March 22, 2015

No Holds Barred: Knocked Out by Sexy Fighters

You like it rough? Yeah, me too. Click to buy.
You like it rough? Yeah, me too. Click to buy.

By Alexa Day

It’s been a good week in my corner of Romanceland. I’m working on a couple of stories featuring fighter heroes.Β In the stories, each heroine is tempted by her man’s powerful frame, of course, but she’s really drawn to his ability to stay one step ahead of her. He senses what she’s about to do, where she’s about to go, and he knows how to use his body in concert with hers and in opposition to hers. Like a dancer, the fighter’s graceful and quick, and he knows how to lead. Beneath all that, an undercurrent of danger flows through him.

The fighter fantasy has earned a place in erotic romance, right? So I thought I’d share some goodies from the squared circle for your enjoyment.

One of my favorite fighter stories is Cara McKenna’s Willing Victim. Flynn’s an underground boxer who likes it rough. Very rough. Laurel, the heroine, likes it rough, too. Their attraction makes for an edgy story, but McKenna never forgets it’s a romance. I’ve mentioned her and this story here before, and you’ll probably hear me talk about it again before too long. It’s just that good.

Sometimes, just for fun, I like to check out this ancient video of Lyoto Machida from his Men’s Fitness photo shoot. Lyoto is of Japanese and Brazilian heritage, and about 35 seconds in, you’ll catch a tiny little ghost of a smile on his face. I wish he’d smile more (and I have no problem with saying it, friends), but I don’t suppose one gets to be Lyoto Machida by smiling all the time.

Happy viewing!

I had to research the myth that fighters perform better in the ring if they avoid sex before a bout. Many of them do. Many others don’t, however. The practice of abstinence before a fight goes back to antiquity and has its roots in the belief that sex reduced both testosterone and aggression. Modern science suggests instead that abstinence actually reduces testosterone, while sexual activity increases testosterone levels. Check this out.

Who else is intrigued by the fighter’s beautiful physicality? Who’s got a favorite fighting style? I want to know all about it in the comments.

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  • Post authorC. Margery Kempe

    One of my publishers is also an MMA fighter. I’m sure she’d want to know of any romances feature women fighters. Do you know of any?

    Reply to C. Margery Kempe
    • Post authorAlexa Day

      I think one of my Facebook friends is working on one; I remember because I thought that really would be awesome to read. If I can remember who it is, I’ll put it here in the comments. πŸ˜‰

      Reply to Alexa Day
  • Post authorKel

    … dear doGs, what a pretty man. Why did you have to point that out. I’d have been perfectly happy never knowing that…


    Anyway… favourite fighting styles differ based on the person fighting. Seriously, I have a thing for fencers, but that’s mostly because most of them tend to have very precise footwork and exquisite balance. I also like the contained power of various other martial arts forms, think that the gross lethality of a competent axe-fighter is a thing of beauty, and once watched a woman do things with a bastard sword that made me questions my own gender preferences.

    I think this is another “competence is sexy” thing.

    • Post authorAlexa Day

      Nothing turns a blah Monday around like a little bit of Lyoto Machida. He is something else altogether, right? Gracious.

      I’m starting to enjoy watching judo and wrestling now that I’m all about the research. But the “competence is sexy” definitely comes into play! That’s what makes the whole thing enjoyable to watch. πŸ™‚

      Reply to Alexa Day
  • Post authorMadeline Iva

    I’m buyin’ it!!! That is all.

    Reply to Madeline Iva
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