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Here you can recommend books (and other forms of media if you like) set in the Regency Era! To start us off, I've added a bunch I like, but everyone is free to add their own! You can put just the book/series title and the author's name, and/or you can upload the cover and synopsis and/or tell us specifically what it's about in your own words and why you like it! Please leave a note or warning if there are sex scenes or potentially triggering material included in the work, though. Also please only put one series or book per post.

P.S. DON'T JUDGE ME ON MY TASTE, I WENT THROUGH A SEXY REGENCY PHASE. And also don't feel obligated to only post sexy things, just because I oversaturated y'alls with mine trolololol. xD
 
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His At Night by Sherry Thomas
From Goodreads: "Love is hottest in the darkness before dawn.

Elissande Edgerton is a desperate woman, a virtual prisoner in the home of her tyrannical uncle. Only through marriage can she claim the freedom she craves. But how to catch the perfect man?

Lord Vere is used to baiting irresistible traps. As a secret agent for the government, he’s tracked down some of the most devious criminals in London, all the while maintaining his cover as one of Society’s most harmless—and idiotic—bachelors. But nothing can prepare him for the scandal of being ensnared by Elissande.

Forced into a marriage of convenience, Elissande and Vere are each about to discover that they’re not the only one with a hidden agenda. With seduction their only weapon—and a dark secret from the past endangering both their lives—can they learn to trust each other even as they surrender to a passion that won’t be denied?"

One of my favorites, in huge part because I am definitely a sucker for Regency spy romances. xD But also I think the angle that they're both kind of hiding their realities from the other is done very well here (up to a point, towards the end I started getting annoyed by how long it had stayed around), and the leads have a really good chemistry when they're being themselves. Think of it kind of like if "How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days" and "The Scarlet Pimpernel" (1982 film) were crossed. (Also if you haven't seen them before, go watch those movies, they're both EXCELLENT.)
 
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The Dressmakers series by Loretta Chase
Three hard-working, half-French sisters from a fallen noble family pursue their passion to run the best milliner shop in town, never suspecting their own lives would get caught up with aristocratic men who take their passion in a whole new direction. This is one of my favorite Regency series, both because Loretta Chase is legitimately a good author who manages to weave poignant moments and very realistic, human concerns into her mostly well-crafted, well-paced little romances, and also because it focuses on some hard-working ladies who don't sacrifice their passion for their work for the men who walk into their lives.
 
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The Madison Sisters series by Lynsay Sands
Three to-be heiresses deal with the corpse of one of the sister's awful, dead husband. Turns out her actual legal husband is still alive, the man who died was his twin brother who tried to kill him, and while trying to solve the mystery of the imposter's murder, she and the husband who'd never actually gotten married to her strike up a HOT STEAMY CONNECTION. This one is just SOOO fun and funny. I will admit since there are multiple perspectives in this series, bits of it get a little bit repetitive, but the sisters are fun and have a lot of personality, and the books in general are just a good time to read, really. I also vaguely recall it being very sexy, but imma go ahead and spoil that one of the first sex scenes ends up getting ruined by the discovery of the corpse, and those two things together really somehow punch up the comedy more than the sexy, hahahahahahaha. xD
 
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The Renegade Royals series by Vanessa Kelly
A whole series on British spies in the Regency era? YES. SIGN ME UP. Most of these are cute, well-written, and hit the right note of action with emotion that isn't like, infuriatingly angsty, and despite their action-oriented heroes, the heroines are active and a delight to read without losing all trace of femininity. (I honestly think this is a great example of how the Regency era is one of the best settings I've ever seen to write women that can be both feminine and assertive/have a great deal of agency in the story, iirc though granted it's been some years since I've read these ones.)
 
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One Night Scandal by Christie Kelley
From Goodreads: "Born on the wrong side of the blanket, matchmaker Sophie Reynard understands the consequences of unbridled desire all too well. Despite the many highborn friends she has matched, falling in love with an aristocrat without a pedigree of her own would be an act of futility. But that doesn’t stop her from succumbing to one evening of anonymous passion…

A Lifetime of Desire

Nicholas Tenbury, Marquess of Ancroft, knows nothing of Sophie’s lineage. He knows only that the enchanting beauty captured his heart in one night and then fled, leaving no trace of her identity. But when he seeks answers from London’s finest matchmaker, he finds none other than the woman herself—stubbornly refusing to acknowledge the attraction they share! Now the enamored Marquess has no choice but to sway Sophie with seduction…"

A rather bog-standard Regency romance, but I really like the weird "mystic" angle they have going here, where the female lead is y'know, the psychic matchmaker character. I think it works well. None of the other books in this series ever really captured me, though, tbh. The one I could find, anyways.
 
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Not Quite a Husband by Sherry Thomas
From Goodreads: "Their marriage lasted only slightly longer than the honeymoon—to no one’s surprise, not even Bryony Asquith’s. A man as talented, handsome, and sought after by society as Leo Marsden couldn't possibly want to spend his entire life with a woman who rebelled against propriety by becoming a doctor. Why, then, three years after their annulment and half a world away, does he track her down at her clinic in the remotest corner of India?

Leo has no reason to think Bryony could ever forgive him for the way he treated her, but he won’t rest until he’s delivered an urgent message from her sister—and fulfilled his duty by escorting her safely back to England. But as they risk their lives for each other on the journey home, will the biggest danger be the treacherous war around them—or their rekindling passion?"

It is, at times, a little frustrating how much they seem to hate each other, but the characters definitely have great chemistry, and it's nice to see one of these novels set somewhere else for once. If enemies (or rather, estranged lovers) to lovers is your thing, I'd DEFINITELY rec this one.
 
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The Royal Entourage series by Sophia Nash
From Goodreads: "Six Regency heroes—One royal hangover

An infamous night has been lost to memory. The scandalous Dukes of the Royal Entourage must make amends. The first step is a heroic rescue.

One of England's most disreputable peers, Alexander Barclay, Duke of Kress, has stumbled upon a perfect opportunity for redemption. Having been exiled to Cornwall by the Prince Regent himself, Barclay discovers lovely Roxanne Vanderhaven clinging to the edge of a cliff, stranded there by her murderous blackguard of a husband . . . just waiting to be rescued.

Back on solid ground, Roxanne is desperate for a new life— once she's retaliated for her husband's despicable actions. Surprisingly, she finds herself drawn to her unlikely champion, certainly the last man in England she could count on. Yet, the infamous Duke of Kress isn't quite the scoundrel he seems . . ."

This one focuses on a set of high class bad boys, basically, but I really enjoy the way this author writes her plots, and iirc, her male leads.
 
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The Duchess of Love by Sally McKenzie
A rather goofy entry (and a rather goofy series), that I don't remember very much about, but I do recall being decent fun to read.
 
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The Wylder Sisters series by Isabella Bradford
Similar to the previous entry, I don't remember a ton about this one, and it wasn't like my favorite ever, but I do remember it being fun enough to read. Similar to OTHER entries, this one focuses on three sisters snagging Dukes and all that. Most of these triple threat sister series have like, the rambunctious, "not-like-other-girls" sister in some form or variant (except The Dressmakers series, that one's too good to need that BS), and I think this one really leans into that a bit more than I quite love myself.
 
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If you ever have wished to see what happened to Georgiana Darcy from Jane Austen's Pride & Prejudice, and if you like a splash of modern Regency interpretation, Anna Elliott might be to your liking. She has a whole series running on the side characters of Jane Austen's beloved books, and though her style is definitely not as witty, sarcastic, or anywhere near historically accurate, it is a nice homage to Jane Austen. What author would not love to know that they have inspired a whole (fanfiction) series, after all?

A little bit (a whole lot actually) ridiculous, with the (re)appearance of our beloved Jane Austen characters, both fellow side-characters to main characters, who break out of character so hilariously bad they may as well be their own new version of Catherine de'Bourgh, and some modern open-mindedness this is definitely more of a book for those that enjoy the Regency as a romantic genre more.

'Georgiana Darcy's Diary' should be available for free through online book apps like iBooks (I at least got it for free years ago)!
 
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