Yes, YA Historical Romances are a Thing, and You Should Be Reading Them


There’s something magical about romance taking place in yesteryear. A romantic story taking place years upon years ago always feels like a real-life fairy tale. From the outfits, to breaking social norms, to bowing and curtsying and kissing on the back of hands – there is just so much romantic goodness in history-based stories. 

Fortunately, there are plenty of YA books to get our hist-rom fix. From standalones to series, and being inspired by stories or influenced with magic, these five YA books will make you want to pile your TBR pile with all the sultry and sweet historical romances that grace the genre. 

These five YA books will make your heart beat in excitement. 

Dangerous Alliance: An Austentacious Romance by Jennieke Cohen

What do you get when a book is inspired by Jane Austen and her novels? A romantic standalone with some sweet humor. 

Set in the early 19th century, we follow Lady Victoria Aston – or Vicky – as she learns that her home estate is not as safe as she expected and is now expected to marry to secure it. While Vicky would much rather tend the fields around her home, she is prepared for society’s season with her beloved Jane Austen novels.

This standalone is full of witty, swoon-worthy moments that will make you want to go back and reread your favorite Austen novels. 

Lovely War by Julie Berry

One part mythology, one part history, and 100% romance – what more would you prefer in a novel? Berry is known for her great fiction including The Passion of Dolssa, another lovely historical read. Lovely War will leave you stunned by its beauty and twists and turns. 

During World War II, the goddess Aphrodite tells stories of two pairs of WWI lovers to her husband Hephastus and lover Ares. In 1917, Hazel and James fall for each other at a London party while Aubrey Edwards is sent to the trenches in Europe where he meets and falls in love with Colette. This multi-layered story will make your heart cry out for each of the pairs as they race against war. 

This standalone is truly magical and heart wrenching in all of the best ways. 

When We Caught Fire by Anna Godbersen

From the author of the glowing The Luxe series is a standalone romance that is so hot.

In 1871 Chicago, Emmeline has it all as her father finds new wealth and she’s engaged to the most eligible bachelor in the city. But she has also left a lot behind too, including her childhood friend, Anders. Fiona, Emmeline’s childhood best friend, can’t be more thrilled in Emmeline’s engagement as she now can pursue Anders herself. But as friendships are broken and the city becomes hot and dry, this friendship might be ruined with a spark that will set the entire city ablaze. 

Fall in love with this sexy standalone that puts friendship, love, and Chicago all at risk. 

The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee

Romance taken to the high seas makes for a great story, and fortunately in this series, there are three books that do so! 

Monty was born to inherit a British estate but he is much more interested in gambling, drinking, and dreaming about his best friend, Percy. But when Monty, Percy, and Monty’s sister Felicity go on a Grand Tour of Europe, Monty’s relationship grows as they take on a manhunt. 

Start this exciting and romantic trilogy by Lee and enjoy the world of the Montague siblings. 

The Beautiful by Renée Ahdieh

Ahdieh always has the best romances as seen with The Wrath and the Dawn and the Flame in the Mist. The Beautiful is just as delicious as her other reads. 

In 1872 New Orleans, Celine arrives after fleeing Paris and taken in by Ursuline nuns. Soon she is exploring the lovely dark and glitzy underworld of La Cour des Lions and its gorgeously handsome leader, Sébastien Saint Germain. But when deaths begin to pop up around the city and point to Sébastien, Celine is determined to get to the bottom of it as she falls for him. 

You will quickly adore the first book in this duology thanks to its enigmatic characters and sultry romance. It’s sequel, The Damned, will be released later this summer. 

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