The Best Romance Novelists

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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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    Mercy, The Clayborne brides, Come the spring

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    Irish Thoroughbred, Sweet revenge, Spellbound

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    Captive Bride, The Devil Who Tamed Her, Gentle Rogue

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    Counterfeit Lady, The Velvet Promise, Legend

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    Pride and Prejudice, Emma, Sense and Sensibility

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    Lisa Kleypas is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Romance Novelists

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    Lisa Kleypas Sugar Daddy, Avon Books Presents, Scandal in Spring

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    Susan Elizabeth P is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Romance Novelists

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    Susan Elizabeth P Romance author list can never miss Susan Elizabeth Philips name!!!

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

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

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    Kathleen E. Woodiwiss is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Romance Novelists

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    Kathleen E. Woodiwiss So Worthy My Love, The Wolf and the Dove, Petals on the river

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    The Last Song, The Notebook, A Walk to Remember

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    Jayne Ann Krentz is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Romance Novelists

    Jayne Ann Krentz Take 5, Volume 2, Falling awake

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    Debbie Macomber is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Romance Novelists

    Debbie Macomber 74 Seaside Avenue, Navy husband, Navy baby

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    Outlander, A Breath of Snow and Ashes, Voyager

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    LaVyrle Spencer is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Romance Novelists

    LaVyrle Spencer 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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    Mirror Image, Jewels, Message from Nam

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

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    Silent Melody, Dancing with Clara, Counterfeit Betrothal

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    Georgette Heyer is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Romance Novelists

    Georgette Heyer Frederica, The Foundling, Regency Buck

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    Margaret Mitchell is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Romance Novelists

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

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    Janet Dailey is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Romance Novelists

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

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    Knightly love, Finger prints, Moment to moment

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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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    Kristen Ashley Deacon, Fire Inside, Rock Chick Revolution

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    Amanda Quick

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    Daphne du Maurier is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Romance Novelists

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

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    Shadow Game, Dark Celebration, Dark Demon

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    Jo Beverley Something wicked, Winter fire, Tempting fortune

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

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

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    Sarah MacLean is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Romance Novelists

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

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    Remember, To Be the Best, Hold the Dream

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    Ugly Love, Slammed, Losing Hope

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

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

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    Chris Lange is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Romance Novelists

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    Chris Lange

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    Jennifer Probst A Sweet Life, The Marriage Bargain, The Marriage Mistake

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    Colleen McCullough is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Romance Novelists

    Colleen McCullough The Thorn Birds, An Indecent Obsession, AN INDECENT OBSESSION

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    Firefly Lane, Distant shores, True Colors

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

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

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    Christina Lauren Beautiful Bombshell, Beautiful Stranger, Beautiful Bitch

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    Twilight, New Moon, Eclipse

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    Coulda Been A Cowboy, A husband of her own, A home of her own

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    Jodi Ellen Malpas One Night: Promised, This Man, This Man Confessed

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

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    E. L. James is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Romance Novelists

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    E. L. James Fifty Shades of Grey, Fifty Shades Darker, Fifty Shades Freed Author of Fifty Shades Trilogy. Movie who have a highest View in Youtube in year 2014.

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