There have been quite a few very well done historical romance novels this past year, so here goes the list of my favorites, in no special order:
Anything by Grace Burrows. This year she not only finished the eighth and final novel of the main Windham family with Lady Jennie's Christmas Portrait, but she also started a new Victorian series with The Bridegroom Wore Plaid, and Once Upon a Tartan, but she also started a continuing series of regencies, The Lost Lords, starting with Darius last year and through Andrew, the seventh book of a nine book series, just published. The main characters of this last series are some you will remember from her Windham family series, as well as new linked characters. Her books are full of laughter, mystery, passion, and most of all, romance. Not a bad one yet.
Mary Balogh's The Arrangement, the second in her Survivor's Club series. She writes almost perfect romances.
Monica McCarty's The Hunter, the seventh book in her Highland Guard series, the story of Janet of Mar and Ewen "Hunter" Lamont. McCarty has a real feel for the Highlands and the history of Scotland, and deftly weaves her story around those and the unique main characters she peoples her story with.
The best new author of the year is Rowan Keats, whose Taming a Wild Scot starts out with the heroine, Ana, being starved to death in a dungeon because she is suspected of using witchcraft to cause the death of the local Lord of the Manor. She is saved by mere chance by Naill MacCurran, who has come to rescue a family member, and in doing so, heeds Ana's pleas not to leave her behind. A year later she becomes the instrument for his infiltration of a castle which has become a threat to the kingdom. It is well-written, passionate, and suspenseful and will have readers waiting for the next installment, When A Laird Takes a Lady.
These are a few of my favorites and I hope that you have enjoyed them, or will enjoy them, also.