RITA Best Historical Romance

Romance novels set in any time period prior to 1945, and taking place in any location.

Judging guidelines: In this category, the love story is the main focus of the novel, and the ending is emotionally satisfying and optimistic.

 

2012 selection

The Black Hawk

RITA Best Historical Romance 2012

by Joanna Bourne

He is her enemy.

He is her lover.

He is her only hope.    

     Someone is stalking French agent Justine DeCabrillac through London's gray streets. Under cover of the rain, the assassin strikes--and Justine...


2011 selection

His at Night

RITA Best Historical Romance 2011

by Sherry Thomas

Love is hottest in the darkness before dawn.

 

Elissande Edgerton is a desperate woman, a virtual prisoner in the home of her tyrannical uncle. Only through marriage can she claim the freedom she craves. But...


2010 selection

Not Quite a Husband

RITA Best Historical Romance 2010

by Sherry Thomas

Sherry Thomas is one of the hottest new voices in historical romance, garnering the highest praise from today’s bestselling writers (“Entrancing.” —Mary Balogh; “Ravishingly sinful, intelligent and...


2009 selection

The Edge of Impropriety

RITA Best Historical Romance 2009

by Pam Rosenthal

Popular novelist and Countess of Gorham Marina Wyatt knows her public scandals help sell her romances. Her latest novel coincides with the arrival of her lover's uncle, Jasper James Hedges-an antiquarian who...


2008 selection

Lessons of Desire

Rothwell Brothers #2

RITA Best Historical Romance 2008

by Madeline Hunter

Handsome, suave, and carnal as the devil, Lord Elliot Rothwell awaits readers in Lessons of Desire, bestselling author Madeline Hunter’s latest book in the Rothwell series and her most provocative novel to...


Best Long Historical Romance

2006 selection

The Devil to Pay

MacLachlan Family & Friends #1

RITA Best Long Historical Romance 2006

by Liz Carlyle

Liz Carlyle, bestselling author of The Devil You Know and A Deal With the Devil, continues her devilish streak with this sensual regency romance.

By day, Sidonie Saint-Godard is a quietly elegant young widow...


2003 selection

Stealing Heaven

RITA Best Long Historical Romance 2003

by Madeline Hunter

Nationally bestselling author Madeline Hunter has thrilled her legions of fans with sensuous novels of intrigue, adventure, and romance. Now she weaves a spectacular tale of an English knight, a Welsh rebel,...


2002 selection

The Bridal Season: A Loveswept Classic Romance

RITA Best Long Historical Romance 2002

by Connie Brockway

With the dazzling storytelling that has become her trademark, acclaimed author Connie Brockway sweeps readers to Victorian England—a glittering world of titled society and scandalous secrets—in the enchanting...


2001 selection

Devilish

RITA Best Long Historical Romance 2001

by Jo Beverley

More information to be announced soon on this forthcoming title from Penguin USA


1995 selection

Dancing on the Wind (Fallen Angels Series, Book 2)

Fallen Angels #3

RITA Best Long Historical Romance 1995

by Mary Jo Putney

Dangerous Deceivers... Like his nickname, Lucifer, Lord Strathmore is know for unearthly beauty and diabolical cleverness. A tragic past has driven Lucien to use his formidable talents to protect his country...