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Top 6 Medieval Romance Novels

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.

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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?


Love Game of Thrones, Outlander or Peaky Blinders? Try These Books.

The following historical romance novel recommendations are based on the premise you’ve already read or watched Outlandar by Dianna Gabaldon and/or A Song of Ice and Fire by George R. R. Martin.

Full disclosure . . . A Song of Ice and Fire happens to be one of my favorite book series of all-time so I’m extremely biased. However, if you’re a historical romance reader like myself, there’s a decent chance you’re looking for a quicker read or new authors recommendations.

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Outlandar fans who haven’t read The Highland Guard series by Monica McCarty are missing out. I have nothing else to say on that matter.

Moving on, do you still think about Robb Stark? (For the record, Jon Snow is 100% not dead for good. I know this because I’m willing it to be. *Update* I was right!) Check out The Ransom by Julie Garwood. It’s by no means as bloody as Game of Thrones, but with a violent medieval element and plenty of bad guys, it’s a winner. And since it’s a romance novel, the HEA is firmly intact. AKA no Red Wedding.

Work with me on this one. While Defy Not the Heart by Johanna Lindsay is not set in Birmingham, nor is it about a street gang, you may be wondering how Peaky Blinders fits in. Early 20th century England may be very different than it’s medieval counterpart–I’m a sucker for medieval–but the two have one very important element in common. No one writes the alpha male like Ms. Lindsay, and no character on television is more of one than Tommy Shelby. It may seem a stretch, but I’m willing go out on a limb for this one.

Have you read any of these books or series? What recommendations would you give for historical romance readers and fans of the above mentioned shows? Find me @CeceliaMecca on Twitter or on Facebook to let me know what you think.

Happy Reading!

Looking for Scottish Historical Romance? Try My Favorite Author.

When I started reading romance over twenty years ago, it was Johanna Lindsey who lured me into the genre. Also an avid Jude Deveraux and Julie Garwood fan, it wasn’t long before I finished all of my favorite author’s offerings. Reading romance on and off, sprinkled with a bit of A Song of Fire and Ice, Outlander, Harry Potter (of course) and educational books, it wasn’t until the summer of 2014 I finally found an author worthy of binge reading again.

Photo Credit: MonicaMcCarty.com

Photo Credit: MonicaMcCarty.com

Purchasing most books these days via Kindle, I downloaded a sample of The Chief by Monica McCarty and was hooked. By the end of our annual beach vacation at Sea Isle City, I was fully ensconced in the story of elite Scottish warriors known as the Highland Guard. Any student of history, or fan of Braveheart, is familiar with Robert the Bruce.

Scouring the darkest corners of the Highlands and Western Isles, Robert the Bruce handpicks ten warriors to help him in his quest to free Scotland from English rule. They are the best of the best, chosen for their superior skills in each discipline of warfare. To lead his secret Highland Guard, Bruce chooses the greatest warrior of all.

Source: The Chief, MonicaMcCarty.com

I can Google “medieval historical romance” all day to find new novels. Ones as well-written and intricately researched are much more difficult to uncover. Reading every book in the series in record time, I was thrilled when Monica* recently announced the publication of two earlier works. Though Regency and not my favorite time period, I was nevertheless overjoyed.

Looking forward to Monica McCarty’s The Striker, the first book I’ve ever pre-ordered, I’m concentrating on my own writing in the interim since finding an author this good takes more time than I have at the moment.

*Update* The Striker was awesome, of course. Have you read any of Monica McCarty’s books? What do you think?