When Lord James Eversley is accused of a murder he did not commit, he dresses up as his new brother-in-law’s footman and hitches a ride in their carriage out of town. When it seems they are no longer being followed he begins to relax until a minor accident causes them to stop at a shabby looking inn. As his “master” and his sister sip tea in the scruffy parlour, James comes face to face with Lady Anna, the woman who left him in the dead of night five years before and a familiar looking child.
Lady Anna has accepted her life as Mrs Johnstone, mother of four-year-old Viola, “wife” of Peter, the mentally ill former footman and land lady of a shabby inn on the Great North Road. Her plans for a love match with the handsome Lord Eversley were cruelly snatched away from her five years before. Her ruination means there is no opportunity to return to her family or the ton. When James turns up, dressed as a footman and demanding answers, Anna must decide whether to tell the truth.
James never stopped loving Anna and now he must learn what happened that fateful night that Anna left him heartbroken. With the truth out in the open, he must convince the love of his life to take a chance on him. He wants to marry her and restore her reputation among the aristocracy. But in Regency England reputations are easily lost and difficult to regain. Can Anna trust James enough to do what is right for Peter, despite his actions, her child and most importantly himself? Can James convince Anna to seek the help that Peter needs and return to the ton?
How sexy are the Historical Romance
Until I read my first historical romance, I did not imagine they were at all sexy. I believe my first one was a Lyndsay Sands medieval Scottish romance. Once I had listened (I love audio books) to the three books I took a chance with her regency books and thoroughly enjoyed them. Then I found Mary Balogh and Sarah MacLean and Stephanie Laurens and a host of other wonderful authors. But what makes them sexy?
Well the men of course. Seriously, you can keep your Christian Greys. Give me Mr Darcy or a Regency earl any day.
Life for aristocratic men was pretty easy in Regency times. They could pad about London until they were around thirty, chasing maids and bedding widows and courtesans. Then they would find a young bride (usually in her late teens or early twenties) and “set up their nursery. All through their rakish youth they learned the art of pugilism at Gentleman Jackson’s Boxing Saloon, fenced, wagered, rode in the park and avoided the mama’s who wanted to marry their daughters off.
They always have hair that is a little long (so you could run your fingers through it), thick sideburns and otherwise clean shaven by their valet. They also always were fully clothed in the presence of a lady. There is something very tempting about a present that you are not allowed to open. And they have all that masculinity just simmering underneath.
Their tight fitting pantaloons or breeches showed off the muscles of their thighs and I suspect they left nothing to the imagination.
The heroines are supposed to wait until their wedding day but more and more in Regency romances, they are deflowered before that, usually by the hero in a moment where the two cannot help themselves. Well, would you kick Mr Darcy out of your bed, hayloft, clearing? Neither would I.
So yes, Historical Romances are sexy because of the men. Men like James, the hero of Restoring Lady Anna. He’s determined when he finds Anna again and gives her an ultimatum. He has his own big house and will become an earl one day. And he loves Anna very much. Just the kind of man I want. And that’s just plain sexy.
About the author:
Em was born and brought up in the Central Belt of Scotland and still lives there. She was told as a child she had an over active imagination--as if that is a bad thing. She's traded her dreams of owning her own island, just like George in the Famous Five to hoping to meet her own Mr Darcy one day. But her imagination remains the same.
Unfortunately, Em was put off reading and writing by school and although she rediscovered her love of reading many years ago, she only tried her hand at writing again in 2011. After a year of writing fan fiction, she wrote an original short story for an anthology. This was followed up with two more shorts and 4 novella length books, all published under a pen name. Having fallen in love with a new sub-genre, courtesy of books by Mary Balogh and Lynsay Sands, she decided to try her hand at her new favourite genre for reading--regency.
Having bitten the bullet, she feels she has found her home in the 19th century, and it does give her an excuse to watch Colin Firth in a pair of buff breeches and riding books ad infinitum.
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