The terrific romances you'll find on this list include lead or integral secondary characters who are either real or fictional royalty, meaning they (or their close relatives) rule a state. Royals from Arab countries can be found on the Pirates, Sheiks and Vikings list.

(List begun 02/00, updated 07/14)


Ancient History Romances
Medieval and Renaissance Romances
Regency Romances
European Historical Romances
American Historical/Frontier Romances
Contemporary Romances
Alternate Reality


Ancient History Romances

  • The Barbarian (2004) by Judith E. French - Princess Roxanne and King Ptolemy (B+ at AAR)
  • The Conqueror (2003) by Judith E. French - Princess Roxanne and Alexander the Great (B+ at AAR)
  • Touch of the Golden Scepter (1981) by Lois T. Henderson (young adult) - King Ahasuerus and Queen Esther
  • The Lost Queen of Egypt (1937) by Lucile Morison (young adult) - Ankhesenamun, wife of King Tutankhamen
  • Hadassah: One Night with the King (2004) by Tommy Tenney and Mark Andrew Olsen - King Ahasuerus and Queen Esther (B- at AAR)

Medieval and Renaissance Romances

  • The King's Mistress (2005) by Terri Brisbin - King Henry II (B at AAR)
  • The Dark Queen (2005) by Susan Carroll - Catherine de Medici (A- at AAR)
  • Heart of Deception (1999) by Taylor Chase - Queen Elizabeth I
  • The Court of Love (1996) by Denée Cody - Queen Eleanor of Aquitaine
  • The Princess (1998) by Claire Delacroix - Princess Brianna of Tullymullagh (fictional) (B+/B at AAR)
  • The Maiden (1988) by Jude Deveraux - Prince Rowan of Lanconia (fictional)
  • The Emerald Swan (1998) by Jane Feather - King Henry IV of France
  • The Forgotten Queen (1998) by Haley Elizabeth Garwood - Empress Matilda
  • The Bride (1989) by Julie Garwood - King William the Conqueror (A at AAR)
  • The Prize (1991) by Julie Garwood - Queen Matilda (A at AAR)
  • Roselynde (1978) by Roberta Gellis - Queen Eleanor of Aquitaine and King Richard the Lionheart
  • Alinor (1978) by Roberta Gellis - King John
  • The Queen's Fool (2004) by Philippa Gregory - Queen Mary and Princess Elizabeth (A at AAR)
  • The Virgin's Lover (2004) by Philippa Gregory - Queen Elizabeth I (B+ at AAR)
  • Courtesan (1993) by Diane Haeger - Francois I and Prince Henri of France (A at AAR)
  • The Founding (1980) by Cynthia Harrod-Eagles - King Richard III
  • Dawnflight (1999) by Kim Headlee (Dark Ages) - King Arthur (B+ at AAR)
  • Desired (1995) by Virginia Henley - Edward, the Black Prince
  • The Dragon and the Jewel (1991) by Virginia Henley - King Henry III and Princess Eleanor
  • Great Maria (1974) by Cecelia Holland - Richard d'Alene (fictional)
  • Promise Of the Rose (1993) by Brenda Joyce - Princess Mary of Scotland (fictional)
  • She Who Laughs Last (2003) by Jennie Klassel - Prince Jibril of Dominion (fictional) (A- at AAR)
  • For My Lady's Heart (1993) by Laura Kinsale - Princess Melanthe of Monteverde (fictional) (A at AAR)
  • Shadowheart (2004) by Laura Kinsale - Princess Elayne of Monteverde (fictional) (B- at AAR)
  • Behind Closed Doors (1991) by Betina Krahn - Queen Elizabeth I (A at AAR)
  • The Princess and the Barbarian (1993) by Betina Krahn - Princess Thera of Mercia (fictional)
  • The Crimson Crown (1990) by Edith Layton - King Edward V and King Henry VII
  • Journey for a Princess (1960) by Margaret Leighton (young adult) - Elstrid, daughter of King Alfred the Great
  • His Lady's Ransom (7/1995) by Merline Lovelace - HH-275 - Henry II
  • Katherine (1954) by Anya Seton - John of Gaunt, Duke of Lancaster, son of Edward III (A at AAR)
  • His Forbidden Touch (1997) by Shelly Thacker - Princess Ciara of Chalons (fictional)
  • Born of the Sun (1989) by Joan Wolf (Dark Ages) - Ceawlin, King of the West Saxons
  • The Edge of Light (1990) by Joan Wolf - King Alfred the Great
  • The Road to Avalon (1988) by Joan Wolf (Dark Ages) - King Arthur
  • The Wolf and the Dove (1974) by Kathleen Woodiwiss - King William the Conqueror (A at AAR)

Regency Romances

  • A Royal Visit (1996) by Rebecca Baldwin - Prince Theodoric of Batavia (fictional)
  • The Countess and the Butler (2001) by Elizabeth Brodnax - Prince Michael of Estavia (fictional)
  • An Infamous Army (1937) by Georgette Heyer - Prince William of Orange (B+ at AAR)
  • Regency Buck (1935) by Georgette Heyer - George, the Prince Regent, and William, Duke of Cambridge
  • A Royal Escapade (1992) by Alicia Rasley - Princess Tatiana Nicholevna Denisova (fictional) and the Prince Regent
  • A Royal Connection (1998) by Margaret Summerville - Prince Max of Brunconia (fictional)

European Historical Romances

  • The Prince's Bride (2001) by Victoria Alexander - Crown Prince Alexei of Avalonia (fictional) (B at AAR)
  • The Bargain (1997) by Jane Ashford - the Prince Regent (A- at AAR)
  • Royal Passion (1985) by Jennifer Blake - Prince Roderic of Ruthenia (fictional)
  • The Barefoot Princess (2006) by Christina Dodd - Princess Amy of Beaumontagne (fictional) (B at AAR)
  • The Runaway Princess (1999) by Christina Dodd - Princess Ethelinda of Serephina and Crown Prince Danior of Baminia (fictional) (B+/C- at AAR)
  • Someday My Prince (1999) by Christina Dodd - Crown Princess Laurentia of Bertinierre (fictional) (C+ at AAR)
  • Splendor (1996) by Christine Dorsey - Queen Cassandra of Breslovia (fictional)
  • The Diamond Slipper (1997) by Jane Feather - Queen Marie Antoinette of France
  • The Pirate Prince (1998) by Gaelen Foley - Prince Lazar di Fiore of Ascencion (fictional) (A/B- at AAR)
  • Prince Charming (2000) by Gaelen Foley - Prince Raffaele de Fiore of Ascencion (fictional) (B at AAR)
  • Castles (1993) by Julie Garwood - Princess Alesandra (fictional) (A at AAR)
  • How to Master Your Marquess (2014) by Juliana Gray - Princess Stefanie of Holstein-Schweinwald-Huhnhof (fictional) (B at AAR)
  • How to School Your Scoundrel (2014) by Juliana Gray - Princess Luisa of Holstein-Schweinwald-Huhnhof (fictional) (B at AAR)
  • My Enemy, the Queen (1978) by Victoria Holt - Queen Elizabeth I
  • On the Night of Seventh Moon (1973) by Victoria Holt - Prince Maximilian of Rochenstein (fictional)
  • The Queen's Confession (1968) by Victoria Holt - Queen Marie Antoinette of France
  • A Kiss at Midnight (2010) by Eloisa James -Prince Gabriel von Aschenberg of Warl-Marburg-Baalsfeld (fictional) (B- at AAR)
  • Libertine's Kiss (2010) by Judith James - King Charles II (A at AAR)
  • Princess of Fortune (2004) by Miranda Jarrett - Princess Isabella di Fortunaro of Monteverde (fictional)
  • The Golden Barbarian (1992) by Iris Johansen - Princess Theresa Rubinoff of Tamrovia (fictional)
  • The Magnificent Rogue (1993) by Iris Johansen - Queen Elizabeth I and Mary Queen of Scots
  • Highland Princess (1996) by Samantha Kingsley - Queen Anne
  • Seize the Fire (1988) by Laura Kinsale - Princess Olympia St. Legar of Oriens (fictional)
  • Make Me Yours (6/2009) by Betina Krahn - HB-479 - Albert Edward, Prince of Wales (A at AAR)
  • To Dance With Kings (1989) by Rosalind Laker - King Louis XIV, King Louis XV, and King Louis XVI of France
  • Ever a Princess (2002) by Rebecca Hagan Lee - Princess Georgiana of Saxe-Wallerstein-Karolya (fictional) (B- at AAR)
  • Princess Annie (1994) by Linda Lael Miller - Prince Rafael St. James of Bavia (fictional)
  • A Prince Among Men (1997) by Kate Moore - Prince Alexander of Trevigna (fictional)
  • Silk and Shadows (1991) by Mary Jo Putney - Prince Peregrine of Kafiristan (disguised as prince) (fictional) (A at AAR)
  • Sins of a Wicked Princess (2013) by Anna Randol - Princess Juliana of Lenoria (fictional) (B at AAR)
  • Lady Gallant (1991) by Suzanne Robinson - Queen Mary and Princess Elizabeth (A at AAR)
  • My Dark Prince (2000) by Julia Ross - Prince Nicholas of Glarien (fictional) (B at AAR)
  • The Winter Prince (2007) by Cheryl Sawyer - Prince Rupert of Bohemia (B+ at AAR)
  • Island of the Swans (1989) by Ciji Ware - King George III
  • The Trouble with Princesses (2013) by Tracy Anne Warren - Princess Ariadne of Nordenbourg (fictional) (B+ at AAR)
  • Royal Bride (2001) by Joan Wolf - Prince Augustus of Jura (fictional) (B+ at AAR)

American Historical Romances

  • Royal Seduction (1983) by Jennifer Blake - Prince Rolfe of Ruthenia (fictional)
  • The Princess (1987) by Jude Deveraux - Princess Aria of Lanconia (fictional)
  • Once a Princess (1991) by Johanna Lindsey - Princess Tatiana Janacek of Cardinia and Stefan Barani, King of Cardinia (fictional) (B at AAR)

Contemporary Romances

  • Prince Joe (6/1996) by Suzanne Brockmann - SIM-720 - Joe Catalanotto (disguised as prince) (fictional) (A at AAR)
  • Undercover Princess (12/1999) by Suzanne Brockmann - SIM-968 - Princess Katherine Wyndham of Wynborough (fictional)
  • The Runaway Princess (2012) by Hester Browne - Prince Leopold of Nirona (fictional) (C at AAR)
  • Falling for Prince Federico (8/2004) by Nicole Burnham - SR-1732 - Prince Federico diTalora of San Rimini (fictional) (B at AAR)
  • Going to the Castle (12/2001) by Nicole Burnham - SR-1563 - Crown Prince Antony diTalora of San Rimini (fictional) (A- at AAR)
  • The Knight's Kiss (5/2003) by Nicole Burnham - SR-1663 - Princess Isabella of San Rimini (fictional) (B+ at AAR)
  • The Prince's Tutor (1/2003) by Nicole Burnham - SR-1640 - Stefano diTalora of San Rimini (fictional) (B- at AAR)
  • Royally Jacked (2004) by Niki Burnham (young adult) - Prince Georg of Schwerinborg (fictional) (B at AAR)
  • The Princess Diaries Series (2000-) by Meg Cabot - Princess Amelia "Mia" Thermopolis Renaldo of Genovia (fictional) (A/A- at AAR)
  • Suddenly Royal (2013) by Nichole Chase (new adult) - Crown Prince Alex D'Lynsal of Lilaria (fictional) (A- at AAR)
  • Recklessly Royal (2014) by Nichole Chase (new adult) - Princess Catherine D'Lynsal of Lilaria (fictional)
  • Lessons in Love (2007) by Kate Davies - Crown Prince Alex du Charbonneaux of Laurivenia (fictional)
  • Lessons in Trust (2008) by Kate Davies -Princess Lucia du Charbonneaux of Laurivenia (fictional)
  • The Prince's Wedding (12/2002) by Justine Davis - SIM-1190 - Crown Prince Lucas Sebastiani of Montebello (fictional)
  • Princess Ever After (2014) by Rachel Hauck (inspirational) - Princess Regina of Hessenberg (fictional) (B- at AAR)
  • The Golden Valkyrie (2/1984) by Iris Johansen - LS-31 - Prince Anton Sergei Lancelot "Lance" Rubinoff of Tamrovia (fictional)
  • Born to Protect (9/2001) by Virginia Kantra - SIM-1100 - Princess Christina Sebastiani of Montebello (fictional) (B at AAR)
  • A Prince of a Guy (11/1987) by Kathleen Korbel (Eileen Dreyer) - SD-389 - Prince Eric von Lieberhaven (fictional)
  • The Princess and the Pea (10/1988) by Kathleen Korbel (Eileen Dreyer) - SD-455 - Princess Cassandra of Moritania (fictional)
  • Prince for Sale (11/1975) by Rachel Lindsay - HP-117 - Prince Louis of Motavia (fictional)
  • Forbidden: The Millionaire's Virgin Princess (7/2008) by Lucy Monroe - HP-2739 - Princess Lina bin Fahd al Marwan (fictional)
  • The Princess and the Mercenary (2/2002) by Marilyn Pappano - SIM-1130 - Princess Anna Sebastiani of Montebello (fictional)
  • Princess in the Iron Mask (6/2013) by Victoria Parker - HP-3152 - Princess Claudine Verbault of Arunthia (fictional)
  • The Breadth of Heaven (4/1969) by Rosemary Pollack - HR-1294 - Prince Leonid of Tirhania (fictional)
  • Affaire Royale (5/1986) by Nora Roberts - SIM-142 - Princess Gabriella de Cordina (fictional)
  • Command Performance (7/1987) by Nora Roberts - SIM-198 - Prince Alexander de Cordina (fictional)
  • The Playboy Prince (10/1987) by Nora Roberts - SIM-212 - Prince Bennett de Cordina (fictional)
  • Cordina's Crown Jewel (2/2002) by Nora Roberts - SSE-1448 - Princess Camilla de Cordina (fictional) (B at AAR)
  • Sweet Revenge (1989) by Nora Roberts - Princess Adrianne al Jacquir (fictional)
  • Tiger Prince (9/1985) by Erin St. Claire aka Sandra Brown - SIM-112 - Derek Allen (fictional)
  • The Accidental Princess (1/1994) by Margaret St. George - HAR-518 - Marijana Laskowski, Princess of Boglandia (fictional)
  • Plain-Jane Princess (8/2001) by Karen Templeton - SIM-1096 - Princess Sophie Elzbieta Vlastos of Carpathia (fictional)
  • At His Majesty's Request (3/2014) by Maisey Yates - HP-3112 - Prince Stavros Drakos of Kyonos (fictional)
  • Hajar's Hidden Legacy (8/2012) by Maisey Yates - HPE-209 - Princess Katharine Rauch of Austrich (fictional)
  • Pretender to the Throne (3/2014) by Maisey Yates - HP-3219 - Prince Alexander Drakos of Kyonos (fictional)
  • A Royal World Apart (12/2012) by Maisey Yates - HP-3106 - Princess Evangelina Drakos of Kyonos (fictional)

Alternate Reality

  • Shadow's Claim (2012) by Kresley Cole - Princess Bettina of Abaddon (fictional) (A- at AAR)
  • The Royal Pain (2005) by MaryJanice Davidson - Princess Alexandria Baranov of Alaska (fictional)
  • The Royal Treatment (2004) by MaryJanice Davidson - Prince David Baranov of Alaska (fictional) (B at AAR)
  • Undead and Unemployed (2004) by MaryJanice Davidson - Betsy Taylor, Queen of the Vampires (fictional) (B at AAR)
  • Undead and Unwed (2004) by MaryJanice Davidson - Betsy Taylor, Queen of the Vampires (fictional) (A- at AAR)
  • Lord of the Storm (1994) by Justine Davis - Wolf of Trios (fictional) (A at AAR)
  • The Star King (2000) by Susan Grant - Prince Romlijhian B'Kah (fictional) (B+ at AAR)
  • The Star Prince (2001) by Susan Grant - Prince Ian Hamilton (fictional) (B at AAR)
  • The Star Princess (2003) by Susan Grant - Princess Ilana Hamilton and Prince Che Vedla (fictional) (B- at AAR)
  • Oracle (1998) by Katherine Greyle - Daken, King of Chigan (fictional) (B+ at AAR)
  • A Caress of Twilight (2002) by Laurell K. Hamilton - Princess Meredith NicEssus (fictional) (B+ at AAR)
  • A Kiss of Shadows (2000) by Laurell K. Hamilton - Princess Meredith NicEssus (fictional) (B+ at AAR)
  • Storm's Heart (2011) by Thea Harrison - Thistle "Tricks" Periwinkle aka Princess Niniane Lorelle of the Dark Fae (fictional)
  • Mine to Take (1998) by Dara Joy - Gian Ren (fictional) (A- at AAR)
  • Rejar (1997) by Dara Joy - Rejar ta'al Krue aka Russian Prince Nickolai (fictional) (A at AAR)
  • Styxx (2013) by Sherrilyn Kenyon - Styxx (fictional) (B+ at AAR)
  • The Mage's Daughter (2008) by Lynn Kurland - Prince Miach of Neroche and Morgan of Melksham (fictional) (B at AAR)
  • The Fairy Godmother (2004) by Mercedes Lackey - Prince Alexander (fictional) (B+ at AAR)
  • One Good Knight (2006) by Mercedes Lackey - Princess Andromeda of Acadia (fictional)
  • Keeper of the Heart (1993) by Johanna Lindsey - Falon Van'yer and Shanelle Ly-San-Ter (fictional)
  • Until Forever (1995) by Johanna Lindsey (time travel) - William the Conqueror
  • Warrior's Woman (1990) by Johanna Lindsey - Challen Ly-San-Ter and Tedra De Arr (fictional)
  • The Battle Sylph (2010) by LJ McDonald - Solie, Queen of the Sylphs (fictional) (B+ at AAR)
  • The Prince (2004) by Elizabeth Minogue - Prince Florian of Venya and Princess Rosamund of Valinor (fictional) (B at AAR)
  • Summers at Castle Auburn (2001) by Sharon Shinn - Prince Kent Ouvrelet (fictional) (A at AAR)
  • The Thief Series (1996 - 2010) by Megan Whalen Turner (young adult) - Queen Helen of Eddis; Queen Irene of Attolia; Eugenides of Eddis; Sophos of Sounis (fictional) (A at AAR)

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