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 reader’s 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. I’ve 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. McKenzie’s 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 Nobody’s 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. Honor’s Splendor by Julie Garwood 15. Paradise by Judith McNaught Almost Heaven by Judith McNaught

. Lord of Scoundrels Loretta Chase Eur Hist 1995 2. Dreaming of You Lisa Kleypas Eur Hist 1994 3. Devil In Winter Lisa Kleypas Eur Hist 2006 4. Pride and Prejudice Jane Austen Classic 1813 5. Outlander Diana Gabaldon Time-Travel 1991 6. Flowers From The Storm Laura Kinsale Eur Hist 1992 7. Slightly Dangerous Mary Balogh Eur Hist 2004 8. The Viscount Who Loved Me Julia Quinn Eur Hist 2000 9. The Raven Prince Elizabeth Hoyt Eur Hist 2006 10. The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie Jennifer Ashley Eur Hist 2009 11. Mr. Impossible Loretta Chase Eur Hist 2005 12. Romancing Mr. Bridgerton Julia Quinn Eur Hist 2002 13. Paradise Judith McNaught Contemporary 1991 14. Lord Perfect Loretta Chase Eur Hist 2006 15. It Had To Be You Susan Elizabeth Phillips Contemporary 1994 16. Bet Me Jennifer Crusie Contemporary 2004 17. The Duke and I Julia Quinn Eur Hist 2000 18. Not Quite A Husband Sherry Thomas Hist Rom 2009

Ward Paranormal 2006 58. Smooth Talking Stranger Lisa Kleypas Contemporary 2009 35. Persuasion Jane Austen Classic 1818 36. See Jane Score Rachel Gibson Contemporary 2003 51. When He Was Wicked Julia Quinn Eur Hist 2004 34. Then Came You Lisa Kleypas Eur Hist 1993 55. Lady Sophia's Lover Lisa Kleypas Eur Hist 2002 57. Welcome to Temptation Jennifer Crusie Contemporary 2000 37. After The Night Linda Howard Contemporary 1995 56. Something Wonderful Judith McNaught Eur Hist 1988 63. Blue-Eyed Devil Lisa Kleypas Contemporary 2005 26. Nobody's Baby But Mine Susan Elizabeth Phillips Contemporary 1997 29. Heaven. The Serpent Prince Elizabeth Hoyt Eur Hist 2007 45. As You Desire Connie Brockway Historical 1997 49. Naked In Death J. Suddenly You Lisa Kleypas Eur Hist 2001 31.19. Jane Eyre Charlotte Bronte Classic 1847 38. The Secret Julie Garwood Medieval 1992 62. A Kingdom of Dreams Judith McNaught Medieval 1989 22. It Happened One Autumn Lisa Kleypas Eur Hist 2008 27.D. Devil's Bride Stephanie Laurens Eur Hist 1998 59. Match Me If You Can Susan Elizabeth Phillips Contemporary 2005 43. Dream A Little Dream Susan Elizabeth Phillips Contemporary 1998 54. Ravished Amanda Quick Eur Hist 1992 47. This Heart of Mine Susan Elizabeth Phillips Contemporary 2001 41. Kiss An Angel Susan Elizabeth Phillips Contemporary 1996 44. Perfect Linda Howard Contemporary 2000 24. Lover Eternal J. R. My Love Judith McNaught Eur Hist 1985 39. Ward Paranormal 2006 28. Lover Awakened J. Robb Futuristic 1995 25. Honors Splendour Julie Garwood Medieval 1987 40. To Have and To Hold Patricia Gaffney Eur Hist 1995 61. Mr. Dream Man Linda Howard Romantic Suspense 1995 48. A Summer To Remember Mary Balogh Eur Hist 2002 33. Morning Glory Lavryle Spencer Amer Hist 1990 60. The Spymaster's Lady Joanna Bourne Eur Hist 2008 21. Sugar Daddy Lisa Kleypas Women's Fiction 2007 53. The Proposition Judith Ivory Eur Hist 1999 64. Ransom Julie Garwood Medieval 1999 . Slave To Sensation Nalini Singh Paranormal 2006 52. Perfect Judith McNaught Contemporary 1993 46. Whitney. The Secret Pearl Mary Balogh Eur Hist 1991 42. Texas Susan Elizabeth Phillips Contemporary 1995 23. Almost Heaven Judith McNaught Eur Hist 1990 30. Private Arrangements Sherry Thomas Eur Historical 2008 50. The Bride Julie Garwood Medieval 1989 20.R. MacKenzie's Mountain Linda Howard Series/Category 1989 32.

1951 Mrs. Open Season Linda Howard Contemporary 2001 83. To Die For Linda Howard Contemporary 2005 90. Thunder and Roses Mary Jo Putney Eur Hist 1993 89. Saving Grace Julie Garwood Historical 1992 85. Angels' Blood Nalini Singh Paranormal 2009 98. The Last Hellion Loretta Chase Eur Hist 1998 67. 1997 Cotillion by Georgette Heyer. Worth Any Price Lisa Kleypas Eur Hist 2003 86. Once and Always Judith McNaught Eur Hist 1987 73. Where Dreams Begin Lisa Kleypas Eur Hist 2000 70. Cry No More Linda Howard Rom Suspense 2003 81. More Than A Mistress Mary Balogh Eur Hist 2000 79. Devil's Cub Georgette Heyer Classic 1932 71. Ward Paranormal 2005 77. The Leopard Prince Elizabeth Hoyt Eur Hist 2007 93. Untie My Heart Judith Ivory Eur Hist 2002 96. The Duke Of Shadows Meredith Duran Eur Hist 2008 95. Natural Born Charmer Susan Elizabeth Phillips Contemporary 2007 74. 1995 With This Ring by Carly Kelly. 1932 . 1994 The Famous Heroine by Mary Balogh. The Shadow and The Star Laura Kinsale Historical 1991 84. 1953 The Grand Sophy by Georgette Heyer. A Hunger Like No Other Kresley Cole Paranormal 2006 78. Love in the Afternoon Lisa Kleypas Eur Hist 2010 68. Scandal in Spring Lisa Kleypas Eur Hist 2006 Lord Carew's Bride by Mary Balogh. Voyager Diana Gabaldon Time-Travel 1994 94. Dark Lover J. Ain't She Sweet Susan Elizabeth Phillips Contemporary 2004 88. Over the Edge Suzanne Brockmann Romantic Suspense 2001 82. The Rake Mary Jo Putney Eur Hist 1998 92.R. A Knight in Shining Armor Jude Deveraux Time-Travel 1989 72. To Beguile A Beast Elizabeth Hoyt Eur Hist 2009 69. Bound by Your Touch Meredith Duran Eur Hist 2008 97. 1996 The Devil's Cub by Georgette Heyer. And Then He Kissed Her Laura Lee Guhrke Eur Hist 2007 100. Sea Swept Nora Roberts Contemporary 1998 75. All Through The Night Connie Brockway Eur Hist 1997 91. Passion Lisa Valdez Eur Hist 2005 66. Seduce Me At Sunrise Lisa Kleypas Eur Hist 2008 76. Drew Plays her Hand by Carla Kelly. What Happens in London Julia Quinn Eur Hist 2009 80. My Dearest Enemy Connie Brockway Eur Hist 1998 87. Married by Morning Lisa Kleypas Eur Hist 2010 99.65.

1958 The Lady's Companion by Carla Kelly. 1996 A Loyal Companion by Barbara Metzger.Venetia by Georgette Heyer. 1992 .

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