Best Romance Novels of All Time
This list is for the best romance novels you've ever read.

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1 Fifty Shades of Grey (Fifty...
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3.65 of 5 stars 3.65 avg rating — 771,830 ratings
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2 Beautiful Disaster (Beautif...
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4.23 of 5 stars 4.23 avg rating — 214,490 ratings
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3 Pride and Prejudice
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4.24 of 5 stars 4.24 avg rating — 1,251,971 ratings
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4 Twilight (Twilight, #1)
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3.57 of 5 stars 3.57 avg rating — 2,221,026 ratings
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5 Perfect Chemistry (Perfect ...
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4.13 of 5 stars 4.13 avg rating — 112,320 ratings
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6 Thoughtless (Thoughtless, #1)
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4.21 of 5 stars 4.21 avg rating — 77,230 ratings
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7 The Notebook (The Notebook,...
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4.01 of 5 stars 4.01 avg rating — 759,625 ratings
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8 Bared to You (Crossfire, #1)
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4.21 of 5 stars 4.21 avg rating — 215,214 ratings
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9 Gabriel's Inferno (Gabriel'...
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4.08 of 5 stars 4.08 avg rating — 79,750 ratings
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10 Easy (Contours of the Heart...
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4.21 of 5 stars 4.21 avg rating — 110,568 ratings
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11 Jane Eyre
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4.07 of 5 stars 4.07 avg rating — 822,816 ratings
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12 Outlander (Outlander, #1)
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4.13 of 5 stars 4.13 avg rating — 254,157 ratings
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13 Slammed (Slammed, #1)
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4.35 of 5 stars 4.35 avg rating — 90,654 ratings
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14 Anna and the French Kiss (A...
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4.18 of 5 stars 4.18 avg rating — 86,705 ratings
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15 The Time Traveler's Wife
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3.92 of 5 stars 3.92 avg rating — 819,705 ratings
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16 Gone with the Wind
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4.24 of 5 stars 4.24 avg rating — 581,452 ratings
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17 Vampire Academy (Vampire Ac...
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4.19 of 5 stars 4.19 avg rating — 240,095 ratings
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18 Hush, Hush (Hush, Hush, #1)
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4.01 of 5 stars 4.01 avg rating — 246,289 ratings
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19 Dark Lover (Black Dagger Br...
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4.24 of 5 stars 4.24 avg rating — 147,142 ratings
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20 Love Unscripted (Love, #1)
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4.1 of 5 stars 4.10 avg rating — 45,451 ratings
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21 A Walk to Remember
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4.1 of 5 stars 4.10 avg rating — 314,576 ratings
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22 The Host (The Host, #1)
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3.86 of 5 stars 3.86 avg rating — 511,231 ratings
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23 Divergent (Divergent, #1)
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4.36 of 5 stars 4.36 avg rating — 777,578 ratings
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24 Shiver (The Wolves of Mercy...
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3.81 of 5 stars 3.81 avg rating — 217,947 ratings
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25 Wuthering Heights
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3.78 of 5 stars 3.78 avg rating — 594,598 ratings
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26 City of Bones (The Mortal I...
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4.13 of 5 stars 4.13 avg rating — 529,730 ratings
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27 Obsidian (Lux, #1)
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4.3 of 5 stars 4.30 avg rating — 67,931 ratings
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28 Persuasion
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4.12 of 5 stars 4.12 avg rating — 243,161 ratings
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29 On the Island (On the Islan...
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4.17 of 5 stars 4.17 avg rating — 44,342 ratings
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30 The Truth About Forever
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4.17 of 5 stars 4.17 avg rating — 115,428 ratings
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31 Memoirs of a Geisha
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4.03 of 5 stars 4.03 avg rating — 952,472 ratings
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32 Reason to Breathe (Breathin...
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4.31 of 5 stars 4.31 avg rating — 47,873 ratings
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33 Halfway to the Grave (Night...
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4.23 of 5 stars 4.23 avg rating — 70,443 ratings
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34 Flat-Out Love (Flat-Out Lov...
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4.05 of 5 stars 4.05 avg rating — 31,615 ratings
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35 Leaving Paradise (Leaving P...
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4.07 of 5 stars 4.07 avg rating — 25,483 ratings
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36 Sense and Sensibility
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4.04 of 5 stars 4.04 avg rating — 529,548 ratings
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37 Matched (Matched, #1)
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3.74 of 5 stars 3.74 avg rating — 271,733 ratings
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38 The Vincent Boys (The Vince...
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4.03 of 5 stars 4.03 avg rating — 42,741 ratings
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39 Water for Elephants
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4.05 of 5 stars 4.05 avg rating — 813,107 ratings
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40 On Dublin Street (On Dublin...
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4.31 of 5 stars 4.31 avg rating — 84,208 ratings
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41 Significance (Significance,...
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4.2 of 5 stars 4.20 avg rating — 21,555 ratings
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42 The Bronze Horseman (The Br...
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4.42 of 5 stars 4.42 avg rating — 22,555 ratings
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43 Along for the Ride
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4.11 of 5 stars 4.11 avg rating — 96,451 ratings
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44 Going Too Far
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3.97 of 5 stars 3.97 avg rating — 24,914 ratings
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45 This Lullaby
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4.06 of 5 stars 4.06 avg rating — 97,015 ratings
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46 The Summer I Turned Pretty ...
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4.03 of 5 stars 4.03 avg rating — 50,124 ratings
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47 The DUFF: Designated Ugly F...
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3.94 of 5 stars 3.94 avg rating — 31,746 ratings
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48 Breathe (Sea Breeze, #1)
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3.91 of 5 stars 3.91 avg rating — 41,462 ratings
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49 Something About You (FBI / ...
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3.95 of 5 stars 3.95 avg rating — 29,994 ratings
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50 Hopeless (Hopeless, #1)
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4.47 of 5 stars 4.47 avg rating — 97,822 ratings
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51 Just the Sexiest Man Alive
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3.97 of 5 stars 3.97 avg rating — 22,758 ratings
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52 Mystery Man (Dream Man, #1)
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4.29 of 5 stars 4.29 avg rating — 29,366 ratings
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53 Kiss an Angel
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4.17 of 5 stars 4.17 avg rating — 18,223 ratings
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54 It Had to Be You (Chicago S...
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4.07 of 5 stars 4.07 avg rating — 28,102 ratings
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55 Catching Jordan
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3.89 of 5 stars 3.89 avg rating — 29,751 ratings
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56 Forbidden
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4.07 of 5 stars 4.07 avg rating — 17,410 ratings
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57 A Kingdom of Dreams (Westmo...
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4.24 of 5 stars 4.24 avg rating — 21,473 ratings
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58 Forget You
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3.81 of 5 stars 3.81 avg rating — 16,036 ratings
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59 The Gamble (Colorado Mounta...
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4.31 of 5 stars 4.31 avg rating — 22,738 ratings
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60 Forever Mine (The Moreno Br...
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3.92 of 5 stars 3.92 avg rating — 15,922 ratings
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61 Existence (Existence Trilog...
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3.98 of 5 stars 3.98 avg rating — 33,105 ratings
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62 Heart on a Chain
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4.13 of 5 stars 4.13 avg rating — 10,947 ratings
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63 The Perfect Play (Play by P...
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3.98 of 5 stars 3.98 avg rating — 19,811 ratings
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64 That Boy (That Boy, #1)
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4.04 of 5 stars 4.04 avg rating — 16,421 ratings
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65 The Sky is Everywhere
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4.1 of 5 stars 4.10 avg rating — 27,183 ratings
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66 Cross My Heart (Cross My He...
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3.96 of 5 stars 3.96 avg rating — 13,470 ratings
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67 The Bride (Lairds' Fiancées...
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4.27 of 5 stars 4.27 avg rating — 25,137 ratings
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68 The Sweet Gum Tree
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4.37 of 5 stars 4.37 avg rating — 12,103 ratings
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69 Lock and Key
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4.03 of 5 stars 4.03 avg rating — 81,241 ratings
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70 Trust in Advertising
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3.93 of 5 stars 3.93 avg rating — 8,694 ratings
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71 Hex Hall (Hex Hall, #1)
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3.99 of 5 stars 3.99 avg rating — 70,573 ratings
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72 Sugar Daddy (Travises, #1)
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4.0 of 5 stars 4.00 avg rating — 20,557 ratings
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73 Naked in Death (In Death, #1)
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4.12 of 5 stars 4.12 avg rating — 70,121 ratings
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74 Can You Keep a Secret?
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3.81 of 5 stars 3.81 avg rating — 166,332 ratings
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75 Clockwork Angel (The Infern...
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4.29 of 5 stars 4.29 avg rating — 248,229 ratings
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76 Emma
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3.96 of 5 stars 3.96 avg rating — 305,552 ratings
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77 The Edge of Never (The Edge...
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4.38 of 5 stars 4.38 avg rating — 74,516 ratings
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78 Shatter Me (Shatter Me, #1)
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4.04 of 5 stars 4.04 avg rating — 71,979 ratings
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79 Practice Makes Perfect
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4.04 of 5 stars 4.04 avg rating — 14,327 ratings
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80 The Fault in Our Stars
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4.49 of 5 stars 4.49 avg rating — 663,162 ratings
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81 Bet Me
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3.95 of 5 stars 3.95 avg rating — 45,925 ratings
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82 The Darkest Night (Lords of...
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4.12 of 5 stars 4.12 avg rating — 43,918 ratings
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83 Taking Shots (Assassins, #1)
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4.05 of 5 stars 4.05 avg rating — 9,749 ratings
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84 The Boy Who Sneaks in My Be...
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4.04 of 5 stars 4.04 avg rating — 30,697 ratings
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85 Romeo and Juliet
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3.72 of 5 stars 3.72 avg rating — 1,103,273 ratings
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86 Pleasure Unbound (Demonica,...
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4.1 of 5 stars 4.10 avg rating — 28,310 ratings
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87 After Forever Ends
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4.23 of 5 stars 4.23 avg rating — 735 ratings
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88 Kissed by an Angel (Kissed ...
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4.08 of 5 stars 4.08 avg rating — 18,286 ratings
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89 Playing for Keeps (Neighbor...
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4.14 of 5 stars 4.14 avg rating — 45,978 ratings
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90 Delirium (Delirium, #1)
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4.05 of 5 stars 4.05 avg rating — 186,851 ratings
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91 Firelight (Firelight, #1)
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3.93 of 5 stars 3.93 avg rating — 36,354 ratings
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92 Unleashed (Ross Siblings, #1)
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3.93 of 5 stars 3.93 avg rating — 21,136 ratings
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93 Rock Chick (Rock Chick, #1)
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4.26 of 5 stars 4.26 avg rating — 20,805 ratings
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94 The Madness of Lord Ian Mac...
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4.07 of 5 stars 4.07 avg rating — 12,519 ratings
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95 Fallen (Fallen, #1)
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3.75 of 5 stars 3.75 avg rating — 233,157 ratings
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96 Slave to Sensation (Psy-Cha...
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4.15 of 5 stars 4.15 avg rating — 25,821 ratings
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97 All The Wrong Reasons (Wron...
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3.85 of 5 stars 3.85 avg rating — 7,597 ratings
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98 Bridget Jones's Diary (Brid...
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3.69 of 5 stars 3.69 avg rating — 481,286 ratings
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99 Backstage Pass (Sinners on ...
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4.09 of 5 stars 4.09 avg rating — 34,069 ratings
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100 Perfect You
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3.7 of 5 stars 3.70 avg rating — 15,180 ratings
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Comments (showing 1-50 of 143) (143 new)


message 1: by Blackbird (new)

Blackbird How on earth did Breaking Dawn make the list? O.o I cannot believe this.


message 2: by Shannon (new)

Shannon while twilight is an okay read.. not entirely sure how it manages to be so high up as a romance novel.. the book itself really is just too cool.. and not entirely real romance.. i guess.


message 3: by Jasmine (new)

Jasmine My aim is to read the majority of this list...


message 4: by Grace (new)

Grace good list


message 5: by Emma (new)

Emma Can someone tell me why Fifty Shades of Grey is up there twice?


Alicia (is beyond tired of your *ish) What in the hell is this list? The most unromantic, abusive tripe up there. SMH...this world.


message 7: by Apeksha77 (new)

Apeksha77 Is beautiful disaster that good ?


message 8: by Alisha (new)

Alisha How the hell did Fifty Shades of Grey get on this list, let alone to number two? There isn't anything even in the same universe as romantic in that book.


message 9: by Angel (new)

Angel Cade Apeksha77 wrote: "Is beautiful disaster that good ?"

Yup. :D It was hard to put down once you start!


message 10: by Lindsey (new)

Lindsey This list makes me worry about the public's understanding of romance


message 11: by Marcie (new)

Marcie Apeksha77 wrote: "Is beautiful disaster that good ?"

It was awesome!!!!


message 12: by Katrina (new)

Katrina Lindsey wrote: "This list makes me worry about the public's understanding of romance"

I agree...


message 13: by Karina (new)

Karina Soto The Host? Why?..


message 14: by Deborah (new)

Deborah Marcie wrote: "Apeksha77 wrote: "Is beautiful disaster that good ?"

It was awesome!!!!"


Beautiful Disaster was a great book.


message 15: by Marina (new)

Marina The fact that Fifty Shades of Shit is number one makes this list a complete joke. She isn't even allowed to touch him, that's really romantic right there.


message 16: by Nadd (new)

Nadd Perfect Chemistry <3 Totally Agree
AlexFuentes<3


message 17: by Marie (new)

Marie Lindsey wrote: "This list makes me worry about the public's understanding of romance"

Ha, Ha, totaly agree!


message 18: by Chris (new)

Chris I have to agree on the "why is this on here" sentiments for 50 Shades and Twilight. Those are both terrible examples, and I wouldn't even call them romance novels. At all.


message 19: by [deleted user] (last edited Jul 19, 2012 09:17AM) (new)

Jane Eyre and Pride and Prejudice are after Twilight and Fifty Shades of Grey? What?! This list is not accurate people since the books that are most popular now got the most votes.

There are truly beautiful romance novels out there that are not well known and will never be read. The name of this list is wrong wrong wrong.


message 20: by Melanie (last edited Jul 21, 2012 12:10PM) (new)

Melanie Gattaca wrote: "Jane Eyre and Pride and Prejudice are after Twilight and Fifty Shades of Grey? What?! This list is not accurate people since the books that are most popular now got the most votes.

There are tru..."


Couldn't agree more! Fortunately there are still a lot of people out there who know what these classics are worth.


message 21: by Brittney (new)

Brittney Who the hell put up 50 shades? Who voted for that book?!


message 22: by Angela (new)

Angela Brittney wrote: "Who the hell put up 50 shades? Who voted for that book?!"

IDIOTS WHO ARE ILLITERATE AND BRAINLESS!


message 23: by Jasmine (new)

Jasmine Angela wrote: "Brittney wrote: "Who the hell put up 50 shades? Who voted for that book?!"

IDIOTS WHO ARE ILLITERATE AND BRAINLESS!"


hehehe agreed


message 24: by Rarietty (new)

Rarietty 50 Shades and Twilight in the top 5 on a top romance OF ALL TIME list? They seriously beat 949 other romances, most of them better quality AND classics?

I don't want to live on this planet anymore.


message 25: by [deleted user] (new)

Jewelz wrote: "50 Shades and Twilight in the top 5 on a top romance OF ALL TIME list? They seriously beat 949 other romances, most of them better quality AND classics?

I don't want to live on this planet anymore."


I said the same thing.


message 26: by Erin (new)

Erin 50 Shades of Grey? Really? This makes me sad.


message 27: by Karen (new)

Karen OMG you people are sick.


message 28: by Zana (new)

Zana What the hell is this?


message 29: by Nadd (new)

Nadd I liked 50 shades of grey so that means im stupid for liking that book? Thats just great....


message 30: by [deleted user] (last edited Aug 02, 2012 11:51AM) (new)

Nadd wrote: "I liked 50 shades of grey so that means im stupid for liking that book? Thats just great...."

People should not call anybody stupid for liking any book. However, I just don't see 50 Shades of Grey being the best romance novel of ALL TIME.

I have read beautiful romance novels that are not well known and would never be voted on here, which is just a tragedy. I just think this list is wrong because popular books are on top and popular does not always mean the best there is......


message 31: by Erin (new)

Erin Nadd wrote: "I liked 50 shades of grey so that means im stupid for liking that book? Thats just great...."

Not at all. It's perfectly fine to like that book, I just don't see why it would be voted as the very best romance novel of all time. I realize this is just a fun list, but just because it's popular doesn't mean it's great.


message 32: by Sumayya (new)

Sumayya Erin wrote: "Nadd wrote: "I liked 50 shades of grey so that means im stupid for liking that book? Thats just great....."

No no dont think that. It no big deal people have different taste. It probably got voted on so much because people got interested and read it cause of the hype. Sorta how Twilight blew up when it was announced that they were making it into film. I read the trilogy and thought it was good. Not best romance novel of all time but still fairly good. My favorites had to be Gabriels Inferno, love unscripted and Perfect Chemistry. I can read those over and over again :)


message 33: by Nadd (last edited Aug 08, 2012 03:30AM) (new)

Nadd Erin wrote: "Nadd wrote: "I liked 50 shades of grey so that means im stupid for liking that book? Thats just great...."

Not at all. It's perfectly fine to like that book, I just don't see why it would be vote..."


You got the point : I was overreacting, well you know how it feels when u liked that book so much and people started to give negative comments about it. I know its natural


message 34: by Nadd (new)

Nadd Sumayya wrote: "Erin wrote: "Nadd wrote: "I liked 50 shades of grey so that means im stupid for liking that book? Thats just great....."

No no dont think that. It no big deal people have different taste. It proba..."


OhMy! Perfect Chemistry is my fav too :DD


message 35: by Jenna (last edited Aug 07, 2012 03:44PM) (new)

Jenna Watts The top five most voted books for "Best Romance Novels of All Time" make me afraid for humanity. The only exception would be Pride & Prejudice and Perfect Chemistry, but Perfect Chemistry-while a good book-definitely shouldn't be on the top five best romance novels of all time.

And 50 Shades of Grey as the best romance novel of all time...? Really, people, really?


message 36: by Kelsey (new)

Kelsey I cannot begin to describe the utter unbelief and pain that 50 Shades of Grey is, 1)On the same list as Jane Austen, 2) Considered a love story, 3) On the same list as, well, anything, 4) Considered a story.


message 37: by Reese (new)

Reese Oh. My. God. This is what romance is considered today? How is Fifty Shades of Gray EVER above a literary classic like Pride and Prejudiced? I have to go scream into a pillow or something now.


message 38: by Book (new)

Book So much crap in this list. I could only vote for P&P


message 39: by [deleted user] (new)

Book wrote: "So much crap in this list. I could only vote for P&P"

I think there are some good books but they are too far in the list:)


message 40: by Julia (new)

Julia Apeksha77 wrote: "Is beautiful disaster that good ?"

I don't like to read and I get bored really quick and I just started to find things that held my attention and it made my list of books I really enjoyed reading. I personally loved it so much that I'm reading it again. It just depends on what you like to read and how much of those types of stories you've read. I recommend it.


message 41: by Alison (new)

Alison Hoe How did 50 shades of gray beat pride and predjudice


message 42: by Tiffany (new)

Tiffany Couch Jane wrote: "The fact that Fifty Shades of Shit is number one makes this list a complete joke. She isn't even allowed to touch him, that's really romantic right there."

HAHAHA this made me crack up but it's so true.


message 43: by Rarietty (new)

Rarietty I seriously wish there was the option to vote down books if we wanted. That would probably make the lists more accurate and then everyone in these comments could go and attack 50 Shades with downvotes.


message 44: by Jane (new)

Jane  Doe Well this is a BS list.


message 45: by Aditi (new)

Aditi Fifty F***ing shades!! :|


message 46: by Debra (new)

Debra Norris Wow. This list saddens me. Did anyone over the age of 16 vote on this thing. It doesn't look like it. I'm scared for this world and the young ladies in it.


message 47: by Gina (new)

Gina Fifty Shades of Grey...1st? Beating Pride and Prejudice? ...and Twilight? My goodness! Who made this list?


message 48: by Leo (new)

Leo love in the time of cholera??????


message 49: by Lisa (new)

Lisa I came to the list to look for recommendations, but the rankings of some of the titles force me to disregard this list completely.


message 50: by E. (new)

E. Chainey (Bookowski) Romance List? With Porn books? This is not a list of best romance books, I think. There should be a real romance books such as Pride & Prejudice, Jane Eyre, Gone With The Wind, North & South... I started to vote but when I saw the list is full of complete mess porn books I stopped.


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