So You’re Looking for a Unique Historical…

Dukes and assembly balls are great, but did you know Harlequin publishes all kinds of historical romances from medievals to Westerns to the Roaring 20s? If you’re looking for a historical romance that goes to a unique setting or era, here are five books that go beyond the ballroom! And a giveaway for historical romance fans, too 🙂

The Book: The Lotus Palace by Jeannie Lin

The Setting: Tang Dynasty China, 847 AD

The Story: It is a time of celebration in the Pingkang li, where imperial scholars and bureaucrats mingle with beautiful courtesans. At the center is the Lotus Palace, home of the most exquisite courtesans in China…

Maidservant Yue-ying is not one of those beauties. Street-smart and practical, she’s content to live in the shadow of her infamous mistress—until she meets the aristocratic playboy Bai Huang.

Bai Huang lives in a privileged world Yue-ying can barely imagine, let alone share, but as they are thrown together in an attempt to solve a deadly mystery, they both start to dream of a different life. Yet Bai Huang’s position means that all she could ever be to him is his concubine—will she sacrifice her pride to follow her heart?

The Book: Forbidden Jewel of India by Louise Allen

The Setting: Rajasthan, India 1788

The Story: Anusha Laurens is in danger. The daughter of an Indian princess and an English peer, she’s the perfect pawn in the opulent courts of Rajasthan. Even so, she will not return to the father who rejected her.

Arrogant angrezi Major Nicholas Herriard is charged with bringing the alluring princess safely to her new life in Calcutta. Nick’s mission is to protect, to serve—but under the searing Indian sun an initial attraction unfurls into a forbidden temptation.

This beautiful, impossible princess tests the very limits of his honor—especially when Nick is left with only one option to keep Anusha safe: marriage. But the fast-flowing waters of the Ganges determine a different fate, and duty may separate them forever….

The Book: The Charm School by Susan Wiggs

The Setting: Boston and the high seas, 1851

The Story: An awkward misfit in an accomplished Boston family, Isadora Peabody yearns to escape her social isolation and sneaks aboard the Silver Swan, bound for Rio, leaving it all behind.

Ryan Calhoun, too, had a good family name. But he’d purposely walked away from everything it afforded him. Driven by his quest to right an old wrong, the fiery, temperamental sea captain barely registers the meek young woman who comes aboard his ship.

To the Swan’s motley crew, the tides of attraction clearly flow between the two. Teaching her the charms of a lady, they hope to build the confidence she needs to attract not only their lonely captain’s attention, but his heart, as well. For everyone knows the greatest charms are not those of the formal lady, but rather the possibilities of a new world built on love.

The Book: A Dance with Indecency by Linda Skye

The Setting: New York City, 1920s

The Story: Bootleggers are breathing down hotelier Harry McMahon’s neck. So when a beautiful, young, and very wealthy widow from Paris turns up at the Cotton Club, Henry sees it as the perfect opportunity to combine business and pleasure. First he will take her body, then her heart, and finally, her money…

Elise Rousseau may not be the mousey innocent she once was, but she can’t believe Harry doesn’t recognize her—and she intends to punish him in the most wicked way. She will make him want her body, make him give her his heart. And then she will break it, just as he broke hers four years ago…

The Book: Priestess of the Nile by Veronica Scott

The Setting: Egypt, 1500 BC

The Story: Drawn to his abandoned temple on the banks of the Nile by an enchanting song, Sobek the Crocodile God is even more captivated by the sight of the singer herself. Appearing to her as a man, he learns she is Merys, a descendant of his last priestess. Though filled with lust, Sobek believes Merys deserves to be more than just his mistress. But the rules that govern the Egyptian pantheon forbid anything beyond a physical joining of a Great One and a human.

Merys is attracted to the handsome stranger, who arouses passions in her that no man ever has. But with no dowry and no hope of ever leaving her village, she dares not dream of the future–or love.

Sobek takes every opportunity to visit Merys, taxing his resolve to leave her pure. When he saves her life, their mutual desire must be sated. But can a love between a human and an immortal survive the ultimate test of the gods?

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 Giveaway! We’ve got a set of historical romances from all kinds of settings and eras for one lucky reader. To enter to win it, tell us your favorite time period or setting for historical romance in a comment below.

Contest closes Dec. 29 at 11:59 pm. One winner will be drawn from all eligible comments and announced here Dec. 30. Open to residents of USA and Canada. For full rules, click here. Good luck!

Update: The giveaway is now closed. Please check the comments for the winner announcement.


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Comments ( 61 )
  1. Amanda
    December 20, 2013 at 1:02 pm

    Love historical romances! My favorite time would have to be colonial.

  2. Monique
    December 20, 2013 at 2:02 pm

    Just to say that Jeannie Lin is a writing goddess. She’s brilliant. And those gorgeous covers!

  3. Christine L.
    December 20, 2013 at 7:27 pm

    I love Regency historical romances! I’m about to dive into the copy of Anne Barton’s ONCE SHE WAS TEMPTED (which arrived with today’s mail). Here’s hoping the fact that this giveaway closes on my birthday brings me good luck … thanks for the chance to win a fab bundle of books. Good luck to the other entrants and happy holidays to all!

  4. Julie
    December 21, 2013 at 2:03 am

    Medieval romances have me falling in love with Scotland, so I’ll have to go with those!

  5. Tori MacAllister
    December 22, 2013 at 1:49 am

    I’m growing to really enjoy the Victorian time period but have found a real interest in Harlequin’s recent foray into the height of the Viking period. So interesting!! 🙂

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  7. Rose Foster
    December 23, 2013 at 10:09 am

    I love the period with the Bruce in Scotland,I cant get enough of those kind of books.

  8. Kim P.
    December 23, 2013 at 10:37 am

    I love reading romances involving intrigue between England and France during the Napoleonic Wars 🙂

  9. Kim P.
    December 23, 2013 at 10:38 am

    I love reading romances involving intrigue between England and France during the Napoleonic Wars.

  10. jean s
    December 23, 2013 at 12:21 pm

    my favorites have to be the scottish highlands in the time of edwared longshanks and viking eras

  11. Phoebe Chase
    December 23, 2013 at 12:27 pm

    I’m currently fascinated with stories set in the 1920s.

  12. Sue H.
    December 23, 2013 at 3:44 pm

    I love reading about all periods of history, but stories set in the days of the American pioneers heading westward tend to have particularly engaging and independent-minded heroines. Women of that period in that position were by necessity courageous and trend-setters. Other eras had strong women, but usually they were aware of limitations and held back by society. I enjoy a roaring 20’s setting for similar reasons.

  13. Peggy Allen
    December 23, 2013 at 3:53 pm

    I love the time frame of vikings

  14. Pantaeva
    December 23, 2013 at 6:56 pm

    I love anything involving China or stories during the tang dynasty!!

  15. Lori Port
    December 23, 2013 at 7:12 pm

    I love all historical romances, but especially westerns with a cowboy for a hero.

  16. Karen G.
    December 23, 2013 at 10:19 pm

    I love reading Historical Romances! All eras are good! But right now, I am particularly enthralled with taming the West type Romantic Historical’s. I like the strong women and hearty men who must persevere through tough times. I recently read “Calico Christmas at Dry Creek” by Janet Tronstad and “Homespun Bride” by Jillian Hart. Both enjoyable books. I have some Depression Romances coming up on my reading list soon.

  17. Carolyn Valdez
    December 24, 2013 at 12:45 am

    I love all time periods and all setting.
    I love, love, love, all historical romances.

  18. Mary McClure
    December 24, 2013 at 4:03 am

    I love to read historical romance books. I love the western type books with the strong women who had to learn to make their way and of course the cowboys

  19. Virginia
    December 24, 2013 at 5:10 pm

    I love the Victorian period…on the surface so stifled but so much brewing behind those draped windows.

  20. Penny N
    December 24, 2013 at 7:50 pm

    Love the 1700’s Scotland. Rougish heroes and strong women supporting them.

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