These authors have dug deep into the past to find their inspirations and have produced exciting, passionate romances. Our Heroine’s and Hero’s find themselves surrounded by money, love, and the rules of society. These books are fun, intoxicating and often dangerous. Each one written by award-winning authors.
By Jennifer Ashley
This first book in the Mackenzies & McBrides series introduces us to the Mackenzie family in 1881. The Mackenzies are a rich and powerful family who are also very dangerous. They are surrounded by violence, rumors, and scandals. The youngest brother is Ian, known as the Mad Mackenzie, spent most of his life in an asylum. Ian also has a penchant for beautiful women and he may have just found himself one. Beth Ackerley is a widow who has come into a large fortune. She wants to get away from drama that filled her family growing up. But when Ian Mackenzie sets his sights, drama will surely ensue. Written by Jennifer Ashley in 2009.
By Lisa Kleypas
Amelia Hathaway and her family have suddenly found themselves in aristocratic society due to an unexpected inheritance. Amelia soon discovers that her life taking care of her younger sisters and brother was easy compared with navigating the rules of high society. Came Rohan is an incredibly wealthy gentleman who is tired of society. This is the man that has caught Amelia’s attention. When she asks him for help in this new world of restrictions he offers a hand of friendship. But that does not last long as passion rises in them both. Published in 2007 by Rita award-winning author Lisa Kleypas, this is the first book in The Hathaways series.
By Julia Quinn
Simon Basset is a handsome, rich bachelor who wants to keep the persistent mothers of London at bay while they seek husbands for their daughters. Daphne Bridgerton, his best friend’s sister, is hoping for dashing suitors of her own. Together they put on the elaborate scheme of pretending he is her suitor preparing to propose. Thus keeping the mothers away and making Daphne appear desirable. A great plan but the more time Daphne spends with Simon the less she wants the scheme to end. Now she has a new plan of her own, make Simon fall madly in love with her. Written in the year 2000 by author Julia Quinn. In 2010 Quinn was inducted into the Romance Writers of America Hall of Fame.
By Julie Garwood
Jamie is the strong-willed youngest daughter of English Baron Jamison. She is also the chosen bride of Alec Kincaid, the strongest of the Scottish lairds. When the king decreed he must take an English bride Jaime had immediately caught his attention. But Jaime his less than thrilled at her husband to be. While they swear their wedding vows together Jaime makes a secret vow of her own, to never surrender her love to this Highland barbarian. Once they are wed rumors and sabotage run rampant threatening Jaime’s life. Author Julie Garwood is a bestselling author of 26 books, mostly within the historical romance genre. This first book in the Lairds’ Fiancées series was published in 1989.
By Judith McNaught
Victoria Seaton is an orphan but she still has options before her. She must sail across the vast ocean and reclaim her heritage at Wakefield. It is a great English estate own by her distant cousin Lord Jason Fielding. Once she arrives she is shocked by his arrogance but intrigued by the secrets and pain she can see within his eyes. Thus sparks a passionate love that leads to a joyous marriage. But things soon turn sour when those same secrets threaten to tear them apart. Written by author Judith McNaught in 1987. McNaught is the New York Times Best- Selling author of many great romance series.