It couldn’t possibly happen in today’s world, and if it did there’d be a heck of a lot of anger and resentment, fodder for gossip sites and salacious court battles. But in that simpler time, the time of Regency England and the untamed Scottish countryside, the forced marriage did occur. And while I wouldn’t want to deal with this in real life, in my historical romance fiction I can’t get enough of it.
This month, Eloisa James examines five new books that deal with this staple of a premise in her monthly B&N Review on romance. We're featuring three of these books this month, including Moon Craving and Taming the Highland Bride. And two of the authors, Lucy Monroe and Madeline Hunter, are visiting Romantic Reads this week and next to chat about their books and why they think it’s still romantic when a hero “compromises” a young heroine.
Madeline Hunter’s new book, Ravishing in Red, presents this scenario in a way that makes you adore the hero, not loathe him. Lord Sebastian Summerhays gallantly proposes to young Audrianna Kelmsleigh after they are witnessed in a scandalous moment. The gossips run wild with speculation about the nature of their relationship, and to save both their reputations Sebastian offers marriage. Audrianna must be convinced – Sebastian is the man responsible for ruining her father’s good name and driving him to the grave.
The result is a beautifully rendered push and pull between two characters whose sense of justice runs as deep as their attraction to each other. If you want to know more about this book, and the subsequent in Madeline’s planned quartet, Provocative in Pearls, please visit with her by clicking here. She’s chatting with us until Friday!
But if you enjoy a more modern sort of book, say a book where the heat overpowers the pages, then you might be interested in our conversations about hot romance vs. erotica, and our ongoing discussions of Lora Leigh, and our recommendations for slave/master books.
What are your favorite romances where the hero and heroine are forced into marriage? Why do you think this is such a popular convention in historical romance?
Don’t miss a month-long extravaganza of romantic suspense authors, with your mysteriously suspenseful hostess, Becke Davis!
Melanie Murray is the moderator of Romantic Reads, BN.com's all-romance, all-the-time community forum.