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My Newest Obsession… Historical Romance
Y’all, I learned a lesson this week. Just because I have preconceived notions of a genre and think it’s not for me doesn’t mean that’s true.
Confession time: prior to this week, I’d never read a historical romance. (Unless, of course, you count sneaking peeks between the covers of my mom’s “bodice rippers” when I was a teenager.) Since then, I’ve not had any interest at all in historical romance. I thought it was boring and bland and, who wants to read a bodice ripper anyhow? There are so many better (and hotter) contemporary romances out there.
Boy, was I off base.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again here – I am a mood reader. This is never truer than it was this past week. While I was perusing Edelweiss, a certain historical romance caught my eye. (*cough* When a Scot Ties the Knot *cough*) I was pre-approved so I said what the hell. I downloaded it. As it’s the third book in a series, I promptly headed over to Amazon and bought the first two books. I was in the mood to dip my toes in the historical romance waters for the first time ever. Might as well go all in.
With that, I sat everything else aside and decided to jump right into Romancing the Duke, the first book in the aforementioned series. I LOVED IT. The characters… the setting… the romance. ALL OF IT. I couldn’t read it fast enough and I actually hate that I couldn’t read the next book in the series right away. (Oh, prior reading commitments.) I am hooked.
I took to social media – as you do – to talk about how much I enjoyed my first-ever historical romance. Bloggers and authors started welcoming me into the HR-lovers fold. I asked them for recommendations and, I have to say, my Goodreads list will NEVER be the same again. So, here’s what I’ve got so far.
Elizabeth Hoyt’s Maiden Lane series
Lisa Kleypas’ Bow Street Runners series
Lisa Kleypas’ Wallflowers series
Lisa Kleypas’ Hathaways series
Maya Banks’ Never Seduce a Scot
Side note – if you’re interested in reading more historical romance, check out these links that were shared during the HR Twitter LoveFest:
So, yeah, reading all the historical romance will be a daunting task, but it’s one I’m totally up for. Even though it’ll be ages before I get through this list, I still want more.
This is where you come in. Since this genre is brand new to me – and I’m a little obsessed – I want to go all in. (As time allows, of course.) Of course, I also realize not all historical romance (or books of ANY genre, for that matter) are created equal, so I need guidance. If you’re a historical romance fan, give me your recommendations! I want to know what you think is the best of the best. Love a book or series by one of the authors mentioned above? Let me know. I don’t get a lot of time to read books that aren’t ARCs, so I want to make the most of it.
Hit me with your favorite authors AND books!
Fire at will! 🙂