For all that the bulk of my reading in 2023 was comprised of historical romances, it's mostly contemporary ones that topped the list of my favorite new releases of the year. Perhaps because the comfort that comes from backlist historicals is a different animal than reading current things geared toward a market I also write for? Or do I just not read enough new historicals? Beats me! At any rate, I sifted through the 187 books I devoured and narrowed down 20 that really embodied, for me, the breadth of what our genre has to offer.
Obligatory disclaimer: I know—or have professional connections with—several authors listed below, but I try my best to be objective when evaluating what works and doesn't work for me as a reader.
You can check out my 2022 Top 20 round-up here.
1. We'll Never Have Paris by Adriana Anders