Roberts remains the benchmark for the Romance genre. Whether writing Contemporary, Paranormal, or Futuristic Police Procedurals, she satisfies with her classy heroines, strong and sexy heroes, interesting background details, and strong extended family relationships. Her storytelling skills make her a popular choice with a wide range of readers. Her latest series, the Inn Boonsboro trilogy, tells the story of Beckett and his historic hotel in BoonsBoro, Maryland which has endured war and peace, changing hands, even rumored hauntings. The first book is The Next Always.
As one of the top names in Romance, Jayne Ann Krentz writes Contemporary Romance and Romantic Suspense under her own name, and Historical and Futuristic Romances under her pseudonyms. Readers love her quirky characters, lively sense of humor, and dialog-driven scenes. Despite contemporary settings, these books emphasize traditional values such as trust, honor and commitment. Krentz usually uses a dual point of view, to allow the reader to experience the innermost feelings of both the male and female protagonists, as they grow in their relationship. Start with: Grand Passion
Julia Quinn writes humorous, character-driven Regency Romances. While Quinn's romances are set firmly within the Regency time period, the relationship between the hero and heroine is definitely more than the "kisses only" of a traditional Regency Romance; the sensuality is fairly explicit and the emotions and feelings of the lovers are most important. Readers enjoy Quinn's unique tone: humor that makes the reader smile frequently, characters with an understanding of their own - and others' - foibles and engaging, witty banter. Start with: The Duke and I
Debbie Macomber writes contemporary romance with inspirational stories, domestic settings, and sympathetic heroines. Macomber's protagonists are ordinary women who are sometimes caught in difficult situations, but remain optimistic through every adversity. There are often sexual situations in her books, but they generally take place behind closed doors. The dialogue in these gentle stories keeps the pace moving and her uncomplicated prose style allows the reader to appreciate the upbeat, unpretentious tone. Start with: Shop on Blossom Street.
Nicholas Sparks is a master of poignant love stories. In his novels there is no great love without some loss and his characters frequently are faced with a difficult challenge before proving they are worthy of true love. Sparks' characters are honorable and loyal, and they place a lot of importance on family and sometimes religious faith. Start with: The Notebook.
Linc Blaise needed the perfect fiancée to win his dream job, but finding a woman who'd be convincing in a charade seemed impossible--until he heard Daisy Flattery charm her way out of a sticky situation.
Hurtled back through time more than two hundred years to Scotland in 1743, Claire Randall finds herself caught in the midst of an unfamiliar world torn apart by violence, pestilence, and revolution and haunted by her growing feelings for James Fraser, a young soldier
When a man announces to librarian Emily Todd that he is her guardian angel and he has been sent to earth to protect her, she assumes the man is crazy. But when she discovers he can read her mind and when a bomb is planted in her car, she begins having second thoughts. On the other hand, are real angels permitted to fall in love with mortals? By the author of Legend.