Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve probably binge-watched all episodes of the steamy Netflix series Bridgerton, or you’ve least heard your friends swooning over it.
If you’re like me and can’t read the books once you’ve seen the show or movie version, I have great news for you. Julia Quinn, the best-selling author of the Bridgerton books, has a whole bunch of other series you can sink your teeth into.
For your reading–ahem–pleasure, I have compiled a list of all of Quinn’s books and ranked them from most to least loved series (and books within the series). Although to be clear, even the books at the bottom of the list are still very well-loved by readers, don’t worry. Whether you read them in order, read the best first, or skip to the steamy scenes, there’s something here for every romance lover.
So grab a cozy blanket and a tub of Ben and Jerry’s and get ready to make your way through all the historical romance a person could want.
The Bridgerton Series
Quinn’s most popular series, the eight Bridgerton books are set between 1813 and 1827 and follow the eight children of the late Viscount Bridgerton as they navigate love, marriage, and the societal pressures–and drama–of English nobility.
It’s in His Kiss (Book 7)
When the stubborn and competitive Hyacinth Bridgerton meets Gareth St. Clair at the annual Smythe-Smith musicale, his personality is challenging enough to keep her interested. After all, she’s grown bored with a never-ending line of suitors over the past three years.
And when Gareth gives Hyacinth his grandmother’s diary to translate, she’s even more curious. As the two fall for each other, while delving into Gareth’s family history, a perfectly timed kiss could end up being more important than anything else. Find It’s in His Kiss here.
Romancing Mister Bridgerton (Book 4)
Even though Colin Bridgerton is often a target of gossip columnist Lady Whistledown, Penelope Featherington still adores him. After all, he is the brother of her best friend–and she’s known him forever.
When Colin comes home after a trip abroad, he begins falling for the all-grown-up Penelope. But when each discovers unsettling secrets about the other, a happily-ever-after romance may slip out of reach. Find Romancing Mister Bridgerton here.
An Offer from a Gentleman (Book 3)
It was the most anticipated night of the year: Lady Bridgerton’s famous masquerade ball, and Benedict Bridgerton can’t stop thinking about the beautiful mystery woman he held in his arms.
Thanks to her stepmother, no one knows that Sophie Bekett is the daughter of an Earl. Can Benedict figure out who his mystery woman is–and save her from her circumstances? Find An Offer from a Gentleman here.
The Viscount Who Loved Me (Book 2)
Kate Sheffield will stop at nothing to protect her little sister from her fiance–the notorious rake Anthony Bridgerton. The problem is, the harder she works at breaking up the betrothal, the more she falls for Anthony herself. Find The Viscount Who Loved Me here.
To Sir Phillip, with Love (Book 5)
She may be a spinster past her prime, but Eloise Bridgerton knows what she wants in a husband. And the unrefined, tempestuous Sir Phillip is not what she wants.
Still, he was willing to take a chance and propose to her, sight unseen, and Eloise finds herself on his doorstep, curious about what she will find. So when sparks fly between the mismatched couple, both are surprised to find that they might actually be perfect for each other. Find To Sir Phillip, with Love here.
When He Was Wicked (Book 6)
Reformed rake Michael Stirling wouldn’t dare tell Francesca Bridgerton that he’s been madly in love with her since the moment he saw her. It’s too soon–both are reeling from the death of Francesca’s husband–Michael’s cousin.
Now that Michael is Earl, the two find themselves spending more time together. As their passion heats up, however, dark secrets threaten everything. Find When He Was Wicked here.
On the Way to the Wedding (Book 8)
Lady Lucinda Abernathy’s original plan was to help hopeless romantic Gregory Bridgerton win over the woman of his dreams: Lucy’s best friend, Hermione Watson. She never expected to fall for Gregory herself.
Gregory, on the other hand, doesn’t realize how much he loves Lucy until he’s on the way to the wedding–where she will marry another man. Will he be able to break up the wedding and get Lucy for himself? Or will it be too late? Find On the Way to the Wedding here.
The Bridgertons: Happily Ever After (Second Epilogues)
If you finish the Bridgerton series and are dying to know: Then what? This collection of stories will answer all your questions. Find The Bridgertons: Happily Ever After here.
The Duke and I (Book 1)
In the series starter, meet Daphne Bridgerton, the fourth of the eight Bridgerton siblings. Daphne isn’t great at following The Rules of Society, so she strikes up a fake courtship with the rebellious Simon Basset, Duke of Hastings.
Her ploy to avoid marriage works out splendidly at first, but fate and true love may have other plans. Find The Duke and I here.
Queen Charlotte (Coming May 9th, 2023)
Follow the younger Queen Charlotte as she navigates her arranged marriage to King George III, the unrequited love she develops for him, and the complicated power dynamics she must learn to step into.
If you’ve ever wondered how a young German Princess became the powerful Queen Charlotte, this is the origin story you’ve been waiting for. Preorder Queen Charlotte here.
The Rokesby Series
This series follows the Aristocratic family the Rokesbys, friends, and neighbors of the Bridgertons. Technically prequels to the Bridgerton series, the stories take place in the Georgian era (late 1700s), and feature some of the favorite Bridgerton characters as children. The series can be read before or after the Bridgerton books.
The Other Miss Bridgerton (Book 3)
When the adventurous Poppy Bridgerton is kidnapped and taken on board a pirate ship–left as a gift for the captain–she has no idea that the captain is the son of an Earl.
Posing as a spy, Captain Andrew James Rokesby is actually an agent of the British government–and he knows he will have to marry Poppy to save her reputation. Despite being stuck at sea together, the Captain and Poppy soon feel a thrilling pull of attraction. Find The Other Miss Bridgerton here.
The Girl with the Make-Believe Husband (Book 2)
Cecilia Harcourt is determined to save the life of Edward Rokesby, the injured soldier she found in the Colonies while searching for her brother. In order to do so, though, she must pretend to be his wife.
When Edward wakes up to find he has not only lost his memory but has gained a wife, he is confused–but goes along with it. As Cecilia maintains her charade, she and Edward develop real feelings for each other, but when the truth comes out, everything threatens to fall apart. Find The Girl with the Make-Believe Husband here.
Because of Miss Bridgerton (Book 1)
The Bridgertons and Rokesbys have been neighbors for generations, so it only makes sense that Billie Bridgerton would marry one of the Rokesby sons.
Billie can abide by this, as long as she isn’t forced to marry George–the one Rokesby she can’t stand. So when Billie is stuck with George for a while, she’s surprised by the feelings that are coming up–feelings he seems to be reciprocating. Find Because of Miss Bridgerton here.
First Comes Scandal (Book 4)
When Nicholas Rokesby discovers that Georgie Bridgerton’s reputation is facing ruin (due to an unfortunate kidnapping), he is willing to give up his bachelorhood to marry and save her.
What he didn’t bet on was Georgie saying no. More than anything, Georgie wants a say in her own life, and she doesn’t need the fourth son of an Earl to come to her rescue. But the more she spends time with Nicholas, the more she wonders if she might just come to love him. Find First Comes Scandal here.
The Smythe-Smith Quartet
Just Like Heaven (Book 1)
Honoraria, the beautiful violinist of the Smythe-Smith quartet, longs to get married. So naturally, she and her friends throw a party and invite all the eligible bachelors in town.
Honoraria begs her older brother’s friend Marcus not to come because she knows he’ll hate it. Still, he stays close by to watch over her, something he’s done for years. In these small, tender-hearted gestures, a long-time friendship begins to grow into something more. Find Just Like Heaven here.
A Night Like This (Book 2)
When Daniel Smythe-Smith sees Anna Wynter at his family’s yearly musicale, he is immediately smitten.
As a governess, Anna knows her station in life does not include flirting with nobility. And yet, here she is, quite possibly falling in love with Daniel, the Earl of Winstead. Can Anna and Daniel find a way to be together, or will past secrets and hidden identities come to haunt them? Find A Night Like This here.
The Sum of All Kisses (Book 3)
Lady Sarah Pleinsworth is angry with Hugh Prentice–for getting himself into a duel, for nearly destroying Sarah’s family, and for injuring himself.
Hugh knows Sarah will never forgive him, and that’s fine with him. He has no patience for loud-mouthed women anyway. And yet—when they are stuck together for an entire week, disdain begins turning to passion—and one kiss leads to many more. Find The Sum of All Kisses here.
The Secrets of Sir Richard Kenworthy (Book 4)
Men don’t usually notice the plain and quiet cello player Iris Smythe-Smith, and she is just fine with that. So when Sir Richard Kenworthy begins paying her a lot of attention, she doesn’t quite know what to think.
And when he proposes, she becomes even more suspicious, even as she feels herself falling for him. Can Iris follow her heart? Or is Sir Richard hiding something? Find The Secrets of Sir Richard Kenworthy here.
The Bevelstoke Series
Ten Things I Love About You (Book 3)
Annabel Winslow needs to marry well to save her family from ruin. Upon arriving in London and catching the eye of the old–but rich–Earl of Newberry, she decides to sacrifice her happiness for the sake of her family.
But when Annabel meets the young and gorgeous Sebastian Grey–her heart may have other plans. Find Ten Things I Love About You here.
What Happens in London (Book 2)
Sir Harry Valentine has been trained as a spy. So when he catches the woman next door watching him, he is immediately suspicious. And when Valentine learns that Olivia is engaged to a potentially dangerous foreign prince, Valentine begins spying right back on her.
Problem is, he discovers that Olivia is beautiful and interesting–and Valentine realizes he’s falling for her. Find What Happens in London here.
The Secret Diaries of Miss Miranda Cheever (Book 1)
When Miss Miranda Cheever was a plain and awkward 10-year-old, the handsome Viscount Turner Bevelstoke promised her she’d one day be a great beauty. Ever since then, she’s written all about her love for him in her diary.
Now that Miranda is grown, can she pull the widower Turner from his grief and prove that she’s stopped loving him? Find The Secret Diaries of Miss Miranda Cheever here.
Lady Whistledown Books
Each book includes four charming tales–each written by a different author–that tell the stories of couples whose drama and romance are expounded for all of society in Lady Whistledown’s column.
The Further Observations of Lady Whistledown (Book 1)
In the first anthology, the season’s most anticipated debutante falls headfirst for her suitor’s older brother; a nobleman learns of his fiancee’s deceit and is determined to win her back; a rogue has second thoughts about a lifelong friend when she sets her sights on another; and a marquis kicks a young woman out of her home only to wish her back–into his arms. Find The Further Observations of Lady Whistledown here.
Lady Whistledown Strikes Back (Book 2)
In the second installment, a money-hungry suitor sets his eyes on a wealthy debutante, then realizes he’s truly falling for her; a shy woman who’s always avoided the spotlight is secretly courted by an infamous rogue; the wife of a viscount has had enough of her wandering husband’s exploits; and a romance between a servant and an Earl explodes into scandal. Find Lady Whistledown Strikes Back here.
The Wit and Wisdom of Bridgerton
While technically not part of the Lady Whistledown series, I figured this was the best place to put this little gem. It’s a book of memorable quotes, snippets of advice, and new perspectives on the Bridgerton series, all in the voice of the ever-scintillating Lady Whistledown. Find the Wit and Wisdom of Bridgerton here.
The Agents of the Crown Series
How to Marry a Marquis (Book 2)
As the sole guardian of her three younger siblings, Elizabeth Hotchkiss must marry for money. So when she finds a guidebook called How to Marry a Marquis in her employer’s library, she feels compelled to open it up.
James Sidwell, the Marquis of Riverdale, has arrived at his aunt’s estate to help rescue her from a blackmailer–and he’s got his sights set on Elizabeth. Although suspicious, James is also intrigued by Elizabeth and her guidebook, so he offers to help her find a husband. Over time though, practice begins to feel like reality, and Elizabeth may get herself a marquis after all. Find How to Marry a Marquis here.
To Catch an Heiress (Book 1)
Caroline Trent is counting down the days until she turns twenty-one and acquires her inheritance. Until then, she rejects every suitor that comes along.
So when she is kidnapped by an agent of the crown in a case of mistaken identity, Caroline doesn’t try to escape. Spending time as a missing person is the perfect way for her to hide out and bide her time. And it doesn’t hurt that her captor, Blake Ravenscroft, is absolutely gorgeous. Find To Catch an Heiress here.
The Lyndon Sisters Series
Brighter than the Sun (Book 2)
Eleanor Lyndon and Charles Wycombe are living on borrowed time. Charles needs to marry before he turns 30 or he’ll lose his fortune, and Eleanor is desperate to find a husband before her future stepmother chooses one for her.
When Eleanor and Charles are unexpectedly thrown together, they work out an arrangement that benefits them both. But when Charles begins truly seducing Eleanor, she feels herself falling, and she wonders: is their fake romance becoming real? Find Brighter than the Sun here.
Everything and the Moon (Book 1)
Victoria Lyndon believes that Robert Kemble abandoned her–he promised marriage and then ran off to London. Robert thinks Victoria is the one who left him stranded.
Both are angry, but Robert is determined to win Victoria over again–this time as his mistress. She refuses, but Robert is persistent, and neither can deny their true feelings. Will their romance get a second chance? Or will the truth keep them apart once and for all? Find Everything and the Moon here.
The Two Dukes of Wyndham Series
The Lost Duke of Wyndham (Book 1)
Grace Eversleigh wants nothing more than to escape her tireless job as a companion to the Duchess of Wyndham. So when the handsome and charming Jack Audley arrives and stirs everything up, she’s immediately smitten.
Jack has never wanted to be tied down by land or title. But as the recently-discovered lost heir to the House of Wyndham, he may have no choice but to become a Duke. The one thing that might change his mind, however, is the lovely Grace Eversleigh. Find The Lost Duke of Wyndham here.
Mr. Cavendish, I Presume (Book 2)
Thomas Cavendish has been engaged to Amelia Willoughby since they were children, a convenience that has allowed him to take his time in getting married while assuring that Amelia will wait for him. Amelia, on the other hand, is getting rather impatient, and wonders if Thomas intends to follow through.
When Thomas finds out his long-lost cousin may be the rightful heir to the dukedom, all of his careful plans–and his engagement–threaten to fall apart. And this is especially troubling since he’s just now realizing that he is indeed falling in love with Amelia. Find Mr. Cavendish, I Presume here.
Even More JQ Books
The Ladies Most Series
The Splendid Trilogy
Stand-Alones and Collaborations
- Four Weddings and a Sixpence (2016)
- Scottish Brides (2009)
- Miss Butterworth and the Mad Baron (2022)
- Where’s My Hero (2009)
Does Julia Quinn publish anything other than historical romance?
Nope. When Quinn was a student at Harvard, she originally thought she’d be a doctor because she had no idea what to do with her life. When it quickly became obvious that medical school wasn’t her jam, she figured she enjoyed reading romance novels, so maybe she could write them. And she could. And did. She’s never looked back since.
In what order should I read Julia Quinn’s books?
I’m the type of reader who likes to break all the rules. Sometimes I read series out of order and go back to the earlier ones. Sometimes I skip stuff and go straight to the juicy parts. My DNF list is interminable because life is too short to read books I’m not loving. I’ve labeled the series order of Julia Quinn’s books for you in the list above so you can either read them in order or pick the ones that are the most popular and well-loved and start there. It’s up to you!
How steamy are Julia Quinn’s books?
They range from cutesy rom-com to on fire in the bedroom. There’s a little something for everyone there.
What is Julia Quinn’s most recent book?
Queen Charlotte, which is scheduled to be published on May 9th, 2023.