Sep 22 2014 1:00pm

Past Perfect: 5 Erotic Historicals from Day, Page, and More!

Lord Savage by Mia GabrielToday we're pleased to welcome author Mia Gabriel to Heroes and Heartbreakers. Mia's Lord Savage, the first book in the Savage trilogy, is out now, and tells the story of a woman who's in the throes of her first truly pleasurable experience with the enigmatic Lord Savage. In addition to having written an erotic historical (or historical erotic!), Mia loves super-sexy books set in the past, and is here to share her favorites. Thanks, Mia!

I’ve always found the past a sexy place to visit in books. There’s always candlelight, the beds are big and mysterious with curtains that close around them, and the clothes are so much more seductive, silk and velvet and corsets and major jewels. Best of all, there are none of those annoying modern distractions: no deadlines to make or emails to answer, and no historical hero, ever, is going to hear the prompt on his cell phone and say, “Just a sec, babe, gotta check this.”

Nor will a historical hero be PC. He’ll be super-manly, with muscles he earned doing dangerous, manly things instead of the gym. He’ll know when to be a gentleman, and when not to. He won’t be distracted by Sunday football, because there isn’t any yet, and besides, there’s no TV. No, his main focus is bedding and ravishing the heroine (which right there sounds so much sexier than hooking up).

There is a fine line between super-sexy historical romances, and historical erotica, so fine a line that I can’t really define where one ends and the other begins. It was the sexy love scenes in historical romance that first made me a romance reader. When I was in college, my dorm had a lounge with shelves of “leisure reading,” and almost all of them were old-school historical romances of the Rosemary Rodgers and Kathleen Woodiwiss variety. Lots of Fabio covers, too. These books were well-read and well-worn, and every one of them automatically fell open to the sex scenes, thump, thump, thump. We knew what mattered most, and though we made snarky jokes about books to read with one hand, we couldn’t get enough of them.

I still can’t – and the newer books are hotter than ever. Here are five of my current faves, in no particular order.

Pride and Pleasure by Sylvia Day

Most fans of Sylvia’s Crossfire series don’t realize she’s written some sizzling hot historicals, too. Street-wise Jasper Bond and lady-like Eliza Martin are the kind of opposites meant to attract, especially in the bedroom. There’s a mystery to be solved, but these two don’t let themselves be too distracted from each other. Think of a Regency without any of the primness.

Sin by Sharon Page

Another erotic Regency, and if you’re a fan of that era, you’ll recognize cameos by fictionalized historical figures as they take their places in the orgies that fill this book. Venetia Hamilton paints pornographic pictures for a living, and Marcus Wyndham, Earl of Trent, is her ideal love-god come to life. Works for readers, too.

House of Dark Delights by Louisa Burton

A remote French chateau is the setting where guest have been fulfilling their erotic fantasies for hundreds of years. This book also has paranormal elements, with a tantalizing parade of time travelers, shape-shifters, vampires, and satyrs. Murky, dark, and delectable, with intriguing characters who engage in all sorts of sexual fun and games. First of a series if you get hooked.

Everything Forbidden by Jess MichaelsEverything Forbidden by Jess Michaels

The title says it all. To save her family’s fortunes, Miranda Albright agrees to do whatever the wicked Earl of Rothschild demands. Of course that means sex, and lots of it. Of course Miranda discovers that’s not such a bad thing. In fact it’s pretty amazing, and readers will agree. Again, first of a series.

Fanny Hill, or, Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure by John Cleland

OK, so this one’s kind of cheating, since when it was written in 1749, it was a contemporary, not a historical. But there’s a reason that this book has been a famous/infamous “dirty book” for so long – it’s fun to read. Unlike most erotica written by men, Cleland writes from Fanny’s point of view, and no matter what challenges she encounters, she finds a way to turn it into pleasure, and she’s very resourceful. Favorite encounter: when she seduces the virginal by hugely endowed young footman from the country.

Do you have a favorite guilty-pleasure-super-hot-historical? I’m always looking for recommendations! Do you remember your first? And was Fabio on the cover?



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Mia Gabriel is the pseudonym of a bestselling author of dozens of historical romances. LORD SAVAGE is her first historical erotica for St. Martin’s Press, but not her last: look for the next book in the trilogy, SAVAGE NIGHTS, coming (as it were) in August, 2015.

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Kim Haynes
1. kahintenn
Excellent choices, Mia!

Burton's House of Dark Delight series (4 books) is beautifully written, highly erotic, and features an impossible HEA that provides a huge payoff at the end. Highly recommended.
Megan Frampton
2. MFrampton
I haven't read any of these yet, and I do love super-sexy historicals, so this is great! One of my favorites is Robin Schone's The Lady's Tutor.
3. lauralee1912
On another thread I said I personally like when the hero meets the heroine and that's it. So now I will contradict myself and mention The Wicked Bargain by Gina Danna. The hero is a male courtesan and the heroine is a doctor. Ended up in the "Naughty" collection on my Kindle but the story and the characters are really engaging.

True confession, I have had Lord Savage on my wish list since I read the excerpt here.
Mia Gabriel
4. MGabriel
kahintenn ~ Aren't those Louisa Burton books amazing? She managed to weave so much into those stories - you never knew quite where they'd go next. One series I was very sorry to see end.

Megan ~ How did I forget Robin Schone?? Her books were great - always so much sexual tension between the hero & heroine.

lauralee1912 ~ Gina Danna is a new name to me, but sounds like one I'll have to check out. Thank you for the recommendation. And I'm so glad you have LORD SAVAGE lurking on your wish list. :)
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