The best time travel romances that leave you feeling light, swoony, and satisfied

Who am I?

“We’re not worthy! We’re not worthy!” Wayne and Garth said it best. This is how I felt when I read my first time-travel romance almost twenty years ago. It was a masterpiece, and it’s since gone on to sell in record numbers and become a Starz network TV series. You know the one. I enjoyed this immense tome full of gritty history and realistic romance, but for my next read, I found myself gravitating toward lighter fare. If, like me, you prefer the literary equivalent of fluffy, buttery popcorn to the steak dinner of heavier stories, you’ll love my bestselling time-travel romance series, starting with Wishing for a Highlander.


I wrote...

Book cover of Wishing for a Highlander

What is my book about?

From USA Today bestselling author Jessi Gage, a single and pregnant museum worker accidentally wishes herself back in time and is forced to marry a Highland warrior who thinks he’s too large under his kilt to make a proper husband. Don’t miss this bestselling series starter with 600+ four- & five-star reviews on Goodreads.

The books I picked & why

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Beyond the Highland Mist

By Karen Marie Moning,

Book cover of Beyond the Highland Mist

Why this book?

This is the book that kicked off my infatuation with Highlanders and time-travel. From page one to the happy ending, I was riveted. Hawk and Adrienne are one of those H/h pairs that truly match each other in intelligence, likability, and uncompromising strength. What separates them, though, is the vast canyon between their ideals. Oh, and this little bet the ever-meddling Fae have going on. Pick this one up for a rich, realistic historical backdrop, deeply moving characters, and a slow-burn romance for the ages.

Beyond the Highland Mist

By Karen Marie Moning,

Why should I read it?

1 author picked Beyond the Highland Mist as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

He would sell his warrior soul to possess her. . . .

An alluring laird...

He was known throughout the kingdom as Hawk, legendary predator of the battlefield and the boudoir. No woman could refuse his touch, but no woman ever stirred his heart—until a vengeful fairy tumbled Adrienne de Simone out of modern-day Seattle and into medieval Scotland. Captive in a century not her own, entirely too bold, too outspoken, she was an irresistible challenge to the sixteenth-century rogue. Coerced into a marriage with Hawk, Adrienne vowed to keep him at arm's length—but his sweet seduction played havoc with…


Charmed by the Past

By Aimee Robinson,

Book cover of Charmed by the Past

Why this book?

This book had me at, “Don’t worry dishes, no one is doing me, either.” And it just got better from there. This author has a fresh, funny, irreverent voice that flies off the page and made me laugh out loud. This is a fast-paced, romantic, sweet, and spicy story about soul mates connecting despite the barrier of time. Definitely pick it up and start following this talented new author! I’m glad I did!

Charmed by the Past

By Aimee Robinson,

Why should I read it?

1 author picked Charmed by the Past as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

She’s researching her family’s genealogy, but she never expected to become history herself.

Sarah Johansson is planning a family reunion when a photo of a little-known relative sparks her curiosity. A closer look at the post-World War I image causes her to tumble back in time to 1919 and into the hospital room of a brooding, wounded infantry corporal.

Jacob Bellamy is done with war and everything it involves. After risking his life in the trenches, he hopes to finally find peace by retiring to his family’s farm. But when the war’s toll strikes too close to home and lands…


Must Love Breeches: A Time Travel Romance

By Angela Quarles,

Book cover of Must Love Breeches: A Time Travel Romance

Why this book?

Do you like smart writing with lots of humor? How about historical accuracy with a nod to science fiction? Characters that speak to your soul? Must Love Breeches has all this and more. This romance pairs a modern woman with brains and an indomitable spirit with a rakishly handsome, revenge-seeking nobleman. The backdrop is an 1834 London so realistic you’ll be checking your pockets to make sure they weren’t picked.

Must Love Breeches: A Time Travel Romance

By Angela Quarles,

Why should I read it?

1 author picked Must Love Breeches as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

A USAToday bestseller. She's finally met the man of her dreams--too bad he lives in a different century!

A devoted history buff finds the re-enactment of a pre-Victorian ball in London a bit boring...until a mysterious artifact sweeps her back in time to the real event, and into the arms of a compelling British lord.

Isabelle Rochon can't believe it when she finds herself in the reality of 1830's London high society. She's thrilled to witness events and people she's studied. But she may also have to survive without modern tools or career--unless she can find a way to return…


Trapped in Time

By Evangeline Anderson, Reese Dante (illustrator), Barb Rice (editor)

Book cover of Trapped in Time

Why this book?

Evangeline Anderson writes steamy, swoony Alien romance. A lot of it. And I’ve read most of it with gusto. When she tossed in a story with an unconventional take on time travel, I grabbed it up the second it hit the ebook stores. As per usual for Evangeline, her hero and heroine leap off the page and the steamy bits made me tingle in all the right places. Pick this one up for a steamier, sci-fi take on time-travel romance.

Trapped in Time

By Evangeline Anderson, Reese Dante (illustrator), Barb Rice (editor)

Why should I read it?

1 author picked Trapped in Time as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

A woman trapped in the past... A dark, intense warrior who claims she is his wife... Will Caroline survive her stay in the parallel universe she has fallen into? Or will she be forever...Trapped in Time?
Dr. Caroline Lambert has a PhD in Astro-Temporal Physics but no clue about matters of the heart. Married to her work, she has built a machine called PORTAL, capable of opening a window into other universes. She believes it is only for observation, so imagine her horror when she finds herself sucked through the window and right into a whole other world--a world that…


True to the Highlander

By Barbara Longley,

Book cover of True to the Highlander

Why this book?

Setting, setting, setting! Barbara writes such lovely backdrops for her even more lovely characters, and this one takes you way back to the dangerous and politically charged fifteenth century. True to the Highlander kicks off a 4-book series, and each book is as engrossing and detailed as the last. I love when a character has a thing that separates them from the crowd, and that thing for Barbara’s heroine is her beautiful violin playing. Pick this one up, and your heart will be making music too, because this one tugs at the heartstrings.

True to the Highlander

By Barbara Longley,

Why should I read it?

1 author picked True to the Highlander as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

Treachery rules the Highlands of 1423. With their king captured by the English, Scottish nobles plot to ransom James behind the back of the brutal regent holding their land in his iron grip. But not every clan wishes to see King James back on his throne...

Sitting atop this powder keg of bloodthirsty rivalries, Malcolm of clan MacKintosh takes the mysterious, lone maiden he finds along his road as a bad omen...though an undeniably beautiful one. When he attempts to save her from a rogue within his own garrison, she deftly brings Malcolm to his knees. Who is this willful…


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