Historical Romance

Historical romance (also historical novel) is a broad category of fiction in which the plot takes place in a setting located in the past. Walter Scott helped popularise this genre in the early 19th-century, with works such as Rob Roy and Ivanhoe. Literary fiction historical romances continue to be published, and a notable recent example is Wolf Hall (2009), a multi-award winning novel by English historical novelist Hilary Mantel. It is also a genre of mass-market fiction, which is related to the broader romantic love genre.

The terms "romance novel" and "historical romance" are ambiguous, because the word "romance", and the associated word "romantic", have a number of different meanings. In particular, on the one hand there is the mass-market genre of "fiction dealing with love", harlequin romance, and on the other hand, "a romance" can also be defined as "a fictitious narrative in prose or verse; the interest of which turns upon marvellous and uncommon incidents". However, many romances, including the historical romances of Walter Scott, are also frequently called novels, and Scott describes romance as a "kindred term". To add to the confusion literary fiction romances, for example Emily Brontë's Wuthering Heights, often have a strong love story interest. Other European languages do not distinguish between romance and novel: "a novel is le roman, der Roman, il romanzo."

Historical Romance

A Sense of Turmoil by Wendy Soliman
With the countess’s health failing, Flora knows that Luke Beranger, the Earl of Swindon, will want to be with her grandmother during her final days. L...
December 10, 2019
Forbidden Desires of a Seductive Duchess by Violet Hamers
She is ice and fire. The touch of her burns his hands like snow…
Though raised like every other well-bred Lady of the ton, Arabella Foster is certainl...
December 10, 2019
Too Wicked to Wed by Tammy Andresen
A rakish lord and a lady with a vendetta…. Lady Caroline knows all about rakes. One ruined her after all. Allow a rake to kiss you once under a flower...
December 10, 2019
I Shall Love the Earl by Laura A. Barnes
How many times must a gentleman ruin a lady before he offers for her hand….
She waited for the temptation held in his gaze. He refused to give into hi...
December 10, 2019
A Delicate Deception by Cat Sebastian
When Amelia Allenby escaped a stifling London ballroom for the quiet solitude of the Derbyshire countryside, the very last thing she wanted was an ext...
December 10, 2019
My Winter Rogue by Jillian Eaton
This Christmas, fill up your stocking with dashing rakes, witty heroines, and wicked dukes with a limited-time release featuring four of Jillian Eaton...
December 9, 2019
The Viking’s Captive by Ingrid Hahn
Thorvald Longsword can’t believe all he has to do is kidnap the daughter of his jarl’s enemy to get his land back. Easy. But when he finally snatches ...
December 9, 2019
A Lady for Luke by Donna K. Weaver
She’s a high-society lady fleeing her family’s shame. He’s a simple rancher. Is love enough to bridge their differences?
After being disowned a decade...
December 8, 2019
The Knight’s Prisoner by Renee Rose
A TAVERN WENCH. THE SCARRED KNIGHT WHO CAPTURES HER.
Danewyn is nothing more than a tavern wench, or so she pretends.
She hides her ability to see int...
December 8, 2019
My Lady of Misrule by Amy Rose Bennett
Anything can happen on Twelfth Night… When widowed countess Minerva, Lady Harlow, discovers a devastating secret about her late husband just before Ch...
December 8, 2019
Guarded By Them by Skye MacKinnon
I never expected to be stranded on an asteroid with four aliens.
It’s a miracle we survived, but just because we’re still alive after the crash doesn’...
December 8, 2019
How to Wake a Sleeping Lady by Bree Wolf
A forgotten love, a twist of fate, and a second chance at a happily-ever-after. After being swept out to sea, Nessa Barrett, Countess of Wentford, is ...
December 8, 2019
How to Tame a Beastly Lord by Bree Wolf
A fallen lady…A beastly lord…And a night out in the woods. Unmarried and with child, Lady Eugenie enters into a marriage of convenience to save hersel...
December 7, 2019
A Fearless Lady Craving Freedom by Bridget Barton
Charlotte Livingston has never known anything but comfort and security. She was raised in a wealthy Regency family, she is engaged to a man of good so...
December 7, 2019
Taken By the Highlander by Flora Ferrari
Angus:
I was a lonely man, a rough, brute o’ a man that earned his livin’ by his fists. I was a fighter, no’ a lover. That is until I met Leonora. I c...
December 7, 2019
Seducing the Spinster by Diana Bold
Julian Tremaine, the Earl of Basingstoke, is a notorious rake; Lady Jane Bennett is a spinster with a spotless reputation. Neighbors since childhood, ...
December 6, 2019
The Winter Bride by Emma V. Leech
Widowed farmer Ned Hardy is facing a bleak winter and a lonely Christmas alone, when a beautiful young woman turns up on his doorstep in the middle of...
December 5, 2019
Loving a Charmer by Marie Higgins
Lord Malcolm Thornton is probably the only man attending Queen Victoria’s Winter Festival not looking for romance. His life as an agent for the crown ...
December 4, 2019
Highlander Cursed by Rebecca Preston
Plunging back in time, Delilah finds herself with the MacClaren Clan and at the center of a witch hunt and a mysterious curse plaguing her new friends...
December 4, 2019
Roderick’s Widow by Emily Royal
When trust is betrayed, forgiveness is the only redemption.
Seven years ago Alice de Grecy’s father bullied her into breaking her engagement to busine...
December 4, 2019