Posted on 02/14/2021 at 04:00 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

Happy Valentine’s Day! (Or, if you prefer, happy inaugural National Black Literacy Day!)

We’ve been saving these first two posts for months now, so that we could share them today.

Last winter, after the annual Bad Sex in Fiction Award was canceled, the Guardian came up with a consolation prize for readers … which may be better than what it replaces.

Here, in its opinion, are the steamiest fully-clothed moments in literature.

For something a little more risqué, we turn to Glamour magazine’s behind-the-scenes reporting from a romance novel cover shoot.

In addition to, yes, pictures of a very fit and handsome man, there's plenty of romance-genre pride to keep you in the holiday spirit.

And finally, this is fresh and very frisky news: a bookseller has discovered a 1750 pamphlet that purports to be a deathbed confession, covering tales of "failed gay seduction, smuggling, robbery, and a 19-year-old lad courting a rich 70-year-old widow."

The Life of Thomas Munn, alias, the Gentleman Brick-maker, alias, Tom The Smuggler is now at the Horsham Museum and Art Gallery in England, rather than in the depth of someone's personal collection. 

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Tagged As: Just for fun, Romance

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