Victorian Erotica: The Convent School, or Early Experiences of A Young Flagellant

Due to the holiday weekend in the US, and a toddler who refused to nap while traveling, I wasn’t able to finish my planned post following up on last week’s discussion of Alphas and Alphaholes. Instead, here’s a bonus review from some of my extracurricular research reading. Does late Victorian erotica survive for the modern day reader? Thanks to digitization…

Romance Tropes in the Sheik

For a novel that’s discussed as a foundation of the genre, The Sheik must be full of common romance tropes, right? Of course it is — just as this post is full of plot spoilers. Read on and let’s take a look at ten of the romance tropes in The Sheik.   1. She doesn’t even want to get married.…

EM Hull’s The Sheik

Dukes in the Desert! Let’s take a look at The Sheik, E.M. Hull’s scandalous tale of exotic passion and Stockholm syndrome. Book details: Title: The Sheik Author: E.M. Hull Original publication date: 1919 Setting time & place: 1920s Algerian desert. He is… about 30, a handsome, abnormally strong, tribal leader with a European education, an iron will and an iron…

Clergy in historical romance

As I was reading A Room With A View, which contrasts a close-minded clergyman (Mr. Eager) with an open-minded one (Mr. Beebe), it occurred to me that every book I’ve read so far has had clergymen as characters and I began mentally reviewing clergy in historical romance. In Pamela, we have Mr. Williams, the hapless young reverend who tries to help…