If there is one genre of book that I love above the rest, it’s historical fiction. So, you can imagine my absolute delight when I found out they were making a regency romance into a Netflix show. So, surprise-surprise, I hadn’t read any Julia Quinn. That being said, I assigned myself the entire Bridgerton series as homework.
Now, if you plan on assigning the series as homework, too, I thought I’d add to your list! If you end up liking the Bridgerton series, here are some others you may like (or love) just as much!
All series listed below are ones I’ve read. Please keep in mind that I have read more than this, but I tried not to get carried away!
For those of you deciding to jump into the world of the Bridgertons, there are some things you should know. One, the series consists of eight books. Two, it doesn’t have to end there. Continue your love of the Bridgertons with the prequel series, The Rokesbys, or get better aquatinted with The Smythe-Smith ladies (you’ll understand once you get into the Bridgerton series).
Favourite book in The Rokesby Series: Because of Miss Bridgerton
Favourite book in The Smythe-Smith Series: The Sum of All Kisses
The reason I grouped these three series together is because they all happen in the same universe. Honestly, nothing makes me happier than seeing beloved characters making appearances in other books. Sure that happens within their own series, but to see them still in love with one another as we move through all the books makes my heart flutter. Some people are fans of the Marvel or DC universe, I am a fan of the Lisa Kleypas universe. It gets even better, the series isn’t done. There is another Ravenels book coming out July 2021!
Recommended reading order: Wallflowers, Hathaways, Ravenels. However, you can read it out of order.
Favourite book in The Wallflowers series: Devil in Winter and Scandal in Spring
Favourite book in The Hathaway series: Seduce Me at Sunrise
Favourite book in The Ravenals series: Hello Stranger and Chasing Cassandra
The Boscastle Series is hands-down my best used bookstore find. I went into the Book Bin, which no longer exists, one bright autumn day and came out with what would become one of my favourite romance series. If you like a series about a family rather than a group of friends, then pick up this series. Even better, if you are someone who flies through romance series, The Boscastles has 15 books. Oh, and the best part, there is usually some sort of mystery or other drama that needs to be dealt with. Often romance novels just have the relationship as the centre of the plot, which is fine, but can get boring if the characters aren’t super interesting.
Favourite book in the series: The Love Affair of an English Lord, The Sinful Nights of a Nobleman, and Wicked as Sin
I first came across this series while I was in high school. I just so happened to be at the bookstore with a friend when I saw To Bed a Beauty. Now, at this point, I had been reading historical romance novels for years. So, my friend (who hadn’t) thought it was hilarious. In her defence, the titles and cover art for romance novels asks to be laughed at 9/10 times. Anyways, I bought and read the second book first and fell in love. I immediately went back to buy the first and the rest is history!
I believe the series was originally meant to be a trilogy following the three Losing sisters, Arabella, Roslyn, and Lilian, who end up married to three handsome, titled, and rich men who also happen to be very good friends. However, much to my delight, the series continues with books about extended family, friends, and neighbours.
Favourite book in the series: To Romance a Charming Rogue
Note: I’ve recently reread the first book. It’s definitely a case of “this was amazing the first time I read it, but not so great the second time around.” Either way, the series still has a special place in my heart.
The last in this series comes out in 2021 and I can’t wait. I mean, yes I love historical romance, but I love it even more when there is a Duke involved. Now I have a whole series FULL of dukes! For those of you who loved Simon, Duke of Hastings, this one’s for you!
Favourite in the series: The Duchess Deal and The Wallflower Wager
Note: I have read other series by Tessa Dare that I also enjoyed. Please be sure to check these out: The Wanton Dairymaid Trilogy, The Stud Club Trilogy, and Spindle Cove.
Have you read any of these? Which is your favourite? If you haven’t, which do you plan on reading first?