In the past five years, I’ve read over 1500 romances. Some I loathed, some I loved and many I thought were-eh–better than the last three Star Wars movies. I’m fairly narrow in my general genre reading. Out of the 1500 books I’ve read, at least a thousand have been historical romance. I’ve read next, in decreasing number, contemporary romance, romantic suspense, and, in fairly low numbers, paranormal romance. I’m new here to reviewing at Dear Author and I thought I’d share with youall, since you’re reading reviews based on my preferences, what my favorite romances are. Rather than spend lots of prose on my favorites in all three of my preferred genres, I thought I’d write three pieces, each about my ten favorite books in a genre. And, since it’s the genre I’ve read and loved the most, I thought I’d begin with my ten favorite historical romances. And so, I looked at my list—I have it stored on my Kindle in the extremely politically incorrectly titled collection Ballin’ Bodice Rippers–and realized ten wasn’t possible.
My Ballin’ Bodice Rippers collection has 160 novels in it, all historical romances I enjoy enough to read again and again. There are some authors whose names are represented frequently—Meredith Duran, Anne Mallory, Elizabeth Essex, Sherry Thomas, Julie Anne Long, Lisa Kleypas, Elizabeth Hoyt, Melody Thomas, and Madeline Hunter—and others who’ve authored only one book I treasure: Anna Campbell, Lisa Valdez, Judith James, and Tessa Dare.
My first cull got the list down to 35—this still seemed like an excessive number to share in one post. I tried again, cut a few more, and then was stuck. There are 30 historical romances I love; books I’d recommend to anyone who wants to see what it is that so draws in the thinking reader of romance. Still, 30 books is a lot. I tried to force myself to pick twenty; I tried to limit myself to one per author. Ultimately, I gave up. These are 30 books I love and, if you want to know, when you read my reviews, what sort of historical romances float my boat, these are the tomes that do. So, in alphabetical order by the first name of the author, here are my (current) favorite historical romances.
|Anne Mallory||Three Nights of Sin|
|Anne Mallory||One Night Is Never Enough|
|Anne Mallory||Seven Secrets of Seduction|
|Carolyn Jewel||Lord Ruin|
|Elizabeth Essex||The Danger of Desire|
|Elizabeth Hoyt||The Raven Prince|
|Jennifer Ashley||Madness of Lord Ian MacKenzie|
|Jo Goodman||The Price of Desire|
|Joanna Bourne||My Lord and Spymaster|
|Joanna Bourne||The Forbidden Rose|
|Julia Quinn||The Secret Diaries of Miss Miranda Cheever|
|Julie Anne Long||What I Did for a Duke|
|Julie Anne Long||I Kissed an Earl|
|Karen Hawkins||An Affair to Remember|
|Laura Kinsale||Flowers from the Storm|
|Laura Lee Guhrke||Guilty Pleasures|
|Lisa Kleypas||It Happened One Autumn|
|Loretta Chase||Lord of Scoundrels|
|Loretta Chase||Lord Perfect|
|Madeline Hunter||The Rules of Seduction|
|Melody Thomas||A Match Made in Scandal|
|Meredith Duran||Written on Your Skin|
|Patricia Gaffney||To Have and to Hold|
|Sherry Thomas||Private Arrangements|
|Sophie Jordan||One Night With You|
|Stephanie Laurens||The Lady Chosen|
|Tessa Dare||Goddess of the Hunt|
If you would like to see the entire Ballin’ Bodice Rippers list, check out my blog. I’m happy to share. A good book is a great thing and, if I can turn you onto more reading joy, my work here is done.