Can’t Get Enough of…Historical Romances in America

Posted September 25, 2015 by Jonetta in Can't Get Enough of | | 7 Comments

Heroes, Heroines & History
Heroes, Heroines & History

 

Can’t Get Enough of . . .  is a new monthly feature here at The Book Nympho where we give you lists of books that are similar either by topic, genre, character types, etc. You can find new posts mid-month on Friday.

 

I read my very first historical romance many years ago in the heyday of the bodice rippers. I think it was Sweet Savage Love by Rosemary Rogers, chronicling the tumultuous romance of Ginny Brandon and Steve Morgan. The setting included some European venues but the heart of the story (the real romance) happened in New Orleans. I was hooked.

I abandoned the genre for a long time after most historical romances seemed to be set in England or thereabouts. They lacked the passion and rawness of the stories set in America’s frontiers.

A few years ago, friends lured me back to historical romance with Lisa Kleypas’ Wallflower and Hathaways series. Though both are set in England, they were fresh and more interesting than those I’d read in the past. But then a friend recommended a western historical romance series by Lorraine Heath and I was home again!

Heath’s Texas Trilogy will always be my most favorite American historical romance. Since then, I’ve discovered many more and continue to seek them out. There’s often an element of danger as the towns or ranches are frequently set in outposts or lightly populated areas of the West. And, without the restrictions of societal customs that are staples of regency period stories, the romances can be much steamier, interesting and unpredictable.

It’s also an opportunity for me to learn much more about American history. From the American Revolution to pre- and post-Civil War eras through the industrial period, there’s fertile ground to be explored in these stories.

 

Here are some of my favorite series and authors. I haven’t finished all of them but I definitely plan to do so.

Texas Trilogy by Lorraine HeathTexas Destiny
Texas Destiny
Texas Glory
Texas Splendor

 

 

Sweet Lullaby by Lorraine Heath

 

MacKinnon’s Rangers by Pamela ClareSurrender
Surrender
Untamed
Defiant
Upon a Winter’s Night

 

 

Crawford Family by Holly BushTrain Station Bride
Train Station Bride
Contract to Wed
The Maid’s Quarters

 

 

 

Reconstructing Jackson by Holly Bush

Heart of a Dove by Abbie Williams

The Beloved One by Danelle Harmon (The de Montforte Brothers #2)

 

Grayson Brothers by Wendy LindstromShades of honor
Shades of Honor
The Longing
Lips That Touch Mine
Kissing in the Dark
Sleigh of Hope

 

High Country Bride and Shotgun Bride by Linda Lael Miller (The McKettricks #1 & #2)

Blakewell/Kenleigh Family Trilogy by Pamela Clare
Sweet Release
Carnal Gift
Ride the Fire

In Want of a Wife by Jo Goodman (Bitter Springs #3)

 

Do you have any historical romance books with American settings you’d recommend?

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7 responses to “Can’t Get Enough of…Historical Romances in America

  1. I would add Pamela Clare’s Rangers series. I love US Historicals set between 1800 and 1920. I really wish there were more.

  2. I can’t remember when I started reading historical romances – all I know is it was a LOT earlier than I should have. like maybe 5th or 6th grade lmao. I generally prefer England based ones, but I do have a few American historical romances on my TBR list 🙂 I have Train Station Bride by Holly Bush on audiobook that I still have to read, but I listened to her book Romancing Olive and I really enjoyed it 🙂

    • Jonetta (Ejaygirl)

      I love everything that Holly writes! If you’ve read Heath’s England-based historicals (I’m reading one now) and enjoyed them, you’ll definitely like her Texas Trilogy series.