10 Duke Historical Romance Novels To Fall In Love With
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Duke historical romance novels are loved by many romance readers because they usually are historical romance novels with possessive alpha males.
Because they are men in power and are super wealthy, Dukes have their fair share of challenges and trauma which make these romance novels more than just another steamy story.
They are often paired with women in society who challenge their status and privilege. Therefore many of these romances are enemies-to-lovers or forbidden romances.
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10 Duke Historical Romance Novels To Fall In Love With
If you’re looking for your next great Duke romance novel, look no further! Here is the list of best classic historical romance novels
1. The Duke and I by Julia Quinn
This novel tells the story of Daphne Bridgerton, the eldest Bridgerton daughter. It’s her first season in London and she is determined to find a suitor. However, with her protective brothers around, no men wants to even come close to her.
She strikes a deal with Duke Hastings (Simon) and they fake date for a mutually beneficial agreement.
But as they get to know each other better, they realize there might be more between them than just friendship.
I love Bridgerton way before it became a Netflix series! Julia Quinn writes one of the best steamy historical romance novels and The Duke and I is definitely one of them.
2. She Tempts The Duke by Lorraine Heath
Sebastian, future duke must protect himself and his brothers as they’re going to be murdered by their uncle as he wants the title for himself.
Lady Mary Wynne-Jones is a childhood friend of Sebastian and knows that something is amiss. She helps him to escape his uncle and he promises to see her again.
After ten years, they finally reunite. This is a childhood friends-to-lovers romance that readers adore.
3. Bringing Down The Duke by Evie Dunmore
If you’re looking for one of the best steamy historical romance novels with a duke in it, this one will bring the colour to your cheeks.
Annabelle is given a scholarship to study in Oxford, in exchange for being part of an active suffrage group that demands women’s rights and the amendment of the property act.
She is then assigned to get Duke Sebastian on her side as he is powerful and will help their movement. However, the two end up having strong feelings for each other.
Annabelle knows that a future with a powerful and wealthy man of society like Sebastian is not possible as it will stir a scandal.
Evie Dunmore has quickly became one of my favourite historical fiction romance novel authors. This is the first book in the series of “A League of Extraordinary Women” and has the forbidden romance trope to it.
Book two (A Rogue of One’s Own) and book three (Portrait of a Scotsman) aren’t duke-related but they’re incredibly witty, romantic, and steamy. The second book is my personal favourite!
4. The Duchess Hunt by Lorraine Heath
Hugh Brinsley-Norton, the Duke of Kingsland, is in need of a wife.
He puts out an advertisement in the paper on his requirements and ladies start to write in on why they’re the best match for him.
Penelope Pettypeace works for him and is on a quest to help him find his duchess. She goes through all the application and attends balls with him to filter out the best eligible young lady.
They both end up super attracted to each other but their romance is forbidden because Penelope is from a lower class and their relationship may cause a scandal.
5. My American Duchess by Eloisa James
This unique historical romance novel is quite different from others because it features an American heiress.
She’s been engaged many times and never makes it to the altar. She is determined to find a man that’ll keep his promise and marry her.
The Duke of Trent is infatuated with her, but things take a turn when his brother who is need of money proposes to her.
This is a brother’s fiance romance in historical romance fiction, a lesser-known romance trope.
6. Any Duchess Will Do by Tessa Dare
In Any Duchess Will Do, Duke of Halford does not want to get married, so his mother kidnaps him, takes him to Spinster Cove and asks him to pick a wife.
He ends up picking a barmaid to spite his mother. This is a fake relationship situation where he promises our main lead, Pauline a handsome amount of money if she plays along.
But of course, they end up falling for each other and it’s really fun to read about it.
7. The Duke Buys A Bride by Sophie Jordan
The Duke of Autenberry witnesses a young lady being auctioned off by her father’s friend.
He doesn’t want anything ill to happen to her so he pays a sum for her freedom. Later, he discovers he was paying for her to be his bride.
This duke romance novel has some travel literary to it as both characters travel together to his estate in Scotland. Their journey is adventure-filled and romance starts to bloom.
8. The Duchess War by Courtney Milan
Miss Minerva Lane has a traumatizing past that causes her to have social anxiety. She does not want to be around people and do not want any sort of attention.
However, she catches the attention of a duke and he is determined to find out more about Minerva. You will enjoy this duke romance novel if you like the “he falls first” romance trope.
9. My Darling Duke by Stacy Reid
To save her family from financial ruin, Katherine Danvers announces a fake engagement to a duke that has not been seen in town for years to restore their family’s status and reputation.
Things go south when Alexander Masters, Duke of Thornton, shows up in society eager to meet the women who is claiming to be his future duchess.
They end up spending time at his estate in Scotland and they’re soon burning for each other.
10. The Duchess Deal by Tessa Dare
Duke of Ashbury is in need of a wife. He needs an heir to continue his family legacy.
However, there’s a problem – one side of his face and body is scarred from war. No eligible young woman would want to marry him, let alone give him an heir. Plus, his fiance broke off the engagement after seeing him in person.
Emma, a seamstress who sew his fiance’s dress is from a respectable family. He offers her a marriage of convenience. No love or affection is required, she just has to let him in her bed. They’ll be husband and wife in name only.
There are three other Duke romance novels in this series:
Read More: Review: Girl Meets Duke Series by Tessa Dare
Wrap Up: Duke Historical Romance Novels
Which one of these duke historical romance novels will you pick up next?
My personal favourites are Bringing Down The Duke, The Duchess Deal and The Duke and I.