Top 10 romances

At roughly a quarter of the overall popular fiction market, by both number of titles and amount sold, romance is the single biggest category of popular fiction – nearly double that of the next genre, mysteries. So the old saying is pretty true: (almost) everyone loves a love story.

Here are the top 10 most-loved romance novels at WPL right now:

fast1. Fast track by Julie Garwood. If you like Garwood’s fast-paced contemporary romances, try books by Lori Foster or Suzanne Brockmann too.

grey2. Fifty shades of Grey by E.L. James. Now that the movie adaptation’s been released, this recent bestseller is seeing another jump in popularity. Mainstream romance novels have been getting steamier for years, but the fad for this book definitely heated things up as publishers realized there was such a huge market for explicit romance.

whisper3. Her last whisper by Karen Robards, a classic writer of romantic suspense. Try Heather Graham if you like this one.

love4. Love Letters : a Rose Harbor novel by Debbie Macomber. There are still lots of sweet romances for readers who aren’t looking for super-sexy love scenes. These books tend to focus on family ties and small-town setting; writers like Debbie Macomber and Donna Kauffman from this list are perfect examples.

blood5. Blood magick by Nora Roberts. Roberts is the Wayne Gretzky of romance writers. In her decades-spanning career, she’s written hundreds of titles in every sub-genre – including four of the titles on this list! This one is the final volume in the Cousins O’Dwyer trilogy.

collector6.  The collector by Nora Roberts. A big-city tale of suspense and romance inspired by the classic film Rear Window.

sandpiper7. Sandpiper Island by Donna Kauffman. For a similar reading experience, try Robyn Carr.

darkDark witch andshadow Shadow spell by Nora Roberts. Eight and nine on the list are books one and two of the Cousins O’Dwyer trilogy. For a while, witches, vampires, werewolves, and other supernatural beings – think of the TV series True Blood (based on the hugely popular series by Charlaine Harris) – were all the rage in romance. Lately, readers seem to be turning away from this trend, but trust Nora to revive it.

swan10. Swan Point by Sherryl Woods. Another small town romance, part of the Sweet Magnolias series. You might also enjoy visiting Genell Dellin’s Honey Grove.

Looking for other popular romances? Try the Romance Writers’ of America’s annual RITA Award winners for a broad range of moving love stories, from inspirational (Christian) stories to romantic suspense and historical tales.


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