The Greatest Books: Romance


159 Books, According to 172 “Best of” Lists

This list is generated from 172 book polls & top lists from a variety of great sources. The books is ranked based on how many lists a particular book appears on. Other list in this series⇣

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  1. Written in My Own Heart’s Blood by Gabaldon, Diana (7 Lists: a1,b3,b8,g1,l6,r4,s11)


2. Three Weeks with Lady X by James, Eloisa (6 Lists: a1,a8,b17,k1,r1,r7)


3. Heroes Are My Weakness by Phillips, Susan Elizabeth (5 Lists: a10,b17,k1,l1,n5)


4. Bollywood Affair, A by Dev, Sonali (4 Lists: n5,r1,r7,r8)

5. It Happened One Wedding by James, Julie (4 Lists: a1,a8,b18,r1)

6. My Beautiful Enemy by Thomas, Sherry (4 Lists: a8,l1,n5,r1)

7. Romancing the Duke by Dare, Tessa (4 Lists: a8,g1,k1,r8)

8. Shield of Winter by Singh, Nalini (4 Lists: a1,a8,g1,k1)

9. Fool Me Twice by Duran, Meredith (3 Lists: a8,r8,w2)

10. Suffragette Scandal, The by Milan, Courtney (3 Lists: a1,a8,f1)

11. Bitter Spirits by Bennett, Jenn (2 Lists: r7,r8)

12. Burn for Me by Andrews, Ilona (2 Lists: f1,r7)

13. Darling Beast by Hoyt, Elizabeth (2 Lists: a8,r8)

14. Do or Die by Brockmann, Suzanne (2 Lists: k1,n5)

15. Evernight by Callihan, Kristen (2 Lists: r8,w2)

16. Into the Shadows by Crane, Carolyn (2 Lists: a8,r8)

17. Never Judge a Lady by Her Cover by MacLean, Sarah (2 Lists: k1,l1)

18. Only Enchanting by Balogh, Mary (2 Lists: a8,l1)

19. Play by Scott, Kylie (2 Lists: a8,g1)

20. Rogue Spy by Bourne, Joanna (2 Lists: a8,l1)

21. Saint, The by Reisz, Tiffany (2 Lists: r7,r8)

22. Somebody like You by Vogt, Beth K. (2 Lists: p1,r8)

23. Submission Gift, The by Ames, Solace (2 Lists: p1,r7)

24. Suddenly Last Summer by Morgan, Sarah (2 Lists: a8,w2)

25. Sweet Filthy Boy by Lauren, Christina (2 Lists: g1,r7)

26. Vixen in Velvet by Chase, Loretta (2 Lists: b17,l1)

27. All Broke Down by Carmack, Cora (1 Lists: a8)

28. Archer’s Voice by Sheridan, Mia (1 Lists: g1)

29. Arrow, The by McCarty, Monica (1 Lists: w2)

30. Avenge Me by Yates, Maisey (1 Lists: a8)

31. Baby It’s You by Graves, Jane (1 Lists: r8)

32. Backup Boyfriend, The by Jaymes, River (1 Lists: g1)

33. Beautiful Oblivion by McGuire, Jamie (1 Lists: g1)

34. Be Careful what You Kiss For by Daniels, Jane Lynn (1 Lists: r8)

35. Beekeeper’s Ball, The by Wiggs, Susan (1 Lists: b17)

36. Before Jamaica Lane by Young, Samantha (1 Lists: g1)

37. Before We Kiss by Mallery, Susan (1 Lists: a1)

38. Bells of Times Square, The by Lane, Amy (1 Lists: r8)

39. Best Medicine, The by Brogan, Tracy (1 Lists: r8)

40. Between the Sheets by O’Keefe, Molly (1 Lists: r7)

41. Bitter Spirits by Bennett, Jenn (1 Lists: p1)

42. Black Lies by Torre, Alessandra (1 Lists: g1)

43. Blossom Street Brides by Macomber, Debbie (1 Lists: a1)

44. Bonds of Denial by Aicher, Lynda (1 Lists: r8)

45. Burn for Me by Eden, Cynthia (1 Lists: r8)

46. Call Me Saffron by Surova, Talia (1 Lists: r8)

47. Carolina Blues by Kantra, Virginia (1 Lists: a8)

48. Carolina Man by Kantra, Virginia (1 Lists: r8)

49. Chocolate Temptation, The by Florand, Laura (1 Lists: b11)

50. Christmas Gone Perfectly Wrong, A by Grant, Cecilia (1 Lists: a8)

51. Concealed in Death by Robb, J. D. (1 Lists: r8)

52. Cover Your Eyes by Burton, Mary (1 Lists: b19)

53. Cowboy’s Reluctant Bride, The by Cowan, Debra (1 Lists: r8)

54. Crashed by Bromberg, K. (1 Lists: g1)

55. Craving Temptation by Mello, Deborah Fletcher (1 Lists: p1)

56. Darkest Touch, The by Showalter, Gena (1 Lists: r8)

57. Dead Romantic by Saberton, Ruth (1 Lists: a8)

58. Deceived by Hannon, Irene (1 Lists: r8)

59. Decker’s Wood by Dallas, Kirsty (1 Lists: g1)

60. Devil’s Game by Wylde, Joanna (1 Lists: r7)

61. Douglas by Burrowes, Grace (1 Lists: r8)

62. Escape, The by Balogh, Mary (1 Lists: b17)

63. Fever Pitch by Cullinan, Heidi (1 Lists: r8)

64. Fighting Redemption by McCarthy, Kate (1 Lists: g1)

65. Forged by Desire by McMaster, Bec (1 Lists: r8)

66. Forged in Ash by McCallan, Trish (1 Lists: r8)

67. Frozen by Brook, Meljean (1 Lists: a8)

68. Full Measures by Yarros, Rebecca (1 Lists: g1)

69. Gabriel’s Redemption by Reynard, Sylvain (1 Lists: g1)

70. Gentleman Rogue, The by McPhee, Margaret (1 Lists: r8)

71. Girl in 6E, The by Torre, Alessandra (1 Lists: r7)

72. Glass Kitchen, The by Lee, Linda Francis (1 Lists: b17)

73. Grave Danger by Lee, Katy (1 Lists: r8)

74. Hard Time by McKenna, Cara (1 Lists: r7)

75. Having Her by Ashenden, Jackie (1 Lists: a8)

76. Her Cowboy Hero by Michaels, Tanya (1 Lists: r8)

77. Her Kind of Trouble by Mayberry, Sarah (1 Lists: r8)

78. Her Temporary Hero by Apodaca, Jennifer (1 Lists: r8)

79. Holding Out by Rose, Lila (1 Lists: g1)

80. Honeymoon Trap, The by Hunter, Kelly (1 Lists: p1)

81. Honor Reclaimed by Burrows, Tonya (1 Lists: r8)

82. Hope at Dawn by Henrie, Stacy (1 Lists: r8)

83. Hour of Need by Leigh, Melinda (1 Lists: a8)

84. Huckleberry Summer by Beckstrand, Jennifer (1 Lists: r8)

85. In Bed with a Rogue by Grace, Samantha (1 Lists: r8)

86. In Your Corner by Castille, Sarah (1 Lists: a1)

87. In Your Dreams by Higgins, Kristan (1 Lists: k1)

88. Indecent Proposal by O’Keefe, Molly (1 Lists: a8)

89. Intrusion by Stein, Charlotte (1 Lists: r7)

90. It’s in His Kiss by Shalvis, Jill (1 Lists: r8)

91. Jade Temptress, The by Lin, Jeannie (1 Lists: a8)

92. King, The by Ward, J. R. (1 Lists: g1)

93. Kiss and Tell by Michaels, Fern (1 Lists: a1)

94. Kiss Me like This by Andre, Bella (1 Lists: a1)

95. Kraken King, The by Brook, Meljean (1 Lists: a8)

96. Lead by Scott, Kylie (1 Lists: h7)

97. Lock and Load by Troutte, Kimberly (1 Lists: r8)

98. Lone Warrior, The by Austin, Lori (1 Lists: l1)

99. Love Letters by Macomber, Debbie (1 Lists: l1)

100. Love with a Perfect Cowboy by Wilde, Lori (1 Lists: r8)

101. Man’s Promise, A by Jackson, Brenda (1 Lists: a1)

102. Maybe Someday by Hoover, Colleen (1 Lists: g1)

103. Maybe This Christmas by Morgan, Sarah (1 Lists: a8)

104. Midnight Action by Kennedy, Elle (1 Lists: r8)

105. Mr. (Not Quite) Perfect by Hart, Jessica (1 Lists: a8)

106. Never Been Kissed by O’Keefe, Molly (1 Lists: a8)

107. No More Mr. Nice Guy by Andrews, Amy (1 Lists: a8)

108. Not Quite a Wife by Putney, Mary Jo (1 Lists: l1)

109. Once a Family by Quinn, Tara Taylor (1 Lists: r8)

110. Once in a Lifetime by Shalvis, Jill (1 Lists: a1)

111. One in a Million by Shalvis, Jill (1 Lists: r8)

112. Passion and Ponies by Sivec, Tara (1 Lists: g1)

113. Personal Geography by Parker, Tamsen (1 Lists: a8)

114. Place Called Harmony, A by Thomas, Jodi (1 Lists: r8)

115. Place I Belong, The by Herkness, Nancy (1 Lists: r8)

116. Purely Professional by Winters, Elia (1 Lists: r8)

117. Raider, The by McCarty, Monica (1 Lists: r1)

118. Raine Falling by Marinaro, Paula (1 Lists: g1)

119. Raw by Aurora, Belle (1 Lists: g1)

120. Reaper’s Stand by Wylde, Joanna (1 Lists: r7)

121. River Road by Krentz, Jayne Ann (1 Lists: a8)

122. Rock Addiction by Singh, Nalini (1 Lists: a8)

123. Rush by Dawson, Nyrae (1 Lists: r7)

124. Santa’s Playbook by Templeton, Karen (1 Lists: a8)

125. Save the Date by Andrews, Mary Kay (1 Lists: b17)

126. Secret Life of Violet Grant, The by Williams, Beatriz (1 Lists: w6)

127. Shadow Spell by Roberts, Nora (1 Lists: a1 )

128. Shame on You by Sivec, Tara (1 Lists: g1)

129. Single by Saturday by Bybee, Catherine (1 Lists: a1)

130. Slow Tango with a Prince by Burnham, Nicole (1 Lists: r8)

131. Smuggler Wore Silk, The by Alexander, Alyssa (1 Lists: r8)

132. Starting with June by Rose, Emilie (1 Lists: r8)

133. Stay with Me by Lynn, J. (1 Lists: r7)

134. Stepbrother Dearest by Ward, Penelope (1 Lists: g1)

135. Stranger I Married, The by Day, Sylvia (1 Lists: a1)

136. Sweet Addiction by Daniels, Jessica (1 Lists: g1)

137. Sweet Disorder by Lerner, Rose (1 Lists: p1)

138. Sweet Spot, The by Evanovich, Stephanie (1 Lists: b17)

139. Sweetest September, The by Talley, Liz (1 Lists: r8)

140. Thankful by Gray, Shelley Shepard (1 Lists: a1)

141. Think of England by Charles, K. J. (1 Lists: a8)

142. Tied by Chase, Emma (1 Lists: g1)

143. To Scotland with Love by Griffin, Patience (1 Lists: r8)

144. Transcendence by Savage, Shay (1 Lists: g1)

145. Twice Tempted by Dreyer, Eileen (1 Lists: l1)

146. Ugly Love by Hoover, Colleen (1 Lists: g1)

147. Ultimate Sins by Leigh, Lora (1 Lists: a1)

148. Untouched by Yates, Maisey (1 Lists: a8)

149. Vixen and the Vet, The by Regnery, Katy (1 Lists: r8)

150. Wanted by Kenner, J. (1 Lists: r8)

151. What a Lady Needs for Christmas by Burrowes, Grace (1 Lists: l1)

152. What I Love about You by Gibson, Rachel (1 Lists: h1)

153. Where the Horses Run by Warner, Kaki (1 Lists: r8)

154. Will, The by Ashley, Madeleine (1 Lists: g1)

155. Winter King, The by Wilson, C. L. (1 Lists: a8)

156. Worth: Lord of Reckoning by Burrowes, Grace (1 Lists: r8)

157. Worth the Fall by Quinn, Caitie (1 Lists: r8)

158. Wrapped around Your Finger by Tyler, Alison (1 Lists: r7)

159. You’re Not Safe by Burton, Mary (1 Lists: r8)


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List Used:

  1. AARP , a10
  2. A.V. Club , a7
  3. AbeBooks , a11
  4. About.Com , a5
  5. Agatha Awards , a6
  6. ALA/RUSA Notable Books , a2
  7. Alex Awards , a4
  8. All About Romance , a8
  9. Amazon , a1
  10. America’s Test Kitchen , a12
  11. Andrew Carnegie Medals , a15
  12. Andrew Zimmern , a13
  13. Association for Library Service to Children , a9
  14. The Atlantic , a3
  15. Austin Chronicle , a14
  16. Backchannel , b12
  17. Barnes and Noble , b8
  18. Barry Award , b9
  19. BBC , b13
  20. BestFantasyBooks.com , b14
  21. Biographile , b15
  22. Boing Boing , b10
  23. Book Riot , b11
  24. The Book Smugglers , b16
  25. The BookBitch , b17
  26. Booklist , b4
  27. BookPage , b3
  28. BookPeople , b5
  29. Bookreporter , b19
  30. Boston Globe , b2
  31. Brain Pickings , b7
  32. Bustle , b18
  33. Buzzfeed , b6
  34. Chatelaine , c3
  35. Christian Science Monitor , c1
  36. Cleveland Plain-Dealer , c4
  37. Comics Alliance , c5
  38. Commonweal , c6
  39. Complex , c7
  40. Costa Book Awards
  41. , c8
  42. Crime Always Pays , c9
  43. Crimespree Magazine , c2
  44. Cybil Awards , c10
  45. The Daily Beast , d2
  46. The Daily Meal , d3
  47. Denver Post , d4
  48. Do Some Damage Crime Fiction , d1
  49. Eater , e6
  50. The Economist , e2
  51. Edgar Awards , e3
  52. Elle , e7
  53. Entertainment Weekly , e4
  54. Entrepreneur , e5
  55. Esquire , e1
  56. Fantasy Book Critic , f4
  57. Fantasy Café , f5
  58. Fantasy Faction , f6
  59. Fantasy Literature.com , f7
  60. Fiction_L (online discussion group — one vote for each title receiving multiple votes on list) , f1
  61. Financial Times , f10
  62. Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize , f2
  63. Flavorwire , f3
  64. Foreign Affairs , f8
  65. Fortune , f9
  66. Gear Patrol , g2
  67. Globe and Mail , g5
  68. Goodreads Choice Awards , g1
  69. Great New Books , g3
  70. Greatist , g4
  71. Guardian , g6
  72. Hammett Prize , h4
  73. Horn Book , h5
  74. The House of Crime and Mystery , h3
  75. Hudson Booksellers , h1
  76. The Huffington Post , h2
  77. Hugo Awards , h6
  78. Hypable , h7
  79. Inc. , i2
  80. The Independent , i5
  81. Indies Choices Awards , i4
  82. Indigo , i3
  83. io9 , i1
  84. Kansas City Star , k2
  85. Kirkus Reviews , k1
  86. Largehearted Boy , l4
  87. Left Coast Crime Awards , l5
  88. Library Journal , l1
  89. Library Reads , l2
  90. Library Thing , l6
  91. LitReactor , l7
  92. Locus Magazine , l3
  93. Los Angeles Times , l8
  94. Los Angeles Times Book Prizes , l9
  95. Maclean’s , m4
  96. Mad Hatter’s Bookshelf , m7
  97. Man Booker Prize , m2
  98. Mashable , m11
  99. McNally Jackson , m8
  100. Miami Herald , m9
  101. The Millions , m10
  102. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel , m12
  103. Minneapolis Star-Tribune , m1
  104. Morning News-Tournament of Books , m6
  105. Mother Jones , m3
  106. Murder by the Book , m5
  107. National Book Awards , n3
  108. National Book Critics Circle Awards , n9
  109. National Journal , n10
  110. National Outdoor Book Awards , n11
  111. National Reading Group Month: Great Group Reads , n12
  112. Nebula and Andre Norton Awards , n4
  113. The New Republic , n7
  114. New Statesman , n15
  115. New York Post , n13
  116. New York Public Library , n8
  117. New York Times , n1
  118. The New Yorker , n6
  119. Newsday , n14
  120. Newsweek , n2
  121. NPR , n5
  122. O Magazine , o1
  123. Only the Best Science Fiction & Fantasy , o2
  124. PaperMag , p8
  125. Paste Magazine , p9
  126. Pat’s Fantasy Hotlist , p7
  127. PBS Food , p10
  128. PEN/Faulkner Awards , p3
  129. People Magazine , p2
  130. Pop Matters , p5
  131. Powell’s Books , p6
  132. Printz Awards , p4
  133. Providence Journal , p11
  134. Publisher’s Weekly , p1
  135. Pulitzer Prizes , p12
  136. The Rap Sheet , r2
  137. Read Me Deadly , r3
  138. Richmond Times-Dispatch , r5
  139. Riffle , r4
  140. RITA Awards , r8
  141. Rolling Stone , r6
  142. RT Book Reviewer’s Awards , r7
  143. RUSA Reading List , r1
  144. Salon , s2
  145. San Francisco Chronicle , s7
  146. The Savvy Reader , s11
  147. School Library Journal , s1
  148. Science Friday , s12
  149. Seattle Times , s3
  150. SFF World , s8
  151. Slate , s4
  152. Splitsider , s13
  153. St. Louis Post-Dispatch , s6
  154. Story Prize , s9
  155. Strand Critics Award , s5
  156. Strange Horizons , s10
  157. Telegraph , t3
  158. Time , t1
  159. Tor.com , t2
  160. USA Today , u1
  161. Vanity Fair , v2
  162. The Village Voice , v3
  163. Vogue , v1
  164. Vox , v4
  165. Vulture , v5
  166. Wall Street Journal , w3
  167. Washington Post , w2
  168. Waterstone’s Book of the Year , w1
  169. The Week , w5
  170. Wired , w4
  171. Woman’s Day , w6
  172. Women’s Prize for Fiction , w7
  173. YALSA Awards , y1

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