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Ten Authors I Would Recommend to Readers Who Have Never Read Historical Fiction
1. Courtney Milan
Milan does not write the traditional historical romance. The heroines do not need saving from some rich lord, because they are smart and capable. Also, there are political issues such as female suffrage in the 1800s. My favorite series of hers so far is Brothers Sinister which starts with the prequel novella The Governess Affair.
2. Sarah MacLean
I have never read a Sarah MacLean novel I have not loved. You can start with either The Rules of Scoundrels series or Love By Numbers. Both contain clever and engaging dialogue with likable heroines and yummy heroes.
3. Julia Quinn
Julia Quinn writes the more traditional historical romance with sweet love stories. However, the Bridgertons series is one of my favorite historical romance series.
4. Lisa Kleypas
Kleypas is another traditional Historical Romance author that is fantastic. I read the The Hathaways series first, but the Wallflowers is actually first chronologically. I know that Devil in Winter, book 3 of the Wallflowers, is on a lot of people's best Historical Romance lists.
5. Mary Balogh
I've read all of Balogh's Bedwyn Saga and some of Huxtable Quintet and have loved all of the books. Balogh is very traditional and gives a more authentic regency feel to her books.
6. Eloisa James
I have only read the first two books in James' fairy-tale retellings series, but I really enjoyed them. Eloisa James is another traditional author, and I know that she comes highly recommended. Her name just showed up in one of my Ilona Andrews books, Clean Sweep!
7. Meljean Brook
Brook is one of my favorite authors period, because she awesomely combines alternate history with Steampunk and romance. I read through her entire Iron Seas series in less than a month, including most of the novellas. I can't recommend Brook enough if you think you might like a little steampunk. Each book in the series concerns a different couple which characters range from a cop, an airship pirate captain, an author and a treasure hunter.
8. Kristen Callihan
Callihan's Darkest London isn't strictly Steampunk; it also has a little bit of Paranormal Romance. The first book Firelight is a Beauty and the Beast retelling which of course I loved.
9. Gail Carriger
Full of tongue-in-cheek British humor, Parasol Protectorate, was one of my first forays into Steampunk and I loved it. She also has a young adult spin-off series, Finishing School, set in the same universe.
10. Bec McMaster
This is a darker series and like Callihan's Darkest London , the London Steampunk is a mix of Steampunk and Paranormal Romance.