I’ve been an occasional romance reader since my teens but to be honest I don’t really remember any of the romances I read in the early days of my reading adventures. I do remember my first real romance novel was historical, and probably had Fabio or some other long-haired dude on the cover holding up a lusty looking heroine up as she swoons over his moobage. I can almost picture it if I close my eyes and hold my breath. Whew, dizzy.
I wrote about my first romance novel in a post last May and how I was a little bit traumatized by the “throbbing member” and how often that thing was pressed up against the heroine. Luckily I got over it and was eventually able to appreciate the importance of the throbbing member in romance. Very.Important.
This is not it, but man, you have got to love that hair! I bet his member is…never mind.
So these days I love my romance novels and can’t go a day without out without getting twitchy and cranky. I’m reading currently released romances now, but I would love to go back in time and read some great romance novels from the 80’s and 90’s. I know romance has changed over the years and I’m prepared to be scandalized.
I asked the Fiction Vixen review team for some recs. Within seconds my inbox was flooded with suggestions. So many that we created a separate recommendations list just for romances published in the 80’s and 90’s.
These ladies know their old school lovin’.
Viking Love: (good stuff, I still own my paperback copies)
Regency Love: The beginning of the much loved Malory saga
Medieval Love: This is the one where the hero has no loving skills so he goes to the town whore to find out how to give it to his woman good.
Russian Love: This one involves aphrodisiacs and kidnapping. I still own the paperback of this one too.
These are in 1990 and 1991. Totally politically incorrect but holy crap, good.
Wolf’s Embrace 1989 The Hero’s name is Rolf, he’s Irish and he kidnaps the heroine. Need I say more?
The Montgomery Series:
So all you hard-core, long-time romance readers it’s time to step up to the plate. Give us/me your 80’s and 90’s romance recommendations.