand I took note they were strong. Rough and calloused from much hard work outdoors. This is the kind of detail I take the time to observe for you, because I’m a giver. :)
His name was Robert, (and he gave me permission to share this story) and he was definitely a gentleman. We all know that heroes exist in the real world, and not just in the pages of romance novels. But it is pretty unusual to meet a hero who lassoed a thief and prevented a robbery. All while wearing a cowboy hat.
About the author: New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author Maisey Yates lives in rural Oregon with her three children and her husband, whose chiseled jaw and arresting features continue to make her swoon. She feels the epic trek she takes several times a day from her office to her coffee maker is a true example of her pioneer spirit.
In 2009, at the age of twenty-three Maisey sold her first book. Since then it’s been a whirlwind of sexy alpha males and happily ever afters, and she wouldn’t have it any other way. Maisey divides her writing time between dark, passionate category romances set just about everywhere on earth and light sexy contemporary romances set practically in her back yard. She believes that she clearly has the best job in the world.
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