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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.

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2,140 557
Judith McNaught is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Romance Novelists of All Time
Paradise/Tender Triumph, A Kingdom of Dreams, Double Standards

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1,598 346
Julie Garwood is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Romance Novelists of All Time
Mercy, The Clayborne brides, Come the spring

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1,371 348
Johanna Lindsey is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Romance Novelists of All Time
JenniferMarieWhite added Captive Bride, The Devil Who Tamed Her, Gentle Rogue

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1,836 468
Nora Roberts is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Romance Novelists of All Time
Irish Thoroughbred, Sweet revenge, Spellbound

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1,231 309
Jane Austen is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Romance Novelists of All Time
Pride and Prejudice, Emma, Sense and Sensibility

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1,020 303
Lisa Kleypas is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Romance Novelists of All Time
harsh93austin added Sugar Daddy, Avon Books Presents, Scandal in Spring

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1,325 382
Jude Deveraux is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Romance Novelists of All Time
Counterfeit Lady, The Velvet Promise, Legend

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936 347
Julia Quinn is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Romance Novelists of All Time
JenniferMarieWhite added It's in His Kiss, The Secret Diaries of Miss Miranda Cheever, On the Way to the Wedding

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757 320
Kathleen E. Woodiwiss is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Romance Novelists of All Time
Milton Houten added So Worthy My Love, The Wolf and the Dove, Petals on the river

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800 327
Susan Elizabeth Phillips is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Romance Novelists of All Time
RuchiGoel added 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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582 260
Linda Howard is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Romance Novelists of All Time
DhariniIyer added To die for, I can Read About Dinosaurs, Strangers in the night

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605 240
Jayne Ann Krentz is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Romance Novelists of All Time
Take 5, Volume 2, Falling awake

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419 169
Christine Feehan is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Romance Novelists of All Time
aimee-ng added Shadow Game, Dark Celebration, Dark Demon

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677 278
Diana Gabaldon is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Romance Novelists of All Time
Outlander, A Breath of Snow and Ashes, Voyager

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449 167
Amanda Quick is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Romance Novelists of All Time
aimee-ng added

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519 235
Kristen Ashley is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Romance Novelists of All Time
phelicia-dyett added Deacon, Fire Inside, Rock Chick Revolution

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360 155
Stephanie Laurens is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Romance Novelists of All Time
aimee-ng added Secrets of a Perfect Night, The reasons for marriage, A lady of expectations

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428 213
Mary Balogh is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Romance Novelists of All Time
Linus added Silent Melody, Dancing with Clara, Counterfeit Betrothal

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496 279
Debbie Macomber is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Romance Novelists of All Time
74 Seaside Avenue, Navy husband, Navy baby

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370 162
Kresley Cole is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Romance Novelists of All Time
BrendySantanaBrust added A Hunger Like No Other, If you dare, Wicked Deeds on a Winter's Night

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258 122
Eloisa James is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Romance Novelists of All Time
EucalyptusEyes added Paris in Love: A Memoir, Besame, Annabel/ Kiss Me Annabel

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874 532
Nicholas Sparks is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Romance Novelists of All Time
The Last Song, The Notebook, A Walk to Remember

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254 70
J R. Ward is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Romance Novelists of All Time
cheri added

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318 163
Colleen Hoover is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Romance Novelists of All Time
phelicia-dyett added Ugly Love, Slammed, Losing Hope

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260 127
Sarah MacLean is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Romance Novelists of All Time
CarolS.Roberts added A Rogue by Any Other Name, One Good Earl Deserves a Lover, No Good Duke Goes Unpunished