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The 12 Best Romance Books Of 2015 (in no particular order)
• After You by Jojo Moyes
• The Allure of Dean Harper by R.S. Grey
• Bossy: A Stepbrother Romance by Kim Linwood
• Wrong by Jana Aston
• Confess by Colleen Hoover
• Never Judge a Lady by Her Cover: The Fourth Rule of Scoundrels by Sarah MacLea

 

• Bain (An Undefeated Streak Novel) by A.L. Wood
• Accidentally Hers (Sterling Canyon) by Jamie Beck
• Undercover by Danielle Steel
• The Deal by Elle Kennedy
• The Mistake by Elle Kennedy
• MacKenzie Fire: A Sequel to Shine Not Burn by Elle Casey

 
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ROMANCE NOVELS
Romance novels make up one of the most widely read genres of literature in the English-speaking world and were developed in Western culture. In North America, romance novels are the most popular genre in modern literature, comprising almost 55% of all paperback books sold in 2004. Romance fiction generated $1.37 billion in sales in 2008 and 7,311 new romance titles were released. About 75 million people read at least one romance novel in 2008. Romance fiction was the largest share of the consumer market in 2008 at 13.5 percent.

A romance novel primarily focuses on the relationship and romantic love between two people. They almost always have an emotionally satisfying, optimistic ending. Bestselling author Nora Roberts has said "The books are about the celebration of falling in love and emotion and commitment, and all of those things we really want." There are books about love that are not romance novels, and what precisely qualifies as a romance novel is usually determined in part by the publisher of a book.

Romance can be broadly divided into category (series) and stand-alone (single title). Category romances in many cases are numbered sequentially within the line. Category romance lines are usually no more than 200 pages. Despite their name, single-title novels are not always stand-alone novels. They are almost almost longer, averaging between 350 and 400 pages.

"New adult" is the new buzz-phrase in romance book publishing, with more sexually charged stories featuring heroes of YA age. The concept was first proposed by St. Martin's Press in 2009. Themes covered in young adult fiction include identity, sexuality, drug and alcohol abuse, family struggles, and bullying. Publishers have sought more stories with heroes/heroines in the 18 to 30 age range.

Romance subgenres include gothic, historical romance, paranormal romance, western, regency (dealing with royalty), romantic mysteries, romantic suspense, fantasy/sci-fi romance, inspirational, adventure, and contemporary romance. In other words a romance novel can be set in any time period and in any location.

The best selling romance novels of all time are:
(1) The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux;
(2) The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks;
(3) Dark Hunter by Sherrilyn Kenyon (series);
(4) Twilight by Stephenie Meyer (series); and
(5) It Had to Be You by Susan Elizabeth Phillips.

Best selling authors in the romance genre by estimated sales over 100 million are: (1) Barbara Cartland; (2) Danielle Steel; (3) Jackie Collins; (4) Corin Tellado (Spanish language); (5) Janet Dailey; (6) Nora Roberts; and (7) Catherine Cookson.

Every July, the Romance Writers of America (RWA), the trade association for aspiring and published romance fiction authors, announces the winners for the RITA and Golden Heart Awards.

2013 RITA Winners:
  • Best First Book
  • Contemporary Single Title Romance
  • Historical Romance
  • Inspirational Romance
  • Long Contemporary Series Romance
  • Novel with Strong Romantic Elements
  • Paranormal Romance
  • Romance Novella
  • Romantic Suspense
  • Short Contemporary Series Romance
  • Young Adult Romance
2013 Golden Heart Winners:
  • Contemporary Series Romance
  • Contemporary Single Title Romance
  • Historical Romance
  • Paranormal Romance
  • Romantic Suspense
  • Young Adult Romance

 
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