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Love Historicals? Head to Unabashedly Bookish NOW to dish!

Please join me at bn.com's Unabashedly Bookish to tell me about your favorite historical romances, and the new ones you want to read! I love Loretta Chase, Eloisa James, Anna Campbell...

Plus,  read about how the cool folks at the prestigious Historical Novel Society really showed the love to romance fiction last weeked at the HNS N. American conference.

Please comment and add your voice to the chat at UB!

 

Thanks! -- Michelle (romancebuythebook.com)

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I can't believe how much this book club has changed my reading habits. When I first started coming here, I hardly ever read historicals. Now my TBR pile is filled with them, and there's a whole new shelf of historicals in my "keeper" bookcase.
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Historicals is pretty much all I read.  I do have other authors that I can't live without, like Jude Deveraux (even though she used to write historicals), I do like her contemps.

 

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I read plenty of contemporaries and paranormals, and have quite a few favorites among those genres. But historicals are my definite love. There's just something about the well-dressed men, and the horses, and love scenes in a carriage....sigh.
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Melanie_Murray wrote:
I read plenty of contemporaries and paranormals, and have quite a few favorites among those genres. But historicals are my definite love. There's just something about the well-dressed men, and the horses, and love scenes in a carriage....sigh.
Yeah, and here I thought only contemporaries were hot. . .

 

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I like both contemporary and historical, but tend to enjoy contemporary more because the heroine seems to be a bit older in the contemporary romance novels, not too many dukes fall for the 40 or 50 something heroine in historical fiction. I guess the only exception to the rule would include any hero in a kilt then I just substitute me for the heroine no matter the age.
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innnnnnteresting, Debbie, cause I substitute me for the heroine in any book I read.  And -- oh this is kind of horrible, since authors go to so much trouble to get just the right attributes -- if she's not short like me, I make her that way, and pretty much adjust her. 

 

I can't remember whether you like erotic romance, but Robin Schone does Characters in late 30s, early 40s who've been around the blog, finding second chances (or first cause they're really damaged).  Also, Candice Hern's got a great older woman, but of course, I can't remember. I want to say "Lady Be Bad."  

 

btw, I cannot recommend that set of books by Candice Hern more highly than saying they're on my most favorite keeper shelf. No kilts, sorry (though I really like how you think, Debbie)!

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Melanie writes: love scenes in a carriage....sigh.Were we separated at birth?  There is no finer depiction of, em, love, than in a well-sprung piece of equipage.  And I simply could read an historical every day for the rest of my life and die happy.
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Stacy, doesn't it kinda bum you out when your favorite historical author switches sub-genres?  I mean, it's great if they're feeling happy cause they're spreading there wings and all, but I so miss them.  If you like their new style, though, it can be fun to read something new. 
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Ok Michelle, I just ordered one of Ms. Hern's books Lady be Bad. Can't wait to read it!!!
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Yes, it did bum me out, but her comtemps are pretty good for the most part.  I do wish she would go back to writing historicals. :smileyhappy:  The only gripe I have is that a lot of the endings have been kind of a let down on some. 

 

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"I substitute me for the heroine in any book I read.  And -- oh this is kind of horrible, since authors go to so much trouble to get just the right attributes -- if she's not short like me, I make her that way, and pretty much adjust her."

 

I'm laughing because this makes me think of Nora Roberts, who must be short. I'm tall (and not slim) and I always have to bite my tongue when her heroes pick up the heroines and run with them up the stairs, or heft them up so they can wrap their legs around them. She sometimes writes about tall heroines, but I can still tell a shorter woman wrote it. Just as I have trouble writing about short heroines. I can't imagine what it's like not to be around the same height as the guy. Well, I can imagine it, but the logistics are completely different -- okay, I'd better quit while I'm ahead. Wouldn't want to get kicked off Melanie's board. 

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becke, La Nora is very tiny.  But I think the same thing about the whole 'swept up in his arms" thing. I'm fairly small, but I fear that any guy who'd try to scoop me up would be in the ER by day's end.  So, when the heroes are taking the various sets of stairs in the mansion by twos -- while carrying the heroine tothe bed chambre -- i kind of wonder if it happens a lot in real life.  And I think about why it's a romantic fantasy for women, and who they are. Because, I'm sure not everyone shares Melanie's and my fantasy about carriage love scenes. In  fact, I remember a commenter once saying to me, "You know, Michelle, I just don't think they made carriages big enough for that particular fantasy of yours..." :smileyhappy:  2 each her own, I guess... -- Michelle (romancebuythebook.com)
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See, but the Dukes afford the biggest carriages, so there's lots of room (in my mind.) And they're lined in the softest velvet you can imagine...
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I have to say, after reading some of these carriage scenes recently, I think you two are on to something.
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I find all the historical accoutrement utterly irresistable. All of you who have read my posts know how infatuated I am with the heroine's dresses. Add a powerful horse that can only be tamed by the hero, a saucy footman or valet or lady's maid, and a large, winding staircase and I'm pretty much a goner.
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Melanie_Murray wrote:
I find all the historical accoutrement utterly irresistable. All of you who have read my posts know how infatuated I am with the heroine's dresses. Add a powerful horse that can only be tamed by the hero, a saucy footman or valet or lady's maid, and a large, winding staircase and I'm pretty much a goner.
That's where you lose me. At home, I live in jeans, although I like to dress up when I go out (I love glitter and bling!). I would never have had the patience for all those layers of clothes and the fancy hair. Of course, if I had a maid, I might feel differently. But really, the thought of needing a maid to get ready every day is kind of squicky to me.

 

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Melanie, are you the long-lost, separated-at-birth sister I've been searching for?  I'm a little crazy for the men's clothes in historicals, from braies and hose to doeskin breeches with those sweet little plackets,  the cravat that needs to be unwound or just mussed a bit.   (and don't, please, get me started on stockinette briefs). sigh...

Yes, becke, we're 'on to something,' indeed; please join us!

 

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Michelle_Buonfiglio wrote:

Melanie, are you the long-lost, separated-at-birth sister I've been searching for?  I'm a little crazy for the men's clothes in historicals, from braies and hose to doeskin breeches with those sweet little plackets,  the cravat that needs to be unwound or just mussed a bit.   (and don't, please, get me started on stockinette briefs). sigh...

Yes, becke, we're 'on to something,' indeed; please join us!

 


Yes Michelle, I love the braies and hose too in historical fiction, especially as they're being taken off!:womanvery-happy:

 

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Michelle_Buonfiglio wrote:

Melanie, are you the long-lost, separated-at-birth sister I've been searching for?  I'm a little crazy for the men's clothes in historicals, from braies and hose to doeskin breeches with those sweet little plackets,  the cravat that needs to be unwound or just mussed a bit.   (and don't, please, get me started on stockinette briefs). sigh...

Yes, becke, we're 'on to something,' indeed; please join us!

 


 

I'm so glad we've found each other, Michelle! You may be the only person I can say this to: seeing the word "braies" in print gives me a little thrill.

 

Shall we talk about the heroes who forgo wigs, choosing to wear their thick tresses in a little queue at the back?