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Top 100 Romance Novels
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Compiled by Jean Mason

Little did I realize a couple of months ago what I was getting into when I blithely suggested to Dede that -- given the furor about the Top 100 Novels of the 20th century -- we ought to compile a list of the Top 100 Romances. And who better to determine the top romances than the readers of The Romance Reader

Of course, having suggested this undertaking, it fell to me to carry it out. I think that I have finally finished the task. (You have no idea how I came to dread those forwarded messages with still another readerís list!) Hundreds of readers sent in their lists of the 20 books they thought should be included in the Top 100. These submissions demonstrate both the richness of the romance genre and the varied tastes of our readers. All told, over 1500 books by over 500 authors were nominated.

Below are the books which received the most votes. There are actually 109 books on the list, since a number of books received an equal number of votes. The final roster of novels is most impressive. It contains classics like Pride and Prejudice and Gone with the Wind, books by pioneers of romance such as Georgette Heyer and Roberta Gellis, innovative novels like The Flame and the Flower, Sweet, Savage Love, Knight in Shining Armor and Outlander. The stars of the genre are well represented; you will find Roberts, Garwood, Howard, McNaught, etc. But so too are some of the newer authors such as Crusie, Joy and Laurens.

Iíve read 93 of the books on the list. How many have you read?


Top 100 Romances

1. Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
    Dream Man by Linda Howard
    It Had to Be You by Susan Elizabeth Phillips

4. McKenzieís Mountain by Linda Howard
5. Knight in Shining Armor by Jude Devereaux
6. Flowers from the Storm by Laura Kinsale
7. The Bride by Julie Garwood
8. Lord of Scoundrels by Loretta Chase
    Nobodyís Baby But Mine by Susan Elizabeth Phillips

10. Morning Glory by LaVyrle Spencer
11. Whitney, My Love by Judith McNaught
      Naked in Death by J. D. Robb

13. Shanna by Kathleen Woodiwiss
14. Honorís Splendor by Julie Garwood
15. Paradise by Judith McNaught
      Almost Heaven by Judith McNaught
      Heaven, Texas by Susan Elizabeth Phillips
      The Flame and the Flower by Kathleen Woodiwiss

19. Dragonfly in Amber by Diana Gabaldon
      Born in Fire by Nora Roberts
      Hummingbird by LaVyrle Spencer

22. Dream a Little Dream by Susan Elizabeth Phillips
      The Rake (and the Reformer) by Mary Jo Putney

24. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
      Bewitching by Jill Barnett
      After the Night by Linda Howard
      Knight of a Trillion Stars by Dara Joy
      The Devilís Bride by Stephanie Laurens
      Born in Ice by Nora Roberts

30. Lionís Lady by Julie Garwood
      McKenzieís Mission by Linda Howard
      Once and Always by Judith McNaught
      A Place to Call Home by Deborah Smith
      The Wolf and the Dove by Kathleen Woodiwiss

35. The Windflower by Tom and Sharon Curtis
      The Secret by Julie Garwood
      Kingdom of Dreams by Judith McNaught
      Kiss an Angel by Susan Elizabeth Phillips

39. Voyager by Diana Gabaldon
      Saving Grace by Julie Garwood
      The Grand Sophy by Georgette Heyer
      Venetia by Georgette Heyer
      Courting Miss Hattie by Pamela Morsi
      Honest Illusions by Nora Roberts
      Born in Shame by Nora Roberts

46. Devilís Cub by Georgette Heyer
      These Old Shades by Georgette Heyer
      Son of the Morning by Linda Howard
      Dreaming of You by Lisa Kleypas
      Something Wonderful by Judith McNaught

51. My Lady Notorious by Jo Beverley
      As You Desire by Connie Brockway
      The Last Hellion by Loretta Chase
      Frederica by Georgette Heyer
      Perfect by Judith McNaught
      The Promise of Jenny Jones by Maggie Osborne
      River of Fire by Mary Jo Putney
      Thunder and Roses by Mary Jo Putney
      Ravished by Amanda Quick
      One Summer by Karen Robards
      Montana Sky by Nora Roberts
      Sweet, Savage Love by Rosemary Rogers
      A Rose in Winter by Kathleen Woodiwiss

64. Annieís Song by Catherine Anderson
      Slow Heat in Heaven by Sandra Brown
      Sunshine and Shadow by Tom and Sharon Curtis
      The Shadow and the Star by Laura Kinsale
      Jackson Rule by Dinah McCall

68. Anyone but You by Jennifer Crusie
      Highland Velvet by Jude Deveraux
      To Love and to Cherish by Patricia Gaffney
      The Wedding by Julie Garwood
      Alinor by Roberta Gellis
      Duncanís Bride by Linda Howard
      Sleeping Beauty by Judith Ivory
      Warriorís Woman by Johanna Lindsey
      Angel Rogue by Mary Jo Putney
      One Perfect Rose by Mary Jo Putney
      Mistress by Amanda Quick
      Carnal Innocence by Nora Roberts

81. Something Wicked by Jo Beverley
      Mirror Image by Sandra Brown
      The Sherbrooke Bride by Catherine Coulter
      Lord of the Storm by Justine Davis
      The Proud Breed by Celeste DeBlasis
      Sunrise Song by Kathleen Eagle
      Drums of Autumn by Diana Gabaldon
      The Talisman Ring by Georgette Heyer
      A Rose for Maggie by Kathleen Korbel
      Family Man by Jayne Ann Krentz
      This Is All I Ask by Lynn Kurland
      Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
      The Wives of Bowie Stone by Maggie Osborne
      Walking after Midnight by Karen Robards

95. Exposure by Susan Andersen
      Getting Rid of Bradley by Jennifer Crusie
      Wild at Heart by Patricia Gaffney
      Bond of Blood by Roberta Gellis
      The Rainbow Season by Lisa Gregory
      If You Believe by Kristin Hannah
      Eternally Yours by Brenda Jackson
      Indigo by Beverly Jenkins
      Finders Keepers by Fern Michaels
      Simple Jess by Pamela Morsi
      Fancy Pants by Susan Elizabeth Phillips
      Dearly Beloved by Mary Jo Putney
      Silk and Shadows by Mary Jo Putney
      Heart of a Falcon by Francis Ray
      The Outsider by Penelope Williamson


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