By Alexa Day
As I write this, I’m fighting the common cold (as are many of my writer colleagues) and considering one of the romance genre’s timeless mysteries.
Why is the doctor sexy?
Before the billionaire (and hopefully after), the cowboy, and the Navy SEAL, the doctor was one of romance’s go-to heroes. And we romance folks aren’t the only one’s thinking about this. Among the results for my Google search on “sexy doctors” was this honest-to-God Yelp list from Claremont, California. I also ran across this old story about a study assessing the sex appeal of surgeons and other physicians. According to the study, surgeons are hotter — taller and better looking than their nonsurgical counterparts.
Because white coat syndrome runs in the Day family, I struggled to understand Dr. Feelgood’s allure. (Probably why I’m not being asked to participate in these studies about whether surgeons are hot.) But there’s nothing like a day in bed, alternating between sweating and shivering in a 78-degree room, to get a girl thinking about doctor fantasies, right? Here’s what I’ve come up with so far.
1. He’s compassionate. The best doctors (and we romance folk only take the best) need to know how we feel physically and how we feel about how we feel. They see us at our worst. They guide us through our fears. They’re sources of comfort and encouragement. How hot is that?
2. Eye contact. The doctor, in order to do his job, has to look right at you. You’re the center of attention. He’s noticing things about you that you don’t even notice. In our modern world, direct eye contact is hard to come by, but doesn’t it create a magical spark?
3. He’s smart. Just to get where he is (you know, before he met you), the doctor had to have something
going on upstairs, as the expression goes. He’s had to master some of the most complex science that science has to offer. And then there’s all the memorization. The quick thinking. The problem solving. What would it be like to watch him apply his skills in a more intimate setting? Better still, how much fun would it be to catch him off guard?
4. He knows his way around your body. The doctor has a fairly thorough understanding of how your body responds to certain stimuli. He knows what will make your skin flush and what can make you tingle, and as he gets to know you better, he’ll learn those secrets that are particular to you. Just you.
I’ve been writing about the male doctor so far because he’s soooo easy to find out there in Romanceland. But what about women in medicine? Certainly, our groundbreaking genre has featured women doctors in abundance. I’d love to know if they’re bringing their own brand of sex appeal to the pages.
And don’t forget to bring some cheer to the sick and bedridden by sharing your own favorite sexy doctors.
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