Nothing spices up a good adventure like a healthy dose of romance, which is something that authors have learned long ago already. Even books that are predominantly romances also often contain some adventurous elements just to keep readers on the edge of their seats. It doesn’t matter whether you enjoy some romance in your adventure books or adventure in your romance books, the following five titles will definitely hit the spot. Best of all, they can all be read for free.
by H. Rider Haggard
Rider Haggard is well known for his novels about Allan Quartermain, but you don’t have to be familiar with the protagonist to enjoy this title. Like most of the other books in the series, it is a standalone adventure that tells more of Allan’s marriage to Stella, who was his childhood sweetheart. Like the other Allan Quartermain books, Allan’s Wife has no shortage of adventure, but it also features plenty of romance along with some tragedy.
by Harold MacGrath
Arms and The Woman is the tale of Jack Winthrop, who is a down on his luck newspaperman. Jack strikes out with a society girl and to try and mend his broken heart, he takes on a foreign correspondent post. Unfortunately for Jack, he is also instructed to assist another correspondent, who turned to drink to mend his own broken heart. Little does Jack know that the job he took on will result in quite an adventure.
by Georgette Heyer
The Black Moth was published when the author, Georgette Heyer, was only nineteen years old, but it is immediately obvious why it was such a commercial success. Her story features an English nobleman named Jack Carstares who turns to a life of crime after taking the fall for a scandal that wasn’t his fault. When the villainous Duke of Andover attempts to abduct the beautiful Diana Beauleigh, Jack doesn’t hesitate to step in and save the day. However, since Jack not only has a troubled past, but also makes his living as a highwayman, it complicates their romance somewhat.
by Leslie Burton Blades
Claire is the tale of the blind love of a blind hero, which was written by Leslie Burton Blades, who was blind himself. This means that Blades was able to flesh out his protagonist in ways that would have been very difficult for authors who did not have firsthand experience with blindness. As for the tale itself, it focuses on a blind man who finds himself shipwrecked only to encounter another survivor. Because the two have to depend on each other for survival, they quickly develop feelings, but it turns out that they might not be the only ones around.
by A.E.W. Masion
The Courtship of Morrice Buckler is interesting because the protagonist actually falls in love with the widow of a man he killed. Of course, the man is a villainous Count who caused the death of one of Buckler’s friends, but it is hardly the ideal way to start a romance. The Count’s widow is initially hell bent on exacting her revenge on Buckler for killing her husband, but this doesn’t deter him from trying to win her hand.