Did you know that the Regency romance, as pretty much invented by Georgette Heyer, is turning eighty this year? The Beau Monde chapter of the Romance Writers of America is celebrating this anniversary with a year-long series of articles about Heyer’s Regency novels, posted in the order of their publication. Rather than standard reviews, these posts range far and wide in the realm of the Regency romance in general. You can see my contribution here, and browse those of many other great writers as well.
Romances set in the Regency period have come a long way in those eighty years. I love the way authors are taking advantage of all the things happening outside aristocratic ballrooms for new plots and character types. And of course they’re also adding varying degrees of spice to the love stories – from warm to scorching.
I used that latitude in my Regency historical Charmed and Dangerous, being reissued June 2, which takes place in Vienna during the famous congress. As England and its allies discuss dividing up Europe after their first defeat of Napoleon, my hero and heroine investigate a plot that will ruin all. There’s time for some passionate exchanges when they’re marooned on an uninhabited island together. Which rather complicates their renewed hunt for a wily set of spies.
What's your favorite thing about the Regency period?