Top 10 Regency Bootie Call Locations
First, let me say thank you for hosting me here at Under the Covers. I’m Elizabeth Michels, the author of Must Love Dukes, the first in the Tricks of the Ton series. I’m also a wife, mother and lover of all things Regency. My favorite thing about writing (and reading) Regency novels is the difficulty of overcoming social etiquette in order to develop a relationship. It’s hard enough to date someone today when the walk of shame back to one’s home is an overlooked crime, but things in 1816 were not so simple. So, in honor of my favorite period of history, here are my top 10 favorite Regency bootie call locations.
1. On a moonlit garden bench. The music from the ballroom is playing in the distance as the couple waltzes out the terrace doors. Where do they go when they slip away? The garden bench, of course. The elusive garden bench is always shielded from sight by a carefully placed bush or two. And are they cold in the damp English night air? Never, because they have the heat of their embrace to keep them warm.
2. At the Theatre. For the sake of historical accuracy, let’s say the lights don’t dim during the show, but they don’t have to. Plenty can happen in the shadowed back corner of a box seat at the theatre.
3. In a Gazebo. There’s a nature walk and a gazebo sitting at the farthest point from the house, built to observe the view of the land. But, they’re never looking at the view of the land by the time they get there, are they? Nope! They have a much hotter view right in front of them.
4. In an Inn. The couple is making their way north to Gretna Green to elope, but they must stop for the night. Fake names and a cover story are a must here. But, once they’re alone, there’s no one to stop them. And lucky for them, they got the only “nice” room. Yay, them.
5. On a path in Vauxhall Gardens. He invites her for a walk down the path. She shouldn’t go, it’s inviting scandal…but then she does. They round a bend and lose the group they’re with. He leads her off the path to the convenient shelter of a tree. The fireworks are going off in the distance while sparks fly between them.
6. In the Stables. There’s a hay loft. Enough said.
7. On a Blanket in a Field. Whether it’s a picnic, a day of riding horses or a long walk, if there’s an extended period of time in nature, you can bet that there will be a blanket in the grass.
8. Inside a Carriage. This might be the Regency version of the backseat of a car, but it’s convenient, it works and I love it.
9. In the Library. There are many uses for a library and only one of them is reading a book. I use this location in Must Love Dukes. She breaks in to steal during a garden party, he finds her there…there’s a desk and no one watching…So, use of a library number 807: fun times on top of the desk. *wink wink, nod nod*
10. Within an Alcove in the Hall. This is my personal favorite. Who knew historical homes had so many alcoves? Romance Authors—that’s who! Whether there is enough shadow to hide them from view or the addition of velvet curtains to aid in the secrecy of their meeting, couples in need, always find an alcove. It’s like the room of requirement only for bootie calls.
Where does your favorite steamy scene take place? I hope you enjoy number 3, 8, 9 and 10 in Must Love Dukes.
MUST LOVE DUKES BY ELIZABETH MICHELS
IN STORES FEBRUARY 2014
The Mad Duke leaned in closer, his lips gently brushing her ear, and whispered, “I dare you.”
She Can’t Resist the Dare…
Lillian Phillips could not imagine how her quiet, simple life had come to this. Blackmailed by the Mad Duke of Thornwood into accepting one wild dare after another…all because of a pocket watch. Desperate to recover her beloved father’s pawned timepiece, Lily did something reckless and dangerous and delicious—something that led to a night she’d never forget.
He has a Reputation for Scandal…
When Devon Grey, Duke of Thornwood, runs into a mesmerizing, intoxicating, thieving woman who literally stole from his bedchamber—with his new pocket watch—Devon plots his revenge. If the daring wench likes to play games, he’s happy to oblige. After all, what’s the ruse of being the Mad Duke if you can’t have some fun? But the last laugh might just be on him…
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