I couldn't have said it better than the Country Habit blog (link below) so I'm sending you there. This is what makes a romance novel cowboy a great hero, especially for the tough-minded heroines in the Hearts of Wyoming. Of course, this is a romanticized look at cowboys but having known a few in my time, it's true more often than not.
You'll find Chance Cochran and Ty Martin are men in this vein and Cody Taylor coming soon in Book 3 is even more so. They each have their burdens but they know how to carry them.
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