by Olivia Starke
We could say Fabio started it all, this fixation we have on the men who bring our romances alive.
(I mean before Fabio, did anyone care who that hot man candy on the cover was?)
Easily recognized worldwide as the hunk that has appeared on over 400 romance novel covers, he made many a woman swoon and rush to spend bucks on whatever story he graced the cover of. It was easy to put him in our hero’s shoes with his chiseled and muscled maleness replete with long devil-may-care locks (just to throw in a wild bohemian kick to our fantasies.)
Today the romance industry is still going strong and the men who star as our heroes are no less the epitome of manly manhood we expect.
Andrei Claude, RT’s Mr. Romance 2005, is a Malta born model and actor who shows versatility and pure yumminess when starring on a cover.
(He can be my Highland Hero any day!)
Okay, I don’t have an exact number of covers he’s appeared on; I can’t seem to get past all these drool-worthy pics. Seriously, google him and you’ll see what I mean! His official site is www.andreiclaude.com
With over 600 covers to his name, Nathan Kamp, is our next tasty stop on this eye feast.
(It’d be a sin to cover a body this sinful)
Sometimes referred to as the Fabio of today with his popularity as a romance hero model, this Seattle born hottie also has his very own cooking show! Check it out http://www.nathanlivestoeat.com/index.html
And if you haven’t heard of our last model today, well then you live under a rock. Jimmy Thomas is taking the cover world by storm approaching 1500 covers to his name. Just check out this photo available for purchase on his site www.romancenovelcovers.com
(Talk about inspiration for the muse!)
He often directs his own shoots, chooses his co-models, and all around wows us with his…uh…artistic expressions. Plus, he helps authors promote their works by featuring their cover art (and buy links!) on his website www.jimmythomas.com and Facebook page. And he’s an animal lover who often uses his raw sexiness to raise money for animal rescues (check out his 2011 calendar!) Come on, can you get any hotter? Seriously? Oh, and those who’ve met him say he’s a pretty cool guy. Talk about a total package!
The future of romance is as bright as ever and as long as we have our hot fantasy reads, we’ll have our hot fantasy men to spice up our imaginations.