Anna Harrington | Top 5 Reasons Why Regency Romances are Sexier Than You Think
September 13, 2018
I've heard several readers of modern romances say that they
don't like to read historicals because they're just not as hot and steamy as
Not true! In fact, Regency era romances are brimming with opportunities for
sizzle, if you
know where to look.
- No underwear = quick trysts. That's right. People during
this time period did not wear knickers, and a man who claimed to wear "small
be laughed at for being effeminate. There was simply no need for underwear when
wore multiple layers that went all the way down to her ankles and when men's
enough fabric to keep anything from being seen once it was tucked into their
breeches. No underwear also made it much easier for women to use chamber
easier for both sexes for intimate encounters, when they don't have to remove
(considering how long it took to get dressed during this time, this is a huge
"drawers" for women emerged around this time, very few women actually wore them,
were still open in the crotch.
- Carriage sex. With small compartments, pitch black
darkness inside at night, and upholstered bench seats, the enclosed carriage was
out van of its day. (Insert your own private joke here about well-sprung
with curtains could ensure privacy, although no one would have been able to see
in while a
carriage was driving down the dark back streets of a very foggy London at night.
Ah, if only
they'd been able to invent the drive-in!
- Theatre sex. Carriages weren't the only private spaces in
public where intimate encounters could occur. If a man was wealthy enough to
rent his own
theatre box for the season, he had opportunity for clandestine affairs right in
there in the
middle of a crowded theatre, because behind the front sitting area was a private
couldn't be seen by the rest of the audience. Perfect for a late dinner, a card
chums, or sex with a widow or bored wife. On second thought…with the private
available, who needed a drive-in for their carriage?
- Larger than life heroes. Oh, these aren't just your average
romance heroes. These are alpha men on steroids. Forget being the Regency era
the business tycoons, politicians, and playboys that headline in so many modern
these men are so much more than that. They're all of it combined! They're wealthy
"millionaires" with the political and social power of their titles—dukes,
marquesses, and earls
simply flood Regency era romances—and admired for their rakish behavior. But
imperial surface always lurks a vulnerability…if only the right woman can reveal
- Rules, rules, rules! I know what you're thinking: "How can
rules be sexy?" Oh, but they are! Because rules are meant to be broken. A modern
couple can be intimate just about anytime and anywhere they want (within
reason). Want to go
to her house for the night? Okay. Want to get frisky in the elevator or car?
Okay. But Regency
era couples don't have it so easy. There are chaperones to protect the woman's
rules about never being alone in the same room, special introductions that have
to be made
before they can even chat—they cannot even dance together twice at the same
ball! But when
they find ways around these rules and manage to snag a few moments alone, the
all the sweeter—and hotter—for it.
I hope you've enjoyed just a few glimpses into the sexy world
of Regency era romances. So the next time you read a historical romance, you can
be on the
lookout for opportunities for sexy encounters…if you just know where to look.
Carlisles Book 4
WHEN OLD DECEPTIONS …
Ross Carlisle, Earl of Spalding, has dedicated his life to
serving his country. When he discovers secrets that could endanger England, he's
an impossible situation—commit treason and race to London to clear his name
crown turns against him. He's prepared to abandon everything he possesses in
protect England, including his life…until he crosses paths with a woman who's
LEAD TO NEW DESIRES
Ten years ago, Grace Alden fled London in order to protect
her son, only to come face-to-face with that past when Ross collapses on her
They strike a deal—she'll help him travel to London if he helps her reclaim her
inheritance. But as old deceptions turn into new desires, will they be willing
everything they hold dear in order to protect the people they love?
[NYLA, On Sale: September 11, 2018, e-Book, ISBN:
9789781641978 / eISBN: 9781641970396]
I fell in love with historical romances—and all those dashing Regency
heroes!—while living in London, where I studied literature and theatre. I love
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15 comments posted.
Re: Anna Harrington | Top 5 Reasons Why Regency Romances are Sexier Than You Think
Lovely cover. I am a fan of Regency romances.
(Susan Jang 3:03am September 13)
Very interesting points made. The book sounds great. Thanks for the chance to
(Nancy Reynolds 9:40am September 13)
Wow! I just received an education about the Regency period and found it very interesting. Also, the plot makes me want to read How the Earl Entices. Thank you for the chance to win.
(Anna Speed 11:19am September 13)
Interesting post... thanks for sharing with us!
(Colleen Conklin 12:56pm September 13)
Historical romance is my favorite romance genre to read. I
find there is always something else going on in the story:
secrets, suspense, secondary characters. And the HEA comes
to fruition all within the confines of the rules of the day!
Modern romance - YA, NA, or contemporary - doesn't usually
appeal to me because it lacks the passionate journey and
discovery of the H/h. I really like your Top 5 Reasons. And
I'll just say the clothing....breeches!
(Cynthia Netherton 9:35pm September 13)
I learned something new today. Thanks! Would love to read your book.
(Melanie Rosen 9:53pm September 13)
Every society has its rules and restrictions. If you lived in them, you needed to
know what they were so you could obey them and know how to get around them.
Even today there are a few rules still left that need to be worked around.
I enjoy reading the historicals of any era, partly to discover the societal rules and
to see how they will be broken.
(Patricia Barraclough 11:56pm September 13)
Hi Anna! I loved your other books on audio and I’m sure I’ll enjoy this just
as much! Book hugs!
(MaryAnne Banks 1:54am September 14)
(Emily Stemp 1:28pm September 14)
Anna is right. I never thought of regency romances in
quite those terms but now I'm rethinking that. Hope the
book does great!
(Mary Songer 2:43pm September 14)
Interesting cover. Thanks for this opportunity.
(Nancy Luebke 8:11pm September 14)
I didn't know about no underwear, but knew of private
theater boxes where anything goes back in the Regency
Period. Thanks for the updates to history.
(Alyson Widen 11:56pm September 16)
Great review sounds very good, thank you
(Penney Wilfort 12:42pm September 17)
I have never thought of regency romances in quite this way.
Very interesting post. Makes me want to read more regency
(Mary Songer 4:18pm September 17)
The cover is so beautiful! I love to read historical romance
books and this once sounds so spicy and interesting. Would
love to read it!
(Traci Watts 8:53pm September 17)
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