5 Unique Historical Romances to Read Right Now
by Amy Loosemore, Harlequin.com Team
Who doesn’t love a good Regency or Victorian romance with balls, gowns and perfect etiquette? But if you’re in the mood for something a little different, here are 5 unique new releases in historical romance to check out. These stories have something else in common, too — they are all set in the United States, in various eras and settings!
Saving Marina by Lauri Robinson — Salem, Massachusetts, 1692
A romance set during the Salem witch trials is certainly unique!
This beautiful, gentle woman awakens unfamiliar feelings in Richard. And as the threat from the Salem witch hunters grows, he knows he must protect misunderstood Marina at all costs. Little does he know that with Marina helping him bond with his little girl, she might just be saving him right back…
Forbidden by Beverly Jenkins — Denver, Colorado, 1870
Forbidden is the first book in a new series set in the Old West by USA Today bestselling author Beverly Jenkins.
Rhine Fontaine is building the successful life he’s always dreamed of—one that depends upon him passing for White. But for the first time in years, he wishes he could step out from behind the façade. The reason: Eddy Carmichael, the young woman he rescued in the desert. Outspoken, defiant, and beautiful, Eddy tempts Rhine in ways that could cost him everything…and the price seems worth paying.
Eddy owes her life to Rhine, but she won’t risk her heart for him. As soon as she’s saved enough money from her cooking, she’ll leave this Nevada town and move to California. No matter how handsome he is, no matter how fiery the heat between them, Rhine will never be hers. Giving in for just one night might quench this longing. Or it might ignite an affair as reckless and irresistible as it is forbidden…
Want Ad Wife by Katy Madison — Stockton, California, 1862
Mail-order bride stories are a staple of Western historical romances. Want Ad Wife is the third book in Katy Madison’s Wild West Weddings minsieries.
Abandoned as a child, John Bench has always craved a family of his own. Even if it means advertising for a wife from back East.
Selina Montgomery must keep her new husband at a distance. Because if John discovers the truth about the secret she once carried, their mail-order marriage could crumble before it’s even begun! They’ve promised to love, honor and obey, but can the spark that flares between them transform Selina and John’s wedding vows into a passion that will last forever?
The Express Rider’s Lady by Stacy Henrie — Missouri to California, 1860
Ready for a road romance, Old West-style
Delsie Radford is going to make it to California, no matter the danger or difficulty. Her father may have kept her and her sister apart, but Delsie refuses to miss her sister’s wedding—even with only eighteen days to get there. And she’s found the perfect escort in Pony Express rider Myles Patton.
Myles can’t believe it when a pretty socialite hires him to take her cross-country through rough terrain and dangerous territory. Surely she’ll quit before they reach their destination—he’s known girls like her before. But the longer they ride together, the more Myles notices Delsie’s toughness and kindness beneath her polished exterior. And though they may be worlds apart…they might just be perfect for each other.
Halfway to Heaven by Susan Wiggs — Washington, D.C., 1870s
This classic historical romance by #1 New York Times bestselling author Susan Wiggs — book 3 of the Calhoun Chronicles — is now available in ebook with a brand-new cover.
At a glittering White House gala, Abigail Cabot discovers the man of her dreams. Only, he’s not interested…yet. So the gifted lady astronomer, whose passion for measuring stars has left her woefully lacking in social graces, seeks someone to educate her…someone who is a master at the art of seduction.
Jamie Calhoun’s handsome looks and easy charm have made him as popular on the Senate floor as he is with the capital’s most attractive women. But secretly he loathes the cynical, manipulative man he’s become. Initially, he befriends Abigail as a means to a political end. But somewhere along the way the plan goes awry.
First laughter and then love take them completely by surprise in this wildly romantic story. For a man convinced he’s incapable of love and a woman who believes she can reach the stars, could this be a match made in heaven?
What is your favorite historical romance setting?