Discover Your Next Favorite Historical Romance Novels!
Step into the past with these historical romances!
Historical Romance Books
Who doesn't love a good historical romance novel! From ancient Egypt to Regency times to the Roaring 20s, they can take place at any point in history and authors are more than welcome to say bye-bye to things like racism, sexism, homophobia, and other forms of discrimination for a great romance novel but with costumes!
When it comes to romance, especially historical romance, there are so many great subsubgenres, and most people have a favorite. Whether you love pirate romances, are keen on highlander romance, can't get enough viking romance, or some other historical period, don't worry because you're in good company. Fans of romances set during those time periods themselves, plenty of authors have got you covered!
On this list of historical romance novels, we've included a variety of different books, including books during different time periods, books with characters of color, and books about gay romances. There's something for everyone to enjoy! Happy reading!
1. Mrs. Martin's Incomparable Adventure by Courtney Milan
A widow of 73, Mrs. Bertrice Martin attributes her youthful appearance to bathing in man-tears, a lot of spite, and trying not to care about her Terrible Nephew. Miss Violetta Beauchamps, a young and proper woman of 69, enters Bertrice's life. It turns out her Terrible Nephew lives in Violetta's rooming house and she desperately wants him out of there. Bertrice makes it a habit of not caring, but she's intrigued by Violetta, so she concocts a plan that will teach Terrible Nephew a lesson and hopefully win Violetta's heart.
2. Destiny's Captive by Beverly Jenkins
While he knows much joy can be found in having a good wife and happy family, Noah Yates never believed that life was for him. He's much happier sailing the seas. But then he somehow finds himself tied down. Literally tied down to a bed. Descended from pirates, Pilar ties Noah up and steals his ship. He wants nothing more than to get his ship back and hopefully win Pilar's heart in the process.
3. Cold-Hearted Rake by Lisa Kleypas
Devon Ravenel thinks his lot in life has entirely changed when he discovers he's inherited and earldom. It's too bad his new societal rank comes with responsibilities we wasn't prepared for. The estate is in debt and the earl's sisters still live in the house. Widow Lady Kathleen Trenear also still occupies that house and she is unlike any woman the rake has ever met with her sharp wit and determination. Kathleen knows she can't trust Devon, but she also can't deny the attraction she feels towards. He's dangerous, so why does it feel so good to just give in?
4. That Could Be Enough by Alyssa Cole
Mercy Alston serves as a maid to Eliza Hamilton, working to help her preserve her late husband's legacy. Watching everything Eliza has gone through, along with her own heartbreaks, means Mercy avoids hope and love at all cost. Mercy's determination to live a quiet life is disrupted when dressmaker Andromeda Stiel arrives at Hamilton Grange for an interview. Andromeda is an overwhelming, flirtatious, and beautiful woman, and Mercy is smitten.
5. A Summer for Scandal by Lydia San Andres
Emilia Cruz agrees to go with her sister to a boating party and is surprised to find Ruban Torres in attendance. Ruban is the literary world darling and spends the party trashing the erotic serial Emilia writes under a pseudonym. Only Emilia's sister knows she writes the serial, and if it were to get out she's the author, she could be ruined. It turns out Rubin secretly runs a literary gossip paper, dishing cruel yet clever reviews. He's determined to uncover the identity of the serial before anyone else does.
6. Holding Their Place by Kelly Wacker
It is 1916 and it seems as if the Great War will never end. Dr. Helen Connery is a British reserved surgeon working in northern France in a field hospital. She works long, brutal hours trying to save the lives of soldiers brought in from the battlefield. Meeting enigmatic volunteer ambulance driver Julia March is a revelation, bringing forth feelings she thought she'd buried. They are given a four-day break from the war and head to the ocean together, proving that love can be found even in the darkest of places.
7. A Gentleman Never Keeps Score by Cat Sebastian
Hartley Sedgwick used to among London's most fashionable elite, but he became a recluse after hurtful gossip revealed his deepest secrets. He rarely leaves his house, the same house that is a constant reminder of his fall from grace. Former boxer Sam Fox owns The Bell, a pub and haven for the Free Black community in London. Sam's best friend Kate begs him for help. A revealing painting was made of her and she needs it destroyed. Always willing to help those he loves, Sam breaks into Hartley's house. When the two men encounter one another, an attraction sparks between them. Sam wants more than to just get to get the painting back - he also wants Hartley's heart.
8. Duchess by Design by Maya Rodale
Brandon Fiennes, Duke of Kingston, is in need of a wealthy American woman to wed to help save his family's estate. Instead, a seamstress ends up tumbling into his arms. Wanting nothing more than to be a fashionable designer, Miss Adeline Black won't let anything distract her. Not even a duke. However, Kingston presents her with a very interesting opportunity: she can accompany him to society events and wear her gowns - free advertisement - if she gives him advise on which heiresses would make the best wife. There's no way it can go wrong. Unless they give in to temptations, cause a scandal, for fall in love with each other.
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