Best Medieval Historical Romance Books
The Medieval period is between the 5th and the 15th centuries in European history,The era gave rise to a lot of gorgeously written romances which inspired much of the literature of the last 500 years.
This is a list for Medieval Historical Romance Books.
1. Her Bridegroom Bought and Paid For (Brides of Karadok Book 4)
Author: by Alice Coldbreath
June 16, 2021
Aimee Ankatel, youngest daughter to the richest merchant in all Karadok only has eyes for the heavily scarred Lord Kentigern. A ferocious competitor, her heart beats louder when she watches him compete in the field. Not one of the handsome knights of Karadok draws her admiration like he does.
When her father lends funds to the Crown and promises her a glittering match with a nobleman, she daydreams of making the ill-fated knight fall in love with her. After all, if Aimee's Father buys back Kentigern's lands and castle for a dowry, surely that would make her an acceptable bride to him?
Any idealistic dreams of youth Kentigern once had were lost long ago in battle, when he was disfigured and blinded in one eye. His destiny was a cruel one, his homelands confiscated for his part in the Northern uprising, he ekes out a lonely nomadic existence, travelling from one tournament to another.
Never would he have dreamed that all he had once lost could be put in his hand again by some upstart merchant wanting a stud and a title for his pretty daughter. Never in his wildest dreams would he have imagined a reversal of fortune that included a wife like Aimee.
2. A Harlot at the Highland Court: A Redemption Highlander Romance (The Highland Ladies Book 12)
Author: by Celeste Barclay
May 4, 2021
She trusted the wrong manLady Emelie Dunbar has made the gravest error an unmarried lady-in-waiting can make. The man she believes will be a bridegroom who loves, honors, and cherishes her turns out to be a duplicitous lover. Left with few choices, Emelie struggles to make a decision that will protect not only her reputation but her younger sister Blythe's.
When rescue comes from an unexpected Highlander, Emelie must decide whether she's finally found the right man to trust. Can Emelie believe an offer that seems too good to be true? Are her instincts right this time? He trusted the wrong womanDominic Campbell, Laird Brodie Campbell's younger brother, is still reeling from the humiliation and shame his dead wife left in her wake.
Sent to court in his brother's stead, Dominic intended to conduct his clan's business and leave, not discover a troubled young woman in dire need of help. When he offers the protection of not only his sword but his name, Dominic wonders if he's found his redemption.
3. The Queen’s Rival: The Sunday Times bestselling author returns with a gripping historical romance
Author: by Anne O'Brien
HQ (September 3, 2020)
September 3, 2020
The forgotten story of Cecily Neville, Duchess of York. A strong woman who claimed the throne for her family in a time of warA compelling story of divided loyalties and family betrayals. Dramatic and highly evocative' Woman & HomeEngland, 1459. One family united by blood.
Torn apart by warThe Wars of the Roses storm through the country, and Cecily Neville, Duchess of York, plots to topple the weak-minded King Henry VI from the throne. But when the Yorkists are defeated at the battle of Ludford Bridge, Cecily's family flee and abandon her to face a marauding Lancastrian army on her own.
Stripped of her lands and imprisoned in Tonbridge Castle, the Duchess begins to spin a web of deceit. One that will eventually lead to treason, to the fall of King Henry VI, and to her eldest son being crowned King Edward IV.
O'Brien manages to reinvent historical fiction' My WeeklyThis thrilling historical novel has it all high politics, drama, emotion, excellent writing It's a rollercoaster of a read' Carol McGrathDramatic and highly evocative' Woman's Weekly
4. Taking Her Highland Estate: A Steamy Scottish Medieval Historical Romance (Highlands’ Formidable Warriors)
Author: by Ann Marie Scott
July 5, 2021
He came for her estate, but he took her heart away. Being the son of a hired killer and a noble lady, thus a half-royal man, Irvine MacMillian has always known that his descent would fill his path to the Lairdship with thorns.
Now that the old Laird has died, Irvine's uncle becomes the temporary Laird of the clan, and when Irvine presents himself as the legitimate successor, his uncle tries to keep the Lairdship for himself! However, Irvine will not abandon his birthright, and he manages to strike a bargain with his uncle; Irvine's task is to occupy a piece of land that the clan has claimed for decades.
This way, Irvine will prove himself worthy, and also, his uncle will have a place to build a mansion and spend his days after Irvine becomes Laird. But unfortunately, there is one person that would rather die before seeing this happen.
For years, Bridget Wright has tried her best to defend her estate against the local Lairds. Even if she is not a man, her courage and vigor have made her as famous as her stunning looks have. When Irvine arrives at her homeland, he understands immediately that the lass will not let him have her estate that easily.
5. The Wrong Marquess (The Mating Habits of Scoundrels Book 3)
Author: by Vivienne Lorret
Avon (June 29, 2021)
June 29, 2021
USA Today bestselling author Vivienne Lorret continues the Mating Habits of Scoundrels series with a debutante who believes she is destined to marry the lord next door until a fateful encounter with a rogue makes her wonder if she might be falling for the wrong marquess!
The wrong placeElodie Parrish can feel spinsterhood breathing down her neck. That's the trouble with waiting for the marquess next door her entire life. But Ellie knows if she gives him one last Season, he'll finally propose. The only problem is, her path keeps crossing with the arrogant Lord Hullworth, who is convinced she has designs on him.
The wrong timeBrandon, Marquess of Hullworth, never wanted to be London's Most Elusive Bachelor, or have a horde of hopeful debutantes and their scheming mamas follow him around. His past has left him too jaded to consider marrying any of them.
At least, that's what he thinks... Until he meets Ellie. She's quirky, opinionated, blushes easily, and drives him absolutely wild. The only problem is, she believes she's in love with someone else. Ellie never imagined that one sultry summer could change everything.
6. Knight in Highland Armor: Scottish Historical Romance (Highland Dynasty Book 1)
Author: by Amy Jarecki
Oliver Heber Books
July 9, 2020
Award Winning Scottish Historical Romance Author Amy "Jarecki brings the novel to life with vivid historical detail." Publishers WeeklyGrieving from the death of his wife, Lord Colin Campbell listens to the cries of his newborn son whilst penning a missive to the king.
With no marriage prospects, Colin petitions his majesty for help in finding a stepmother. Never again will he fall in lovethe death of a woman brings more pain than losing a whole contingent of men on the battlefield. Feisty, quick tongued and smart, Margaret Robinson is delighted when her father receives a messenger from the kinguntil she discovers what news he brings.
In a sennight, she will wed the notorious Black Knighther life is about to end. Tension builds during the wedding and deteriorates from thereuntil an accident draws them together. Just when their love begins to blossom, a dire request arrives from the Pope.
Colin must join the Crusades at once. Their fragile love is forced to withstand the seductions of hellMargaret tempted by a scoundrel lairdColin courted by Satan himself. Aye, the war for Christendom could very well ruin their dreams forever. Read the Highland Dynasty Series in Order:Book 1: Knight in Highland Armor Book 2: A Highland Knight's Desire Book 3: A Highland Knight to Remember Book 4: Highland Knight of Rapture Book 5: Highland Knight of Dreams
7. Highland Steel (The Highland Chronicles Book 3)
Author: by Elizabeth Rose
February 19, 2020
RONE Award FinalistShe needs him to escort her to the Highlands, but where she wants him to take her is enemy territory. It's a dangerous game she plays! The Sassenach:Englishwoman Lady Rhoswen Asquith accompanies her father and siblings on a journey to the Highlands, starting out on a very dangerous but important mission.
The plan is to save her baby nephew from her late sister's murderous Highland husband. Things go horribly wrong and her traveling party is attacked, leaving Rhoswen and her siblings alone and on the wrong side of the border. The Highlander:Logan MacKeefe travels with his pet wolf at his side and his sword always in his grasp.
After being thrown out of the Horn and Hoof Tavern because his wolf stole a chicken from old Callum MacKeefe's soup pot, Logan goes for a swim and lays naked on a rock to dry. Getting no peace, a Sassenach bursts through the brush, surprising him almost as much as his nakedness surprises her.
Never able to turn away a bonnie lassie in distress, he finds himself agreeing to escort her to the Highlands. That is, until he realizes she is asking him to take her right to his arch-enemy's door. Will honor and love win over revenge and guilt, as two people who should never be together find comfort and solace in each other's embrace?
8. The Sleeping Beauty Trilogy (A Sleeping Beauty Novel)
Author: by A. N. Roquelaure
July 10, 2012
A collection that includes all three novels in Anne Rice's seductive retelling of the Sleeping Beauty story. A spell has been cast upon a lovely young princess who sleeps, waiting for someone to save her. The Prince awakens Beauty, not with a kiss, but with sexual initiation.
His reward for ending the hundred years of enchantment is Beauty's complete and total enslavement to him... In 1983, Anne Rice, writing as A.N. Roquelaure, began the first installment of a series that is now considered a forerunner of erotic literature.
This collectioncontaining The Claiming of Sleeping Beauty, Beauty's Punishment, and Beauty's Releaseis a testament to Anne Rice's irresistible talent, exploring the world of erotic yearning and fantasy in a classic trilogy that makes the forbidden side of passion a doorway into the hidden regions of the psyche and the heart.
9. Wilde Child: Wildes of Lindow Castle (The Wildes of Lindow Castle Book 6)
Author: by Eloisa James
Avon (March 30, 2021)
March 30, 2021
Eloisa James returns to the Wildes of Lindow Castle series with the next Wilde child who runs and joins a theatre troupe - and the duke who tries to save her reputation. He wants a prim and proper duchess, not the Wildest of the Wildes!
Already notorious for the golden hair that proves her mother's infidelity, Lady Joan can't seem to avoid scandals, but her latest escapade may finally ruin her: she's determined to perform the title role of a princein breeches, naturally. She has the perfect model for an aristocratic male in mind: Thaddeus Erskine Shaw, Viscount Greywick, a man who scorned the very idea of marrying her.
Not that Joan would want such a dubious honor, of course. For years, Thaddeus has avoided the one Wilde who shakes his composure, but he's horrified when he grasps the danger Joan's putting herself in. Staring into her defiant eyes, he makes the grim vow that he'll keep her safe.
He strikes a bargain: after one performance, the lady must return to her father's castle and marry one of three gentlemen whom he deems acceptable. Not including him, of course.
10. A Duchess a Day: A Novel (Awakened by a Kiss Book 1)
Author: by Charis Michaels
USA Today bestselling author Charis Michaels enchants with her Awakened by a Kiss series, taking our favorite fairy tales' forgotten characters and making them the hero of their own story. An heiress with a plan Lady Helena Lark has spent years trying to escape her wedding to the vain and boring Duke of Lusk.
She's evaded, refused, even run away. When her family's patience runs out, they pack her off to London to walk down the aisle. But Helena has another idea: find a more suitable bride to take her place, even if she must look for a replacement duchess every day.
A bodyguard with a job to do Declan Shaw, better known as The Huntsman, is a mercenary who can pick and choose his clientele. After his last job, escorting a young noblewoman to France, landed him in jail under false accusations, he wants nothing to do with aristocrats or women.
But the law isn't done with him, and if he agrees to babysit a duke's errant fianc, the payout could make his legal troubles go away. A most unexpected alliance When their worlds collide, Declan realizes that containing his new client is only slightly harder than keeping his hands off her.
11. Highlander's Captive: A Scottish Historical Time Travel Romance (Called by a Highlander Book 1)
Author: by Mariah Stone
August 2, 2020
She's lost in the past. He's a powerful Scottish warrior. Can star-crossed love find a future between the ages? Search-and-rescue officer Amy MacDougall fears being trapped both in small, dark places and in a relationship. But while chaperoning a high school trip to Scotland, she's forced to confront her claustrophobia to save a student in a castle dungeon.
And when a magical rock in the ruins catapults her through time to 1307 AD, she's alarmed to come face-to-face with a handsome Scottish warrior. Highlander Craig Cambel refuses to trust anyone after the MacDougall clan kidnapped and assaulted his sister.
So when he discovers a beautiful woman in a secret tunnel in the stronghold he's infiltrating, he locks her up to prevent her from warning the enemy. But when she proves helpful to his people despite being a MacDougall, he can't stop his icy mistrust melting into desire.
As Amy searches for a way back home, she finds her phobia of commitment fading and falls for the brave Scot. But when Craig learns the mysterious woman isn't who he thought she was, all his dark doubts reignite. Will the distance of centuries shatter their hearts forever, or will they give in to destiny and build a happy future?
12. Daring and the Duke: The Bareknuckle Bastards Book III
Author: by Sarah MacLean
Avon (June 30, 2020)
June 30, 2020
"MacLean crafts a masterpiece." - The New York Times on Daring and the Duke New York Times bestselling author Sarah MacLean returns with the much-anticipated final book in her Bareknuckle Bastards series, featuring a scoundrel duke and the powerful woman who brings him to his knees.
Grace Condry has spent a lifetime running from her past. Betrayed as a child by her only love and raised on the streets, she now hides in plain sight as queen of London's darkest corners. Grace has a sharp mind and a powerful right hook and has never met an enemy she could not best...
Until the man she once loved returns. Single-minded and ruthless, Ewan, Duke of Marwick, has spent a decade searching for the woman he never stopped loving. A long-ago gamble may have lost her forever, but Ewan will go to any lengths to win Grace back...
And make her his duchess. Reconciliation is the last thing Grace desires. Unable to forgive the past, she vows to take her revenge. But revenge requires keeping Ewan close, and soon her enemy seems to be something else altogether-something she can't resist, even as he threatens the world she's built, the life she's claimed...
13. Call of a Highlander: A Scottish Time Travel Romance (Arch Through Time Book 8)
Author: by Katy Baker
January 18, 2019
Torn from the twenty-first century, lost in the lonely Highlands of Scotland, a modern woman discovers the most important secret of all: that love transcends time. Bethany Carter has just about given up. Having fled her homeland following the tragic murder of her parents, she's focused on her goal of becoming a human rights lawyer.
Maybe that way she can fix the terrible ache in her soul. But nobody wants to a hire an untried graduate and Beth begins to wonder if she'll ever find what she's searching for. So when a strange old woman offers her some cryptic advice and the chance to change her destiny, Beth listens.
She steps through an archway in a ruined castle and is sent hurtling back through timeand right into danger. Thrown into the path of Camdan MacAuley, a ruthless mercenary, Beth is sure he's everything she hates. But she soon learns there is more to the man than the blood-thirsty scoundrel he appears to be.
Finding herself drawn to the mysterious warrior, Beth realizes she must unravel the truth of his perilous bargain with the Fae,and discover the man beneath the mask if she is to find a way to heal both their hearts.
14. The Bride (Lairds' Fiancees Book 1)
Author: by Julie Garwood
Berkley (June 7, 2011)
June 7, 2011
An arranged marriage leads to passionate love in this classic Scottish historical romance from #1 New York Times bestselling author Julie Garwood. By edict of the king, the mighty Scottish laird Alec Kincaid must take an English bride. His choice is Jamie, youngest daughter of Baron Jamisona feisty, violet-eyed beauty.
Alec aches to touch her, to tame her, to possess her...Forever. But Jamie has vowed never to surrender to a man she considers a highland barbarian. Alec is everything Jamie's heart has warned her againstan arrogant scoundrel whose rough good looks speak of savage pleasures.
While Kincaid's scorching kisses set fire to her blood, she is determined to resist him... Until one rapturous moment quells their clash of wills, and something far more dangerous than desire threatens to conquer her senses... Includes an excerpt of another beloved Julie Garwood highland romance, The Wedding