The 30 Best Regency Romance Novels of All Time

Regency romance novels have been popular for decades. This is a subgenre of historical romance novels. The stories typically take place during the early 19th century in England. This was a period of societal change and cultural shifts. Regency romance can be divided into traditional Regency novels and regency historical romances. 

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The 30 Best Regency Romance Novels of All Time

Traditional regency novels give great attention to detail and focus on romantic plots. On the other hand, regency historical novels, aside from romantic plots, include elements like satire. Sometimes, they may also have some modern elements.

In 1813, Jane Austen published Pride and Prejudice. This fueled the rise of regency romance novels. There are many reasons why the regency romance genre is well-liked. Most regency romances have characters such as dukes, earls, and viscounts, which entail a dreamy and prince-like character. 

Not only that, but these novels center on elegance, glamour, and social hierarchy. These themes can be very entertaining. Reading about this era lets readers travel to a different time and place. Additionally, regency romances feature strong and independent heroines that challenge societal norms, which makes it easier for modern readers to relate.

Nothing can exude romance more than the courtship rituals of the Regency era. There is much tension and anticipation in the romantic pursuit. Some tropes even feature forbidden love and societal scandal. Some of these stories also show how the main characters marry for financial or political reasons rather than love. 

Lastly, regency romances offer a sense of familiarity to the readers. The genre’s tropes are well-established, so the readers know what to expect. This can be appealing in times of uncertainty and provide a great source of entertainment. 

Get ready to be swept away into a world of lavish ballrooms and intricate courtship rituals as you read the 30 best regency romance novels of all time!

Arabella by Georgette Heyer 

Arabella (The Georgette Heyer Signature Collection)

Arabella follows Arabella Tallant, a young woman who visited London in hopes of finding love. When she met Robert Beaumaris, a kind and handsome rich man, he thinks she’s there to trap him into marriage. So Arabella, panicking, reveals that she’s actually an heiress who doesn’t need his money. 

The problem is, she finds herself falling in love with him! She’s now scared that he will find out about her secret. This novel is full of witty banter, social satire, and the intricate manners of the Regency era. You will not regret taking the time to read this, that’s for sure.

Where can I read it? Check out Arabella here.

Ravished by Amanda Quick 

Séduite (French Edition)

Ravished is a retelling of “Beauty and the Beast”. In this novel set in Victorian England, we follow the story of Miss Harriet Pomeroy. She is a paleontologist who is obsessed with fossils. One day, she discovers that thieves have been using her caves as a hiding place for their stolen stashes.

She then seeks the help of Gideon Westbrook who is the Viscount of St. Justin, also dubbed the Beast of Blackthorne Hall. Because of his scarred face, Gideon was known to be menacing and many feared him. As you read this novel, you will be enthralled and captivated by Quick’s writing skills. 

Where can I read it? Check out Ravished here.

Suddenly You by Lisa Kleypas

Suddenly You

This novel centers on the writer, Amanda Briars. She was almost thirty but hadn’t had any experience with men. Amanda decided that she would experience passion by hiring an escort. She meets Jack, who teases her and ignites her passion but leaves her house without doing anything with her. 

Jack Devlin, unbeknownst to Amanda, actually obtained the rights to her unpublished first novel. This leads them to work together, which begins their relationship. This novel is less well known than most of Kleypas’ novels, but it is definitely worth the read.

Where can I read it? Check out Suddenly You here.

Romancing the Duke (Castles Ever After Series #1) by Tessa Dare

Romancing the Duke: Castles Ever After (Castles Ever After, 1)

Romancing the Duke is the first book in the Castles Ever After series. This novel features Isolde Ophelia Goodnight, the daughter of a well-known author. Isolde unexpectedly inherits a castle from her late father.

However, after arriving at the castle, she finds out that it’s already occupied. Isolde meets Ransom, the dark and brooding Duke of Rothbury. He’s convinced that Isolde is a scheming impostor who is trying to steal his property.

In this fun read, Tessa Dare writes descriptively and will leave you yearning for more. 

Where can I read it? Check out Romancing the Duke here.

The Most Dangerous Duke in London by Madeline Hunter

The Most Dangerous Duke in London (Decadent Dukes Society Book 1)

The Most Dangerous Duke in London is the first book in the Decadent Dukes Society trilogy by Madeline Hunter. Published in 2017, this novel will let you experience a slow-burn romance filled with witty banter. Our heroine, Clara Cheswick, has no interest in marriage. She is determined to publish a women’s journal. So when Adam Penrose, Duke of Stratton, proposes marriage, she is wary. 

Not to mention the Cheswick and Penrose families have been at odds for generations. This novel is wonderfully written and will keep you on your toes. As you experience the story and the mysteries that surround both families, you will definitely enjoy the romantic plot.

Where can I read it? Check out The Most Dangerous Duke in London here.

Slightly Dangerous (Bedwyn Saga Series #6) by Mary Balogh

Slightly Dangerous [Paperback] [Jul 05, 2007] Mary Balogh,Mary Balogh

Slightly Dangerous is the sixth and final book in the Bedwyn Saga Series. This novel focuses on the story of Wulfric Bedwyn, the Duke of Bewcastle. He is considered one of the most influential but cold men in England. 

Wulfric’s five siblings are now happily married. Feeling alone and restless, he attends a house party where he meets Christine Derrick. 

This last book in the series is a great and fun read. It’s fun to see opposites attract! Immerse yourself in the banter and slow-burn romance of Wulfric and Christine.

Where can I read it? Check out Slightly Dangerous here.

Devil in Winter (Wallflower Series #3) by Lisa Kleypas 

The Devil in Winter. Lisa Kleypas

The Devil in Winter is the third book in the Wallflower series, although it can stand alone. The novel follows the story of Evangeline Jenner, also called Evie. She is a shy wallflower who is forced to marry Sebastian, Lord St. Vincent.

Their marriage starts out as a business arrangement, but as time goes on, they grow passionately close. As they face challenges from their past and society, they learn to trust and rely on one another. Themes of self-discovery and atonement are explored in Devil in Winter, along with Victorian-era social restrictions on women.

Where can I read it? Check out Devil in Winter here.

The Last Hellion (Scoundrels #4) by Loretta Chase

[The Last Hellion] (By: Loretta Chase) [published: October, 2008]

The Last Hellion is the fourth and final book in the Scoundrels series by Loretta Chase. The novel centers on Vere Mallory, the Duke of Ainswood, and Lydia Grenville. Lydia is dedicated to protecting London’s oppressed. She works as a journalist and is seen as an independent woman. 

Vere, on the other hand, is the hero in this story. He is “the last hellion” in the Mallory family line. He gained the title of Duke because those next in line passed away. Vere and Lydia are like fire and rain. The novel can be considered an enemies-to-lovers trope that you will slowly come to love. Enjoy the sarcastic wit and banter they have for each other as you read the story! 

Where can I read it? Check out The Last Hellion here.

Duke of Sin (Maiden Lane Series #10) by Elizabeth Hoyt 

Duke of Sin (Maiden Lane)

Duke of Sin is the tenth and final book in the Maiden Lane series. The novel features Bridget Crumb and Valentine Napier. Valentine is known to be a manipulator, a blackmailer, and dangerously handsome. He’s also the Duke of Montgomery.

Bridget is a housekeeper who is bold and loyal. She joined the Duke’s household so that she could find evidence that would free her mother. But she uncovers truths far more dangerous…

The two must navigate the perils of the aristocratic society they live in as their romance develops.

Where can I read it? Check out Duke of Sin here.

Edenbrooke by Julianne Donaldson

Edenbrooke (Proper Romance)

Edenbrooke is Julianne Donaldson’s debut regency romance novel. Our heroine is Marianne Daventry. The story begins with an invitation from her twin sister. Cecily. She’s bored with her life, so when the invitation to enjoy her time in the countryside comes, she immediately jumps at the opportunity. 

She goes there with the intention of simply having fun and relaxing. But Marianne finds herself whirled up in adventure and romance. 

Where can I read it? Check out Edenbrooke here.

Gentle Rogue (Malory-Anderson Family #3) by Johanna Lindsey

Gentle Rogue (Malory-Anderson Family Book 3)

Gentle Rogue is the third book in the Malory-Anderson Family series. Georgina Anderson, the novel’s protagonist, disguises herself as a boy for safety concerns. Georgina boards the ship, Maiden Anne. There she meets the captain, James Mallory.

James is actually an ex-pirate and has sworn that no woman would ever lead him to marriage. While Georgina was disguised as a cabin boy on the ship, James saw right through her. But he plays along with her act. As they banter and develop deeper feelings for each other, the truth also comes out…

Where can I read it? Check out Gentle Rogue here.

Dreaming of You by Lisa Kleypas

Dreaming of You

Dreaming of You is a regency romance novel by Lisa Kleypas. The novel follows the story of Sara Fielding, an independent writer, and a well-bred woman. The current topic of her book is the underworld of London’s gambling halls. While she is conducting her research, she meets Derek Craven. Derek is the notorious owner of one of the city’s most popular gambling establishments.

Derek’s story is one of “rags to riches,” where he strived to become a wealthy lord. At first, they harbor animosity toward each other, but as they spend more time together, they find that they are drawn to each other. 

But of course, the story doesn’t end as easily as that. They will first face danger and obstacles as they confront their own demons and fears. This novel is a tear-jerking and entertaining regency romance read.

Where can I read it? Check out Dreaming of You here.

A Rose in Winter by Kathleen E. Woodiwiss

A Rose in Winter

A Rose in Winter is set in medieval England. It follows the story of Lady Erienne Fleming. For a long time, Erienne has only had eyes for Christopher Seton, an American she can’t marry. 

But in a twisting turn of events, she is sold into marriage because of her father’s debts. She is married to Lord Saxton, who wears a mask and cloak to hide his face. Because of this, Erienne has harbored fear toward him.

But as Erienne and Lord Saxton spend time together, they find themselves falling in love.

Where can I read it? Check out A Rose in Winter here.

The Grand Sophy by Georgette Heyer

The Grand Sophy

This novel was published in 1950. The story follows Sophy Stanton-Lacy. She’s traveled the continent with her widowed father, Horace Stanton-Lacy, a diplomat. After the war, he feels that it is time for Sophy to marry.

She is sent to live with her cousins in London and becomes involved in the family’s affairs. She helps them navigate through their problems and helps her cousins find love and happiness. 

Join Sophy and experience lively and witty dialogue. Immerse yourself in the humorous portrayal of Regency society.

Where can I read it? Check out The Grand Sophy here.

The Duchess Deal by Tessa Dare by Tessa Dare 

Duchess Deal

The Duchess Deal is the first book in the Girls Meet Duke series by Tessa Dare. The story follows Emma Gladstone, a seamstress who made the wedding dress for the Duke of Ashbury’s fiance. But the Duke’s fiance suddenly cancels, and Emma, who is willing to do anything for money, makes the perfect candidate for marriage.

The Duke isn’t interested in love or anything else, but he is in need of an heir. The novel explores themes of self-discovery, acceptance, and the power of love. Immerse yourself in the characters’ quick-witted dialogue and endearing romance.

Where can I read it? Check out The Duchess Deal here.

Ruthless (House of Rohan Series #1) by Anne Stuart & Susan Ericksen 


Ruthless is the first novel in the House of Rohan series. The story focuses on the stories of Viscount Rohan and Elinor Harriman. The renowned Heavenly Host, noted for its three-day celebrations and orgies, is led by the Viscount. 

Elinor Harriman is the elder sister in their family. She is keeping their family together by working herself to the bone. Her mother, Lady Caroline Harriman, who cheated on her husband, is to blame for their predicament. Fast forward to when Elinor comes home after learning about what her late father left for them.

She finds out that her mother ran away with the last of their jewels. She is forced to follow her into the Heavenly Host. This steamy romance will keep you on the edge of your seat as you experience the intense emotion in this gripping tale!

Where can I read it? Check out Ruthless here.

Yours Until Dawn by Teresa Medeiros

Yours Until Dawn [Mass Market Paperback]

Yours Until Dawn is a novel set in the Regency era. The story follows Gabriel Fairchild, a war hero who has been left blind and scarred. Gabriel went to war to prove his worth to the woman he loved. 

But when he arrived back home injured, she left him. Samantha Wickersham, his childhood friend, applied to be his nurse. As they fall in love, Gabriel’s past trauma and the societal expectations of beauty and perfection threaten to keep them apart. 

The novel explores themes of acceptance, self-worth, and the healing power of love. It is known for its emotional depth, evocative descriptions, and heartwarming romance.

Where can I read it? Check out Yours Until Dawn here.

Scandalous Desires (Maiden Lane #3) by Elizabeth Hoyt

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Scandalous Desires is the third book in the Maiden Lane series by Elizabeth Hoyt. The story follows Silence Hollingbrook, a widow who runs a foundling home. In previous books of the series, glimpses of Mickey O’Connor have been seen. 

This third book is where he becomes the main character. Being a pirate makes it easy for Mickey to have enemies. Vicar Charles O’Grady is one of them. Word reaches him about Mary and Silence and how they may be important to Mickey. Wanting to keep them safe, Mickey kidnaps Mary, knowing that Silence will storm his home. 

This is a beautiful novel that lets us experience an intricate plot with complex characters and shows us the power dynamics of love.

Where can I read it? Check out Scandalous Desires here.

If You Deceive (MacCarrick Brothers Series #3) by Kresley Cole

If You Deceive (The MacCarrick Brothers Book 3)

If You Deceive is the third book in the MacCarrick Brothers series. The novel follows Ethan MacCarrick, a Scottish nobleman who seeks revenge against Madeleine van Rowen. He believes that Madeleine is the reason for his downfall. 

Ethan poses as an artist and seduces Madeleine. He aims to take revenge by promising her marriage and then casting her aside. But as they spend more time together, the passion deepens. Ethan finds that he can’t let her go, but what will happen when Madeleine finds out about the truth?

Where can I read it? Check out If You Deceive here.

Flowers from the Storm by Laura Kinsale

Flowers from the Storm

Flowers from the Storm is set in the early 19th century. The story follows Christian Langland, a wealthy and influential duke of Jervaulx who is a womanizer. The story begins with him trifling with his married mistress. They are found by the woman’s husband as he is leaving and is challenged to a duel.

Christian suffered a stroke during the duel. Fast forward a few years, and Maddy Timms comes to work as an assistant at Blythedale Hall. There she encounters Christian, who now has severe disabilities due to the stroke. 

Despite the social and religious boundaries that separate them, they are pulled toward one another as their bond grows stronger. The novel explores themes of faith and shows the high-quality writing of Laura Kinsale through its lyrical prose.

Where can I read it? Check out Flowers from the Storm here.

Lord of Scoundrels by Loretta Chase

Lord of Scoundrels

Lord of Scoundrels is the third book in the Scoundrels series by Loretta Chase. Jessica Trent goes to Paris to rescue her brother from Sebastian Ballister, the Marquess of Dain, also known as the Lord of Scoundrels. 

She tries to manipulate Sebastian, but he resists. Sebastian and Jessica start to fall passionately in love as they engage in a contest of wits and wills, but their previous traumas and societal expectations threaten to keep them apart.

Where can I read it? Check out Lord of Scoundrels here.

A Week to be Wicked (Spindle Cove #2) by Tessa Dare

[(A Week to be Wicked)] [Author: Tessa Dare] published on (April, 2012)

A Week To Be Wicked is the second book in the Spindle Cove series. Minerva Highwood is determined to win a geological fellowship that will secure her independence and academic future. She loves fossils and all things rocks. But throughout her research, the Royal Geological Society has no idea that she isn’t a man.

This is where Lord Colin Payne comes in. He is known for his debauchery and for having a woman in his bed every night. Colin is set to marry her sister, Diana, but Minerva intercedes by proposing that Colin pretends to elope with her. She wants him to accompany her to the upcoming annual meeting in Edinburgh so she can present her fossil research.

As Minerva and Colin spend more time together, they begin to uncover things about each other that lead them to form a meaningful connection. 

Where can I read it? Check out A Week to be Wicked here.

Love in the Afternoon (Hathaways #5) by Lisa Kleypas 

[(Love in the Afternoon)] [By (author) Lisa Kleypas] published on (July, 2010)

Love in the Afternoon is the fifth and final book in the Hathaways series. From the previous Hathaway books, we get glimpses of Beatrice and learn how she was the most peculiar one in her family. She’s also the youngest. Beatrice Hathaway is known for her love of animals and the great outdoors.

Her friend, Prudence Mercer, has been corresponding with Captain Christopher Phelan. Christopher is a soldier who had planned to marry Prudence, but when Pru realizes that Christopher won’t be coming home the same. 

Beatrix decides to step in and help by replying to the letters in her place. As they correspond, their relationship develops into something deeper… But what happens when Christopher learns about the truth?

Where can I read it? Check out Love in the Afternoon here.

Thief of Shadows (Maiden Lane Series #4) by Elizabeth Hoyt

Thief of Shadows: Number 4 in series (Maiden Lane) by Elizabeth Hoyt (2012-06-26)

Thief of Shadows is the fourth book in the Maiden Lane series by Elizabeth Hoyt. The story follows Winter Makepeace, the quiet headmaster of Home for Unfortunate Infants and Foundling Children. At night though, he becomes the Ghost who protects those in need. 

When Winter gets injured while disguised as Ghost, Lady Isabel Beckinhall finds him. Lady Isabel is an independent woman who is determined to help the children at the Home. As they work together, they develop a passionate love for each other. But they aren’t strangers to past traumas and secrets, which threaten to keep them apart. This book is known for its well-written characters and intricate plot!

Where can I read it? Check out Thief of Shadows here.

A Duke of Her Own (Desperate Duchesses Series #6) by Eloisa James

A Duke of Her Own

A Duke of Her Own is the sixth book in the Desperate Duchesses series. This is the story of Leopold Dautry, the Duke of Villiers, who is a notorious rake and one of the most eligible bachelors in England. He is looking for someone to wed, but the choices are few. 

The only two eligible women are Lady Eleanor and Lady Lisette, both with their own quirks. Join them as they navigate the waters of high society and go on a journey as the duke makes a decision.

Where can I read it? Check out A Duke of Her Own here.

Thunder and Roses (Fallen Angels Series #1) by Mary Jo Putney

Thunder & Roses (Fallen Angels)

Thunder and Roses is the first book in the Fallen Angels series by Mary Jo Putney. Claire Morgan, our heroine, is the schoolmistress in the local village. As Claire is concerned about the safety of the residents, she contacts Nicholas Davies.

Nicholas is known as the Demon Earl. Generally uninterested in his earldom because of things that happened in his past, he wants nothing more than for Claire to leave him alone. One thing that pops into his mind that could maybe make Claire go is to propose that she live with him for three months. 

Claire, being a daughter of a preacher, has a lot to lose with this bargain. But she also can’t turn it down. As they start living together, they can’t deny the attraction they feel towards each other. 

Where can I read it? Check out Thunder and Roses here.

Wicked in his Arms (Wedded by Scandal #2) by Stacy Reid

Wicked in His Arms

Wicked in his Arms is the second book in the Wedded by Scandal series. The story follows Tobias Walcott, the Earl of Blade. He is someone who exercises control over his passions and sticks to the rules. Our heroine, Olivia Sherwood, is his complete opposite. 

The words to describe Olivia would be unconventional and scandalous. But fate makes it that Tobias and Olivia be stuck in a closet during a house party. During this moment they find that there is an attraction between them that cannot be hidden. Sit tight and enjoy the journey as you read Wicked in his Arms! 

Where can I read it? Check out Wicked in his Arms here. 

An Offer From a Gentleman (Bridgertons #3) by Julia Quinn

Offer from a Gentleman, An: Bridgerton: Benedict's Story (Bridgertons, 3)

If you’ve watched the show Bridgerton and liked it, then this book is perfect for you. An Offer From a Gentleman is the third book in the Bridgertons series. The novel follows the story of Sophie Beckett, who is the illegitimate daughter of an earl and Benedict Bridgerton, the second eldest son of the Bridgerton family. 

Sophie and Benedict meet at a masquerade ball and although they are instantly attracted to each other, Sophie is forced to leave early. Thus begins Benedict’s search for her. 

This novel is a heartwarming and emotional tale of love, redemption, and second chances.

Where can I read it? Check out An Offer From a Gentleman here.

What the Duke Desires (The Duke’s Men #1) by Sabrina Jeffries

What the Duke Desires

What the Duke Desires is the first book in the Duke’s Men series by Sabrina Jeffries. This novel features a mystery and interesting plot mixed with Regency characteristics. 

The novel follows Maximillian Cale, the Duke of Lyons. He had a brother who was kidnapped a long time ago, which he has accepted to be dead. But then he receives a note from Tristan, Lisette’s brother. 

Lisette Bonnaud’s story is what you will first read about as you start this novel. When Maximillian seeks out Tristan, he only finds Lisette. That’s when they realize that Tristan disappeared and it might be connected to Max’s missing brother, Peter. The pretend marriage trope mixed with suspense in this novel is an entertaining read.

Where can I read it? Check out What the Duke Desires here.

One Good Earl Deserves a Lover (Rules of Scoundrels Series #2) Sarah MacLean

One Good Earl Deserves A Lover (Rules of Scoundrels)

One Good Earl Deserves a Lover is the second book in the Rules of Scoundrels series. The novel follows Lady Philippa Marbury. She is the sister of Penelope, the heroine in the first book.

She is engaged to a boring (albeit quite good) man, but before her arranged marriage, she wanted to research and learn about sex. This is where we meet Cross, the notorious owner of a gambling hall with a dark past. 

As they struggle to resist each other, they begin to fall deeper in love. The novel shows us an entertaining story of Cross and Pippa’s steamy romance and intellectual sparring.

Where can I read it? Check out One Good Earl Deserves a Lover here.

Final Thoughts

This long list of book titles is more than enough to get you started in Regency romance novels. Do yourself a favor and immerse yourself in the beauty and captivating stories that the Regency era brings!

Frequently Asked Questions

What does Regency mean in literature?

The Regency period in books is a broader period that spans around the years 1790 to 1830, beginning just after the French Revolution. Usually books in this genre are set in Europe, especially England.

What are the characteristics of a Regency novel?

Regency novels are usually set in England during the late 18th and early 19th centuries. Social hierarchy was significant during this era, so you will encounter the upper classes, including aristocrats, wealthy merchants, and the titled gentry. There is often a slow-burn romance between a hero and a heroine. Regency novels often include elements of mystery, intrigue, and scandal. Lastly, regency novels often aim for historical accuracy.

What is the difference between a Traditional Regency Romance and a Historical Romance?

Traditional regency romances are known for their emphasis on manners, wit, and social hierarchy. In contrast, historical romances often have a more adventurous or action-packed plot, with battles and political intrigue. Regency romances also have a smaller scope and focus on the romance between characters. They don’t usually have explicit sex scenes or graphic violence, unlike historical romances.

What do you consider the top 3 to 5 tropes of a high-quality Regency romance story?

Some of the top ones that readers often look for are the marriage of convenience, enemies-to-lovers, rake and innocent, Cinderella story, and the second chance at love. Although there are many other tropes that can be found in regency romance stories, these are the most common ones that authors usually find unique ways to write about.

Is “Pride and Prejudice” a Regency romance novel?

Yes, it is considered a Regency romance novel. This happened in the 18th century. It features many of the characteristics of a Regency romance, like its focus on society, manners, and marriage among the upper class.

Who is the greatest of all our 18th-century novelists?

It can be difficult to decide on just one as there are many great 18th-century novelists. However, some of the most influential novelists are Jane Austen, Daniel Defoe, Henry Fielding, and Laurence Sterne.

What was attractive in the Regency era?

The Regency era was characterized by a certain set of ideals that influenced fashion. Some of the things that were considered attractive during this time were a pale complexion and a natural look, elaborate hairstyles, and elegant clothing. Proper manners and etiquette, along with great intelligence and wit, were also considered highly attractive.

Why do we love Regency romance?

Regency romances became popular for several reasons. Since the release of Pride and Prejudice, people have been reading Regency romances as a form of escapism. It lets the reader enter a new era with a unique set of customs. The romance that takes place in these novels is also what some would aspire to have. Women also take a liking to these books as most of them feature strong heroines who defy the social norms of their time.

Is Bridgerton Regency era?

Yes, it is. In fact, the Bridgerton popular show was based off of Julia Quinn’s best-selling Bridgertons series.

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