What are the best lighthearted historical romance novels?

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    #1The Duke and I (Bridgerton)

    The Duke and I (Bridgerton)

    The Duke and I is a historical romance novel by Julia Quinn. Set in England during the Regency era, it tells the story of Simon Bassett and his pretend courtship with Daphne Bridgerton. It is the first book in the Bridgerton series.

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    Hu Dong
    Written on May 6, 2018
    "Definitely for the women. A story that is well, written and designed to entertain. Nice read for the money."
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    #2Dancing at Midnight (Splendid Trilogy)

    Dancing at Midnight (Splendid Trilogy)

    Dancing at Midnight is a Regency romance novel by Julia Quinn. It tells the story of Arabella, who meets and falls in love with Lord John Blackwood, a war veteran who turned into a recluse. It is the second book in the Splendid trilogy.

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    Nathan Price
    Written on April 17, 2018
    "This is the kind of story that has been told over and over again, and is not exactly appealing to me. Some readers will love it, and fall in love with the story and the characters but it wasn't that great for me. "
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    #3Love in the Afternoon (The Hathaways)

    Love in the Afternoon (The Hathaways)

    Love in the Afternoon is the fifth book in The Hathaways series written by Lisa Kleypas. This historical romance fiction book is first published in 2010 by St. Martin's Press. 

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    Mariana Leal
    Written on April 29, 2018
    "This is the best series of books that I have ever read! I started reading one night, and the next thing I know I finished the book about 4 o'clock in the morning! Time stood still. Great books!"
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    #4The Viscount Who Loved Me (Bridgerton Series)

    The Viscount Who Loved Me (Bridgerton Series)

    Anthony Bridgerton has finally decided to marry, but the woman who wants her to be his bride is none but his own sister, Kate Sheffield. She is reluctant to do so, but everything changes when his lips touch hers. 

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    Paul Miller
    Written on May 8, 2018
    "I recently read The Viscount Who Loved Me and thought it was okay. It's a lighthearted historical romance novel, but it took me awhile to finish it. I don't plan on finishing the series."
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    #5Whitney, My Love (Westmoreland Saga)

    Whitney, My Love (Westmoreland Saga)

    After her mother died, Whitney Stone was sent to France to live with her aunt and uncle, that managed to turn that girl into a sophisticated lady. Some months later, she finally gets back to England as a new woman, only to find out his father had arranged her marriage to save the family.

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    Stephanie Hunter
    Written on April 27, 2018
    "This book was a nice little read. I was looking for something more light than the last book I read. "
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    #6Ten Things I Love About You (Bevelstoke Series)

    Ten Things I Love About You (Bevelstoke Series)

    Ten Things I Love About You is a historical romance novel by Julia Quinn. It tells the story of Annabel Winslow, who is being courted by the elderly Lord Newbury to prevent his nephew, Sebastian Grey, from inheriting the earldom.

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    Wayne Baker
    Written on April 29, 2018
    "I wanted to read something lighthearded in the romance genre and found Ten Things I Love About You. It's not entirely whimsical but keeps a light approach. It's a fun story and deals with real issues regarding people who feel both real and distantly fabricated. I enjoyed it but others may be turned away."
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    #7An Offer From a Gentleman (Bridgerton Series)

    An Offer From a Gentleman (Bridgerton Series)

    An Offer From a Gentleman is the third book in the romance series Bridgertons written by Julia Quinn which centers on Sophie Beckett after she sneaks into Lady Bridgerton's famed masquerade ball where she meets Benedict Bridgerton.

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    Randy Torres
    Written on April 28, 2018
    "First and foremost I'd suggest giving the other two installments a shot before you arrive here. They're older, cheaper and still carry good quality. Most importantly, you'll know if you're interested or not. If you find the other two up to par? Then this is no let down!"
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    #8Nine Rules to Break When Romancing a Rake (Love By Numbers)

    Nine Rules to Break When Romancing a Rake (Love By Numbers)

    Nine Rules to Break When Romancing a Rake is a historical romance novel by Sarah MacLean. It tells the story of Callie, a spinster, who manages to catch a marquess by being who she is. It is the first book in the Love By Numbers series.


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    Kyle Nichols
    Written on May 4, 2018
    "Comedy tickle your fancy? History turn your crank? Nine rules to break when Romancing a Rake (Love by Number) delivers both of these in spades in this historical romance novel. "
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    #9Just Like Heaven (Smythe-Smith Quarter)

    Just Like Heaven (Smythe-Smith Quarter)
    Just Like Heaven is a historical romance novel by Julia Quinn. It tells the story of Marcus Holroyd as he starts to see Honoria as more than just his best friend's little sister. It is the first book in the Smythe-Smith quartet.
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    Jason Harrison
    Written on April 28, 2018
    "This is an incredibly charming story, with likable leads who have chemistry right from their very first encounter. I loved Honoria and Marcus's sparring sessions and all the comedic bits early in the book. I will never be able to see the words "mole hole" again with chuckling. I am a sucker for love stories where the two people have known each other forever and their feelings for each other sneak up on them. I also enjoy it when a potential couple's relationship deepens and becomes more intimate because one is nursing the other through a serious illness/injury. A scenario such as this takes up a good part of the middle section of the book and those chapters are quite compelling. I think it would be hard not to fall in love with someone under the circumstances in which Honoria and Marcus find themselves. Of course, they are parted and there are misunderstandings that lead to them questioning each other's motives and true feelings. But all is resolved in a satisfactory way and the book ended happily with the return of a character who will feature prominently in the next book of the series."
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    #10The Secret Diaries of Miss Miranda Cheever (Bevelstoke)

    The Secret Diaries of Miss Miranda Cheever (Bevelstoke)

    The Secret Diaries of Miss Miranda Cheever is a historical romance novel by Julia Quinn. It tells the story of Miranda Cheever, who swore to herself as a child to never let love pass her by. It is the first book in the Bevelstoke series.

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    Jordan Flores
    Written on April 22, 2018
    "Lighthearted historical romance is exactly what this is. I found the actual writing to be quite funny. There is ongoing wit, but not at the cost of plot development or characterization. I think it does a good job of conveying the very human contrasts between love and the frustrations of love, but in a humorous way. If you like this sort of book, go for it."
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    #11It's In His Kiss (Bridgerton Series)

    It's In His Kiss (Bridgerton Series)

    It's In His Kiss is the seventh book in the Bridgerton series by Julia Quinn. It tells the story of the youngest of the Bridgertons, Hyacinth, as romance blooms between her and Gareth St. Clair while the two of them engage in witty banter.

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    #12To Sir Phillip, With Love (Bridgerton)

    To Sir Phillip, With Love (Bridgerton)

    To Sir Phillip, With Love is a historical romance novel by Julia Quinn. Set in the Regency era, it tells the story of Eloise Bridgerton as she sets off to marry a man she's never met. It is the fifth book in the Bridgerton series.

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    Andy Ma
    Written on April 25, 2018
    "Historical fiction with a little bit of romance is one of my favorite genres. It can be hard to find novels that pay attention to historical details while making the romance not seem cliched. I think this book does a great job of straddling the line. "
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    #13England's Perfect Hero (Lessons in Love)

    England's Perfect Hero (Lessons in Love)

    England's Perfect Hero is a historical romance novel by Suzanne Enoch. First published in 2004, it is the third book in the Lessons in Love series. It tells the story of Robert Carroway as he teaches Lucinda Barrett about lessons in love.

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    Henry Bradley
    Written on April 27, 2018
    "England's Perfect Hero is a historical romance novel that follows Robert Carroway as he teaches a young girl about the intricacies of love. It's a story of a man who convinces a woman to take a chance on him even though he has little experience and complicated interests. It's an intriguing book, and I did enjoy that twist on old themes instead of following the formulas typically followed in these types of books. Overall I'd recommend it, and you might enjoy it as I did."
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    #14The Summer of You (Blue Raven)

    The Summer of You (Blue Raven)

    The Summer of You is the first book in the historical romance series Blue Raven written by Kate Noble which follows the romance between Lady Jane Cummings and Byrne Worth.

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    Zachary Medina
    Written on April 18, 2018
    "I bought this book for vacation when I needed a light read. Surprisingly deep characters and a very cool setting for a romance novel. I'll be looking for more from this author."
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