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

With Passions of a Wicked Earl, USA Today and New York Times bestseller Lorraine Heath kicks off a new series of delightfully sinful historical romanc...
Passions of a Wicked Earl by Lorraine Heath

January 17, 2018

Despite her aunt’s determined attempts at matchmaking, Miss Frankie Devine remains embarrassingly unattached. With the arrival of Sir John, an enigmat...
Miss Devine’s Christmas Wish by Amanda Forester

January 17, 2018

He offered one night. She needs a lifetime… When Viscountess Kinsley’s father lost all but their home and then drank himself to death, creditors stood...
A Marriage of Necessity by Tarah Scott

January 17, 2018

Recovering from a lengthy illness, Georgina Jeffries is sent to convalesce in the Devonshire home of her father’s cousin. Finding an instant friendshi...
A Damsel for the Mysterious Duke by Bridget Barton

January 17, 2018

The picturesque seaside town of St. Ives is home to all manner of treasures . . . It’s not every day a young woman is offered ten thousand pounds for ...
The Earl Most Likely by Jane Goodger

January 17, 2018

When Tynan Brayden, the Earl of Westcliff, rescues Lady Abigail Croft from ruffians one dark night outside the Wicked Earls’ Club, he never expects hi...
Earl of Westcliff by Meara Platt

January 17, 2018

1764 ~ When Faryn is captured by the mysterious and sensual dread pirate Captain Wraith Noir, who delivers her as a slave to the flesh-hungry court of...
A Pirate’s Bounty by Eliza Knight

January 16, 2018

Had Theo Moreland, the Marquess of Raine, killed her brother? And had the treasure the two men sought in South America hastened his descent to an earl...
An Unexpected Pleasure by Candace Camp

January 16, 2018

Baldwin Undercross, Duke of Sheffield, has a secret he’s keeping from almost everyone he knows and loves. He is destitute, thanks to gambling by his l...
The Duke of Nothing by Jess Michaels

January 16, 2018

A woman who disdains love collides with a man who lives for passion. Explosions ensue.
Ada Templeton believes in science. She believes in chemical rea...
Saving the Scientist by Riley Cole

January 15, 2018

England, 1910. Lady Nora Tate is a young woman caught between the expectations of her station and the demands of her own heart and mind. The noble wor...
Nothing on Earth & Nothing in Heaven by Susan Fanetti

January 14, 2018

Some hearts are forever… Derek McInnis left the Highlands for a life on the sea. The sea has captured a heart that no woman could. Until now. Margery’...
A Captain’s Heart by Aileen Adams

January 13, 2018

Left wounded in body and spirit after the Battle of Waterloo, Colonel Gavin Romney vows he will return to arms and make certain Napoleon Bonaparte nev...
The Earl’s Honorable Intentions by Deborah Hale

January 12, 2018

DETERMINED LADY Tough-minded Jessica Trent’s sole intention is to free her nitwit brother from the destructive influence of Sebastian Ballister, the n...
Lord of Scoundrels by Loretta Chase

January 12, 2018

Their wedding was the event of the season… A shy wallflower, Caroline hasn’t the faintest idea why the Duke of Readington chose her to be his bride. S...
The Winter Duchess by Jillian Eaton

January 12, 2018

A WOMAN’S REPUTATION Scandal follows Rose Barclay, young widow of the Duke of Southdown, wherever she goes. It’s never her fault—honor bright—but news...
Scandal And The Duchess by Jennifer Ashley

January 11, 2018

At the height of World War II, three women must come together to fight for freedom, for the men they love—and for each other. When Hazel is given the ...
Hearts of Resistance by Soraya M. Lane

January 10, 2018

Who jilted whom?Darroch MacKeegan vows revenge when his intended bride, Isabel MacRain, fails to show up for a marriage arranged to settle the long fe...
Kilted at the Altar by Anna Markland

January 10, 2018

Heav’n has no Rage like Love to Hatred turn’d,
Nor Hell a Fury like a Mother scorn’d. Rescued after two years as a concubine in an Ottoman harem, form...
Revenge of the Corsairs by Elizabeth Ellen Carter

January 10, 2018

She had to leave him to save her father. He had to follow her to save his heart. In August 1777, Jenny Sutton leaves Williamsburg, Virginia and the ma...
Love’s Courage by Elizabeth Meyette

January 10, 2018