Springtime is just the time of year to fall in love with some new romance novels. I have a fondness for historical romances, and luckily a number of my favourite historical romance authors have recently released new books!
Rose Lerner, Listen to the Moon
This author focuses mostly on working class characters in the Regency era, and this book features a very proper valet-turned-butler and a happy-go-lucky house maid who enter a marriage of convenience to get employment at a local vicarage. Third in the Lively St. Lemeston series, but can be read as a standalone. Fun, sly, and steamy!
What else from this author: The rest of the Lively St. Lemeston series are refreshingly grounded in local politics rather than high society; try True Pretenses, which features a Jewish con man and a Tory heiress.
KJ Charles, A Seditious Affair
A romance between a seditionist, radical bookseller and a conservative, privileged Tory, who both look forward to their weekly anonymous rendezvous – until they unexpectedly meet outside of the bedroom. The second in Charles’ early 19th century historical m/m romance series, Society of Gentlemen, and can be read as a standalone. Featuring power play, politics, revolution, and falling in love.
What else from this author: The third book in Society of Gentlemen was just released this month! It’ll be next on my list. Also check out The Magpie Lord, a historical fantasy m/m romance series.
Courtney Milan, Her Every Wish
I will read anything Milan writes! This novella is part of her new Regency series, the Worth Saga, but can be read on its own. Our heroine enters her local parish’s competition for the prize for the best new business proposal, but she needs a bit of coaching on her presentation. Luckily, her old flame is just the man for the job. Featuring a bisexual mixed-race hero, working-class romance, entrepreneurial spirit, and a warm and sexy second chance romance.
What else from this author: The Suffragette Scandal in her Brothers Sinister series is one of my favourite historical romances, and her upcoming contemporary romance, with a transwoman as the heroine (Hold Me), is one I can’t wait to read.
Julia Quinn, Because of Miss Bridgerton
There’s probably no need to recommend Julia Quinn to anyone who’s already familiar with historical romances, but just in case: this is Quinn back on form and back with the Bridgerton family. This one features a heroine who is most comfortable outdoors managing her father’s estate and wearing breeches, and who clashes with the stuffy boy (well, okay, Earl) next door. Witty banter, smart characters, and a slow-burn romance.
What else from this author: Quinn’s prolific series of regency romances are popular for a reason! Try The Duke and I or Romancing Mister Bridgerton, both from the Bridgerton series.
A few other new(ish) historical romance releases:
The Brightest Day: A Juneteenth Romance Anthology, featuring stories by Kianna Alexander, Alyssa Cole, Lena Hart, and Piper Huguley
Jeannie Lin, Clockwork Samurai (Gunpowder Chronicles #2)
Sarah MacLean, The Rogue Not Taken (Scandal and Scoundrel #1)
Theresa Romain, A Gentleman’s Game (Romance of the Turf #1)
What historical romances are you looking forward to?