Maggie Blackbird asked me about a month ago (sorry Maggie!) for some recommendations for Regency set historicals. I had written up a long list and lost it to stupid swipe on my “magic mouse” that managed to erase the reply on the web page. So… I’m sure I’ve forgotten authors I absolutely adore on this list, and I apologize for that in advance.
I figured it would be cheating to put this up as a Regency Primer Series post, although it would have made my life easier this week with all the holiday madness. I tried to keep it to Regency Era specific, but there are a few authors who write much later and veer into Victorian or skew earlier and are considered Georgian.The heat levels also vary quite a bit, but are fairly consistent author to author. For example, Julia Quinn is much tamer than Stephanie Laurens.
I’ve read some of these several times over (marked with a *) and have loaned many out to friends looking for something good to read, so I hope that Maggie and anyone else looking at this list finds something they’ll love and enjoy!
This list contains my favorite series by these authors, and what I consider the best introductions to their books.
Julia Quinn – The Bridgertons Series*
Mary Balogh – The Bedwyns Saga
Suzanne Enoch – Lessons in Love Series*
Anne Gracie – Perfect Quartet*
Stephanie Laurens – The Bastion Club Series and Cynsters Series
Celeste Bradley – The Liar’s Club Series — SPIES
Gaelen Foley The The Knight Miscellany + The Spice Trilogy
Joanna Bourne – set a little earlier around the French Revolution, but excellent reads, SPIES, and Jo has an EXCELLENT blog
These were a few stand out books that I knew were set around the Regency.
These authors have multiple books on my shelf, but many either don’t always write in the Regency or add in paranormal elements, or don’t have a particular series that I’d start people out with.
Tessa Dare – if you like to laugh, you want to read Tessa’s books. A bit steamier, but great reads!
Karen Hawkins – more scotland than london — printable booklist has all of her titles
Georgette Heyer – old school Regencies- if you like Jane Austen, you’ll love her wit and sense of humor
Lisa Kleypas – much darker and more upper working class than haute ton: Scotland yard, lawyers
Julie Anne Long
Teresa Medeiros – Scotland or Regency with some paranormal thrown in – always entertaining
Amanda Quick – not always strictly romance, but always a great read for the period feel
Hope that gives you a lot of ideas and new authors to explore. I’ve got to get cracking on my TBR pile before I can’t fit anything else on that shelf!