Or The 10 Sexiest Nonsexual Things That Happen in Historical Romance Novels in Eliza Thompson’s opinion. She starts with hand touching that is unimpeded by gloves, which is stage four according to Desmond Morris’s stages of intimacy. She gives an excerpt from In Bed With the Devil by Lorraine Heath. I’ve never read one of hers, but I have When the Duke Was Wicked in my TBR pile. It may have just moved to the top of the pile.
One of my favorite stories is Devil in Winter by Lisa Kleypas (and I’m anxiously awaiting Devil in Spring). She used it as an example of how watching a man do a job is sexual. I wouldn’t say the passage she chose is my favorite. Watching him work the cards with his hands did more for me than conversation. Fast forward to contemporaries and watching Colin build a wall in SEP’s Ain’t She Sweet was pretty hot.
She used another Kleypas from the same series for another thing – disappearing to isolated locations with a chaperone. Her quote, I believe, is actually when Lillian went off with St. Vincent and not Westcliff, but I’m not sure and can’t put my hands on my copy of It Happened One Autumn.
Another thing is exchanging notes with an excerpt from Eloisa James. She gave a couple more nods to Lorraine Heath with things like platonic bed sharing, addressing each other by their first names, and defending the heroine.
Watching your crush interact with a child is a good one in my book, except when the child is used as a plot moppet which I know is one of Jilly’s peeves. As I recall, there’s a scene like this in an old Jude Deveraux – A Knight in Shining Armor – however, it’s been so long since I’ve read it, I could be wrong about that. Christina Dodd has some good scenes in Rules of Engagement.
Dressing up as a man so you can do stuff that good society ladies can’t is another thing. Her excerpt was from The Rogue Not Taken by Sarah MacLean. I usually love her books, that one, not so much, but the excerpt was good. Stephanie Laurens does a much better job of it in A Rogue’s Proposal. Good bottom.
What is your favorite sexy nonsexual thing?