This month in the third installment of my multi-part series, I’m taking a closer look at where our beloved regency heroes and heroines make the magic happen.
The constraints of the regency period presents a fair share of challenges for the author. One of the most notable of these challenges is managing to get the hero and heroine together… alone. During a time when ankles were considered scandalous, you can bet unmarried men and women had a heck of time stealing a few minutes without an audience. Regency men and women couldn’t just head out for a spin down the proverbial Lover’s Lane. Nor could they simply check into the nearest hotel with a heart-shaped tub. Regency hero and heroines had to be a bit more creative, and a good regency romance knows which lusty locales lend themselves best for making the magic happen.
The Garden: Taking a turn about the garden is a popular regency pastime, made even more enjoyable if it’s done with a member of the opposite sex. In my first novel, Compromising Miss Tisdale, my characters find themselves alone in the garden where the last thing on their minds is admiring the plant life. Overgrown shrubbery offers young lovers a fair amount of protection from prying eyes, making the garden the regency writer’s go-to for stolen kisses and, well, whatever else our hero can get away with.
The Library: Who doesn’t find the smell of old, musty, leather-lined volumes incredibly arousing? Studious heroes and bluestocking heroines alike can often be found cavorting in the library. Apparently, it’s one of the least frequented rooms of an estate…unless you happen to be looking for love.
The Carriage: In modern times, young couples favor back seats, and apparently the same was true during the Regency period. More than I would have ever thought possible, heroes and heroines often find themselves alone in the same carriage, completely unchaperoned (gasp). With transportation not being what it is today, travelling any sort of distance took hours…even days. But who could blame them? It’s not like there was anything else to do.
The Bedroom: Leave it to the industrious hero to manage his way into the heroine’s bedroom in the middle of the night, and vice versa. It’s both the least, and most obvious place we’d expect to find our couple.
ROMANTIC PURSUIT QUESTION: In what book (mentioned above) did my hero and heroine find themselves alone in a garden? Click here to answer.
Jessica Jefferson makes her home in northern Indiana, or as she likes to think of it—almost Chicago. She is heavily inspired by classic sweeping, historical romance novels, but aims to take those key emotional elements and inject a fresh blend of quick dialogue and comedy. She invites you to visit her at jessicajefferson.com and read more of her random romance musings. Her latest book, Taming Miss Tisdale, is available now.
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