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Amanda’s Historical Romance Obsession {Discussion + Recommendations}

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True to bender form, when I latched onto historical romances a few months ago, I haven’t been able to read much of anything else. Whenever I do, I come crawling back to historomances (my favorite new term).

They’re like a drug.

I’m not new to historical romance—a decade ago, I devoured authors like Julie Garwood and Amanda Quick. But somewhere along the way, I moved away from historical romance in favor of other subgenres—romantic suspense, contemporary, paranormal.

But now I’m back, baby.

Ahem.

So I wanted to share the authors (and their books) I’m devouring, spreading the historomance love, and ask for YOUR recommendations. Because let’s face it: there’s always room for another book.

Here are MY favorite authors and the lists of their books that I’m working through. (Note: I have NOT read all of these, but links on books go to my reviews.)

Tessa Dare

Spindle Cove
A Night to Surrender
A Week to Be Wicked
A Lady by Midnight
Any Duchess Will Do

Stud Club
One Dance with a Duke
Twice Tempted by a Rogue
Three Nights with a Scoundrel

The Wanton Dairymaid Trilogy (<– Read all and loved)
Goddess of the Hunt
Surrender of a Siren
A Lady of Persuasion

Sarah MacLean

Love by Numbers
Nine Rules to Break When Romancing a Rake
Ten Ways to Be Adored When Landing a Lord
Eleven Scandals to Start to Win a Duke’s Heart

Rules of Scoundrels
A Rogue by Any Other Name
One Good Earl Deserves a Lover
No Good Duke Goes Unpunished
Untitled (2014)

Courtney Milan

Brothers Sinister
The Duchess War
The Heiress Effect
The Countess Conspiracy
The Mistress Rebellion

Carhart
Proof by Seduction
Trial by Desire

Turner
Unveiled
Unclaimed
Unraveled

Julia Quinn

Bevelstoke
The Secret Diaries of Miss Miranda Cheever
What Happens in London
Ten Things I Love About You

Blydon
Splendid
Dancing at Midnight
Minx

Bridgertons
The Duke and I
The Viscount Who Loved Me
An Offer From a Gentleman
Romancing Mister Bridgerton
To Sir Phillip, With Love
When He Was Wicked
It’s in His Kiss
On the Way to the Wedding

Smythe-Smith Quartet
Just Like Heaven
A Night Like This
The Sum of All Kisses

Two Dukes of Wyndham (<– Read these, didn’t review, but loved)
The Lost Duke of Wyndham
Mr. Cavendish, I Presume

Recommendations

Earlier this month, I asked Twitter to give me some recommendations… and Twitter DELIVERED. Here’s who they suggested:

Jennifer Ashley
Mary Balogh
Meredith Duran
Elizabeth Essex (Almost a Scandal)
Julie Garwood
Elizabeth Hoyt
Sophie Jordan
Lisa Kleypas
Carrie Lofty
Julie Anne Long

Who would you add to the list?

About the author: Amanda, noun: 1. Creator of On a Book Bender and Bout of Books. 2. Editor at The Path of Least Revision. 3. Lover of language and books. 4. Drinker of wine, coffee, and vodka. 5. Idea wrangler and wielder of words.

21 comments… add one

  • I’ve been really wanting to get more into historical romance, so I appreciate the recommendations! I’m so bookmarking this post for later too :)

  • I have heard of most of these authors, although I’ve only read a few. I fell in love with the genre through reading Victoria Holt/Philippa Carr, though she’s from a bit older generation of historical romance writers.

    • Some of the older ones are still good too. :)

    • Jan

      Oooh, I used to love reading Victoria Holt too! The names of the guys were always so awesome, the mysteries were good and I do love a good story where young girl goes to be governess to a widower’s only child and it turns out the widower is strongly suspected of being responsible for the untimely demise of his wife… good stuff! :-)

  • Well, since you have Tessa Dare listed, I’m happy. I LOVE her books. They make me smile. And sometimes swoon.

    I know you’ve already read Maya Banks’ Highlander books, but those are good go-to books when you want a little Highland pick-me-up.
    Alexandra Hawkins and Kasey Michaels are both authors I’ve enjoyed. I’ve only read a couple of Anne Stuart’s House of Rohan series but I thought they were sex-ay and fun.

    *bookmarks post for the next time I’m in the mood for a historomance*

    • Ahh yes, Maya Banks. I have mostly regency historical romances listed, I believe. But the HIGHLANDERS are good too.

  • I’m so out of the historical romance loop, I’m using your list to update me!

    • That’s what I like to hear, Mary! I was definitely out the historical romance loop too. (But that’s also why I love Twitter, because Twitter got me started on almost all the authors.)

  • Daphne

    I would add Celeste Bradley, the Liar’s Club is fantastic. and her other series, The Heiress Brides and the Runaway Brides. She has a couple other series that I will eventually read. she’s fantastic & her books are not exactly like every other regency romance.

    • Thanks, Daphne! I have added them to my personal list. :D

  • I have tried reading non-historical romances, but I always end up being disappointed. I love me some historical romances, preferably regency romances. :)

  • I haven’t delved much into Historical Romance over the years, but I would love to read more of it. I remember my mom introducing me to Johanna Lindsey 15 years ago, and I enjoyed some of her books a lot!

    • Oooh. Start with Sarah MacLean or Tessa Dare. Both very good. :)

  • Randi M

    I love Lauren Willig’s Pink Carnation series (though I still need to finish the series). For some reason I always get an itch to read historical romance in the winter. It’s about time to get back to it! Thanks for so many books to look into. :)

    • You’re welcome! I think winter is the perfect time to curl up with a historical romance. :)

  • Ha…I do the same thing :) When I’m in the mood for historomance, then I am all about it and can’t get it enough – especially this time of year! Nothing makes me happier than curling up on my couch, next to my lit Christmas tree, sipping hot tea and reading a holiday historomance <3

    You have some EXCELLENT books on this list :D
    Have you read Jennifer Haymore's books yet? She's actually the one I credit with helping me fall in love with this genre. I also like Shana Galen, Julie Anne Long, and Alexandra Hawkins.

    • Thanks for the recommendations, Isa! I already had Julie Anne Long on my list, but I’ve added the other two. :D

  • Great list! I’ve added pretty much all of these to my wishlist. I usually avoid books with these sorts of covers but I’ve read some great historical romances this year and it has put me in the mood for more. Look forward to reading your reviews of them as you work your way through them.

    • Ha. I so agree on the covers. Makes ebooks look very attractive. ;)

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