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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1,666 410
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

2
1,320 268
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

3
1,110 287
Johanna Lindsey is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Romance Novelists of All Time
JenniferMarieWhite added Johanna Lindsey Captive Bride, The Devil Who Tamed Her, Gentle Rogue

4
1,524 383
Nora Roberts is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Romance Novelists of All Time
Nora Roberts Irish Thoroughbred, Sweet revenge, Spellbound

5
1,007 271
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

6
1,151 335
Jude Deveraux is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Romance Novelists of All Time
Jude Deveraux Counterfeit Lady, The Velvet Promise, Legend

7
809 266
Lisa Kleypas is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Romance Novelists of All Time
harsh93austin added Lisa Kleypas Sugar Daddy, Avon Books Presents, Scandal in Spring

8
750 296
Julia Quinn is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Romance Novelists of All Time
JenniferMarieWhite added Julia Quinn It's in His Kiss, The Secret Diaries of Miss Miranda Cheever, On the Way to the Wedding

9
655 283
Kathleen E. Woodiwiss is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Romance Novelists of All Time
Milton Houten added Kathleen E. Woodiwiss So Worthy My Love, The Wolf and the Dove, Petals on the river

10
703 302
Susan Elizabeth Phillips is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Romance Novelists of All Time
RuchiGoel added 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!!!

11
474 237
Linda Howard is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Romance Novelists of All Time
DhariniIyer added Linda Howard To die for, I can Read About Dinosaurs, Strangers in the night

12
522 217
Jayne Ann Krentz is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Romance Novelists of All Time
Jayne Ann Krentz Take 5, Volume 2, Falling awake

13
577 249
Diana Gabaldon is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Romance Novelists of All Time
Diana Gabaldon Outlander, A Breath of Snow and Ashes, Voyager

14
350 149
Christine Feehan is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Romance Novelists of All Time
aimee-ng added Christine Feehan Shadow Game, Dark Celebration, Dark Demon

The Best Novelists of All Time

15
457 214
Kristen Ashley is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Romance Novelists of All Time
phelicia-dyett added Kristen Ashley Deacon, Fire Inside, Rock Chick Revolution

16
371 147
Amanda Quick is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Romance Novelists of All Time
aimee-ng added Amanda Quick

17
362 188
Mary Balogh is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Romance Novelists of All Time
Linus added Mary Balogh Silent Melody, Dancing with Clara, Counterfeit Betrothal

18
290 133
Stephanie Laurens is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Romance Novelists of All Time
aimee-ng added Stephanie Laurens Secrets of a Perfect Night, The reasons for marriage, A lady of expectations

19
420 252
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

20
304 140
Kresley Cole is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Romance Novelists of All Time
BrendySantanaBrust added Kresley Cole A Hunger Like No Other, If you dare, Wicked Deeds on a Winter's Night

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280 152
Sylvia Day is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Romance Novelists of All Time
phelicia-dyett added Sylvia Day Bared to You, Pleasures of the Night, A Passion for Him

The Best Novels About World War 2

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741 479
Nicholas Sparks is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Romance Novelists of All Time
Nicholas Sparks The Last Song, The Notebook, A Walk to Remember

23
276 149
Colleen Hoover is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Romance Novelists of All Time
phelicia-dyett added Colleen Hoover Ugly Love, Slammed, Losing Hope

24
359 203
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

25
326 176
Jennifer Crusie is listed (or ranked) 25 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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207 108
Sarah MacLean is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Romance Novelists of All Time
CarolS.Roberts added Sarah MacLean A Rogue by Any Other Name, One Good Earl Deserves a Lover, No Good Duke Goes Unpunished

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190 102
Eloisa James is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Romance Novelists of All Time
EucalyptusEyes added Eloisa James Paris in Love: A Memoir, Besame, Annabel/ Kiss Me Annabel

28
189 54
J R. Ward is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Romance Novelists of All Time
cheri added J R. Ward

The Greatest Female Novelists Ever

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279 204
Georgette Heyer is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Romance Novelists of All Time
Georgette Heyer Frederica, The Foundling, Regency Buck

30
176 107
Tessa Dare is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Romance Novelists of All Time
CarolS.Roberts added Tessa Dare A Lady at Midnight, A Week to Be Wicked

31
197 138
Jo Beverley is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Romance Novelists of All Time
Shelley Reese added Jo Beverley Something wicked, Winter fire, Tempting fortune

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231 142
Gena Showalter is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Romance Novelists of All Time
beckychastain added Gena Showalter Playing With Fire, Mysteria, The Darkest Pleasure

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155 99
Loretta Chase is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Romance Novelists of All Time
Glinda H. Vegliacich added Loretta Chase El encanto de un Bribon/ The Lion's Daughter, The Devil's Delilah, Mr. Impossible

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415 382
Danielle Steel is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Romance Novelists of All Time
Danielle Steel Mirror Image, Jewels, Message from Nam

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170 96
Christina Dodd is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Romance Novelists of All Time
EucalyptusEyes added Christina Dodd One Night With a Rogue, Touch of Darkness, Scent of Darkness

The Most Overrated Books of All Time

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153 105
Elizabeth Hoyt is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Romance Novelists of All Time
hygirl7one added Elizabeth Hoyt The Serpent Prince, To Taste Temptation, The Leopard Prince

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132 89
Emma Chase is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Romance Novelists of All Time
JamiLuggen added Emma Chase Tamed, Tangled, Twisted

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145 120
Christina Lauren is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Romance Novelists of All Time
phelicia-dyett added Christina Lauren Beautiful Bombshell, Beautiful Stranger, Beautiful Bitch

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120 79
Teresa Medeiros is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Romance Novelists of All Time
EucalyptusEyes added Teresa Medeiros Touch of Enchantment, Breath of Magic, The Vampire Who Loved Me

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200 165
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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191 151
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

42
130 98
Kristin Hannah is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Romance Novelists of All Time
BettiannWhiteLloyd added Kristin Hannah Firefly Lane, Distant shores, True Colors

Celebrities Who Adopted Children

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112 75
Jennifer Ashley is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Romance Novelists of All Time
LILBUG2 added Jennifer Ashley Sword and Sorceress XIX, Immortals: The Gathering (The Immortals), Mate Claimed

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201 183
Janet Dailey is listed (or ranked) 44 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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373 387
Stephenie Meyer is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Romance Novelists of All Time
crissbau added Stephenie Meyer Twilight, New Moon, Eclipse

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110 104
Jennifer Probst is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Romance Novelists of All Time
phelicia-dyett added Jennifer Probst A Sweet Life, The Marriage Bargain, The Marriage Mistake

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155 141
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

48
119 46
Nalini Singh is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Romance Novelists of All Time
Esté Le Roux added Nalini Singh An Enchanted Season, Must Love Hellhounds, Angels' Flight

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93 47
Julia Kent is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Romance Novelists of All Time
Angie Tryon added Julia Kent A Sweet Life, Unraveled Box Set: Billionaires, Bikers and Bad Boys

50
75 69
Kat Martin is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Romance Novelists of All Time
EucalyptusEyes added Kat Martin The Summit, Fanning the flame, Secret ways