Top Ten Tuesday (18): My All Time Favorites in Historical Romance


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by the gals at The Broke and the Bookish. For this week, here’s my… 

Top Ten All Time Favorites in Historical Romance…

the countess conspiracy
THE COUNTESS CONSPIRACY by Courtney Milan. This was just released late last year but it has become one of my favorites of all time. Courtney Milan at her best. Emotionally-stirring and captivating love story from the genre’s best of the best.


romancing mister bridgerton ROMANCING MISTER BRIDGERTON by Julia Quinn. This is one the best friends-to-lovers stories I’ve read. I love the trajectory of Colin’s and Penelope’s relationship. The joy of reading this book is as much about the journey as it was about the HEA destination.


a kiss for midwinterA KISS FOR MIDWINTER by Courtney Milan. A very powerful novella, in my opinion. Powerful in its plot, in its story development, in the conviction and vulnerability of its characters, and in the enduring and redemptive quality of love.


one good earl
ONE GOOD EARL DESERVES A LOVER by Sarah MacLean. Sarah MacLean shows us how two ragged pieces of puzzles can fit well with one another. Read about quirky yet strong-willed characters who find their peace of mind and most importantly the missing pieces of their hearts in each other. 


until you
UNTIL YOU by Judith McNaught. I’ve read and re-read this ages ago and still the story does not lose its magic, for me. It doesn’t matter if the set-up is a bit cliche by present standards, the incomparable Judith McNaught still weaved an authentic, heartbreaking, and heartwarming story between Stephen and Sheridan.



devil in winter
DEVIL IN WINTER by Lisa Kleypas. Another powerful story about the redemptive power of love. I dare you not to fall in love with Sebastian and Evie. LOL


any duchess will do
ANY DUCHESS WILL DO by Tessa Dare. This was such a breath of fresh air and the uniqueness that Tessa Dare was able to give her readers amid the seemingly cliched set-up really makes this a gem of a work.


married by morning
MARRIED BY MORNING by Lisa Kleypas. I’ve waited for Leo’s and Cat’s story since the early part of the series. And while it took some time (this is the 4th book), the waiting was worth it.


what i did for a duke
WHAT I DID FOR A DUKE by Julie Anne Long. Another gem found. I just got all the good feels watching Alex and Genevieve fall in love. It was refreshing, sweet, and yet still totally powerful.


the duke
THE DUKE by Gaelen Foley. I love the role reversals set-up of this book. Imagine: a paragon Duke and a courtesan falling in love. If it doesn’t get juicier than that, I don’t know what else to look for.



There you go. My Top Ten Tuesday for this week. What are yours? Leave your link in the comment section and I will definitely check them out.

23 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday (18): My All Time Favorites in Historical Romance”

    1. Any Duchess Will Do is actually my first and only Tessa Dare but it really became a favorite of mine and so now I have her other works on my TBR list especially her recent release, Romancing the Duke. ^__^


  1. I could have easily done ten historical romances, but most of them would be from the same few authors – Julia Quinn, Tessa Dare, Julie Garwood, Lisa Kleypas. I’ve never read anything by Courtney Milan, but I think I should.


    1. I hope you get to try them out soon.. (although I know how hard it is to finish books from our TBR shelf hehe). Thanks for the follow (i’m an old follower ^_^)


  2. So…I don’t know if I should be admitting this or not, but I read a lot of historical romance in high school (a bit too young), so some of these seem familiar. From your list I remember reading Married by Morning by Lisa Kleypas and Until You by Judith Mcnaught. A kiss for midwinter is on my kindle, I still haven’t read it yet, but I will now after seeing how much you loved it!!! Judith Mcnaught’s books were my favorite. Have you by any chance read a Kingdom of Dreams? Or Almost Heaven? Or Whitney, my love? I found them delightful! I’m currently much more into YA now! 🙂


    1. I read them in high school too ^__^ i love Judith McNaught. She’s the first author in this genre that I read and I’ve read all of her books including her contemporary romances ^__^ I’m hoping she’ll write again soon. And I hope you can check out A Kiss for Midwinter soon. It’s amazing. I also heard its audio book version and loved it as well.


  3. This is new genre to me, but I happened upon The White Queen by Philippa Gregory at the airport and I fell in love. I’m glad you posted this list, because now I know what to read as soon as my exams are over!!

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    1. I hope you find the historical romance genre enjoyable ^__^ you can start with a novella and then ease into the full length novel so you can adjust easier ^__^


  4. It’s funny, I tend to steer away from historical romance, but my guilty pleasure is Pride and Prejudice sequels/alternate storylines/whatever. Which, a lot of the time, is basically just historical romance! I might have to check out some of these 🙂

    Thanks for stopping by my TTT!


  5. So many great ones you have here. I do love Romancing Mister Bridgerton (that one was my first and favorite of the series) and I also have Devil in Winter on my list as well. I see I need to check out Courtney Milan I have yet to try her books out but I have heard amazing reviews on her stories so it will have to be soon.


  6. Until You was your favorite Judith McNaught? For me, it was good, yes, but there are so many other McNaught’s that stand out in my mind… Whitney, My Love (although some people strongly despise it), A Kingdom of Dreams, Almost Heaven… man, you’re making me want to re-read ALL of her books. Her contemporary romances, now dated, are ALSO fantastic. Paradise and Perfect? Ahhhhhhhhhhhhh!

    Great list, sorry for babbling. 😀

    My Top Ten Tuesday


    1. Aww, Paradise and Perfect were both epic love stories! 🙂 I love Until You, mainly because I really adore Stephen. My second favorite would be Some Kind of Wonderful. 🙂


  7. I used to read adult historical romances all the time before I focused more on YA. Devil in Winter and Romancing Mister Bridgerton were definitely favorites of mine too! I bought Any Duchess Will Do not that long ago and plan to read that one soon =)


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