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Classical romance novels with Crazy In Love Heroes


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Initial post: Dec 16, 2012 8:25:26 PM PST
Sandra says:
I am looking for crazily in love heroes but this time in classical romance books. I would also like it if there was some jealousy and possessiveness going on. Some examples of books where the heroes are crazily in love:

Pride and Prejudice
Persuasion
Jane Eyre
Wuthering Heights

Any others? Thanks!!

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 16, 2012 8:34:22 PM PST
ilaats says:
Try North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell, Mr. Thornton is wonderful.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 16, 2012 9:02:11 PM PST
Sara says:
try the series by Diana Gabaldon that starts with "Outlander"--they are not exactly what you have asked for but they are the best books I have ever read--plus they are BIG books--so you get to read them longer...

Posted on Dec 17, 2012 9:51:44 AM PST
Sandra says:
Thanks for the recs! Any others?

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 17, 2012 3:46:23 PM PST
T214T1987 says:
Have you read the Flame and the Flower by KEW? I know it is old and un-PC, forced seduction, but the H is so possessive of h, that he has to touch her constantly in public to show other males she is his, he stares down other males, he is even jealous of his brother.

Woodiweiss's first 4 books : Shanna, The Wolf and the Dove, F&tF, and Ashes in the Wind...had H's who were posessive, over protective, killed for their h's. In Shanna, Raurk kills several men to protect h. These books are considered "classics". Her books after that were boring and templated.

Posted on Dec 17, 2012 8:30:13 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 17, 2012 8:31:19 PM PST
tealadytoo says:
The Scarlet Pimpernel - Classic, certainly. Sir Percy adores his wife, in a totally over-the-top fashion, but does not trust her. Misunderstanding and heartache abound. (Until the HEA, of course.)

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 18, 2012 5:39:46 AM PST
Sandra says:
T214T1987- are woodiweiss's books closed door?

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 18, 2012 5:41:08 AM PST
Sandra says:
tealadytoo- can you tell me a little bit about how it is shown that he loves her in a totally over-the-top fashion?

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 18, 2012 5:50:21 AM PST
tealadytoo says:
There is a scene where they return from a party and are going into the house via terrace steps. He is still playing the brainless fop so that she won't find out about his undercover activities to save people from the guillotine. She tries to have a conversation about their marriage but he deflects her and she goes up the steps into the house. After she has gone, he kisses every step she walked on.

Posted on Dec 18, 2012 5:58:26 AM PST
read4fun says:
@ Sandra
No closed door for Kathleen Woodiwiss books... My fav is Ashes in the Wind.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 18, 2012 8:27:24 AM PST
T214T1987 says:
Not closed door, but "purple prosey" in some...it is not graphic as 50 shades, but you know what is going on and they do not use stupid words for body parts, it is very sensual, good, and I promise, especially w/ first 4 books, you will love the possessiveness of the males. But i TF&tF...there is sex at beginning and then a while before they have again but the in between is sooooo goood in many ways.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 18, 2012 8:35:14 AM PST
Sandra says:
tealadytoo- oooo, that is so romantic, thank you, can you give me any other scenes? Is that scene in any of the movie/ tv versions of the book, do you know?

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 18, 2012 8:36:55 AM PST
Sandra says:
T214T1987- Thanks for the info. Which book would you say has the most possessive hero?

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 18, 2012 11:14:02 AM PST
tealadytoo says:
http://www.heroesandheartbreakers.com/blogs/2011/03/the-scarlet-pimpernel

This pretty well sums up the gist of the story (and quotes the staircase scene).

To my mind, the best film adaptations are the Leslie Howard/Merle Oberon movie and the Anthony Andrews/Jane Seymour miniseries. There are more romantic scenes in the mini-series, just because it's longer (it also adds a few things not in the book, mostly about Armand, and borrows from the sequel novels.) Neither version has the stair kissing bit although they do have the terrace scene. I would think it would be horribly difficult to film that without making him look like a total wuss. It reads better.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 18, 2012 6:18:34 PM PST
T214T1987 says:
of KEW's books the most possessive in order are:
1.) Wulfgar- The Wolf and the Dove
2.) Brandon- The Flame and the Flower
3.) Raurk- Shanna- the possessiveness here is there, but hampered b/c he has to pretend to be someone he is not for awhile, this is angst, and when they discuss it, the possessiveness comes out alot....it is hard to explain
4.) Cole- Ashes in the Wind

All of these books are un-PC and true bodice ripper historical romance, but not like Stormfire or anything. There is never cheating. But in AitW..the H is married to h's cousin first, yet he was trapped and hates her, only for a small amt of book are they married

Posted on Dec 18, 2012 9:13:17 PM PST
D. Politis says:
Seduce Me at Sunrise by Lisa Kleypas- Heroine is the only woman hero has ever loved. When she was sick he was going to kill himself rather than live without her. Seduce Me at Sunrise (The Hathaways, Book 2)

Courting Midnight by Emma Holly- this is a historical set in England but with vampires. Hero becomes obsessed with heroine the first time he meets her. Courting Midnight (The Upyr Series, Book 5) (Berkley Sensation)

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 19, 2012 3:55:27 AM PST
Sandra says:
tealadytoo- Thanks for the info. Yeah, I see how filming that scene could make him look wimpy or weird.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 19, 2012 3:56:29 AM PST
Sandra says:
T214T1987- Thanks for explaining, since The Wolf and the Dove has the most possessive hero, I think I would start with that, thanks!

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 19, 2012 3:58:02 AM PST
Sandra says:
D. Politis- Thanks for the recs, I really liked Seduce Me at Sunrise- I liked the Wuthering Heights twist but of course it doesn't have all that revenge that Wuthering Heights has which is good.

Posted on Dec 19, 2012 5:06:41 AM PST
4myeyesonly says:
Haven't seen the Wolf and the Dove discussed in awhile. LOVE it. LOVE Wulfgar. That is a re-read at least twice a year for me. First read that book...25 years ago? That's what sold me on the romance genre. And I like Aislyn, too, the h. Feisty, smart, strong, a survivor. But she falls hard for the H. Definitely not PC, but you know that going into it. Great rec.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 19, 2012 5:15:47 AM PST
Sandra says:
4myeyesonly- is the hero also really jealous in the Wolf and the Dove?

Posted on Dec 19, 2012 5:51:41 AM PST
4myeyesonly says:
Wulfgar is jealous...but he is pretty stoic in the beginning of the book. he's almost...casually possessive. more like you're mine in the sense of a possession. i think he even compares her to a pair of his gloves at one point, though i could be mixing books! this book is based on the norman/saxon conflict, and he as a triumphant norman has taken over her keep and taken over HER. her former betrothed is still in love with her, and Wulfgar is very "mine" about him. especially as the book goes on. he has him beaten b/c of a plot to usurp him, and is always wondering if they are seeing each other behind his back. and the real rival, who is obsessed with Aislyn, he is very jealous of. not because he thinks she has any feelings for Ragnor, the villain, but because Ragnor is so obsessed with taking Aislyn from him. his feelings become more intense, the jealousy emerges. he is a very hardened hero who has some sweet moments as the book goes on. it's nice and long. takes a good time to build.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 19, 2012 3:08:35 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 19, 2012 3:11:38 PM PST
Sandra says:
4myeyesonly- Thanks. I like intense crazy possessive heroes who are always afraid that the heroine will leave them, I don't know about the casually possessive heroes...to be compared to a pair of gloves he owns! lol

Posted on Dec 19, 2012 8:43:57 PM PST
4myeyesonly says:
Sandra,
I probably didn't do a great job of describing! He is casually possessive initially. She is a spoil of war, basically. She came with the keep, but he is attracted to her and possessive of her from the beginning. He's just more stoic than some other heroes. Like I said, I re-read it probably 2x a year! SPOILER....

You really see how much she means to him when he loses her for a little while. The villain convinces the king that the keep and Aislyn should be his, and the king takes her away from Wulfgar, and he has to fight in a tournament for her. You really get his perspective of how much he misses her and cares about her. And is upset at court b/c other men pay attention to her. I'm sure you can find it free somewhere by now. Scribd or somewhere online, it's so old. You could try it risk-free! LOL!

Posted on Dec 19, 2012 9:19:24 PM PST
B. Darcy says:
Colonel Brandon in Sense and Sensibility. He is completely devoted to all of the women in his life and head over heels for Marianne. A tragic romanitc figure who is a true gentleman. Of course not that much in-your-face jealousy with him, but his anger at Willoughby is a more admirable emotion, in my opinion.
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