Wednesday, April 27, 2022

Best Bodice Ripper Historical Romances


This is a long “best list” and I think you will realize why when you see how many classics are on it, books you have long treasured. But among them are also a few of more recent vintage. Some are keepers. If you like stories that feature an alpha male hero who begins demanding his way, but falls at the heroine’s feet in the end to beg forgiveness and confess his love, you’ll find them here.


A Dangerous Love and The Border Lord’s Bride by Bertrice Small

A Gentle Feuding by Johanna Lindsey

A Kingdom of Dreams by Judith McNaught

A Pirate's Love by Johanna Lindsey

A Secret Rose by Laura Parker

And Gold Was Ours by Rebecca Brandewyne

Ashes in the Wind by Kathleen Woodiwiss

Almost Heaven by Judith McNaught

Black Sword by Kathryn LeVeque

Bonds of Love by Lisa Gregory (aka Candace Camp)
Bride of the Baja by Jane Toombs

Callista by Cordia Byers

Captive Bride by Johanna Lindsey
Chance the Winds of Fortune and the sequel, Dark Before the Rising Sun by Laurie McBain

Comanche Moon by Catherine Anderson

Crimson Rapture by Jennifer Horsman

Damsel in Distress by Shannon Drake (aka Heather Graham)
Dark Fires by Brenda Joyce

Dawnfire by Lynn Eirckson

Deceive Not My Heart by Shirlee Busbee

Desire in Disguise by Rebecca Brandewyne

Devil's Desire by Laurie McBain

Devil's Embrace by Catherine Coulter

Dream of Me by Josie Litton

Embrace and Conquer by Jennifer Blake

Edin’s Embrace by Nadine Crenshaw

Fair is the Rose by Meagan McKinney

Falsely Accused by Margaret Tanner

Fires of Winter and Hearts Aflame from the Viking trilogy by Johanna Lindsey

Forbidden Love by Karen Robards

Forever and a Lifetime by Jennifer Horsman

Forever My Love by Rebecca Brandewyne
Golden Fancy by Jennifer Blake
Gypsy Lady by Shirley Busbee

Innocent Fire, Firestorm and Fires of Paradise (part of the Bragg Saga) by Brenda Joyce

Into Passion’s Dawn by Michele DuBarry

Island Flame, and the sequel, Sea Fire by Karen Robards

Keeper of the Dream by Penelope Williamson

Lady Highwayman by Tanya Kayley

Lady of Conquest by Teresa Medeiros

Lady of Fire by Anita Mills

Lady Vixen by Shirley Busbee

Lespada by Kathryn Le Veque

Lie Down in Roses by Shannon Drake (aka Heather Graham)

Lions and Lace by Meagan McKinney

Love, Cherish Me by Rebecca Brandewyne

Love Only Once and Gentle Rogue from the Mallory series by Johanna Lindsey

Love's Wild Desire by Jennifer Blake

Magic Embrace by Jennifer Horsman

Midnight Masquerade by Shirlee Busbee

My Lord Monleigh by Jan Cox Speas

My Wicked Enchantress by Meagan McKinney

No Gentle Love by Rebecca Brandewyne

Notorious Angel by Jennifer Blake

Once and Always by Judith McNaught

Ondine by Heather Graham

Only With Your Love by Lisa Kleypas

Pirate Royale by Cordia Byers
Princess of Fire by Shannon Drake (aka Heather Graham)

Prisoner of My Desire by Johanna Lindsey

Rangoon by Christine Monson

Rose of Rapture by Rebecca Brandewyne

Royal Seduction from the Royal Princes of Ruthenia duology by Jennifer Blake

Savage Ecstasy by Janelle Taylor

Season of the Sun by Catherine Coulter

Shadowheart by Laura Kinsale
Shanna by Kathleen Woodiwiss

Silver Storm by Cynthia Wright

Skye O'Malley by Bertrice Small

So Wild A Heart by Veronica Jason

Stormfire by Christine Monson

Sun God by Nan Ryan

Surrender in Moonlight by Jennifer Blake

Surrender the Night by Christine Monson

Swan Road by Rebecca Brandewyne
Sweet Savage Eden by Heather Graham

Sweet Savage Love by Rosemary Rogers

Tara’s Song by Barbara Ferry Johnson

Tender Betrayal by Jennifer Blake

The Black Lyon by Jude Deveraux

The Black Rose by Christina Skye

The Black Swan By Day Taylor

The Conqueror by Brenda Joyce

The Darkest Heart by Brenda Joyce
The Demon Lover by Victoria Holt

The Falcon and the Flower by Virginia Henley

The Flame and The Flower by Kathleen Woodiwiss

The Flesh and the Devil by Teresa Denys

The Game by Brenda Joyce

The Ground She Walks Upon by Meagan McKinney

The Pagan’s Prize by Miriam Minger

The Pirate and the Pagan by Virginia Henley

The Secret Rose by Laura Parker

The Silver Devil by Teresa Denys

The Spanish Rose by Shirlee Busbee

The Storm and the Splendor by Jennifer Blake

The Taming and Ride Out the Storm from a trilogy by Aleen Malcolm

The Wind and the Sea by Marsha Canham
The Wolf and the Dove by Kathleen Woodiwiss

This Other Eden by Marilyn Harris

Till Dawn Tames the Night by Meagan McKinney

Uncommon Vows by Mary Jo Putney

Under Crimson Sails by Lynna Lawton

Until You by Judith McNaught

Virgin Star by Jennifer Horsman

When Angels Fall by Meagan McKinney
When the Splendour Falls by Laurie McBain
While Passion Sleeps by Shirlee Busbee

Whitney, My Love by Judith McNaught
Wild Bells to the Wild Sky by Laurie McBain
Winter's Heat by Denise Domning

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