RITA-winning Laura Lee Guhrke shares with us 12 of life’s necessities…
12 Historical Romance Novels Every Lover of the Genre Should Read
1. The Shadow and the Star by Laura Kinsale. Ok, yes, I admit I skip the Ninja stuff. But the interaction between Samuel and Leda is amazing.
2. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. Dare I say it does have flaws? BUT the sparkling wit and the smoldering Darcy are irresistible.
3. Devilâ€™s Cub by Georgette Heyer. Because itâ€™s just so good.
4. Morning Glory by Lavyrle Spencer. One of the finest romance novels ever. Hell, one of the finest novels ever, period.
5. Wuthering Heights by Emily BrontÃ«. Yes, the ending sucks, but thatâ€™s so we can each write it our way. Dozens of romance writers I know (including me) say this was the book they threw across the room, shouting, “I can write a better book than that!” after devouring every luscious word.
6. Jane Eyre by Charlotte BrontÃ«. Because I love governess stories, and this oneâ€™s the best.
7. Son of the Morning by Linda Howard. Oh. My. God.
8. Dreaming of You by Lisa Kleypas. Even though I always get distracted by the heroâ€™s surname, he is so smokinâ€™ hot I donâ€™t care.
9. The Outsider by Penelope Williamson. A gunfighter who really is a gunfighter, but ends up a hero. Superb.
10. Sleeping Beauty by Judith Ivory. Because I donâ€™t like courtesan heroines, but I love this book.
11. Flowers From The Storm by Laura Kinsale. Because she had the chops to write a hero whoâ€™s had a stroke and canâ€™t talk, and because she pulled it off.
12. To Love and To Cherish by Patricia Gaffney. A vicar hero who is hot. Amazing. (I would have put To Have and To Hold on here, too, but my list is only 12 books. Sorry, Pat!)