Thursday, February 24, 2011

13 Things I've Learned from Reading Historical Romance Books...


Since the day I got my Kindle (Christmas Day of course) I've read 58 romance books. Yes! 58. 6 of those were Elizabeth Hoyt books (Legend of the 4 Soldiers and Maiden Lane), 3 by Alexandra Hawkins (Lords of Vice), 3 by Elizabeth Rolls , 3 by Victoria Alexander, 3 by Nicola Cornick (The Scandalous Women of the Ton), 2 by Victoria Dahl, 2 by Beverley Kendall (Elusive Lords), 4 by Kathryne Kennedy, 2 by Kieran Kramer (Impossible Bachelors), 2 by Sarah MacLean, 2 by Lynsay Sands (The Madison Sisters), 4 by Delilah Marvelle (The Scandal Series and Gallantry series), 3 by Jenna Petersen, 1 from new author Vicky Dreiling and a few more authors. Holy cow! Looks like I have a thing for book series. 
Just a few of the books mentioned above.
Anyway, here's what I've learned so far from reading 58 books. Each of the books I read started to mush together. I kept seeing these certain things in some or all of the books. I finally decided to jot down a few things that came to mind and I feel like I must share them with you. 

So here it goes:

  1. Little sisters are ALWAYS off limits. Until the hero compromises them. Male family members have the right to call the hero out to defend her honor.
  2. All heroes have perfectly white teeth, perfectly tanned bodies with a sprinkling of chest hair, tapered waists, amazing abs, very sensitive nipples, very well endowed, expert lovers, and perfect "happy trails". Oh, and always have a secret that must be kept from the heroine.
  3. All heroines are ALWAYS shorter than the hero (even if she is built like an Amazon woman), have curves in all the right places, outspoken, very responsive to the heroes touch (in all the right place of course), secretly fall in love with the hero, and have a secret that must be kept from the hero.
  4. There's something about citrus. 'Nuff said.
  5. Sandalwood is a nice,clean,seductive and very masculine scent. 
  6. Fairytales with a twist can be VERY SEXY.
  7. Sex in a carriage is all the rage.
  8. Desks are not only for writing but are fair game for multiple orgasm inducing sex.
  9. Opposites ALWAYS attract.
  10. A young lady must learn how to ride astride. 
  11. There's something sexy about a man named Sinclair whether he be a Duke, Marquess, Earl, Viscount, Baron, Knight, Pirate, Bow Street Runner, Spy or what have you.
  12. Reformed rakes make the best husbands.
  13. Money talks. So do titles. Marriage minded mamas and fortune hunters, get in line.
These are just 13 things. Feel free to add what you've learned from reading historical romance books. One day I'll finally get up the nerve to read contemporary or even paranormal romances. That will be the day I will compile a list of 13 things I've learned from them.

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