Friday, March 25, 2016

Best Irish Historical Romances!

I initially developed this list for a friend of mine of Irish descent who loves Irish historical romances. But since then, I have updated this list each year as I have come to love these stories that feature Ireland, Irish heroes or heroines, and Irish immigrants in America. The books on this list cover all time periods. Some 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.

If you’re looking for stories of the Emerald Isle or handsome Irish hunks, or worthy Irish heroines to inspire, you will find them here. All these have been rated 4 or 5 stars by me:

·       A Love by Any Measure by Killian McRae
·       Beyond the Cliffs of Kerry by Amanda Hughes
·       Black Falcon’s Lady by Kimberly Cates (originally released as Nightwylde by Kimberleigh Caitlin)
·       Black Sword by Kathryn Le Veque
·       Briar’s Rose by Kimberly Cates
·       Bride of the Baja by Jane Toombs (original author name Jocelyn Wilde)
·       Broken Vows by Shirl Henke
·       Carnal Gift by Pamela Clare
·       Countess of Scandal, Duchess Of Sin and Lady of Seduction, the Daughters of Erin trilogy by Laurel McKee
·       Crown Of Mist by Kimberly Cates
·       Dark of the Moon by Karen Robards
·       Dark Torment by Karen Robards
·       Dream Lover by Virginia Henley
·       Embrace and Conquer by Jennifer Blake
·       Emerald Ecstasy by Emma Merritt
·       Emerald Prince by Brit Darby
·       Enticed by Virginia Henley (first published as The Irish Gypsy)
·       Forbidden Love by Karen Robards
·       Forbidden Passion by Theresa Scott
·       Golden Surrender, The Viking’s Woman and Lord of the Wolves, the 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
·       Lord of Hawkfell Island by Catherine Coulter
·       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
·       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
·       Rose of the Mists, A Rose in Splendor and A Secret Rose, trilogy by Laura Parker
·       Scarlett: The Sequel to Gone With the Wind by Alexandra Ripley
·       Sea Raven by Patricia McAllister
·       Skye O’Malley by Bertrice Small
·       Stealing Heaven by Kimberly Cates
·       Stormfire by Christine Monson
·       Storm Maiden by Mary Gillgannon
·       Surrender the Stars by Cynthia Wright
·       Tears of Gold by Laurie McBain
·       The Black Angel by Cordia Byers
·       The Divided Heart by Beppie Harrison
·       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 Irishman by Jennifer Roberson (first published as Royal Captive)
·       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 Linnet by Elizabeth English
·       The Passions Of Emma by Penelope Williamson
·       The Prize by Brenda Joyce
·       The Rebel by Christine Dorsey
·       The Sword of the Banshee by Amanda Hughes
·       The Wayward One by Danelle Harmon
·       Whispers of Heaven by Candice Proctor
·       Wild Angel by Miriam Minger
·       Windsong by Judith E. French
·       Wolf’s Embrace by Gail Link


  1. Thanks once again for one of your lists, Regan. BTW, the photo at the top of this post is: ?? :-).

    1. You are welcome, Janice. It's the Rock of Cashel Tipperary, Ireland

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  3. What a great list where does one start, although I have a read a few of these books I'm looking forward to picking a few up , have you read any of these ? And do you have any suggestions or favorites?

    1. Maria, if you read the post it says I have rated all of these either 4 or 5 stars. The premise of my blog is to find the good ones for my fellow readers. I never put a book on this site I can't recommend. If you look at my Top 20 list (on the right side of the blog), you will see my very favorites. You can also look up my reviews on Goodreads and see my "Keeper" list.

  4. Great list!!! And you simply must add LONGING FOR HOME, by Sarah M. Eden! A wonderful, emotional tale about Irish immigrants.

    1. Donna, I never add a book I don't read and can recommend. I've never heard of this author but will inquire if she wants me to review what appear to be her Western romances.

  5. Thanks, Regan, for including Black Sword!!

  6. Thanks, Regan! I see some titles I haven't read before :-). I would also recommend checking out B.J. Hoff's, The Emerald Ballad Series (5 books).

    1. Doris, I took a look at the first book on Amazon. It appears to be an inspirational romance... is it?

  7. Great list, thanks for sharing! I'm looking for books where one or both characters leave the island and travel across the Atlantic to start a new life. Even better if it's partially set on a ship. Do you have any recommendations? Thank you in advance!

    1. Natalija, Beyond the Cliffs of Kerry comes to mind (the heroine travels from Ireland to America and, yes, there's a ship). As for others, you can look at my reviews of these on Goodreads (or search "Irish" on my blog as I'm starting to designate) as I will always describe the setting.

    2. Thanks! I'll check it out.
      I have heard great things about "Touch of Lace" by Elizabeth DeLancey but haven't had a chance to read it yet. Unfortunately, it's out of print.

      Stephen, a hardened Irish boxer determined to make a life for himself and his son in America, joins up with Irishwoman Anna, and together they begin a perilous and romantic journey.

    3. Natalija, it's available from Amazon used for under $4, so I'll order it and see what I think. I hate it that the good ones are no longer in print.