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

Duke and Duplicity
The Duke of Ranleigh is lonely. He’s also bored out of his mind. Tired of the same people at the same parties and the same women al...
Duke and Duplicity by Emma V. Leech

February 22, 2019

For Caroline Saunders, beauty is a curse. Everywhere she goes, she is surrounded by men who worship her. But Caroline knows none of them could ever lo...
The Ice Queen by Sasha Cottman

February 21, 2019

Secrets and lies, scandals and spies.
All Lady Catharine, Viscountess Cranbrook, wants is a little excitement. Bored of playing the role of the ton’s ...
Viscountess of Vice by Jenny Holiday

February 19, 2019

Two people fated to be together…
Recently engaged to the Earl of Langdon, Lady Bethany is content with the knowledge that she’s made a wonderful match...
When Love Leads to Scandal by Sophie Barnes

February 19, 2019

Watch out what you wish for…
For three couples, a letter promising an anonymous gift of wealth offers worldly success and dreams come true, provided e...
Love By the Letters by Grace Burrowes

February 19, 2019

–1852,London; 1869, San Francisco, Samoa and Sydney, Australia–
Told all her life that she was plain, Lydia Chadwick knew no man would come courting. ...
Sweet Fire by Jo Goodman

February 19, 2019

Despite being born of English parents, Amelia Wright had lived all her life in Madras, India. She had never stepped a foot in England and never expect...
A Guardian for the Ravishing Countess by Henrietta Harding

February 18, 2019

Beneath Lily Layton’s sweet and charming exterior beats the heart of a vixen—one with shocking and scandalous secrets and desires. But as a genteel la...
The Scandalous Diary of Lily Layton by Stacy Reid

February 18, 2019

He’s her ticket into high society…
Banking heiress Ursula Nunes has lived her life on the fringes of Philadelphia’s upper class. Her Jewish heritage m...
Appetites & Vices by Felicia Grossman

February 18, 2019

Although beautiful young widow Phoebe, Lady Clare, has never met West Ravenel, she knows one thing for certain: he’s a mean, rotten bully. Back in boa...
Devil’s Daughter by Lisa Kleypas

February 18, 2019

She travels back in time with a handsome highlander, facing the dangerous unknown of the past…and a growing desire…
Diana Hartford has long denied the...
Artair’s Temptress by Stella Knight

February 15, 2019

Lady Willow Arlington, hauntingly lovely, is also blind and known by the ton as the dowry-less daughter. Alasdair Morley, the Marquess of Westcliffe, ...
The Marquess and I by Stacy Reid

February 15, 2019

All’s fair in love and war. Now they just have to decide which this is…
Laird William Sinclair is a good man. Like all his brothers he helps those aro...
Kilted Sin by Tammy Andresen

February 12, 2019

Once upon a time, there lived a witch. A kickass, brilliant, dope as hell witch whose magicks inspired fear and envy. Like all classic fairy tales, he...
Stoned by Layla Frost

February 12, 2019

Regina (Reggie) Spark has loved Broderick Killoran, the resourceful and protective proprietor of the Devil’s Den, ever since he saved her from the str...
The Governess by Christi Caldwell

February 12, 2019

A compromising situation forced him into marriage. But has his wife been working for the enemy all along? In a steam-fuelled world where vampires once...
Dukes Are Forever by Bec McMaster

February 12, 2019

Sometimes beauty…
Honoria Blake knows she must have had a moment of madness when she accepted a summons by the Scarlet Pimpernel to travel to revoluti...
Taken by the Rake by Shana Galen

February 12, 2019

Marriage is about finding that special someone you want to annoy for the rest of your life!
Mrs. Rebecca Warner’s devotion to her family is the perfec...
An Earl of Her Own by Heather Boyd

February 12, 2019

With Cap in hand…Malcolm Colerain, Earl of Montgomery, needs a wife. He has four children, a peerage, and a demanding secret occupation as a member of...
A Tip of the Cap by Rebecca Connolly

February 11, 2019

Gennie MacDonnell grew up surrounded by love. Even so, she doesn’t expect her marriage to be marked by all-consuming passion. She was betrothed to Aed...
Highland Sins by Ceci Giltenan

February 10, 2019