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 Post subject: Clean historical romance?
PostPosted: Thu Sep 27, 2007 11:05 am 
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Is it possible?

I know there are a few threads going around similar to this, but none of the answers are what I'm looking for. All the other recommendations have been for modern set romances, and that's not what I like.

I personally don't like reading detailed sex scenes and lusty touches either. I like sweet and angsty emotional romance novels with kisses scattered here and there, preferably set in the Regency or Western time, but any form of history will do. As long as it's a good snuggly romance. :]

Prime example? Marcia Lynn McClure is the master author of clean romance. And they're NEVER boring! It's filled with sweet kisses and tension filled moments to make a riveting romance. It's a shame she's not well-known, because they're all wonderful books that are over-looked way too much.

What I'm looking for? Nothing smutty; just a sweet and angsty historical romance. Example: I read two novels by Cheryl St. John, because I was told she was a more mild romance author. I read "The Tenderfoot Bride" and LOVED it. It was sweet and beautiful and turned out just like I wanted it too - definitely a keeper. I also read "The Doctor's Wife" and DID NOT like that. AT ALL. The book just had a negative feel to it. The characters were fake and not endearing at all, and the writing was so awkward... I was surprised that the author was the same person!

As for Regency novels, I've read all Jane Austen's books, and have a few Georgette Heyer books on hold at my local library, but I'm worried there will be too much historical information or mysterious plot overpowering the romance, you know? Goodness, isn't there a happy medium anywhere??

If anyone could offer some recommendations, I would greatly appreciate it. :]

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Regency: Sheri Cobb South (<i>The Weaver Takes a Wife, Brighton Honeymoon, French Leave</i>). (Incidentally, I do not think you'll find Georgette Heyer overloads her plots with too much historical detail.)

Regency: Carla Kelly's newer romance (<i>Beau Crusoe</i> was steamier) but a lot of her older ones were quite "clean" (i.e. <i>Libby's London Merchant</i>), although as often her heroes were soldiers there were moments of darkness/unpleasantness related to war.

Victorian Gothic: Victoria Holt. I've read most of her books and at least I recall them being quite 'clean'

I'll keep thinking...

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GlencoraPalliser wrote:
Regency: Sheri Cobb South (<i>The Weaver Takes a Wife, Brighton Honeymoon, French Leave</i>). (Incidentally, I do not think you'll find Georgette Heyer overloads her plots with too much historical detail.)

Regency: Carla Kelly's newer romance (<i>Beau Crusoe</i> was steamier) but a lot of her older ones were quite "clean" (i.e. <i>Libby's London Merchant</i>), although as often her heroes were soldiers there were moments of darkness/unpleasantness related to war.

Victorian Gothic: Victoria Holt. I've read most of her books and at least I recall them being quite 'clean'

I'll keep thinking...



Wow, the Sherri Cobb South books look amazing, I can't wait to read them! And thanks for all your other recommendations, that's a whole lot of books I can look into. :]

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If You like Regencies you could try Andrea Pickens. Mostly good stories and just kisses (but not her newest historical!).
Ruth Axtell Morren is an author of inspirational romances taking place in the Regency era. I've not read her jet so I can't tell if she's good.


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Evelyn Richardson writes clean Regency period novels. She may be at your library too.

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 Post subject: Clean historical romance....
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I have read many of Cheryl St.John books & liked them. Also Carolyn Davidson. Don't recall any long steamy love scenes.

You can get both authors through the eHarlequin web-site. All books there are 20% off all the time. Free shipping on $25 order. I don't live in NY so no sales tax.
.. http://www.eharlequin.com/upcomingbooks.html?catId=233

If I only want 1 or 2 books I wait until they have free ship even if you buy one book. They have free shipping now until 2-24.

To check for free shipping go to the two coupon code web-sites (which I check before ordering anything on the internet.

,, www.currentcodes.com & www.gogoshopper.com .

I find free shipping & % discounts all the time.

Back to the subject of clean romance. I care not for the long steamy love scenes. Have seen where some scenes last to 4- 5 pages! I usually skim through, reading first sentence of every other paragraph. A book does not need to be that graphic to be a good read.

Years ago I read The Merchant Dreamers, (think Harold Robbins was Arther) anyway I don't recall any steamy love scenes & it was a good book. Movie was made & naturally they had to add the love scenes.

The first book I ever read of H. Robbins was "The Adventurer." At that time it was probably the dirtiest book I had read. But today that is old hat stuff!! :shock:

Dorothy Garlock has written many good early American adventure/ romances. I have read many of them. She is writing contemporary now.
That is what the publishers want. My favorite of hers is "Yesteryear."
Read it 3-times. :) It starts at end of Civil War too.

Some of Linda Lael Miller books were American western novels. Her 2- time travel books were good. The Orphan Train Series, The Corbin Family Series.

Then there is the book "For The Roses" which was great, read it at least 4-times. By Julie Garwood. Sequels to the book too. Time is right after Civil War. Excellent book!!

Guess I have said enough.........
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I would suggest Homespun Bride by Jillian Hart. It's from the Love Inspired Historical line, but I rarely read inspirationals and enjoyed this book. It's very light on the inspirational themes and is a western historical. Very sweet love story, and since it's from an inspirational series line, it has no sex scenes.


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 Post subject: Why not try Lynn Kerstan?
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THE GOLDEN LEOPARD Onyx Historical, Oct. '02
ISBN: 0-451-41057-2

HEART OF THE TIGER Onyx Historical, May '03
ISBN: 0-451-41085-8

THE SILVER LION Onyx Historical, Nov. '03
ISBN: 0-451-41116-1

I read all of these because they were recommended to me by the librarians' top books list for romance. good on history, but not weighed down.

And if you like the history and the characters in historical romances, even if you don't like the more sensual scenes, well, just skip the bouncy bits :)

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 Post subject: Re: Why not try Lynn Kerstan?
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historylover44 wrote:
THE GOLDEN LEOPARD Onyx Historical, Oct. '02
ISBN: 0-451-41057-2

And if you like the history and the characters in historical romances, even if you don't like the more sensual scenes, well, just skip the bouncy bits :)

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At times the love scene goes on for pages. I might read a few words at start of each paragraph, & when scene ends I continue reading.

It is not that I am against love scenes in particular, they just seem repetitive & it gets boring. Am more interested in getting on with main topic.

When some long descriptions of a scene or thing, I just skip along until it finishes.
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 Post subject: The purpose of love scenes-
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Is really to show the couple falling in love, so yes, if it goes on for pages and pages, it starts becoming more like erotica. The real crux is to show their characters, and the issues they are facing about intimacy, or how it changes the relationship.
A lot of time, the woman ends up even more insecure than before, or there are a lot of misunderstandings that could be sorted out if they had a different kind of intercourse-talking!
So I agree, more characterisation, less of the physical stuff!

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Definitely Sheri Cobb South.

Also, SEASIDE CINDERELLA - it's inspirational but even if you're not "into" inspirational romance, I think a historical reader would like it because, since it is set in Victorian Massachusetts, the mindset would be historically accurate.

My THE SECRET HUNTER is a Regency with kisses only: "A lively and engaging Regency romance.... Daniel is a hero to admire.... Together with Gwenllian the sexual tension is a palpable thing, humming along through the story....To witness their falling in love is beautiful, romantic and emotional while working together to foil a traitor." - Lettetia, Ecataromance

I know, shameless promo. :roll: :lol:

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