They Do It With the Lights On: Eva Leigh on Historical Romances That Don’t Fade to Black

They Do It With the Lights On: Eva Leigh on Historical Romances That Don’t Fade to Black


Is there anything like the thrill of reading an electrically charged scene while sitting in the middle of a crowded subway car? If you agree, you’ll love the books on this list. Eva Leigh’s Temptations of a Wallflower features two protagonists whose chemistry is so charged that “steam was literally rising off the pages” when our editor read it. In the book, the heroine writes erotic novels under a pseudonym and then role plays those scenes with her lover. Here, Leigh shares some of her personal favorite romances that leave little to the imagination.

The “one foot on the floor” or “pan to the fireplace” historical romance isn’t gone, but there are many extremely hot and sensual romance novels that don’t discreetly close the bedroom door when things between the main characters get physical. Here, in no particular order, are several super-sexy historical romances.

The Raven Prince

Elizabeth Hoyt sets the standard for raw, earthy historical romances with the book that launched her career.

Lady Sophia’s Lover

If you’ve ever wondered about the different uses for a rocking horse, this book is for you. Lisa Kleypas’ novels are at once sweet and explicit, making them automatic purchases.


Fiery Tales

Lila DiPasqua’s Fiery Tales series takes traditional fairy tales and gives them a spicy spin.

Pride and Pleasure

Sylvia Day is known for her sizzling Crossfire contemporary romances, but earlier in her career, she wrote several scorching historicals, including Bad Boys Ahoy! (a single author anthology), and Pride and Pleasure.

The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie

The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie by Jennifer Ashley is unique in that it features a hero living with what we would identify as Asperger’s. It’s also blisteringly hot in terms of sensuality level.


Lisa Valdez’s Passion is near legendary in the romance community for its heat level, as well as the, ah, endowments of the hero.

This is just the beginning, of course. The super-hot historical romance has proven so wildly popular, there’s no sign of its temperature cooling.

Eva Leigh is a romance author who has always loved the Regency era. She writes novels chock-full of smart women and sexy men. She enjoys baking, spending too much time on the Internet, and listening to music from the ’80s. Eva also writes in multiple romance genres as RITA-award nominated Zoë Archer. She and her husband, fellow romance author Nico Rosso, live in Central California.


  1. I’ve read all of these except Passion (which I’ll be checking out asap) and I whole-heartly agree! These books are smokin’ hot reads!

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