Like you, we’re eagerly waiting for Netflix’s second season of Bridgerton–and to see even more of Anthony Bridgerton’s…story. With filming only rumored to have started, not even Lady Whistledown knows the release date yet. But never fear! Forever has you covered with this list of eight historical romances from our 2021 list.
Grace Burrowes is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of several historical series so if you’re in the mood for a multi-title binge, you’ll want to add her to your list of go-to authors. Her latest, How to Catch a Duke, is part of the Rogues to Riches series.
Miss Abigail Abbott desperately needs to disappear—permanently—and the only person she trusts to help her do that is Lord Stephen Wentworth, heir to the Duke of Walden. Stephen is brilliant, charming, and—when he needs to be—absolutely ruthless. So ruthless that he proposes marriage instead of "murder" to keep Abigail safe. For Abigail, their arrangement is a sham to escape her dangerous enemies. For Stephen, it's his one chance to share a lifetime with the lady of his dreams—if only he can convince her his love is real.
How to Survive a Scandal combines the marriage of convince and opposites attract tropes with a touch of snooty gossip from the ton for a “delightful Regency debut.” (Publishers Weekly, Starred Review). Samara is already working on a sequel to be published early next year.
In this whirlwind regency romance, a near-death experience leads to a marriage of convenience for two unsuspecting strangers, but will their unusual meeting lead them to true love? Lady Amelia was raised to be the perfect duchess. But when an innocent mistake forces her and untitled Benedict Asterly into a marriage of convenience, all her training appears to be for naught. Even worse, she finds herself inexplicably drawn to this man no finishing school could have prepared her for.
Bethany Bennett is back with another “delightful regency that does not disappoint!” (Publishers Weekly, Starred Review). In her second novel, Bethany tackles the woman in pants trope for a romance that is as sweet as it is steamy. Readers of her debut, Any Rogue Will Do, will also appreciate a guest appearance by Ethan and Lottie–this time in a supporting role.
While most young ladies attend balls and hunt for husbands, Ophelia Hardwick has spent the last ten years in disguise. As the land steward for the Earl of Carlyle, she’s found safety from the uncle determined to kill her and freedoms a lady could only dream of. Ophelia’s situation would be perfect—if only she wasn’t hopelessly attracted to her employer. Calvin, Earl of Carlyle, is determined to see his sister married this season. And he’ll do it with the help of his trusted right-hand man. But when he finds out Ophelia's secret, and that her life is in danger, his priorities change. Their attraction is passionate, all-consuming, and if they aren’t careful, it could turn downright deadly—for both of them.
Not the Kind of Earl You Marry is another debut that’s getting a lot of attention. Publishers Weekly says, “This charming novel positions positions Pembrooke as an author to watch” and we heartily agree. From the English countryside to London’s aristocratic society balls, this slow-burn romance is simply wonderful.
William Atherton, Earl of Norwood, is as shocked as the rest of London to discover his betrothal via an announcement in the morning paper. Furious at what appears to be a shrewd marriage trap, William tracks down his alleged fiancée before her plans can affect his campaign for a coveted political post. But then William realizes an engagement, however fake, may benefit them both....Miss Charlotte Hurst may be a wallflower, but she’s no shrinking violet. She would never attempt such an underhanded scheme, especially not with a man as haughty or sought-after as Norwood. But when the true culprit behind their engagement is revealed, can their newfound happiness survive the scandal?
A Duke Worth Fighting For is the third installment of Christina Britton’s Isle of Synne series. If you’ve read A Good Duke is Hard to Find and Someday My Duke Will Come, you’re already looking forward to August. And if you haven’t read them, you might even have the advantage of settling in for a late-summer-three-book-binge-read with three sexy dukes.
Daniel Hayle, Duke of Carlisle, returned from Waterloo a hero. But he dreads the coming London season as he never did the battlefield, where his lack of social skills is certain to make it difficult to find a wife. What he needs is someone to help him practice socializing with the ton. Margery Kitteridge is still mourning the loss of her husband. So when she receives a blackmail letter accusing him of desertion, she’s desperate to protect his reputation. The answer to her troubles appears in the form of a damaged, reclusive—and much-too-desirable—duke in need of a wife. She proposes an alliance: she’ll help him find a bride, in return for the money to pay off the blackmailer. But working so closely together awakens passions they never imagined possible, and reveals secrets that might tear them apart.
Looking ahead to the fall, bestselling author Erica Ridley returns to her Wild Wynchesters with a second book–The Perks of Loving a Wallflower. This story focuses on Thomasina, better known as Tommy, who readers met in The Duke Heist. An undercover assignment ads a layer of intrigue to this page-turning series.
by Erica Ridley
As a master of disguise, Thomasina Wynchester can be a polite young lady—or a bawdy old man. Anything to solve the case. Her latest assignment unveils a top-secret military cipher covering up an enigma that goes back centuries. But when Tommy’s beautiful new client turns out to be the highborn lady she’s secretly smitten with, more than her mission is at stake . . .Bluestocking Miss Philippa York doesn’t believe in love. Her cold heart didn't pitter-patter when she was betrothed to a duke, nor did it break when he married someone else. All Philippa desires is to rescue her priceless manuscript and decode its clues to unmask a villain. She hates that she needs a man's help—so she’s delighted to discover the clever, charming baron at her side is in fact a woman. Her cold heart . . . did it just pitter-patter?
We’ve been waiting for book two in Manda Collins’ “Lady’s Guide” series since turning the last page of A Lady’s Guide to Mischief and Mayhem last November! If Jane Austen co-hosted My Favorite Murder you might end up with something similar to the dialogue that flashes between the characters. This mash-up of Victorian mystery and historical romance is a must-read for fans of both genres.
Miss Caroline Hardcastle has finally found purpose in her life, bringing attention to insidious crimes against women. But her parents' unexpected return from the Continent jeopardizes Caro's hard-won freedom. And suddenly, she’s contemplating the one thing she’d thought she never would: marriage. As a married woman, wed to the right man, of course, she could continue her life’s work far away from the propriety and expectations of her family. Ever since a devastating heartbreak in his younger years, Lord Valentine Thorn has stayed clear of the parson's trap. Only now, with the lineage in danger, does Val agree to find a bride—with the condition his heart remains unattached. But when his cousin becomes entangled in the disappearance of a young actress, Val finds the only one with any answers is also the only woman he ever dreamed of marrying. Despite their complicated history, Caro and Val reluctantly agree to an alliance, vowing to ignore the passion that still burns between them.
Emily Sullivan made her debut earlier this year with A Rogue to Remember, and it’s a treat to have a second book out in December. There’s some serious 007-style spy action in this series, so if you love a bit of mystery with your romance, update your TBR ASAP.
Rafe Davies might seem like just another charismatic rake, but in reality, he is one of the crown’s most valuable agents. But when he encounters the intriguing-yet-prickly lady’s companion Miss Sylvia Sparrow while on assignment at a Scottish house party, he finds himself thoroughly distracted by the secretive beauty. Though most women would be thrilled to catch the eye of a tall, dark, and dangerously handsome man, Sylvia is through with that sort of adventure. The fiery bluestocking is resolved to avoid Rafe, until a chance encounter between them reveals the normally irreverent man’s unexpected depths—and an attraction that’s impossible to ignore. But when Sylvia begins to suspect she isn’t the only one harboring a few secrets, she realizes that Rafe may pose a risk to far more than her heart…