Romance Recs for Fans of Bridgerton

Hello friends! For those of us who loved Bridgerton, it’s no secret that the second season is nearly upon us. March 25th cannot come quick enough! The great thing about the popularity of Bridgerton, even among those who aren’t avid readers, is that more people were interested in reading historical romances. I’ve never been ashamed of my love for this genre, and it makes me really happy that the negative stigma surrounding these books are slowly disappearing and more people are giving them a try. I’ve been working on this post for a while, and since today’s Top Ten Tuesday theme is a love freebie I thought it’d be the perfect fit. So if you’re a fan of the Bridgerton show or a fan of the books, or just a romance fan in general: here are some of my favorites that I highly recommend!


I don’t care if you choose to read no other book in the Bridgerton series, The Viscount Who Loved Me is a must. It’s the best book in the entire series and my favorite historical romance, period. Everything about this book is perfection. The banter between Kate and Anthony is amazing, the chemistry is unmatched, and the humor is perfect without being over-the-top.

Hate-to-Love Trope
Heated arguments ✓
Palpable sexual tension ✓
Love declaration that will make you swoon ✓


If you’re looking for a book that takes every good romance trope and smooshes them all into one entertaining story, The Rogue Not Taken is the book for you. Every time I reread this it’s just as extraordinary and delightful as the first time. This book has everything: it will make you swoon, it will make you laugh, it will make your heart flutter.

Hate-to-Love Trope
Fake Relationship Trope
Forced Proximity Trope
Slow-burn feelings ✓
Steamy scenes ✓


Tessa Dare is the absolute queen of historical romance and if you don’t know where to start with trying out these books, you can literally pick up any one of her titles. I’ve read every single one and I’ve yet to be disappointed. Any Duchess Will Do is one of my favorites of hers. Griffin and Pauline are amazing characters, the banter will make you laugh, and the passion between them will set your pages on fire.

Fake Relationship Trope
Witty banter ✓
Swoon-worthy hero ✓
Highly passionate sex scenes ✓

TO HAVE AND TO HOAX – Martha Waters

This book was a complete and utter surprise when I read it and it deserves so much more hype than it received. The story follows James and Violet, and estranged couple who decided to engage in a game of one-upping each other with elaborate pranks. If you enjoyed Sarah Hogle’s You Deserve Each Other, this is the historical romance version! It’s extremely entertaining and makes for a fun, romantic read.

Second Chance Romance Trope
Hate-to-Love Trope
Unresolved sexual tension ✓
Laugh-out-loud scenes ✓


Like I said earlier, you really can’t go wrong with any Tessa Dare book. After being caught in a compromising position and mistaken for a mystery lovers tryst, Piers and Charlotte are forced into a marriage of convenience and a partnership to find the real mystery lovers. My favorite part of this book was watching the love bloom between the two characters, and how Charlotte insisted on wanting a marriage of equality and partnership. Tessa Dare also slips in a joke about eggplants which to this day makes me giggle like a schoolgirl.

Marriage of Convenience Trope
Slow-burn feelings ✓
Brooding hero ✓
Steamy scenes ✓


What do you get when you mix an uptight British lord with a rambunctious American heroine? Sparks flying and a tempestuous relationship full of arguments, tension, and kissing. Westcliff and Lillian cannot stand each other, and so a majority of the book is Lillian finding ways to get under Westcliff’s skin, and Westcliff struggling to avoid the American hellion.

Hate-to-Love Trope
Palpable sexual tension ✓
Heated arguments that lead to kissing ✓


If you enjoy having your heart ripped to shreds, please look no further than The Day of the Duchess. This book can only be described as story full of angst and heartache between Serafina and Haven. It’s definitely not as light-hearted as other books on this list, but it’s completely worth the read. It has a happy ever after, no worries there, but be prepared for your heart to get put throw the ringer first.

Second Chance Romance Trope
Angst galore ✓
Emotional turmoil ✓
Sexual chemistry off the charts ✓

A ROGUE OF ONE’S OWN – Evie Dunmore

I don’t think I’ve read another book with as much longing and tension between two characters as this one. Lucie and Tristan have spent years repressing their feelings for each other which creates a dynamic between with enough tension that can be cut with a knife. With a plucky, independent heroine and a roguish hero, there’s enough sparks flying to light up the sky!

Hate-to-Love Trope
Slow-burn feelings ✓
Excellent banter ✓
Sizzling chemistry ✓


I like to read HR books for the romance and the smut, not to spend an hour bawling my eyes out. And yet, this book has all three: romance, smut, and enough emotional turmoil to cause heartache. Finn and Lavinia spend the whole book remembering their past love, and trying to ignore the years of yearning and the desire that still blooms between them. There’s just something extra special when characters who were once in love, manage to both grow and change as people and find love again.

Second Chance Romance Trope
Childhood lovers ✓
Angst ✓
Undeniable chemistry ✓


One of the most well-known and frequently written kinds of books in the historical romance genre is the tale of the reformed rake. Many of the books listed above fall under this category as well, but The Governess Game is one of my favorite examples. Chase is refuses to settle down, and Alexandra sets her sights on reforming him. I loved the relationship that eventually grows between Chase and Alexandra, and I absolutely adored the way they formed a family together with Chase’s two young charges.

Slow-burn feelings
Smoldering chemistry ✓
Tortured hero with a heart of gold ✓
Heartwarming story ✓

Top Ten Tuesday: Books with Numbers in the Title

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s theme is books with numbers in the title. As I was putting together this list, I decided to have a bit of fun and see if I could count to ten with book titles, which I was able to! 

numbers in the title

Top Ten Tuesday: Tropical Covers

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s theme is a freebie. I’ve had the idea for this post since last year so I’m really excited to have an excuse to finally post it. I seriously love the tropical theme covers for contemporary romances that have become popular recently and I can’t wait to see more of them in the future!

tropical covers copy

ARC REVIEW: Much Ado About You – Samantha Young ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️

Title: Much Ado About You
Author: Samantha Young
Rating: ★★★

ARC provided by Berkley through NetGalley.

Much Ado About You has the perfect premise. Who doesn’t want to move to a quaint English village on the coast, run a small local bookstore, all the while falling in love with a sweet, handsome Englishman? While the story itself ended up being pretty mediocre, the romance was smoldering and for that alone I ended up enjoying this book.

For most of the book, there was a distinct lack of connection between me and the story. The characters had zero to little personalities, there wasn’t much substance to the actual plot, and as much as I hate to say it, the entire thing just felt bland. Evie frustrated me to no end. A lot of her thoughts and actions made things more difficult for herself than they needed to be, especially with regards to Roane.

The romance was the book’s saving grace for me. The smoldering tension between Evie and Roane was incredibly well written. The chemistry between them was oozing off the pages, and I couldn’t get enough of their interactions. All of this amazing romantic tension only added to my frustration with Evie’s actions (inactions, really) throughout a majority of the story. However, I will say that the waiting finally paid off when the two of them finally get together.

Much Ado About You was one of those instances where a book features a great premise, but the execution falls flat. The plot was missing a lot of substance to make it a captivating story and the characters were too one-dimensional to elicit a strong sense of connection. The romance was the best written aspect of the story, as there was no denying the sparks flying between our protagonist and her love interest.

Top Ten Tuesday: Authors Whose Books I’ve Read the Most

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. Today the theme is which authors we’ve read the most books by. I debated how I wanted to do this post. If an author has a lot of series, then obviously the number of books I’ve read by them is higher. So I had to decide between counting each and every book, or counting each series as “one” book.

I knew before even creating this list that she would probably be at the top. I’ve been reading JLA books for a very long time, and I am thoroughly entertained with each one. I don’t think I’ve ever been disappointed by any of her books. One of the things I love about her is her versatility! She writes in so many different genres and excels in each!

Total: 29
Favorite Book: Tempting the Best Man & Lux Series

Every time Cassandra Clare announces a new series in The Shadowhunters chronicles, I swear I’ve grown out of them, but then I read the synopsis and I’m immediately pulled back in. Let’s be honest, I’ll be reading each series in this world until she stops writing them.

Total: 13
Favorite Book: Chain of Gold

This is my go-to author for historical romance books. I’ve read every single book written by her with the exception of The Wanton Dairymaid trilogy. Her books are always so witty and steamy and I love reading them! I think her books are some of the only that I have actually laughed out loud while reading.

Total: 13
Favorite Book: Do You Want to Start a Scandal?

I should have figured before I started this list that half the authors would be my go-to historical romance writers. Lisa Kleypas is another author whose books I’ve read a lot of simply because they’re so entertaining and there are so many to choose from!

Total: 12
Favorite Book: It Happened One Autumn

Julia Quinn is the reason I got into reading historical romances. I had heard all kinds of great things about The Bridgerton series so I decided to give them a shot. You have no idea how excited I am that these books are being adopted into a Netflix series!

Total: 12
Favorite Book: The Viscount Who Loved Me

Another go-to author for historical romance. The fact that she made me not only forgive, but fall head-over-heels in a love with a “villain” from one of her previous books was nothing short of miraculous, especially given his wrongdoings. It just shows how immensely talented a writer she is.

Total: 12
Favorite Book: The Rogue Not Taken & The Day of the Duchess

Marissa Meyer really excels in writing YA Science Fiction/Fantasy. I’m a huge fan of both her series, Renegades and The Lunar Chronicles, and I’ve also enjoyed her standalones. I’m really looking forward to her upcoming novel which seems like a change of pace from her other books!

Total: 8
Favorite Book: Renegades

I was actually surprised this amazing writing duo wasn’t higher up on the list. Although I owe that to the fact that I have a few of their books on my TBR but haven’t gotten around to reading them just yet. I’m sure even by the end of the year they’ll be bumped up a few, especially with the newest book releasing soon.

Total: 7
Favorite Book: Love and Other Words & Beautiful Player

I considered Leigh Bardugo one of the queens of YA Fantasy. She is tremendously talented and I will read (almost) anything she writes. The only book I haven’t read is King of Scars which I honestly don’t think I’ll ever get around to. I’ve kind of lost interest in any more Grishaverse books but I’m totally looking forward to the next book in the Ninth House series and whatever else she’ll write!

Total: 7
Favorite Book: Shadow and Bone

I was actually surprised to see her name on this list, not because I don’t enjoy her books, but because I hadn’t realized how many books I’ve read that were written or co-written by her! She writes a lot of science fiction/space books which are totally my jam. I can’t wait to read The Other Side of the Sky!

Total: 7
Favorite Book: Unearthed