when I say I want sapphic bodice rippers, I don’t just mean queer lady romance novels in general

no I want a total Regency trash fire with literal bodices being literally ripped

it’s 1810 and gay marriage is legal but that’s never explained, and a spirited young lass who only wants to be an artist despite her social cimbing family has  massive sexual tension with the cold and closed-off Lady Fancypants until they wind up doing it in the hayloft

the title is To Wed A Wild Duchess and at least one character involved is Scottish

the three types of love interest in historical romance novels

• the mr. darcy type whose proper exterior masks his Secret Heart of Gold™ and also maybe a Tragic Past™. there’s a 63% chance that he’s a duke

• the lovable rake/scoundrel/rogue who supposedly doesn’t enjoy committed relationships but will almost definitely be proposing marriage and his undying love to the heroine by the end of the novel

• the scottish highlander who uses the word “lass” in every other sentence. he’s good at fighting to protect the heroine’s honor and/or his land but bad at developing realistic character traits

Romance is largely written by women, for women—and it puts women at the center of the story. When I think back to my beginnings as a romance reader, my high school curriculum was The Scarlet Letter, Madame Bovary, and Hamlet. Masterworks of literature, all three, but the women don’t fare well. It came as a profound relief to stumble upon these novels in which the heroines pursued goals, fell in love, and took ownership of their sexuality—without being shunned, drowned, or poisoned with handfuls of arsenic for it! What a revelation.
— 

TESSA DARE, About romance (here)

Originally posted by usedpimpa

PREACH!

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A comiXologist recommends…

NOVAE #1

You can only appreciate Novae if you set a slow pace to your reading. With very little dialogue and an emphasis on emotions conveyed by very small details – a trembling hand, a shining pin on a coat, a furtive look – Kaiju tells us the story of Sulvain and Raziol in Paris 1672. Sulvain, described to us as a world traveler and expert physiologist, comes to the French capital to meet his friend, the astronomer Huygens. The famous scientist is working on new discoveries with the help of his assistant, Raziol Qamar, an eager and enthusiastic apprentice who is immediately intrigued by his patron’s friend.

Kaiju’s art gives the reader the impression of looking at a painting rather than reading a story. This impression is reinforced by the coloring: the first issue is nearly monochrome with its use of grey and blue tones, sometimes illuminated by moments of orange. The light of the candle shines on Razul and Sulvain’s first exchange in Huygens’ library. The harsh day light casts a glaring glow on Razul’s exhausted state after he spent two days working on mathematical calculations for a conference.

Be prepared to be hooked: this first issue gives us few details about the story and will leave you clamoring for more. We can assume that Sulvain and Raziol will grow closer but I’m excited to see how this relationship will develop. If you are looking for a slow-burn historical romance, Novae is the comic for you.

Camille Fabre is an online marketing manager at comiXology.

anonymous asked:

hi! uh so I kind of want to read some historical romances but I have NO idea where to start, so could you recommend me some of your favorites?

Well hello friend you made my day with this, 

and you also made my romance co-blogger bestie @cammiemorgan​ happy with this because to say that Eri and I love historical romance would be an understatement but 

ANYWAY, here’s a list (in no particular order because I don’t rate my faves it’s too hard) (links in bold):

1. Sarah MacLean

  • Nine Rules to Break While Romancing a Rake (Love by Numbers #1) - this is my first MacLean book and I love it so much because Callie is so relatable I love her. also, the whole story is so much fun because Callie’s like fuck the society and starts masquerading as a man and do fun stuff like going to gentlemen’s clubs and fencing


2. Tessa Dare

  • Any Duchess Will Do (Spindle Cove #4) - hero duke with a meddling mother who’d love nothing but to see him settled down, issues a challenge: if ma manages to turn heroine barmaid into proper duchess material, he’d marry. MY FAVE. actually the whole series is one of my faves but THIS BOOK. MY BABY PAULINE TOO PRECIOUS FOR THIS WORLD, TOO PURE. ONLY WANTS TO OPEN A LIBRARY. also kinky sex. I just have to put it in there.
  • When a Scot Ties the Knot (Castles Ever After #3) - oh MY GOOOOOD IMAGINE WRITING IMAGINARY LOVE LETTERS TO YOUR IMAGINARY LOVER WHO WAS AT WAR TO PUT YOUR MEDDLING FAMILY AT BAY WITH THE MARRIAGE TALK, KILL OFF SAID IMAGINARY LOVER, AND YEARS LATER HAVING HIM APPEARING ON YOUR DOORSTEP DEMANDING YOUR PROMISES I WOULD DI-


3. Julia Quinn

  • Because of Miss Bridgerton (Rokesbys #1) - prequel to the Bridgerton series. longtime childhood friends/nemeses/neighbours suddenly having not-so-nemeses-y feelings for each other. much fun. also the second book is coming out soon so GET ON THIS ONE


4. Lisa Kleypas

  • Devil in Winter (Wallflowers #3) - The Wallflowers series is my first LK and I love them so much I’d still rec the whole series but THIS ONE IS MY ULTIMATE FAVOURITE (it needs all caps I’m not sorry). READ IT FOR SEBASTIAN ST VINCENT THE NOTORIOUS RAKE AND EVIE JENNER THE SHY WALLFLOWER WHO BROUGHT HIM TO HIS KNEES (in both ways)
  • Devil in Spring (The Ravenels #3) - newly released. it’s about Sebastian and Evie’s son Gabriel, the new Lord St Vincent who’s got the best of both worlds: his father’s looks and his mother’s temperament, and basically just wonderful. and Pandora Ravenel is not your typical hist-rom heroine. 


4. Courtney Milan

READ HER ENTIRE WORK. GO FOR IT. NO QUESTIONS-

but if you want some place to start then Unraveled (Turner #3) is my ultimate favourite, I say this very calmly. and I can’t pick my fav among the Brothers Sinister series because they’re all my children I love them equally-


Eri also would like to mention Bitter Spirits by Jen Bennett which is set in the 20s San Francisco, and Wicked Intentions by Elizabeth Hoyt for the dirty smut lmao


we didn’t go overboard at all with this, did we, Eri

My darlings, my sweeties, my beautiful lovelies… I get it. I do, honestly. Everyone has different sensibilities, and quite a lot of us like clean romances. In fact, I myself prefer the slow burn of non-explicit romance to the hard and fast erotica.

But, please, please, I beg of you, do miss me with that ‘the moral purity of the olden days’ crap when you complain about sexuality in Historical Romances, especially those set in the Georgian/Regency and Victorian time period.

People in Georgian/Regency England had veritable tons of sex (fuckotons?), and a lot of it was before marriage - roughly 40% of brides married at the time were pregnant at their wedding, and as many as 25% of first-born children being born out of wedlock. And this wasn’t even treated like some shameful secret; everyone knew perfectly well what was happening, and I do mean everyone.

Pornographic literature was popular and easily obtainable, as were contraceptives. Fashion for both men and women was designed specifically to be as revealing as possible - in the form of the infamous Regency dresses made of thin muslin (which women often dampened with water so they would cling to their bodies and show off their figures) and trousers deliberately sewn tight so that the outline of the man’s penis could be plainly visible. Sex clubs and brothels operated freely, and you could buy pamphlets on the street that listed the names and locations of these establishments, along with the most famous of their workers and what kind of services one might purchase there.

Affairs were also unbelievably common, especially among the upper classes, with spouses rarely caring about what the other did once the heir and a spare were provided. Hell, the Duke of Devonshire lived with his wife and his mistress in the same freaking house for 25 years, and you best believe all three of them were very welcome guests in society. And, lest you think the poor little women did nothing but put up with that crap, I give you the glorious example of Elizabeth Lamb, Viscountess Melbourne, who had eight children, and of which only her eldest son was fathered by her husband. Again - everyone knew, nobody cared, and nobody cared because it was a common occurrence.

And as for the Victorians? Oh, my sweet darlings, they were even dirtier than their Georgian/Regency predecessors. The perceived prudishness of the time came from the desire to appear more sensible than their forbearers, but in reality not much changed other than dress and mannerisms. Yes, a lot of people who thrived on feeling morally superior to others for denying themselves (and forcing others to deny themselves) any pleasure thrived because of the enormous social pressure to maintain an image of moral purity… but dig just a little bit under that ‘pure’ veneer and you will realise that all those sexual shenanigans of the Georgian/Regency era were still alive and well - they were just moved from the public eye. The brothel culture flourished (BDSM parlours were gaining particular popularity at the time), STDs were rampant, the pornographic novels and pamphlets became even more available (and now included pictures!), and the number of bastard children actually grew rather than diminished. For crying out loud, Queen freaking Victoria wrote erotic love letters to her hubby and described their sexytimes so graphically in her journals that her kids wouldn’t let them be published before they were heavily redacted!

So, yeah. I do not, and never will, look down on you for disliking sexual scenes in romance. Clean Romance, as a genre, is just as valid as any other. Just don’t pull the ‘it isn’t historically accurate’ bullshit on me, K?

The days of yore you like to idealise? Never happened.

And yeah, I get it - there are a lot of assholes out there who would mock you and call you sex-negative and prudish for preferring Clean Romances, and pulling out the ‘historical accuracy’ card is easier than facing all that negativity. But you know what? That’s on them and their shitty personalities, not on you. You 100% do not need any excuses for your preferences, and your love of Austenian romanticism is just as valid as another’s love of steamy erotica. Openly celebrate the romance that makes you happy and be proud of what brings you joy! And those jerks baiting you with sneers and comments? Ignore them and continue gushing about the kind of romances you love. Trust me, nothing can hurt a troll more than when their chosen target gives them zero attention and continues to enjoy their lives unperturbed by their jabs.

Retire the excuse already. In this day and age, with so much information freely available to everyone, it really doesn’t hold water.

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Romance readers, I have a request!

I have finally decided to say “Fuck you!” to social stigma and the expectations placed upon intelligent young women that make them think they can only read so-called Worthy books! I am going out there and I’m going to read that historical romance I so desperately crave! 

But, proud battle cries aside, I haven’t the faintest idea where to begin. The only romance I’ve ever read before (aside from Jane Austen, etc.) has been a few Georgette Heyer books that I borrowed from a bookshelf when nobody was looking. Much as I loved some of the silliness, the overdramatic plots and speeches and the swoonworthy heroes, some of it was Uncomfortable. 

Could anybody be kind enough to give me a good place to start looking for silliness, ridiculous plots, overdramatic heroes and sassy heroines without the Uncomfortable?