I read my first romance in the early 80s (and began writing my first time-travel romance soon after, but that’s another story!), so I have seen the progression of many of the sub-genres from the violent heroes and virgin heroines to sullen and mysterious heroes and sassy, feisty heroines. I’ll bet as you read those descriptions, characters in something you’ve read came to mind. But whether the story was contemporary or historical, it involved two characters with a problem to solve either working together against an outside force, or standing on opposite sides of the issue.
The settings change, the clothing too, and the goal the heroine has more options than marriage to support herself, but I don’t see a lot of difference otherwise in the stories. So, I’m asking you readers, do you read historical romance, and if not, what makes you steer toward another shelf in the store, or click on a different category in your ereader?
Aileen Fish writes both historical romance and contemporary romance depending on what her heroes and heroines demand. Mr. David Lumley is the hero most recently to speak up, requesting a spot in the boxed set now available, Timeless: Historical Romance Through the Ages. You can find buy links at her website.