… and news! I have been inveigled into Lady Beaufeatherstone’s ballroom with promises of parrots and lobster patties. (Stiles is tremendously jealous that Lady B has a real parrot rather than a stuffed one.) You can now find me at the Ballroom Blog every fourth Monday and for select Saturday salons.
In honor of the Ballroom Bloggers, today’s if you like is:
If you like Regency romance, you’ll probably like:
— Judith McNaught’s Regencies, which were my introduction to the genre– they’re unabashedly Old Skool, with nicer than nice heroines and more brooding than brooding heroes (my favorite is still Almost Heaven);
— Lisa Kleypas’ pivotal Dreaming of You, which put lower class heroes (and owners of gaming clubs) on the Regency map;
— Amanda Quick’s sprightly Regencies, from the one word titles, like Ravished and Rendezvous to my personal favorite, With This Ring, which makes merciless fun of “horrid” novels (hint, hint, there may have been some Miss Gwen inspiration here);
— for something a little more, well, British, Mary Balogh’s Regencies and Jo Beverly’s Company of Rogues;
— and, of course, what Regency list could be complete without Julia Quinn? By now, most of you know that I’m particularly partial to To Catch an Heiress (spies!) and The Viscount Who Loved Me (Kate would so be best friends with Hen);
— along similar lines, but less well known, one of my favorite Regencies is Jessica Benson’s The Accidental Duchess, which has the same sort of witty dialogue, crazy side characters (er, I meant “eccentric” side characters) and laugh out loud humor as Quinn;
— in the “up and coming” department, the new sensation in Regency romance is Sarah MacLean, particularly the first of her “numbers” trilogy, Nine Rules to Break When Romancing a Rake, and her new gambling club series, starting with A Rogue by Any Other Name.
It’s a huge genre, and even after this massive list, I know I’ve only just brushed the surface. Which are your favorite Regency-set novels?