Part of me agrees that this term should be eased out of use but the other part of me still finds it useful as one color (or really a set of hues) on the spectrum of gender. And then there is a spectrum (not speculum) of tomboyish itself and then again there is the prism in which in otherwise girlie girl (another fun term) glints the rainbow shine of the tomboy some where within all that moisturizing.
So, in Western cultures as tomboy is: A woman or girl who behaves or dresses in the way boys or men are traditionally expected to at least in some aspects (jobs, sports, hobbies, attitudes), Typically wears jeans, baseball caps, and and has a very low maintenance beauty regime if any. Often brought up with a lot of brothers or a child of a single father.
This identity is not particularly about sexual preference in Western culture. There is Venn diagram I could draw if I was feeling it but right now I don't want to launch into a a Gender Studies lecture.
I, of course, was a tomboy. I didn't grow out it of really. Tree climbing, fencing, dirt, jeans, car repair, low maintain beauty routine. I just where leggings under my skirts now.
So, I tend to like the range of identity that tomboys bring to the romance novel. Just like I like the range the those girlie girls bring as well.
So, here are my favorite Paranormal Tomboys!
Paranormal Romance (this may seem redundant because Action Girl is often a Tomboy)
2. Sin Undone by Larissa Ione, Master assassin Sinead
4. Driven by Eve Silver, Ice trucker Raina Bowen
5. Tinker by Wen Spencer, Inventor, genius Tinker
6. Magic Bites by Iona Andrews, Mercenary Kate Daniels
7. Moon Called by Patricia Briggs, Mechanic Mercy Thompson
8. Warrior: by Zoe Archer, Thalia Burgess
9. Lover Mine by JR Ward, Xhex, badass woman
10. Big Bad Beast by Shelly Laurenston, Dee-Ann Smith, former Marine
Did I not name your favorite? Let me know!
To vote for the best of the best, go to the Goodreads list: Paranormal Romance Tomboy Heroines.
To see recommendations from all genres of Romance and some amazing Tomboys, check out my Pinterest Board: Tomboys in Romance Novels.
More Tomboys lists to come this week!