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Subject: And for Steamiest historical Romance, the winner is . . .
Date Posted: 3/19/2010 7:36 AM ET
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What was the steamiest historical romance you've read?  I mean a historical romance with an actual plot & character development, not erotica where the focus is on sex.  If I had to pick one, it would probably be  one by Emma Holly (Beyond Seduction) or Sylvia Day (Passion for the Game or Stranger I Married). 

Edited to add:

Oops.  I forgot to include Passion, definitely one of the steamiest. 

I also must add Robin Shone's The Lover.  Forgot all about it. 


I'm interested in other's perspectives. 

Last Edited on: 3/21/10 11:33 AM ET - Total times edited: 3
Date Posted: 3/19/2010 8:09 AM ET
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for me, Madeline Hunter writes the steamiest HRs w/ great plot and character development. THE STRANGER I MARRIED is on my keeper shelf but it wasnt strong on the 2 factors u asked for. The Holly HRs did nothing for me.

After Hunter, it would be a tie between Pamela Clare or the early Braddock-Black bks by Susan Johnson.

Date Posted: 3/19/2010 10:44 AM ET
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Day's "Stranger I Married" was hot but plot did nothing for me.  Could just be me.

Carolyn Jewel's "Lord Ruin"-pretty steamy and I personally enjoyed the plot and the characters.  Wish she would have finished out with the sisters-thought there was potential there. 

Hands down-Evangeline Collins "Her Ladyship's Companion" steamiest romance I've read that actually had a well developed plot, characters, storyline that wasn't "all about the sex".  It was her debut and I really, really, really hope that her next lives up to all that potential. 



Date Posted: 3/19/2010 10:46 AM ET
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I'd say Passion, which actually interested me as a romance. I couldn't finish The Stranger I Married, it seemed like nothing but sex to me.

Date Posted: 3/19/2010 2:00 PM ET
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Steamiest? Three by Noelle Mack (which I'm shipping to Pam H. today). Orgy in the last chapter. Related to One Wicked Night (a 1st person POV from the man's perspective). A good book but not as good as Robin Schone's historical steamies.

Steamiest covers: The Lords of Satyr series by Elizabeth Amber. Not quite sure what Nicholas is holding under that blue velvet...

SETON: Madeline Hunter's books are enjoyable, but they're definitely not as steamy as Cheryl Holt's stories. If you like MH, you might like CH.



Date Posted: 3/19/2010 2:53 PM ET
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Colleen, I've read plenty of Holt, thanks. She's not my cuppa but glad she works for u.

Date Posted: 3/19/2010 7:38 PM ET
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I agree with Beyond Seduction by Emma Holly.  It's the steamiest I've read that didn't get boring or icky at any point.

Date Posted: 3/19/2010 8:50 PM ET
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Robin Schone, The Lover and Gabriel's Woman.

Date Posted: 3/20/2010 6:19 AM ET
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Second nod on Schone.  Also well-written historicals, too.

The first hist/rom I read that had oral sex in it was, I believe, the first Steve & Ginny (Rogers), SWEET SAVAGE LOVE. That was an eye-opener especially since I read it eons ago when it first came out and historicals were really just getting a head of steam. Nothing fazes me these days, but back then.......

Showing My Age/Gail

Date Posted: 3/20/2010 8:40 AM ET
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Lisa Kleypas' Worth Any Price is VERY steamy! Lady Sophia's Lover is also steamy however it was a DNF for me. Judith Ivory's Untie My Heart is a fabulous book and its really steamy. Pamela Clare's Ride the Fire was incredibly steamy.