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darlenemarshall
July 31 2014

Get Out Your Handkerchiefs: Reviewing the Black Moment from Balogh, Howard, Phillips, and More!

Ah, despair! We all love a funny romance with rakish pirates, but every now and then we want an author to rip out our heart and stomp all over it with pointy little stilettos. When you read any...
Janga
April 14 2014

Shakespeare in Love: Romance Novels and the Bard

April 23, 2014, will mark the 450th anniversary of the birth of William Shakespeare, and Shakespeare lovers around the globe will be celebrating the occasion throughout the month of April with lectures,...
WendyCrutcher
March 12 2014

Thank You for Being a Friend: Not-Your-Usual-Historicals for March 2014

Every month I scour for the new releases for historical romances that offer up readers something a little different. Some months are a boon, and some months feature only a few select titles. When I...
Janga
December 5 2013

Seeing Your Way to Love: Blind Heroes in Romance

Blind characters feature prominently in Western literature from very early in its history. Tiresias, who received the gift of prophecy from Zeus, was always a favorite of my students, whether they encountered...
teamhandh
October 5 2013

Poll: Who is Your Favorite Regency Romance Writer?

Recently, our 10 Regency Romances You Should Read sparked a conversation about what actually defines a Regency. The question would seem pretty straight forward but then you have authors like Jane Austen,...
Myretta
October 1 2013

10 Regency Romances You Should Read (An Opinionated Opinion)

To follow Megan's example, I have chosen ten seminal Regency Romances for you. These are not my top ten best Regencies but books that have had an impact on the genre. In fact, if I were trying to...
Janga
September 4 2013

Class Differences in Historical Romance, Part 2: She Stoops to Conquer and to Fall (in Love)

While tales of the gentleman ignoring the strictures of society to marry a heroine of humble status is a long-established tradition in romance fiction, tales of the lady marrying the groom or even the...
Janga
July 17 2013

Class Differences in Historical Romance, Part 1: The Triumph of Love Over Level

Part One: Marrying the Maid (Or the Governess or . . .) The theme of love powerful enough to overcome the boundaries of class is rooted deeply in the tradition of romance fiction. Whether one views...
KateRothwell
June 21 2013

How Sweet It Is!: Chocolate in Romance Novels

Some foods are sexier than others. Spam? So not erotic, not even when nibbled in a Hawaiian setting—and yes, for some reason, Spam very popular in Hawaii. Alcoholic drinks sometimes enhance a...
Janga
February 17 2013

Keepers of the Dream: Reading the Classics in Historical Romance

When offered the chance to propose a “core curriculum” for historical romance, I eagerly accepted, knowing full well the problems I would have narrowing the list to a reasonable length....
Myretta
January 3 2013

Torn Between Two Lovers: Picking Out the Hero

In my First Look on Susan Carroll's The Lady of Secrets ,  I talked about the fact that, in the beginning of the book, it was not possible to tell which of the two men introduced...
Janga
December 12 2012

Plenty of Room on the Bookshelf: A Carla Kelly Christmas

If I were headed for a desert island and were allowed to take only one Christmas romance, I’d take one by Carla Kelly. The problem would be choosing just one. Of course, I could take Carla Kelly’s...
MFrampton
November 27 2012

Trope of the Month: Marriage of Convenience

Academically put, tropes are “common or overused theme[s] or device[s]," which makes them sound like cliches, which makes them seem like a bad thing. But they’re totally not! Romance...
KateRothwell
September 6 2012

An Auspicious Career: A Tribute to Carla Kelly’s Regencies

Dear Editor: Sorry I’m late handing in this Carly Kelly tribute, but every time I opened a Carla Kelly novel to see if I could find an example, I ended up settling down for a good...
MFrampton
June 17 2012

Happy Father’s Day: Dads in Romance Novels

Happy Father’s Day! We thought to honor the day we’d take a look at some fathers in romance. Mr. Bennet was so odd a mixture of quick parts, sarcastic humour, reserve, and caprice, that...
teamhandh
April 25 2012

May 2012 Upcoming Romance Releases Shopping List!

Find your future faves with this delightfully convenient shopping list of romance novels coming out in May. This time around, we’ve divided them up by subgenre to make it easier for those who’ve...
Janga
November 29 2011

A Fine Tradition: Signet Regency Christmas Anthologies

There’s been no dearth of Christmas romances this season. New York publishing houses, small presses, e-publishers, and self-publishers have offered something for every taste from stories as wholesome...
Janga
November 13 2011

Chicks in Pants: Cross-dressing Historical Heroines

Cross-dressing heroines, or chicks-in-pants books as they are popularly known, are among my favorite reads when they are done well. Twelfth Night has long been my favorite Shakespearean comedy. One...
Myretta
September 20 2011

Lovingly Researched or Wallpaper? Pick Your Historical Poison

“Oh, that’s Wallpaper History!” I’m sure you’ve heard this exzclamation—and I’m sure it wasn’t meant as compliment. Every Historical Romance novel has to have involved some degree...
Janga
July 26 2011

Prescription for Romance: Favorite Fictional Doctors

As Megan Frampton reported in a Heroes and Heartbreakers post in May, neuroscientists Ogi Ogas and Sai Gaddam concluded, after analyzing 15,000 Harlequin novels, that the most popular profession for...
VictoriaJanssen
May 11 2011

You’re My Waterloo: Top 5 Napoleonic Wars Heroes and Heroines

I love the Napoleonic Wars. Or rather, I love reading about the Napoleonic Wars…I wouldn’t have wanted to live in that turbulent time, even though it does give plenty of scope for fictional...
Myretta
April 7 2011

The Devil’s in the Details: Misusing Titles in Historicals

I am currently reading a Regency-set historical by an author whose work I really enjoy. She creates robust, interesting characters, wonderfully witty dialog, interesting premises. If you sense a “but”...
CherylSneed
March 15 2011

Mad for Trad: Top 3 Traditional Regency Authors

Traditional Regencies*. Just the phrase makes me smile. It evokes images of carriage rides through Hyde Park at the Fashionable Hour, weak lemonade at Almack's, wafer-thin ham served at Vauxhall,...