I adore historical romances and I wanted to share my favorite books in that genre with all of you. Peers, ladies and everyone in between. Balls, intrigue, scandals…what’s not to love? In no particular order, here are my top five favourite corset busting, breath heaving, swoon worthy historical romances:
Lisa Kleypas has written some exceptional historical romances notably all the books in the Wallflower and Hathaway series, but she has never written another hero like Sebastian.
Sebastian, Lord St. Vincent, makes bad look very good. Heir to an impoverished dukedom, his lineage is impeccable, but his character is atrocious. He’s unbearably good looking, suave, charming and the very essence of a soulless rake.
Until the day Evie Jenner, heiress to her father’s gambling
fortune makes him an offer. Her money for his protection. What follows is a
glorious, angst ridden story of love, loss and redemption. The character development, story arc and layered
romance is incredible. It is truly, a story for the ages.
The Bridgerton Series, especially the first few books, is an fantastic series. For me, the best of the series was the very first book. In the Duke and I, Simon, the Duke of Hastings and Daphne Bridgerton fake a courtship. He wants to keep the marriage crazy women at bay, and she wants to appear more desirable to men who only ever see her as a friend. What follows is a heartwarming story of learning to put the people you love before your fears and phobias. This book is followed by the Viscount and I which is another gem. I recommend reading the entire series in order.
Julie Garwood, as an author, is new to me. I just discovered her books about a month ago and fell in love. Set in medieval Scotland, not a time period that I usually read about, this is an incredible story of courage, compromise and humour that warms your heart and lightens your soul. The heroines in her series are hilarious and the heroes everything you’ve dreamed of. Read the books to know just how enchanting that time period and their stories can be.
Ash, the Duke of Ashbury, and Emma, the down on her luck seamstress are adorable together. He’s a scarred, survivor of war and she’s the plucky survivor of the streets who knows how to look beyond the scars to the man beneath.
Tessa Dare has a deft, humorous touch to her storywriting. She doesn’t always get it spot on but when she does, it’s sheer magic. This is one of this magical tales.
Inspired by Dr. House, Piers Yelverton, Earl of Marchant, is every bit the beast. Linnet, the heroine, is one of the greatest beauties of her time. She assumes it won’t take more than two weeks to have the beast head over heels in love with her. She assumes wrong. This book is one of Eloisa James’s best. It’s a rollicking good ride with the right amount of emotion and angst thrown in. If you haven’t already read it, don’t miss this one. It’s a keeper, just like the hero.