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The 101 Best Romance Novels of the Last 10 Years

We’ve decided to celebrate the last decade of Booklist’s annual Spotlight on Romance by combining the 10 most recent Top 10 Romance Fiction lists, from 2006 through 2015, to create a roll call of the best recent romance novels as we see them—a grouping that could also be titled, “The Big Happily-Ever-After Reading List.”

So why are there 101 titles? Well, we broke with tradition and came up with a Top 11 in 2011. These books represent the many subgenres within romance, from historical romances reaching back to medieval, Regency, Victorian, and Edwardian times, to paranormal tales about vampires, werewolves, and lovers on other planets and in faraway galaxies. The 101-best list includes western romances, romantic suspense, inspirational romances, military romances, and contemporary romances serious and comedic. You will recognize the names of many of these “top” writers—indeed, there are multiple appearances by Jayne Ann Krentz, Susan Elizabeth Phillips, Lisa Wingate, and Lisa Kleypas. But you will also, we hope, discover many more romance authors who will be new to you and to the readers who come to you for recommendations.

Happy reading! Please do let us know your thoughts on this retrospective gathering of the 101 best titles in the ever-flourishing world of romantic fiction.

The Accidental BrideThe Accidental Bride, by Christina Skye

Jilly loves being a chef, but the stress is killing her. Off she goes to the Lost Creek Resort in Wyoming for a calming knitting retreat, but instead, she meets Walker Hale.

Accidentally Yours, by Susan Mallery

Kerri will do anything to help her sick son, including making a devil’s bargain with a billionaire. Romance novels don’t get much better than Mallery’s expert blend of emotional nuance, humor, and superb storytelling.

Adieu, My Love, by Lynn M. Turner

Turner’s unusual, richly textured page-turner is set in the French fortress of Louisburg circa 1751, and tells a tantalizing story about a seemingly respectable widow, a sailor with secrets, and a smuggling operation.

An Affair Downstairs, by Sherri Browning

In the exceptional second novel in her Edwardian Thornbrook Park series, Browning focuses on Lady Alice Emerson, who is determined to turn away all proper suitors and pursue a potentially scandalous dalliance.

After a Fashion, by Jen Turano

New York City, 1882. Harriet needs a job; Oliver need a new fiancée, so a deal is struck. Witty dialogue, slapstick situations, and a spunky heroine confirm that Turano is one of the funniest voices in the inspirational genre.

Agnes and the Hitman, by Jennifer Crusie and Bob Mayer

Food writer Agnes Crandall could use some help after bashing a would-be dognapper over the head with a frying pan, and Shane just may be her man in this southern-flavored, Mob-oriented romantic comedy.

Always Look Twice, by Geralyn Dawson

Mark and Annabelle are on the verge of divorce until someone goes after their former military unit, “The Fixers,” in the most enjoyably intense title yet in Dawson’s outstanding Callahan brothers series.

Animal Magnetism, by Jill Shalvis

Shalvis orchestrates a budding relationship between a commitment-shy former Special Forces pilot and a gutsy animal rescuer in the superlative launch of a new series set in Idaho’s Bitterroot Mountains.

Any Duchess Will Do, by Tessa Dare

With just one day to select a bride, the future Duchess of Halford, Griffin chooses serving girl Pauline, as RITA Award–winning Dare continues her sparkling and sexy Spindle Cove series.

Barely a LadyBarely a Lady, by Eileen Dreyer

Five years ago, Olivia’s husband, Jack, nearly destroyed her life, and now, in the wake of the Battle of Waterloo, he’s about to do it again.

A Beauty So Rare, by Tamera Alexander

Alexander’s exquisitely written Civil War tale of romance amid devastation features the unforgettable Eleanor, who is setting up a home for war widows and their children, and Hapsburg royal Marcus.

Bedding Lord Ned, by Sally MacKenzie

The ever-witty MacKenzie launches a new historical series in a novel about long-separated childhood friends Nell and Ned, and Ned’s clever matchmaker mother, Lady “Venus” Valentine.

The Beekeeper’s Ball, by Susan Wiggs

In Wiggs’ latest thoughtful and emotionally authentic Bella Vista Chronicles romance, cooking-school founder Isabel contends with Calvin, a famous TV chef, and Cormac, a journalist writing about her WWII hero grandfather.

Big Girls Don’t Cry, by Cathie Linz

Linz creates a heroine who looks and acts like a real woman, plus-size model Leena Riley, who returns to her hometown, Rock Creek, in this affectionate and funny tale of self-image issues and love.

Billionaires Prefer Blondes, by Suzanne Enoch

Enoch presents another witty and sizzling caper romance featuring the “almost reformed” art-thief Samantha Jellicoe and her British multibillionaire lover, Rick.

The Black Sheep and the Hidden Beauty, by Donna Kauffman

A member of the rescue operation Unholy Trinity in Virginia, Rafe is drawn to enigmatic Elena, the new horse trainer in this terrifically suspenseful tale about the secrets of horseracing and romance.

Blue Moon Bay, by Lisa Wingate

In Wingate’s warm, involving parable of a prodigal daughter, architect Heather Hampton is excited about building an industrial plant, but everyone in her Texas hometown is against it, even banker Blaine Underhill.

The Bridegroom, by Linda Lael Miller

Lydia will do anything for her great-aunts, but does she really have to marry the town’s gross, greedy banker? This is the superb fourth installment in Miller’s extraordinary Stone Creek series.

Brown-Eyed Girl, by Lisa Kleypas

Her own matrimonial disaster hasn’t kept Avery from succeeding as a wedding planner, but it has convinced her not to try again, a decision Joe is set on reversing in Kleypas’ sexy, heart-melting romance.

CAged in WinterCaged in Winter, by Brighton Walsh

In debut author Walsh’s authentic and satisfying new adult romance, Winter, a college senior working in a restaurant, survived foster care by learning not to rely on anyone, a barrier aspiring chef Cade feels compelled to overcome.

Calamity Jayne Rides Again,  by Kathleen Bacus

Calamity Jayne Rides Again. Klutzy, blond, and endearing amateur sleuth Calamity Jayne returns, along with hunky “Ranger Rick,” in Bacus’ comic small-town contemporary romance.

Call Me Irresistible, by Susan Elizabeth Phillips

Everyone blames Meg for her best friend’s decision to leave Ted at the altar in RITA Award–winning Phillips’ irresistibly lively romantic comedy.

Can’t Buy Me Love, by Molly O’Keefe

RITA Award winner O’Keefe presents a gritty yet touching start to a new series about Crooked Creek Ranch and a wildly dysfunctional dynastic family circle that includes hockey legend Luc, stepsister Victoria, scam artist Tara Jean, and ranch hand Eli.

Chances, by Pamela Nowak

Denver circa 1876 is the setting for Sarah Donovan’s campaign to prove that women are equal to men as she joins the suffrage movement and becomes a telegraph operator in Nowak’s smart and snappy Old West romance.

The Clouds Roll Away, by Sibella Giorello

In Giorello’s beautiful tale of redemption and faith, FBI agent Raleigh Harmon is tapped to investigate an apparent hate crime against a rap star, just as her former boyfriend wants to rekindle their relationship.

Cloudy with a Chance of Marriage, by Kieran Kramer

How can Jilly run a respectable bookshop if her neighbor, a Royal Navy captain, keeps throwing wild parties? Kramer’s devilishly clever plot makes for a laugh-out-loud, sweet Regency romance.

The Counterfeit Bride, by Nancy J. Parra

In Parra’s latest masterful romance, Lillian pretends to have an absent soldier husband when she opens a store in late-nineteenth-century Colorado, only to have her bluff called by a man investigating a counterfeit ring.

The Courtesan’s Secret, by Claudia Dain

Clever, cunning Lady Sophia Dalby, London’s most renowned former courtesan, is back as Dain picks up the story that began in The Courtesan’s Daughter (2007) and fashions a particularly wild and racy Regency romp.

Cowboy Take Me Away, by Jane Graves

Graves launches a new series with this charming, emotionally rich novel about the return to Rainbow Valley, Texas, of champion bull rider Luke Dawson and Shannon North, who left her big-city career to run a no-kill animal shelter.

date me babyDate Me, Baby, One More Time, by Stephanie Rowe

A family curse serves as the catalyst for Rowe’s magically mirthful paranormal romance, which features a breakneck plot and such quirky characters as a pretzel-addicted femme fatale dragon.

Dearest Rogue, by Elizabeth Hoyt

Lady Phoebe Batten understands why her brother hired Captain James Trevillion to be her bodyguard, but his monitoring of her every move is infuriating. Hoyt writes with particular force and flair in this truly swoonworthy love story.

A Distant Magic, by Mary Jo Putney

In Putney’s original and affecting blend of historical and paranormal elements, Nikolai, an enslaved Maltese with magical powers, is paired up with Jean, a Guardian, on a time-travel mission to ensure the success of the abolition movement.

Dogs and Goddesses, by Jennifer Crusie and others

Jennifer Crusie, Anne Stuart, and Lani Diane Rich collaborate in a splendidly original and sublimely funny tale of three friends and dog lovers who acquire unusual powers and confront a very cranky, 4,000-year-old Mesopotamian goddess.

Down River, by Karen Harper

During her firm’s team-building event in Alaska, someone pushes Lisa into a white-rapids river, and her former lover risks his life to save her in Harper’s chilling tale of romantic suspense.

Dream Eyes, by Jayne Ann Krentz

Gwen knows Evelyn was murdered because Evelyn told Gwen so herself. Now Gwen needs an expert paranormal investigator, and Judson Coppersmith fits the bill. Witty and imaginative Krentz creates a perfect fusion of suspense and romance.

Evening Stars, by Susan Mallery

In this insightful, funny, and poignant entry in Mallery’s Blackberry Island series, nurse Nina Wentworth copes with the attention of two men, a doctor and a navy pilot, and all kinds of family chaos.

Everything but a Groom, by Holly Jacobs

Although she doesn’t believe in her well-known Pennsylvania family’s wedding curse, Vancy is left alone at the altar; luckily, landscaper Matt Wilde is there to help in this very sweet tale of true love.

For Better, for Worse, by Elizabeth Jeffrey

After army captain John dies in WWI, his widow, pregnant Stella, a commoner, is overwhelmed by her Machiavellian in-laws and the grandeur of their estate. Downton Abbeyfans will enjoy Jeffrey’s smart, compelling novel.

For King and Country, by Kate Sedley

Sedley’s top-notch historical romance set in seventeenth-century England features Cornish beauty Lilias Pengelly in a complex love story enriched by insights into a turbulent era not usually covered in the romance genre.

forever and a dayForever and a Day, by Delilah Marvelle

In the first title in her new Rumor series, an incisive tale of social divides set in lower-class New York City, circa 1830, Marvelle brings together down-to-earth Georgia and a Good Samaritan afflicted with amnesia who turns out to be a duke.

The Great Escape, by Susan Elizabeth Phillips

Romance star Phillips continues the story she began in Call Me Irresistible (2011) with Lucy Jorick, an ex-president’s daughter, abandoning her fiancé at the altar and accepting a lift from a motorcyclist in this sexy, funny, and emotionally complex jewel.

Hell for Leather, by Julie Ann Walker

Walker supercharges her Black Knights series about a Chicago special-ops group working undercover as bikers with this high-action, hilarious, sexy military romance about imperiled bar owner Delilah and Black Knight Mac.

Heroes Are My Weakness, by Susan Elizabeth Phillips

Romance superstar Phillips creates a tartly humorous and very sexy variation on the gothic novel, in which quirky Annie Hewitt returns to Peregrin Island to search for her desperately needed inheritance, only to run into Theo Harp, who once tried to kill her.

Hot Flash, by Kathy Carmichael

In Carmichael’s delightful romantic comedy, sous-chef Jill is beset with troubles, from her husband’s desire to be a woman to family chaos, but her loyal friends help her navigate the twisting, turning road to love.

Hot Point, by M. L. Buchman

Buchman continues his superb Firehawks series with the suspenseful, emotionally nuanced tale of love-under-fire between Vern, a helicopter pilot for the elite firefighter unit, and Denise, the unit’s chief mechanic.

How to Handle a Cowboy, by Joanne Kennedy

Sierra Dunn is running a group home for boys in foster care in a small Wyoming town, and rancher Ridge Cooper volunteers to help in Kennedy’s realistic, suspenseful, feel-good western romance.

How to Marry a Duke, by Vicky Dreiling

An enchanting Regency romance debut involving a rake and a matchmaker, a tricky dilemma, and witty repartee.

Jilted, by Rachael Johns

In Johns’ heartfelt, richly dimensional debut, Ellie left Hope Junction in rural Australia, and the town’s golden boy, Flynn, at the altar 10 years ago. Now that the soap-opera star has returned, she must face the town’s animosity, and Flynn.

Laced with Magic, by Barbara Bretton

Chloe, owner of a popular knitting shop and mayor of the supernatural village of Sugar Maple, Vermont, continues to battle evil forces in Bretton’s poignant and magical story of love and sacrifice.

a lady never liesA Lady Never Lies, by Juliana Gray

Gray’s captivating debut portrays widowed Lady Alexandra Morley as she seeks refuge in Italy, only to find that several prominent Englishman have come to the same Tuscan castle.

The Lady of the Storm, by Kathryne Kennedy

Blacksmith Giles is charged with protecting Cecily, who is half elf, in this superb story of suspense, magic, and passion, the second in Kennedy’s thrilling and distinctive Elven Lords series.

The Landlord’s Black-Eyed Daughter, by Mary Ellen Dennis

Bluestocking Elizabeth meets a fan, Robin Hood-like Rand, in Dennis’ remarkable historical romance, a wonderful retelling of Alfred Noyes’ Highwayman.

Last Night’s Scandal, by Loretta Chase

Scandalous and impulsive Olivia Wingate-Carsington insists on helping the Earl of Lisle, an archaeologist, renovate his family’s haunted Scottish castle in Chase’s delightfully clever and deliciously sensual historical romance.

Let’s Misbehave, by Lisa Plumley

After Marisol ends up in rehab not for substance abuse but for a shopping addiction and her trust fund is put on hold, she becomes a nanny and comes to the rescue of a former NFL star who is the father of rambunctious kids.

The Lone Texan, by Jodi Thomas

Having become a doctor, Sage returns home to Galveston only to run into Drummond, the bane of her existence and now a Texas Ranger. Thomas concludes her Whispering Mountain historical romantic-suspense series with another fast-paced and colorful tale.

Lord Langley Is Back in Town, by Elizabeth Boyle

Lord Langley has a plan to outmaneuver his enemies, if only Minerva doesn’t decide to kill him herself in RITA Award–winning Boyle’s luscious conclusion to her dazzling Widows of Standon trilogy.

The Lord of Illusion, by Kathryne Kennedy

In her superb third fantasy-steeped romantic-suspense novel in the Elven Lords series, Kennedy follows outcast Drystan as he searches for the rainbow-eyed girl of his visions and finds enslaved Camille.

Lord Perfect, by Loretta Chase

RITA Award–winning Chase’s latest witty and sexy Regency romance pits tart-tongued Bathsheba against staid Benedict Carsington in a tale of pirate treasure and unexpected passion.

Love Letters from a Duke, by Elizabeth Boyle

Felicity has every intention of marrying the Marquess of Standon, but when he finally appears at her doorstep, she thinks he’s the new footman in Boyle’s endearing, sexy, and sharply amusing Regency.

The Lovin’ Kind, by Nancy J. Parra

Parra continues her adroit and lively historical western romance series in this tale of a marvelously gutsy gal who bolts from her wedding and heads to Wyoming with a family friend, thrilled to prove her mettle to a man who doesn’t prefer women on pedestals.

The Magic Knot, by Helen Scott Taylor

Rose thinks she is a normal accountant, but instead she is a Cornish pisky queen who, with a handsome biker, must battle with vampires, nefarious druids, and a malevolent fairy queen in Taylor’s extraordinarily accomplished debut.

the marrying seasonThe Marrying Season, by Candace Camp

After praying to St. Dwynwen, the Welsh saint of love, Genevieve becomes engaged, but he proves to be unworthy, and her brother’s best friend steps in. Will this merely be a marriage of propriety?

A Most Peculiar Circumstance, by Jen Turano

Wherever fearless suffragist Arabella Beckett goes, trouble follows. This time, she’s sprung from jail by handsome Theodore Wilder, a famous private eye and pigheaded chauvinist. Turano’s madcap battle of the sexes bubbles with humor.

The Naked King, by Sally MacKenzie

Young Lady Anne Marston, secretly ruined, believes she isn’t worthy of marriage, but the man called King of Hearts couldn’t care less about scandal in this wonderful addition to MacKenzie’s delectable Naked series.

Never Romance a Rake, by Liz Carlyle

Carlyle brings her Neville family trilogy to a splendid conclusion with the captivating story of a tormented rake and a delightfully unconventional heroine in this luscious and funny historical romance.

The Night Is Mine, by M. L. Buchman

Buchman sends chef and helicopter pilot Captain Emily Beale on special assignment to the White House in this hard-to-put-down tale of nonstop action, a surprise villain, and forbidden love.

Once a Thief, by Suzann Ledbetter

Original, funny, and moving, Ledbetter’s comic whodunit romance features a murder, a handsome detective, and a woman beset by three eccentric relatives just out of prison for their notorious spree as bank robbers.

One Good Earl Deserves a Lover: The Second Rule of Scoundrels, by Sarah MacLean

Scientist Philippa needs a man skilled in the art of seduction to help her prepare for her wedding to Lord Castledon, so she tracks down England’s most infamous rake in MacLean’s scintillating romance.

Only Mine, by Susan Mallery

Alaska pilot Finn is furious when his twin brothers drop out of college to appear on a reality-television show, True Love or Fool’s Gold, in Mallery’s witty, emotion-packed romance.

The Pelican Bride, by Beth White

When Huguenot sisters Geneviève and Aimée flee to America’s Deep South as mail-order brides, or “Pelican Girls,” they meet immigrant brothers Tristan and Marc-Antoine in White’s carefully researched story, which is filled with political intrigue and adventure.

Practice Makes Perfect, by Julie James

Two rivalrous attorneys at a prestigious Chicago law firm find romance in James’ sophisticated legal romance, rich in suspense and charmingly arrogant and ambitious characters.

the prayer boxThe Prayer Box, by Lisa Wingate

On the run from a powerful, abusive ex-husband, Tandi finds refuge in a deserted caregiver’s cottage on Hatteras Island, where she discovers the deceased owner’s prayer boxes.

Rainshadow Road, by Lisa Kleypas

Kleypas begins a new trilogy with this emotionally riveting, lightly paranormal tale about romance-leery glass artist Lucy and Sam, who is not now nor ever will be interested in a long-term relationship.

The Return of Black Douglas, by Elaine Coffman

Twins Isobella and Elizabeth visit the grave of Sir James, a relative known as the Black Douglas, and find themselves transported to sixteenth-century Scotland in Coffman’s delightful time-travel romance.

River Road, by Jayne Ann Krentz

In Krentz’s sexy, hilarious, spine-tingling tale, Lucy returns to her Napa Valley hometown to sell the home she inherited from her aunt, where she discovers not only something alarming behind the fireplace but also that overly protective and bossy Mason hasn’t changed a bit.

Rough and Ready, by Sandra Hill

Hill continues her fantastic saga of time-traveling Norsemen and bawdy women in this wildly inventive tale of a rampaging eleventh-century evildoer, a heroic U. S. Navy SEAL, and the gal who wins his heart.

Say Yes to the Marquess, by Tessa Dare

Clio Whitmore, dubbed “Miss Wait-More” because she remains unmarried many years after her betrothal to Piers Brandon, has inherited Twill Castle and now wants to end her engagement. Dare’s droll, clever, and flawless Regency will charm and captivate readers.

Secrets of a Scandalous Bride, by Sophia Nash

In Nash’s superbly nuanced historical romance, Elizabeth’s past is about to catch up with her with a vengeance, and the only person who can help her is Rowland, the last man on earth she wants in her life.

Shadow Touch, by Marjorie M. Liu

The plot can be tagged X-Men meets James Bond, yet Liu’s lyrical and emotionally sophisticated tale of a kidnapped psychic and an ex-Mafioso turned secret agent with unusual powers presents one of romance’s smartest and most mature relationships.

Sixteen Brides, by Stephanie Grace Whitson

Whitson’s ambitious historical inspirational romance portrays members of the Ladies’ Emigration Society as they arrive in Nebraska in 1871 and find that they must fight to win the respect and admiration of their chosen mates.

Sizzle and Burn, by Jayne Ann Krentz

Raine hears voices, and private investigator Zack sees visions as Krentz continues her addictively readable Arcane Society series, deftly fusing paranormal-flavored suspense with sexy romance.

So Enchanting, by Connie Brockway

RITA Award–winning Brockway excels in a Victorian-era tale of a scandal-plagued widow, a young woman with strange powers, and a suspect lord in this sexy and bewitching battle of wits and wiles.

Soul Song, by Marjorie M. Liu

In Liu’s latest lyrical mystical romance, a famous violinist who foresees the violent demise of strangers is herself at risk until a mysterious man unleashes a song of destruction that banishes her attackers.

stamedSteamed, by Katie MacAlister

Captain Octavia Pye is surprised to find Dr. Jack Fletcher aboard her airship, and he is astonished to find himself in a parallel universe as the always-inventive MacAlister fashions a highly entertaining steampunk fantasy romance

Straight from the Hip, by Susan Mallery

Blinded in an explosion, Izzy is taken to Nick’s ranch to recuperate in the third in Mallery’s excellent Titan series.

Tempting, by Susan Mallery

Mallery continues her popular Buchanan family series with the story of feisty Dani, whose search for her father leads her to presidential candidate Mark Canfield, much to the glee of a rapacious media thrilled with the discovery of a secret love child.

This Heart of Mine, by Brenda Novak

Back in Whiskey Creek after serving time for a crime she did not commit as a teen, namely killing a rival for Riley’s affections, Phoenix just wants to get to know her and Riley’s son. In this second-chance contemporary romance, Novak sensitively explores redemption, forgiveness, and the healing power of love.

Three Little Secrets,  by Liz Carlyle

Carlyle is at her luscious best in this dark, sensual, and richly emotional Regency romance about two complex individuals who are given another chance at love.

Three Weeks with Lady X, by Eloisa James

James’ gift for creating complex characters enlivens this historical romance set in a rundown estate recently inherited by Thorn Dautry and slated for a major redecoration effort by Lady Xenobia India St. Clair, who thinks Thorn could use some serious sprucing up, too.

Through Waters Deep, by Sarah Sundin

Mary and Jim are working amid danger and suspicion at the Boston Navy Yard just before the U.S. enters WWII in Sundin’s exciting, intricately plotted, unusually thoughtful, and socially incisive tale of romantic suspense.

Touch of Evil,  by C. T. Adams and Cathy Clamp

This popular duo launches a new paranormal series with an imaginative, sexy, and suspenseful tale featuring tough Kate, a world-traveling courier in danger of being forced into becoming a vampire queen, and Tom, a heroic werewolf firefighter.

Trouble in High Heels, by Christina Dodd

A fabulously fun, suspenseful, and sensual romance by best-selling Dodd about a dressed-to-kill lawyer seeking solace after her fiancé’s betrayal, a famous diamond, and a sexy thief.

The Ugly Duchess, by Eloisa James

James expertly infuses her latest fairy-tale love story with humor and sensuality as wealthy Theodora Saxby, certain that with her looks only a fortune hunter will marry her, is forced to reconsider her best friend, the Earl of Islay.

An Unlikely Suitor, by Nancy Moser

Italian immigrant and dressmaker Lucy Scarpelli finds herself in an unlikely friendship with a socialite, which leads to forbidden love and danger in Christy Award–winning Moser’s historical tale of resilient, uncompromising women.

Virgin River, by Robyn Carr

Carr launches a new, edgy contemporary series set in rural California, focusing here on Melinda, a nurse and midwife seeking peace and quiet and finding that while there is much to embrace in Virgin River, life is as precarious as anywhere else.

a wedding in springtimeA Wedding in Springtime, by Amanda Forester

Genie, fresh from the country for her debut, fails to maintain the proper decorum in Forester’s ebullient Regency romance featuring a scheming dowager duchess and her spinster business partner, a spy, a lovable street rat, and a Fagin-like villain.

What a Duke Dares, by Anna Campbell

Campbell continues her Sons of Sin series in this lusciously sensual, scintillatingly witty Regency romance about a fraught encounter between highly desirable Camden Rothermere, Marquess of Pembridge, and Penelope Thorne, the woman who turned him down years ago.

When the Duke Returns, by Eloisa James

Eleven years after their wedding by proxy, Lady Isidore finally meets her husband as James puts a clever spin on a classic romantic plot in the latest scintillating installment in her superb Georgian-era Desperate Duchesses series.

The Wicked Wyckerly, by Patricia Rice

Rice puts a reluctant earl, John Fitzhugh “Wicked” Wyckerly, and spunky, stubborn Abigail through all the trials evildoers and Regency society can concoct in the promising start to her Rebellious Sons series.

Wild Jinx, by Sandra Hill

Hill’s whimsical new Jinx romance is more fun than a barrel of frogs in Bayou Black as swamp granny Tante Lulu and her best friend, Jude, try to find a good Cajun girl for Detective “Tee-John” LeDeux.

Wolf in Tiger’s Stripes, by Victoria Gordon

Judith ends up joining Grazier’s expedition in search of the legendary Tasmanian tiger in a contemporary romance that offers biting sociopolitical commentary, a cracking-good adventure, mystery, and finely honed sexual tension.


About the Author:

Donna Seaman is adult books editor at Booklist. Her radio interviews are collected in Writers on the Air: Conversations about Books (2005). Follow her on Twitter at @Booklist_Donna.

34 Comments on "The 101 Best Romance Novels of the Last 10 Years"

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  1.' Angela Hunt says:

    Missing one: REDEEMING LOVE, by Francine Rivers.

  2.' Anne says:

    Nothing by Brenda Jackson, Beverly Jenkins, Farrah Rochon, AC Arthur, etc? This list is incomplete.

  3.' Holly Jacobs says:

    I just wanted to say thank you so much for including Everything But a Groom on the list!! I’m honored!


  4.' Jenny the romantic says:

    Where did Johanna Lindsey, Catherine Coulter and Julia Quinn go? And did I compeletly miss
    Nora Roberts

  5.' Jenny the romantic says:

    Where did Johanna Lindsey, Catherine Coulter and Julia Quinn go? And did I compeletly miss Nora Roberts?

  6.' Mary Lou says:

    Some new authors to check out… but a list like this seems incomplete without Kristan Higgins!

  7.' Theresa Kemp says:

    I want to check out a lot of these, but I wonder why Hannah Howell’s Wherlocke series didn’t make any of these lists.

  8.' Virginia Jones says:

    No Nora Roberts or Debbie Macomber? Who picked these books? Glad to see Susan Wiggs and Susan Elizabeth Phillips.

  9.' Ezinwanyi says:

    This List is bogus. Julie Ann Walker’s book is on this list where Julie Garwood books and Lisa Kleypas’ Wallflowers isn’t. No credibility.

  10.' Lauren says:

    How did Kristen Ashley miss this list?

  11. rhred14@gmail.cim' rhea says:

    johanna lindsay and judith mcnaught! add them

  12.' Kathleen Charles says:

    Interesting, not a single LGBT title.

  13.' Suzanne says:

    There must be a lot of books she has never read so understandably she has missed the best. Usually when I read a list like this I buy a book or two but she gets no bucks from her recommendations.

  14.' Leslie says:

    Where is Janet Chapmen??? I love her highlander series!!!!

  15.' Denise Dietz says:

    Thank you for including The Landlord’s Black-Eyed Daughter on your list. However, the novel is by Mary Ellen DENNIS (not Davis).

  16.' Sheryl Edwards says:

    No Judith McNaught? Some of hers are some of the very best!

  17.' Meena says:

    Nalini Singh? Kresley Cole? Kristan Higgins? J.R. Ward? J.D. Robb? Molly Harper? Julia Quinn? Jeaniene Frost? Rachel Gibson? Karen Rose? Sonali Dev?

    I like your list, but, apparently, I can make my own 🙂

  18.' amin says:

    please join our channel. it ‘s full of novels:

  19.' Rahul says:

    nice article..can you also provide romance novels for indian readers?

  20.' Sandra Ballasch says:

    While I see authors I will have to explore and many I’ve already sampled, your list is missing Quinn, Burrowes, Balogh. All who have published many books including many of my favorites in the last decade (not to mention last year!).

  21.' Shian Serei says:

    Great list, several of my favorites are there and some Ive not yet read, thanks for putting this together!

  22.' Chido Elo Masawi says:

    I am looking for the title and author of a certain book. I only remember the summary about a sculptor who is the male character who fell in love with an american teacher.
    Please assist anyone

  23. Hi
    Great Listing of Books. I have personally read accidental bride, which is cult classic.
    Planning to read more.

  24.' Rishabh Puri says:

    Thanks for sharing. looking forward to something in my library.

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