Romance 101: Historical Romance + Giveaway

Posted February 13, 2019 by Suzanne in Front Page, Random Thoughts, Under the Covers / 34 Comments

Valentine’s Day is almost here and we thought, what better way to celebrate than to talk about Romance!  We are starting a new series where we will be covering all topics related to the romance genre.  Kicking things off this week we will talk about subgenres, tropes and character types and give you some recommendations along the way.  This will be perfect for the newbie romance reader feeling a bit overwhelmed about where to start.  But maybe it may have some information that you may not have been clear on if you’re a seasoned romance reader.  After this week, this will become a monthly feature so please be sure to let us know what other topics you’d like us to cover!

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Gosh, we all seem to be admitting our ages…and I hate that I am at the point in life when admitting my age is a “thing”…whodda thunk it? I was kind of hoping I would remain 21 forever. However, I have moved out of that New Adult stage of my life and am now strictly in the Contemporary Romance age zone of 28. I would prefer to be in an Urban Fantasy arena, but I don’t think I own enough black leather. However, I could probably squeeze into some PNR, I am fully prepared to give a horn job to my favourite demon, or suck on my sexy vamps…fangs and I am definitely up for some heavy petting with some fine looking shifters. Than again their’s always Sci Fi…I am fully prepared to do the right thing and help some poor alien race with more 6 packs than a supermarket repopulate their planet. Not that I am loose woman or anything.

Annnnnd I will stop myself there, before I start waxing lyrical about my love of historical romance and fantasy as well; no one needs to know about my elf fantasies. As you can tell, I adore and day dream about most romance genres, and my three big loves are 1) reading about romance 2) writing about romance and 3) talking about romance with my gals. Which, is why I love Under the Covers so much, I get all my bookish needs satisfied and don’t get judged when I talk about my favourite characters like they are real people. Which they are right?
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Francesca Bertucci
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Francesca Bertucci

I’ve read a couple of historical but it really hard to find ones from Asia

Sue G.
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Sue G.

I love the bad boy Lord who doesn’t believe that he will ever settle down until she walks into his life!

Tammy V
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Tammy V

I like the ones where they have unusual jobs or hobbies. Like detective or puzzle makers for instance. Also the ones where the female is a bluestocking.

Carissa
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Carissa

Arranged marriage, or marriage of convenience

Misty S.
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Misty S.

Historical books tend to be hit or miss for me and honestly up to this point most of the historical books I’ve read have been misses.

Elizabeth
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Elizabeth

The arrogant/will never love hero and the ‘this is who I am’ heroine.

JenM
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JenM

I love spinsters/bluestockings, romances where there are class differences, or that feature characters who aren’t necessarily of the nobility, and marriages of convenience.

Sophia Rose
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Sophia Rose

I do love the range of historical eras and settings that can be found in this genre. I think some of my favorite tropes of the governess romances, the arranged marriages, and mail-order brides/marriage of conveniences. 🙂

BookLady
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BookLady

My favorite historical trope is marriage of convenience.

Timitra
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Timitra

Reformed rake

Diane Sallans
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Diane Sallans

I enjoy arranged marriages – as long as both parties agree willingly.

John Smith
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John Smith

“Leave a comment and tell us your favorite historical romance trope to read.” Darcy-Darcy-Darcy. Or a Duke. Or the Duke of Darcy.

Dawn Dalrymple
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Dawn Dalrymple

historical romance started my love of reading, coming back to it is so relaxing and fun! The wallflower is my fave trope

Janie McGaugh
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Janie McGaugh

I love the reformed rake.

E. R.
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E. R.

My all-time fave trope that transcends sub-genre is friends-to-lovers. But I love Highlander/English (where a Highlander falls for an English and vice versa) trope in this sub-genre.

Glenda
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Glenda

I tend to read more historicals than any other type of romance. I have a lot of wanna buy and must buy authors, but if I don’t know the author’s work, I’m more likely to pick up a book if the heroine is a bluestocking, a wallflower, or a spinster and/or if the main charachters are not the typical ones from the nobility.

Kim Perry
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Kim Perry

I love arranged marriages, marriages of convenience, and bluestockings.

Mineliz Medina
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Mineliz Medina

This is one of my favorite genres and I am always struggling with finding good authors or stories. I’ll try some of your recs. Thanks.

Laura Lovejoy Brunk
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Laura Lovejoy Brunk

I love the ” kidnapped” theme or enemies to lovers. Some of my favorites historical romance authors are Mary Balough and Kate Pearce.

Maria Theresa Santos
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Maria Theresa Santos

I love arrranged marriage

Betul
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Betul

Arranged or forced marriage and single parent.

Nancy Jones
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Nancy Jones

I like them all.

Kim
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Kim

I enjoy reading friends (or enemies) to lovers tropes.

Amy R
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Amy R

What always confuses me is the specific period Regancy, Elizabethan, Tudor, Victorian and ect to know the actual year time frame.
I like time travel romances.

Joanne
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Joanne

I love time travel books to England or Scotland

Trix
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Trix

Secret royalty and/or gender-flip will work!

Kristiana S
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Kristiana S

I rarely read historical romance. When i read them, i love to read Lisa Kleypas, Lorraine Heath, Sarah MacLean, Shana Galen.

Joanne B
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Joanne B

Marriage of convenience and surprise baby.

zuray
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zuray

Blue stocking heroine Worldy hero, Rake and the Wallflower. Plucky heroine ,Alpha asshole hero…..grovelling at the end.. You get the picture… I have a type, sorry not sorry. lol

Linda B.
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Linda B.

I just love historicals, my favorite genre. My book collection is full of historical romance novel.

Laurajj
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Laurajj

Oh I love them all, but one of my favorites is Enemies To Lovers !

Irma
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Irma

I love untamable heroines. When She does not listen to Him at all.

Nina T
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Nina T

Does Beauty and the beast count? Oh, I just remembered: I love reformed rakes!

Nina T
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Nina T

I mean beauty and the beast themed historical romances 🙂