My Top 10 Heyer Novels

These are the 10 Heyer novels I love the most, however, just in alphabetical order since it was hard enough to pick only ten and there’s no way I’d be able to narrow it down any further.

arabellaArabella
This was the first Heyer hero that I truly fell for. Arabella is determined to take Mr. Beaumaris down a peg–by pretending to be a great heiress under the assumption that she will never meet him again. Unfortunately (or fortunately?) Arabella meets Mr. Beaumaris once again in London, and the dance between them begins. Mr. Beaumaris knows very well that she’s not a heiress at all…

Cotillioncotillion
Since I was not a big fan of The Grand Sophy the first time I read it, this was the second book I read by her and the one that solidified my love for Heyer. I was definitely invested in Kitty Charing’s choice between her two cousins, Jack and Freddy since I hated Jack with a passion and I determined that if Kitty chose Jack I would swear off Georgette Heyer forever. But really, it was a start of an odyssey.

cousinkateCousin Kate
I hear that a lot of Heyer’s fans don’t like this one and I’m not sure why since I find the characters in this book to be the most complex. Its probably the one with the plot line that makes the most sense while being the most creepy of her work. The character of Kate’s cousin, Torquil, is a mentally ill man whom his mother (Kate’s half-aunt, in fact) hopes to marry him off to Kate in the hopes Kate can control him (and stop the estate from falling in the hands of their other cousin, Mr. Phillip Broome, should Torquil die). Unfortunately for her half-aunt, Kate and Mr. Broome discover the plot.

Devil’s Cubdevilscub
Since Vidal is definitely… not a chivalrous suitor to say the least, I definitely think this is the most controversial of Heyer’s work and probably where abusive romance became mainstream, which makes it a difficult book to recommend no matter how much I personally love it. So I do admit that the book is problematic, but there is just something about the book overall that I find so swoon worthy. I guess this is my weakness when it comes to Heyer.

fredericaFrederica
For a long time I think this was my favorite novel by Heyer (now I’d be hard pressed to choose…) since Frederica was an older girl compared to a lot of Heyer’s other works (since then though, I’ve learned she does more work with some older ladies, but this remains my favorite of that group) since I’m older as well and without a romance myself and therefore identify with Frederica more than the other heroines. Not to mention, Alverstoke is a fantastic hero and rates pretty high in my list of swoon worthy heroes.

The Grand Sophythegrandsophy
This was actually the first book I read by her and I don’t remember being very impressed with it at the time. On a re-read this year however, I decided that I was insane and this book was absolutely amazing! Sophy is adorable and infuriating all the same and Charles is not quite the immense bore that I remember. Plus the final scene is all that one would wish it to be no matter how tangled the plot lines get, Heyer always wraps them up in a neat little bow.

thenonesuchThe Nonesuch
Waldo is another one of Heyer’s heroes that are positively swoon worthy. I often wonder if this is the book where the philanthropic hero trope in regency romances comes from. You have to admit that its hard to find a modern regency romance writer that has not featured a philanthropic hero in one of their books. If Waldo is where that started, then everyone else pales in comparison. Waldo’s charity runs in the line of orphans, which is how he meets our heroine, Miss Trent, who is acting as a companion and governess to the children of one of the matrons in the neighborhood of the estate that he inherits and intends to use to house his orphans. Waldo then has to set about the task of convincing Miss Trent that its perfectly okay for him to marry a mere governess.

The Quiet Gentlemanthequietgentleman
I think this is an underrated Heyer work, I don’t see it mentioned much on lists like these, possibly because Gervase is kind of a boring hero compared to some others. But I rather like him for being so kind and gentle as opposed to the steel that you find in the rest of her heroes, pretty much across the board. Plus this is one of the books where the heroine truly gets to save the hero and there’s no more capable heroine than the practical Miss Morville.

regencybuckRegency Buck
This is another one of Heyer’s work that fans seem to not like as much as I think they should. I think this is just a difference of opinion, however, I think people don’t like Judith’s immaturity or they don’t like that Worth tries to boss her around because the infuriating girl keeps acting without propriety. Mostly this book is a mystery with Worth knowing all the answers–but unable to convince Judith of the truth and taking drastic but exciting measures.

Venetiavenetia
If you want a tortured rake, this is the book for you. Venetia has been warned off from Damerel, an infamous rake said to hold orgies and other terrible, terrible things. He falls in with Venetia after mistaking her for a maid and kissing her in his orchard, and then they become best of friends. Venetia and Damerel are definitely my favorite Heyer couple.

Honorable Mentions: The Talisman Ring, April Lady, Charity Girl, Black Sheep, The Convenient Marriage and The Unknown Ajax.

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Tired of the Heat? These 10 Reads Will Chill Your Summer

cousinkate10. Cousin Kate by Georgette Heyer
A light, but gothic regency romance that follows orphan Kate Malvern as she goes to stay with her theauctioneerhalf-aunt in her ancestral home where a sinister plot unfolds.

09. The Auctioneer by Joan Samson
Tension is high in this story of greed in small town America. Slowly, John Moore, his family and his neighbors are stripped of all their belongings by the auctioneer Perly Dunsmore, and they begin to turn on each other.

08. Out by Natsuo Kirino
There’s nothing like a story of middle-aged women coutonspiring together to commit murder and dispose of the bodies for profit to give you the shivers.thereoncewasawoman

07. There Once Lived a Woman Who Tried to Kill Her Neighbor’s Baby: Scary Fairy Tales by Ludmilla Petrushevkaya
If you’ve never read any Russian fairy tales, you are missing out on some of the creepiest tales. Not only do these stories always seem to take place in winter but they have the effect of chilling you right to the bone.

neverletmego06. Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro
It may be impossible to find a book more haunting and more likely to leave you revengein despair. A young woman recounts her life leading up to that point and the revelation of what her future holds for her will leave you gasping.

05. Revenge by Yoko Ogawa
In this sinister, beautiful collection, Yoko Ogawa tells the haunting and strange stories of one-of-a-kind characters.

undertheskin04. Under the Skin by Michel Faber
In rural Scotland, a mysterious woman who picks up unsuspecting hitchhikers, drugs them and delivers them to her partners who mutilate and fatten her victims so they can be turned into meat.ice

03. Ice by Anna Kavan
Ice is a brutal, haunting narrative that takes place in a frozen post-apocalyptic future.

lettherightonein02. Let the Right One In by John Ajvide Lindqvist
This chilling tale takes place almost in its entirety in Stockholm, Sweden and a good part of it takes place in winter. We are introduced to a morbid young boy weneedtotalkaboutkevinnamed Oskar who befriends his new neighbor. Meanwhile, around Stockholm murders are taking place, leaving their victims drained of blood.

01. We Need to Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver
The number one book sure to chill you is a tragic, disturbing tale about a mother’s path to redemption after all the guilt caused by the crimes committed by her son.