Bodice-Ripping Author Shakes Up Harvard - ENTERTAINMENT - Comcast.net

"CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - Lauren Willig's academic adviser laughed when she told him why she enrolled in Harvard's graduate history program: to write a historically accurate romance novel.
She wasn't joking.
Willig, in her second year at Harvard Law School, is finishing her doctoral dissertation on the Royalists during England's 17th-century civil war. She's also the author of 'The Secret History of the Pink Carnation,' a 'bodice-ripper' that's been climbing Barnes & Noble's best seller list less than a month after its release."

one can hope that it will be good. myself, I don't read romance novels, but I do like history.