Tanya Wilde

Historical romance

The 5 books that got me obsessed with historical romance

The 5 books that got me obsessed with historical romance


Dear Readers, my adventure with historical romance started 16 years ago! Sure enough, time sure flies when you’re reading good books! 🙂

While reminiscing this number, I thought I’d share the books that got me obsessed with historical romance and ultimately led me to dust off a rusty old laptop.

1. Gentle Rogue – Johanna Lindsey

Gentle Rogue 2

Ah, this book!

This is the first historical romance I ever read. A friend asked if I have read the Mallory series. I, of course, had no idea what that even was! The book was stuffed into my hand with a simple command to read it.

You could say that this book, ultimately, was the book that set me on the course of writing historical romance novels.


Heartsick and desperate to return home to America, Georgina Anderson boards the Maiden Anne disguised as a cabin boy, never dreaming she’ll be forced into intimate servitude at the whim of the ship’s irrepressible captain, James Mallory.

The black sheep of a proud and tempestuous family, the handsome ex-pirate once swore no woman alive could entice him into matrimony. But on the high seas his resolve will be weakened by an unrestrained passion and by the high-spirited beauty whose love of freedom and adventure rivals his own.

2. Duke of Scandal – Adele Ashworth

Duke of scandal

The Duke of Scandal is the first historical romance I ever bought for myself.

You know, after I consumed most, if not all, the historical romance books in our modest local library. This is also when my obsession to hoard books started. So I started buying most of my books online. I was hooked. And this way, I didn’t have to return the books once I’ve read them. I could keep them all to myself and start designing my floor-to-ceiling home library! 😉

Any, I can’t tell you how many times I’ve reread this book. A few times every year. I even hid money between its pages once for a rainy day. 


A lady’s heart is a tempting plaything for the Duke of Scandal.

He stands apart from other men—a dark, tall, breathtaking figure of seductive masculinity. With a smile, he can topple the defenses of even the most proper maiden.

And with a single whisper, she will be his.

A wife in name only, Lady Olivia Shea has returned to London in a rage, determined to confront her new husband, who vanished months ago with her inheritance on their wedding night. Yet this hauntingly familiar man who stands before her—this face and form she adores—is not her deceiving Edmund but the blackguard’s twin brother, Samson Carlisle, Duke of Durham. Samson knows of his sibling’s penchant for perfidy and he graciously offers to help the exquisite Olivia locate the missing rogue and recover her stolen fortune.

But Olivia fears that accompanying this mysterious, dangerous, eminently desirable man would be courting the most devastating sort of scandal—especially since it is now Samson’s arms she aches to feel surrounding her, and his kiss she longs to taste

3. Desire Never Dies – Jenna Petersen

Desire never dies

My first spy novel!

And yet another book that I was obsessed with when I started reading historical romance!


Lady Anastasia Whittig is a true lady in every sense—and an absolute master at code-breaking. She has never operated in the field, yet I feel confident this beautiful, talented agent can triumph in the face of even the most dire peril.

Her mission: Working with master spy Lucas Tyler, she must expose the mastermind who is attempting to bring down our secret organization. She must maintain a strictly professional relationship with the admittedly attractive Tyler throughout, for even a hint of scandal could compromise their operation.

Potential weaknesses: Ana can be most passionate when provoked. And Tyler is a seductive scoundrel who’s never failed to win a lady’s confidence.

The temptations of this man might prove irresistible . . . 

4. Mine till Midnight – Lisa Kleypas

Mine till midnight
Ah, the Hathaways! This series not only introduced me to the fabulous Lisa Kleypas but also the torturous feeling of waiting months (years?) between book releases!

Do you know the feeling? 😉


Two hearts steeped in scandal . . .

When an unexpected inheritance elevates her family to the ranks of the aristocracy, Amelia Hathaway discovers that tending to her younger sisters and wayward brother was easy compared to navigating the intricacies of the ton. Even more challenging: the attraction she feels for the tall, dark, and dangerously handsome Cam Rohan.

Wealthy beyond most men’s dreams, Cam has tired of society’s petty restrictions and longs to return to his “uncivilized” Gypsy roots. When the delectable Amelia appeals to him for help, he intends to offer only friendship—but intentions are no match for the desire that blindsides them both. But can a man who spurns tradition be tempted into that most time-honored arrangement: marriage? Life in London society is about to get a whole lot hotter . . .

5. When He Was Wicked – Julia Quinn

When he was wicked

Strangely enough, book six was the first book of the Bridgerton series I read. I don’t believe I ever read this series in order. Luckily, you don’t have to! Anyway, what’s the start of a reader’s adventure without a Julia Quinn novel?


Everything was so much simpler… when he was wicked.

In every life there is a turning point. A moment so tremendous, so sharp and breathtaking, that one knows one’s life will never be the same. For Michael Stirling, London’s most infamous rake, that moment came the first time he laid eyes on Francesca Bridgerton.

After a lifetime of chasing women, of smiling slyly as they chased him, of allowing himself to be caught but never permitting his heart to become engaged, he took one look at Francesca Bridgerton and fell so fast and hard into love it was a wonder he managed to remain standing. Unfortunately for Michael, however, Francesca’s surname was to remain Bridgerton for only a mere thirty-six hours longer—the occasion of their meeting was, lamentably, a supper celebrating her imminent wedding to his cousin.

But that was then… Now Michael is the earl and Francesca is free, but still she thinks of him as nothing other than her dear friend and confidant. Michael dares not speak to her of his love… until one dangerous night, when she steps innocently into his arms, and passion proves stronger than even the most wicked of secrets…


That’s it! The 5 books that got me obsessed with historical romance! Can you remember the books that got you hooked on the genre?