Missing Bridgerton? So are we. So, to help you out while we all wait for Season 2, here are ten historical romances that should tide you over with a recipe of sweeping love, secret affairs, lots of sex, star-crossed lovers, and a heavy dose of atmosphere.
All of them can be found on Radish, an app featuring a huge library of romances, many of which provide new chapters on a daily or weekly basis. So, just like a TV show, the story (and the sex), continuously bring you new twists and turns!
You can click on the title of each story to download the app and start reading.
The Roses of Ridgeway Series by Kianna Alexander
In 1879, the Northern California community of Ridgeway is brimming with romantic possibilities. Love is the last thing on Lilly Warren’s mind, however, as she’s got to keep her father’s farm running after his death. Enter sea captain Ricardo Benigo, her father’s old friend—to whom was willed half the farm. Now Lilly and Ricardo must work together—and try not to mix business with pleasure.
The Bridal Discipline Series by Golden Angel
This is Pride and Prejudice meets 50 Shades of Grey: Cordelia, a widow, agrees to marry Philip, the Marquess of Danbury. It’s a business arrangement, but soon Cordelia finds herself falling for Philip, despite the presence of her willful stepdaughter, Gabrielle. Philip finds himself intrigued by Cordelia and a journey of submission, dominance—and love—begins.
Submitting to the Marquess by Em Brown
The Marquess of Alastair concerns himself with no one, but to appease his aunt on her birthday, he agrees to spend time with Mildred Abbott, a plain girl and his aunt’s latest “project.” Little does the Marquess know Mildred shares his same dark, erotic desires—and won’t part ways with him until he indulges her.
The Substitute Bride by Noel Cades
To help out her disgraced cousin, Lily secretly takes her place in an arranged marriage to the Marquess of Westford. But the last thing Lily expected was to become enchanted by the Marquess. When the passion he arouses in Lily only confirms his belief that she’s a wanton, how can she ever convince him of her virtue?
The Woman Who Fell Through Time by J.M. Frey
Rescued from the ocean by a ship, Jessie is lucky to be alive. Only problem? She’s crash-landed into Regency-era England. To survive, Jessie enlists as a maid and does her best to fit in. Her boss is world famous author Margaret Goodenough—and let’s just say she’s not just distracted by Margaret’s powerful words. As their passion grows, Jessie must choose between love in the past—or trying to get back to the future.
No Earls Allowed by Shana Galen
Lady Juliana, daughter of the Earl of St. Maur, needs all the help she can get. She’s running a ramshackle orphanage, London’s worst slumlord has illicit designs on her, and her father has suddenly become determined to marry her off. Enter Major Neil Wraxall, bastard son of the Marquess of Kensington. The attraction is instant, but the scandal that ensues from their coupling will challenge whether love can truly overcome all.
Belle by Beverly Jenkins
In 1859, Belle Palmer is liberated from slavery, but lost and alone. She finds shelter with the Bests, the first free family she’s ever known. Eighteen-year-old Daniel Best is educated, handsome and engaged to the prettiest (if a little spoiled) girl around. So, when Belle evolves into a vibrant, lovely young woman, Daniel’s attraction to her grows—and he finds himself torn between conscience and emotion.
The Brothers Sinister by Courtney Milan
Hugo Marshall, a self-made man on the verge of nobility is tasked by his employer, the duke, to get rid of a former governess who won’t leave him alone. Serena Barton, said governess, will NOT be dismissed by the duke and is determined to make him pay. This pits Hugo and Serena against each other and the sparks fly—enough to start the embers that will catch fire over a generation.
Secrets of Charlotte Street by Scarlett Peckham
London’s Duke of Westmead is controlled, meticulous and needs an heir. Poppy Cavendish is a fiercely independent botanist who needs capital to fund an exotic nursery. The two form a mutually beneficial union in a story rife with unexpected twists and shocking turns as the two make a journey towards love.
My Pirate Prince by Edy Turner
Dire family circumstances force Eloise Covington to disguise herself as a boy and stow away as a male deckhand on a pirate ship. She soon finds herself drawn to the marauding life and even more so, to the notorious pirate Captain Hawk. But once her true identity is revealed and her lie exposed, will Hawk have her walk the plank…or to his bed?