Top Historical Romance Reads

Aug 7, 2017 by

Romance Awareness Month

It’s Romance Awareness Month and we’re dishing all month long about everything romance related. Have you dove into a good historical romance yet? If not Callie Hutton has her top suggestions to get you started. Love historical romance? See if yours made her list.

A Knight in Shining Armor by Jude Devereaux. The best of the best in Historical Romance.

Once upon a time… as a fair maiden lay weeping upon a cold tombstone, her heartfelt desire was suddenly made real before her: tall, broad of shoulder, attired in gleaming silver and gold, her knight in shining armor had come to rescue his damsel in distress…
 
Jude Deveraux’s dazzling bestseller greets a new generation–with this special edition featuring new material. The thrillingly romantic tale of thoroughly modern Dougless Montgomery, left alone and brokenhearted in an English church, and the sixteenth-century hero who carries her heart away, A Knight in Shining Armor is a story for all time, and for anyone who believes in the power of love…
 
Abandoned by her lover, thoroughly modern Dougless Montgomery finds herself alone and brokenhearted in an old English church. She never dreamed that a love more powerful than time awaited her there… until Nicholas Stafford, Earl of Thornwyck, a sixteenth-century knight, appeared.
 
Drawn to him by a bond so sudden and compelling that it defied reason, Dougless knew that Nicholas was nothing less than a miracle: a man who would not seek to change her, who found her perfect just as she was. But she could not know how strong were the chains that tied them to the past — or the grand adventure that lay before them.

The Devil’s Bride by Stephanie Laurens. One of her best.

When Devil, the most infamous member of the Cynster family, is caught in a compromising position with plucky governess Honoria Wetherby, he astonishes the entire town by offering his hand in marriage. No one dreamed this scandalous rake would ever take a bride. And as society mamas swooned at the loss of England′s most eligible bachelor, Devil′s infamous Cynster cousins began to place wagers on the wedding date.
 
But Honoria wasn′t about to bend society′s demands and marry a man “just” because they′d been found together virtually unchaperoned. No, she craved adventure, and while solving the murder of a young Cynster cousin fit the bill for a while, she decided that once the crime was solved she′d go off to see the world. But the scalding heat of her unsated desire for Devil soon had Honoria craving a very different sort of excitement. Could her passion for Devil cause her to embrace the enchanting peril of a lifelong adventure of the heart?

Another Chance to Dream by Lynn Kurland. Still leaves me with goosebumps when I read it.

With neither title nor land, Rhys could not win the hand of Gwennelyn of Segrave. But he would always have her heart. The two are kindred souls…Rhys, a knight with far too many notions of chivalry for his own good. And Gwen, a lover of minstral tales, waiting to be swept away. But Gwen is betrothed to another man, and Rhys fears he will lose her forever. Until a suprise offer comes his way—bringing Rhys and Gwen a second chance at love…

A Dance Through Time by Lynn Kurland. Oh, so good.

Scotland, 1311. James MacLeod was the most respected—and feared—laird in all of Scotland. He loved his men like brothers and his land with a passion. And he allowed no women to cross the threshold of his keep…
 
New York City, 1996. With an indifferent fiancé and a stalled writing career, Elizabeth Smith found passion and adventure only in the unpublished romance novels that she wrote. Until a Scottish hero began calling to her…
 
Elizabeth longed for the man of her dreams. But she knew she was overworked when she began hearing his voice—when she was awake. To clear her mind, she took a walk in Gramercy Park. She dozed off on a bench—and woke up in a lush forest in fourteenth-century Scotland. A forest surrounding the castle of James MacLeod, an arrogant and handsome lord with a very familiar voice. Elizabeth would turn his ordered world upside-down and go where no woman had ever gone before: straight into his heart…

The Perfect Wife by Lynsay Sands. Absolutely hilarious.

It is to be hoped that her groom is partial to cherries. For Avelyn fears she will very much resemble one at their wedding feast. Too round, too red in the scarlet gown that is all she can fit into — and perhaps too tart for his taste? No doubt he longs for a sweet, biddable bride, one who is as tiny and trim as she is trying to appear.
 
Paen Gerville longs for a lively, well-rounded woman, one whose plump breast will cushion his head after the lonely, harsh life of a solitary fighting knight. At first his wife-to-be promises no such delights, but one split bridal gown later, her assets are eye-poppingly apparent and Paen can only grin as he anticipates his wedding night with…THE PERFECT WIFE

Almost Heaven by Judith McNaught. An oldie by a goodie.

Elizabeth Cameron, the Countess of Havenhurst, possesses a rare gentleness and fierce courage to match her exquisite beauty. But her reputation is shattered when she is discovered in the arms of Ian Thornton, a notorious gambler and social outcast. A dangerously handsome man of secret wealth and mysterious lineage, Ian’s interest in Elizabeth may not be all that it seems. His voyage to her heart is fraught with intrigue, scandal, and a venomous revenge. As a twisting path of secrets takes them from London’s drawing rooms to the awe-inspiring Scottish Highlands, Elizabeth must learn the truth: is Ian merely a ruthless fortune hunter at heart?

The Black Lyon by Jude Devereaux. The one that started it all.

Darkly handsome and rich beyond imagining, the bold English conqueror was called “the Black Lyon” for his lionlike ferocity. He had no match among enemies, or women…until he met Lyonene, the green-eyed beauty whose fiery spirit equaled his own.
 
Through a whirlwind romance and stormy marriage, she endured every peril to be by his side, until vicious lies and jealousy drove her into danger. Now only the fierce Black Lyon can save her—for he alone has the courage to destroy the ruthless plot threatening to shatter the bond of love the Lyon and his lady vowed would never be broken…

What are your favorite historical romances?

-Callie Hutton, author of Denying the Duke

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