5 Reasons to Give Regency Romance a Try if You Love Contemporary Romance


[Note from Frolic: This post is brought to you by our friends at Kensington. Looking for your next regency romance novel? Look no further than Notorious by Minerva Spencer and The Secret Life of Miss Anna Marsh by Ella Quinn!]

Everyone has a favorite genre. For some, it’s science fiction and for others, literary fiction reigns supreme. And there’s no shame in sticking to what you love! But if you find yourself in a reading slump, it might help to try out a new genre. Today’s article is for the contemporary romance lovers. If you love contemporary romance, here are five reasons that you’ll love regency romance, too!

1.The Tropes

Do you love tropes like brother’s best friend and best friend’s brother? You may be surprised to learn that all of that tropey goodness can be found in regency romance, too! Our picks for today are Notorious by Minerva Spenser and The Secret Life of Miss Anna Marsh by Ella Quinn. In Notorious, Drusilla has always been opposed to marriage…except when it comes to her best friend’s brother, Gabriel. Will a marriage of convenience lead to something more? 

The Secret Life of Miss Anna Marsh is just as swoony and fun, but this time with a “best friend’s brother” twist! Can Anna and Sebastian come together and finally give in to their chemistry?

2. The Tension

One of the best things in contemporary romance is the romantic tension between the two leads! While that might look like two enemies trapped in a hotel room together in contemporary, it could be a sensual dance or getting caught in a rainstorm in Regency. Whatever the vehicle, that tension is universal! In Notorious, the tension rises when Gabriel rescues Drusilla from danger. Swoon.

3. The HEA

You know what you’re getting in romance, no matter what! Regency is no different. When you start reading, you can rest assured that the two leads will live happily ever after. And who wouldn’t want to marry a baron (The Secret Life of Miss Anna Marsh) or a Rake (Notorious)?

4. The Glamour

This one’s for our billionaire romance lovers! If you love reading about glitz, glamour and status, you’ll love reading about all of the balls and other ritzy events that regency protagonists attend. You think those ballgowns come cheap? No, ma’am. 

5. The Romance of Course!

At the end of the day, you’re looking for a love story. Whether that takes place in an office, on a yacht or in a sprawling manor home owned by a mysterious, grumpy hero, you’ll walk away with a fuzzy feeling. We promise. 

If we’ve convinced you to give regency romance a try, here are two great books to add to your TBR right away!

Notorious by Minerva Spencer, out now!

The cure for a willful wife . . .
 Drusilla Clare is full of opinions about why a woman shouldn’t marry. But that doesn’t stop the rush of desire she feels each time her best friend’s brother, notorious rake Gabriel Marlington, crosses her path. So imagine her dismay when she finds herself in the clutches of a scoundrel, only to be rescued by Gabriel himself.  And when Gabriel’s heartless—and heart-pounding—proposal comes, it’s enough to make Dru’s formidable resolve crumble . . .

. . . is a smitten husband.

She’s sharp-tongued, exasperating—and due to one careless moment—about to become his wife. Still, something about Drusilla has Gabriel intrigued. First there’s the delicious flush of her skin every time she delivers a barb—and then the surprisingly sensual feel of her in his arms. Gabriel even finds himself challenged by her unusual philosophies. And when he discovers a clandestine rival for Dru’s affection, his temperature flares even hotter. But the real threat to their happiness is one neither of the newlyweds sees coming. If they’re to save their future—and their very lives—they’ll need to trust in each other and their growing love.

The Secret Life of Miss Anna Marsh by Ella Quinn, out now!

Since she was a young girl, Anna Marsh has dreamed of Sebastian, Baron Rutherford asking for her hand in marriage. But that was in another life when her brother Harry was alive, before she vowed to secretly continue the work he valiantly died for. Now as Sebastian finally courts Anna, she must thwart his advances. Were he to discover her secret, he would never deem her a suitable wife…

Sebastian has always known Anna would become his wife someday. He expects few obstacles, but when she dissuades him at every turn he soon realizes there is much more to this intriguing woman. Somehow he must prove to her that they are meant to be together. But first he must unravel the seductive mystery that is Miss Anna Marsh…

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