Jen’s Top 5 Clues if a historical romance is going to only have a hint or a full-on sexy book experience

This is Jen – I read most of the histrionically based romances.  As a result, I have read a lot of historical romances lately. I have noticed certain trends that either make it a historical romance with only a hint of the hot and spicy books we at Behind Closed Doors Book Review like or a really good sexy book! So I have take a moment to share my top 5 Clues that a historical romance set in 19th century England will be a sexy novel and not just one or two rolls in the hay (sometimes quite literally)!

5. Does the female character seem interested in men (and yes, it is pretty much only men) or is she only interested in her social status? If she is talking about being with a man in the first few pages, you have a better shot of it being a saucy romance.

4. Is the female character the help or a servant (or pretending to be)? The trend in many historical romance books seems to be if the woman is a servant or pretending to be a servant, she is more likely to be willing to stray from the prescribed expected virtue of the day.

3. Does the man have a past that involves bedding lots of women? The rakes and the scoundrels have been frequently used terms for men with a past in 19th century England. A man with a reputation is also a great clue.

2. Is the man part of a sex club or other similar type establishment? Does he go to the brothel with his men friends? Does he run a high society sex club? The setting of the story can be a great clue. The men who are a group who tend to participate at such establishments and they usually cannot keep from giving their betrothed a bit of a naughty peek.

1. Are the main characters married, widowed, or going to be married soon (by the first chapter)? If yes, then there is very likely more than just the ruination of a young virgin. This also goes for both male and female characters. This martial status is the biggest clue of all. Virgins written in this time period tend to be very concerned about being ruined (aka – no longer a virgin).

 

Here are my top 6 hot and sexy Historical Romance Books:

 

His Hand-Me-Down Countess by  Sorcha Mowbray

Amount of sex 5 / 5
How explicit 5 / 5
Amount of BDSM/Fetish 5 / 5
Story 5 / 5
Overall: 5 / 5

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Maid for Majesty by AJ Phoenix

Amount of sex 5 / 5
How explicit 5 / 5
BDSM/Fetish 1 / 5
Romance 5 / 5
Overall: 5 / 5

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Norseman’s Salvation by Gianna Simone

Amount of sex 4 / 5
How explicit 4 / 5
Story 5 / 5
Overall: 5 / 5

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The Scandal of it All by Sophie Jordan

Amount of sex 4.5 / 5
How explicit 4.5 / 5
Story 5 / 5
Overall: 5 / 5

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DISCIPLINED BY THE DUKE by Alyson Chase

 Amount of sex 4.5 / 5
How explicit 5 / 5
BDSM/Fetish 3 / 5
Story 4.5 / 5
Overall: 4.5 / 5
  

The Duke of Defiance by Darcy Burke

Amount of sex 4 / 5
How explicit 4 / 5
Story 4.5 / 5
Overall: 5 / 5

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