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I couldn't narrow this list down so you all get 15 books that I would have on a syllabus for Historical Romance 101!
1. Frederica by Georgette Heyer 
Austen-esque writing/setting more than a hundred years after Austen.
2. The Flame and the Flower by Kathleen E. Woodiwiss 
Considered by most to be the first historical romance novel.
3. The Windflower by Laura London 
Pirate romance for the win!
4. Libby's London Merchant by Carla Kelly 
Traditional Regency with an early love triangle.
5. A Christmas Promise by Mary Balogh 
Christmas-themed books are still popular and Balogh is one of the best at them.
6. The Bride by Julie Garwood 
Humor in romance!
7. Flowers from the Storm by Laura Kinsale 
Tortured hero and a couple that should not work, but does so well. Beautiful prose.
8. Devil's Bride by Stephanie Laurens 
One of the first family series I've seen.
9. Dreaming of You by Lisa Kleypas 
Self-made hero who runs a gambling hell...very unique at the time.
10. The Lady's Tutor by Robin Schone 
Erotic historical romance.
11. Lord of Scoundrels by Loretta Chase 
Many polls have this at or near the top of lists of best historical romances ever.
12. Indigo by Beverly Jenkins 
Diverse characters in romance...which we need more of.
13. What Happens in London by Julia Quinn 
Super-popular author and a great example of her work.
14. The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie by Jennifer Ashley 
The depiction of the hero who is on the autism spectrum.
15. Nine Rules to Break When Romancing a Rake by Sarah MacLean 
I've seen this mentioned as a historical romance that many people start with nowadays.