Genre: Historical Romance
You’ll like this if you like: Saucy Heroines, Bossy, Brooding, Mysterious Heroes, Stories that Sweep You Along, Stories Where You Feel Everything Right Alongside the Main Character, Romance—Complete with High Tension and Longing, or Historical.
Cleanliness: The romantic tension is high in some scenes (alright, a lot of scenes), and the kisses are brief, not too descriptive, but the repercussions of their kisses usually make it heart-wrenching. (Spoiler!) Carina and Quillan are married in the end of the first book, so it includes the aftermath of their wedding night, but doesn’t cover any actual scenes. In short, it’s completely clean.
Hero Type: Brooding
The fair Italian lady Carina DiGratia has run away from her home in California to a little mining city named Crystal. It’s not what she expected. First of all, her wagon breaks down on the road, and then a man pushes all of her belongings off the road, letting them tumble down a steep incline. And in Crystal, she finds out there’s no employment for women besides the brothels, and the deed she got for her house is a fake. Talk about a rocky start (I’m sorry, I couldn’t resist 😉 ).
Alright, I won’t spoil the rest. And the first book is free on kindle anyways. The series is addictive, and the story has a tendency to sweep you along page after page, which means you’ll probably buy the second book. And the third. I love, love, love the series! In the second book, the hero and the heroine spent a sizable amount of time away from each other. I was worried about this at first, but the author does it incredibly well, and every page has romantic tension. Either the hero and heroine are clashing or they’re thinking about each other. The words of the page turn into very real emotions—especially the longing (mostly in the second book). It feels like this twisting ache inside my chest. Every second I’m away from the story, I can feel myself straining to get back to it.
What’s your favorite historical era for a book setting? What are some of the best historical romances that you’ve read?