Oh I just finished my binge watch of Bridgerton and I could not have been more thrilled with the adaptation. Definitely one of the better book to tv/movie adaptations lately!
The casting was incredible, I think it captured what I loved about the books that I’ve read in the series, the cast was ABSOLUTELY impeccable.
It really and truly made me want to finally finish the books I haven’t read in the series!! I read the first few books years ago and now I definitely want to get back into them.
Maybe you’ve just finished Bridgerton and are looking for, after you promptly binge the rest of Julia Quinn’s Bridgerton series, books like Bridgerton on Netflix. I’ve got a great reading list for books to read if you love Bridgerton!
Update: HOORAY! It’s being renewed for season 2!
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Books For Fans Of The Bridgerton Series
Julia Quinn’s Bridgerton series was MY first foray into historical romance and I quickly fell in love the light Regency romance filled with plenty of swoons, angst and humor. And the family, I loved the family immediately.
The series definitely made me look at a genre that I had previously dismissed as “probably not for me.” Julia Quinn is a perfect foray into historical romance honestly.
Plus the regency period has become MY FAVE to read. So here’s some other historical romance series fans of Bridgerton should read next after you finish the rest of the Bridgerton books!
Lisa Kleypas’ Wallflower series
If you enjoyed the hunt for husbands in Bridgerton and wished Daphne had a group of friends to share that experience that all with, this is a great series to start. But rather than it being about someone like Daphne, coveted and sought after, it’s more about a character like Penelope who is mostly ignored at the balls and stuff.
This series chronicles four women in London society, not necessarily the most sought after ladies, who must use their wit and wiles to find suitable husbands and decide to band together to find each one of them a husband.
Lisa Kleypas is a must-read romance author (my first foray into her books was actual with her non-historical romance book Sugar Daddy) and I think this series is perfect if you liked Bridgerton.
Lisa Kleypas’ The Hathaways series
(Yes, another Lisa Kleypas because she is so good).
If you enjoyed the family aspect of Bridgerton and following along the sibling’s individual love stories, try this series. I think it’s great for fans of Bridgerton!
It’s about a quirky family who comes into an inheritance which elevates them into higher society and must learn to navigate this new world and life.
P.S. She also has another siblings centered series in the Ravenels but I haven’t read them yet.
The Duchess Deal by Tessa Dare
(part of the Girl Meets Duke series)
If you enjoyed the marriage of convenience part of Bridgerton, check this first book out in this series!
It’s like the opposite plot point of Simon — the hero, who also is a broody guy who wants to be alone due to his past, is DESPERATE to find an heir and proposes a marriage of convenience to a woman, the seamstress who made his ex fiance’s wedding dress and is in desperate need of money, and places a ton of rules and terms on their marriage that’s goal is to produce an heir.
The heroine has some terms of her own and the two find themselves in a precarious toeing of the line of these rules. SA-WOON.
I always end up blushing while listening to romance novels via audiobooks, to be honest with you, vs reading them but a reader’s gotta do what a reader’s gotta do to find extra time to read. My audiobook platform of choice is LibroFM — it’s like Audible but better IMO and supports brick and mortar bookstores. Check out my review of LibroFM.
Bringing Down The Duke by Evie Dunmore
If you Eloise is your fave from the Bridgerton tv series and you were HERE for all of her “if I were a man I could do this” talks….you gotta read this one. It was one of my fave romances I read this year!
It’s about a smart and strong young women who finds herself part of the women’s suffrage movement in England in 1879 and ends up on an undercover mission to get some powerful men on their side.
Her target is the broody and cold (yet very influential) Duke of Montgomery who she finds herself attracted to but whom she could never fall for because of their difference in stances on things. He’s attracted to her but she isn’t duchess material in social standing.
IT’S SO GOOD.
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A Week to Be Wicked by Tessa Dare
If you liked the whole fake courtship/convincing people they are in love trope of Daphne and Simon’s story, this one out of Tessa Dare’s Spindle Cove series is a good one.
It’s about a lord and spinster-to-be who need to get out of Spindle Cove (aka spinster’s cove) and fake an elopement so they get the heck out of dodge. Their carriage journey is full of adventures and mishaps…plus ONLY ONE BED trope. (My fave, omg, ONLY ONE BED WHAT SHALL WE DO tension).
The whole series is really worth a read though!!
Sarah MacLean’s Love By Numbers trilogy
Sarah MacLean, like Julia Quinn, is a staple in the historical romance world and is a good one if you just want more REALLY GREAT Regency era historical romance in your life.
If you loved the gossip and the scandals and wondered what happens to those who fall from grace after scandals in the Bridgerton type world, this series for you!
The Duke Heist by Erica Ridley
If you are looking for another family-centered Regency set romance series, check out the first book in the Wild Wynchesters. As of right now there are two books out (with a third out likely in 2022) and it’s such a fun new series if you liked Bridgerton and the family aspect of that — except all these siblings are of the found family variety. They were all orphans adopted by a wealthy Baron who has just passed away in the first book. It was such a fun read just like Bridgerton!
So there’s a good starter guide for books that are like the Bridgerton series. What are you some good Bridgerton readalikes/ books similar to Bridgerton that you think people should read next?
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