Funny Historical Romance Books Xmas 2016

Funny Historical Romance Books Xmas 2016

The only thing better than historical romance at WhyToRead is funny historical romance novels. Who didn’t laugh and enjoy the witty repartee of Elizabeth and Darcy (Pride and Prejudice). Georgette Heyer is another historical romance writer well known for her humorous situations and dialog.  Today this list introduces you to more funny historical romance writers.

Some of these books are a bit hotter than Pride and Prejudice, but with the humor still prevalent worth a read by the most conservative.

1. Compromised – Kate Nobel

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What does a lady do when her sister is found in a compromising position with a gentleman? Gail is an intelligent, witty, funny and independent woman, but doesn’t really fit in a conservative, early 19th century English patriarchal society. Maximillian is some sort of messed up version of a knight in shining armor.

Compromised is an exciting historical novel fueled with intrigue, heat break, very funny dialogue and strong characters. Kate Nobel does an amazing job of placing strong willed women in a historical society, without making the reader feel like they are out of place. She also crowns this love story with steamy sex scenes that are the jewels of an illicit romance.

Enjoy reading as Gail and Max’s love story unfolds in this fast paced, beautifully written and funny historical romance novel.

2. Dreaming of You – Lisa Kleypas

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Sara Fielding likes to find adventure in life with her pen and paper. Derek Craven, the lord of an exclusive gambling house, is a dark, mysterious and dangerous man. When Derek has to work with Sara after she accidentally saves his life, both their lives change, as unexpectedly as you can imagine.

Mousy Sara become a seductive, assertive and passionate woman that Derek wants to protect. Gradually Derek learns to let Sara into his life and of course slowly falls in love.

Dreaming of You is a steamy love story that reminds us of Jane Austin’s writing. The historical placement is beautiful, the romance is agonizingly slow to develop and the characters are flawed and well built with depth and realism. Top this off with steamy romance, strong characters and funny scenes that left us laughing out loud.

3. Romancing Mister Bridgerton – Julia Quinn

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Romancing Mister Bridgerton is an historical romance with a twist on the “celebrity in the public eye” theme. Colin Bridgerton, a charming socialite of London wants to escape the gossip columns and prove that he is more than a pretty face. Penelope Featherington has known and liked Colin, her best friend’s brother, for most of her life.  When Colin returns to London and they meet again, and a spark is ignited. They both have secrets and they both try to keep them buried, but life has other plans for them.

We loved the forth installment of Bridgerton by Julia Quinn. Besides the steamy romance and the amazing love story, the mystery around the characters secrets kept us glued to the pages.  With strong characters so lively that we expected them to jump from the page into reality this series continues to amuse.

4. Trials of Artemis – Sue London

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Trials of Artemis is a historical romance novel with an unusually strong feminist perspective. The heroine of this novel grows up in a ‘club’ that replaces the woman’s name with their equivalent of man names and encourages them to to ‘boys’ activities. So Jacqueline plays being Jack; and grows up into an independent woman who is not that into the idea of marriage. Until she meets Gideon Wolfe, the Earl of Harrington. Gideon is also independent and smart but and with some typical preconceived ideas about women.

When the two of them are forced to get married, they struggle to make the relationship work. But it’s not that easy. They bump heads, fight about Jacqueline’s feminist views, and don’t take each other seriously. But in the end, after a steamy and emotional (and quite funny) rollercoaster, they figure out how to enjoy the relationship and each other.

Sue London stays true to the era, but the views Jacqueline has, makes Trials of Artemis a romance that surpasses time, and is quite relevant.

5. Forbidden – Tracy Cooper-Posey & Julia Templeton

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Elisa is in a dark place in her life. Her cheating husband has died, she can’t find her son, she can’t support herself and vicious rumors are flying about her. The solutions to all these problems is to find a wealthy husband. Vaughn is attracted by Elisa’s innocence, and soon he will discover the raw sensuality she keeps hidden. A scorching seduction follows with a Forbidden romance.

The historical placement is accurate and gives the book an interesting edge. The characters are well defined and the writing is exquisite.

6. Desperate for a Duke – Ella J. Quince

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Miss Heather Everly’s family is broke after the patriarch dies and leaves them in debt. After she writes the Duke of Ablehill offering her hand in marriage, he sends his stewart, Fallon Calder to be convinced that Heather is suitable to be his Duchess. There is an instant attraction between Heather and Fallon, and so their problems begin.

We loved Desperate for a Duke.  A well written historical romance with humorous dialogue, colorful characters,and steamy scenes. The love triangle kept the pages turning to unravel how the voice of reason or the desire of the heart would prevail.

If you might enjoy funny historical romance, or just need a break; then give these novels a try.

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A Romance Novel or Two for the Weekend

A Romance Novel or Two for the Weekend

This list of romance novel to brighten your weekend includes viking romance, Scottish romance, regency romance and even good old New York Romance.  Broaden your history knowledge. Cosy up in the cooler autumn weather.  They’re as good excuses as any to read a romance novel.

Viking Romance Novels

1. Odin’s Shadow – Erin S Riley

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Odin’s Shadow follows the story of headstrong Selia as she pines to join the Vikings in 19th century Ireland. When her father tries to marry her off to a nobleman, she knows that the sea is her only way out.  After meeting and later marrying the handsome Viking Arlik, she learns that people are not always what they seem.  Her husband is darker than she imagined.   As secrets come out, Selia starts to question her own intentions: did she marry Arlik to get away from her controlling father or for love? This story is the first in the Odin’s Son series, and you can follow Selia’s romantic journey in two more books.

2. Beautiful Wreck – Larissa Brown

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Ginn is a romantic at heart, but her Prince Charming may not be in this century. Set in futuristic Finland, Beautiful Wreck takes us on a time-traveling adventure to 920 A.D. Ginn is pulled back into time where she meets Heirik, a Viking leader who is feared and brutal. Will fate bring them together or will Ginn have to return to her time and forget about him? Larissa Brown gives us a well-researched novel that transports you to a different era. The romance scenes are not explicit; instead, Beautiful Wreck is about exploring love like you have never read before.

Scottish Romance Novel

3. Outlander – Diana Gabaldon

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This classic romance story takes you time travelling through Scotland from 1945 to 1742. Outlander is a best seller and the story of Claire Randall is tantalising and troublesome. Finding herself transported back in time, Claire meets Jamie Fraser: a rugged warrior with a will to fight. Outlander is full of adventure, romance and time travelling love. Claire must choose between Jamie and her husband back in her time. Readers can expect graphic romance with lots of details. Even though it’s a long read, you won’t be disappointed with the descriptions of the Scottish Highlands and the attraction between Claire and Jamie. Outlander has even been adapted into a highly successful TV series.

New York Romance Novel

4. The Gilded Hour – Sara Donati

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The Gilded Hour is not your typical boy meets girl romance but rather a story about how love can be transformative. Set in 1883 New York City, the story follows two young female doctors as they step into their medical practice. Cousins Sophie and Anne are thrust into a world of the poor and the sick. When Anne meets four children who have lost everything, she must decide if she can let this desire for motherhood consume her heart. Or if she can and must remain detached and professional. Written with beautiful descriptions, this is a story about women’s rights, medicine and the power of love.

English and Regency Romance

5. The Debutante is Mine – Vivienne Lorret

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Lilah Appleton needs to find a wealthy husband or else she will be married to her cousin. Born into aristocracy, she should be looking for a Lord. The Debutante is Mine follows Lilah in her quest for a husband. Explores how she lands up with a man who is worlds apart. Jack hates the aristocracy and he should not like Lilah, but their past and their dark secrets push them together once again. The romance is tender and does not push any extreme boundaries as it explores the relationship between class and two lovable characters. Get ready to go to the ball with Lilah, Jack, and intrigue.

6. A Lady’s Guide to Kiss a Rake – Tanya Wilde

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A Lady’s Guide to a Kiss a Rake takes a strong woman and drops her into a world of over-protective males. When Lady Josephine is dared to kiss the debaucherous Damien Grenville, she thinks it will be easy. Her brothers try to stop her and she secretly knows that Grenville will ruin her family’s reputation and drag her down. Damien can’t help but fall for the headstrong girl, and when she gets in too deep, he must get her back. Tanya Wilde is a new author and this story is full of comedy, tragedy and just enough steaminess to keep it clean.

7. Portrait of a Forbidden Lady – Kathleen Bittner Roth

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When newly widowed Lady Georgiana Cressington finds herself back in her hometown, she can’t help but bump into her past. Set in 1859 England, Portrait of a Forbidden Lady follows Georgiana as she learns to navigate the dangerous high-stakes gambling her father is embroiled in. She has a son to protect, a name to uphold, but when Sir Robert Garreck enters her life again, she is not sure where her allegiances lie. This is not a “bodice ripping” love story but rather a tender one that shows us how some loves never die, no matter the secrets and betrayals that get in the way. Kathleen Bittner Roth is a new author, but this story should not be missed out on.

9 More Historical Romance Books

9 More Historical Romance Books

It’s no surprise romance books are the biggest genre.  With so many settings, almost every book can be a romance (even Harry Potter. Well, maybe not).

Our fascination with other times and cultures is well suited to a romance story. The social interaction, manners and cultural constraints between characters key to the historical romance books success.

TMI? Just looking for good historical romance books? Then Read On.

1. Texas Destiny – Lorraine Heath

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Book 1 of 3. Being a mail order bride is no glamorous life. When Amelia Carson is bought by Dallas Leigh, a strange man in Fort Worth, she could have never imaged that she would find love. No less with her husband’s brother. Texas Destiny explores the devastation of the civil war, the blossoming of love and how people are what not what you expect. Amelia would never have thought she would fall in love with Houston; a man badly scared, and one-eyed. Texas Destiny is part of a trilogy that follows the Leigh brothers in their quest for love.

2. The Serpent Garden – Judith Merkle Riley

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When you mix the Court of Henry VIII with mystery, the supernatural and romance, there is no doubt that you are in for a thrill. The Serpent Garden follows the adventures of Susanna Dallet, an intelligent and resourceful woman who gets a job as a portrait painter in the infamous court. She gets caught up in the wonder, the scandals, the romance and a battle with bloodthirsty demons. Can a woman navigate all that and find real love? This is truly a crossing of genres and the historical details twisted with the supernatural will have you trying to separate fact from fiction.

3. The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie – Jennifer Ashely

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Falling in love with a mysterious man is nothing new in romance novels. Falling in love with a mad man is. In The Madness of Lord Ian, Mackenzie Beth Ackerley can’t help but fall in love with the Scottish nobleman, who society has labelled as crazy. She is a window, a woman with a boring life who suddenly finds herself in a lustful relationship with a mad man. Could she be mad herself? This novel is one of dark love, of people taking what they want and of listening to your heart. This is another great novel by the award-winning Jennifer Ashley and forms part of her Mackenzie series. Book 1 of 8.

4. Slightly Married – Mary Balogh

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Being marriage-shy is not a trait most noble men have. That is noblemen in the Bedwyn’s family. When Aiden Bedwyn promises to fulfill the dying wish of a soldier, he would have never imaged the problems of the heart and mind it would bring. Slightly Married not only follows Aiden in his quest to protect a woman but also treats us to the social affairs and naughty dalliances of the Bedwyn family. Will Aiden’s marriage proposal to the headstrong Eve be nothing more than a business transaction or will there something more for the two?

5. Ravished – Amanda Quick

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This Beauty and the Beast like story will have you enthralled from beginning to end. We meet Harriet Pomeroy, a lady with one quest in mind, to find herself a man. A man who can protect her and her property from thieves. Her plan may have backfired when she learns her ‘savior’ is a terrifying looking Gideon Westbrook, a viscount with a strange past and a scarred face. Will the man that is called ‘the devil’ be what she is looking for or will he ultimately be more? Ravished is about more than falling in love with the beast, it is about love’s triumph over all sorts of trials.

6. The Duke and I – Julia Quinn

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Not all marriages are based on love. Some are shams. The Duke and I follows Daphne Bridgerton and her fiancé Simon Basset as they try and outwit London society. She is nearly too old to marry, and he is afraid of being tied to some snobbish upper-class lady. So, they have decided to get married, because it just makes sense. What started out as a mutually beneficial agreement may be turning into love. Will the two finally realize that their marriage plans may be based on real love rather than necessity? Julia Quinn is the #1 Author on the Amazon list of Best Romance Novels sold for Kindles. And this is just Book 1 of 9 too.

7. The Duchess War – Courtney Milan

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Miss Minerva Lane is happy to be a wallflower. She hates being the center of attention and knows how badly it can end when all eyes are on you. Trying to escape her scandalous past is no easy task when a handsome duke tempts her. Can she remain in the background or will her cunning ways return to her? The Duchess Wars gives us a strong female character who quietly knows how to play a man to her advantage. Not all wallflowers are tame and timid, and Minerva is set to uncover Robert Blaisdell’s secrets. She has to, or he will expose hers. Tension and romance intertwine in this clever plot. Book 1 of 4.

8. A Rogue by Any Other Name – Sarah Maclean

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It is not easy for a man of wealth to suddenly find himself as an underground gambling man. The Marquess of Bourne wants to be back on top and marrying the prim, and proper Lady Penelope Marbury may be the way to get there. However, it may not be that simple when Penelope’s lust and curiosity of the underworld seem to be tempting her deeper. Can he now protect the woman who was supposed to be his saviour? And can her sexual awakening be stopped? A Rogue by Any Other Name is the 1st in The Rules of Scoundrel Series.

9. Flowers from the Storm – Laura Kinsale

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When you pair up a handsome but debaucherous Duke with the timid daughter of a mathematician you know there is bound to be trouble. Called by many the ‘best historical romance novel ever, Flowers from the Storm is full of twists and turns. When the Duke ( Christian Langland) suffers an accident that leaves him without his speech, it is the once timid Maddy that comes to his aid. Can she fall in love with a man she once despised? Or are the two just too different?This is truly a touchy story about disability, love and how we can all turn a new leaf.

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10 Top Historical Romance Novels

10 Top Historical Romance Novels

Lazy summer days and hot historical romance novels.  What more could we want at WhyToRead?

You might think these books are cheap entertainment with the occasional bit of history thrown in.  But historical romance novels have more to offer than you might think.

From interesting relationship situations to a peek into history and manners from another time and place.  Many authors research their historical period thoroughly, making their stories accurate in background and details.

And of course, using our imagination is healthy and good for us.  Many romance novels are also quite humorous.  A good funny book that makes us laugh is priceless.

So whether its hot historical romance escapism, or a peek into history, you’ll enjoy this list.

1. Lord of Scoundrels – Loretta chase

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Sometimes, it takes a beautiful strong woman to bring a man to his knees. When Jessica Trent sets out to protect her brother from the menacing habits of the Marquess of Diain (Sebastian Ballister), she had not planned to fall for the arrogant man. She can’t help but want him and he can’t help himself after she kisses him. Lord of Scoundrels is full of high society love, scandalous affairs and just enough romance to keep it hot. Jessica has ruined the reputation of Sebastian and he is on her trail, hot and wanting. He will have her at any cost; even forced marriage.

2. Any Duchess Will Do – Tessa Dare.

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Griffin York (the Duke of Halford) will not be forced to marry. He hates the idea of being tied down but his mother will hear nothing of it. Any Duchess Will Do gives us a culture clash between the world of dukes and that that of barmaids and servants. Halford has found love but not with a lady with a fancy title but with Pauline: a barmaid with a dream. She is smart, witty and driven, everything that Halford does not see in the other duchess. Will he risk his fall from society for the ‘simple girl? Or can he make his mother see that she is his duchess in her own right?

3. The Preachers Promise – Piper G Huguley

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After the American Civil War, a lot has to change. Amanda Stewart, a school teacher from the North, decides that she wants to start a school for the formerly enslaved. She wants to teach reading and writing, help her people achieve. The Preacher’s Promise takes us on a journey to the South where people do not welcome Amanda’s enthusiasm; not even the handsome mayor and part-time preacher; Virgil. The tension is hot and secrets are a plenty. Will Virgil fulfill his ex-wife’s dying wish and let his daughter learn to read? And will Amanda melt the heart of the stone cold mayor?  Perhaps not your typical historical romance but worth reading.

4. Something Like Love – Beverley Jenkins

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When Olivia decided to move to Chicago and become a seamstress she never imagined that she would be voted a mayor of a small town or fall in love with an outlaw. Something Like Love is more than just an interracial love story. It is about justice, about falling in love and about doing the right thing, even when it feels so wrong. Olivia and Neil know their love is wrong but he can’t help but love the strong willed woman and something about this bad boy nature sets her aflame. Beverly Jenkins is an award winning historical romance author and this book is the quintessential good girl – bad boy romance.

5. Brazen – Susan Johnson

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American playboys are known for wanting beautiful women they can’t have. Brazen tells the story of Kit Braddock, an American adventurer who falls in love with a lady that has it all. Not only is she rich and extremely beautiful but she is Countess Angela de Grae. She is everything he should not want. Will love be able to blossom between a woman of noble birth and the American with little but his heart? There is treachery, desperation but above all courage and the triumph of true love Can Kit’s love for the beguiling Countess show her that true love does exist?

6. Devil in Winter – Lisa Kleypas

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Marrying a shy, pretty lady to a lustful Viscount may not seem like the best idea. When Evie is conveniently married off to a womanizing count she could never have foreseen the dark plot that would unravel. Devil in Winter is a book about mismatched lovers who ultimately realize the triumph of love; even if that means ultimatums must be set and Evie must prove her strength. There is love, deception, enemies of the past all set against the complexities of Victorian England. A truly enthralling read which forms part of Lisa Kleypas’ Wallflower series. Even shy girls get a shot at love.

7. A passion Most Pure – Julie Lessman

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How can a girl, who promised to put God first, fall passionately in love? Faith O’ Connor finds herself falling in love with her sister’s suitor? It does not help that the handsome Colin McGuire has fallen for her too. How can she retain her faith while falling for a man who tests her devotion to her sister and to God? This is the first book in Lessman’s series entitled Daughter of Boston which intertwines faith with the trials of love. Faith needs to figure out what her hearts want and face the consequences. This is a real page-turner that will appeal to both Christians and lovers of all historical romance novels.

8. Nine Rules to Break When Romancing a Rake – Sarah MacLean

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Callie is a plump, plain 28-year-old who knows that in high society her chances at finding a husband are over, or so she and her family thought. With her spinster title looming she decides to make a bucket lust of nine scandalous things she wants to do before she dies. There is passion, debauchery, and enough scandal to topple Victorian high society. Nine Rules to Break is a witty story that brings all sorts of saucy scenarios together. There are passionate kisses, good looking counts and masked rendezvous. Will Callie have a shot a true love after all?

9. Almost Heaven – Judith McNaught

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There is nothing worse for a ladies’ reputation than being found in the arms of a mysterious man. Elizabeth Cameron, a Countess, can’t help but lust after the devilish handsome Ian Thornton; a man who is secretly wealthy and too suave for his own good. Almost Heaven is a saucy novel that takes us from London High society to the Scottish Highlands in search of the truth. Is there more to Ian Thornton than Elizabeth would like to think? Love may be on the cards for this countess but the price may be higher than she expected. Judith McNaught is a New York Times bestselling author and her historical romance stories are not to be missed.

10. Years – LaVyrle Spencer

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Being a teacher in 1917 is no easy task. When Linnea Brandonberg takes her first teaching job she had no idea that she would have to grow up so fast. With World War 1 on the brink and her life in the air, she seems to have nowhere to turn. That is until Teddy Westgaard , a man who thought he would never fall in love again comes onto the scene. Years is a story that is about much more about love. It is about womanhood and fighting for what you believe in, even when war is at your doorstep.