The best romance books featuring tomboys

Anna Jane Greenville Author Of The Girl Who Was a Gentleman
By Anna Jane Greenville

The Books I Picked & Why

The Corinthian

By Georgette Heyer

Book cover of The Corinthian

Why this book?

Love is not the only thing that is in the air in this one. Penelope happens to dangle off a window in boy clothes just when Mr. Right comes passing by.

If Heyer's romance books were a food, they would be red velvet cupcakes – sweet and elegant. I have yet to read one of hers that is not amazing.


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Bloody Jack: Being an Account of the Curious Adventures of Mary "Jacky" Faber, Ship's Boy

By L.A. Meyer

Book cover of Bloody Jack: Being an Account of the Curious Adventures of Mary "Jacky" Faber, Ship's Boy

Why this book?

Mary "Jacky" Faber, an orphaned street kid in early 19th century London, begins her adventures across the seven seas by dressing up as a ship's boy. Throughout the series she builds up quite the amazing resume that would put a Navy Seal to shame. And of course, there is a bit of romance here and there but the focus lies on Jacky sailing the world and kicking butt!


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The Academy

By Emmaline Andrews, Reese Dante

Book cover of The Academy

Why this book?

A somewhat different kind of setting awaits readers in The Academy. It depicts a dystopia in space that resembles Victorian times quite strikingly. Pretty awesome combination, huh? The heroine infiltrates an all-boys school to become a spaceship pilot and navigate the stars. Only to discover even the galaxy is not big enough to run from love.


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Louisa May Alcott: Little Women

By Louisa May Alcott, Roberta Bordone

Book cover of Louisa May Alcott: Little Women

Why this book?

Why I recommend this book that every romance-head can recite cover to cover? Because I could not possibly take myself seriously as an author if I didn't. Seriously, Jo is a tomboy legend. She does not even need to get dressed up as a boy to show us who’s boss.


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Shakespeare's Comedy of Twelfth Night or, What You Will

By William Shakespeare, William J. Rolfe

Book cover of Shakespeare's Comedy of Twelfth Night or, What You Will

Why this book?

Twelth Night or, What You Will just has to be on here, being the mother of all boys-clothes-wearing heroines. The plot has been adapted in so many books and films that it is definitely worth it to read the original (or better yet: watch the play) to see where the brilliancy stems from.


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