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

King. Country. Love. He can choose only one.
The Knight
Neill Waryn is known throughout England as the champion knight who cannot lose. His victory at...
The Knight’s Reward by Cecelia Mecca

April 24, 2019

She’s on the run. He has a Viking vendetta. When they unite through history, will they find doom or destiny?
Boston, 2019. Mia is desperate to protect...
The Marriage of Time by Mariah Stone

April 24, 2019

A secret life
For years Harrison Hornsby, Marquess of Tennington, heir to the Duke of Gransford, has been a scandalous rake. Unbeknownst to all he’d b...
The Marquess of Secrets by Karyn Gerrard

April 24, 2019

THE WULFRITHS. IT ALL BEGAN WITH A WOMAN.
A battle. A crown. The conqueror. The conquered. Medieval England—forever changed by the Battle of Hastings....
Fearless by Tamara Leigh

April 23, 2019

A bluestocking and a rake…
Lady Victoria Ducat has an orderly life filled with academic pursuits and the care of her ailing father. She has no use for...
Never Kiss an Earl at Midnight by Tammy Andresen

April 23, 2019

A Second Chance…a do-over? These ladies are not the young naïve girls they once were. Now they are WOMEN who know the value of love, who have faced ch...
Second Chance Love by Annabelle Anders

April 22, 2019

From two different worlds, their passion is dangerous…
Determined and dashing, Benjamin Hetherington vowed that he would never give a woman the power ...
The Lady’s Dangerous Love by Wendy Vella

April 22, 2019

Finlay Cameron, the bastard son of an English earl and a Scottish mother, weds stunning, outgoing Blair Macnab to ensure her clan’s loyalty to King Ch...
Highland Salvation by Lori Ann Bailey

April 22, 2019

All of society believes former actress Helen Grey to be mad, but after a decade imprisoned in a crumbling Yorkshire asylum, she’s managed to cling to ...
The Madness of Miss Grey by Julia Bennet

April 22, 2019

But the most undeniable, sinfully gorgeous Highlander lord around calls me a challenge.
Oh and he calls me something else, too: his.
Marriage has neve...
Wed to the Warrior by Madison Faye

April 22, 2019

Russell is accomplished in his dangerous, mysterious work and truly never expected to fall in love or marry. He spends his time with his eccentric twi...
A Siren’s Melody by Nancy Wells

April 20, 2019

Passion is its own reward…
Lady Caroline Pepys has taken matters into her own hands. Now that she is mistress of the school for young ladies with ruin...
The Clever Strumpet by Merry Farmer

April 19, 2019

Lady Charlotte Lumley knows that she can never aspire to have a normal life, like any other lady in her position would. Many years ago, an accident on...
Smitten with an Ethereal Lady by Bridget Barton

April 19, 2019

Rakes are intent on something a young debutante must never give them… their virtue!
Armed with this advice from her aunt, Letitia Bromley embarks on h...
Presenting Miss Leticia by Maggi Andersen

April 18, 2019

Like a vengeful Norse God, Captain John Nylander has come from the sea to steal the only home that Callie has ever known. And that might not be all he...
Her Midnight Sin by Sofie Darling

April 17, 2019

Beware reclusive barons. They are more hot-blooded than you’d expect . . .
A man who lurks day and night in an eerie tower must have something to hide...
Beguiling the Baron by Elizabeth Keysian

April 17, 2019

Lucille Dale, daughter of a wealthy businessman, marries Ira Winthrop, heir to a shipping company, in a long standing marriage agreement. She leaves b...
Her Wolfish Groom by Rose Andrews

April 17, 2019

A woman on the run with her father.
A man who thinks love and marriage aren’t for him.
The angel who is about to heal them both.
Cassie Stockton’s wor...
Bride in Blue by Christine Sterling

April 17, 2019

The beauty who refuses to be wed. The beast who loves her in vain. A twist of fate that brings them together.
Rhona MacLeod is the beautiful, willful ...
The Beast’s Bride by Jayne Castel

April 16, 2019

A treacherous world of pistols, plunder, and passion
Miss Beryl Angsley, relishing a final few months of freedom before marriage, accompanies her fath...
Lord Corsair by Sydney Jane Baily

April 16, 2019