Dearest Gentle Her Campus Reader,
If, having blitzed through the newest season of Netflix’s Bridgerton over the weekend, you are craving more swoon-worthy romances, then look no further than the following list of books. Whether they take place in Regency England or not, you’re certain to encounter dreamy characters with crackling chemistry, discover opulent locations battling to be the most extravagant, and uncover scandalous secrets primed to make ripples through society.
Bringing Down The Duke by Evie Dunmore
A fiercely independent vicar’s daughter, newly enrolled at Oxford University, takes on a powerful duke in a fiery love story that threatens to upend the British social order.
The Downstairs Girl by Stacey Lee
When her pseudonymous newspaper advice column becomes wildly popular, lady’s maid Jo Kuan uses her position to challenge society’s views on race and gender.
The View Was Exhausting by Mikaella Clements & Onjuli Datta
International movie star, Whitman Tagore, and jet-setting playboy, Leo Milanowski, appear to have the greatest love story of all time. Their kisses write headlines and their fights break the internet. Nobody needs to know it’s not real.
The Lady Tempts an Heir by Harper St. George
A fake engagement brings a Lady harbouring daring plans for her women’s charity, but who is facing financial ruin, together with the American heir looking to avoid an unwanted marriage.
The Siren of Sussex by Mimi Matthews
Victorian high society’s most daring equestrienne finds love and an unexpected ally in her fight for independence in the arms of London’s most sought-after and devastatingly handsome tailor.
If I Never Met You by Mhairi McFarlane
To curb humiliation, the recently dumped Laurie sets up a fake dating scheme with the office playboy, who happens to be in dire need of a respectable girlfriend.
An Heiress’s Guide to Deception and Desire by Manda Collins
An heiress garnering a scandalous reputation and a Viscount bound by duty are forced to set aside their complicated history when a dear friend is kidnapped.
The Dating Plan by Sara Desai
To get matchmaking relatives off her back, Daisy asks her childhood crush to be her decoy fiancé. He agrees to the plan to secure his inheritance, not expecting sparks to soon fly between them.
Never Fall For Your Fiancée by Virginia Heath
A handsome earl hires a fake fiancée to keep his matchmaking mother at bay, but hilarity ensues when love threatens to complicate everything.