There’s an excellent article over at Happy Ever After about historical romance heroes without titles.
As much as I like books about dukes and earls, there’s something I LOVE about a hero who didn’t get where he was simply because of an accident of birth. It is one of the reasons I enjoy books set in the Victorian era so much: things were changing, and while grand estates lost money, men who worked for what they had were on the rise.
One of the books mentioned is Anne Gracie’s latest, The Summer Bride.
Lisa Kleypas is also mentioned, and all three of my favourite historical heroes she’s written are men without titles.
There are quite a lot of historicals I’ve loved that might have titled characters on the fringes, but are not about titled heroes.
THIS, for example.
Not to mention the fact Jane Austen’s famous heroes were gentlemen, not dukes!