the original ballin’ bodice ripper list will soon be history


I created this list two years ago and have revisited it twice since then. I’ve spent the past few weeks (electronically) thumbing through many of these books and have realized the list is no longer representative of my favorites in historical romance. I am at work on a revised, and shorter, list. I suppose my standards are rising with my years.

Adele Ashworth My Darling Caroline
Anna Campbell Untouched
Anne Mallory Three Nights of Sin
Anne Mallory Seven Secrets of Seduction
Anne Mallory One Night Is Never Enough
Anne Stuart Reckless
Anne Stuart Ruthless
Anne Stuart Breathless
Beverley Kendall Sinful Surrender
Beverley Kendall A Taste of Desire
Callaway, Grace Her Husband’s Harlot
Carolyn Jewel Scandal
Carolyn Jewel Lord Ruin
Catherine Kean Dance of Desire
Cecilia Grant A Lady Awakened
Christina Dodd A Well Pleasured Lady

Christina Dodd That Scandalous Evening
Christina Dodd One Kiss From You
Christina Dodd Rules of Attraction
Christine Wells Wicked Little Game
Connie Brockway As You Desire
Courtney Milan Unveiled
Courtney Milan Unlocked
Courtney Milan Unclaimed
Courtney Milan Unraveled
Elizabeth Essex
The Pursuit of Pleasure
Elizabeth Essex A Sense of Sin
Elizabeth Essex The Danger of Desire
Elizabeth Hoyt The Raven Prince
Elizabeth Hoyt The Serpent Prince
Elizabeth Hoyt To Taste Temptation
Elizabeth Hoyt To Seduce a Sinner
Elizabeth Hoyt The Leopard Prince
Eloisa James Fool for Love
Eloisa James A Duke of Her Own
Eloisa James A Kiss at Midnight
Emma Wildes An Indecent Proposition
Emma Wildes Our Wicked Mistake
Grace Burrowes The Heir
Hope Tarr Vanquished
Jeannie Lin Butterfly Swords
Jenna Petersen The Unclaimed Duchess
Jennifer Ashley Madness of Lord Ian MacKenzie
Jennifer Ashley The Many Sins of Lord Cameron
Jennifer Haymore A Hint of Wicked
Jess Michaels Everything Forbidden
Jess Michaels Taboo
Jillian Hunter The Seduction of an English Scoundrel
Jo Beverley The Dragon’s Bride
Jo Goodman One Forbidden Evening
Jo Goodman The Price of Desire
Jo Goodman Never Love a Lawman
Jo Goodman Marry Me
Joanna Bourne The Spymaster’s Lady
Joanna Bourne My Lord and Spymaster
Joanna Bourne The Forbidden Rose
Joanna Bourne The Black Hawk
Johanna Lindsey Prisoner of My Desire
Judith Ivory The Proposition
Judith James Libertine’s Kiss
Julia London The Year of Living Scandalously
Julia London The Revenge of Lord Eberlin
Julia Quinn The Duke and I
Julia Quinn The Viscount Who Loved Me
Julia Quinn Romancing Mister Bridgerton
Julia Quinn When He Was Wicked
Julia Quinn The Secret Diaries of Miss Miranda Cheever
Julia Quinn What Happens in London
J Quinn, E James, C Brockway The Lady Most Likely…: A Novel in Three Parts
Julie Anne Long To Love a Thief
Julie Anne Long The Secret to Seduction
Julie Anne Long Like No Other Lover
Julie Anne Long I Kissed an Earl
Julie Anne Long What I Did for a Duke
Karen Hawkins An Affair to Remember
Karen Ranney Till Next We Meet
Karen Ranney An Unlikely Governess
Karen Ranney The Devil Wears Tartan
Karen Ranney A Scotsman in Love
Kathleen Woodiwiss Wolf and the Dove
Kris Kennedy The Irish Warrior
Laura Kinsale The Shadow and the Star
Laura Kinsale Flowers From the Storm
Laura Lee Guhrke Guilty Pleasures
Laura Lee Guhrke Secret Desires of a Gentleman
Lisa Kleypas Where Dreams Begin
Lisa Kleypas Suddenly You
Lisa Kleypas Again the Magic
Lisa Kleypas Secrets of a Summer Night
Lisa Kleypas It Happened One Autumn
Lisa Kleypas The Devil in Winter
Lisa Kleypas Mine Till Midnight
Lisa Kleypas Tempt Me at Twilight
Lisa Valdez Passion
Liz Carlyle A Deal With the Devil
Liz Carlyle The Devil to Pay
Liz Carlyle Wicked All Day
Loretta Chase Captives of the Night
Loretta Chase Lord of Scoundrels
Loretta Chase Lord Perfect
Loretta Chase Last Night’s Scandal
Loretta Chase Silk Is for Seduction
Lorraine Heath Always to Remember
Lorraine Heath In Bed With the Devil
Lorraine Heath Waking Up With the Duke
Madeline Hunter By Design
Madeline Hunter The Rules of Seduction
Madeline Hunter Secrets of Surrender
Madeline Hunter The Sins of Lord Easterbrook
Madeline Hunter Ravishing in Red
Madeline Hunter Provocative in Pearls
Madeline Hunter Sinful in Satin
Madeline Hunter Dangerous in Diamonds
Margaret Mallory Knight of Desire
Mary Balogh First Comes Marriage
Mary Balogh Then Comes Seduction
Mary Balogh At Last Comes Love
Mary Jo Putney The Wild Child
Meljean Brook The Iron Duke
Melody Thomas A Match Made in Scandal
Melody Thomas Must Have Been the Moonlight
Melody Thomas Beauty and the Duke
Melody Thomas Claimed by a Scottish Lord
Meredith Duran The Duke of Shadows
Meredith Duran Bound by Your Touch
Meredith Duran Written on Your Skin
Meredith Duran Wicked Becomes You
Meredith Duran A Lady’s Lesson in Scandal
Nicola Cornick Desired
Nicole Jordan The Seduction
Pamela Clare Carnal Gift
Patricia Gaffney To Have and to Hold
Sabrina Jeffries Wed Him Before You Bed Him
Sabrina Jeffries How to Woo a Reluctant Lady
Sarah MacLean Ten Ways to Be Adored When Landing a Lord
Sarah MacLean Nine Rules to Break When Romancing a Rake
Sherry Thomas Private Arrangements
Sherry Thomas Delicious
Sherry Thomas His at Night
Silvia Violet A Carnal Agreement
Sophie Jordan Too Wicked to Tame
Sophie Jordan One Night With You
Stephanie Laurens Devil’s Bride
Stephanie Laurens A Secret Love
Stephanie Laurens The Lady Chosen
Stephanie Laurens Mastered by Love
Suzanne Enoch London’s Perfect Scoundrel
Suzanne Enoch A Beginner’s Guide to Rakes
Sylvia Day Seven Years to Sin
T. J. Bennett The Legacy
T. J. Bennett The Promise
Tessa Dare Goddess of the Hunt
Tracy Anne Warren My Fair Mistress: A Novel
Tracy Anne Warren Wicked Delights of a Bridal Bed
Tracy MacNish Stealing Midnight
Victoria Dahl To Tempt a Scotsman
Victoria Dahl A Rake’s Guide to Pleasure

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