Guest Post: HEROES WHO COOK by Loveswept author Lauren Layne
As romance readers and writers, most of us have heard the assessment that the romance genre is “porn for women.” I’m not sure that I agree with this label. There’s a heck of a lot more going on in the romances I read than just sex. There’s emotional gratification, laughter, friendship…
But let’s just go with it for a second. Let’s pretend that romance can double as “porn.” Fine. I’d like to get even more specific by mentioning a delicious trend I’ve been noticing…
Heroes who feed their heroines.
So yeah, romance can be porn all right. Food Porn. And that’s a label I can get behind.
Heroes who cook aren’t necessarily a new thing to the genre. I’ve been reading contemporary romances for years now, and I can’t be the first one to notice how many heroes make eggs for their women. Am I right?! Sometimes it’s an omelet, more often it’s just plain old scrambled eggs, but it gets me every time. It almost always marks a turning point in the story. It’s that moment when you can picture the hero and heroine in it for the long-haul.
It’s that moment when wants to take care of her, even if she doesn’t think she needs taking care of.
I’ve only recently realized that I realize I have an element of this in my own books. I never set out to have food-focused guys in my books, but every single one of my heroes pays attention to his heroine’s appetite. On one end of the kitchen-prowess scale, there’s Gray, my Cordon Bleu educated hero who whips up a poached egg, roasted asparagus and prosciutto plate like it’s no big thing. On the other end is Ethan, who doesn’t know the first thing about cooking, but knows that women shop better on a full stomach and ensures his reluctant shopper of a crush gets fed before she has to take on Fifth Avenue.
And then there’s Mitchell and Will, who fall somewhere in between, whether it be providing a bagel breakfast sandwich and coffee in bed, or making a turkey and Brie sandwich, just because he knows it’s his girl’s favorite.
And the really sexy part? I base most of this on real life. I didn’t know it when I married him, and I still don’t know how I got so lucky, my my husband is a kick-ass cook. I take care of breakfast (oatmeal) and lunch (PB&J, anyone?), but he almost always makes dinner, and it’s always phenomenal. A random weekday meal might be Steak au Poivre with homemade french fries, or black cod cooked in browned butter, or pork chops with a mustard/shallot sauce.
It’s like I said. Food porn. Whether it be real life or between the pages, there’s nothing sexier than a guy who cooks.
Or at least is really good at ordering take-out.
Got a hero who cooks? Or a foodie-centered romance? I want to hear about them! I’ve currently got my eye on Kate Meader’s Hot in the Kitchen series, featuring professional chefs (swoon). What else is out there? I would love to add some more food-based stories to my to-be-read list.
Bring on the food porn…
About Lauren Layne
Lauren writes contemporary romance for Forever Yours and Loveswept. Originally from Seattle, she now lives in New York City where she writes full time. She’s a sucker for white wine, happy endings and salty foods. Lauren is married to her high school sweetheart who likes to think he’s the inspiration for each and every one of her books’ heroes. She smartly allows him to believe this. When not writing, you’ll likely find putting off walking the dog, at happy hour with her husband, or having cheese and crackers for dinner. Again.
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After the Kiss releases on 9/9/2013 – by Loveswept
In the first book of a delightful new series from Lauren Layne, the star columnist of Stiletto magazine will do anything for a story. Anything . . . except fall in love.
Julie Greene loves flings. Loves steamy first dates, sizzling first kisses, and every now and then, that first sexy romp between the sheets. Comfy pants, sleepy Sundays, movie nights on the couch? Shudder. But when Julie gets assigned the hardest story of her career—a first-person account of that magical shift between dating and “I do”—she’ll need a man brave enough to give a total commitment-phobe a chance at more.
Normally, Mitchell Forbes would be exactly that man. A devastatingly hot workaholic who tends to stay in relationships for far too long, he should be the perfect subject for Julie’s “research.” But what Julie doesn’t know is that Mitchell is looking to cut loose for once in his life. And the leggy journalist notorious for avoiding love is exactly the type of no-strings fling he’s looking for. In other words, Mitchell is the polar opposite of what Julie needs right now. And, at the same time, he’s exactly what she wants.