Friday, March 28, 2014

Best Irish Historical Romances

I developed this list for a friend of Irish descent who loves historical romances set in the Emerald Isle or with an Irish hero or heroine to admire, who asked me to recommend some. The romances on my list cover all time periods. Some of the stories transcend typical historical romance as they bring to life heartrending tales of the wonderful Irish people who survived much hardship to help make America great.

This list contains only those I have rated 4 or 5 stars. I hope you find some among them that will bring to mind the Emerald Isle and perhaps give you dreams of an Irish hunk or a worthy Irish heroine.

·       A Rose in Splendor by Laura Parker
·       Beyond the Cliffs of Kerry by Amanda Hughes
·       Black Sword by Kathryn Le Veque
·       Briar’s Rose by Kimberly Cates
·       Bride of the Baja by Jane Toombs (original author Jocelyn Wilde, pen name for John Toombs)
·       Broken Vows by Shirl Henke
·       Carnal Gift by Pamela Clare
·       Countess of Scandal, Duchess Of Sin and Lady of Seduction (Daughters of Erin trilogy) by Laurel McKee
·       Crown Of Mist by Kimberly Cates
·       Dark of the Moon by Karen Robards
·       Dream Lover by Virginia Henley
·       Embrace and Conquer by Jennifer Blake
·       Emerald Ecstasy by Emma Merritt
·       Emerald Prince by Brit Darby
·       Forbidden Love by Karen Robards
·       Golden Surrender, The Viking’s Woman and Lord of the Wolves, Viking/Irish trilogy by Heather Graham
·       Her Warrior Slave and Her Warrior King, from the MacEgan Brothers Series by Michelle Willingham
·       Lady of Conquest by Teresa Medeiros
·       Lily Fair by Kimberly Cates
·       Lions and Lace by Meagan McKinney
·       Maid Of Killarney by Ana Seymour
·       Moonlit by Emma Jensen (3rd in her Regency spy series; the only one set in Ireland)
·       Maidensong by Diana Groe
·       Master of My Dreams by Danelle Harmon
·       Nightwylde by Kimberleigh Caitlin
·       No Gentle Love by Rebecca Brandewyne
·       Odin’s Shadow by Erin Riley
·       Passion’s Joy and the sequel Virgin’s Star by Jennifer Horsman
·       Raeliksen and Mac Liam (from the Emerald Isle trilogy) by Renee Vincent
·       Rose in the Mist and Irish Gypsy (from the Riordan trilogy) by Ana Seymour
·       Scarlett: The Sequel to Gone With the Wind by Alexandra Ripley
·       Sea Raven by Patricia McAllister
·       Skye O’Malley by Bertrice Small
·       Stormfire by Christine Monson
·       Surrender the Stars by Cynthia Wright
·       Tears of Gold by Laurie McBain
·       The Black Angel by Cordia Byers
·       The Game by Brenda Joyce
·       The Ground She Walks Upon by Meagan McKinney
·       The Hawk and the Dove by Virginia Henley
·       The Heart and the Holly by Nancy Richards-Akers
·       The Highwayman by Anne Kelleher
·       The Irish Devil by Donna Fletcher
·       The Irish Duke by Virginia Henley
·       The Irish Princess, The Irish Enchantress and The Irish Knight, trilogy by Amy Fetzer
·       The Irish Rogue by Emma Jensen
·       The Irish Rogue by Judith E. French
·       The Passions Of Emma by Penelope Williamson
·       The Rebel by Christine Dorsey
·       The Sword of the Banshee by Amanda Hughes
·       Whispers of Heaven by Candice Proctor
·       Wild Angel by Miriam Minger
·       Wolf’s Embrace by Gail Link


  1. Thanks again, Regan, for one of your wonderful lists! The fact that you've rated them 4-5 stars helps immensely when I'm shopping for something read-worthy.

    1. I'm delighted you are finding the lists helpful. That was the reason I began doing them--to help other readers.

  2. Wow! Thank you - this is so generous of you. I see the sisters Candice Proctor (C. S. Harris) and Penelope Williamson here, and a long time favorite, Bertrice Small ... I will definitely save this and refer to it!

    1. Great, Barbara! That is the purpose of my lists!

  3. I'm so excited to be on the list--thank you! Can't wait to read some of these!

    1. Erin, I'm delighted you are joining the authors I recommend to readers.