The name of the beloved teen magazine evokes images of vintage David Cassidy and countless other young stars who’ve graced the cover wearing jeans that are far too snug and sporting perfectly coifed hair that couldn’t possibly be achievable in real life.
I was never a huge fan, but I wasn’t above taping a pic of the New Kids up on my wall to keep up appearances amongst my friends. Much like bubble gum flavored lip gloss, my feigned interest in Tiger Beat fell away, as do most things that we obsess about as preteens.
But the other day, I was participating in a Facebook party (shout out to Gina Conkle and her newest release, The Lady Meets Her Match) and as I scrolled through dozens of images of shirtless men, I couldn’t help but draw similarities between the Tiger Beat of my past and the men of Historical Romance that consume my present. It’s no longer about blond rock gods (Poison, anyone?), but the gentlemen and rakes that grace the pages of some of my favorite reads.
So, if they made Tiger Beat for romance junkies – let’s call it Cougar Tempo, then this list represents my top picks for historical romances’ finest cover models…
- James Alexander Malcolm MacKenzie Fraser from Outlander. Preferably shirtless, wearing a kilt. He’s strong, romantic, and who doesn’t love a man with a brogue?
- Rhett Butler from Gone with the Wind. This debonair southern gentleman is anything but. He’s literature’s bad boy, which makes him perfect Cougar Tempo potential.
- Sebastian Ballister, Lord Dain from Lord of Scoundrels. His father never loved him and now he’s got a chip on his well-muscled shoulder. A rake, redeemed. Who doesn’t love a bad boy made better with the help of a good woman?
- Any Bridgerton from Julia Quinn. The Osmonds, the Jonas Brothers… the Bridgerton men. Readers love a group of brothers. Bonus if they’re all insanely attractive.
- Mr. Darcy. If I need to tell you which book he’s from then you’re on the wrong blog.
- Christian Grey from the Fifty Shades trilogy. Not historical yet, but judging by sales, will one day be. Cougar Tempo prides itself on discovering historical romance superstars before they were, well, history.
Which one of your favorite Historical Romance heroes should grace the covers of a magazine? Let me know in the comments!