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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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Julie Garwood is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Romance Novelists of All Time
Julie Garwood Mercy, The Clayborne brides, Come the spring

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Johanna Lindsey is listed (or ranked) 3 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) 4 on the list The Best Romance Novelists of All Time
Nora Roberts Irish Thoroughbred, Sweet revenge, Spellbound

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Jude Deveraux is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Romance Novelists of All Time
Jude Deveraux Counterfeit Lady, The Velvet Promise, Legend

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Jane Austen is listed (or ranked) 6 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) 7 on the list The Best Romance Novelists of All Time
Lisa Kleypas Sugar Daddy, Avon Books Presents, Scandal in Spring

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Julia Quinn is listed (or ranked) 8 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) 9 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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Susan Elizabeth Phillips is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Romance Novelists of All Time
Susan Elizabeth P What I Did for Love, Nobody's Baby But Mine, Glitter Baby - Romance author list can never miss Susan Elizabeth Philips name!!!

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Linda Howard is listed (or ranked) 11 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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Christine Feehan is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Romance Novelists of All Time
Christine Feehan Shadow Game, Dark Celebration, Dark Demon

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Jayne Ann Krentz is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Romance Novelists of All Time
Jayne Ann Krentz Take 5, Volume 2, Falling awake

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Kristen Ashley is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Romance Novelists of All Time
Kristen Ashley Deacon, Fire Inside, Rock Chick Revolution

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Amanda Quick is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Romance Novelists of All Time

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Diana Gabaldon is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Romance Novelists of All Time
Diana Gabaldon Outlander, A Breath of Snow and Ashes, Voyager

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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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Stephanie Laurens is listed (or ranked) 18 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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Debbie Macomber is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Romance Novelists of All Time
Debbie Macomber 74 Seaside Avenue, Navy husband, Navy baby

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Kresley Cole is listed (or ranked) 20 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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Sylvia Day is listed (or ranked) 21 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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Colleen Hoover is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Romance Novelists of All Time
Colleen Hoover Ugly Love, Slammed, Losing Hope

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Nicholas Sparks is listed (or ranked) 23 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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LaVyrle Spencer is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Romance Novelists of All Time
LaVyrle Spencer The Fulfillment, Hummingbird, That Camden summer

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Sarah MacLean is listed (or ranked) 25 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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Jennifer Crusie is listed (or ranked) 26 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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Eloisa James is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Romance Novelists of All Time
Eloisa James Paris in Love: A Memoir, Besame, Annabel/ Kiss Me Annabel

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Georgette Heyer is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Romance Novelists of All Time
Georgette Heyer Frederica, The Foundling, Regency Buck

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J R. Ward is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Romance Novelists of All Time

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Tessa Dare is listed (or ranked) 30 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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Jo Beverley is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Romance Novelists of All Time
Jo Beverley Something wicked, Winter fire, Tempting fortune

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Loretta Chase is listed (or ranked) 32 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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Gena Showalter is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Romance Novelists of All Time
Gena Showalter Playing With Fire, Mysteria, The Darkest Pleasure

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Elizabeth Hoyt is listed (or ranked) 34 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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Danielle Steel is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Romance Novelists of All Time
Danielle Steel Mirror Image, Jewels, Message from Nam

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Emma Chase is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Romance Novelists of All Time
Emma Chase Tamed, Tangled, Twisted

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Christina Dodd is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Romance Novelists of All Time
Christina Dodd One Night With a Rogue, Touch of Darkness, Scent of Darkness

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Teresa Medeiros is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Romance Novelists of All Time
Teresa Medeiros Touch of Enchantment, Breath of Magic, The Vampire Who Loved Me

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Christina Lauren is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Romance Novelists of All Time
Christina Lauren Beautiful Bombshell, Beautiful Stranger, Beautiful Bitch

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Margaret Mitchell is listed (or ranked) 40 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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Daphne du Maurier is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Romance Novelists of All Time
Daphne du Maurier Rebecca, Mary Anne, The Birds II: Land's End

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Janet Dailey is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Romance Novelists of All Time
Janet Dailey Calder pride, Lone Calder star, The Proud and the Free

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Julia Kent is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Romance Novelists of All Time
Julia Kent A Sweet Life, Unraveled Box Set: Billionaires, Bikers and Bad Boys

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Jennifer Ashley is listed (or ranked) 44 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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Chris Lange is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Romance Novelists of All Time

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Kristin Hannah is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Romance Novelists of All Time
Kristin Hannah Firefly Lane, Distant shores, True Colors

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Heather Graham Pozzessere is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Romance Novelists of All Time
Heather Graham Pozzessere Fear, Forever My Love, Vollmond- Fieber. Vier Romane in einem Band

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Christina Dodd is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Romance Novelists of All Time

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Jennifer Probst is listed (or ranked) 49 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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Nalini Singh is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Romance Novelists of All Time
Nalini Singh An Enchanted Season, Must Love Hellhounds, Angels' Flight