The Best Romance Novelists of All Time

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The best romance novelists are writers who draw readers in with a beautiful love story and keep them interested with compelling details. Romance novels have come a long way in recent years. No longer are romance fans limited to mere "bodice-rippers": Now best selling romance authors are churning out elaborate tales that incorporate elements of historical fiction and even science fiction. Whether it's contemporary romance, paranormal romance or historical romance novels, I've tried to compile a comprehensive list of the top romance novelists around. That's a tough task, and I'm pretty certain I've missed more than a few. Romance novel fans, if you don't see your personal favorite author on this list, please add them! Also, be sure to vote for your favorite romantic novel writers.

I've included several popular contemporary romance novelists on this list, but I also tried to list some of the classic romance writers as well. Good example? Jane Austen. No list of the best romance novelists would be complete without adding Jane Austen! Another example? Margaret Mitchell, author of the epic romance novel Gone With the Wind. Some of the authors I've included on this list are winners of the RITA Award, given by the Romance Writers of America (RWA). Among them: Nora Roberts, LaVyrle Spencer, and Diana Gabaldon. Roberts is one of the best-selling romance writers of all-time. Gabaldon's epic Outlander series is without question my favorite historical romance series ever.

If you're a huge reader, you might also be interested in these lists of famous historical novelists, fantasy authors, crime authors and young adult authors
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    Paradise/Tender Triumph, A Kingdom of Dreams, Double Standards

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    Irish Thoroughbred, Sweet revenge, Spellbound

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    Mercy, The Clayborne brides, Come the spring

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    Captive Bride, The Devil Who Tamed Her, Gentle Rogue

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    Pride and Prejudice, Emma, Sense and Sensibility

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    Mirror Image, Jewels, Message from Nam

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    Silent Melody, Dancing with Clara, Counterfeit Betrothal

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    Frederica, The Foundling, Regency Buck

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    Counterfeit Lady, The Velvet Promise, Legend

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    Chris Lange is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Romance Novelists of All Time

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    Sugar Daddy, Avon Books Presents, Scandal in Spring

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    Susan Elizabeth P is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Romance Novelists of All Time

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    It's in His Kiss, The Secret Diaries of Miss Miranda Cheever, On the Way ...

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    So Worthy My Love, The Wolf and the Dove, Petals on the river

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    To die for, I can Read About Dinosaurs, Strangers in the night

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    The Last Song, The Notebook, A Walk to Remember

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    Take 5, Volume 2, Falling awake

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    74 Seaside Avenue, Navy husband, Navy baby

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    Outlander, A Breath of Snow and Ashes, Voyager

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    The Fulfillment, Hummingbird, That Camden summer

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    Charlie All Night, Getting Rid of Bradley, Liebe auf den zweiten Kuss.

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    A Hunger Like No Other, If you dare, Wicked Deeds on a Winter's Night

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    Amanda Quick

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    Gone with the Wind, Lost Laysen, Talking Business - French

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    Deacon, Fire Inside, Rock Chick Revolution

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    Knightly love, Finger prints, Moment to moment

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    Calder pride, Lone Calder star, The Proud and the Free

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    Playing With Fire, Mysteria, The Darkest Pleasure

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    Bared to You, Pleasures of the Night, A Passion for Him

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    Secrets of a Perfect Night, The reasons for marriage, A lady of ...

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    Shadow Game, Dark Celebration, Dark Demon

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    Rebecca, Mary Anne, The Birds II: Land's End

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    A Rogue by Any Other Name, One Good Earl Deserves a Lover, No Good Duke ...

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    Moon Called, Blood Bound, Bone Crossed

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    Something wicked, Winter fire, Tempting fortune

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    Fear, Forever My Love, Vollmond- Fieber. Vier Romane in einem Band

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    Ugly Love, Slammed, Losing Hope

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    A Lady at Midnight, A Week to Be Wicked

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    Remember, To Be the Best, Hold the Dream

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    Fall From India Place, Down London Road, Into the Deep

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    Redeeming Love, The Last Sin Eater, Mark of the Lion

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    The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement, The Princess Diaries, Boy Meets ...

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    A Sweet Life, The Marriage Bargain, The Marriage Mistake

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    Firefly Lane, Distant shores, True Colors

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    Loretta Chase El encanto de un Bribon/ The Lion's Daughter, The Devil's Delilah, Mr.

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    Who in Hell . ., The Saint-a-Day Guide, The Birthday Book of Saints

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    The Thorn Birds, An Indecent Obsession, AN INDECENT OBSESSION

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    Beautiful Bombshell, Beautiful Stranger, Beautiful Bitch

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    Sword and Sorceress XIX, Immortals: The Gathering (The Immortals), Mate ...

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    Julie Anne Long is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Romance Novelists of All Time

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    Julie Anne Long http://www.amazon.com/Julie-Anne-Long/e/B001IODKFE

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