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When you were born and brought up in Scotland (as I was) and now live 10 miles from the birthplace of Robert Burns, Burns' night is something of which to be proud. Robert Burns was born a year before George III acceded to the throne of Great Britain but sadly only lived to the age of 37.
Burns fell in love rather easily and had numerous affairs and illegitimate children. His
marriage to Jean Armour seems to have been not entirely legal. When he travelled to Edinburgh after his lover Mary Campbell (Highland Mary) died of typhus, he lived the life of a bachelor and a rake.
While even by today's standards Robert Burns' behaviour towards his women would be frowned upon, I think he proves the point that our love of rakish men and even the truly outrageous flirt transcends time. We can't help ourselves.
As an author of Regency Romance, I always make sure that my rakes are honourable. And while I would never have let Burns date my daughter, I'm sure I would have giggled at his more naughty poetry had I over heard it.
Burns' X-rated poetry is not particularly well known. He wrote it for his male friends to entertain them. We all know what men are like with a few ales down their throats. And Burns and his cronies were no different. Take for example this little ditty. (I had to asterisk out the rude word.)
Yestreen I wed a lady fair,
And ye wad believe me,
On her c**t there grows nae hair,
That's the thing that grieves me.
It vexed me sair, it plagu'd me sair,
It put me in a passion,
To think that I had wad a wife,
Whase c**t was out o' fashion.
(Translation: Yesterday I wed a fair lady, and would you believe me, One her c**t there grows no hair, that's the thing that distresses me. It vexed me sore, it plagued me sore It made me dreadfully upset. To think that I had wed a wife whose c**t was out of fashion)
I can easily see all the drunk men sitting near the fireplace in the inn listening to a charming Burns recite his rude poetry. I'm sure I don't need to post the words to "Nine Inch Will Please a Lady."
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While I may laugh at Burns' poetry I most definitely would not have wanted to be courted by him. Unlike the hero of Saved by a Rake, my debut regency Romance.
Set just twenty years after the death of Burns, the book deals with the brutal rape and its aftermath for Lady Rebecca Eversley. Daniel has been living a life of a rake up until then (I hasten to add that Daniel is not the rapist) but feels sorry for Rebecca and offers for her hand. At which point he puts aside his rakish ways and sets about helping Rebecca to overcome her fears of intimacy.
Daniel may not have been able to write a poem, but he knew how to look after his womenfolk. He's also from the South of Scotland which makes him even sexier.
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