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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2,060 541
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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1,547 336
Julie Garwood is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Romance Novelists of All Time
Mercy, The Clayborne brides, Come the spring

3
1,317 336
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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1,772 450
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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1,188 300
Jane Austen is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Romance Novelists of All Time
Pride and Prejudice, Emma, Sense and Sensibility

6
979 294
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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1,294 375
Jude Deveraux is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Romance Novelists of All Time
Counterfeit Lady, The Velvet Promise, Legend

8
908 340
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

9
731 312
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

10
778 321
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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554 254
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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587 235
Jayne Ann Krentz is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Romance Novelists of All Time
Take 5, Volume 2, Falling awake

13
404 165
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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654 273
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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432 159
Amanda Quick is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Romance Novelists of All Time
aimee-ng added

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502 230
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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343 150
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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416 207
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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477 273
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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356 158
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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853 516
Nicholas Sparks is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Romance Novelists of All Time
The Last Song, The Notebook, A Walk to Remember

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313 159
Colleen Hoover is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Romance Novelists of All Time
phelicia-dyett added Ugly Love, Slammed, Losing Hope

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238 63
J R. Ward is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Romance Novelists of All Time
cheri added

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242 117
Eloisa James is listed (or ranked) 24 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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312 171
Sylvia Day is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Romance Novelists of All Time
phelicia-dyett added Bared to You, Pleasures of the Night, A Passion for Him

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250 122
Sarah MacLean is listed (or ranked) 26 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

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400 220
LaVyrle Spencer is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Romance Novelists of All Time
The Fulfillment, Hummingbird, That Camden summer

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350 192
Jennifer Crusie is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Romance Novelists of All Time
Charlie All Night, Getting Rid of Bradley, Liebe auf den zweiten Kuss.

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319 216
Georgette Heyer is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Romance Novelists of All Time
Frederica, The Foundling, Regency Buck

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216 120
Tessa Dare is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Romance Novelists of All Time
CarolS.Roberts added A Lady at Midnight, A Week to Be Wicked

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186 110
Loretta Chase is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Romance Novelists of All Time
Glinda H. Vegliacich added El encanto de un Bribon/ The Lion's Daughter, The Devil's Delilah, Mr. Impossible

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205 105
Christina Dodd is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Romance Novelists of All Time
EucalyptusEyes added One Night With a Rogue, Touch of Darkness, Scent of Darkness

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483 410
Danielle Steel is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Romance Novelists of All Time
Mirror Image, Jewels, Message from Nam

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185 116
Elizabeth Hoyt is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Romance Novelists of All Time
hygirl7one added The Serpent Prince, To Taste Temptation, The Leopard Prince

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256 155
Gena Showalter is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Romance Novelists of All Time
beckychastain added Playing With Fire, Mysteria, The Darkest Pleasure

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215 147
Jo Beverley is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Romance Novelists of All Time
Shelley Reese added Something wicked, Winter fire, Tempting fortune

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148 99
Emma Chase is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Romance Novelists of All Time
JamiLuggen added Tamed, Tangled, Twisted

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148 86
Teresa Medeiros is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Romance Novelists of All Time
EucalyptusEyes added Touch of Enchantment, Breath of Magic, The Vampire Who Loved Me

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218 159
Daphne du Maurier is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Romance Novelists of All Time
Rebecca, Mary Anne, The Birds II: Land's End

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226 173
Margaret Mitchell is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Romance Novelists of All Time
Gone with the Wind, Lost Laysen, Talking Business - French

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164 131
Christina Lauren is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Romance Novelists of All Time
phelicia-dyett added Beautiful Bombshell, Beautiful Stranger, Beautiful Bitch

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131 84
Jennifer Ashley is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Romance Novelists of All Time
LILBUG2 added Sword and Sorceress XIX, Immortals: The Gathering (The Immortals), Mate Claimed

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98 15
Sandra Brown is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Romance Novelists of All Time
Esté Le Roux added Breakfast in Bed, Tiger prince, Two Alone

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146 108
Kristin Hannah is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Romance Novelists of All Time
BettiannWhiteLloyd added Firefly Lane, Distant shores, True Colors

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224 191
Janet Dailey is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Romance Novelists of All Time
Calder pride, Lone Calder star, The Proud and the Free

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137 51
Karen Marie Moning is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Romance Novelists of All Time
Esté Le Roux added Beyond the highland mist, The immortal highlander, Darkfever

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137 54
Nalini Singh is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Romance Novelists of All Time
Esté Le Roux added An Enchanted Season, Must Love Hellhounds, Angels' Flight

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109 58
Linda Lael Miller is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Romance Novelists of All Time
Lisa Talkington Poland added The legacy, Purrfect Love, Together

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173 147
Heather Graham Pozzessere is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Romance Novelists of All Time
Fear, Forever My Love, Vollmond- Fieber. Vier Romane in einem Band

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92 77
Kat Martin is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Romance Novelists of All Time
EucalyptusEyes added The Summit, Fanning the flame, Secret ways