Romance and Me: Historical Erotic Romances

Filed in featured , Romance and Me , The Latin Lover Posted on July 25, 2012 @ 3:00 pm 10 comments

Hey Everyone!

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?

About Stella

Stella is a proud bookaholic and a self-taught multilinguist in training. Besides reading, her other great passions are travelling and baking. When she is not globetrotting she lives in sunny Budapest, where she loves to spend her free time preparing (and feasting on) delicious cookies or devouring equally yummy books. Her favourite genres are urban fantasy and romance and she couldn't live without her daily dose of sunshine. Besides being the Latin Lover on BLI Stella also blogs about books and a bookish life on Ex Libris.

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  • LM Preston July 25, 2012 at 3:26 pm

    Oh my you are correct. And they are selling well too!

  • miki July 25, 2012 at 4:13 pm

    i haven’t read one yet but perhaps i will stumble on it during my discory of historical romance.
    I’m not against mixed genre but i want at least to be informed

  • Jeanne Miro July 25, 2012 at 4:15 pm

    Stella –

    Once long, long ago when I was in High School taking Latin (do they even teach Latin anymore?) our teacher gave us some very sage advice, in Latin of course, was “De gustibus non est disputandum”. A “liberal” translation is “Everyone to their own fancy said Nancy as she kissed the cow!”

    Of course she also pointed out to us the literal translations of “There can be no disputes” and “There must not be debate concerning tastes.”

    If we could actually live by that maxim we’d never be able to argue about anything with everyone because it would mean that everyone/s personal views would neither be right or wrong. That might actually work in a “perfect” world but then how boring that would be.

    I feel the same way about books and it depends on the mood I’m in at the moment which genre (and the “heat” level) I want to read.

    From the song Pete Seeger wrote and sang back in the 1960’s when I was a teenager –

    To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:
    A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, a time to reap that which is planted;
    A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up;
    A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance;
    A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;
    .A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away;
    .A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;
    A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace

    Depending on what is occurring in our own life and what is going on around us can also have us reaching for the “perfect” book depending on our mood at the time whether it’s to quench the thirst for love, acceptance, excitement or simply a “calgon” moment.

    So please, please don’t pin me down to just one or two genres! Let me experience them all!

  • Sarah July 25, 2012 at 4:33 pm

    You should try Jess Michaels, and start with “Everything Forbidden”. I couldn’t believe how much I liked it. It’s the first in a short series, and the writing is wonderful! It’s definitely my new favorite genre, and a nice break from all the paranormal I was reading!

  • Tamsyn July 26, 2012 at 10:31 am

    Interesting post and yes, I’ve seen these around and will probably be checking them out.

  • aurian July 26, 2012 at 11:15 am

    This only means I have to be more careful in choosing my books, I really don’t like reading erotica.

  • Dalene @ A Date with a Book July 27, 2012 at 9:21 am

    I’ve read two novellas one more erotica than the other Unspoken and Unwilling by Kerrigan Byrne. They were amazing. Definitely a great read. I will also check out your suggestions. Thanks!

  • pattepoilue July 27, 2012 at 12:49 pm

    I am SUPER picky when it comes to historical erotica. Seriously i think the only ones I really loved to pieces where Sinful and Addicted by Charlotte Featherstone. <3

    Historical romance is probably my favorite genre and i have a hard time with the books which play with the lines . for example historical paranormal romance? eeep . the only ones that worked for me were Zoe Archer's books.

  • Arianne July 27, 2012 at 3:43 pm

    I love both genres.. Combined together? I’m not so sure. I don’t remember any historical erotic romance I’ve read lately… There had been a little romance of course, but how do you define erotic exactly in a historical romance?

  • Laura July 28, 2012 at 10:03 pm

    I’ve never been a fan of historical romances at all, so I probably wouldn’t enjoy historical erotica, but I don’t mind it as much when the genre gets blended with something else. For example, a historical paranormal would be ok. I loved A Discovery of Witches, which has the paranormal and time travel, leading into the historical aspect of it. I am a fan of pretty much any contemporary romance, including erotica.

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