Gilded Romances Of Dashing Dandies, Brooding Beaus Author Helen Simonson risks her literary pretensions to admit a lifelong secret attraction to the Regency romance novels of Georgette Heyer. The dampened muslin dresses, the highly polished boots — for her, nothing beats these tales of heroines who require a man with a firm hand on the bridle.
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Her confessions come courtesy of our series My Guilty Pleasure, where authors talk about books they are embarrassed to admit they love.

HELEN SIMONSON: At 13 years old, I skipped all the boring Waterloo descriptions and lived for details of the heroine, Lady Barbara, tending wounded soldiers and waiting to learn the fate of a certain dark and brooding Colonel Charles. Today, Lady Bab still has all my attention. Pass the smelling salts, please.

SIEGEL: Helen Simonson is the author of "Major Pettigrew's Last Stand." You'll find more book reviews and recommendations at our website, npr.org.

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