9 Romance Novels to Read After 'Bridgerton'

Diverse reads to dive into after you finish the second season of the Netflix hit.

anthony and kate sharma in bridgerton
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It's no surprise that the Netflix hit Bridgerton has paved the way for diverse representation in TV period dramas. Based on the series of novels by Julia Quinn, the show's creative team, led by media mogul Shonda Rhimes, changed the originally white cast of characters to include different races and ethnicities, with British-Zimbabwean actor Regé-Jean Page leading season 1 and British-Indian actress Simone Ashley starring in season 2.

Of course, romance novel fans have been reading novels with diverse characters since way before Bridgerton hit screens. Beloved authors have been writing these heroes and heroines for years, with both contemporary and historical plots that take readers on heart-racing journeys. Here's some historical romances with POC and LGBTQ+ characters that are must-reads for fans of Bridgerton.

Quinci LeGardye
Quinci LeGardye

Quinci LeGardye is a Contributing Culture Editor who covers TV, movies, Korean entertainment, books, and pop culture. When she isn’t writing or checking Twitter, she’s probably watching the latest K-drama or giving a concert performance in her car.