Regency Romance: Educate me!

I love Regency Romance. I’ve never read one that I haven’t liked honestly. However, I haven’t read a lot of it. I don’t know who the reigning queens of the genre are. I don’t know who the up and comers are. And basically I want to read some more awesome regency to enjoy and educate myself on the genre as a whole. I plan on joining RWA and heading up to Carolyn Jewel’s meetings, but really internet, I LOVE crowdsourcing you.

So tell me, what should I read? Why should I read it? Who are the queens and newcomers? What are the older books, not just the new shit. ROMANCIFY ME!

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    I like Julia Quinn’s regencies, they are funny too! But I don’t read too much Regency romance. I prefer Medieval romances – castles and knights, yum!

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    I second the Julia Quinn recommendation, I recently read her latest and it was amazing! Also, I’ve loved every single one of Sarah MacLean’s historical romances. Other authors I’d recommend are Sophie Jordan, Julie Anne Long and Katharine Ashe, I just auto-add whatever these ladies write to my MUST READ list :)

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    I am sort of new to the genre as well but here’s what I’ve liked and read:

    Secrets Of A Summer Night by Lisa Kleypas

    Tessa Dare’s Spindle Cove and Stud Club trilogy

    Eloisa James does these regencies that are fairy tale retellings and hilarious and awesome

    Meredith Duran is good too.

    And obvi Sarah MacLean.

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    All of those listed above, yes, and also Mary Balogh, who’s been one of the grand dames of the genre and is still writing. IMO, her ‘Slightly’ series and ‘Mistress’ series are her best works. Skip the Huxtable series (dull) and her newest, The Proposal (also dull), but most of her other books are great.

    Other authors to check out: Sabrina Jeffries (Halstead Hall series), Miranda Neville (Burgundy Club series), Elizabeth Boyle and Julia London.

    And, of course, there’s always the original – Georgette Heyer. She died in the 70s but set the standard for the genre.

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    Julia Quinn is always the first to come to mind for me. Her book series about the Bridgertons still remain my all time favorites. Seriously, read anything by her, sh’s fabulous. Also, Sabrina Jeffries – hers are a little more sensual than Julia’s, but still wonderful stories. And Lauren Willig’s Pink Carnation series is good, too.

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    Cecilia Grant is great! Big fan!

    Tiffany Reisz

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    You guys are the most awesome ever!

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    I’m still a Regency newbie myself, but I lovelovelove Susanna Ives, Elyse Mady, and Maya Rodale.

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    YAY Regency romance! Julia Quinn’s Bridgerton’s series is pretty legit, so I second, third, fourth, etc. all of the recs to read her books.
    I also like Kate Noble. Her books are great. And Lauren Willig’s Pink Carnation series. Those shift back and forth between a contemporary setting and regency, but the contemporary part is really only a framing device. A good one, but still. The bulk of the Pink Carnation books take place in the past, and they are romancy and full of SPIES.

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    Lisa Kleypas, Amanda Quick, Mary Balogh, Barbara Cartland, Joan Smith, Georgette Heyer, Barbara Metzger. Enjoy!

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    Good grief, there are so many. Lots of faves already listed, but also: Loretta Chase, Stephanie Laurens, Mary Jo Putney, Madeline Hunter, Laura Kinsale, Joanna Bourne, Anna Campbell, Carrie Lofty, Courtney Milan, Sherry Thomas, Meridith Duran, Connie Brockway, Amanda Quick, Lisa Kleypas, Jane Feather, Mary Balogh. New favorites include Sophia Nash, Lecia Cornwall, Cecilia Grant, Jennifer Haymore, and Julie Ann Long, and I’m 1/2 through one from Anna Randol that is completely wonderful so far.

    That should get you started…

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    I got started with Lauren Willig’s Pink Carnation series – Regency Romance with a modern frame, Napoleonic spies galore.

    In the last year I’ve gone a bit romance-crazy (with my mom being sick it was about all I could handle). So I read a few Lyndsay Sands – funny, but I do NOT recommend the Madison sisters books. Ack.

    Then I tried on a few Eloisa James – her new fairytale series is quite good – and then Stephanie Laurens’s Cynsters, Madeline Hunter’s Boscastles, Julia Quinn’s Bridgertons/Bevelstokes/Winsteads, Mary Balogh’s Slightly series, Jennifer Ashley’s Makenzie brothers series (so good, great flawed heroes), Sarah Maclean’s wickedly funny Numbers and Rule of Scoundrels series, and Sophia Nash’s new Royal Entourage series.

    And then I went back to Eloisa James and finished up all of hers because no one mixes romance with intellectual pursuits better (the Essex Sisters quartet features great Shakespeare and Restoration drama tidbits and her Desperate Duchesses, although Georgian but full of amazing historical fashion details, feature master chess games). If you do go with Eloisa I’d also recommend her new memoir Paris in Love (because her Italian husband is a sweetie and her two kids are hysterical).

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    I also love Lisa Kleypas, Eloisa James, and Sabrina Jeffries! But I have to add Suzanne Enoch. Love, love her latest series.

    Loretta Chase’s latest Dressmaker series is great, and Sarah Maclean is very popular.

    You probably have a great idea where to start, since several names are popping up over and over. But I will say, if you want to go old school, try Johanna Lindsey or Jude Deveraux. I got into reading romance 20 years ago through their books.

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    Loretta Chase – Lord of Scoundrels

    Sarah MacLean – Nine Rules to Break when Romancing a Rake

    Gail Carriger for a steampunk/vampire/werewolf regency

    Lisa Kleypas – Devil in Winter

    Stephanie Laurens – Devil’s Bride

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    Anything by Tessa Dare is worthwhile. She’s pretty wonderful. Tessa won the RITA this year, and deservedly so.

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    I second all the above authors,and would add Judith Mcnaught historicals to the list.To me she is the queen of historical romances :)

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