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Bethina Lydia Fortescue, the Lady Godwin, adored her king as no other for twenty years. But the king is dead, and as his mere mistress she is no longer welcome at court.
Sir Arthur Jeffries, newly appointed to Princess Meredith's Regency Council, needs help. He begs the legendary Lady Godwin to return to the palace as the princess' tutor, hopefully to lead the gawky teenager through the political and romantic minefield of suitors and hidden assassins invited to attend her Debutante Ball.
Bethina and Arthur fight the undeniable surge of attraction between them. Bethina cannot bring herself to put aside the love she had for her king, and now concern for his heir. Arthur knows that he will only be able to serve the princess if he continues his life of solitude. Now is no time to take a courtesan to bed.
Brought together as servants to Rushton's crown, but joined through a lifetime of bitter and shrewd experiences, Bethina and Arthur discover that when the princess finally takes a husband, and all the enemies of the land are vanquished, they will have only one thing left to live for: love.
Eroticism In Historical Romance
At times there is a perception in romance that certain genres will not contain truly erotic scenes. Often the most hotly debated genre is Historical, as readers are fondly connected to Jane Austin, where there might be a stolen kiss, but not much more. But before we get into the debate of how hot should your sexy scenes get, let's stop and discuss what is eroticism?
Eroticism n def: a quality that causes sexual feelings
You will notice there's nothing explicit in the definition. Actual sex? Well, that's defined by intercourse, and if you stopped to read almost any romance out there, save for the sweet genre, you are going to find hot, steamy sex. Lots of it. The only thing that keeps your run of the mill historicals from slipping in next to your favorite contemporary titles from Samhain or Loose Id is when in the story your heroine disrobes, how often, and what vocabulary is used in describing the sex act.
Erotic? In the true definition of the word, there is nothing sexier than a historical--full of corsets and gowns and hidden seduction. What better draws desire from a man than a carefully dipped shoulder, a glimpse of cleavage and *gasp* the forbidden touch of a foot under the table. It takes a woman empowered by her own femininity to sneak into the conservatory for a well timed romp amidst the orange grove. How best to taunt your lover than to deny what he so clearly wants? Only to give into your desire in the library, under the desk, possibly ruining the priceless rug.
Instead of meeting the limits of current social norms, the historical genre lends itself into the world of fantasy, of costumes, flirtation, silk and velvets. It ignites everything we long for, while pleasing our tactile inner self.
For those out there that want to say the historical genre is all about a comedy of manners--well, a glimpse into the worlds of Cleopatra, Helen of Troy and King Henry VIII marks the realization that sex, and the lack of proper deportment, has had more to do with how political alliances were created throughout history than the ability of a young miss to curtsy correctly.
The next time you attend a party, look around the room and think. Who is trying to ask who out? Which one would be willing to slip out back for a little fun in the pool house? And which of them would consider such an act detrimental to their professional career?
Nothing has changed in the millennia of mankind. We loved sex then. We adore it now. What drives our desire--and is erotic--is something far more ethereal than what you can find in any book--fact or fiction.
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About the author:
S.D. Grady is a lover of men, music, movies and fast machines. A beautiful gown stirs her blood as quickly as a NASCAR race. An author of historical and fantasy romance, she never hesitates to switch gears and plunge into the real world of sports commentary.
She lives in her house on the hill with her husband of 20 years and their cats. During work hours she runs a movie theatre and, when not writing, enjoys crocheting yet another colorful afghan. Several times a year you can find them at the track in their RV.