I don’t know if you have noticed (though unless you live under a rock or were too preoccupied with other books, in which case you are forgiven;-) ), but there is a new trend emerging: the historical erotic romance subgenre, which you have very correctly guessed is a combination of the 2 subgenres of historical romance and erotica. Depending on the proportions it can even become historical erotica, when the romance part is either very light or even non-existent.
I’ve enjoyed and liked the few I have read in this category: both Improper Relations by Juliana Ross and Lessons in Indiscretion by Karen Erickson were wonderful and in my opinion more at the romantic end of the scale (so looking forward to the next story in the trilogy A Scandalous Affair by Karen Erickson), while Introduction to Pleasure by Jenna Michaels was seriously steamy *fans herself*! I believe both My Wicked Gladiators by Lauren Hawkeye and Tangled Past by Leah Braemel are rather historical erotica stories than erotic historical romances.
And of course it is possible to blur the lines of even more (sub)genres and making it
- a paranormal/fantasy historical erotic romance (like Eliza’s Awakening by Zadie Bishop), or
- a steampunk erotic romance (like The Watchmaker’s Lady by Heather Massey),
- or even m/m historical erotic romance (like Ava March’s Brooke Street series) just to name a few for example.
So please tell me,
Have you seen/read any historical erotic romances?
Any good ones you could recommend?
What do you think of this new trend of mixing genres, blurring the lines between them?
Do you approve? Or do you prefer to have books which are easier to categorize?
And do you like the historical erotic romances or rather prefer just plain steamy HR novels? Or contemporary erotica?