Best Romance Authors

A Listmania! list by Regan (San Diego)
The list author says: "These are my favorite romance authors and one of their many romances (can't list all here). See my blog, my reviews and my "best" lists for the rest.

The authors I recommend: Marsha Canham, Nadine Crenshaw, Penelope Williamson, Virginia Henley, Shirl Henke, Jennifer Horsman, Ellen O'Connell, Shirl Henke, Shirlee Busbee, Madeline Hunter, Amanda Hughes, Julia Quinn,Betina Krahn, Heather Graham (aka Heather Graham Possezzere aka Shannon Drake), Kathleen Givens, Elizabeth Stuart, Judith James, Meredith Duran, Catherine Anderson, DB Reynolds, Lisa Jackson, Kathleen Woodiwiss (those written in 70s and 80s), Elizabeth Lowell (medievals), Marsha Bauer, Diana Gabaldon (Outlander series), Iris Johansen, Lisa Jackson, Connie Brockway, Rebecca Brandewyne, Kresley Cole (Immortals After Dark series, but her historicals are as good or better), JR Ward (the Black Dagger Brotherhood), Paula Quinn, Judith McNaught (historicals and even better contemporary--PARADISE is my favorite), Joanna Bourne, Kathryn Smith (the Brotherhood of the Blood), Johanna Lindsey (only the 5 star ones), and the following 4 star authors: Lisa Kleypas, Loretta Chase, Emma Wildes, Melissa Mayhue and Larissa Ione."
Across a Moonlit Sea
1.  Across a Moonlit Sea by Marsha Canham
The list author says:
  "And the sequel, THE IRON ROSE, and soon to be a third: THE FOLLOWING SEA."
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4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (302 customer reviews)

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Broken Wing
2.  Broken Wing by Judith James
The list author says:
  "Her first book and my favorite. All are excellent, however."
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4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (71 customer reviews)

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The Duke of Shadows
3.  The Duke of Shadows by Meredith Duran
The list author says:
  "Her first book and it's wonderfully complex. I consider her the romance author for intellectuals. You will love her stories!"
$7.99
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (134 customer reviews) | 2 customer discussions

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The Passions of Emma
4.  The Passions of Emma by Penelope Williamson
The list author says:
  "Amazing, heartrending tale of Irish immigrants in America."
$22.99   Used & New from: $0.01
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

The Wind Dancer
5.  The Wind Dancer by Iris Johansen
The list author says:
  "First in her trilogy and one that will captivate you. See my Best Romance Trilogies list."
$7.99   Used & New from: $0.01
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (65 customer reviews)

The Captain of All Pleasures
6.  The Captain of All Pleasures by Kresley Cole
The list author says:
  "Her fist novel and one of my "keepers," it has a wonderful heroine and a sexy ship captain hero."
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4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews) | 2 customer discussions

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Paradise
7.  Paradise by Judith McNaught
The list author says:
  "Best contemporary I've read; sequel is PERFECT."
$7.09   Used & New from: $0.01
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (362 customer reviews) | 4 customer discussions

Shanna
8.  Shanna by Kathleen E. Woodiwiss
The list author says:
  "See also THE FLAME AND THE FLOWER and THE WOLF AND THE DOVE."
$6.90   Used & New from: $0.01
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (452 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

On a Highland Shore
9.  On a Highland Shore by Kathleen Givens
The list author says:
  "And the sequel, RIVALS FOR THE CROWN."
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4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

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Laird of the Mist (The MacGregors Book 1)
10.  Laird of the Mist (The MacGregors Book 1) by Paula Quinn
The list author says:
  "First in her Highlander series and my favorite!"
$6.99
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (107 customer reviews) | 3 customer discussions

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Outlander: A Novel
11.  Outlander: A Novel by Diana Gabaldon
The list author says:
  "A unique Highland love story; a classic; the all day sucker of romances. First in the 8 book series."
$9.25   Used & New from: $0.85
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13,640 customer reviews) | 93 customer discussions

The Forbidden Rose (Berkley Sensation Historical Romance)
12.  The Forbidden Rose (Berkley Sensation Historical Romance) by Joanna Bourne
The list author says:
  "I would read this first in her Spymaster series as it's kind of a prequel."
$9.37   Used & New from: $0.01
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)

Sweet Savage Eden (North American Woman)
13.  Sweet Savage Eden (North American Woman) by Heather Graham
The list author says:
  "The Cameron Saga (all 6 books) are excellent. This is the first, followed by A PIRATE'S PLEASURE."
$7.28   Used & New from: $0.01
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)

A Hunger Like No Other (Immortals After Dark, Book 1)
14.  A Hunger Like No Other (Immortals After Dark, Book 1) by Kresley Cole
The list author says:
  "First in the Immortals After Dark series and perhaps the best."
$7.99   Used & New from: $0.01
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (682 customer reviews) | 16 customer discussions

Raphael: Vampires in America (Volume 1)
15.  Raphael: Vampires in America (Volume 1) by D. B. Reynolds
The list author says:
  "First in the Vampires in America series. You'll need book two, JABRIL for the rest of this romance."
$14.95   Used & New from: $3.35
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (259 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

Untamed
16.  Untamed by Elizabeth Lowell
The list author says:
  "First in her medieval trilogy; excellent."
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4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (96 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

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Golden Surrender
17.  Golden Surrender by Heather Graham
The list author says:
  "First in her Viking trilogy...all wonderful."
$7.99   Used & New from: $0.01
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

The Flame and the Flower (The Birmingham Family)
18.  The Flame and the Flower (The Birmingham Family) by Kathleen E. Woodiwiss
The list author says:
  "The classic."
$7.99   Used & New from: $0.01
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (453 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

The Magnificent Rogue
19.  The Magnificent Rogue by Iris Johansen
$7.99   Used & New from: $0.01
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)

Rose of Rapture
20.  Rose of Rapture by Rebecca Brandewyne
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4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)

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Keeper of the Dream
21.  Keeper of the Dream by Penelope Williamson
The list author says:
  "Her only medieval and one of the best."
$22.70   Used & New from: $8.92
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

Spellbound
22.  Spellbound by Nadine Crenshaw
The list author says:
  "Everything this author wrote has drawn 5 stars from me. Like Marsha Canham, Crenshaw writes across all historical genres. All are wonderful."
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5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)

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Without Honor
23.  Without Honor by Elizabeth Stuart
The list author says:
  "A "real" Scottish historical and a captivating tale."
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4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)

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Broken Vows
24.  Broken Vows by Shirl Henke
The list author says:
  "Simply superb Western romances; you can't go wrong with a romance by Shirl Henke."
$2.99
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)

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Seduce Me at Sunrise (The Hathaways, Book 2)
25.  Seduce Me at Sunrise (The Hathaways, Book 2) by Lisa Kleypas
$7.98   Used & New from: $0.01
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (191 customer reviews) | 7 customer discussions

Dark Lover (Black Dagger Brotherhood, Book 1)
26.  Dark Lover (Black Dagger Brotherhood, Book 1) by J. R. Ward
The list author says:
  "The Black Dagger Brotherhood is a great vampire series but I think the first 3 are the best."
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4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,687 customer reviews) | 16 customer discussions

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Enchantress
27.  Enchantress by Lisa Jackson
The list author says:
  "1st in a trilogy; her medievals are amazing."
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4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)

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Treasured Embrace
28.  Treasured Embrace by Marsha Bauer
$4.99
3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)

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The Pirate and the Pagan
29.  The Pirate and the Pagan by Virginia Henley
The list author says:
  "Superb storytelling, wonderful pirate romance. I love Virginia Henley's work."
$7.99   Used & New from: $0.01
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)

Magic Embrace
30.  Magic Embrace by Jennifer Horsman
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4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)

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The Book of True Desires
31.  The Book of True Desires by Betina Krahn
The list author says:
  "Tthis one won the RITA but I love her other romances, too. She has many series."
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3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)

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McClairen's Isle: The Passionate One
32.  McClairen's Isle: The Passionate One by Connie Brockway
The list author says:
  "The trilogy: The Passionate One, The Reckless One, The Ravishing One"
$7.99   Used & New from: $0.01
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)

AN Indecent Proposition (Signet Eclipse)
33.  AN Indecent Proposition (Signet Eclipse) by Emma Wildes
$7.99   Used & New from: $0.01
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)

Silver Storm (Rakes & Rebels Book 1)
34.  Silver Storm (Rakes & Rebels Book 1) by Cynthia Wright
The list author says:
  "First in the Raveneau series and a privateer hero to die for."
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4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (525 customer reviews)

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Thirty Nights with a Highland Husband (The Daughters of the Glen, Book 1)
35.  Thirty Nights with a Highland Husband (The Daughters of the Glen, Book 1) by Melissa Mayhue
The list author says:
  "First in the fantasy Highlander series."
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4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (131 customer reviews)

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Comanche Moon
36.  Comanche Moon by Catherine Anderson
The list author says:
  "First in the Comanche series and it's a keeper!"
$7.99   Used & New from: $0.01
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (129 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

Dancing on Coals
37.  Dancing on Coals by Ellen O'Connell
$2.99
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (83 customer reviews)

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The Pride of the King
38.  The Pride of the King by Amanda Hughes
The list author says:
  "Masterful tale of pirates, privateers and a heroine to admire."
$12.99   Used & New from: $0.34
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (303 customer reviews)

Embrace And Conquer
39.  Embrace And Conquer by Jennifer Blake
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3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

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Captives of the Night (Berkley Sensation)
40.  Captives of the Night (Berkley Sensation) by Loretta Chase
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4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (72 customer reviews)

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