ByAlyssa Cole

Alyssa Cole is a science editor, pop culture nerd, and romance junkie who recently moved to the Caribbean and occasionally returns to her fast-paced NYC life. When she’s not busy writing, traveling, and learning French, she can be found watching animal videos on the Internet with her real-life romance hero.

  1. In the publishing world, the romance novel reigns -- at times an underappreciated, resented, and mocked monarch, but the sales numbers don’t lie. Historical romances are among the most popular books in the genre -- the queen’s crown jewels, so to speak -- pulling readers in since the very beginning. Although much has changed over the years in historical romance, including the rise of heroines who are more likely to save themselves than wait around for a…