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Definition of "Historical Romance Genre": This is a very popular subgenre in the massive Romance category. As with other subgenres of the Romance category, these books typically include the common elements of a romance ebook. So, the love and relationship between two people is central to the story, they have to overcome sometimes seemingly insurmountable obstacles to fall in love, but they do end up in love at the end of the stories. Authors in the historical romance subgenre have another task in their writing, however, in that they need to set their stories not in contemporary times, but in times that typically are over a century in the past. Thus, if you appreciate history and the details specific to other times in our world as well as a love story this is a fantastic subgenre for you.
Some examples of bestselling ebooks in the Historical Romance genre are Diana Gabaldon (Outlander), Petra Durst-Benning (The Glassblower), Tracy Brogan (Highland Surrender), and Danielle Steele (Pegasus).
Friendless and destitute, Miss Violet Carlton has no choice but to seek work in London’s most notorious brothel, The House of Pleasure. She steels herself for her ultimate ruin at the hands of her first customer, only to be offered a reprieve in the form of a position as the gentleman’s mistress—in name only. Grateful for his benevolence, Violet agrees to the proposition and enjoys the life of a pampered courtesan—until her dashing rescuer puts her heart in jeopardy. Violet’s growing desire for the gentleman must be squashed when she discovers he belongs to another woman.
Tristan, Lord Trevor enters the House of Pleasure bent on a final night of carousing before donning the leg-shackle of marriage. To his shock, he recognizes the woman in his bed as a lady of the ton and resolves to save her from life in a brothel. After whisking her away under his protection, Tris endeavors to find her a husband, to secure her future and stem his own intense longing for the beautiful woman. With growing anguish Tris fears he can never make Violet his own for the impediment of his coming marriage pales in comparison to the secret he must hide from her or risk her loathing him for the rest of their lives.
From a New York Times bestselling author: A forbidden love, opposites attract romp between a meticulously proper duke and an impishly improper spinster in this witty, feel-good romance!
This year, the Duke of Nottingvale's Christmastide house party doubles as a bride hunt. The handsome duke seeks a blue-blooded debutante as respectable as he is, and his parlor is brimming with paragons of propriety.
Inveterate spinster and unapologetic hoyden Miss Cynthia Louise Finch does not fit the mold. Any mold. Her younger cousin is perfect for the duke! By matchmaking the two, Cynthia will save her favorite cousin from a horrific fate. The only problem? Cynthia has always held a tendre for the duke. And for the first time, she seems to have caught his attention...
The Duke of Nottingvale knows his responsibilities: Duty and decorum above all else. A respectable lord would never sneak away for stolen moments with a fearless, audacious minx he cannot make his duchess. He definitely wouldn't kiss her. Or fall in love…
Welcome to a heartwarming series of fun Regency romps nestled in a picturesque snow-covered village. After all, nothing heats up a winter night quite like finding oneself in the arms of a duke!
THE TWELVE DUKES OF CHRISTMAS:
Lady Anna Trevallyn may be a Duchess by name but she is unlike any other titled female in Boston society. When her best friend Libby disappears unexpectedly from a soiree at her stately home, Anna ignores advice to leave it to the men, and decides to take matters into her own hands and investigate.
Libby's brooding brother, His Royal Highness Prince Penforth Armstrong-Leeds, has secretly admired Anna for years, but his war injury means Pen is no longer a suitable catch for anyone, let alone a vibrant and intelligent modern woman such as Lady Trevallyn.
This unlikely duo must work together to find and rescue Libby before her reputation is completely ruined or, even worse, before lives are lost. Will their forced proximity lead to love, or heartbreak?
This is the first in a brand-new Victorian Romance series featuring strong and feisty heroines at the forefront of the new age in 1890s America. If you enjoy Gothic Victorian historical romantic suspense stories, such as those made popular by Victoria Holt, Deanna Raybourn, Anna Lee Huber, Christi Caldwell or Dorothy Eden, you'll love this new series by debut historical romance author, Ava Rose.
The Boston Heiresses series suggested reading order:
1 - Not Quite a Duchess
2 - Not Quite a Baroness
3 - Not Quite a Lady
It’s difficult to find a husband in Regency England when you’re a young lady with only half a soul.
Ever since a faerie cursed her, Theodora Ettings has had no sense of fear, embarrassment, or even happiness—a condition which makes her sadly prone to accidental scandal. Dora’s only goal for the London Season this year is to stay quiet and avoid upsetting her cousin’s chances at a husband… but when the Lord Sorcier of England learns of her condition, she finds herself drawn ever more deeply into the tumultuous concerns of magicians and faeries.
Lord Elias Wilder is handsome, strange, and utterly uncouth—but gossip says that he regularly performs three impossible things before breakfast, and he is willing to help Dora restore her missing half. If Dora’s reputation can survive both her ongoing curse and her sudden connection with the least-liked man in all of high society, then she may yet reclaim her normal place in the world… but the longer Dora spends with Elias Wilder, the more she begins to suspect that one may indeed fall in love, even with only half a soul.
Pride and Prejudice meets Howl’s Moving Castle in this enthralling historical fantasy romance, where the only thing more meddlesome than faeries is a marriage-minded mama. Pick up Half a Soul, and be stolen away into debut author Olivia Atwater’s charming, magical version of Regency England!
Make it a steamy holiday season with three Christmas Regency Romances from Georgette Brown.
A DECEMBER TRYST
The Viscount Carrington exacts a scandalous price from the woman who insulted him. For him to consider approving marriage between his ward and her son, she must agree to surrender herself to him for three nights of passion.
TEMPTING A MARQUESS FOR CHRISTMAS
The Marquess of Alastair has doubled the dowry he is providing Miss Abbott because the sooner she is married, the sooner she is out of his care — and his fantasies.
To Mildred Abbott’s dismay, her dowry is now attracting numerous unwanted suitors, and she has no interest in marrying. What she wants is an encore of her night at the Château Follet, where Alastair once fulfilled her most decadent desires.
A ROGUISH CHRISTMAS WISH
In this steamy second chance romance, a husband betrayed ventures into the bordello where his estranged wife has been reduced to work. But will his intentions to satiate his burning desires backfire and ruin Christmas?
Maggie Harrington is deeply in love with Jeremy Paull and they become engaged. Maggie feels as if she has found her prince. Strong and protective Jeremy loves her to his core. It appears they are a perfect match and a long and loving marriage lies
Just before the wedding Maggie's past comes back to haunt her in the form of Tommie Stetter. Maggie and Tommie shared a powerful love until he abruptly left her after their adventure in the wilderness trying to save a pack of young wolves from a bounty hunter. Maggie can't help herself when love comes around again with Tommie.
Her love for both men complicates the simple life she desired at Central Mine on Michigan's wild Keweenaw peninsula of the early twentieth century.
A beastly prince. An enchanting beauty. Only love can break the spell.
Once upon a time...
The wicked King Thorn forced the enchantress Zuleika to cast a terrible curse. She fled his court to travel the world, helping those who need her magic most. Until a search for her merchant father's lost ships leads her to an enchanted island, where Prince Vardan, the island's ruler, is afflicted by the most powerful curse Zuleika has ever encountered. She's not sure she can reverse the spell, but she's determined to try. After all, a prince who fights pirates can't be all bad...no matter how beastly his appearance.
Together, can the enchanting beauty and the beastly prince break the spell?
Romance a Medieval Fairytale series:
Each book is a standalone, so they can be read in any order:
NATIONAL READER'S CHOICE WINNER: BEST LONG HISTORICAL
Steamy, small-town, enemies to lovers historical romance!
Spirited Savannah Connor is passionately committed to stamping out social injustice. Yet, when she arrives in Pilot Isle, North Carolina, ready to take up a new cause, she quickly finds herself on the outs with the town constable.
Zachariah Garrett is the most arrogant, infuriating, maddeningly attractive man she's had the misfortune to meet. And, suddenly, Savannah is fighting a whole new battle — this one against her own yearning for a man who is impossible to resist.
Ever since his wife’s death two years ago, Zachariah Garrett has dedicated his life to keeping the peace. And, avoiding love. But Savannah Connor isn’t an ordinary woman — and she proves hard to ignore. She’s a beguiling beauty with the power to awaken emotions Zach thought he’d never feel again, and the tenderness to help him forget his fears. And risk his heart once more.
Love small-town, coastal Southern romance that sizzles? Independent heroines and alpha heroes? Tides of Passion is the novel for you!
A princess who refuses to be a prize. A prince's promise. Perhaps dragons aren't so bad after all.
Once upon a time...
Promised as a prize to any hero who can slay the dragon, Princess Sativa flees the palace in search of the prince she was betrothed to as a child. But there are many miles between her and the boy who has become a king.
Can a lone princess cross the sea and convince the king she's the princess of his dreams?
A heart-warming collection of Christmas tales set during the Regency period from best-selling author Jenna Jaxon.
Hearts Beneath the Mistletoe: When Jenny Crowley discovers she’s been secretly betrothed to the boy next door, she takes her future happiness into her own hands and sets out to find her true love during a country Christmas house party.
A Match Made at Christmas: Leonardo, Lord Ashurst accepts an invitation to a neighbor’s Christmas party and is introduced to Lady Sophia Constantine, for whom he experiences an immediate attraction. With the lady’s betrothal on the brink of being announced, can Leo win her heart by posing as her betrothed or will his deception ruin any chance they have of a happily ever after?
Married by Christmas: After two miserable Seasons, Miss Marianne Covington is determined not to have a third and enlists the help of longtime friend William Stanley to assist her. Will wagers he can find her a husband before Christmas. But when none of the suitors suit, he is ready to do something drastic for the woman who's become more than just a friend.
It Happened at Christmas: Exiled to Bath for Christmas, Miss Portia Willingham writes to her uncle to cheer her up. The letter lands in the lap of a stranger, Nicholas, Lord Daventry, who travels to Bath in hopes of meeting the spirited young woman he only knows by the name of “Pence.” But protocol demands they be introduced, and as they don’t know each other by sight, and Portia is prohibited from attending the dances at the Assembly Rooms, they must find a more ingenious way of turning their forbidden correspondence into a Christmas romance neither one will ever forget.
It Happened Under the Mistletoe: Roger, Lord Daventry is contemplating a quiet Christmas at his home in Bath—until he literally falls at the feet of beautiful Lady Sylvia Montgomery. He and Lady Sylvia have an immediate attraction, but everyone is leaving London for their country homes for the holidays. Roger says his goodbyes, hoping to meet Sylvia again in the spring.
Lady Sylvia, however, has other plans.
Cajoling her parents into spending Christmas in Bath, Lady Sylvia is thrilled to meet Lord Daventry once more at the city’s Assembly Rooms. She and Roger manage a tryst under the mistletoe and Roger is ready to make a declaration for Sylvia’s hand. But when her father is called away on business, and her brother, Lord Chumleigh, arrives to chaperone Sylvia, Roger recognizes a man from his past who can sabotage his hopes of marriage to Sylvia.
A mistaken kiss. A forced engagement. Can it become something more?
Lily Kingsley accepts that she is destined to be a spinster—but not until she gets her first kiss. And she knows the perfect gentleman to enlist. Unfortunately, she kisses the wrong one and ends up in the arms of an overbearing and exceptionally frustrating merchant.
When busybodies catch them in their illicit embrace, an engagement is the only solution, but Lily doesn’t want a fiancé who’s only doing his duty. And she certainly doesn’t want a gentleman far too used to getting his own way. She simply must make him see how ill-suited they are.
But why is the fellow so determined to see their engagement through?
Jack Hatcher hates surprises, but when a beguiling lady mistakes him for someone else and launches herself into his arms, he discovers not all surprises are bad. Marriage was not in Jack’s plans, but Lily stirs something inside him he never expected to feel.
But with his fiancé desperate to break with him and a new enemy working to woo Lily away, Jack discovers force of will won’t keep her by his side. Can he find a way to win her heart before it’s lost forever?
The Victorian Love series is a spin-off series that follows the children of the heroes and heroines of the Regency Love Series. Each book in both series is a standalone sweet historical romance and can be read in any order.
Escape into the warmth of a Victorian Christmas, where the scent of fresh-baked gingerbread and the festivity of the season conspire to mend an old family feud and bring together a couple perfect for one another (if only they could see it), in this newest sweet tale from USA Today bestselling author Anthea Lawson.
Turned out of their home just before Christmas, Miss Mena Clarke and her mother have no other option than to accept an invitation from Andrew Harrington, the 5th Duke of Beckford, to spend the holidays at his country estate. Mena wants nothing to do with the boy who teased her so terribly in their youth, not to mention the bitter quarrel between their parents that has kept the families apart for a decade. Yet as the snow blankets Yorkshire in white, fresh beginnings don't seem quite so impossible, after all...
In the mood for even more Christmas romance? Don't miss Noble Holidays, the first collection of award-winning sweet holiday tales from Anthea Lawson.
Sometimes what you need the most is found in the unlikeliest of places.
Sienna Campbell feels alone. Her work as a physiotherapist keeps her busy but it can’t fill the emptiness in her heart since she lost her grandfather, the only family she’s ever known.
But when a chance meeting with an eccentric old woman leads her to step through an archway and into fifteenth century Scotland, she realizes she had no idea how truly alone she could be. Captured by a ruthless warrior, Sienna is desperate to find a way home. But there is only one person who can help her—and he’s the very man who’s taken her captive.
Cian ‘Red’ Sutherland has a dark reputation. Rightly feared throughout the Highlands, he’s built a wall around his heart, keeping everyone out. So when a strange woman falls into his custody, he wants nothing to do with her beyond the ransom she is worth. But as Sienna and Cian are drawn closer, he begins to realize she may hold the key to the desperate mission he has kept secret— and also the key to unlocking his heart.
Sienna and Cian must learn to trust each other if they are to succeed. But are the walls they’ve built around themselves too strong to breach? Or will they find love in the most unlikeliest of places?
Path of a Highlander is the fourteenth book in the Arch Through Time romance series and can be read as a standalone novel. If you love gorgeous, loyal highlanders, strong-minded heroines and burning passion you’ll love this tale of intrigue, second chances and true love in the Highlands of Scotland. Grab a copy now!
A Baroness who will stop at nothing to protect her family's reputation
Her Royal Highness, Princess Elizabeth Armstrong-Leeds, Baroness Esk, is a suspect in the murder of her kidnapper. Not only does she risk a ruined reputation in the eyes of Boston's elite, Libby may also have to risk her life to solve this heinous crime. When the lead detective on the case doesn't believe in her innocence, what choice does she have but to take matters into her own hands?
A Viscount whose reputation for detecting is about to be challenged like never before
The Right Honorable The Viscount DeHavillend has put his family heritage aside to pursue a career as a private detective. Henry has already made a name among Boston's elite as the go-to investigator when things go awry. But when he meets Libby Armstrong-Leeds, his growing feelings for the baroness make finding the person who is trying to set her up, all the more difficult. Especially when her actions seem to court danger rather than shy from it.
This unlikely pair must team up and enter the underbelly of Boston to find a kidnapper and murderer before Libby's reputation is completely ruined and her sister's chance of ever entering society is a dim and distant dream. Or worse, before lives are lost and hearts broken.
The Boston Heiresses suggested reading order:
1 - Not Quite a Duchess
2 - Not Quite a Baroness
3 - Not Quite a Lady
If you enjoy Gothic Victorian historical romantic suspense stories, such as those made popular by Victoria Holt, Deanna Raybourn, Anna Lee Huber, Christi Caldwell or Dorothy Eden, you'll love this new series by debut historical romance author, Ava Rose.
Forced to leave friends, family, and a life of privilege and fun, Rebecca Fortescue’s world changed overnight nearly ten years ago. Now, with the tightening of a noose, it’s changed again, but she needs to make amends for what her father did.
Which means returning, secretly, to the place where he did the most damage.
And to the residence of one Lord Leonard Moncrieff—the only man she’s ever loved.
She’s certain she won’t see him again, though. Nicknamed a Lord of Scandal Row, it’s clear to her, he’s no longer the boy she knew, and never returns home. The last thing she needs it to be distracted by a man deemed one of the most attractive men in London.
Unfortunately for Rebecca, Leo has been practically banished from London under the orders of his mother thanks to a scandal that, for once, had nothing to do with him. Now he has to spend his days playing the country gent and trying to avoid the female of the species.
It will be harder than he expected, given a sudden influx of young ladies to the area. He might be a rogue, but he has no desire to upset his delicate mother and will, albeit begrudgingly, play the dutiful son. He can avoid a few pretty faces, surely?
At least, until he discovers the beautiful Rebecca hiding in the stables. She’s in need of help, and he cannot resist, despite the fact she once shattered his young heart. The pull between them is as strong as ever but anything between them is impossible.
Or is it?
The Taming of a Wicked Rake is the a steamy novella length story that can be read as a standalone. If you love second chance romances, rogues with a heart of gold, and a heroine determined to do the right thing, be sure to grab your copy!
An irresistible affair that started with a kiss. TIDES OF DESIRE, the steamy Christmas sequel to TIDES OF PASSION!
The feisty beauty who imagined a solitary life…
Spirited physician Macy Dallas is fervently committed to medicine, but a troubled past has kept her from committing to love. She’s never experienced ardent yearning for a man until she kisses Caleb Garrett…and her awakening passion is impossible to resist.
The jaded man who vowed to protect his heart…
A gifted boatbuilder who is dedicated only to the sea, Caleb doesn’t believe in the power of love. A wretched childhood has governed his life until he doesn’t believe he has anything to offer. A beguiling puzzle, Macy challenges his fears, and he considers giving in to their explosive passion. Even though he knows he’s not the man she deserves.
An irresistible affair that started with a kiss…
As they match wits in a tempestuous dance, their fortifications begin to crumble, revealing not only a fiery attraction but a deepening love. Soon, what should have been a simple seduction becomes deliciously complicated…as they must open their hearts or lose the one person they are desperate to possess.
Praise for Tracy Sumner's novels
"The immediate, sizzling attraction between Zach and Savannah was very hot!
I don’t know what I enjoyed more: their fierce disagreements or their passionate love-making."
—When Pen Met Paper
“The dialogue is witty and hilarious!”
—The Reading Haven
"It has been awhile since I came across a full-length historical that just popped…this one had just a little something extra that made it special. Witty, sweet, well-written. I was knocked off my rocker more than once. You bet I’m going to be reading from this author soon."
“Terrific dialogue…and hot loves scenes. If you haven’t read
Tracy Sumner before, Tides of Passion is a good place to start.”
—All About Romance
TIDES OF Love, Book One in the Seaswept Seduction Series (NOAH)
TIDES OF PASSION, Book Two in the Seaswept Seduction Series, (ZACH)
It’s 1786, Colonial America.
Abigail Chesney has it all; a husband more loving than she could have dreamt, three healthy children, and a house on thriving farmland. She’s happy in her little world until it crashes down around her.
Losing almost everything tests Abby in ways she never expected. Can she learn to accept what she can’t change and trust those she loves? Relying on help from the people of Fitch’s Eddy, a tiny Catskill logging town, Abby discovers her own strength. Will Fate’s cruel blows crush her? Or will love give her a new reason to go on?
Abigail’s Journey -- a heartfelt, sweet, historical romance, where the flavor of the past leaps off the page.
When a bookish codebreaker and a dashing spy are reunited in this steamy historical romance from the author of To Steal a Heart, their lives depend on their ability to resist temptation. But fate is a mistress who cannot be denied. . .
In the war against France, Heloise Hampden is a high-value asset to the Crown. When she cracks the enemy’s most recent communication, French agents are sent to silence her. But it’s the agent assigned to protect Heloise who poses the greatest threat to her heart: William de l’Isle, Viscount Ravenwood. Heloise has quarreled with the man they call Raven since childhood, yet always maintained a chaste distance. She’s sure nothing will change, thanks to the disfiguring scar on her face.
Nothing has changed. Raven still wonders how Hell-cat Hampden’s lithe body would feel pressed against his, but for the mission he must remind himself that the woman takes more pleasure in ancient languages than she does in seduction.
His imprisonment six years ago broke him in a way that makes the prospect of love impossible—he’s a shadowed Hades pining for sun-kissed Persephone. Still, his heart beats like mad whenever he’s within ten paces of Heloise, and he’ll do whatever it takes to keep her safe—even if that means taking her to Spain as an unwilling hostage.
Protecting her from danger will be a challenge; protecting her from desire will be pure agony.
Praise for K. C. Bateman’s books:
“(To Steal A Heart) is rich with espionage and suspense. Multidimensional believable characters and fast-paced plotting propel the story to its moving conclusion.”— Publisher’s Weekly
“The writing and characterization are superb, the romance is hot, snarky and tender and the hero is delicious. I couldn’t ask for much more in an historical romance and I’m eagerly awaiting whatever Ms. Bateman comes up with next.” – All About Romance.
"Delicious, witty, and ripping good fun! Kate Bateman's writing sparkles." -- USA Today bestselling author Laura Lee Guhrke
"Dashing, daring, and deliciously romantic!" -- USA Today bestselling author Caroline Linden
"Bateman's scintillating first Bow Street Bachelors Regency is full of intense emotions and dramatic twists. Intelligent, affable characters make this fast-paced novel shine, especially for fans of clever women and the men who sincerely admire them. Future installments will be eagerly anticipated by Regency readers." -- Publishers Weekly (Starred Review for This Earl Of Mine)
"A riveting new voice for Regency readers! Kate Bateman is now on my auto-buy list." -- Janna MacGregor, author of The Good, the Bad, and the Duke
Six bestselling novellas in the Bears of Burden series!
Six Buddies. Six bears. Six Mates.
In the southwestern town of Burden, Texas, good ol’ bears Hawthorne, Wyatt, Hutch, Sterling, and Sam, and Matt are livin’ easy.
Beer flows freely, and pretty women are abundant.
The last thing the shifters of Burden are thinking about is finding a mate or settling down. But, fate has its own plan…
WARNING: THIS BOOK CONTAINS GRAPHIC CONTENT FOR ADULTS ONLY.
Bears of Burden is an adult bear shifter romance series that will appeal to lovers of paranormal, urban fantasy, shapeshifters, contemporary, and, of course, spicy, sizzling, hot romance.
This is a steamy paranormal shifter fantasy romance series with an HEA and no cliffhangers. Fans of Zoe Chant, Terry Bolryder, Harmony Raines and T.S. Joyce may like this shapeshifter series.
Mary Queen of Scots is on the throne, and the frontier between England and Scotland is a powder-keg.
A feisty English heiress...
More interested in raiding into Scotland with the rest of her clan than womanly pursuits like embroidery or finding a husband, Alexandra Graham is a strong-minded English heiress who rides and fights as well as any man. But when a daring rescue goes wrong, she ends up in the dungeons of Scotland's most forbidding castle, prisoner of the notorious Earl of Bothwell and at the mercy of the queen's justice.
A brawny Scottish laird...
As deputy warden responsible for keeping the law on the queen's borderland, Michael Cranstoun is a Scottish laird with a reputation for fair-mindedness and the looks of a viking warrior. But when he meets the beguiling Alexandra, both his life and his honour are at risk - not to mention his affections.
A love divided...
With more than just the border separating them, Alex and Michael are on opposite sides of an ancient divide, and destined for different paths. But a shared love for horses draws them together and kindles a passion that respects no boundaries, endangering more than just their hearts...
:: Set in Mary Queen of Scots' lawless Borderlands, A Love Divided is a stand-alone Scottish historical romance with a HEA. If you like strong heroines, brawny lairds and sweet romance, you'll love the first book in the Mary's Ladies series. Pick up your copy today!