Saturday, 23 July 2011

1st Adult "Raunchy" Book Read Blogfest!

I'm so cheating with this post.  It's not only Saturday evening, but this is a re-posted piece. I know, it's terribly wicked, but why write the same thing over again?  Oh, and it's Sunday tomorrow and I may be up late in the morning, plus on Sunday's we tend to have a leisurely breakfast. ;)

For this blogfest we're supposed to name our first "Adult" book read, but I can't do that without saying how it came about and where I found my first juicy adult read!

At about twelve-years-old I'd moved from kiddo reading (Swallows & Amazons etc) to historical romance, (all found on my mother's book shelves) and the first historical romances I got my teeth into were those of Daphne du Maurier and Georgette Heyer. Though feel I must mention that all the classical literary novels were obigatory and enjoyable reading too: Bronte sisters', Austen etc., and that was only the beginning of a long list of romance novels. I even indulged and read Barbara Cartland historicals as well.

I loved Daphne's descriptions of places - incredibly atmospheric, but found the romantic elements always a little on the chilly side and lacking sensuality.

Whereas, with Georgette's romantic offerings, the sensual was apparent if airing a tad modest!

This is a really interesting link for all Georgette Heyer fans:

see website

Then, oh lordy, I discovered this at age fifteen (hidden at back of bookcase):

Ha ha, my taste for hot and steamy had come of age.

Well, that was it I was on a quest for hot and raunchy reading!

Blimey, when I discovered "Angelique" I learned a lot about mens' desires! If you've never read an Angelique and love steamy historical romance, go buy one: it's
an experience you won't forget.

SERGEANNE GOLON aka Anne Golon: see website.

So, come on, dish the dirt on yourself! Which books got you all hot and bothered?

If you're up for a naughty/shocking read try my historical novella:

"Her Favoured Captain".

It's available on Amazon: see top of sidebar.

To see entries by other partcipants go here


Madeleine said...

LOL I love this post. Excellent.I've not read any of the books you've mentioned, though I am aware of many. I read Frenchman's Creek recently, though I found the style unlike those I normally read. :O)

Paula Martin said...

Loved Daphne du Maurier, never read any Georgette Heyer - but a few of us clubbed together to buy Lady Chatterley's Lover following the obscenity trial in 1960 (think we paid sixpence each) then took turns reading it out loud during lunchtime break at school. Actually we weren't all that impressed and today that obscenity trial seems farcical. The world has moved on!

Debra St. John said...

Ah, learning about men's that's where it's at!

I can't say I've read any of the books you've listed. I'm going to have to check out some back lists!

Donna Hole said...

I was well into my 30's I think before I picked up a raunchy book. Not even sure what it was. I'd probably like Angelique :)


Christine Rains said...

I'll have to check a few of these out when I'm in the mood for such a read! Everyone needs a little something naughty now and then. :)

AnaMorganAuthor said...

Lady Chatterley's Lover was disappointing after all the hoopla. But reading about trysts helped me want to be a writer.

Francine Howarth said...

Hi Girls,

I know, I could have listed Homer, Plato, and The Magus, and Ian Fleming's OO7 novels along with the high-brow books because they were in there too, in between naughty reading. But, I'm basically wicked, and an adult book in my little black notebook says "adult" is a tad risque reading material. ;)


Francine Howarth said...

Hi Ana,

Yeah, as a twelve-year old kid LC's Lover was a laugh-minute-read. The euphemisms pure giggle fodder, and believe it my girlfriends and I giggled for weeks about John Thomas!!!

But, the overall theme of illicit love stirred curiosity, and I went on a hunt for more illicit love affairs and found real raunchy reading with Angelique.


Amy said...

Great choices! I haven't read them, but they are definitely being added to my TBR list!

Love you blog! :)

Sylvia Ney said...

WOW...I can't believe I haven't read ANY of these books yet. ;-) I just posted my own response to this blogfest.

Jennifer Wilck said...

Oh I totally forgot about Daphne duMaurier! I loved her stuff.

Sarah Allan said...

I actually haven't read many historical romances, but it appears I need to pick some more up! What a great blogfest post...I've enjoyed reading about what types of novels you ladies enjoy.

Francine Howarth said...

Hi Amy, Sylvia, Jennifer and Sarah,

Thanks ever so for dropping in to comment. It's been a fun blogfest and we all seem to have picked up a list of books to be read. ;)

Love that aspect, because recommended books are often real gems.


Marsha A. Moore said...

Lady Chatterly's Lover was one of my early reads too! Never discovered Angelique--sounds like I missed something!

Francine Howarth said...

Hi Marsha,

Oh, you missed a lot in not reading an Angelique! ;)


Michelle Fayard said...

And to think that those of us who love historical fiction often earn a rep for being ... well, I've had the word "dull" told to me a few times. :) Ah, if they only knew!

P.S. I've left a reply to your comment on Bird's-eye View,

Francine Howarth said...

Hi Michelle,

Thanks for stopping by.

Ha ha, often more raunch in a historical than a contemporary erotic novel. The sex scenes less about sex as essential to the plot, than that of unexpected delights. ;)