Thinking Out Loud [11]

Posted July 9, 2015 by Kim in Thinking Out Loud / 8 Comments

Thinking Out Loud is my version of a discussion post and/or a place to just get things out of my head and off my chest. I have no plans for it to be a weekly feature, but more of a space that’s here when I have something to say.

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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.

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Julie Anne Long’s Pennyroyal Green series
with a special shout out to What I Did for a Duke and How the Marquess Was Won

The Perils of Pleasure Like No Other Love Since the Surrender I Kissed an Earl What I Did for a Duke How the Marquess Was Won A Notorious Countess Confesses It Happened One Midnight Between the Devil and Ian Eversea It Started with a Scandal The Legend of Lyon Redmond

Elizabeth Hoyt’s Maiden Lane series

Wicked Intentions Notorious Pleasures Scandalous Desires Thief of Shadows Lord of Darkness Duke of Midnight Darling Beast Dearest Rogue Sweetest Scoundrel

Lisa Kleypas’ Bow Street Runners series

Someone to Watch over Me Lady Sophia's Lover Worth Any Price

Tessa Dare’s Spindle Cove series
with a special shout out to A Lady by Midnight

A Night to Surrender Once Upon a Winter's Eve A Week to Be Wicked A Lady by Midnight Beauty and the Blacksmith Any Duchess Will Do

Lisa Kleypas’ Wallflowers series

Again the Magic Secrets of a Summer Night It Happened One Autumn Devil in Winter Scandal in Spring A Wallflower Christmas

Lisa Kleypas’ Gamblers series
with TWO special shout outs to Dreaming of You

Then Came You Dreaming of You

Lisa Kleypas’ Hathaways series

Mine Till Midnight Seduce Me at Sunrise Tempt Me at Twilight Married by Morning Love in the Afternoon

Maya Banks’ Never Seduce a Scot

Never Seduce a Scot

Julia Quinn

Sherry Thomas

Julie Garwood

Jennifer Ashley

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I want to give a HUGE thanks to Kelly, Vi, Raphaela, CeciliaDanielle, Chanel, Sharon, Wendy, Miranda, Alexa, Racquel, Carrie and Alyssa for all the recs on Twitter. <3

Side note – if you’re interested in reading more historical romance, check out these links that were shared during the HR Twitter LoveFest:

Love at First Page’s Rec It: Historical Romances

The Book Barbies Favorite Historical Romances

The Book Barbies Favorite Romances

The Book Barbies Top Ten Books for Romance Beginners

The Book Barbies Top Ten Romances NOT Written by Lisa Kleypas

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! 🙂

My Newest Obsession... Historical Romance

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8 responses to “Thinking Out Loud [11]

  1. You need to put Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander series down!!!
    Crosstitch reignited my love of reading, and I can’t live without a quick re-read of my Jaimie Frazer every so often.xxxx

    • Kim

      Outlander is on my “maybe one of these days” list. I know it’s wonderful, but it’s such a HUGE commitment. Maybe if I did the audios…

  2. I want to read more HR myself. I used to devour my grandmother’s books and found some I REALLY loved. I wish I could remember which ones they were, but I adored this one series that was set in the West. Shit. It’s going to drive me crazy now…. and I don’t know if my grandma would remember that far back. LOL. Man. Now I am bummed. Oh well. I definitely want to try Kleypas soon!