I’m a co-sponsor of Petticoats & Pistols, an historical event held the first night of the Romantic Times Convention. This year the sponsors were asked to bring five retro historical romance books to share with our guests. I went to a used bookstore this past weekend and was surprised to find, with very little effort, five historical romances from the 1980s. I also found what turned out to be a first edition of Loretta Chase’s Lord of Scoundrels, which is widely believed to be the best historical romance ever written. If you’ve never read it, do not pass go do not collect $200. Go forth immediately and find a copy to read right now. Of course this awesome find got me thinking about some of my favorite historical romance reads. In no particular order, I’m going to share ten of my favorite books and/or authors (because who can choose just one of Julia Quinn’s books?). This list is in no way all inclusive. I would have to make at least a Top 100 list to include them all.
Top Ten Favorite Historical Romances
1. Anything by Jane Austen. My two favorites are Persuasion and Pride and Prejudice, with Sense and Sensibility a close third.
2. The first four books of Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander Series. I like them all, but the first four are my favorites.
3. Lisa Kleypas’s Wallflower Series.
4. Julia Quinn’s Bridgerton Series, and also What Happens in London and Ten Things I Love About You.
5. Any historical romance written by Sherry Thomas, but especially Private Arrangements and Not Quite a Husband.
6. A Knight in Shining Armor by Jude Deveraux. This book released the same year I graduated from high school. Be still, my teenage heart.
7. Kathleen Woodiwiss. Sigh. I read many of her books during my teen years. The Flame and the Flower and A Rose in Winter are two of my favorites.
8. All of Amanda Quick’s early books. My particular favorites are Affair, Rendezvous, Dangerous, Scandal, Reckless, Deception, Mistress, Mischief, and all the others with the one word titles.
9. Jennifer Blake. The first two historical romances I read were written by her. They belonged to a lady a friend and I babysat for. I don’t remember for sure which was first, but it was either The Storm and the Splendor, or Royal Seduction.
10. I’ll end with something a little more recent. When a Scot Ties the Knot by Tessa Dare.
Now it’s your turn. Please comment and share your favorites. I’m always looking for a good historical romance to read.