Standalone novels are great, but series reign supreme. When it comes to historical romance, readers (like myself) are voracious and need to keep going. The End? Ha. Not when you’ve just finished book one and ten more sweet books await. The problem, sometimes, is finding the best historical romance series to fall in love with. Some lack characters to care about. Others, just not our cup of tea. In fact, many of my own favorite series tend to be medieval. Hey, don’t knock it until you’ve tried it.
These are the first books in my favorite historical romance series of all time in no particular order. If any are new to you, enjoy!
Once and Always, Judith McNaught
Highland Guard, Monica McCarty
Whitney, My Love, Judith McNaught
Love Only Once, Johanna Lindsey
Devils’ Lair, Stephanie Laurens
Of course, if you haven’t tried the Border Series yet, I’ve combined everything I love about historical romance with a bit of alpha male, kick-ass female heroines in time of knights and castle. You can get started with the prequel novella for .99 or The Thief’s Countess (book 1) for $2.99. The series is also in Kindle Unlimited. Let me know what you think if you jump in.
Although lists of the best historical romance novels are not hard to come by, ones specific to medieval romance are a bit trickier to find. I do personally love all kinds of historicals— Regency, Scottish, even time travel. But medieval England continues to be my favorite time period and location both to read and write about. So if you’re a Game of Thrones fan but also love romance or a romance novel lover that has stuck mainly with Regency, the most popular sub-genre at the moment, add these to your TBR list and be sure to come back and let me know what you think.
Without further ado, here are some of the best medieval romance novels of all time:
A Kingdom of Dreams
A Knight in Shining Armor
The Wolf and the Dove
Prisoner of My Desire
While these books are canon for medieval romance readers, if any are new to you, grab, read and report back here. The links are affiliate ones. Looking for newer medieval romance reads? Here’s a quick tutorial on how to discover free or inexpensive new reads on Bookbub.
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A fan of medieval romance for more than twenty years, I’ve racked up quite a collection of paperbacks and ebooks. And while modern authors like Monica McCarty and Kathryn LeVeque have filled large shoes of those that came before them in terms of quenching the thirst of medieval romance readers like myself, I still sometimes return to my reading roots.
These are six of the best medieval romance books than I can happily read over and over again.
Are there any here you haven’t read? Head over to Amazon to try one out. Fair warning, these links are affiliates:
A Kingdom of Dreams by Judith McNaught
The Prize by Julie Garwood
The Wolf and the Dove by Kathleen Woodiwiss
Defy Not the Heart by Johanna Lindsey
The Black Lyon by Jude Devereux
Which are your favorite “old-school” medieval or historical romance novels?