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Navy SEALs Become Sex Symbols

Monday, 09 May 2011 01:07 PM

Navy SEALs are hot and not just because they can take out Osama bin Laden and rescue American sailors from Pirates. They’re hot because they’re ripped and feared and wear the uniform and can fight Vikings and woo their women.

Navy SEALs occupy their own niche in the nearly $1.5 billion dollar world of romance novels that includes traditional romance fare with SEALs as leading men and stories that stretch into fantasy, according to The Washington Post.

Barnes and Noble offers this synopsis for “Rough and Ready,” one of a series of books by Sandra Hill that chronicles the time-travelling exploits of Navy SEALs:

“Lt. Torolf Magnusson and his team of Navy SEALs have gone back in time to 11th-century Norselands on a search-and-destroy mission, but when they find they've landed in the middle of a sanctuary-filled with women-well, hoo-yah! Their plans are put on hold, much to the distress of Hilda, the head of the sanctuary. At first resistant to Torolf's pursuits, she soon succumbs to his passionate advances. But with victory in sight for Torolf, Hilda must face the fact that their love may not survive the test of time.”

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Hill is not alone in using SEALs as the love interest in romance novels, historic or otherwise. Dozens of such books by a host of others can be found in romance sections, according to the Post.

“For readers, Navy SEALs are superheroes without the spandex,” Pamela White, a journalist and romance novelist whose pen name is Pamela Clare, told the Post. White’s SEAL romance, “Breaking Point,” came out a few days after the bin Laden mission.

The mystique of the SEALs has spawned works of non-fiction and movies. “SEAL Team Six: Memoirs of an Elite Navy SEAL Sniper” comes in at number five on Amazon’s bestseller list and it has not yet been released. A new movie is in the works and the Discovery Channel has put together a quickie documentary on the bin Laden mission to air Sunday. A new wave of SEAL romance literature is not far behind.

“When something like this happens, it is going to be huge,” Gail Chasan, senior editor at romance publisher Harlequin told the Post.

Navy SEAL romance novels first appeared in the mid-1990s, with writer Suzanne Brockmann, author of the “Tall, Dark and Dangerous” series, getting credit for the start up. She told the Post she got the idea after reading a magazine piece about the rigorous SEAL training. She has now penned 26 SEAL novels.

The appeal of SEALs as romance novel characters seems obvious. They are extremely fit, fearless, have interesting and challenging careers, and are no doubt can imbued with a stamina missing in most.

Marliss Melton, who has written a series of SEAL romances including “In the Dark,” told the Post that SEALs are “trained from Day 1 to notice the tiniest detail. A man who can pick up on the smallest little nuance is bound to be able to please a woman, if you catch my drift.”

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