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Subject: Do these exist?
Date Posted: 10/19/2008 11:28 PM ET
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I'm a sucker for Regency romances, they're the only kind I ever read.  But it is a little disappointing when all the hero & heroine ever do is kiss at the end.  I'm not looking for porn-scene explicitness, (although I wouldn't object ;-) ) but are there any Regency romances that have sex scenes?  Anthologies are my preference, but I'll try anything.

Date Posted: 10/20/2008 1:10 AM ET
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Most of them do, these days - the people who prefer the "traditional" no-sex Regency complain about it quite a lot. ;-) Check out some of the anthologies that feature Julia Quinn, Lisa Kleypas, Mary Balogh, for starters. Also try Loretta Chase, Liz Carlyle, Sabrina Jeffries, Jo Goodman. Be warned that the sexier authors are sometimes -- though not always, by any means -- not the best or most accurate world builders.

Date Posted: 10/20/2008 6:54 AM ET
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As far as anthologies go, here are some pretty decent ones:

Where's My Hero?

Hero, Come Back

Three Weddings and a Kiss

Secrets of a Perfect Night: Scandalous Lord Dere/ The Last Love Letter/ Now and Forever

The True Love Wedding Dress

My Scandalous Bride

In Praise of Younger Men (Signet Historical Romance)

Talk of the Ton

Married At Midnight , An Anthology: The Determined Bride/A Kiss After Midnight/Scandal's Bride/Beyond the Kiss

Moonlight Lovers : Five Love Stories to Enchant You

Captured Hearts: Five Favorite Love Stories

Lady Whistledown Strikes Back

The Further Observations of Lady Whistledown

 

There are a lot more, but these are just the ones I can easily call to mind.  I went on an anthology kick there for a while & collected a bunch, but  now I just like to have a few in reserve for reading on car trips, doctor's office, etc.  I've found that I don't like short story romances as much as I used to though.  Judt not enough story there for my current taste.

Date Posted: 10/20/2008 8:40 AM ET
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If you are talking about the so-called traditional regencies, then the answer would be no.  However, one exception, sort of, could/would be BEAU CRUSOE by Carla Kelly. 

 

 



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Date Posted: 10/20/2008 1:32 PM ET
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Actually, many of Balogh's published as traditional regencies had sex in them. They're hard to find, but some have been republished recently, like The Ideal Wife.

Date Posted: 10/20/2008 8:00 PM ET
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I read Indescreet by Mary Balogh and it had some sex.  I hated the hero and I've avoided her books since.

Date Posted: 10/21/2008 1:54 AM ET
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Yeah, that hero was a jerk. She writes lots of different kinds of characters though--you should give her another try!

Date Posted: 10/21/2008 1:58 AM ET
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which of Balogh's are good? oh gosh-a-mighty here I go again! it's bad enough I'm now hunting down every highlander series ever written, every light paranormal series known to man, and just about every canham, putney, kinsale you -name-it in print..just get me started on baloghs now!

Date Posted: 10/21/2008 9:49 AM ET
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THat hero had no redeeming qualities.  I wanted to smack the heroine for forgiving him.  I was actually rooting for her to find someone else. 

Date Posted: 10/21/2008 10:01 AM ET
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Mary Balogh's Slightly series was great!  There was only one in which I didn't care for the heroine (one of the sisters...she was kind of manly) but I loved the other 6. I can't recall what the level of sex was, though.

 

Anne

Date Posted: 10/21/2008 12:36 PM ET
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Of the more recent, easy to find books, I really love A Summer to Remember, Slightly Married (first in the series) and Slighty Dangerous (last in the series.) The books in between are kind of eh.  If you want a really nice hero, try No Man's Mistress and Simply Love.

I think AAR usually catagorizes her as "warm." Nothing graphic. But it's definitely there. ;-)

Date Posted: 10/21/2008 4:08 PM ET
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Willa if I remember, the last one, Slightly Dangerous, was my favorite, but part of that was because of reading about the Duke in the previous novels and looking forward to his story!

 

Anne

Date Posted: 10/28/2008 6:08 AM ET
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"Of the more recent, easy to find books, I really love A Summer to Remember, Slightly Married (first in the series) and Slighty Dangerous (last in the series.) The books in between are kind of eh.  If you want a really nice hero, try No Man's Mistress and Simply Love."

I still have a lot of Baloghs to read, but agree with what Willa said here.  Haven't read No Man's Mistress yet, loved A Summer to Remember and Slightly Dangerous, agree, aside from Slightly Married the rest were just okay.  Simply Love was another good one.  Willa gave you a good list of authors, and, true, nowadays, almost everyone is including some sexier scenes.

Date Posted: 10/28/2008 6:49 AM ET
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I liked Simply Love also, Pam. One of my favorites was The Secret Pearl. It was not a happy story , but it did have the requisite HEA.

Date Posted: 10/28/2008 7:55 AM ET
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Loretta Chase's books are also more what I think of as regencies - with sex.  They are just as much as Mary Balogh's books are anyway, and some of them, like Lord of Scoundrels, The Last Hellion, Mr. Impossible, and Lord Perfect are actually better than many of Mary Balogh's books  - but then again, she's only written about a million of 'em:P  My understanding was that traditional regencies didn't have any sex in them at all, but when I did some reading up, I found out that writers like Mary Balogh, Sandra Heath, and Anita Mills sort of pioneered putting sex into the traditional regency.  I have a bunch of those in my old Signet regency collections.  I haven't read any of the Sandra Heath stuff yet, but I've read several short stories by Anita Mills that were fairly decent, and The Duke's Double was pretty good.

Date Posted: 10/28/2008 12:44 PM ET
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Hmmm - you made me look and discover I have a Sandra Heath in my TBR. Time to move it up, perhaps. ;-)

Date Posted: 10/28/2008 4:41 PM ET
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Galen Foley's regencies are usually quite hot.   My fave is Lord of Fire.  Julian is yummy ;-)