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Subject: Steamiest Historical Romances
Date Posted: 2/18/2009 2:49 PM ET
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What are your steamy favorites? I recently ordered a couple of Susan Johnson and Robin Schone books but haven't received them yet.

Date Posted: 2/18/2009 3:25 PM ET
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Emma Holly's "Beyond Innocence" and "Beyond Seduction" are pretty steamy! :-) I thought they were pretty well-written, to boot.
Date Posted: 2/18/2009 3:55 PM ET
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Diane Whiteside's Devil series.

Date Posted: 2/18/2009 4:29 PM ET
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instead of just repeating myself, i am just going to link to an amazon thread that i am contributing to on the same subject:

 

http://www.amazon.com/tag/historical%20romance/forum/ref=cm_cd_ef_tft_tp?_encoding=UTF8&cdForum=FxAM906CKYVNOT&cdThread=Tx2F5XAOET40GYU&displayType=tagsDetail

Date Posted: 2/18/2009 4:32 PM ET
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Beyond Seduction by Emma Holly is about the only NC-17 or higher rated romance book I have read to date that has fired on all cylinders and really worked for me.  It's not that I'm a prude:P  I just gotta have some story, or the sex-sex-sex is just a flat out bore for me.  Robin Schone can write, but bleh, she writes some of the talkiest sex in fiction.  Her H&Hs spend more of their bed time chatting about what they will do than they spend actually doing anything.  Susan Johnson can be really good; she just seldom is:P  Forbidden is a great book, if a little long, and Silver Flame is passably decent too.  I also liked Outlaw.  It wasn't fabulous, but it was pretty good.  Everything else of hers that I've read - and I haven't read all of them - was crap-o-rama.  And it sucks actually, because she really is a good writer.  My experiences with Sylvia Day were pretty bad, but I still have two of her books on my WL, because people here told me I should give them a chance.  Lisa Valdez had some good moments in Passion, but the ick factor was high there, and I have serious doubts that she's ever going to get the other two in that series released.  I've also tried a few Ellora's Cave erotica titles - although I couldn't name which ones if you pumped me full of truth serum.  Again, didn't care for them.  Tried some Lora Leigh & Shiloh Walker - nope - and Leda Swann about gagged me to death.  All in all, my experience with it has been that hotter doesn't necessarily mean better.  I still like historicals best, and R rated seems to be what most often works for me.  PG-13 is fine a lot of times too, but they have to have at least some sex in there to really hold my interest.



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Date Posted: 2/18/2009 6:05 PM ET
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 Linda Howards older books.   I think she can write one of the steamiest love scenes without getting all smutty.  No one does sexual chemistry like LH. 

And personally, Emma Holly's, Beyond Innocence bored me to tears.  



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Date Posted: 2/18/2009 6:57 PM ET
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Beyond Innocence sucked:P  And reviews I read said it was the better of the two. 

Date Posted: 2/18/2009 7:02 PM ET
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What LH books would you recommend?

Date Posted: 2/18/2009 7:02 PM ET
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The Love Slave and Skye O'Malley by Beatrice Small curled my hair when I read them forever ago. They weren't bad reads either.

 

Date Posted: 2/18/2009 7:04 PM ET
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"Beyond Seduction" was, in my opinion, definitely the better of the two. Only because I couldn't stand the heroine in "Innocence." But "Seduction" is a keeper for me. Great characters, interesting story. :-)
Date Posted: 2/18/2009 7:30 PM ET
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One of my favorite historical book is "Another Dawn"  by Sandra Brown. I have it on my keeper shelf .

I also love Linda Howard, but I think I've only read her contempary ones, what titles of hers are historical?



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Date Posted: 2/18/2009 7:34 PM ET
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The only thing I don't like about Bertrice SMall is that she's fond of seperating the hero/heroine for most of the book and having them repeatedly commit adultry.  I have to say one of her books was the first book I ever  read with a threesome. I can't remember which it was but it followed her typical plot line. Hero has amnesia and is seduced by a witch.  Heroine disguises herself and plants herself in the witch's house as servent. Witches brother makes heroine his mistress and they have a threesome with the hero.  Oh and the heroine basically abandoned her newborn with her parents to chase after hero-whom she couldn't stand and didn't want to marry in the 1st place. The best sex scenes were between the heroine and the villain. 

Date Posted: 2/18/2009 7:40 PM ET
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Thanks for all the great info ladies!!!!

Date Posted: 2/18/2009 7:45 PM ET
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LOL Mary that sounds terrible!  I would be throwing that book at the wall!  This mama wouldn't abandon her newborn for NO man! LOL!

Date Posted: 2/18/2009 7:48 PM ET
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A couple good steamy historicals by Linda Howard are  Angel Creek  &  The Touch of Fire

 


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The best sex scenes were between the heroine and the villain.

Isn't that always the way? *sigh*

Date Posted: 2/18/2009 7:56 PM ET
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I cannot believe that for a steamy historical romance that no one has said PASSION by Lisa Valdez 

 

 

Date Posted: 2/18/2009 7:58 PM ET
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I think Kim did mention her earlier.

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I did.  But all of that womb banging in Passion really grossed me out too:P

Date Posted: 2/18/2009 8:00 PM ET
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I got a kick out of the sex in public part, but could have done without the womb assault also.

Date Posted: 2/18/2009 11:11 PM ET
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The public sex thing was definitely steamy stuff.  The womb banging was a cringer, however.  And I thought the hero was a little too over-the-top obsessive about finding a woman he could cram all of his massive schlong into:P  That part got a little absurd.

Date Posted: 2/19/2009 7:14 AM ET
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I loved Passions, but I gotta admit there were moments where I just had to cring.. lots of ouch-ouch moments in that book.

Margaret, LH books that I liked. 

Dream Man, All the Queen's Men,  Now You See Her, Heartbreaker ...I am a fan, at this rate I'll list all her titles lol.   Her last couple of titles didnt impress me much, although Death Angel was decent but something was off there too. 

HIst Romance by LH:

Heart of Fire,  Angel Creek

OMG... How could I forget Lisa Kleypas!  Great writer, steamy, steamy love scenes.... personal favs of hers because it was steamy:  Lady Sophia's Lover, Suddenly You.



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Date Posted: 2/19/2009 8:27 AM ET
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I second Susan Johnson's Braddock-Black series. She is capable of writing well, but somewhere along the line she started churning out garbage. So look for her older titles.

I recommend Gaelen Foley, particularly The Pirate Prince, Princess, The Duke, and Lord of Fire. I haven't read some of her most recent books, including her Spice Trilogy, so don't know on those.

I would also recommend Elizabeth Hoyt and Gayle Callen.

Sylvia Day and Thea Devine are pretty steamy. They write under the Brava Kensington imprint.

Date Posted: 2/19/2009 8:34 AM ET
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Thanks again ladies!! :-)

Date Posted: 2/19/2009 9:05 AM ET
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Whether you liked PASSION (which I did) or you didn't (which is your right to do) it IS a steamy historical novel. 

 

 

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