The best books about Chivalric romance

2 authors have picked their favorite books about Chivalric romance and why they recommend each book.

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Irresistible

By Melanie Harlow,

Book cover of Irresistible: Cloverleigh Farms Book 1

Melanie Harlow is the goddess of small-town romance! Her Cloverleigh Farms series is a set of interconnected stand-alone that follows five sisters and their road to love at their family’s Michigan winery. I love seeing the strong female relationships develop and it made me wish I had sisters! Melanie Harlow also writes top-notch spice! I promise once you get into her books, you’ll be bingeing her entire backlist. It’s just that good.


Who am I?

I am an author who writes hot-as-sin small-town romance. As an avid romance reader, when I found my love of all small-town things combined with high heat of steamy romance, I was hooked! With steamy, small-town romance you get feel-good, heartfelt romances with steamy, open-door scenes. If it can make you blush and warm your heart, I’m all in! In my list, I’ve included a variety of small-town romance authors that will tug at your heartstrings in one scene and have you fanning yourself in the next. 


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The Badge and the Bad Boy

By Lena Hendrix,

Book cover of The Badge and the Bad Boy

What is my book about?

The Badge and the Bad Boy is a steamy, small-town romance that centers on a former Mafia Enforcer. After leaving the life, he is sequestered to a remote ranch in Montana as he tries to rebuild his life in Witness Protection. When a female cop from his past shows up on the ranch, his carefully crafted life is upturned. They are drawn to each other but their relationship threatens their safety and the new life Evan is trying to build. It’s got high heat, but all of the sweet, tender moments that a feel-good romance brings. It’s the first in a series of interconnected stand-alones and each can be enjoyed on their own! 

The Slave

By Kate Aaron,

Book cover of The Slave

I love a good world-building tale, and this series is phenomenal. I also felt a real connection with Kai in the second book, The Soldier, but to understand him, you have to read this book first. Kai’s thrown into a situation not of his own making, but he manages to land on his own feet. Not only that, but he finds the courage to open his heart in a situation where he’d be justified in completely shutting down. His bravery is something to behold. I also loved Tam’s unwavering optimism and their Master’s heart of gold. Unconventional relationships are my jam, and this is a gem of a series.


Who am I?

As part of the LGBTQ+ rainbow, I know firsthand what it is to be othered, and I grew up desperately wanting to read about and watch characters like me in books and movies. Now that I’ve found a genre of books that celebrates LGBTQ+ lives, I can’t help but want to read and write the stories I’ve always wanted to see and experience in the world of fiction and romance. Everyone deserves love, and I want to share that love with as many people as I can.


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Power Exchange

By A.J. Rose,

Book cover of Power Exchange

What is my book about?

The moment Detective Gavin DeGrassi enters the BDSM world to solve a brutal slaying, he’s mesmerized and out of his depth. Enter consultant Dr. Ben Haverson, a psychologist and respected Dom. With Ben’s attention on both the case and Gavin's murky truths, Gavin delves deeper than ever into his submissive nature. Forced to scrutinize his innermost desires, Gavin has a choice: deny submission out of fear, or dive in and use his newfound knowledge to solve the case. 

With another victim discovered, Gavin’s choice is made for him, pulling him into the deepest, most emotional journey of his life. Unfortunately for him and Ben, a killer has targeted the D/s pair. Can Gavin outwit them, or will his first exchange of power be his last?

Don Quixote

By Miguel De Cervantes, Edith Grossman (translator),

Book cover of Don Quixote

There had to be a choice between this and my other favourite grand classic, Moby Dick, but for me, Cervantes just pips Melville to the post for his sheer, unutterably heartwarming and forgiving consideration of human nature. It's extraordinary how this 400+ year–old novel, one of the very first 'modern' novels has stood the test of time so resiliently, and the answer to that lies, I think in its absolute universality. We can all recognise parts of ourselves in the knight of the sorrowful countenance and his equally heroic squire, Sancho Panza because they are aspects of the same psyche.

For me, the translation by J. M. Cohen is still the best, though if your Spanish is good it's not that daunting in the original. I am always moved when I read this book, and I suppose if there were room, I'd have this in my coffin too!


Who am I?

I think Zoroastrianism got it right: there's a constant knife-edge balance between good and evil, with neither quite winning; but we shouldn't be overconfident that one day that balance will tip to the bad side because that is always more dominant. Art in all forms has served dictators and tyrants as well as criticised them; few works have ever actually changed anything. If they have, it's been through literature most of all. Zola's 'j'accuse' and Sinclair's 'the jungle' are two obvious examples, but all the books I have chosen are powerful tools for self–examination, and as someone who is particularly interested in man's inhumanity to man I have found them useful. 


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The Journey Back from Hell

By Anton Gill,

Book cover of The Journey Back from Hell

What is my book about?

The Journey Back from Hell is the result of interviews with Jewish and gentile survivors, from all walks of life, of the Nazi concentration camps. It's the result of talking to people throughout Europe, Israel, the USA, and Canada, a journey I made between 1985 and 1988. The book is now a standard work in the area of Holocaust history. 

The Miller's Tale

By Geoffrey Chaucer, Michael Alexander,

Book cover of The Miller's Tale

Chaucer didn’t invent erotica, but he must be the all-time bestselling writer of medieval smut. He wrote The Miller’s Tale to entertain fellow travellers on a pilgrimage. I bet they lapped it up. This bawdy celebration of lust and trickery is as rude — and hilarious —  as it was 400 years ago.


Who am I?

I'm a journalist who worked as a daily newspaper reporter and editor for 40 years for the Daily Mail in London, the South China Morning Post in Hong Kong, the Sunday Australian in Sydney, and most recently the Vancouver Sun in Canada. My first novel was an erotic comedy, not much in that genre since Chaucer wrote The Miller’s Tale. My second, River Boy is about a skinny Canadian kid who can walk on water. No one has had that gig for 2000 years — and we’re not sure about the last guy. But is River Boy a brilliant illusionist or the long-awaited Second Coming? And if he is the new Messiah, why does the Christian church want to kill him?


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Spank: The Improbable Adventures of George Aloysius Brown

By Alan Daniels,

Book cover of Spank: The Improbable Adventures of George Aloysius Brown

What is my book about?

It’s about consensual spanking as foreplay. Hose down the neighbours, retire the back rub, this is more sexy than a massage,  more sensual, more visceral, more tactile. Spank is also a laugh-out-loud comedy, with quirky characters and bizarre scenarios involved in the improbable adventures of a middle-aged retired civil servant, and the desires of a beautiful Cambridge graduate with a dark sexual past.

Where else will you meet a titled lady who makes pornographic movies, an aspiring Hollywood movie actress who sells telephone sex; a librarian with a sideline of entertaining ‘assertive older gentlemen’; and a dominatrix at a posh S&M club who really wants to be a ballet dancer.

Wild at Heart

By Patricia Gaffney,

Book cover of Wild at Heart

Wild at Heart is my #1 favorite historical romance. Unfortunately, it is out of print. The writing is beautiful, the story heart-wrenching, and the heroine adventurous in a subtle way as she challenges those who are studying a man raised by wolves to view him not as an object but as a person. I found this story to be perfection. If you can find a copy, you won’t be disappointed.


Who am I?

I am the bestselling author of more than 46 romance novels. I love history, enjoy research, and am always looking for little-known facts to make my stories more authentic. Some of those facts have revealed that women in the 19th century often took on occupations, hobbies, or causes that challenged them and sometimes placed them in danger. Although seldom acknowledged as such, women in the 19th century were a force to be reckoned with, although their contributions were often overlooked. But through reading personal accounts, letters of the time, biographies, and nonfiction accounts about various women’s roles, I have gained a greater appreciation for how daring women have been throughout history.


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The Return of the Duke: Once Upon a Dukedom

By Lorraine Heath,

Book cover of The Return of the Duke: Once Upon a Dukedom

What is my book about?

When his father, the Duke of Wolfford, is hanged for an assassination attempt on Queen Victoria, Marcus Stanwick is stripped of everything. Vowing to return honor to his family, he seeks to expose the others involved in the treasonous plot. His search forces him to turn to a woman he despises for her unforgivable betrayal.

Harboring secrets, Esme Lancaster has her own reasons for wanting to discover who’s behind the conspiracy that’s still afoot. As their hunt for the truth leads them into danger, they’re unable to deny their growing desire for each other. But giving in to temptation comes at a cost, and they must decide if love is worth the risk of losing their one chance for redemption.

Suffering the Scot

By Nichole Van,

Book cover of Suffering the Scot

A lady trying to reform a gentleman takes a delightful twist in this story about a perfectly civilized Scotsman who inherits a British title and the family and estates that go along with it, only to find they all expect him to need lessons in etiquette. Nichole Van knows just the right tone to take to make you fall in love with them all. 


Who am I?

As the author of more than 50 works of warm, witty historical romance, I love seeking out stories that will make me smile. I’m a firm believer in happy endings, in the books I write, and the books I read. I’m also a bit obsessed with history, having driven a carriage four-in-hand, learned to fence, and sailed on a tall ship, all in the name of research.


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Never Doubt a Duke

By Regina Scott,

Book cover of Never Doubt a Duke

What is my book about?

When the mysterious owner of the Fortune Employment Agency and her cat arrange for the irrepressible Jane Kimball to take the governess’ position with the Duke of Wey, everyone has doubts. Alaric, Duke of Wey, may command his staff, his tenants, and the halls of Parliament, but he can’t manage his own daughters. As an old danger rears its head, he comes to rely on Jane’s practical nature to navigate the waters of fatherhood. And when necessity dictates he take a wife, thoughts turn to an unlikely governess who might make the perfect bride.

Dating Mr. Darcy

By Kate O'Keeffe,

Book cover of Dating Mr. Darcy

This light-hearted romcom is guaranteed to be a hit with Pride and Prejudice fans. The heroine, Emma Brady, is cast in a Jane Austen-themed reality TV dating show… Only she isn’t there looking for romance. Unlike the other contestants, her ulterior motive is to get exposure for her activewear brand so her business will thrive. Only things get complicated when she falls for Mr. Darcy after all – and he is committed to the show for reasons Emma can’t comprehend. Full of twists and turns, characterful contestants, and a truckload of Pride and Prejudice references, this story is an absolute riot.


Who am I?

Known for my sweet billionaire romance novels, I am a purveyor of book boyfriends and happy endings. I absolutely love romance stories as you know exactly what you’re in for when you pick them up. You know there will be a Happily Ever After no matter how dire things get at any given point in the story so you can really just sit back and enjoy the ride. As an author I always write epilogues and I’ve built up a growing universe where characters pop in and out of each other’s books. It’s my happy place and as an author I love sharing that world with others.


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The Billionaire's Regret

By Laura Wolf,

Book cover of The Billionaire's Regret

What is my book about?

In this first book in my Crypto-Billionaire Brotherhood series, we meet Chase Duke who has his entire world flipped upside down when he inherits his friend’s four-year-old daughter. He has no other option than to return home to his family ranch in Montana, even though he hasn’t spoken to them in a decade. As he struggles to step into the role of a stand-in father, the presence of Maddy Baker complicates things further… especially as they discover neither of them have moved on. 

Filthy

By Serena Akeroyd,

Book cover of Filthy

The mob’s come calling for Aoife. Of course, when the guy making the call is 6 feet of scrumptious in a sinfully good suit… it makes sense to pick up the phone. I love this book because there’s a huge ensemble cast—and they all feel like their own characters. Aoife, specifically; is bitingly funny, and Finn’s got a great conflict between the life he’s in, and the one he wants. It isn’t a redemption story, but it feels like one by the end. Akeroyd’s also got an extensive universe built up around this suite of characters, and it’s fun to follow the characters throughout the different series. It’s also a fresh mix of thriller plot and romance tropes; for instance, she lays the groundwork for a conspiracy that blends politics, the mob, and a secret society bent on controlling both in between blisteringly hot smut scenes.

Who am I?

K is an INTJ, 5w4, and a cat person. She loves a pulse-thudding plot and a heat level hotter than a gun barrel on a battlefield. She enjoys accurate action sequences, scary villains, and smokeshow heroes with redemption arcs. T is an ENTJ, an 8w7, and a dog mom. She writes villains who square up, heroes who step up, and heroines who level up. She prefers her romance with a side of high-stakes geopolitical brinkmanship, because the only thing better than saving the world is celebrating the win afterward. K and T are long-time readers of high heat dark romances and look forward to sharing their writing with other spice aficionados.


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No Time for Caution

By K.T. Samois,

Book cover of No Time for Caution

What is my book about?

Riona Araby is a barista with a "connected" family, a dirty book tucked under her pillow, and a secret desire to meet Master Right. When a chance meeting with a handsome stranger in the airport sparks the affair of a lifetime, Riona realizes her attraction to this dangerous man may cost everything she’s willing to give… and more.

Captain James Hardin – once of the US Naval Special Warfare Development Group and now of no fixed address – has blood on his hands, and a price on his head. On the run from the world’s most dangerous criminal, the Captain has few allies, many enemies, and no options. As Hardin’s past and Riona’s future collide they quickly realize that with stakes this high, there’s no time for caution.

The Ecstasy of Cornelia Day

By Magen Cubed,

Book cover of The Ecstasy of Cornelia Day

When it comes to monster romances off the beaten path, Magen Cubed is not afraid to play with more macabre themes. I enjoy all of their shorts, but The Ecstasy of Cornelia Day really sold me. When Cordelia moves into a new house, she realizes there are still spirits within its walls, and she starts to feel more than fear for the specters that haunt her. If you’re a fan of the pottery scene in Ghost and aren’t afraid to get a spooky and ethereal…try this. You’ll thank me.


Who am I?

Monsters intrigue me. I’ve always enjoyed the weird and obscure – the creatures who are recognizably not human. Being a queer, autistic person, I’ve often felt as if I didn’t understand the world…or the world didn’t understand me. Reading and writing about monsters sheds a new light on the parts of myself that I was taught are undesirable. By conventional standards, the monsters in these stories are horrifying, yet they find people who love them and their monstrosity. Monsters get their happy endings – and I can get mine, too.


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Feed: An Erotic Monster Romance (Hunger Duet Book 1)

By Aveda Vice,

Book cover of Feed: An Erotic Monster Romance (Hunger Duet Book 1)

What is my book about?

Avirin has a dirty little secret. She hates her fae coworker – but that’s no surprise. Not when Pye’s tattoos and easy-going attitude clash with her pencil skirts and rigid expectations. Those strict rules help her maintain a corporate appearance so no one catches onto the truth of what she is...

A succubus, secretly scheduling the feedings she needs to survive. Imagine her shock to find Pye on her doorstep offering their services. Avirin should refuse, but the need to feed is growing stronger...and once she gets a taste of him, she’s not sure her hunger will be sated by anything less than his body against hers.

Moonshot

By Alessandra Torre,

Book cover of Moonshot

I've never read anything with this style of writing. Ever. It was refreshing and poignant while also having the ability to sucker-punch me right in the chest with angsty goodness. I knew I would be walking into a sports romance, I had heard she could write the schmexiness, but what I didn't know was that Moonshot would be so un-put-downable that I would be a worthless human being until I devoured every last page - and devour I did.


Who am I?

I’m a self-published romance author with a hankering for angst and sports romance. As an international bestselling author myself, I’m addicted to finding the next book that will make my pulse race, my eyes red from reading all night, and my stomach ache with the desperation of wanting to dive into the fictional world an author has created. You can follow all my book reviews on Goodreads, and check out my bestselling sports romances on my website. 


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The Wrong Game

By Kandi Steiner,

Book cover of The Wrong Game

What is my book about?

Two season tickets. One genius idea. Zero interest in a relationship. The plan is simple: a brand new, hot, preferably funny, definitely single male will fill one of those seats for every Bears game at Soldier Field. And I’ll fill the other.

I can’t think of a better way to use the season passes I’d bought for my ex-husband. I am a woman of plans, and this one’s foolproof. Until Zach Bowen offers to be my practice round. He’s infuriating. Presumptuous and overbearing. And absolutely, undeniably gorgeous. Any woman with a heartbeat would be attracted to him, and mine picks up speed every time he speaks. But as I said, I’m a woman of plans — and I’m not backing down on this one. He can try to change the rules, but here’s the truth: he can’t win if he’s playing the wrong game.

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