Favorite Historical Romance Novels
Historical romance novels that are well loved by those who read the genre
501 Lady Rogue
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501 Fire Song (Medieval Song, #2)
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503 The Dark Queen (The Dark Qu...
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504 Heartless (Georgian, #1)
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3.88 of 5 stars 3.88 avg rating — 991 ratings
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504 Tears of the Moon (Gallaghe...
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506 All Through the Night (Roya...
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506 The Reluctant Widow
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3.74 of 5 stars 3.74 avg rating — 3,506 ratings
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508 Beyond Seduction (Beyond Du...
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509 Wicked Becomes You
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510 A Lady's Lesson in Scandal
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511 And One Rode West (Cameron ...
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512 The Prize
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3.97 of 5 stars 3.97 avg rating — 1,203 ratings
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513 Pure Sin
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3.94 of 5 stars 3.94 avg rating — 468 ratings
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513 Familiar Scars
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513 The Rose Garden
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4.0 of 5 stars 4.00 avg rating — 12,765 ratings
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513 To Tame A Highland Warrior ...
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517 A Whisper of Roses
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518 Brave the Wild Wind (Wyomin...
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518 Comanche Heart (Comanche, #2)
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520 The Iron Rose (Dante Pirate...
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520 A Rake's Guide To Pleasure ...
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522 A Pirate's Love
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523 Only His (Only Series, #1)
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3.94 of 5 stars 3.94 avg rating — 1,870 ratings
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524 Beast
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3.6 of 5 stars 3.60 avg rating — 923 ratings
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524 The Companion of Lady Holme...
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526 Passion: A Novel of the Rom...
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527 The Wedding Night of an Eng...
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528 Your Wicked Ways (Duchess Q...
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529 Broken Wing
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530 Only Mine (Only Series, #2)
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530 A Civil Contract
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532 Violet Fire (Bragg Saga, #3)
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533 World Without End (The Pill...
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534 The Bridal Season (Bridal S...
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534 I Thee Wed
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536 The Sinner (Seducers #4)
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537 Tapestry
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537 Surrender to the Devil (Sco...
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539 Golden Surrender (Viking, #1)
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539 Only You (Only Series, #3)
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541 Shōgun (Asian Saga, #3)
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4.33 of 5 stars 4.33 avg rating — 73,896 ratings
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541 Les Liaisons Dangereuses
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543 Lord of the Fading Lands (T...
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543 A Night to Surrender (Spind...
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545 Something Reckless (Albrigh...
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546 The Masqueraders
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547 Once in a Blue Moon
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548 One Night With You
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549 Too Wicked to Tame (The Der...
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550 Bloody Jack: Being an Accou...
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551 The Duke Is Mine (Fairy Tal...
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552 The Third Circle (Arcane So...
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553 Red Roses Mean Love
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553 Fool for Love (Duchess Quar...
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555 Between the Devil and Desir...
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556 The Ugly Duchess (Fairy Tal...
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557 The Reluctant Suitor
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558 Possession
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558 Indigo Blue (Comanche, #3)
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560 One Little Sin (MacLachlan ...
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560 April Lady
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562 The Scarlet Letter
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563 Tempting Fortune (Malloren,...
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564 My Beloved
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564 The Valentine Legacy (Legac...
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566 The Darkest Heart
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566 If I Had You (De Piaget, #2)
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566 Where Shadows Dance (Sebast...
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569 Fires of Paradise (Bragg Sa...
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569 Candle in the Darkness (Ref...
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569 The Warlord (Montagues, #1)
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569 When Fate Dictates (Highlan...
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569 The Merry Widow
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569 Once a Duchess
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3.65 of 5 stars 3.65 avg rating — 441 ratings
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569 Secrets of the Realm
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576 The Elusive Flame
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576 These Is My Words (Sarah Ag...
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578 The Ladies of Missalonghi
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578 The Heart of a Duke
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580 In the Highlander's Bed (Ca...
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580 Wind in the Grasses Dancing...
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582 Man of My Dreams (Sherring ...
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583 The Demon Is In The Details
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584 Forbidden (Company of Rogue...
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584 Where Serpents Sleep (Sebas...
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586 The Quiet Gentleman
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587 The Nonesuch
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587 Forbidden Highlander (Dark ...
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589 Three Nights with a Scoundr...
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590 Uncommon Vows
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590 The Dream Hunter
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592 Another Chance to Dream (De...
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592 Keegan's Lady
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592 The Loyal Heart
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595 Lake in the Clouds (Wildern...
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596 Shadow of the Moon
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597 The Taste of Innocence (Cyn...
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597 By Love Undone (Bancroft Br...
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599 The Conquest (Peregrine #2)
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600 Highland Conqueror {Cameron...
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message 2: by M (new)

M What a great list! Thank you for creating it! I assume this is EXACTLY the kind of book I truly love, because so much of the book I know, and many are one of my favs shelf!


message 3: by Helle (new)

Helle Wtf? Jane Austen didn't write historical novels - they're set in her own time! Same with Jane Eyre.


Pamela(AllHoney) lol, but they are historical to us ☺


message 5: by Helle (new)

Helle But that doesn't make them historical novels, it's a separate genre.


message 6: by Beate (new)

Beate Why are people putting Black Dagger Brotherhood books on this list? O.o


Pamela(AllHoney) hmmm. good question. I guess they don't understand what historical romance is :)


message 8: by Brittany B. (last edited Aug 20, 2012 04:05AM) (new)

Brittany B. Helle wrote: "But that doesn't make them historical novels, it's a separate genre."

I don't know what the "Rules of Genre" are... But I think the plain language speaks for itself. Whether written yesterday or a century ago, the subject matter is Historical for thevreader. And the writing style of these classic romance novels form the basis upon which our great modern day historicals are based.

While you might call them classics, publishers and distributors call books like Pride and Prejudice and Jane Eyre both classics and historical romance novels.


message 9: by Pham (new)

Pham Hoa Amazing!!


message 10: by Helle (last edited Dec 04, 2012 01:18PM) (new)

Helle Brittany B. wrote: "Helle wrote: "But that doesn't make them historical novels, it's a separate genre."

I don't know what the "Rules of Genre" are... But I think the plain language speaks for itself. Whether written ..."


It's quite simple: It's called a historical novel because it's set in historical times - meaning the past. Like Ivanhoe by sir Walter Scott (set in the Middle Ages but written in the 1810s); or, The Scarlet Letter (set in Puritan times, but written in the 1850s). If we accept the premise that all fictions set in our past is historical - then it follows that all books written before, and set before, the year 2012 is historical fiction. Which would just bring chaos. Don't believe what publisher's tell you - they're only goal is to sell books - even if it means labelling books as somethig they are not.


message 11: by J.H. (new)

J.H.  Gordon Pamela(AllHoney) wrote: "lol, but they are historical to us ☺"

No, they are classics to us. A historical novel is set in a time before the author's own era. Austen and the Brontes wrote contemporary novels that dealt with issues relevant to their time. These books should be removed from this list.


message 12: by Lady Wesley (new)

Lady Wesley J.H. wrote: "Pamela(AllHoney) wrote: "lol, but they are historical to us ☺"

No, they are classics to us. A historical novel is set in a time before the author's own era. Austen and the Brontes wrote contemporary novels that dealt with issues relevant to their time. These books should be removed from this list."


Totally agree. Two hundred years from now, should 50 Shades of Gray be considered an historical novel? Of course not.


message 13: by Caz (new)

Caz Lady Wesley wrote: "J.H. wrote: "Pamela(AllHoney) wrote: "lol, but they are historical to us ☺"

No, they are classics to us. A historical novel is set in a time before the author's own era. Austen and the Brontes wr..."


J.H. wrote: "Pamela(AllHoney) wrote: "lol, but they are historical to us ☺"

No, they are classics to us. A historical novel is set in a time before the author's own era. Austen and the Brontes wrote contempora..."


Absolutely. And with any luck, 50 Shades will be long forgotten well before 200 years have passed!


message 14: by Lady Wesley (new)

Lady Wesley Caz wrote: Absolutely. And with any luck, 50 Shades will be long forgotten well before 200 years have passed! "

Yes, Caz, I wish it already was forgotten. But even it it is remembered, it never will be an historical novel. An historical oddity, perhaps . . . .


message 15: by Mary (new)

Mary Irureta-Balletta What about The windflower?! It should be at the top of the list I absolutely love love love that book a favorite!


message 16: by Robin (new)

Robin I don't think 'The Book Thief ' or 'Ann Frank diary of a girl' are Historical ROMANCE novel's.


message 17: by Erin (new)

Erin Helle wrote: "Wtf? Jane Austen didn't write historical novels - they're set in her own time! Same with Jane Eyre."



Totally agree with you! This list needs some serious revision.


message 18: by Sharon (new)

Sharon Taylor I loved 3 of the first books that jean m. auel wrote so much, it was like I was living them!


message 19: by Sherry (new)

Sherry There needs to be a smut rating on these books. I like to read about romance, not sex. Leave me outside the bedroom door, please. I don't think any current authors write my kind of stories. I so miss Victoria Holt, Jane Aiken Hodge, and the other ladies who wrote wonderfully exciting and romantic stories without having to resort to degrading graphic descriptions of heaving bosoms and burning loins.


message 20: by Caz (new)

Caz Sherry wrote: "There needs to be a smut rating on these books. I like to read about romance, not sex. Leave me outside the bedroom door, please. I don't think any current authors write my kind of stories. I s..."

I don't disagree with the fact that there are any number of historical romances in which the sex scenes appear to be tacked on just for the sake of it. But there are also a good number in which those scenes actually add to the reader's understanding of the characters and serve to propel the story forward.

I can understand it's frustrating if the spicier scenes aren't to your taste, but there are still plenty of "clean" romances being written, or stories in which the sex scenes are not graphically described and focus more on the emotional side of things.


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