Here’s a list of retro historical romance novels featuring heroines of Hispanic, Spanish, or Latin-American heritage for Hispanic Heritage Month.
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Table of contents
- Hispanic Heritage Month (or Half Months)
- A Brief List of Historical Romances Featuring Heroines of Hispanic/Spanish/ Latin-American Heritage
- Madelaina, 1979
- A Woman of Texas , 1979
- Tazia’s Torment, 1980
- Wild Winds of Love, 1982
- Sarina, 1983
- Texas Storm, 1986
- Texas Star, 1987
- A Taste of Fire, 1988
- Sweet Silken Bondage, 1990
- Texas Gamble, 1990
- Sweet Betrayal, 1990
- Texas Gold, 1991
- The Silver Link, 1991
- Mexican Fire, 1991
- Mexican Caress, 1993
- Bride of Fortune, 1996
- A Tender Masquerade, 1997
- Betrayed, 1997
- Midnight Promise, 1998
- Tempt Fortune, 2000
- Final Thoughts on Historical Romances with Hispanic Heroines
- Your Opinion
Hispanic Heritage Month (or Half Months)
It’s “Hispanic Heritage Month” (for a few more hours anyway), and we always like to use these opportunities to highlight relevant romance novels.
As an aside, it’s weird to me how “Hispanic Heritage Month” is really two weeks in one month and then two weeks in another, so I tend to forget when it is. It runs from September 15 to October 15, so the “month” is technically over.
It’s okay; as a Latina-American, I’m keeping it real by sticking to Hispanic Time. No, that’s not a joke, although it is funny. That’s how we refer to the fact that we typically show up late for events—because time-keeping is a social construct. (Sure, I could blame my chronic lateness on ADD/ADHD or me being a stoner flake, and both would also be true.)
What time is it now? 18 hundred hours? 6:00 pm? Evening? 90 minutes before sunset? It’s all relative.
These little “holidays” aren’t meant to be solemn events. They’re fun ways to share culture, hobbies, and history.
A Brief List of Historical Romances Featuring Heroines of Hispanic/Spanish/ Latin-American Heritage
Last year, we listed Hispanic/Latino-American heroes in romances. This time around, here’s a list of retro historical romances featuring heroines in America with Hispanic, Latin American, or Spanish heritage. These ladies are of Cuban-American, Puerto Rican, Tejano, Californio, Mexican-American, or Anglo-Spanish ancestry.
This is a brief list, as Hispanic heroines have been featured in many romances—yes, even in the old-school days. You can find more by viewing the tag page for latina-heroine.
An epic saga of romantic adventure!
Intrigue – inside the heart of a savage revolution!
Adventure – from palatial splendor to desert battles!
Passion – the fiery passions of people fighting for ideals!
Love – the intoxicating ecstasies of a wild romance!
Madelaina Obregon is the beautiful, high-spirited daughter of a Mexican general. Peter Duprez is a ruggedly handsome freedom fighter. They meet and fall in love in the midst of a nation exploding in revolution. But neither war nor torture can quench the blazing affair of two people whose commitment to love and freedom becomes the greatest love story of those tumultuous times.
This is a captivating story of a great love lost and regained, an adventure in history and humanity that will shatter your emotions and remain in your heart long after the last page is turned.Madelaina BY Michaela Morgan
A Woman of Texas, 1979
A Wild Stampede Of Untamed Desire Thundered Across The Lawless Land…
Burning Love – For beautiful raven-haired Isabella, that love was Cordova, her family’s vast estate, a sun-scorched land that made her hot Spanish blood race with pride.
Chilling Hate – For Jason Rawlings, the suntanned, blue-eyed stranger, it was a palpable force that had driven him across two continents and brought him to Texas.
Caught in the deadly crossfire, trapped between violence and desire, Jason would stand beside Isabella, defend Cordova against men whose hunger for land and power knew no limit. He was sworn to her struggle…fated to avenge the past…destined to unleash the fiery passions of A Woman of TexasA Woman of Texas BY R.T. (Robert Tyler) Stevens
Tazia’s Torment, 1980
SHE BURNED WITH LOVE…AND LUSTED FOR REVENGE
Beautiful and tempestuous Fantasia de Montega aroused passion in every man who was fortunate enough to see her dance. And though many tried, none could learn where this mysterious and unapproachable beauty came from, or why she disappeared after every show.
But no one who beheld her could have guessed her dark secret—her mission of revenge—or the cruel trick of fate that would make her unwittingly fall in love with the very man she had vowed to kill…TAZIA’S TORMENT BY SYLVIE F. SOMMERFIELD
Wild Winds of Love, 1982
CHILD OF FORBIDDEN LOVE
SLAVE OF FORBIDDEN DESIRE
Lovely Amalia Morena was totally innocent of her harsh beginnings. The daughter of a Spanish grandee and a beautiful prostitute, she spent her childhood in a convent far from the New Orleans brothel her mother was forced to enter.
Amalia’s first taste of ecstasy was in the arms of Angus MacFarlane, an irresistibly handsome sea captain who tantalized her with love’s shimmering dream—until he learned the shocking secret of her birth. Her dream betrayed, Amalia plunged into marriage with the wealthy and devoted Tom Fulmer, who took her thousands of miles from Angus.
But even as she journeyed from elegant old New Orleans to a splendid Long Island mansion… from a primitive island paradise to a magnificent Spanish castle—Amalia could not escape her yearning for the one man who had awakened the never-to-be-forgotten passion and fire that raged within her… Wild Winds of Love.Wild Winds of Love by Veronica Jason
Fiery Sarina Azevedo was a Californio, with a heart as wild and proud as the magnificent untamed land she loved. Yet her desire and her destiny were both denied her. Her first love was the land, Vallecitas, the magnificent ranch that was her birthright.
But fate had drawn her into the demanding arms of her father’s bitterest enemy, Lan Rossiter, the land-hungry Anglo whose touch set her smoldering passions aflame…
There was only one way Sarina could have them both: the land that was her legacy, and the man her body and soul cried out for…and though her father, el senor, would never forgive her, she would defy her very heritage to seize the happiness she knew love promised…Sarina by Francine Rivers
Texas Storm, 1986
Looking at the deserted spread he’d been awarded by General Sam Houston, Reiver MacPherson knew he was going to spend his days in backbreaking labor But when he spied a shapely blonde runaway hiding out on his property, he was sure that the breathless lusty nights would make it all worthwhile. A man could forget his troubles wrapped in the beauty’s long sleek limbs and covered by her spill of shining golden hair Even if she was feisty and fought against his strength, Reiver had been with enough women to know that after one deep kiss she’d come warm and willing to his side!
HOT-BLOODED STALLIONTEXAS STORM BY DEANA JAMES
When Mercedes saw the russet-haired cowboy take over her ranch, she planned to keep out of sight ’til nightfall and plant her knife in the intruder’s heart by dawn! But before she knew what was happening, the proud lovely felt a hard lean body behind her and curving sensuous lips tracing a molten path along her neck. She fought him like a she-cat, telling herself over and over he was just a lowdown dirty landgrabber Then as his hands claimed and tamed her silken flesh, she knew his love would forever be as fierce and savage as a TEXAS STORM.
Texas Star, 1987
IN THE SUN’S BLAZE
Ebon-haired Star Garner was a wanted woman–and Chris Gillard was determined to collect the generous bounty for bringing her in. He caught the lovely fugitive… but then she trapped him–bewitching him with her luscious figure and innocent onyx eyes. Instead of returning her straightaway to the law, the hot-blooded cowboy took her to his ranch. There he tried to have his fill of her, at high noon and at darkest night, but once he tasted her magnolia-petal flesh, it was impossible to sate his unquenchable desire.
BY THE MOON’S GLOW
Desperate to be free again, Star made love to her captor as if her life depended on it. The beautiful outlaw sacrificed her very soul to please him… until, to her horror, she discovered she craved and needed his raw, masculine force. Still, she knew Chris had his price and he’d turn her in with no regrets. But what she never counted on was his obsession with her–and how he’d pursue the sleek beauty to the ends of the earth to forever to possess his fiery TEXAS STARTEXAS STAR BY DEANA JAMES
A Taste of Fire, 1988
Knowing how to ride and shoot as well as any man, Antonie Ramiriz had come to Texas to offer her deadly skills to Royal Bancroft—the man who had saved her life and who now needed her protection. The first time she had seen the handsome cowboy, she had been cold and indifferent. But then she had been a naive little girl. Now, after seeking him out, she wanted the arrogant hombre, wanted him with a woman’s hunger. And even though he was a wealthy rancher and she only a Mexican outlaw’s nina, she would have him, using all her seductive charms to prove to the virile, green-eyes gringo that she was all he would ever want in a woman..
SULTRY SENORITAA TASTE OF FIRE BY SARAH DUSTIN ( aka HANNAH HOWELL)
It bad been years since Royal had seen the violet-eyed beauty, but he had not forgotten the adopted daughter of the most wanted Mexican bandito in Texas. Now, seeing Antonie again, dressed in black pants with a gunbelt slung low on her rounded hips, and a black shirt that barely covered her full breasts, he burned with a white-hot lust. She had come to repay her debt to him. But the only pay back he wanted was to taste her soft lips, to caress her cornsilk hair, to take the wild minx and bend her to his will, to sample her barely leashed wildness that promised him A Taste of Fire.
Sweet Silken Bondage, 1990
Desperate to escape an arranged marriage, Reina Alvarez needed a way out of California fast, a way that would elude the ruggedly handsome and very determined bounty hunter her father had sent after her. What better way to hide her voluptuous curves than with a chaste nun’s habit? But as the ties of love pulled her and Clay Cordell closer together chastity became the furthest thing from Reina’s mind and she wanted only to be bound to the sexy bounty hunter forever.
When Clay got to New Orleans, he was almost fooled by Reina’s virtuous act. However, it was soon evident that the vixen beneath the wimple was no nun. No nun could ever kiss so sweetly. The last thing Clay wanted to do was bring Reina home to another man. Her raven tresses and fiery manner made him only want to surrender himself to her SWEET SILKEN BONDAGE.SWEET SILKEN BONDAGE BY BOBBI SMITH
Texas Gamble, 1990
They sealed their bargain with the heat of their desire!
SHE NEEDED A HUSBAND
Serita Cortinas would do anything to save her Texas ranch — even agree to be the stakes in her father’s card game! For the man who had won her hand was all that stood between her beloved Los Olmos and the gringo land raiders. Captain Giddeon Duval might not be the tender bridegroom of her dreams, but his well-muscled frame spoke of strength and determination. She had no doubt he would vanquish the raiders, but the desire in his piercing green eyes made her wonder if he intended to conquer her as well!
HE WANTED A LOVER
Giddeon never meant to actually marry the spirited Serita — he just wanted to pressure her into selling him Los Olmos. But since she insisted on wedlock, he might as well get clear title to the land and an exotic beauty in his bed as part of the bargain. What a pleasure it would be to explore the secrets of her alluring curves, to sample the sweetness of her satiny flesh! Even one night with the bewitching señorita would make him the winner of this enticing, seductive TEXAS GAMBLE.TEXAS GAMBLE BY Vivian Vaughan
Sweet Betrayal, 1990
With fury raging in his heart, Texas Ranger Adam Prescott rode into Mexico, determined to capture the pillaging general who called himself the Chaparral Fox.
Anita’s blood boiled as the arrogant American undressed her with his eyes. He was her sworn foe – a vile scoundrel as wild as any outlaw. But as the treacherously handsome gringo embraced her, she became a slave to her own wanton desires. Though she knew he’d never really love her, and would soon leave her, she also knew she couldn’t resist the passion he offered. Tonight she’d succumb to the scorching fever that burned deep within her. But come the dawn, she’d pay the price for her body’s Sweet Betrayal.Sweet Betrayal BY LAUREN WILDE
Texas Gold, 1991
Marina Cafferty was determined to salvage her grandfather’s ship. Giddeon Duval’s Espiritu Estelle had carried enough gold to pay the taxes on the family’s Texas ranch for years to come, and it wasn’t doing anyone any good at the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico. Nothing was going to stand in her way — certainly not some arrogant archaeologist obsessed with claiming the cargo for Mexico! Then she looked into Rafe Santana’s merciless dark eyes and knew she’d met a man whose will was as strong as her own. Even worse than that was the shocking urge she felt to put everything — including herself! — in his masterful hands.
PLEASURE QUESTTEXAS GOLD BY VIVIAN VAUGHAN
Rafe Santana was not about to let national treasures fall into the grasp of a scheming American, even one as beautiful as the emerald-eyed Marina. The stubborn Texas vixen was the only one who knew the ship’s location, though, so she’d need careful handling. He’d let her lead the way, then he’d take over … in more ways than one. For he’d had enough of her defiant glances and taunting words. It was time he sampled her treacherous lips, explored her creamy flesh, and unearthed a passion more priceless than TEXAS GOLD.
The Silver Link, 1991
New Mexico 1846
Why would her heart not listen to reason?
Antonia Ramirez knew that the tall, blond American was not to be trusted. Hadn’t it been American soldiers who had killed her mother and left her father a cripple? Yet Tristan Hampton had awakened something deep inside her that would not be denied.
Since the moment he’d first laid eyes on Antonia, Tris Hampton had been lost. He was haunted by her dark beauty. She made him feel he’d finally found the completeness he’d spent a lifetime searching for. But her father clearly hated him, and someone wanted to see him dead. Of Antonia’s love, he was certain. The question of her loyalty was still to be answered.THE SILVER LINK BY PATRICIA POTTER
Mexican Fire, 1991
SHE DESPISED HIM
As her beloved Mexico teetered on the brink of overthrow by the ruthless dictator Santa Anna, beautiful Alejandra Sierra schemed with her countrymen to defeat him. They needed a spy from his ranks, and who better than Texas soldier-of-fortune, Reece Montgomery? It was Alejandra’s job to “charm” the arrogant, flaxen-haired Reece into helping their cause — a job she despised, for he was an unscrupulous traitor, loyal only to gold. But when she felt the fire in his soul and the hunger in his kisses, Alejandra found herself cursing her own seduction — and her own burning need for his masterful touch.
HE ADORED HERMexican Fire by Martha Hix
Reece Montgomery had his own private reasons for being on General Santa Anna’s payroll. Still, he didn’t trust the general, and he’d bet the raven-haired beauty who’d come to bribe and seduce him was part of some elaborate trap. Well, Reece didn’t plan on falling for it … but then he didn’t plan on Alejandra’s lips being sweeter than a warm Gulf breeze, or her green eyes promising more passion than an erupting volcano. He would not trust her motives, yet he could not deny his blazing desire to bury himself in her fiery Mexican passion!
Mexican Caress, 1993
When she agreed to return to her native Mexico to settle a family matter, lovely Marianna Gallier never dreamed that en route she’d come face to face with the very man who had killed her parents. Nor did the raven-haired innocent expect to be saved from his evil designs by a seductive Texas Ranger named Tristan McCulloch. Sworn to one day bring her murderous enemy to justice, she found she couldn’t resist this tawny-haired rake whose sky-blue eyes smoldered with desire when he touched his hot lips to hers. Just for one night, she’d surrender to his fiery kisses and searing caresses… before she went on her way–bound by her mission of vengeance!
Tristan was none too pleased when the enchanting minx he’d rescued from certain danger repaid the favor by stealing his horse and clothes and fleeing Texas! But when he met up with her again in the moonswept hills of Mexico, he found he could deny the ebony-haired beauty nothing. And though hellbent on his own perilous mission, Tristan was lost every time the silver-tongued Marianna murmured his name. Now was the moment, he knew, to ease his burning lips with her scorching kisses, caress her until she begged for mercy, then carry her over ecstasy’s threshold… in a blazing firestorm of heartstealing passion!Mexican Caress by Linda Windsor
Bride of Fortune, 1996
SOLDIER OF FORTUNE
Nicholas Fortune was a war-weary mercenary who had traveled around the world in search of a home. Raised in a New Orleans bordello, Nick had never belonged to any place or anyone. His only loyalty had been to himself until, amid the flames of revolution, he took another man’s identity … and his wife.
BRIDE OF FORTUNE
Mercedes Alvarado was a half-English, half-Spanish heiress whose delicate golden beauty concealed a will of steel. She had survived the desertion of her husband, the scorn of his aristocratic family and the ravages of a civil war, holding together a magnificent estate until her soldier husband returned to claim it … and her.
The dark and dangerous man who rode home to that birthright touched her soul with fiery need. He was the husband of her heart, but was he really Lucero Alvarado … or a stranger with her husband’s face?BRIDE OF FORTUNE BY SHIRL HENKE
A Tender Masquerade, 1997
THEY WERE EQUALLY SKILLED IN THE ART OF DECEPTION
As war between Mexico and the U.S. looms on the horizon, Rafe Timmons, a man forced to forsake his heritage, works undercover for the American government. Assuming the identity of a dead businessman, Rafael Verdugo, he plays a dangerous game with one of San Diego’s most ruthless rancheros in a power struggle Rafe is determined to win.
BUT PASSION WOULD UNMASK THEIR BOLD SECRETS…
But at Rancho Los Alisos, another deception has begun. Julietta Ruiz spends her days trying to protect her mother and younger sister from her tyrannical father’s wrath. Under cover of night, she tends to the needs of the ranch’s laborers, although it is forbidden to do so, and could place her in grave jeopardy.
…AND THEIR HEARTSA Tender Masquerade by Linda Cajio
But soon, in the heat of desire, Julietta finds she cannot run from the yearning hunger the stranger called Rafael ignites. She gives herself to him, unaware of who he really is… or of a secret that could shatter her world—and the truest love she has ever known…
CAN A MARRIAGE OF CONVENIENCE…
Trapped in an arranged marriage, Mariel Mendoza clings to the hope that one day her childhood sweetheart will rescue her from her dreaded late. But when he leaves her to fight for the freedom of their beloved homeland, Mariel is forced to act the proper wife to wealthy plantation owner Antonio Aguilar.
…BECOME A TRUE AFFAIR OF THE HEART?
Drawn more and more to her seductive husband, Mariel is unable to deny the desire his sensuous touch awakens. Then, as the flames of revolution rage through Puerto Rico, Mariel finds herself walking a perilous line between treachery and passion …risking her heart and her life for a love that could bring the happiness she craves–or the most searing betrayal of all…BETRAYED BY HEBBY ROMAN
Midnight Promise, 1998
When Ruiz Navarro returns home from the War for Texas Independence a harsh and embittered man, Julia Flores vows to melt his icy heart, and as they join forces to save their adjoining vineyards, avarice and envy threaten to destroy their newfound love.
Julia Flores has dreamed of spending her life with Ruíz Navarro since they were children on the Texas frontier. When Ruíz goes to fight the war for Texas independence, Julia vows to wait for him.
But when Ruíz returns home, he’s no longer the innocent boy Julia knew. War has shattered his soul and made him a bitter, cold man. Yet he cannot ignore the raven-haired beauty Julia has become.
Working side by side to save their families’ vineyard from foreclosure, they are tormented by an unspoken desire. And as they find passion in each other’s arms, they cannot deny the powerful destiny that has brought them together. But forces of greed and jealousy surround them, threatening the very dreams they both hold most dear.Midnight Promise by hebby roman
Tempt Fortune, 2000
A MARRIAGE OF CONVENIENCE
Desperate to escape an arranged marriage, Cuban beauty Angelina Ximenes y Herrera fled to Key West intending to build a life that would be hers alone. But when her past unexpectedly caught up with her, she realized there was only one way to avoid being claimed by the man her father had chosen for her: marry another…in name only.
A PASSIONATE LOVETempt Fortune BY HEBBY ROMAN
Drawn to the fiercely independent Angelina, Cuban revolutionary Rafael Estava refused to let her become some other man’s wife. And though he agreed to become her platonic husband, he could not deny his powerful desire to possess her, body and soul. Soon tempestuous forces more powerful than the hurricane descending on their island paradise unleashed a mutual passion…and threatened their growing need to forge a lifelong bond.
Final Thoughts on Historical Romances with Hispanic Heroines
Historical romances with Hispanic heroines offer a rich tapestry of engaging and enlightening narratives. These novels provide a romantic escape and serve as a cultural exploration, giving readers a glimpse into the history, traditions, and values of Hispanic communities.
But more than anything, they show how romance is everywhere. No matter what culture you are from, love stories are universal.
Is there a particular Hispanic heroine that you remember fondly? What are your favorite books featuring Latina-American heroines?
As always, please drop a comment, and let’s talk romance.