Are you bored with the typical historical romances that have balls, castles, and dukes? If the answer is yes then read on to see some of my favorites that I think are outside of the typical historical realm of romances books. These are books and series that I fell in love with because they were different from the other books I love and I wish there were more like them.
- The Rookery Rogues Series by Erica Monroe
This series is a historical romantic suspense. The reason I love it is because there is a mystery to in each one and they connect throughout the series in a couple of ways. They also involve some bits of a real crime that happened during the time period. Another reason is because there are no balls, castles or dukes. It is set in the rookeries of London and shows the other side of London where people struggled to survive and no one involved is a part of high society. These romances feel more like real life than a fairy tale.
2. The Secrets and Scandals Series by Darcy Burke
Now this series does include some characters with titles, but the stories to me are not the typical ballroom romances. In Her Wicked Ways, the heroine is banished from London for her behavior and the hero is like Robin Hood stealing from the rich to take care of children. In His Wicked Heart, you get to see more about the fashion and fight clubs. The heroine is an orphaned seamstress that the hero thinks is a prostitute when they first meet. In To Seduce A Scoundrel, there is a bit of a mystery surrounding the hero and the reason he is known as a scoundrel. The heroine is all about protecting everyone’s reputation. You are also introduced to one of my all time favorite characters that adds another mystery to the series. In To Love A Theif, The hero is a former constable turned viscount and the heroine is set on getting back some stolen family heirlooms at any cost. There some twists in this story. In Never Love a Scoundrel, there are many twists and turns to the story. The heroine’s aunt keeps her under her thumb and tries to use her to take down the hero’s family. The hero’s life was turned upside down when his half-brother showed up years ago and now he is back again. In Scoundrel Ever After, The hero is trying to leave his criminal past behind him and become a gentleman only to be framed for murder. The heroine is a wallflower looking for adventure by running away with a wanted man.
3. The Black Rose Trilogy by Renee Bernard
This trilogy is on the gothic side and deals with revenge from star to finish. This is all about female justice. The heroine is taken from an orphanage to be used in a plot of revenge that has been in the works for years. Nine years later she has changed her name and became an independent woman with a mission to help other women with revenge. You will go through many emotions with this trilogy as you get to know the heroine and hero along with everyone else involved.
4. The Lady Unmasked by Ava Stone
Is part of the Regency Season Series that I haven’t finished yet. It is a Halloween story that surrounds a haunted castle and a very interesting, but fun family. There is an ancient spirit that is released in the castle that is inspired by a Greek spirit. I have read a few books in this series and they are all worth reading. The Halloween stories are a must.
5. Regency Treasure Hunters Series by Darcy Burke
The title of this series was what first caught my attention and it means what it says. I absolutely love this series because it involves treasure hunting and some medieval tales. I hope to see more of this series because It is unique.