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The AAR Top 100 Romance Novels Meme

It’s going around, but I lifted it from Jorrie. I’ll bold the ones I’ve read:

1. Lord of Scoundrels by Loretta Chase
2. Flowers From the Storm by Laura Kinsale — DNF
3. Welcome to Temptation by Jennifer Crusie — DNF
4. As You Desire by Connie Brockway
5. Bet Me by Jennifer Crusie
6. Dreaming of You by Lisa Kleypas
7. Outlander by Diana Gabaldon — keeper
8. Over the Edge by Suzanne Brockmann
9. All Through the Night by Connie Brockway
10. Sea Swept by Nora Roberts
11. It Had to be You by Susan Elizabeth Phillips — would save it in a fire kind of keeper
12. A Summer to Remember by Mary Balogh
13. Morning Glory by LaVyrle Spencer — a favorite
14. The Proposition by Judith Ivory
15. A Kingdom of Dreams by Judith McNaught
16. Ravished by Amanda Quick
17. Frederica by Georgette Heyer
18. Mrs. Drew Plays Her Hand by Carla Kelly
19. MacKenzie’s Mountain by Linda Howard
20. Mr. Perfect by Linda Howard
21. The Grand Sophy by Georgette Heyer
22. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen — Multiple attempts ending in DNF
23. The Bride by Julie Garwood — LOVE it
24. Devil’s Bride by Stephanie Laurens
25. To Have and to Hold by Patricia Gaffney
26. Born in Fire by Nora Roberts
27. Winter Garden by Adele Ashworth
28. Gone Too Far by Suzanne Brockmann
29. The Viscount Who Loved Me by Julia Quinn
30. Saving Grace by Julie Garwood
31. My Dearest Enemy by Connie Brockway
32. In the Midnight Rain by Barbara Samuel
33. The Windflower by Laura London
34. Naked in Death by J.D. Robb
35. Whitney, My Love by Judith McNaught
36. Nobody’s Baby but Mine by Susan Elizabeth Phillips — keeper
37. A Knight in Shining Armor by Jude Deveraux — a favorite
38. Paradise by Judith McNaught
39. The Shadow and the Star by Laura Kinsale
40. Dream Man by Linda Howard
41. Out of Control by Suzanne Brockmann
42. Silk and Shadows by Mary Jo Putney
43. See Jane Score by Rachel Gibson
44. Shattered Rainbows by Mary Jo Putney
45. Thunder and Roses by Mary Jo Putney
46. The Duke and I by Julia Quinn
47. Heart Throb by Suzanne Brockmann
48. For My Lady’s Heart by Laura Kinsale
49. Honor’s Splendor by Julie Garwood
50. Lord Carew’s Bride by Mary Balogh
51. Untie my Heart by Judith Ivory
52. Dream a Little Dream by Susan Elizabeth Phillips
53. The Secret by Julie Garwood
54. This is All I Ask by Lynn Kurland
55. Slightly Dangerous by Mary Balogh
56. One Perfect Rose by Mary Jo Putney
57. To Love and to Cherish by Patricia Gaffney
58. Kiss an Angel by Susan Elizabeth Phillips
59. Heaven, Texas by Susan Elizabeth Phillips
60. Venetia by Georgette Heyer
61. Daughter of the Game by Tracy Grant
62. The Prize by Julie Garwood
63. Reforming Lord Ragsdale by Carla Kelly
64. Prince Joe by Suzanne Brockmann — the first, and still the best
65. The Notorious Rake by Mary Balogh
66. Heartless by Mary Balogh
67. Son of the Morning by Linda Howard
68. Sleeping Beauty by Judith Ivory
69. Where Dreams Begin by Lisa Kleypas
70. The Devil’s Cub by Georgette Heyer
71. The Bronze Horseman by Paullina Simons
72. The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegar
73. With This Ring by Carla Kelly
74. The Lion’s Lady by Julie Garwood
75. The Rake by Mary Jo Putney
76. Fallen from Grace by Laura Leone
77. Always to Remember by Lorraine Heath
78. Castles by Julie Garwood
79. One Good Turn by Carla Kelly
80. Chesapeake Blue by Nora Roberts
81. By Arrangement by Madeline Hunter
82. Perfect by Judith McNaught
83. My Darling Caroline by Adele Ashworth
84. The Defiant Hero by Suzanne Brockmann
85. The Unsung Hero by Suzanne Brockmann

86. Guilty Pleasures by Laura Lee Guhrke
87. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte — DNF
88. Kill and Tell by Linda Howard
89. After the Night by Linda Howard
90. More than a Mistress by Mary Balogh
91. Born in Ice by Nora Roberts
92. Miss Wonderful by Loretta Chase
93. The Charm School by Susan Wiggs
94. Scoundrel by Elizabeth Elliott
95. How to Marry a Marquis by Julia Quinn
96. Angel Rogue by Mary Jo Putney
97. Trust Me by Jayne Ann Krentz
98. Dancing on the Wind by Mary Jo Putney
99. Once and Always by Judith McNaught
100. This Heart of Mine by Susan Elizabeth Phillips

I didn’t do so good. Oops. Busy, and all that jazz.

But dayum, there are a LOT of historicals on that list. Take them out, yank Brockmann and SEP and…short list.

6 comments to “The AAR Top 100 Romance Novels Meme”

  1. Emma S
      · August 24th, 2006 at 11:48 am · Link

    Wow, I think I’d be lucky if I could cross 10 off of that list. Does that make me a bad romance writer?

  2. melani_blazer
      · August 24th, 2006 at 2:08 pm · Link

    Um, I hope not, Emma, cuz I’m not sure I can hit 10. Maybe just that.
    Oy. :hide:

  3. Karen Templeton
      · August 24th, 2006 at 4:37 pm · Link

    Ten here, too, but nearly all of them SEP and Cruisie. One Howard (and I didn’t like it), TTTW by Nifferger, and Jane Eyre. Can’t remember if I’ve actually read Pride and Prejudice, and I may have read one of the Quinns but I can’t remember the title. So that makes 12, maybe.

    Can tell I’m not a historical reader, either. Used to be, but more historical mainstream, not romance, and virtually none in the last 15 or so years. Not into into Navy Seals, either.

    But then, being out of the loop is nothing unusual for me. :eyebrow:

  4. Shannon
      · August 25th, 2006 at 8:04 am · Link

    I always feel like a freak when lists like this come out and I’ve only read a few of them. And it’s really bad when P&P comes up and everybody ooooohs and aaaaahs over it.


  5. Enrique Kabina
      · June 10th, 2010 at 2:07 pm · Link

    You know what I love so much? His Lady Mistress. This is the historical romance that got me into Elizabeth Rolls, and I loved it. The romance was magical and very sensual, the characters are believably flawed (sometimes this is difficult for romance novelists to accomplish) and while it is (as always) frustrating to see how their problems could be cleared up with an honest conversation about their misunderstandings, it is easy to see how the misunderstandings come to be and why each character stays within themselves instead of becoming vulnerable. Max’s difficult family life is further explained in “A Compromised Lady,” which is the story of Richard’s romance. I have read and reread this book – LOVE IT.

  6. Seema Franzen
      · January 11th, 2013 at 3:56 pm · Link

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