If you love Julia Quinn’s witty, romantic Bridgerton books, here are the very best of the other bodice rippers/scandalous Historical romances out there, recommended by the author herself
Grace Burrowes£8.99 £8.36
This book has all the delicious ingredients for a Perfectly Lovely Read: Hamish MacHugh has a mysteriously blackened reputation... and a soft spot for his sisters who want a season in London. Megan Windham is being blackmailed and is desperate not to bring scandal upon her very popular family. Put them together and you get a love story that is at turns funny and moving, with a dash of intrigue and more than a fair dose of passion.
Sarah MacLean£8.99 £8.36
I once asked Sarah MacLean which of her books she thought would be my favorite, and she didn't pause for even a second before naming One Good Earl Deserves a Lover. I'll confess I'm not caught up on my MacLean reading, so I suppose it's possible she's written one I like better, but as of now I'd have to say she's right on the money--One Good Earl is my favorite. And considering how much I love Sarah's writing --with its dry wit, clever characters, and sublime passion--that's high praise indeed.
Eva Ibbotson£8.99 £8.36
I read this book years ago, back when it was called A Countess Belowstairs, and when I reached the final page I immediately turned right back to the beginning and read it again. It's a sweet tale (suitable for teens) of a penniless Russian countess who flees to England in the wake of the Bolshevik revolution. Determined to support her family, Anna finds work as a housemaid, and even though it's clear that she hasn't much experience as a servant, her cheerfulness and dedication soon win over the household... and her employer, who has only recently returned from war himself. Ibbotson's writing style is old-fashioned in the best of ways--captivating, magical, and utterly romantic.
Julie Anne Long£6.99 £6.50
LISA KLEYPAS£8.99 £8.36
It's impossible to pick a favorite Kleypas. Honestly, that's like asking me choose my favorite ice cream flavor, which I'm telling you right now is all of them. (I really really like ice cream. I also really, really like Lisa Kleypas.) I'm choosing The Devil in Winter because it's a known reader favorite, and the hero, Sebastian, Lord St. Vincent, is utterly delicious as a soon-to-reformed rake.
Mary Balogh£8.99 £8.36
Mary Balogh is a master of simmering, restrained passion, and Slightly Married is a marriage of convenience tour de force. Captain Lord Aidan Bedwyn promised a dying man that he'd look after his sister, but he never dreamed this would entail offering her his hand in marriage. Miss Eve Morris is a woman of independent means, or at least she was, before her brother's untimely death means that her estate will be snatched away and handed over to her odious cousin. But as is the case in most regency romances, their marriage of convenience proves decidedly inconvenient...
Jennifer McQuiston£6.99 £6.50
Eloisa James£8.99 £8.36
Did I say it's hard to pick a favorite Kleypas? Well, the same goes for Eloisa James. I was wavering between An Affair Before Christmas, When the Duke Returns, and A Kiss at Midnight, but then I thought--everyone loves a good Cinderella story, and when you add in Eloisa's elegant and witty writing, her brilliant dialogue, you get a surprisingly touching romp you'll love from start to finish.