Seattle Picks: Historical Romance
Annotation:Jennifer Ashley’s steamy Highlander romances feature charming and intriguing characters in evocative Regency-era Scotland. Also try: Margo Maguire, Karen Hawkins, Katharine Ashe and Grace Burrowes ("The Bridegroom Wore Plaid").
Annotation:Mary Balogh’s Regency romances sparkle with wit, lush period details and charming characters. Also try: Lisa Kleypas (Hathaway series), Victoria Alexander, Juliana Gray (Affairs by Moonlight trilogy) and Samantha Grace (Beau Monde Bachelor series).
Annotation:Maya Banks writes sexy, lively Highlander romances highlighting loyalty and clan relationships set in vivid medieval Scotland ("In Bed with a Highlander"). Also try: Amanda Scott, Paula Quinn, Amanda Forester, Heather Grothaus, Monica McCarty, Margaret Mallory and Mary Wine.
Annotation:Jo Beverley’s fast-paced, racy Georgian romances are taut with sexual chemistry and nuanced, witty characters. Also try: Julia London (Secrets of Hadley Green series), Elizabeth Hoyt (Maiden Lane series), Jane Feather (Blackwater Brides series) and Elizabeth Essex (Reckless Brides series).
Annotation:Lori Copeland’s Christian romances are homespun, heartwarming and inspirational stories that unfold at a leisurely pace. Also try: Leigh Greenwood, Lauraine Snelling (Daughters of Blessing series), Janette Oke, Kim Vogel Sawyer and Tamera Alexander.
Annotation:Janet Evanovich’s fast-paced, upbeat and fun style works well in her late Victorian-era romance, "The Husband List," written with Dorien Kelly and set in 1890s New York. Also try: Sherry Thomas, Kat Martin (Bride trilogy) and Madeline Hunter.
Annotation:Jo Goodman writes Western romances featuring atmospheric frontier settings, compellingly independent women, rough yet responsible cowboys and simmering sexuality. Also try: Lori Austin, Sarah McCarty (Hell’s Eight series), Joan Johnston and Nancy J. Parra.
Annotation:Georgette Heyer writes delightfully clever Regency comedies of manners in a style similar to Jane Austen. Try "Bath Tangle" and "The Grand Sophy." Also try: Marion Chesney, Elizabeth Aston (Darcy novels) and Anne Gracie (Chance Sisters).
Annotation:Eloisa James writes Regency romances with strong, smart women characters, great historical details and snappy dialogue. Also try: Suzanne Enoch, Sabrina Jeffries (Hellions of Halstead Hall),Tessa Dare (Spindle Cove series) and Sally MacKenzie (Duchess of Love series).
Annotation:Stephanie Laurens writes fast-paced, intriguing, family-centric Regency romances, often from the man’s perspective. Also try: Johanna Lindsey (Malory Family saga), Catherine Coulter (Bride series), Liz Carlyle (Neville Family series) and Grace Burrowes (Windham novels).
Annotation:Kat Martin is a versatile romance writer equally comfortable in the American West as in Victorian England. The Victorian era comes alive in her sensual Bride trilogy ("Reese's Bride," "Royal's Bride" and "Rule's Bride"). Also try: Renee Bernard (Jaded Gentleman series), Lorraine Heath (London’s Greatest Lovers) and Sherry Thomas (Fitzhugh trilogy).
Annotation:Delilah Marvelle’s Rumor romance series ("Forever and a Day," "Forever a Lady" and "Forever a Lord"), set in New York and London during the 1830s, is dramatic, steamy and full of deliciously naughty rendezvous. Also try: Hannah Howell, Sylvia Day, Elizabeth Hoyt and Julia London (Secrets of Hadley Green series).
Annotation:Tracie Peterson’s Civil War-era Christian Western romances are realistic, homespun and inspirational. Also try: Amanda Cabot (Westward Winds trilogy), Kathleen Morgan (Heart of the Rockies), Jill Marie Landis (Irish Angel series) and Catherine Anderson ("Lucky Penny").
Annotation:Julia Quinn’s spy romances (Bevelstoke series: "The Secret Diaries of Miss Miranda Cheever," "What Happens in London" and "Ten Things I Love About You") are sensual, witty and fast-paced, with sassy contentious characters. Also try: Stefanie Sloane (Regency Rogues), Mary Jo Putney (Lost Lords series), Kate Noble (Blue Raven novels), Lauren Willig (Pink Carnation novels) and Joanna Bourne (Spymaster series).
Annotation:Sarah Sundin writes gentle, atmospheric love stories set during World War II featuring pilots and the compelling characters around them. Also try: "Jasmine Nights" by Julia Gregson, "Léon and Louise" by Alex Capus, "The Kashmir Shawl" by Rosie Thomas and "The Plum Tree" by Ellen Marie Wiseman.
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Here are some of our favorite historical romance writers and their books from many different time periods, along with some suggestions for further reading.