A Guide to Historical Romance: Brought to You By Rashika

A while ago, I did a Why Romance? post and talked about some of the stigmas surrounding the romance genre. This isn’t necessarily a follow up but I felt like doing a post that showcased some of the awesome historical romances I have read. For this recommendation post, there are 3 categories. There could be many more but I suck at coming up with things so don’t mind me. 

The first category is romances featuring no nobility. I feel like after reading book after book featuring nobility, it is a relief to read historical romances featuring the ‘ordinary’ people. Of course 2 of the books in this category are westerns but I count them to because that is how I roll.

The second category is all about second chance romances, which come in all forms. This is a category because that is my favorite romance trope so DEAL WITH IT.

The last category is Young independent women who don’t need no man (but find one.) All the female leads in the novels featured are awesome but the ones in this category are special because they aren’t necessarily noble and are either paving paths for themselves by working or just trying to avoid marriage for as long as possible so they can use their wealth to do all the exciting things. 

A Guide to Historical Romance

Goodreads Links to the Books

Listen to the Moon by Rose Lerner

Dancing on Coals by Ellen O’Connell

A Lily Among Thorns by Rose Lerner

Beautiful Bad Man by Ellen O’Connell

Again the Magic by Lisa Kleypas

A Rogue by Any Other Name by Sarah MacLean

Once Upon a Marquess by Courtney Milan

Say Yes to the Marquess by Tessa Dare

The Rake by Mary Jo Putney

And Then He Kissed Her by Laura Lee Guhrke

The Secrets of Mia Danvers by Robyn DeHart

The Heiress Effect by Courtney Milan


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  1. says

    I love historical romance but only in small doses. I really love the ones that also have a mystery of some kind like the Julia Gray series by Deanna Raybourn. If you haven’t tried her and you like mystery mixed in with your historic, definitely give her a try as well.

    Thanks for all the recommendations, I will definitely be checking some of these out!
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  2. says

    I….don’t know any of these. Seeing as the only historical fiction I read is WWII related, I don’t really branch out much unless it is SUPER interesting. And I have never read Romance either, and the only Romance I would read is if it took place during WWII? Hahahha. BUT YEAH FOR RECOMMENDING ROMANCE BOOKS. YOU GO RASHEEPOO
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  3. says

    I love these categories and you picked out some of my favorite romance authors! Rose Lerner is such an underrated one, as is Courtney Milan I think, but I adore Sarah MacLean, Tessa Dare, and Lisa Kleypas–they can do no wrong. You’ve listed a few books and authors here that I have yet to try so thanks for adding those to my radar, Rashika! Onto the TBR they go! ;)
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  4. says

    Second chance romance novels are always my favourite too Rashika, there’s always something wonderful and hopeful when characters have another chance to make things right. And everyone I know has been recommending me Kleypas novels, so it looks like that’s where I shall be starting. Love this post!
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  5. says

    I LOVE historical YA fiction! So much <33 I just love history and the combonation with romance really just sound appealing to me. So I'm definitely feeling like making the jump into actual adult Historical Romance is something that needs to happen soon. I know me though, I'd probably like one that is a little more light on the romance and more focused on the history and the drama. The third category sounds like my favorite just because a women trying carve her own path in a historical setting despite all of the obstacles? Yes please.

    Thanks for all the recs girl <33
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  6. says

    I never go for historical romance, mostly because of the covers if I’m being honest. Looking at the pics it all seems like it’s smut. While there’s nothing wrong with smutty stuff, I personally just have never encountered a historical romance that could really grip me. Maybe I’m just picking up the wrong ones.
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