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,'s all-romance, all-the-time community forum.


by Moderator becke_davis on ‎02-02-2010 12:05 PM

Thanks for the plug, Melanie! Jennifer Crusie and Bob Mayer visited yesterday. Today's guest is Jayne Ann Krentz, and Lisa Jackson just stopped in at the "Old Friends" thread. Other authors who will be visiting this week include Sharon Sala, Susan Crandall, Carla Neggers, Mariah Stewart and JoAnn Ross.


And that's just in the next few days -- many, many more to come! On Valentine's Day, Suzanne Brockmann will join us live from noon to 1 p.m. Eastern time, and she'll check in (unannounced) later to respond to comments.

by Moderator dhaupt on ‎02-02-2010 05:28 PM

My favorite historical romances where the couple are "forced" into marriage is when they are found in compromising positions according to the times and Johanna Lindsay and a lot of her Mallory family series books has that kind of situation. And I love it when the man is trying to get the woman into marriage by that means and she's trying everything possible not to be put into that situation, well y'all know that lust wins every time.


Oh and Becke this month at mystery book club will be more fun than a barrel full of romantic suspense writers ;-)

by Moderator Melanie_Murray on ‎02-03-2010 10:27 AM

Deb, I love those "getting caught" moments, too. There's something so fun about it, even though of course it's dire in the moment. There's a Samantha James book where this happens, and darn it if I can't think of the title...Ah! The Secret Passion of Simon Blackwell. I think they get caught on a terrace, which is my favorite place for that sort of thing. :smileywink:

by Moderator dhaupt on ‎02-03-2010 10:47 AM

I read that one Melanie,gotta love those terraces,  and oh I just remembered who else is good at that, Amanda Quick and it's usually in a garden on a bench or somewhere like that.


by Moderator Melanie_Murray on ‎02-03-2010 12:20 PM

Yes! The garden bench is irresistible. There's a great scene in a garden in Madeline Hunter's next book, Provocative in Pearls.

by Moderator dhaupt on ‎02-03-2010 12:23 PM

oooh, can't wait.

by Moderator becke_davis on ‎02-07-2010 10:23 AM

Multi-published author JoAnn Ross is visiting today -- SuperBowl Sunday. Join us!


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