Re: Regency HERO playlist
I just dug through my secret stash of Regencies and can't find it, which means it's probably somewhere in the garage. Mea culpa! It was a rare Regency in that it was set entirely in Ireland, featuring an Irish highwayman hero-politician and a bluestocking artist heroine.
A traditional Regency romance (that's actually a term of art, as compared to a historical Regency romance) is a tame book. Usually it's a short (250ish pages) Jane Austen like comedy of manners that will end with a happily-ever-after without any sex. (There are exceptions, but that's the general rule.) They're pretty PG-13 rated. To stay safe, look for Signet/Zebra/Jove Regency titles, and go to paperback book exchanges to pick them up on the cheap. Georgette Heyer is the queen of the genre, but I also like books by Elizabeth Mansfield and Barbara Metzger. (Most of the pen names of the authors are really contrived.)
A historical Regency is a long novel that usually has half-naked people on the covers. It usually features some pretty gory sex scenes (that make ME blush, and I've written sex scenes). I don't find them as entertaining as the traditional Regencies, and usually the historicals feature too much internal relationship conflict to keep my interest.