So, you binged the entire first season of Bridgerton on Netflix and are in need of more historical romance novels. There’s a big, sexy Duke-sized hole in your heart and only one way to fix it. We understand. We’re there too.
But then, huzzah! You bought the rest of the books in Julia Quinn’s swoon-worthy Bridgerton series because you just HAD to find out what happens next (no spoilers). Except, what do you do when you finish those, too?
Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered with a diverse roster of indie historical romance novels and series to occupy your days and nights 😉 From the regency period, to medieval times, back to Victorian London, and more, dive into our list of favorites to binge now as we wait for Bridgerton season 2. It’ll tough, but if 2020 has taught us anything, it’s that we can get through it together…
The Devil in Disguise by Stefanie Sloane
Lord William Randall, the Duke of Clairemont, is a wicked rake with little regard for society—a most unlikely suitor for the prim and proper Lady Lucinda Gray. But his latest assignment for the Young Corinthians, an elite spy organization, involves protecting her from a kidnapping plot and to do this, the notorious “Iron Will” must get close to Lucinda. Beautiful and fiercely intelligent, Lucinda has managed to gracefully sidestep even the most persistent suitors. Until the Duke of Clairemont, that is. But when the truth is revealed, will Lucinda risk her heart and her life for a chance at everlasting love?
What the Ton is Saying: “The first Corinthian Rogues Regency is an engaging romantic suspense that grips the audience from the moment the lead couple meets and never slows down until the final confrontation with the villain and with each other.” – harstan, B&N Reviewer
The Duke Who Didn’t by Courtney Milan
Miss Chloe Fong has plans for her life, lists for her days, and absolutely no time for nonsense. Three years ago her childhood sweetheart disappeared. Now, he’s back. Jeremy Wentworth, the Duke of Lansing, has returned to the tiny village he once visited with the hope of wooing Chloe. All he has to do is convince Chloe to make room for a mischievous trickster in her life, then disclose that in all the years they’ve known each other, he’s failed to mention his real name, his title… and the minor fact that he owns her entire village. Only one thing can go wrong: Everything.
What the Ton is Saying: “Are you ready for something different, sweet and tangy? No, not the sauce! This book is something new. It’s not your traditional Victorian Romance and that’s a good thing. It’s a refreshing, multi-cultural, with glimpses into the Chinese cultures featured within. So many things to learn!” – Anonymous, B&N Reviewer
Contraband Hearts by Alex Beecroft
Customs officer Peregrine Dean is sent by his patron to investigate rumors of corruption in the Porthkennack customs house. There he is tasked to bring down the villainous smuggler, Tomas Quick. But Tomas Quick is an honest thief–a criminal regarded by the town as their local Robin Hood. He’s also an arrogant man who relishes the challenge posed by someone as determined and intelligent as Perry. Then, with the disappearance of two black men, Tomas and Perry must forsake their competition and learn to trust each other if they are to rescue them, before Perry becomes the third victim.
What the Ton is Saying: “This title is one from the series I would undoubtedly recommend, especially to fans of historical romance [novels] or unexpected pairings.” – amatate, B&N Reviewer
The Bride Wore Blue by Cheryl Bolen
For six long years Thomas Moreland has dreamed of the beautiful young noblewoman who rescued him from death. While amassing his fortune in India, not a day passed he did not recall Felicity’s fair loveliness or his desire to posses her. Now a widow, Felicity Harrison does not recognize the handsome nabob as the young man left for dead years earlier. And now she must force herself to bear his company. But the longer she is with him, the more she finds it harder and harder to mourn a dead man when Thomas’s virility awakens her deepest desires.
What the Ton is Saying: “Great characters and a lovely romance in the wonderful city of Bath. I look forward to the rest of the books in the series.” – Lizzett, B&N Reviewer
Indigo by Beverly Jenkins
As a child Hester Wyatt escaped slavery, but now the dark skinned beauty is a dedicated member of Michigan’s Underground railroad. When one of her fellow conductors brings her an injured man to hide, Hester doesn’t hesitate. The man in question is the great conductor known as the “Black Daniel” a vital member of the North’s Underground railroad network. As a member of one of the wealthiest free Black families in New Orleans, Galen Vachon is dedicated to providing freedom to those enslaved in the South. Yet…there are traitors to be discovered. Slave catchers to be evaded. And can Hester’s heart to be won before she and Galen can find the freedom that only true love can bring?
What the Ton is Saying: “I loved this book from beginning to end. Not only is there smoldering chemistry between Hester and Galen, Ms. Jenkins provides great historical information about African American history. Excellent!” – clevagirl73, B&N Reviewer
Gabriella by Brenda Hiatt
Due to a lost wager, the Duke of Ravenham is obliged to bring a pretty little nobody from the country into fashion among the high-sticklers of London Society. But what he expects to be an irksome duty turns out to be something quite different as he falls under the spell of his protege’s innocent charm. Miss Gabriella Gordon would much rather assist in running her father’s veterinary practice than attempt to fit into fashionable London society. No sooner has she arrived in London than the exalted Duke of Ravenham comes to call. The reason is less than flattering, but the more time she spends in the dashing Duke’s company, the more conflicted she feels.
What the Ton is Saying: “A sweet Regency with a dashing duke, an initially unwilling debutante, and the requisite amount of good, mean-spirited, evil, and bumbling secondary characters to make for a well-told tale.” – Lulu_Buroughs, B&N Reveiwer
The Genuine Article by Patricia Rice
Feeling like a cliché, Lady Marian Lawrence sets out to snare a rich husband to save her family from ruin. Hiding her true self, she sets her cap for wealthy, amiable Lord Darley–until Darley’s best friend blocks their path to the altar. A man who has vowed never to marry, Reginald Montague is as determined to prevent a fortune hunter from snaring Darley. With dazzling skill and subtle stratagem, he sets out to change Marian’s dislike for him into desire–as Marian struggles to keep the lie she’s living from being revealed by a truly disastrous love…
What the Ton is Saying: “The witty repartee between Marian and Darley was expertly written, and just plain fun to read! I absolutely loved the story, a favorite trope of enemies to lovers and set in Regency England! What’s not to love?” – momof3boysj, B&N Reviewer
A Bittersweet Moment by Vanessa Riley
Ewan Fitzwilliam needs his life to change. Unwilling to follow in the footsteps of his abusive father, he gathered the strength to break free. Saving a young flower picker from troubles may prove the opportunity he needs to become a man of honor. Theodosia wants a better life, and she intends to build a flower business that caters to the perfumers in Town, but can she trust a rich man’s son to teach her better diction to impress potential clients? Or will she learn a different lesson, succumbing to the dangerous attraction she feels for the tortured playwright? Can these two very different people find a lasting love?
What the Ton is Saying: A prequel to The Bittersweet Bride, this historical romance novella gives even more insight to these radiant characters and leaves readers eager to pick up the full length work.
Lady Danger by Glynnis Campbell
Born to the blade and raised to fear no one, Deirdre of Rivenloch never shies away from a fight and never turns her back on a threat to her land or her family. But she’s never met a man like Sir Pagan Cameliard, the bold and powerful knight who comes at the king’s command to make a marriage alliance with Rivenloch. To save her younger sister, Deirdre tricks Pagan into marrying her instead, and now she faces a new kind of enemy who crosses swords with her by day and lays siege to her heart by night.
What the Ton is Saying: “You have to read this and be as hooked as I was. Don’t pass up the excitement of this book, you’ll be sorry you missed this adventure.” – Marilyn Jacobs, B&N Reviewer
Heiress Without a Cause by Sara Ramsey
When William Ferguson Avenel’s father dies in the scandal of the Season, the new Duke of Rothwell must return from exile and care for his young sisters. Lady Madeleine Vaillant may seem the perfect chaperone, but in disguise, on a London stage, she finds all the adoration she never felt from the ton. Then, nearly recognized, she must do anything to hide her identity – even making a devil’s bargain as the Duke’s mistress. But Rothwell’s enemies are determined to ruin them both. And, as their dangerous passion ignites their hearts and threatens their futures, how can an heiress who dreams of freedom deny the duke who demands her love?
What the Ton is Saying: “Fresh plot, interesting characters, and clever dialogue. I couldn’t put it down…haven’t been this excited about a writer since I discovered Julia Quinn/Tessa Dare. More please!!!” – ColoKatie, B&N Reviewer
When I Fall in Love by Wendy Lindstrom
The problem is that Nancy Mitchell can’t marry the man her father chose for her. Her only escape from the arrangement is to find another husband quick—so she concocts a desperate plan and agrees to become a mail order bride. When a drastic change in circumstances dumps her into the arms of Hal Grayson, a handsome, grieving man who hates her family, she is forced to rethink her hastily made plan. Can her fierce resolve and inner strength help him piece his world together again even when her own begins to unravel?
What the Ton is Saying: “This heart warming story made me remember why I love the Grayson Family! This book is a great read!!” – Kayetea, B&N Reviewer
Bound with Love by Megan Mulry
Lady Vanessa Cambury, Marchioness of Camburton, adores her life of bucolic contentment with her partner, acclaimed portrait painter Nora White. But when Nora receives word that the child she lost twenty years ago is alive and in England, ancient heartache threatens to destroy their idyll. To salvage their love, they must come to a deeper understanding of who they are–in the world, and to one another. Then, this unconventional family must rely on the powerful links of love and mercy to bind them back together.
What the Ton is Saying: Tender and satisfying, this era-defying historical romance novel brings into contrast the boundaries of its time period and our own modern mentalities. There is beauty in speaking to our deeper parts and the binds of love and family.
The Fairy Tale Bride by Kelly McClymer
Miranda Fenster, known throughout society as the Fairy Tale Miss is on a mission. Her goal? To rescue her brother. Her adversary? Simon Watterly, Duke of Kerstone. A man who almost offered for her five years before. And Simon has a mission of his own. Furious with his late father and disillusioned by the honorable facade of society, he believes that family honor requires the ultimate sacrifice from him. Unfortunately, Miranda is determined to change his mind. Will Simon get his wish or will Miranda make him see he deserves a happily ever after?
What the Ton is Saying: “If you think this story is a whimsical fairy tale that could never happen in real life, you’re wrong. Kelly McClymer has written an excellent Victorian romance that is both historically accurate and a real-life fairy tale. No magic, no spontaneously fortuitous coincidences. Just real people with their own ideals and flaws trying to live as best they can without compromising their integrity.” – Ciriana, B&N Reviewer
A Gathering Storm by Joanna Chambers
When Sir Edward Fitzwilliam provokes public scorn, he’s forced to retreat to Porthkennack where he meets Nicholas Hearn, land steward to the Roscarrock family. Ward becomes convinced that Nick, whose Romany mother was reportedly clairvoyant, is the perfect man to assist with his work. But Nick is loath to agree. Until Fate steps in to lend a hand. And when passion ignites between them, Nick learns there’s much more to love than the rushed, clandestine encounters he’s used to. A storm is gathering, but with Nick’s self-doubts and Ward’s growing obsession, the fragile bond between the two men may not be strong enough to withstand it.
What the Ton is Saying: Sincere and soulful, this is a touching historical romance novel with a heart that grows with each chapter.
The Princess by Claire Delacroix
When her father’s holding is conquered, Princess Brianna of Tullymullagh must wed one of the victor’s sons. Thinking she can outwit this condition, Brianna issues a challenge: the son who brings her a gift that makes her laugh will win her hand. Thus begins the Bride Quest of the three brothers Fitzgavin. Two brothers ride out, but the third brother refuses to participate. And Brianna is not inclined to accept his refusal. She tempts him and awakens his slumbering senses. But Luc has sworn to lay down his sword forever. Until he is the sole one who can defend the fair maiden who has claimed his shielded heart.
What the Ton is Saying: “As always, Ms. Delacroix draws you into the story with beautiful descriptive prose, dialog which feels perfectly natural and native to the time period, and a heartwarming and lovely HEA.” – NanatoAS, B&N Reviewer
The Forbidden Duke by Darcy Burke
Spinster Miss Eleanor Lockhart is suddenly homeless and employment is her only option. She’s lucky to obtain a position as a paid companion and committed to behaving with the utmost propriety. Titus St. John, Duke of Kendal, is known as the Forbidden Duke, a mysterious, intimidating figure who enters Society just once each year at his stepmother’s ball. A decade ago, he was a devil-may-care rake until his idle roguery brought about the ruin of Eleanor Lockhart–and his resulting self-imposed isolation. Now she’s back, and she needs his help. But by “saving” her, he may just ruin her life all over again.
What the Ton is Saying: “Excellent historical read. Fast paced with lots of drama and great characters. Loved it!” – TammyS32, B&N Reviewer
Fortune’s Flower by Anthea Lawson
Miss Lily Strathmore has made a desperate bargain. One last adventure and then she will wed the proper (and boring) viscount her mother has selected as Lily’s ideal husband. James Huntington is on a mission. Retrieve his grandfather’s lost journals from the wilds of Tunisia, and win the estate and fortune he so desperately needs. Thrown together, James and Lily’s attraction is immediate, and impossible. Despite every reason to keep their distance, the two find themselves inexorably drawn together as they race to reach a hidden valley before their enemies can bring all their dreams crashing down.
What the Ton is Saying: “This was such a fun and entertaining book. I loved all characters in the story and the unique travel adventures. A must read.” – Anonymous, B&N Reviewer
A Delicate Affair by Lindsay Evans
Golden Worth is a simple man. Good music, a peaceful life, and maybe the occasional night with a pretty woman will do him just fine. The violent past he left behind is nothing he ever wants to go back to. But he never counted on catching the eye of gorgeous society girl, Leonie Harper, who has never done anything simple in her life. Leonie challenges him to be better and worse than he’s ever been. The things they do together are pulse-pounding. Wicked. Hot. And he can’t get enough. Although this glittering society creature only wants Golden for a few nights, can he convince her that they can be for keeps?
What the Ton is Saying: “This was a great book, to start this series off. Looking forward to reading the next eleven books. True to the 1900’s” – Anonymous, B&N Reviewer
The Duke Identity by Grace Callaway
Shattered by betrayal, former scholar Harry Kent has made a new life for himself as a policeman. Sent on a dangerous covert mission, he must protect a clever and wicked beauty who specializes in disguises and mischief. A princess of London’s criminal underworld, Tessa Todd wants to defend her family against cutthroat enemies. Her powerful grandfather, however, insists upon keeping her under lock and key. Thrown together by crisis, Harry and Tessa will test the bounds of desire, loyalty, and trust. On the run from their foes and from their own hearts, they must find salvation in each other–before time runs out.
What the Ton is Saying: “This book had me captivated from start to finish. The characters made you feel like they where real. Funny, exciting, romantic all in one book.” – Debbie Asby, B&N Reviewer
The Duke’s Bride by Joanne Wadsworth
Desiring a man and never being noticed has Lady Ellie Trentbury finally consigning herself to the truth. She must move on, and never be reminded of the duke who stole her heart. An elopement with an honorable American shipping merchant sounds perfect. The Duke of Ashten has no choice when he discovers little Ellie is intent on eloping with a man she barely knows. He can’t allow her to make such a terrible mistake, yet convincing her might mean giving into his desire for the golden-eyed enchantress who has followed him around since he was a lad.
What the Ton is Saying: “A wonderfully sweet story with characters you will love. Cannot wait to read more in this series!” – georgia1, B&N Reviewer
Letter from a Rake by Sasha Cottman
Millie Ashton thinks London society is full of empty headed, arrogant fools. But when she meets Alex Radley she falls desperately in love. Fearing humiliation and rejection, she decides the only sensible thing to do is take her pride and go home to India. Men like Alex do not fall for girls like her… Alex Radley, Marquess of Brooke rules the ton like a god, but even gods are known to fall for mere mortals. With his wealth and title, wooing Millie should be an easy task. But when his passionate love letter to her goes astray, Alex’s life becomes more than a little complicated.
What the Ton is Saying: “I love stories that make me laugh, cry, and feel other emotions as I read. This is one of the better ones I have read, and I read a lot! I especially like that I can feel the strong romantic feelings the characters have for each other without a lot of explicit details about their encounters. This story made me feel every emotion without having it all spelled out. I loved it!” – Anonymous, B&N Reviewer
Hamilton’s Battalion: A Trio of Romances by Rose Lerner, Courtney Milan, and Alyssa Cole
PROMISED LAND by Rose Lerner, Rachel left her life behind to fight the British as Corporal Ezra Jacobs. But life catches up with her when she arrests an old love as a Loyalist spy.
THE PURSUIT OF… by Courtney Milan, what do a Black American soldier, invalided out at Yorktown, and a British officer who deserted his post have in common? Quite a bit, actually.
THAT COULD BE ENOUGH by Alyssa Cole, Mercy Alston serves as a maid to Eliza Hamilton. When a dressmaker shows up at Hamilton Grange, staid Mercy must reconsider her worldview.
What the Ton is Saying: For Hamilton fans, this trio of historical romance novels will introduce you to dynamic new characters, intriguing stories, and unexpected romance.
Once Upon a Duke by Erica Ridley
Duke of Silkridge must revisit the cold, unforgiving mountains where he lost everything he once loved. As soon as he restores his family legacy, he’ll return to London where he belongs. He definitely won’t rekindle the forbidden spark crackling between him and the irresistible spitfire he’d left behind… Noelle Pratchett is immune to charming scoundrels like the arrogant duke. He stole her heart, stole a kiss, and then stole away one night never to return. Now he’s back–and they both know he won’t stay. But how can she maintain her icy shields when every heated glance melts her to her core?
What the Ton is Saying: “Wonderfully quirky, witty and fun Christmas story. This romantic journey is filled with sweetly endearing charters, picturesque countryside and undeniable passion…. really enjoyed reading this!” – Cali-Jewel, B&N Reviewer
The Matrimonial Advertisement by Mimi Matthews
Helena Reynolds will do anything to escape her life in London. Even if that means traveling to a remote cliffside estate on the North Devon coast and marrying a complete stranger. But Greyfriar’s Abbey isn’t the sort of refuge she imagined. And ex-army captain Justin Thornhill is anything but a romantic hero. Justin has spent the last two decades making his fortune, settling scores, and suffering a prolonged period of torture in an Indian prison. Now, he needs someone to smooth the way for him with the villagers. Someone to manage his household–and warm his bed on occasion. What he needs, in short, is a wife and a matrimonial advertisement seems the perfect way to acquire one.
What the Ton is Saying: “So I felt this book was much more than just a romance. It had a good plot, well-developed main characters and also good secondary characters. I was thrilled to learn that this is the first book in the Parish Orphans of Devon series. And for those of you who love clean well-written historical romance, this is it.” – LauraFabiani, B&N Review
My Heart’s True Delight by Grace Burrowes
Ash Dorning has loved Della Haddonfield from afar for years. He has played the part of the cordial family connection, while other men have won Della’s smiles. When Della lands in the midst of scandal, those fellows disappear, leaving Ash to waltz to the rescue. Della is compromised by a thoroughgoing bounder, and only Ash’s loyalty stands between her and hopeless ruin. But Ash has played least in sight with her for too long, and too many secrets lie between them. When troubles comes calling once again, Ash and Della either learn to trust their love, or they will lose everything they hold dear–including each other.
What the Ton is Saying: “The descriptive (but not overly wordy) prose in this author’s writing style puts you right into the drawing room and makes the characters ones you truly miss when you finish reading (and it kept me reading until 4:00 am!). I highly recommend this standalone addition to the True Gentlemen series.” – momtob&j, B&N Reviewer
Now, get those bodices ready for ripping and start reading these historical romance novels stat!