Clarification on my 2021 Historical Romance Book Bingo

If you are interested in learning more about my Historical Romance Book Bingo I am running in 2021, please follow the below link.

If you are interested in taking part and would like more clarification on what each of the bingo tiles mean, please read on.


Beauty & the Beast – A novel that is an adaption or retelling of the Beauty & the Beast fairy-tale. Doesn’t have to be a complete re-telling, elements of the story are completely fine, such as a scarred or reclusive hero. Eg, The Duchess Deal by Tessa Dare.

Christmas Time! – Novel that features or is set during Christmas time. Eg, 12 Dukes of Christmas Series by Erica Ridley.

New Author – Debut author who has had their first book published in 2021.

Great Scott! – A novel featuring a Scottish romantic lead. Eg, anything with highlander in the title or a kilt on the cover 😋

Absolutely Ruined – A novel that features the trope of ruination. Typically the romantic leads are found in a compromising and inappropriate position that leads to either marriage or ruination. Eg, Marry in Scarlet by Anne Gracie.

Bets & Wagers – Any novel where a bet or wager plays a part in the story. Eg, How to Best a Marquess by Tina Gabrielle.

Historical Inaccuracy FTW (For the Win) – Historical novels and partially historical romance novels have to deal with the sad fact that women weren’t treated equally or fairly, often they were treated poorly and as property. Historical Inaccuracy FTW are novels that subvert the genre, novels that portray women in positions of power, heroines who are go getters, and heroines who don’t abide by societal norms. Eg, Love by Numbers series by Sarah MacLean.

Rake – A historical equivalent of a fuck boi. Rakes are one of the most prevalent topes and character types of the historical romance genre, so take your pick!

Doing it for the Dowry – A marriage or romance started because one party wishes to marry for money. You will often see heiress in the title or the story will feature an American character coming to Britain to marry a titled character. Eg, This one may be a tough one to find so check out this Goodreads list.

Scandal in the Title – Find your own or check out this Goodreads list.

Kinktastic – A novel that explores the kinky side of romance. Eg, Regency Reimagined series by Megan Mulry.

Non-titled – A novel that features a character that is not part of the British nobility. Could include self-made men, Americans, working class heroes, and many more! Eg, Dreaming of You by Lisa Kleypas.

Free Space – Anything your heart desires ❤️

Illustrated Cover – Highly stylised book covers that do not feature detailed images of characters. Eg, Bringing Down the Duke by Evie Dunmore and The Earl Not Taken by A.S. Fenichel.

Stolen my Heart – Novels featuring a character who is a thief or part of an ‘underworld’ organisation. Eg, The Rogue You Know by Shana Galen.

Ruffian – A character who is rough around the edges, you may find them in the boxing arena or out up to no good in the night. Eg, The Bareknuckle Bastards series by Sarah MacLean.

Independent Woman – A novel featuring a female character who is living an independent life and doesn’t need no man. Eg, Never Kiss a Duke by Megan Frampton.

Beautiful Dress on the Cover – Have you seen a book cover that has the most amazing gown? Well that counts!

New Release – Hot off the presses, you’ve read a book that’s just been published!

Eye, Spy – Novel that features a character that is a spy. Eg, Love and Let Spy series by Susanna Craig.

Fake Engagement – Whether the engagement has been made up by one character or if a romantic couple enter into a fake relationship, it all counts in this bingo tile. Eg, The Perfect Rake by Anne Gracie.

Sin in the Title – Find your own or check out this Goodreads list.

Shiver Me Timbers – A novel with pirates! Eg, The Other Miss Bridgerton by Julia Quinn.

Spinster – Going hand in hand with the Rake trope, Spinster and Wallflowers are a popular historical romance archetype. There are so many books with this character type so find one yourself or check out this Goodreads list.

Ugly Duckling – A character undergoes a transformation that takes them from an ‘ugly’ duckling to more confident or ‘beautiful’ version of themselves. While it can be a unhealthy and problematic trope, it can also include a character who begins to see themselves in a better light. Eg, The Ugly Duchess by Eloisa James

If you’re looking for some recommendations, you cannot go past the below authors:


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