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. 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.
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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