Now that it’s officially November, the days are getting colder and the trees are bare and waiting for snow. For us at Booktrib, cold days are made for cozy afternoons spent curled up on the couch, sipping hot chocolate and reading a great book. Even better if that book happens to be a steamy romance novel (hey, we need something to help warm us up). This month we have historical romances on the brain, from dukes and lords to cowboys on the range. It doesn’t matter the era – whether they feature kilts or top hats, we can’t get enough of love stories set in the distant past.
Here are 10 historical romances coming out in November that are guaranteed to warm you up on those cold autumn nights:
No Other Duke Will Do, Grace Burrowes (Forever, November 7, 2017)
Burrowes returns to her beloved Windham Brides series with the story of book-lover Elizabeth Windham and Duke of Haverford, Julian St. David. While Julian might be a duke, he’s also drowning in debts and in search of a wealthy wife. Elizabeth has no interest in marriage, though she does love Julian’s extensive library. When sparks fly between the two, they’ll have to put their expectations (and their meddling families) aside if they want to find true love.
Someone to Wed, Mary Balogh (Berkley, November 7, 2017)
One of the reigning queens of historical romance, Balogh has written over a 100 novels and novellas. Someone to Wed is the third book in her Wescott series, giving us an unconventional romance that we can’t help but root for. As the new Earl of Riverdale, Alexander Westcott knows he needs cash in order to provide for his people. So when wealthy recluse Wren Heyden sets her sights on marriage, Alex knows he’d be a fool to turn her down. Still, neither of them are prepared for the feelings that develop, or for the secrets of Wren’s past that could threaten both of their futures.
A Hope Divided, Alyssa Cole (Kensington, November 28, 2017)
With a mother who was a former slave and a white father she’s never met, Marlie Lynch often finds herself stuck between two worlds. It’s especially true during the Civil War, where the budding scientist she lives in the south, but spies for the north and harbors an escaped union prisoner in her lab. When confederate soldiers take over her home, Marlie must do whatever it takes to survive, even if that means leaving everything behind.
To Marry a Texas Outlaw, Linda Broday (Sourcebooks Casablanca, November 7, 2017)
Josie Morgan never thought she would fall in love with an outlaw. But when framed cowboy Luke Weston saves her from an attack, the two have a hard time denying their desires. With Luke on the run and Josie suffering from memory loss, their love is a dangerous risk that could end up destroying – or maybe saving – them both.
Out of the Ordinary, Jen Turano (Bethany House Publishers, November 7, 2017)
If you like your love stories a little more wholesome, then try Turano’s latest inspirational romance. The second book in her Apart From the Crowd series tells the story of Gertrude Cadwalader, a paid companion who finds herself caught up in the wealthy set thanks to her employer. Soon Gertrude meets shipping magnate Harrison Sinclair and the two strike up a friendship that’s destined to lead to love.
A Duke in Shining Armor, Loretta Chase (Avon, November 28, 2017)
The first book in Chase’s new Difficult Dukes series, A Duke in Shining Armor is all about a potential marriage gone wrong. Olympia Hightower is set to marry a handsome duke, only she’s ready to bolt at the first chance she gets. The Duke of Ripley is determined to bring her back so she can marry his friend. But when the chemistry sizzles between the two, both have second thoughts about what the future holds.
Tomorrow the Glory, Heather Graham (Zebra, November 28, 2017)
Graham’s Civil War romance introduces us to Kendall Moore and Brent McClain, a married southern belle and a confederate soldier who find comfort in each other’s arms during one heated night of passion. But soon Brent is forced into battle, while Kendall must run from her abusive husband. Will the two find each other again? You’ll have to read to find out.
Sound of Rain, Loudin Thomas (Bethany House Publishers, November 7, 2017)
Set in the ‘50s in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, Sound of Rain is about Judd Markley and Larkin Heyward. Judd is an Appalachian miner who witnesses a terrible tragedy. Larkin’s life is privileged, but she dreams of doing more. When a hurricane rocks their quaint beach community, it brings the two together in a way that will change both their lives forever.
It’s Hard Out Here for a Duke, Maya Rodale (Avon, November 28, 2017)
When James Cavendish and Meredith Green share a steamy night together, they never expect to see each other again. But now James is the new Duke of Durham and lady’s companion Meredith is expected to teach him about his new duties. The hardest part will be trying to keep their hands off each other again, especially as their disparate classes mean they can never marry.
Highland Dragon Rebel, Isabel Cooper (Sourcebooks Casablanca, November 7, 2017)
The second book in Cooper’s Dawn of the Highland Dragons series focuses on Moiread MacAlasdair, a Highland dragon warrior who will do whatever it takes to maintain Scotland’s independence. When she’s tasked with escorting Madoc of Avandos through dangerous territory, she finds herself falling for the new ally. But the two have more important things to focus on than love, and their budding chemistry might risk everything they’ve fought so hard for.