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Genre: Fiction

Romance Fiction
Key Authors:

Nora Roberts

Roberts remains the benchmark for the Romance genre. Whether writing Contemporary, Paranormal, or Futuristic Police Procedurals, she satisfies with her classy heroines, strong and sexy heroes, interesting background details, and strong extended family relationships. Her storytelling skills make her a popular choice with a wide range of readers. Her latest series, the Inn Boonsboro trilogy, tells the story of Beckett and his historic hotel in BoonsBoro, Maryland which has endured war and peace, changing hands, even rumored hauntings. The first book is The Next Always.

Jayne Ann Krentz

As one of the top names in Romance, Jayne Ann Krentz writes Contemporary Romance and Romantic Suspense under her own name, and Historical and Futuristic Romances under her pseudonyms. Readers love her quirky characters, lively sense of humor, and dialog-driven scenes. Despite contemporary settings, these books emphasize traditional values such as trust, honor and commitment. Krentz usually uses a dual point of view, to allow the reader to experience the innermost feelings of both the male and female protagonists, as they grow in their relationship. Start with: Grand Passion

Julia Quinn

Julia Quinn writes humorous, character-driven Regency Romances. While Quinn's romances are set firmly within the Regency time period, the relationship between the hero and heroine is definitely more than the "kisses only" of a traditional Regency Romance; the sensuality is fairly explicit and the emotions and feelings of the lovers are most important. Readers enjoy Quinn's unique tone: humor that makes the reader smile frequently, characters with an understanding of their own - and others' - foibles and engaging, witty banter. Start with: The Duke and I

Debbie Macomber

Debbie Macomber writes contemporary romance with inspirational stories, domestic settings, and sympathetic heroines. Macomber's protagonists are ordinary women who are sometimes caught in difficult situations, but remain optimistic through every adversity. There are often sexual situations in her books, but they generally take place behind closed doors. The dialogue in these gentle stories keeps the pace moving and her uncomplicated prose style allows the reader to appreciate the upbeat, unpretentious tone. Start with: Shop on Blossom Street.

Nicholas Sparks

Nicholas Sparks is a master of poignant love stories. In his novels there is no great love without some loss and his characters frequently are faced with a difficult challenge before proving they are worthy of true love. Sparks' characters are honorable and loyal, and they place a lot of importance on family and sometimes religious faith. Start with: The Notebook.

Titles to Try:

Cinderella Deal- Jennifer Crusie Born in Fire.jpeg

Linc Blaise needed the perfect fiancée to win his dream job, but finding a woman who'd be convincing in a charade seemed impossible--until he heard Daisy Flattery charm her way out of a sticky situation.


Outlander- Diana Gabadon16 lighthouse.jpeg

Hurtled back through time more than two hundred years to Scotland in 1743, Claire Randall finds herself caught in the midst of an unfamiliar world torn apart by violence, pestilence, and revolution and haunted by her growing feelings for James Fraser, a young soldier

An Angel for Emily- Jude Devereauxsummer affair.jpeg

When a man announces to librarian Emily Todd that he is her guardian angel and he has been sent to earth to protect her, she assumes the man is crazy. But when she discovers he can read her mind and when a bomb is planted in her car, she begins having second thoughts. On the other hand, are real angels permitted to fall in love with mortals? By the author of Legend.

Wish List - Fern Michaels
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Media consultant Veronica St. John has only two days to teach Navy SEAL Joe Catalanotto how to impersonate a European prince who is being hunted by terrorists, but chaos ensues when this arrogant and brash man with the strong New York accent steals her hear

Romance Fiction Websites - These websites include information about romance novels, authors, reviews of books, and other information specifically for the romance reader.

All About Romance

All About Romance is devoted to romance readers of all ages.

Candy Covered Books

Candy Covered books is a collection or reviews and recommendations to help readers find their next “chick-lit” book.

Historical Romance Writers

Historical Romance Writers showcases romance books set in historical settings.

The Romance Readers

The Romance Reader has news, reviews, and more in the world of Romance

Suspense Romance Writers

Suspense Romance Writers offers reviews, and suggestions, in the world of suspense romance.

Romancing the Blog

Romancing the blog is a blog for all things Romance.

ParaNormal Romance Lovers

ParaNormal Romance Lovers features reviews, news, and more for lovers of Paranormal romance.

Romance Fiction Newsletters- If you are interested in receiving romance news directly in your email inbox, sign up for one of the following newsletters.

Eye on Romance

Newsletter from Historical Romance Writers

Access Romance

Newsletter from Romance readers and writers.

Random House Romance News

A newsletter from Random House about their Romance novels.

Paranormal Romance Newsletter

Newsletter for fans of paranormal romances.


Romance Fiction Awards- for more information on award winners, visit the MCLS Book Awards Page (coming soon).

Rita Awards

The Rita awards are given by the Romance Writers of America each year and recognize outstanding achievements in Romance novels. 

Romantic Novelists Association Awards

The Romantic Novelists Association awards four main awards a year, including the Romantic Novel of the Year Award.  

Romantic Times Reviewers Choice Awards

The Romantic Times Reviewers Choice awards honor the best books of the year as chosen by professional reviewers.

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