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Books for Fans of Bridgerton

Did you watch the spicy Regency romance series Bridgerton on Netflix? If so, you're not alone. The series was adapted by Shonda Rimes, based on the Bridgerton series of novels by Julia Quinn, so if you want more Bridgerton, Quinn's novels are a must. If you're still hungry for more historical romance novels, especially ones that capture the strong heroines and diversity depicted in the Netflix adaptation of Bridgerton, here are some other books to check out.

The Duke and I
The Duke and I
by Julia Quinn

From New York Times bestselling author Julia Quinn comes the first novel in the beloved Regency-set world of her charming, powerful Bridgerton family, now a series created by Shonda Rhimes for Netflix.
The madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie
The madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie
by Jennifer Ashley

Drawn to Ian Mackenzie, a Scottish lord rumored to be mad and not to be trusted, especially with a lady, Beth finds ecstasy in his arms and vows to heal his wounded heart. 
Wanted, a Gentleman
Wanted, a Gentleman
by K. J. Charles

Theodore Swann is a jobbing writer, proprietor of the Matrimonial Advertiser lonely hearts gazette, and all-round weasel. He’s the very last man that Martin St. Vincent would choose to rely on—and the only one who can help.

Martin is a wealthy merchant who finds himself obliged to put a stop to a young heiress’s romantic correspondence in the Matrimonial Advertiser. When she and her swain make a dash for Gretna Green, Martin drags Theo on a breakneck chase up the country to catch the runaway lovers before it’s too late.

Theo guards his secrets. Martin guards his heart. But as the two of them are thrown irresistibly together, entanglements, deceptions, and revelations come thick and fast…
Do you want to start a scandal
Do you want to start a scandal
by Tessa Dare

In order to avoid a forced marriage to Piers Brandon, Charlotte Highwood must uncover the identities of the two lovers involved in a scandalous library tryst the night of the Parkhurst ball, proving that she wasn't involved.
Bringing down the duke
Bringing down the duke
by Evie Dunmore

Recruiting men of influence to champion the rising women's suffrage movement of 1879 England, a daring Oxford rebel targets a cold and calculating duke before their unexpected romance threatens to upend the British social order. 
Arabella
Arabella
by Georgette Heyer

Arriving in London to make her debut, Arabella Tallant, the eldest daughter of a penniless vicar, finds herself pursued by amorous fortune hunters, including London's most irresistible bachelor after she reinvents herself as an heiress. 
Forbidden
Forbidden
by Beverly Jenkins

Rhine Fontaine is building the successful life he's always wanted--one that depends upon him passing for White, but after rescuing the beautiful Eddy Carmichael, he wishes, for the first time in years, that he could step out from behind the facade
Cold-hearted rake
Cold-hearted rake
by Lisa Kleypas

Inheriting not only an earldom, but also an estate riddled with debt and the late earl's three sisters and Kathleen, Lady Trenear, a beautiful young widow, Devon Ravenel engages in a sensual battle of wills with this woman whose sharp wit and determination are a match for his own. By a New York Times best-selling author.
Nine rules to break when romancing a rake
Nine rules to break when romancing a rake
by Sarah MacLean

Lady Calpurnia Hartwell, vowing to break the rules of society and live the life of pleasure she has been missing, finds a willing partner in Gabriel St. John, the Marquess of Ralston, but the game changes when she falls in love with this sinful aristocrat. 
The Duchess War
The Duchess War
by Courtney Milan

Miss Minerva Lane is a quiet, bespectacled wallflower, and she wants to keep it that way. After all, the last time she was the center of attention, it ended badly--so badly that she changed her name to escape her scandalous past. Wallflowers may not be the prettiest of blooms, but at least they don't get trampled. So when a handsome duke comes to town, the last thing she wants is his attention. But that's precisely what she gets. Because Robert Blaisdell, the Duke of Clermont, is not fooled. When Minnie figures out what he's up to, he realizes there is more to her than her spectacles and her quiet ways. And he's determined to lay her every secret bare before she can discover his. But this time, one shy miss may prove to be more than his match.
Talk Sweetly to Me
Talk Sweetly to Me
by Courtney Milan

Nobody knows who Miss Rose Sweetly is, and she prefers it that way. She's a shy, mathematically-minded shopkeeper's daughter who dreams of the stars. Women like her only ever come to attention through scandal. She'll take obscurity, thank you very much. All of England knows who Stephen Shaughnessy is. He's an infamous advice columnist and a known rake. When he moves into the house next door to Rose, she discovers that he's also wickedly funny, devilishly flirtatious, and heart-stoppingly handsome.
My darling duke
My darling duke
by Stacy Reid

Pretending to be engaged to the reclusive and mysterious Duke of Thornton to impress the ""ton"" and secure good matches for her sisters, Miss Katherine Danvers must pay a high price for using his name when he arrives in London.
The soldier's scoundrel
The soldier's scoundrel
by Cat Sebastian

Jack Turner grew up in the darkness of London's slums, born into a life of crime and willing to do anything to keep his belly full and his siblings safe. Now he uses the tricks and schemes of the underworld to help those who need the kind of assistance only a scoundrel can provide. His distrust of the nobility runs deep and his services do not extend to the gorgeous high-born soldier who personifies everything Jack will never be. 
 
After the chaos of war, Oliver Rivington craves the safe predictability of a gentleman's life-one that doesn't include sparring with a ne'er-do-well who flouts the law at every turn. But Jack tempts Oliver like no other man has before. Soon his yearning for the unapologetic criminal is only matched by Jack's pleasure in watching his genteel polish crumble every time they're together. 
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