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Don’t let your historical romance books languish too long!

Welcome to Romanceopoly, the yearly reading challenge . You’ve landed on Past Eaves where your challenge is to read the historical romance book that’s been on your TBR the longest. Alternatively, if you want to take it easy, read any historical romance book of your choosing.



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I blame the authors. My TBR is getting out of control and it’s all their fault, why must they write things I really want to read? I have things on my Goodreads that I put there over decade ago. A. Decade. Even though the books have been languishing there for so long, I can’t bring myself to remove them. There are so many amazing books on my TBR, and I don’t want to forget that I want to read them.

This challenge is to help tackle the TBR problem. Go to your bookshelves either online or physical, find the historical romance that has been unread the longest…and finally, read it! Or if not the very oldest, at least one of your five oldest books.

If you don’t have any historical romance books on your TBR (say what?!) then…read whichever historical romance that takes your fancy.

Genre only challenge

If you’re doing the genre only version of the challenge, pick any historical romance book of your choosing! For more historical romance book recommendations take a look at our Historical romance page on Under the Covers book blog.

The five oldest books on my TBR!


by Julia Quinn

Publisher’s synopsis

American heiress Emma Dunster has always been fun-loving and independent with no wish to settle into marriage. She plans to enjoy her Season in London in more unconventional ways than husband-hunting. But this time Emma’s high-jinks lead her into dangerous temptation…

Alexander Ridgely, the Duke of Ashbourne, is a notorious rake who carefully avoids the risk of love…until he plants one reckless kiss on the sensuous lips of this high-spirited innocent…and condemns himself to delicious torment. Little does he know that his passion has touched the very soul of the lovely enchantress…and committed them both to a lifetime of splendid ecstasy.


In Bed with the Devil
by Lorraine Heath

Publisher’s synopsis

They call him the Devil Earl—a scoundrel and accused murderer who grew up on the violent London streets. A proper young lady risks more than her reputation when consorting with the roguishly handsome Lucian Langdon, but Lady Catherine Mabry believes she has no choice. To protect those she loves, she would do anything—even strike a bargain with the devil himself.

Lucian desires respectability and a wife above all else, but the woman of his choosing lacks the social graces to be accepted by the aristocracy. Catherine can help Lucian gain everything he wants. But what she asks for in exchange will put their very lives in jeopardy. When danger closes in, Catherine discovers a man of immense passion and he discovers a woman of immeasurable courage. As secrets from his dark past are revealed, Lucian begins to question everything he knows to be true, including the yearnings of his own heart.

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Second Sight
by Amanda Quick

Publisher’s synopsis

Venetia Milton’s memories of a romantic night with Gabriel Jones—an alchemist’s descendant—are shattered soon thereafter by news of his death. Adopting the guise of his respectable widow, she embarks on a new career as a fashionable photographer in London, where her unique ability to “see” beyond her subjects makes her photographs highly prized.
But Venetia’s romantic whim causes unexpected trouble. For one thing, Mr. Jones is about to stride, living and breathing, back into her life. And someone he is tracking will go to any lengths, even murder, to possess an ancient, extraordinary secret that has been lost for centuries. Someone who believes that as the “wife” of Mr. Jones, Venetia is the key…


by Pamela Clare

Publisher’s synopsis

A hand-picked cadre of warriors, they had the fierce courage of their Scots forefathers, combined with the stealth and cunning of the Indians who lived beside them in the wilderness. Battling the French in a no-holds-barred combat, they forged a new brand of honor, became a new breed of men…MacKinnon’s Rangers

Iain MacKinnon had been forced to serve the British crown, but compassion urged him to save the lovely lass facing certain death at the hands of the Abenaki. He’d defied his orders, endangered his brothers, his men and his mission, all for a woman. But when he held Annie’s sweet body in his arms, he could feel no regret. Though he sensed she was hiding something from him, it was too late to hold back his heart. In love and war, there are times when the only course of action is…Surrender.


One Night With You
by Sophie Jordan

Publisher’s synopsis

Anything can happen after dark . . .

Tired of being treated like a servant by her own family, Lady Jane Guthrie finally has a chance to escape . . . at least for one night. Attired in a daring gown, she arrives at a scandalous courtesans’ masquerade ball looking forward to her few hours of freedom. But when she sees Seth Rutledge, her skin begins to tingle with anticipation. Many years ago, Seth broke her heart by falling for her beautiful, title-hungry sister. But now here he is, right in front of her, offering her his lips . . .

Embittered by war, Seth returns home to inherit the title that would have once won him the woman of his dreams. Though duty demands he wed, he’s convinced passion no longer has a place in his life . . . until a masked siren sets his heart aflame. Desperate to find her again, he has no idea it’s his childhood friend Jane–and that after one night together their lives will never be the same.