Posted by: Jina Bacarr | August 31, 2012

Romancing the Blog Hop: “My favorite Bodice Ripper Romances and how they inspired me to write Titanic Rhapsody”

Once upon a time in a land far, far away when Twitter and Facebook were but a twinkle in a computer programmer’s eye, I indulged in my passion for reading. Big books that went way over five hundred pages. Books like Sweet Savage Love by Rosemary Rogers and Tears of Gold by Laurie McBain.

Angelique and the King by Sergeanne Golan.

Marianne and the Masked Prince and Catherine and Arnaud by Juliette Benzoni.

They were called bodice rippers.

Here are my fave Bodice Rippers: love the covers!!

Why were they called that?

Because of the provocative covers showing a beautiful woman with a heaving bosom sighing in the arms of a handsome hero. I soon found out there was a lot more than sex going on between the covers (plenty of that, too!).

These heroines defied society, scratched and groveled to not only better their place in life, but to get the man they wanted. They fought pirates alongside their man on the high seas or dazzled a king with their charm to save their lover, then rewarded the man they adored with a passionate kiss. They were willing to risk everything to stand on their own and be somebody. They never forgot they were bold, adventurous women.

Not for one second.

In Tears of Gold, the hero tells Mara that he’s impressed with her spirit and how he admires that about her.

Or Angelique in Angelique and the King when she fears the great love of her life has been burned at the stake. She goes to the king to find out the truth and tries to seduce him during a storm, taking him to her breast and comforting him.

And they weren’t afraid to fight against evil. In Catherine and Arnaud, when Catherine sees an injustice done to the poor and a man is killed by a savage guard, she attacks him with a dagger and kills him. 

I couldn’t get enough of these books. I was an impressionable kid who spent more time in the library than anywhere else, especially when I discovered the adult section was a lot more interesting than the kids’ area. Authors like Sidney Sheldon and Harold Robbins fascinated me with their grand storytelling landscapes and bold heroines. It was only natural that I graduated to bodice rippers as soon as I shed my training bra.

When I pulled out the fave romances of my youth, I discovered that three of the five books I wanted to talk about were originally written in French. Ah, l’amour. Could it be that French women were way ahead of us on shedding Puritan values and embracing their lives as women? After all, it’s not unusual for a Frenchman to kiss his wife goodbye at breakfast, then make love to his mistress at noon.

Here are two of my fave “Catherine” books in French that I bought in Paris and Versailles.

But American heroines can be just as proud and sensual as a Frenchwoman; e.g., Rosemary Rogers’ heroine in Sweet Savage Love proves her mettle when she’s forced to show her spunk to save her husband. She’s willing to do anything, even sleep with another man, to save her husband’s life.

These heroines also possessed a sense of adventure and a willingness to go outside their realm and explore the world, like the heroine in “Marianne and the Masked Prince,” who has a love affair with Napoleon.

I wanted to combine all these romantic elements in Titanic Rhapsody—a grand sweeping novel in the old bodice ripper tradition. I wanted a heroine who had spunk (Katie O’Reilly runs away from a grand house after she’s wrongly accused of theft and sneaks aboard the Titanic).

A heroine who fell in love with a hero, Captain Lord Jack Blackthorn, who would do anything to protect her (even go down with the ship).

A heroine who fought for women’s rights (Katie wants to be equal in America), and a hero and heroine who defied the rules of society to embrace their love.

And, lastly, a heroine with a strong sense of faith (Katie has a running dialogue with the Almighty about her weakness for the flesh when it comes to Captain Lord Jack Blackthorn).

With all the romantic exuberance of my youth, I set sail on my ship of dreams to write the story of  Katie O’Reilly and Captain Lord Jack Blackthorn and never looked back. Thank you to these wonderful authors who inspired my journey and made a young girl believe there really is a happily-ever-after for each of us.

So, tell me, what are your favorite bodice rippers?

Leave a comment with your email address and you’ll be entered to win one of two e-book copies of  TITANIC RHAPSODY.

Read an excerpt and see the VIDEO of Titanic Rhapsody.

And there’s more:

Carrie Ann Ryan has done an amazing job putting this Romancing the Blog Hop together with fabulous prizes.

Here is what Carrie Ann says on her blog:

“We have THREE grand prizes. You as a reader can go to EACH blog and comment with your email address and be entered to win. Yep, you can enter over 100 times!

Now what are those prizes?

1st Grand Prize: A Kindle Fire or Nook Tablet

2nd Grand Prize: A $130 Amazon or B&N Gift Card

3rd Grand Prize: The following Swag Pack!”

Carrie Ann Ryan


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  1. You know, I’ve actually never read one! When I was younger I was more concerned with horror books like Stephen King. but now I am full fledged into romance, so maybe its time I check one out 🙂


    • Thanks, Liz, for stopping by! These grand books of romance encompassed history and locale and a look into the workings of various cultures. And romance on a grand scale. The Angelique books were written by a husband and wife team.

  2. I remember some of those books you mentioned. I read them years ago and still remember “Sweet Savage Love” fondly.

    kesummer69 at gmail dot com

    • Kelsey,

      I was excited when I found my copy of Sweet Savage Love, like reuniting with an old friend. The book made an impression on me–when I got a job working for a computer mag, I called my column “Sweet Savage Byte.”

  3. Johanna Lindsey writes the ones I am most familiar with and I think I’ve read a ton of them… other authors don’t stick with me as well — and I can’t remember a title that isn’t one of hers.

    thank you for participating …

    • I love Johanna Lindsey as well–she’s a fab historical author with a lot of heart.

  4. Great post! It’s sad to see the bodice rippers fading. They are still great though.
    Thanks for being part of this blog hop and then chance to win.

    • Thank you, Kitty! I believe we will continue to see strong heroines like the ones in the historical bodice rippers though set in more modern times. From Edwardian through WWII–these turbulent times gave women a chance to show what they can do in times of conflict.

  5. In terms of recent bodice rippers I loved “The Year of Living Scandalously”

    fencingromein at hotmail dot com

    • Hi, Shannon — good choice! Who doesn’t love a lady pretending to be what she isn’t? I did a bit of that in Titanic Rhapsody when Katie pretends to be the Countess of Marbury when the ship is sinking…

  6. Loved reading your post, I remember reading Sweet Savage Love, great story.
    skpetal at hotmail dot com

  7. Thanks for your comment, Jean. Rosemary Rogers encompassed grand storytelling at its best–giving women the opportunity to explore beyond their world and make something of themselves, an inspiration for us all.

  8. I love Johanna Lindsey! Thanks so much for being part of the hop!

    • Hi, Lisa,

      Great to see so many Johanna Lindsey fans here! This hop is an amazing experience. Thank you for stopping by.

  9. I didn’t read romance for a long time, except the true story mags. Those I devoured.


    • Glad you’re enjoying romance, Lynn, no matter what avenue. The heartfelt stories of women overcoming their daily travails is important to all of us. Gives us hope and courage; we need that in today’s world.

  10. I have a collection of “old school” bodice rippers from the 70s and 80s. I read one every now that then. They’re a fun escape! 🙂


    • Hi, Diana,

      I so agree re: fun escape. When I read through these novels again to write this post, I was amazed at the detail and lush storytelling–they really draw into their worlds. We’re so used to “shortcuts” in writing from texting to speaking in acronyms, it’s a cool way to invigorate your mind.

  11. I love going back and reading my old reads that is why I will always have a bookshelf no matter my ereader, I cant get rid of anything bc I will start thinking about a story I want to reread and off to looking for it I go.

    • Hi,

      I so agree with you re: bookshelf–when I went to look for these books I knew exactly where they were because I keep them on a certain shelf. It’s like going back to a high school reunion every time I take them off the shelf, remembering good times. The best part is, they haven’t aged a day!!

  12. Wow! Memories…I started out reading Danielle Steele, Nora Roberts, and then “bodice rippers”. Joanna Lindsey was one of my favorites. Loved them! It’s been a long time since I read on of those. I loved them. I remember one about a pirate….it was so good. Don’t remember the title, but it was a great read.


    • Very cool, Barbara, that my post brought back such warm memories for you. Could your pirate book be “A Pirate’s Pleasure” by Heather Graham? I believe it’s from the late ’80s.

      Thanks for stopping by–I’m really thrilled that my post has sparked good thoughts about these groundbreaking stories.

  13. My favorite is Petals on the River by Kathleen Woodiwiss. I loved it. I read it as a teenager and have went through like 5 copies until I bought it for my Kindle. I remember reading another “bodice ripper” I don’t know remember the title but the cover had a rainbow. I read it so many times it literally fell apart. I loved them as a teenager. lol Thank you for the giveaway.

    • Hi, Kaylyn,

      I remember reading Kathleen Woodiwiss and loving being wrapped up in the exquisite detail of her world–she engaged all the reader’s senses and made you feel like you were there; feeling, smelling, hearing, tasting…all forever etched in time. All you have to do is open the book to experience it all again…or now, turn on your Kindle!

      Thanks for coming by!

  14. Oh I have read the Bodice Rippers…LOL
    I remember when Fabio came out with his book. I just had to buy it. Actually all books with him on the cover were Bodice Rippers…

    koonie2888 at yahoo dot com

    • Hi, Michelle,

      Glad to find another bodice ripper fan!! Thanks for your Fabio memory–funny thing is I was going through some old boxes with book convention cover flats, etc. and found some Fabio promo stuff they were giving away then. Did I toss it? No way. It’s like those old comics I still have. It’s a part of how we started.

  15. Love the post! I’m a big fan of romantic books so I love this HOP so much!
    verusbognar (at) gmail (dot) com

    • Always happy to meet another romance fan, Veronika! Thank you for stopping by and commenting. Carrie Ann Ryan has put together some fab author blogs for this hop. Enjoy!

  16. What a fun post!!! I love escaping into a book. What a fun hop! delphinareadstoomuch at yahoo

    • Thanks, Delphina! Me, too, re: escaping into a book. The best part is you can always pick up where you left off when it’s time to do laundry… (imagine our romance heroines washing all those petticoats!)

  17. I grew up on Nora Roberts, Kathleen Woodiwiss, and Elizabeth Lowell. And yes, the adult section of the library is more fun. I skimmed through Anne Rice’s The Claiming of Sleeping Beauty as a teen and realized it was more mature for me at the time.
    bituin76 AT hotmail DOT com

    • Jan,

      All favorites of mine, too. I recently saw Nora at the RWA Anaheim convention–she’s gracious with fans as always and she had on the sexiest silver and black high heels! The lady has style…

      I have a copy of Sleeping Beauty, too–they’re releasing it, I believe. It will be interesting to see the new cover.

  18. I have read and loved the Juliette Benzoni books.

    • Tessa,

      So cool to find another Juliette Benzoni fan! She has some interesting fan pages on the Internet…she made learning about history fun and romantic for me. Loved her books, too.

  19. I don’t think I’ve ever read a boddice ripper, haha. I just recently started reading romance novels again because when I first started to read them, I got bored of them quickly because I didn’t really understand the story. 🙂


    • Crystal,

      Good to hear you’re reading romance again! They have so much to offer–hope, courage, a sense of family and the ability to see ourselves and our problems in other women. Oftentimes, we can take away more than enjoyment from reading a romance novel, but a better understanding of ourselves or someone we love.

  20. One of my favorites is The Conqueror by Brenda Joyce. Great giveaway.

    blinkysthebest at aol dot com

    • Hi, Lona,
      Brenda Joyce is another strong author of history–a wonderful sense of place along with stirring emotions. Thank you for stopping by!

  21. My first bodice rippers were Kathleen Woodiwiss books.
    Enjoyed your picks too.
    mcv111 at hotmail dot com

    • Monica,

      Kathleen Woodiwiss was most definitely a trailblazer during a time when the genre was getting started. We owe a lot to her and the other authors who persevered to tell their stories. Glad you enjoyed my picks! I loved the Angelique books–drove my family crazy about going to Versailles when I was a kid and we went to France. I remember the guard yelling at me when I “sat down” on a chair in the Hall of Mirrors. I’ll always remember that…

  22. It’s so hard to pick just one! I find them at second hand shops and have to buy them 🙂 Thanks for the awesome & amazing giveaway!

    • Cassandra,

      It’s practically impossible to pick just one…I, too, haunt the second hand shops to look for old versions. Unfortunately, my fave store closed…I scooped up what I could, but I’m still sad about losing our used book stores. They brought the reading experience full circle–you could look for your favorites, but you never knew what “gem” you’d find. It was a direct link to that author’s vision of her story–how she saw her book when it first came out, the cover, backcover blurb…a connecting experience I’ll always treasure.

  23. Two that come to mind are The Velvet Promise by Jude Devereaux and The Wolf and the Dove by Kathleen E. Woodiwiss

    • Hi, Qwillia,

      Love your name! So pretty and romantic…

      Yes, thank you for mentioning Jude Devereaux–a great storyteller and a writer whom I’ve always felt really brings the importance of home and hearth to her books. And as always, Kathleen Woodiwiss. Thank you.

  24. What a great hop! Grand prizes, old friends to visit and new ones to meet… and chances to win at each stop too. I’m in Blog heaven!

    I remember reading Kathleen Woodiwiss and Rosemary Rogers books. they were my first taste in “adult” romance. I thought they were very risque for the times and now look back fondly on them as “tame” compared to some books today.

    Thanks for being part of the hop and for the chance to win.

    • Hi, Tanna,

      I’m overwhelmed by all the fabulous comments and the excitment generated by this hop! Thank you so much for stopping by. Blog heaven best describes it for me, too.

      You’re so right about the “risque” factor in those early books. In some ways, it was nice to have a bit of mystery in the books–a tease, a glance, a flash of skin–yet in other ways, there were few avenues for young women to learn about sex. Hopefully, we can find that area in-between to educate and also entertain.

  25. I loved those big seeping romances, too. Seems like there’s not as much adventure in historical romance these days. I enjoy a good comedy of manners, but I miss the bigger books.

    • Hi, Linda,

      I couldn’t agree with you more about not having as much adventure in historical romances these days–I wonder if it’s because we “see” so much more of the world on media; the mystery of the Orient as it was called and the rule of the British Empire are no longer. I’ll always love Paris and right now I’m working on a book about pre-war Berlin when it was wild and crazy!

      Thanks for stopping by!

  26. Romance is all about building a lasting relationship 🙂

    • Hi, Krystal,

      So true about romance and a lasting relationship–like a flower–it takes careful nurturing and a lot of effort, not to mention love to make the bloom blossom.

  27. I loved your post. I’d not heard of those books before, or the reference to bodice rippers. Interesting.

    • Hi, Paloma,

      So glad you enjoyed my post! It was a time when women were coming into their own, spreading their wings in a world that celebrated new freedoms for women in the workplace, etc. These heroines and their adventures echoed these new beginnings for women–and let women explore their sexuality in a new way.

  28. I don’t have one but I remember devouring anything Johanna Lindsey. I still go back to her time and again.

    • Hi, Linda,

      It’s good to hear from so many fans of Johanna Lindsey. Her stories bridged the years from the early bodice rippers to today. Very cool to hear that you go back to her books–that says a lot about an author’s work. Like a best friend. Always there for you.

  29. Barbara Cartland books. Are considered bodice rippers?

    booklover0226 at gmail dot com

    • Hi, Tracey,

      After seeing your question re: Barbara Cartland, I pulled out two of her novels at random from my collection: Love is an Eagle and The Slaves of Love–they were both printed in the mid to late 1970s but Love is an Eagle has an original copyright of 1951. Both are historicals, but the 1951 book is longer and more what you might call in the bodice ripper tradition (the hero sees the heroine bathing in moonlight); I would say that Ms. Cartland’s later works tended to be more on the romantic side. I wouldn’t put her in the traditional “bodice ripper” category, but she was a prolific and adventurous writer and made her mark on romance.

      A sidenote: I happened to open a page in “Love is an Eagle” and saw the word: ejaculation. However, it was used in the classic definition of uttering an exclamatory remark. I thought it was cool anyway.

  30. I love Johanna Lindsey , Nora Roberts and more….Thank you for the giveaway…

    • Hi, Ronnkelly3 (Ronnda, perhaps?),

      Johanna Lindsey, Nora Roberts and Kathleen Woodiwiss seem to be the most mentioned authors! Thank you for stopping by!

  31. I love Johanna Lindsey. I have devoured all of her books. Her Mallory series are one of my favorites. Thanks for the awesome hop and giveaways! This is so much fun! Thank you! My favorite thing about romance is the romance. lol I love the characters, the plots, the HEA’s, the love. I love it all!

    • Hi, Shadow,

      Thank you for mentioning Johanna Lindsey’s Mallory series! At the top of any list. Glad you’re having a good time–you’ll meet amazing authors along the way of this blog hop. I love your enthusiasm about romance. It’s great.

  32. I don’t have a favorite bodice ripper book, but a few favorite authors such as Bertrice Small, Samantha James, Johanna Lindsey, Julia Quinn, Eloisa James, Victoria Alexander. I know most people thing 70’s and 80’s when they think of bodice rippers since that is when the term was used but modern day historical romances fits the bill to a tee.

    • Hi, Shan,

      I love your list of favorite authors. Beatrice Small is a fave of mine, too. You’re right about the ’70s and ’80s being what people “think” are bodice rippers; like so many phrases, it’s become a term that has become old-fashioned in many readers’ minds. That’s okay because that’s what makes writing and reading romance fun. It’s a changing adventure with each new decade.

  33. My very first romance book was Johanna Lindsey’s Malory Series! I read the series and was hooked! I found my love of reading! I’ve reread her books so many times I lost count. They got me through some really hard times!

    thanks for the contest

    • Hi, Foretta,

      So cool that your romance novels helped you discover your love of reading. A fine testament to Johanna Lindsey and all romance authors. Thank you. It’s so important to have friends to talk to when we’re going through hard times; even though romance novels don’t “talk back” to us, in a way they do. They tell us to keep going, that we can get through this because the heroine in the book did. Oftertimes, we may read something heroine did to solve a problem and it gives us an idea of what we should do. On the other hand, romance novels provide a much needed “escape” from a problem so our subconscious can mull it over and come up with a solution.

      Thank you for your heartfelt comment.

  34. I loved reading your post:) I can’t wait to read your book it sounds great! Thanks for being a part of the hop, I love finding new authors!

    • Hi, Allyson,

      Thank you so much for your kind words about Titanic Rhapsody! I’m glad you enjoyed my post–it was fun going through my “keeper” shelf and talking about these books. My Titanic romance is a big book as well–125,000 words. Also, we see what happens to my characters after the ship sinks and the survivors arrive in New York…a whole part of the story not often told.

      Thank you again for stopping by!

  35. A long time ago someone had mentioned that term to me also. It is an older, and maybe naughtier term then romance. A lot more sultry sometimes then romance, but I’ll take it! omahablack at yahoo dot com

    • Hi, Debra,

      I love what you said about bodice ripper being a “naughtier” term than romance and more sultry. An apt description indeed! Slinky and voluptuous also come to mind.

      Thanks for coming by!

  36. Thanks for being part of the hop

    bacchus76 at myself dot com

    • Hi, Donna,

      Thank you for stopping by! Carrie Ann Ryan is a hard worker and has put together a fabulous hop with wonderful prizes.

  37. Sweet Savage Love…o the memories of my youth 🙂 I started with Barbara Cartland…. Rosemary Rogers was a real eye opener…

    maryjooller [at] yahoo [dot] com

    • Hi, MJ,

      Ah, yes, going from Barbara Cartland to Rosemary Rogers would make any young girl blush in her petticoats. Glad you could stop by!

  38. I have never read a bodice ripper, but I’ve heard Sweet Savage Love is pretty steamy! Thanks for the awesome post!
    ehaney578 at aol dot com

    • Hi, Elizabeth,

      Many of the older bodice rippers are available online from used book vendors or as ebooks! The cool part is you can sample the ebooks first–see how steamy they are before you make your choice. A few of Rosemary Rogers’ newest books have “samples,” though the older ones do not.

      Glad you like the post. Thank you!

  39. I’m afraid I’ve never read one of the bodice ripping novels. This blog is bringing back memories for me and thinking about what I read so long ago and I do remember Jacqueline Susann’s Once is Not Enough.That was big back in the 70s when I was in HS. very risque.

    • Hi, Eileen,

      So glad my blog is bringing back good memories for you. Oh yes, Jacqueline Susann was indeed a trailblazer with her sexy, glitzy novels. She also knew how to market–she’d go to the distribution houses with boxes of doughnuts for the vendors to make sure her books got into the stores. She was a savvy businesswoman who knew how to tell a great story.

  40. I’m kinda new to the romance genre and have only read one book that can be considered a “bodice ripper” and that was Seven Years to Sin by Sylvia Day.
    molly dot frenzel at gmail dot com

    • Hi, Molly,

      Welcome to the genre, Molly. Sylvia is a wonderful writer, intelligent and smart. All her stories have strong heroines–she’s great with the sex scenes, too!

  41. Thanks tons for the hop! I only read romance. My fav is Lora Leigh! Going to parade Monday with brothers and sisters! Should be FUN!

    • Hi, Kim,

      Glad you came by–Lora Leigh also writes sexy, strong heroines. A very prolific writer–you’ll have lots of great stories of hers to choose from. Have fun at your parade on Monday–I love parades, especially the bands.

  42. I have no idea what bodice rippers are but I am so checking out your book Titanic Rhapsody I would love to read it! Thanks for the great giveaway!

    • Hi, Sarah (I checked your blog–hope I have it right!)

      Thanks for stopping by–I hope my bodice ripper post gave you some ideas what they are. Fun, sexy, and adventurous probably wraps it up best.

      Thanks for checking out Titanic Rhapsody!! As I’ve said, it’s a big book with lots of action and Titanic info; you’ll meet real passengers along with my H/H and live those last moments on the ship as it happened, minute by minute, not knowing if the H/H will ever see each other again…


  43. I haven’t heard that term in a long time. I remember reading Harliquan romances during college in the early 90’s. I used the get them for free from the book dealer I used to work with.
    bournmelissa at hotmail dot com

    • Hi, Melissa,

      Yes, bodice ripper goes back to another time in publishing; Harlequin is known for its romances, but they have published steamy novels, too. Glad you had the op to get acquainted with romance back in college!

  44. I was a baby in the 80’s so I’m not familiar with any authors from that time (aside from Nora Roberts) so I’m going to definitely check out everyone’s favorites from here. Always looking for new books to try.


    • Hi, Adria,

      You have fun, sexy reading in front of you with great romantic heroes and heroines. I’m really excited how everyone has added their favorite authors. Take your time and go through the comments for some excellent recommedations. The books I wrote about are available as used or in some cases, newer editions. The French authors are not available for Kindle et al from what I can see.

      Happy Romance Reading!

  45. Sinful by Charlotte Featherstone….I want a lifesized photo of that cover, too

    shermie40 at yahoo dot com

    • Yes, definitely “Sinful” by Charlotte Featherstone–a Spice book from Harlequin. I so agree re: the sexy lord on the cover. A keeper, for sure.

  46. some of my favorite bodice rippers would have to be books by Catherine Hart and there’s another one that pops into my head but I can’t remember the title or author but I remember the cover. . . . I’ll try to get back to you on that one. There are a lot of bodice rippers out there. Thanks for being a part of the hop. I hope that you have a great Labor day!
    jessangil at gmail dot com

    • Hi, Jessica,

      Thank you for mentioning Catherine Hart — she writes Native American romances with definitely bodice ripper covers. Wonderful storyteller. I believe some of her books have been reissued! Yes, please let me know the name of your other favorite author. Have a great Labor Day, too! Thanks for coming by today.

  47. I’ve never read any of your favorites but I swear I saw some of them before. Maybe Mom owned them? I’ve been reading for 40 years but only got into Romance less than a decade ago.

    Thanks for participating!
    doxisrcool at

    • Hi, Anna,

      The books I mentioned are from a while ago–you may have seen them in used bookstores or as you mentioned, your mom may have had them. Rosemary Rogers is the only author I mentioned who has had recent reisuses since 2000 and/or new stories. Not sure of the time frame on that.

      Thank you for stopping by today!! Enjoy all the wonderful romances we’ve talked about here.

  48. As a young woman, I devoured June Lund Shiplett’s Winds series – and those were all bodice rippers if one ever existed!

    jochibi AT yahoo DOT com

    • Hi, Jo,

      June Lund Shiplett also wrote fantastic time travels!! A fabulous writer–the Winds series was extraordinary. Thank you for coming by and mentioning one of my favorite authors.

  49. I cant say I have ever read anything that would constitute a bodice ripper but they do sound fun!! (although in my wanderings in the wierd and wonderful world of fanfic writing I was once accused of writing one in the guise of a short story! :D)

    • Hi, Sally,

      It sounds like you have the makings of a sexy romance writer! You might want to try some of the authors mentioned here by everyone; good reading and excellent craft from these authors. Thanks for coming by!

  50. Any of Johanna Lindsey’s books


    • Thank you for stopping by today–great to hear from another Johanna Lindsey fan!

  51. I have several of those books in my presonal collection Time Swept Romance and some Victoria Holt earlier books…

    • Hi, Beckey,

      Very cool to meet another collector of romances! I have Victorial Holt, too–we think along the same lines. Thank you for coming by today!

  52. I’ve read a variety of romance, a lot of historical. They weren’t the classic bodice ripper covers drawing me in to read them
    tjandbcd at optonline dot net

    • Hi, Betty,

      I love historial, too. Romance or historical fiction, I love them all. Philippa Gregory is a fabulous historical author you might want to try if you haven’t already. Thanks for stopping by!

  53. I use to love reading Rosemary Rogers and Johanna Lindsey books.
    sstrode at scrtc dot com

    • Hi, Sherry,

      Great to find another fan of Rosemary Rogers and Johanna Lindsey! Good choices for that lush historical landscape and strong heroines and sexy, hunky heroes.

      Thanks for coming by tonight as we wind down the Romancing the Hop Blog!

  54. Hi Jina,
    I just stumbled on your blog and I love the way you talk about those old “Bodice Rippers” you should have heard me are so right 😉
    why do you not come over and leave a message on my official website, approved by the author Juliette Benzoni herself? I would love that.
    Best wishes and lovely Blog you have here.

  55. Hi, Mistral,

    Thank you for your kind comments–love those old books. It was fun revisiting them. I often long for those kinds of “mini-series” stories all in one book! I’m off to check out your site…can’t wait!

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