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Weekly musing: Regency romance

7 June 2018

This week is my first love of romance novels: Regency romance!

Now this is a subgenre that I could talk about for years! It is definitely my favourite subgenre of the historical category.

I learnt a lot about this era from reading these books. A lot of people think I read a lot of historical articles and non-fiction books, but in reality a lot I’ve learnt is from romance books!

So what makes a Regency romance?

Regency romances are set during the British Regency era of the early 19th century (1790–1820), typically anywhere between 1811–1820, and will most likely be based in London, although sometimes they will travel to Scotland.

Now, there are typically two different sorts of Regency romance: traditional Regency romance and historical Regency.

Traditional Regency romance writers stick to the historical accuracy of the era and will have very little sex or even discussion of sex. Authors like Georgette Heyer and Mary Balogh are well known for this type of novel.

Whereas historical Regency—books like those written by Stephanie Laurens and Julia Quinn—will have characters that will mostly likely behave with modern characteristics and attitudes. The sensuality of these novels will range from sweet to saucy. Do you prefer traditional Regency or historical Regency romances?

What the two types have in common are references to the ton, the social season and differences in the social classes. Mostly this subgenre deals with the upper class. There are very little ‘serving class’ heroes in this subgenre. Although, surprisingly, the heroine is allowed to come from the lower classes.

Regency romances abound with marriages of convenience, scandals, compromising situations, rakes and governesses!

What does that mean/What is that…? (Time-appropriate language): Rake, doxy, swoon, apoplexy. I had to have a dictionary close by when I first picked up a Regency book, as I had never heard a lot of these terms and had to confirm that they were what I thought, especially when it came to items of clothing. A rake is definitely not a gardening tool!

What about you, have you come across any terms in books that you weren’t too sure about?

My favourite authors are: Stephanie Laurens, Julia Quinn, Sarah MacLean, Anne Gracie, Eloisa James, Candice Camp and Suzanne Enoch.

Who are your favourite Regency romance authors?

My top 10 must-reads are:

  • Devil’s Bride by Stephanie Laurens (Cynster)
  • The Lady Chosen by Stephanie Laurens (Bastion Club)
  • The Duke and I by Julia Quinn (The Bridgertons)
  • The Perfect Rake by Anne Gracie (The Merridew Sisters)
  • Nine Rules to Break When Romancing a Rake by Sarah McLean (Love by Numbers)
  • Desperate Duchesses by Eloisa James (Desperate Duchesses)
  • The Wicked Wallflower by Maya Rodale (Bad Boys and Wallflowers)
  • Sins and Sensibility by Suzanne Enoch (Griffin Family)
  • Romancing the Duke by Tessa Dare (Castles Ever After)
  • The Untamed Bride by Stephanie Laurens (Black Cobra Quartet)

What are your Regency romance reading recommendations?

My top 5 (okay 7) favourite covers are:

The best thing about most of these covers are they have a step-back and they are absolutely beautful on the inside as well! Are you a fan of step-back covers?

Happy reading!

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  1. 12 June 2018 8:04 pm

    I love the step back. Some are truly works of art. I love all the authors you mentioned as well as Loretta chase and Danelle Harmon.

  2. 11 June 2018 11:48 am

    I love those authors you listed as well. IMO Regency is the best historical romance era to read.

  3. 8 June 2018 5:44 pm

    I love Regency Romances as well. I’m not picky – traditional or historical so long as the writing is good, and, somehow, many excellent authors are drawn to the Regency period. along with the names you listed, I also like Tessa Dare, Anna Campbell, Loretta Chase and Lisa Kleypas. The latter three also sometimes write Victorian which I now enjoy as well.

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