Romance Time Machine: The Regency Era

by Karen Green

A war with Napoleon, a king unable to serve and a turn of a century that saw frivolity and a spirit of rebellion hailed as fashionable (at least for those well-heeled enough to not worry about where their next meal was coming from). All of the social and political changes taking place in the late 1700s and early 1800s under the Prince Regent would serve as the hallmarks of an era that would find its historical notoriety firmly set under the twin pillars of romance and ruin.

The fun may have come to an end with the ascendance of Queen Victoria (or at least, the fun was tucked into discreet corridors away from prying eyes), but the Regency Era remains notorious in books and on screen. When the rule of the day was the pursuit of pleasure, both in England and abroad, it’s easy to see why this brief period is still a popular backdrop to so many great romance novels, like the six below. And though love may be the guiding force of these stories, the Regency setting makes them unique and enticing—after all, you can’t have a rake unless there are rules to break.

 

The Earl’s Practical Marriage by Louise Allen

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Giles Redmond, Earl of Revesby, is marrying childhood friend Laurel Knighton because it’s the only way to save his family fortune. Last time he saw her, she was an unconventional tomboy… Now she’s a beauty, but finding himself aroused by her is as baffling as it is surprising. Who would have thought such an infuriating, disobedient bride could be so tempting?

The Rake’s Redemption (The Everard Legacy) by Regina Scott

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Originally published 2012

Even infamous duelist and poet Vaughn Everard has qualms about dragging an innocent lady into his quest for revenge. But Imogene Devary is the daughter of the man suspected of murdering Vaughn’s uncle. Surely that makes her fair game in order to uncover the truth! Can the man who writes such moving verse be beyond redemption? Imogene can’t believe so.

From Governess to Countess (Matches Made in Scandal) by Marguerite Kaye

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Count Aleksei Derevenko has hired governess Allison Galbraith for her skills as a herbalist, not a mistress! But when rumors spread, Allison is more shocked by her wanton reaction to Aleksei—inscrutable and impossibly handsome, his icy blue eyes promise white-hot nights of sin. She knows too well how fragile her reputation is, but will the price of their passion be worth paying?

Lord Ravenscar’s Inconvenient Betrothal (Wild Lords and Innocent Ladies) by Lara Temple

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Alan Rothwell, Marquess of Ravenscar, is furious when unconventional heiress Lily Wallace refuses him purchase of her property. He can’t even win her over with his infamous charm. But when fever seizes him and they’re trapped together, horrified, Alan realizes Lily’s attentions will compromise them both! His solution: take Lily as his betrothed before desire consumes them completely.

A Wedding for the Scandalous Heiress by Elizabeth Beacon

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When Isabella Alstone receives a shockingly passionate kiss from a handsome stranger at her betrothal ball, she scandalously ends her engagement. She is even more surprised when she discovers exactly who the stranger is! Ruggedly striking Wulf FitzDevelin is illegitimate, penniless and her ex-fiancé’s half-brother—their match is wholly unsuitable. Yet Isabella cannot escape the burning longing to feel his touch again!

Rescued by the Earl’s Vows by Ann Lethbridge

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When Lady Tess Ingram bursts into Jaimie, Earl of Sanford’s offices seeking help to avoid forced marriage or banishment, he’s her last resort. Tess isn’t convinced she can trust Jaimie—or any man—but her tenacity compels him to come to her aid. What starts as a convenient arrangement soon turns into more than is strictly proper.

 

Will you travel back to the Regency Era? Let us know which of these books will take you there!

 

 

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