writers 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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Judith McNaught is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Romance Novelists of All Time
Judith McNaught Paradise/Tender Triumph, A Kingdom of Dreams Double Standards

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Johanna Lindsey is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Romance Novelists of All Time
Johanna Lindsey Captive Bride, The Devil Who Tamed Her Gentle Rogue

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Nora Roberts is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Romance Novelists of All Time
Nora Roberts Irish Thoroughbred, Sweet revenge Spellbound

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Julie Garwood is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Romance Novelists of All Time
Julie Garwood Mercy, The Clayborne brides Come the spring

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Jane Austen is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Romance Novelists of All Time
Jane Austen Pride and Prejudice, Emma Sense and Sensibility

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Lisa Kleypas is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Romance Novelists of All Time
Lisa Kleypas Sugar Daddy, Avon Books Presents Scandal in Spring

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Jude Deveraux is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Romance Novelists of All Time
Jude Deveraux Counterfeit Lady, The Velvet Promise Legend

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Susan Elizabeth P is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Romance Novelists of All Time
Susan Elizabeth P Romance author list can never miss Susan Elizabeth Philips name!!!

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Julia Quinn is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Romance Novelists of All Time
Julia Quinn It's in His Kiss, The Secret Diaries of Miss Miranda Cheever On the Way to the Wedding

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Kathleen E. Woodiwiss is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Romance Novelists of All Time
Kathleen E. Woodiwiss So Worthy My Love, The Wolf and the Dove Petals on the river

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Chris Lange is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Romance Novelists of All Time
Chris Lange

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Nicholas Sparks is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Romance Novelists of All Time
Nicholas Sparks The Last Song, The Notebook A Walk to Remember

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Linda Howard is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Romance Novelists of All Time
Linda Howard To die for, I can Read About Dinosaurs Strangers in the night

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Jayne Ann Krentz is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Romance Novelists of All Time
Jayne Ann Krentz Take 5, Volume 2 Falling awake

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Diana Gabaldon is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Romance Novelists of All Time
Diana Gabaldon Outlander, A Breath of Snow and Ashes Voyager

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Debbie Macomber is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Romance Novelists of All Time
Debbie Macomber 74 Seaside Avenue, Navy husband Navy baby

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Mary Balogh is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Romance Novelists of All Time
Mary Balogh Silent Melody, Dancing with Clara Counterfeit Betrothal

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Danielle Steel is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Romance Novelists of All Time
Danielle Steel Mirror Image, Jewels Message from Nam

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Jennifer Crusie is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Romance Novelists of All Time
Jennifer Crusie Charlie All Night, Getting Rid of Bradley Liebe auf den zweiten Kuss.

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LaVyrle Spencer is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Romance Novelists of All Time
LaVyrle Spencer The Fulfillment, Hummingbird That Camden summer

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Kresley Cole is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Romance Novelists of All Time
Kresley Cole A Hunger Like No Other, If you dare Wicked Deeds on a Winter's Night

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Amanda Quick is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Romance Novelists of All Time
Amanda Quick

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Kristen Ashley is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Romance Novelists of All Time
Kristen Ashley Deacon, Fire Inside Rock Chick Revolution

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Stephanie Laurens is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Romance Novelists of All Time
Stephanie Laurens Secrets of a Perfect Night, The reasons for marriage A lady of expectations

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Georgette Heyer is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Romance Novelists of All Time
Georgette Heyer Frederica, The Foundling Regency Buck

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Christine Feehan is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Romance Novelists of All Time
Christine Feehan Shadow Game, Dark Celebration Dark Demon

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Gena Showalter is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Romance Novelists of All Time
Gena Showalter Playing With Fire, Mysteria The Darkest Pleasure

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Sylvia Day is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Romance Novelists of All Time
Sylvia Day Bared to You, Pleasures of the Night A Passion for Him

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Loretta Chase is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Romance Novelists of All Time
Loretta Chase El encanto de un Bribon/ The Lion's Daughter, The Devil's Delilah Mr. Impossible

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Sarah MacLean is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Romance Novelists of All Time
Sarah MacLean A Rogue by Any Other Name, One Good Earl Deserves a Lover No Good Duke Goes Unpunished

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Anne Stuart is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Romance Novelists of All Time
Anne Stuart Ice Blue, Cupid Connection (By Request) Hot Pursuit (By Request)

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Jo Beverley is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Romance Novelists of All Time
Jo Beverley Something wicked, Winter fire Tempting fortune

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Patricia Briggs is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Romance Novelists of All Time
Patricia Briggs Moon Called, Blood Bound Bone Crossed

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Colleen Hoover is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Romance Novelists of All Time
Colleen Hoover Ugly Love, Slammed Losing Hope

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Tessa Dare is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Romance Novelists of All Time
Tessa Dare A Lady at Midnight, A Week to Be Wicked

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Elizabeth Hoyt is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Romance Novelists of All Time
Elizabeth Hoyt The Serpent Prince, To Taste Temptation The Leopard Prince

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Maggie Shayne is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Romance Novelists of All Time
Maggie Shayne Strangers in the night, Prince Of Twilight Colder than ice

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Margaret Mitchell is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Romance Novelists of All Time
Margaret Mitchell Gone with the Wind, Lost Laysen Talking Business - French

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Rosemary Rogers is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Romance Novelists of All Time
Rosemary Rogers Who in Hell . ., The Saint-a-Day Guide The Birthday Book of Saints

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Emma Chase is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Romance Novelists of All Time
Emma Chase Tamed, Tangled Twisted

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Christina Lauren is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Romance Novelists of All Time
Christina Lauren Beautiful Bombshell, Beautiful Stranger Beautiful Bitch

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Samantha Young is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Romance Novelists of All Time
Samantha Young Fall From India Place, Down London Road Into the Deep

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Julie Anne Long is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Romance Novelists of All Time
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Jennifer Probst is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Romance Novelists of All Time
Jennifer Probst A Sweet Life, The Marriage Bargain The Marriage Mistake

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Jennifer Ashley is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Romance Novelists of All Time
Jennifer Ashley Sword and Sorceress XIX, Immortals: The Gathering (The Immortals) Mate Claimed

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Carolyn Brown is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Romance Novelists of All Time
Carolyn Brown

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Barbara Delinsky is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Romance Novelists of All Time
Barbara Delinsky Knightly love, Finger prints Moment to moment

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Kristen Proby is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Romance Novelists of All Time
Kristen Proby Seducing Lauren (Love Under the Big Sky, #2) Loving Cara

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Laura Kinsale is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Romance Novelists of All Time
Laura Kinsale Midsummer Moon, The Hidden Heart The dream hunter

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Janet Dailey is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Romance Novelists of All Time
Janet Dailey Calder pride, Lone Calder star The Proud and the Free