Often, I wonder if I am the only female reader of hardcore espionage thrillers written by authors like Brad Thor and Vince Flynn. Their books are written with the male reader in mind, play out like an action flick and are very different in tone from the Romantic-Suspense novels written for women by two of the genre’s top talents: Cherry Adair and Tara Janzen.
I think female readers tend to shy away from Thor’s series featuring blonde hottie Scot Harvath and Vince Flynn’s sexy, brooding Mitch Rapp (coming soon to a theater near you!) because the covers of these books look boring and utilitarian, often featuring an American flag or eagle or something symbolic like that. These books are often located far, far away from the romance section and the author’s picture on the back of the book usually show commanding, stern-faced men who couldn’t possibly write to a woman’s sensibilities.