Is Passion a Thing of the Past? + Giveaway!

by Karen Green

These eight red-hot historical romance titles will certainly make you think so.

Perhaps it’s because it feels as though the stakes are higher, or perhaps it’s because our imaginations run wild in worlds we only know in books, but romance stories that take place in previous eras always seem more fraught, more desperate and just a little more passionate because of their exotic time frame.

From scandalous affairs in Regency England to forbidden love on America’s Great Plains, these eight seductive stories prove that there’s always a time and a place for passion, especially throughout history.


Bound by Their Secret Passion (The Scandalous Summerfields) by Diane Gaston

Time and place: Regency-era England

Lorene Summerfield wed for duty, but now the generous-hearted countess finds herself widowed…and the man she’s loved in silence for years is falsely accused of her husband’s murder!

The Earl of Penford has always found Lorene irresistible. Their newly ignited passion may be scandalous, but now he’ll stop at nothing to clear his name and win Lorene’s hand!

The Harlot and the Sheikh (Hot Arabian Nights) by Marguerite Kaye

Time and place: Mid-nineteenth-century Arabia

After inheriting a broken kingdom, Prince Rafiq vows to restore its pride by winning a prestigious horse race. To ensure success, he hires an English expert. But even notoriously controlled Rafiq is shocked when his new employee is introduced…as Miss Stephanie Darvill!

Stephanie is determined to leave her shameful past and broken dreams behind—she will prove to Rafiq she deserves his trust!

Captive of the Viking by Juliet Landon

Time and place: Late-tenth-century England

Aric the Ruthless is consumed by his need for vengeance. And so he takes his enemy’s widowed daughter, Lady Fearn, as his slave. His fiery captive may fight him at first, but he knows he will soon tempt her into his bed!
Aric is nothing like Fearn’s cruel husband. And as her captor’s seduction awakens her to new sensations, dare she hope this ferocious warrior could become the husband she deserves?

Craving the Highlander’s Touch (The MacKinloch Clan) by Michelle Willingham

Time and place: Fourteenth-century Scotland

For Alys Fitzroy, Lady of Harkirk, her brutish husband is more of an enemy than the wild Scots she is supposed to hate. Her heart longs to help her husband’s prisoners—especially Finian MacLachor, the intense Highland chief who bears the scars of his own failed uprising, both inside and out.

Scoundrel of Dunborough (The Knight’s Prizes) by Margaret Moore

Time and place: Thirteenth-century England

Journeying to Dunborough to learn the truth about her sister’s murder, novice Celeste D’Orleau dons a nun’s habit for safety. But seeing Gerrard of Dunborough makes her dream of pleasures that will be forbidden once she takes her final vows.

Gerrard wrestles with his desire for the innocent beauty. Yet as Celeste’s mission draws them closer together, it soon becomes clear their passion is stronger than any vow!

Enslaved by the Desert Trader by Greta Gilbert

Time and place: 2566 BCE Egypt
In the Great Pyramid of King Khufu, resourceful Kiya works tirelessly, disguised as a boy. But then fearsome raiders arrive, and running for her life, she is captured by a hardened desert trader.

When he realizes what a beauty he has enslaved, Tahar knows he could sell her for a handsome price. But when a wild heat explodes between them, Tahar must find a way to keep her as his own!

Her Cheyenne Warrior by Lauri Robinson

Time and place: Mid-nineteenth-century America

Runaway heiress Lorna Bradford must reach California to claim her fortune, but when she’s rescued from robbers by fierce warrior Black Horse, she’s forced to remain under his protection.

Lorna learns how to be the kind of strong woman Black Horse needs. But she must let go of everything she knows to seize this chance for happiness with her Cheyenne warrior!

Rake Most Likely to Seduce (Rakes on Tour) by Bronwyn Scott

Time and place: Mid-nineteenth-century Italy

When Nolan Gray enters a high-stakes game in Venice he’ll need more than just luck. He can’t start losing now…especially when the virginity of the enthralling Gianna Minotti hangs in the balance!

Nolan seizes victory, but leaving in a gondola with Gianna and not collecting on his tantalizing prize pushes Nolan to his limits! Can he help her claim her freedom when really he wants to claim her for his own?

Giveaway! Want to win two Historical Romances? Comment below with your favorite historical time period and you could win a copy of The Spaniard’s Innocent Maiden by Greta Gilbert and Bound by Their Secret Passion by Diane Gaston.

Contest Rules: Open to residents of the US and Canada, excluding Quebec. Contest closes April 17, at 11:59 p.m. ET.  One (1) winner will be selected from all eligible comments and announced here on or around April 18. For full official rules, click here.

Update this contest is now closed.

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Comments ( 21 )
  1. Colleen C.
    April 11, 2017 at 12:57 pm

    I love Historical Romances! I enjoy many time periods, but my go to is usually Regency.

  2. carolm
    April 11, 2017 at 6:28 pm

    I love Mid-nineteenth-century America. all those open plains with real men trying to tame it.

  3. Darlene Holley
    April 11, 2017 at 6:35 pm

    My favorite books are the historical westerns.

  4. Sally
    April 12, 2017 at 3:43 pm

    I’m a knight in shining armor type of gal- so it’s Medieval times for me!!

  5. Sherri
    April 12, 2017 at 7:12 pm

    I like the civil war days and/or the pioneer days especially the Oregon Trail.

  6. Jenica
    April 12, 2017 at 8:20 pm

    Regency era is probably my favorite historical time period for romance novels!

  7. Ronni
    April 12, 2017 at 10:36 pm

    I love Colonial America-so many brave men and women making a new start in a new land.

  8. Donna Harris
    April 13, 2017 at 5:54 am

    My favorite time is the old western historical romance period.

  9. Amy Underwood
    April 13, 2017 at 10:48 am

    Regency followed by medieval and maybe Ancient Greece

  10. Melody S
    April 13, 2017 at 12:52 pm

    Love historical romance books! My favorite would be Regency.

  11. Susan Leech
    April 13, 2017 at 2:44 pm

    love these books, Yes I can judge a book by it’s cover but don’t need to when it has the Harlequin name on it. I love to read and review books.

  12. Christina Pereira
    April 13, 2017 at 2:56 pm

    My favorite historical time period is Medieval Scotland. Wild and rugged.

  13. Traci Asman
    April 13, 2017 at 7:30 pm

    I am a big fan of historical romances. I especially like books set in the medieval time period.

  14. Cecilia Rodriguez
    April 13, 2017 at 10:12 pm

    My favorite Era that I would love to see in romance would be Fuedal Japan.

  15. Janet
    April 14, 2017 at 1:14 am

    My favorite time period is the Civil War

  16. marinel prince
    April 14, 2017 at 2:11 am

    I love All historical romances especially the mid century types with Indians and civil war america. Those have me spellbound #diehardharlequinhistoricalromancefan

  17. bn100
    April 14, 2017 at 10:36 am


  18. Mely
    April 14, 2017 at 4:22 pm

    I really love historical romance and everything about indians

    • Tiffany M
      April 14, 2017 at 11:58 pm

      I love Historical and Western Romance novels. For the historical around the 1800’s when the sexy Lords and Barons were over the land as for the Western Romance, maybe be around the 1990’s, where the rangers and cowboys both: horses and cars

  19. Brittany
    April 16, 2017 at 3:17 pm

    I like historical books that feature pirates

  20. Elissa
    April 18, 2017 at 9:29 am

    This contest is now closed and congratulations to our winner by random draw, Amy Underwood. Please check your inbox for an email from me. –Elissa from Harlequin

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