Rubbish Regencies with a dash of Filth is my favourite furtive Kindle sub-genre. I wouldn't include Georgette Heyer within that category; she is dignified with a paper back collection on the attic bookshelves!
There is an almost endless list of authors and books within the sub-genre, all of varying quality. Some of my favourites: Loretta Chase (Lord Perfect; The Last Hellion); Courtney Milan (Unraveled); Lisa Kleypas (Hathaways); Julia Quinn (earlier Bridgerton series); Joanna Bourne (Spymaster's Lady and its sequels).
All of them have the odd jarring historical lapses and Americanisms and sex scenes that are profoundly unlikely. They are deeply formulaic and should cause the average feminist (which I think I am) to roll her eyes right out of her head. But you probably knew that and it's not the point.
If you haven't found it already, Smart Bitches, Trashy Books, is just as described: clever women writing about trashy novels. I'm also enjoying the Georgette Heyer Book Club on Mnet Adult Fiction.
I have totally outed myself but I'm nearly 50, I have read and continue to read lots of worthy stuff and as life gets more not less complex, demanding and just generally grown up, I damn well need escapism with standard issue eroticism and a neat and reliable happy ending.
So you are not alone and, if you do read and enjoy any of the above titles, come back and let me know that I'm not either!
I don't have an ereader but if you are after more fantasy filth/romance I can recommend the Warprize trilogy by Elizabeth Vaughan (she wrote three others under Beth Vaughan which are not as good but still very readable)
There is also the Sharing Knife quadrology by Lois McMaster Bujold which I enjoyed but not as much as Warprize, mostly due to large age gap (17 and 40 IIRC), so I constantly mentally knocked twenty years off the blokes age.
Also The Compass Rose trilogy by Gail Dayton which deals with a polyamorous society and is well written imo.
Also Mercedes Lackey is good, her Valdemar series, some of her standalone fairy tale retellings (firebird and black swan), possibly her five hundred kingdoms novels although I only really enjoyed The Fairy Godmother.
I keep these in my bedroom
I spent years reading things I thought I should and a couple of years ago got over my snobbery and started reading anything and everything. Now I have a big collection of filth, zombie novels, post apocalytic novels and YA.
I've always read a lot, to make way for kids stuff dh got me a reader and charity shopped most of my books. When covers were on display I mainly read terry pratchett, tom Holt, jasper fforde, Jane Austen etc. I still do, but as I have everything they've written I got bored...
Since getting my e reader I have all Georgette heyer, Liz Carlyle, Jr ward, kresley Cole, Eloisa James, julia london, etc. Also all the dragon actually series and various others. Basically well written filth, fantasy filth and regency romance. No idea how I got here from satire and Tolkien.
I'm not sure if the deterioration is down to the fact that I read trying to stay awake through night feeds, or just because nobody can judge the books they can't see.
Please help - at least let me know I'm not alone, oh and recommend more books please.
My previous tactic of sorting by price for free and reviews over three stars and downloading without looking has resulted in content I wish I could scrub from my mind and my archive. And late night typing errors. Do not type storming her castle when you want storming the castle. Ick.
No to 50 shades or chick lit. Though 50 sheds of grey is quite funny.