My Top Eight in Hist-Ro Contempo

My top eight contemporary historical romance novels (had to leave out Austen & Heyer…!).  These are the books you can enjoy again and again. Splendid by Julia Quinn.  I love stories of masquerades gone wrong, and this one is funny, warm and wonderful.  Read an excerpt here. The Gilded Web by Mary Balogh.  Mistaken identities and bed tricks…what could be juicier?  I love the Earl … Expand

Judith McNaught: Whitney, My Love

Raised by a cold-hearted father, the wild and wildly infatuated Whitney is sent away to France to be “finished” by her Aunt and Uncle.  Under their kind and loving care, Whitney is allowed to blossom into a woman who has looks, wit, and is widely considered an Original.  Faithful to the memory of her first love, Whitney shuns a plethora of marriage offers, including one … Expand

Tasha Alexander: And Only to Deceive

Yes, its literature!  A historical spy/adventure/romance.  And its fantastic. Tasha Alexander presents an independent, naive widow that through her journey to discover more about her deceased husband uncovers intrigue, forgery and the criminal underbelly of antiquities.  She also discovers a lot about herself in the process. Is it really hist-ro?  Granted, the romance is not the center of the plot, but rather subjugated to minor … Expand

Georgette Heyer: Venetia

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There is a reason that Georgette Heyer is renowned as a more contemporary Jane Austen.  Writing in the 1920s until the 70s, her books created the Regency England romance genre. Many of the current historical romance novelist of today emulate Heyer’s plots, style, and general whimsy for the genre (See Eloisa James). And for an introduction into Heyer, there is no better place to start … Expand