by Elizabeth Michels
The obvious answer is to escape for a mini-vacation into a world of ball gowns, afternoon teas, and gentlemen who are generally rougher around the edges than any men in the real world today. It’s the world of Alpha Males and villainous plots! A place where there are rules to break and social expectations to overcome in order to find that elusive happily ever after!
Page turning plots abound in historical romance! But let’s take a minute to discuss the real gem of historical romance, the exotic settings for steamy scenes! Here are my top 10 favorites to find in a historical romance:
- On a moonlit garden bench. The music from the ballroom is playing in the distance as the couple waltzes out the terrace doors. Where do they go when they slip away? The garden bench, of course. The elusive garden bench is always shielded from sight by a carefully placed bush or two. And are they cold in the damp English night air? Never, because they have the heat of their embrace to keep them warm.
- At the Theatre. For the sake of historical accuracy, let’s say the lights don’t dim during the show, but they don’t have to. Plenty can happen in the shadowed back corner of a box seat at the theatre. See Chapter 17 of THE REBEL HEIR for details on this one.
- In a Gazebo. There’s a nature walk and a gazebo sitting at the farthest point from the house, built to observe the view of the land. But, they’re never looking at the view of the land by the time they get there, are they? Nope! They have a much hotter view right in front of them.
- In an Inn. The couple is making their way north to Gretna Green to elope, but they must stop for the night. Fake names and a cover story are a must here. But, once they’re alone, there’s no one to stop them. And lucky for them, they got the only “nice” room. Yay, them.
- On a path in Vauxhall Gardens. He invites her for a walk down the path. She shouldn’t go, it’s inviting scandal…but then she does. They round a bend and lose the group they’re with. He leads her off the path to the convenient shelter of a tree. The fireworks are going off in the distance while sparks fly between them. This one might just show up in Chapter 13 of THE REBEL HEIR, fireworks included.
- In the Stables. There’s a hay loft. Enough said.
- On a Blanket in a Field. Whether it’s a picnic, a day of riding horses or a long walk, if there’s an extended period of time in nature, you can bet that there will be a blanket in the grass.
- Inside a Carriage. This might be the Regency version of the backseat of a car, but it’s convenient, it works, and I love it.
- In the Library. There are many uses for a library and only one of them is reading a book. Use of a library number 807: fun times on top of the desk. And number 808? Fun times against the bookshelf. *wink wink, nod nod*
- Within an Alcove in the Hall. This is my personal favorite. Who knew historical homes had so many alcoves? Romance Authors—that’s who! Whether there is enough shadow to hide them from view or the addition of velvet curtains to aid in the secrecy of their meeting, couples in need, always find an alcove. See THE INFAMOUS HEIR, chapter 17 for more on this one.
What’s your favorite location for a steamy scene in a book?
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