Top Ten Historical Romance Series

As we look forward to long Autumn days and cold winter nights, its time to start stockpiling.  I love series romance during the Fall and Winter months, when I am less distracted by the weather and nights get darker sooner.

In no specific order, here are ten of my all time favorite (and re-read again and again) hist-ro series.

  1. The Deadly’s by Brenda Joyce.  Although these are later historically than my usual fare of Regency, Francesca Cahill is a captivating heroine/sleuth with a wonderfully diverse cast of supporting characters and some hot romantic triangles.
  2.  Julia Quinn’s The Bridgertons.  Although I haven’t been a huge fan of her more recent work, The Bridgerton series is top notch historical romance writing–funny, great characters and sweet love stories.
  3. Mary Balogh Bedwyn Saga (or the Slightly Series).  Wonderful family with very unique characters, diverse love stories, and classically satisfying writing by a master.
  4. Eloisa James’  The Essex Sisters are the reason James is one of my favorite contemporary hist-ro authors.  Sexy without being over the top, hot heroes, and funny heroines.  Plus great sisterly chats!
  5. Jenna Petersen’s Lady Spies series is perfect for Autumn days dreaming of cloak and dagger…and cloaks.  She is brilliant writer with sparkling dialogue and wonderful love stories.
  6. Victoria Alexander’s Last Man Standing Series.  Fun, juicy, different…so many wonderful qualities to this well stacked series.  Victoria Alexander has enough of the formula down and also something different…a twist with her characters that read like a breath of fresh air.
  7. Jane Feather’s Duncan Sisters Series.  Its Edwardian, full of sassy sisters and the men who love them.  Its a great change of pace with whip smart career minded ladies.
  8. Stephanie Laurens Cynster Series has some wonderful stories, and although I didn’t always love them, there is enough books here to be sure you will find a favorite.  I love the twins stories, On a Wild Night and On a Wicked Dawn.
  9. Anne Gracie’s Perfect Series has gotten some rave reviews, and although I haven’t yet read it, you can be sure I will be checking it out!
  10. Finally, recently read Delilah Marvelle’s Scandal series was a welcome addition to my collection of favorite series.  They are easy to read and two of the books, in my opinion, were really top notch.

Recommendations by other Regency Readers:

By Natty

  • Lisa Kleypas: Wallflowers (Especially Devil in Winter) and the Hathaways (Mine Till Midnight is still my favourite) I have to agree, Natty.  Kleypas is great and this series is stellar!
  • Liz Carlyle: Basically all of her historical romance titles as the charters are interwoven and often reoccur

By Diana Douglas:

  •  The Bride Trilogy by Jane Feather

By Dalia G.

  • LADIES’ AMATEUR SLEUTH SOCIETY by Robyn DeHart
  • THE ROYAL BROTHERHOOD SERIES by Sabrina Jeffries
  • Jo Beverley has The MALLOREN WORLD series
  • The Knight Miscellany by Gaelen Foley
  • THE COMPASS CLUB by Jo Goodman

Add your favorite Regency/Victorian romance series in the comment section, and I will update the post with your suggestions!

4 thoughts on “Top Ten Historical Romance Series

  1. Oooh a great list – I will have to check out the titles that are new to me. 🙂
    Here are some of the series I’ve enjoyed the most:
    Lisa Kleypas: Wallflowers (Especially Devil in Winter) and the Hathaways (Mine Till Midnight is still my favourite)
    Liz Carlyle: Basically all of her historical romance titles as the charters are interwoven and often reoccur – and they are all the better for any glancing reappearance of George Kemble. I really consider everything she has written in the genre to be one big series. But they are grouped together in sub-series on her website.

  2. My favorite Jane Feather series is set during the time of the English Revolution, so it really isn’t a Regency or Victorian, but I had to mention it because I think it’s her best. The Bride Trilogy begins when three unconventional young ladies meet at a wedding in 1641 and become BFF’s 15th century style. The series is full of adventure, intrique and those wonderful steamy love scenes that Jane Feather does so well.

  3. WoW! Great list, I definitely need more reading hours in my days! LOL!

    I have some I’ll list for now. There’s just waaaaay too many good reads out there to list them all.

    The series LADIES’ AMATEUR SLEUTH SOCIETY by Robyn DeHart.
    By Tessa Dare I liked both of these…The Wanton Dairymaid Trilogy and The Stud Club Triolgy.
    THE ROYAL BROTHERHOOD SERIES by Sabrina Jeffries.
    Jo Beverley has The MALLOREN WORLD series.
    I have to agree with Natty, anything by Liz Carlyle.
    The Knight Miscellany by Gaelen Foley.
    I also liked THE COMPASS CLUB by Jo Goodman.

    Well, that’s it for now, I could go on and on but I won’t!!

    Have a great weekend!

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