Several LDS authors pen Regency romance novels

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  • NotSoSure Phoenix, AZ
    May 19, 2016 1:18 p.m.

    One last thing. "Pride & Prejudice" these books ARE NOT.

    I did a keyword search on several of these books. Words like, off the top of my head: chest, touch, kiss, shoulders, desire, burn, feel, neck, handsome, solid, hard, etc. You know, ones that could tie into sexuality/sensuality/carnality.

    Doing this for "Pride & Prejudice", not once did I encounter the words being used in any sensual way. With nearly all of the other books (yes, some more than others for sure), that was not even remotely the case -- they teem with physical sexual attraction. My search covered a handful of books: some of these Desert Books "Regency" books, as well as other "Mormon" and (worse) "Christian" books.

    How sadly ironic that women read as the title character SHALLOWLY drools and fantasizes over the hunky guy's body and his touches all through the story, but claim they love the book because the man is so sensitive and DEEP. (Oh, and no sex happens, so it's all OK -- sarc).

  • NotSoSure Phoenix, AZ
    May 19, 2016 1:05 p.m.

    These books all follow the same pattern: exploit womens' insecurities and emotional voids, while giving them an excuse that it's "just a good story, I don't even think about the sexual parts". And men "buy Playboy for the articles."

    The author crafts the female character to remind readers of their every insecurity, in order to make them feel vulnerable.

    The male character serves to "heal" those wounds through being a combination of hot, muscular and "hard", rich, but SENSITIVE.

    The female character--or the reader (it's the same thing)--claims to just love the fact that the man is so kind and sweet and sensitive, but throughout the book she repeatedly dwells in her mind on her burning desires to see his hot body and to become very physical with him (everything a mormon might think they can get away with without having to "talk to the bishop" -- but still lusting mightily).

    Readers get an emotional connection fix, an emotional intamacy fix, and at least a little bit of a sexual fix from these books, instead of from their husbands. That is pornographic and damaging, regardless of "how far" the characters take their sexual desires.

  • NotSoSure Phoenix, AZ
    May 19, 2016 12:27 p.m.

    @Heather Moor:
    Every claim you make in your comment about these novels is absurd.

    My wife had me read one, Edenbrooke, and it is the stereotypical romance novel, just dialing back on the sex. No sex scenes, but thick sexual tension throughout and some chest-rubbing making out. The man is mega-rich, which she digs because she can live in a gigantic mansion on an enormous estate -- she loves the countryside. The man is a smoldering hunk. She constantly explains how attracted she is to his hard, muscular bulging chest and wants to lean into his warmth (which she does eventually do). She gets flush as she daydreams of rubbing her hands all over his chest (which she does eventually do, more than once). She spends the entire time getting weak in the knees, breathless and blushing because he stands too close or says some fancy words that make her angry yet turned on.

    It is unrealistic that LOVE means a man who provides riches beyond measure on a fabulous countryside landscape mansion, has bulging hard pecs, and constantly turns his wife on by making her angry and embarrassed, because she sees his nobleness in his eyes.

  • Dadof5sons Montesano, WA
    Aug. 21, 2012 1:53 a.m.

    To Heather Moor why even write a romance novel in the first place? all it is doing is giving a woman a out let to compair her husband to another man an start bringing in a wedge it to that marraige. what starts off with this leads to other Romance novels are the equivlat to Porn for a woman. A woman does not need the sight stiumlation like a man onthe the sturing of mental emotions to set the train wreck in motion. These still have married women compairing their husbands to the fictional males in your books and that I chalenge you to justify!

  • Heather Moore Lehi, UT
    July 11, 2012 8:13 p.m.

    The romance novels I refer to in my article are wonderful stories about the emotional relationships between a man and a woman. Beautiful character development that does not "hold men to an unattainable standard." The characters are skillfully drawn and true to life, and yes, that means flaws and all. Regencies bring out the absurdity of society's judgement based on wealth and appearance. So the clean Regency romance might be just what breaks the old stigmas for "Dadof5sons". It's exactly what the characters are fighting against, the objectifying, the labeling, and compartmentalizing. You can ask any woman about what true romance/love is. They'll never say it's about "looks" or "wealth" or "high and mighty standards". It's about the emotional connection of feeling valued by another human being and the to be yourself and be loved "despite" all of the flaws that are part of the "natural man." There are no perfect people in any of these novels. They are about the bond of love that binds a man and woman together, which is a beautiful connection and can be God-like if treasured and cultivated.

  • Dadof5sons Montesano, WA
    July 6, 2012 9:52 a.m.

    Romance Novels allowing women to hold men to a unattainable standard no real man can ever attain. Just as bad as men looking at and objectifying women.

  • RodFife Provo, UT
    July 2, 2012 12:52 p.m.

    Carla Kelly Has written 20+ Regency Romance Novels. She has 2 RITA awards. Her new book My Loving Vigil Keeping comes out on August 14 2012.

  • sharinlite Lake Forest, CA
    July 2, 2012 7:21 a.m.

    What you call regencies, I call historicals. I have been reading them for over 20 years and although I agree somewhat re the "explicits" in the story I have read some of the best and if I come across something steamy, I return it. I will look for the LDS authors' books.