Need more substance to your Erotic Fiction? 5 Great Erotic Historical Romance Novels worth your time
Updated: May 15
Are you in the mood for some beautiful, erotic novels, but you want a little more substance to your romance fiction?
We recommend looking into the erotic historical romance genre.
This genre is notable for its steamy scenes, interesting character development, and witty dialogue that will keep you turning page after page. Even better, some of the best novels are able to recreate accurate historical settings so that you'll feel as if you're immersed in that time period.
Ready to give historical romance a go? Get cozy with your favorite cup of tea and a comfy blanket as we teach you everything you need to know about erotic historical romance as well as our top five picks!
What is Erotic Historical Romance?
Before we start off our list, it's important to know what to expect when you start reading these erotic romance books that have been around for centuries. One of the main features of these historical erotic fiction books is that they're an escape from the modern-day. You won't be experiencing any Tinder swiping, bad bar dates, and awkward taxi rides with these books.
Instead, you'll be swept along into a time in the 20th century or earlier when dating was a far more serious and prolonged affair. The setting might be in a crowded Victorian city or the windswept Scottish Highlands. Regardless of where the book takes place, the author typically tries to be as accurate to the time period as possible.
This makes erotic literature far more interesting, as you'll be learning a bit about the time along with the steamy scenes. There is also typically more build-up, plot development, and character development in-between the eroticism. These books often feature savvy characters, witty dialogue, and fun rapport between characters that can keep you invested.
Tantalizing Historical Romance: Top Picks
Now that you know a little bit more about the genre, it's time to dive in with our favorite picks. These novels are notable for their interesting plots and characters. The steamy scenes are tantalizing and well-rewarded with scandalizing dialogue and descriptions. You've been warned: some of these books are almost too hot to read in public!
#1 Ask For It by Sylvia Day
This list wouldn't be complete without a book by Sylvia Day, one of the big names in the erotic historical romance genre. She has been a #1 international bestselling author for over 20 of her books. If you like one of her books, we recommend you take a look at more of the books she's written.
Sylvia's Day's Georgian series of novels is one of her most popular. Starting off with Ask For It, you follow Marcus Ashford, an ex-fiance of the heroine Elizabeth Hawthorn and a spy.
He's still in love with her and wants to win her back in any way possible. Their intense sexual attraction burns on every page until it finally spills over with descriptive love scenes that will have you flipping the pages fast.
Along with the gorgeous written sex scenes, we love how magnetic the relationship is between Marcus and Elizabeth. You'll also enjoy plenty of intrigue, angst, and even murder scenes.
We recommend this book if you're a fan of the cat and mouse game, as the majority of the book has them pulling toward each other and away again.
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#2 A Night to Surrender by Tessa Dare
Tessa Dare is another big name in the romance fiction genre. She's a bestselling author of fourteen historical romance novels, and she's been featured in the New York Times and USA Today. Notably, she's also been awarded the prestigious Romance Writers of America award twice.
A Night to Surrender is the first book in the Spindle Cove series. Taking place in the Recency Era, you'll follow Susanna Finch as she works at Spindle Cove, a place where upright young society ladies can chill out and be themselves. She soon meets Lieutenant Colonel Victor Bramwell of the British army who's been tasked with taking up a position on the coast nearby.
If you love humor and witty rapport in your romance, you'll love A Night to Surrender. The dialogue is hilarious and smart, making you fall in love with each and every character that graces the page. The battle of sexes at the beginning between Victor and Susanna soon breaks away to a sexy, charming romance that just makes sense.
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#3 The Chief by Monica McCarty
Monica McCarty is a premier historical romance author with 36 distinctive works over several series. This means that if you're a fan of one book, you'll probably find dozens of others that you'll love just as much.
With a 4 star rating on Goodreads and over 14,000 reviews, The Chief is where you need to begin if you're a fan of historical romance but don't know where to start. This is an enthralling highlander historical romance novel that takes place in 1305 Scotland.
The harsh and battle-worn Tor MacLeod spent 20 years fortifying his clan, and he has no wish to be part of any more wars or give his heart to a woman. However, Christina Fraser is bartered to him in order to create a political alliance. Unlike Tor, Christina is sweeter and softer and wants to draw out the warmer parts of Tor, believing that they're still there.
This novel is a page-turner because you'll soon find that opposites attract. The passion between the two characters is believable but also intriguing because they're such opposites. Along with their growing romance, the novel will also keep you interested because of the well-written military and political intrigue.
The best part is that if you like this book, there are 11 others in the series to keep you preoccupied!
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#4 One Good Earl Deserves a Lover by Sarah MacLean
Sarah MacLean is a New York Times, Washington Post, and USA Today bestselling author with over 27 distinct works of romance fiction. She's invested in the romance genre, as she also co-hosts the Fated Mates podcast, supporting romance and the women who read it.
One Good Earl Deserves a Lover is widely popular with a 4-star rating on Goodreads and over 24,000 reviews. If you're a fan of Belle in Beauty and the Beast, you'll instantly fall in love with Lady Philippa Marbury, the fourth daughter of a Marquess that loves books more than fashion or balls.
Before she's engaged to be married, Pippa has decided that she wants to explore the seedy underbelly of London to the fullest. To do that, she's decided to call upon Cross, the proprietor of a well-known gaming hall.
Pippa knows what she wants and she knows how she gets it, even though Cross is reluctant to "ruin" her. The banter between the two create intrigue and suspense as Cross finally decides to teach her what goes on in the marriage bed when doors are closed.
Pippa is scientific and a bit naive, while Cross is dark, brooding, and sexy. This difference in their personalities creates a rapport that makes the steamy scenes even more erotic.
If you like historical fiction but don't like being bogged down by constant historical details, the book is also good at setting the scene but also striking a good balance.
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#5 Promises Linger by Sarah McCarty
If you're a fan of historical fiction but want a setting that's a little bit more modern, this one takes place in the Wyoming Territory of 1868. Of course, any quality romance Western book is going to include a broad-shouldered gunslinger, and Promises Linger doesn't disappoint.
Asa MacIntyre is a rough and hardened gunslinger who's craving a home and a sweet woman in order to put down roots. Luckily enough, Elizabeth Coyote just experienced the death of her father and needs to marry in order to save her ranch.
Asa is an alpha that falls in love with Elizabeth, swearing that he'll protect her and help her rebuild the ranch. However, Elizabeth is a little more cautious about their arrangement. He's tender with her and once she capitulates, the sex scenes are scorching.
Even better, Sarah McCarty is talented at building the world around them so that it's immersive and believable.
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Secret Tip: Forever Yours by Charlotte Featherstone
Familiar with these authors and want to try out a book you may not have heard of? Forever Yours by Charlotte Featherstone has only 200 reviews on Goodreads but a solid rating.
The plot is also different from others you may have come across, as the characters are already lovers! The Duke and Duchess of Sutcliffe are finding that their marriage lacks passion, and they want to find a way to rekindle the fire again.
The erotic game they play between each other will keep you flipping one page after another. Even better, you'll fall in love with these characters as they find love for each other again.
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Historical Erotic Romance Books: Set Your Imagination on Fire
Erotic historical romance is a titillating genre that seamlessly combines both romance and historical details for page-turning enjoyment.
One of the best parts about this genre is the pairing between characters, as you can usually find a fun juxtaposition of personalities, character development that includes stakes that make you care, and fun, witty dialogue.
Best of all, these romance books include settings that truly immerse you in a different time and place. If you need a few moments a day to escape, you'll find that these novels may just do the trick.
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