Historical romance is in a class by itself for gorgeous romantic scenes: heart-throbbing kisses, beautiful dresses, and swoon-worthy stares. Though, it’s always better in our imagination while reading a great book, here are a few of our favorite movie and television #IShipIt clips.
Amalie’s Top Historical Ships
1) Kiera Knightley and Matthew Macfadyen as Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy in PRIDE & PREJUDICE. The tension between these two is so intense I practically get heart palpitations watching them. When they finally kiss, it’s like the earth stops.
2) Michael Fassbender and Mia Wasikowska as Mr. Rochester and Jane Eyre in JANE EYRE. Mr. Rochester is so tortured, dark, and broody, and I love the palpable, smoldering chemistry between them.
3) Sam Heughan and Caitriona Balfe as Jamie Fraser and Claire Randall in OUTLANDER. Their attraction is sizzling. Literally, clothes and morals combust everywhere whenever these two get it on.
4) My last choice is Keira Knightley and Aaron Taylor-Johnson as Anna Karenina and Vronsky in ANNA KARENINA. Aaron Taylor-Johnson wouldn’t be my first choice in a romantic hero, but the KISS in this movie is sublime. Literally, it’s to die for.
Angie’s Top Historical Ships
1.) Mr. Thornton and Margaret Hale from the BBC’s NORTH & SOUTH take the cake for best kiss at a depot. Okay, best kiss anywhere, anytime! Richard Armitage should, in my opinion, play every brooding historical fiction hero ever written. Excuse me while I melt.
2.) Hawkeye and Cora’s waterfall moment in THE LAST OF THE MOHICANS is a close, close second. This is one of my all-time favorite movies, and this scene always gets my heart throbbing.
3.) While I adore Matthew Macfadyen in everything, I love Colin Firth as the rigid, pompous, and yet completely adorable Mr. Darcy most. Just look at his face in this clip!! Also, the 1995 version of PRIDE & PREJUDICE is also six hours long instead of two, and so I get more time in Jane Austen’s world.
4.) Liam Neeson in the movie adaptation of Edith Wharton’s novella, ETHAN FROME, is the epitome of a tragic, lovesick hero. This is not a Happy Ever After story, but Ethan’s love for the young and totally off-limits Mattie gets my heart every single time.
What are some of your favorite historical romance ships? Tell us in the comments! In the meantime, check out our website: http://www.lordsofessex.com/ for our steamy historical romance series!
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The cold and aloof Marquess of Hawksfield is the worst peer in London. He has no friends, no fortune, and no time for fools. The dissolute ways of the ton disgust him. But when Archer assumes the identity of the mysterious and devilish Masked Marauder, he is free to do as he pleases.
Sheltered heiress Lady Briannon Findlay is a wallflower, and prefers it that way. Until she meets the nefarious Masked Marauder, a gentleman thief waylaying carriages from London to Essex, who awakens sensual impulses she never knew she had. Provocative and darkly attractive, his artful seduction leaves her wanting more.
When Brynn discovers that Archer and the Masked Marauder are one and the same, trust and attraction collide. But after a murder is committed by an imposter marauder, they must risk everything to find the real killer…including their love.
Amalie Howard grew up in Trinidad & Tobago where she spent most of her childhood with her nose buried in a book or running around barefoot, shimmying up mango trees, and dreaming of adventure. 25 countries, surfing with sharks, and several tattoos later, she has traded in bungee jumping in China for writing the adventures she imagines instead. She isn’t entirely convinced which takes more guts. An aspiring writer from a young age, Amalie’s poem “The Candle,” written at age twelve, was published by the University of Warwick press. At fifteen, she was a recipient of a Royal Commonwealth Society Essay Award (a global youth writing competition). A Colby College graduate, she completed dual Honors Theses in both French and International Studies, and graduated Summa Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa. At Colby, she was cited for her research contribution to Raffael Scheck’s article, “German Conservatism and Female Political Activism in the Early Weimar Republic,” and his subsequent book, Mothers of the Nation. She also received a distinction in English Literature from the University of Cambridge (A-levels) as well as a postgraduate certificate in French Literature from the Ecole Normale Supérieure in Paris, France. Traveling the globe, she has worked as a research assistant, account executive, and global channel sales director for a Fortune 500 company. She is the award-winning author of several young adult novels critically acclaimed by Kirkus, Publishers Weekly, SLJ, VOYA, and Booklist, including Waterfell, The Almost Girl, and Alpha Goddess, a Spring 2014 Kid’s INDIE NEXT title. Her debut novel, Bloodspell, was a #1 Amazon bestseller, and the sequel, Bloodcraft, was a national silver IPPY medalist and a silver Moonbeam award winner. She is also the co-author of the adult historical romance series, THE LORDS OF ESSEX. As an author of color and a proud supporter of diversity in fiction, her articles on multicultural fiction have appeared in The Portland Book Review and on the popular Diversity in YA blog. She currently resides in Colorado with her husband and three children.
Angie is the author of several young adult and middle grade books, including The Beautiful and the Cursed, The Lovely and the Lost, and The Wondrous and the Wicked (written under the name Page Morgan) and Everlasting and The Eternal Sea, and two Suzanna Snow Mystery novels (written under her real name, Angie Frazier). Critically acclaimed by Booklist, Publisher’s Weekly, Kirkus, School Library Journal, VOYA, and The Bulletin, Angie’s novels have been an IndieNext selection, a Seventeen Magazine Summer Book Club Read, and a #1 Amazon bestseller.
A lover of history and romance, and with a number of bookshelves stuffed with paperback romance novels by her favorite historical romance authors — Sarah MacLean, Julia Quinn, Elizabeth Hoyt, Eloisa James, Tessa Dare, Lisa Kleypas, Sabrina Jeffries, and so many more — Angie has finally taken the leap into adult romance.
My Rogue, My Ruin is the first of three books in her new Lords of Essex series, co-written with her good friend and fellow author, Amalie Howard.
Angie lives in New Hampshire with her husband, their three daughters, and a menagerie of pets. When she isn’t writing, she’s either reading, training for a half marathon, cooking, shuttling her children to school, dance, and gymnastics, or — if she’s lucky — sleeping.