RITA

The purpose of the RITA® contest is to promote excellence in the romance
genre by recognizing outstanding published romance novels and novellas.
The award itself is a golden statuette named after RWA's first president, Rita Clay Estrada, and has become the symbol for excellence in published romance fiction.

 

Best Contemporary Series Romance category winners

2012 selection

Doukakis's Apprentice

RITA Best Contemporary Series Romance 2012

by Sarah Morgan

With her family business in crisis, Polly Prince does her best to keep calm and carry on. But hard work alone can't save her London company from a takeover by the infamously ruthless Damon Doukakis…or her traitorous...


2011 selection

Welcome Home, Cowboy

RITA Best Contemporary Series Romance 2011

by Karen Templeton

He'd never really had a place to call his own...

But the broken-down ranch in front of him was the closest he'd ever come. Now, pregnant widow Emma Manning was struggling to keep it, her children and herself...


2010 selection

Not-So-Perfect Past

RITA Best Contemporary Series Romance 2010

by Beth Andrews

Nina Carlson knows all about Dillon Ward. Knows he served time in prison. Knows nobody put out the welcome mat when he moved to Serenity Springs. But that doesn't stop her from renting him a place to live. And...


Best Contemporary Series Romance : Suspense/ Adventure category winners

2012 selection

Soldier's Last Stand

RITA Best Contemporary Series Romance : Suspense/ Adventure 2012

by Cindy Dees

Navy Commander Brady Hathaway is done with women. Since H.O.T. Watch is pretty much a 24/7 job, that leaves no time for female entanglements. Then he's appointed Eve Dupont's handler. Tan, leggy and blonde,...


Best Contemporary Single Title category winners

Best First Novel category winners

2011 selection

Pieces of Sky

RITA Best First Novel 2011

by Kaki Warner

Jessica Thornton is a long way from her native England. An author and milliner, she carries the weight of a scandalous secret-a horrible shame that has brought her to the West on a desperate search for the only...


2010 selection

One Scream Away

RITA Best First Novel 2010

by Kate Brady

"Kate Brady has made her mark with a taut, masterful debut of chilling suspense that grabs you by the throat and heart and won't let go. Riveting storytelling packed with unexpected twists and unforgettable...


2009 selection

Oh. My. Gods.

RITA Best First Novel 2009

by Tera Lynn Childs

When Phoebe's mom returns from Greece with a new husband and plans to move to an island in the Aegean Sea, Phoebe's well-plotted senior year becomes ancient history. Now, instead of enjoying a triumphant track...


2007 selection

The Husband Trap: A Novel

The Trap Trilogy #1

RITA Best First Novel 2007

by Tracy Anne Warren

Here comes the substitute bride. . . .

Violet Brantford has always longed for the passionate embrace of Adrian Winter, the wealthy Duke of Raeburn. Problem is, he’s set to marry Violet’s vivacious, more socially...


2004 selection

Back Roads

RITA Best First Novel 2004

by Susan Crandall

A woman of the law. Sensible, capable, and always in control, Leigh Mitchell is the local sheriff of her sleepy Indiana home town. But Leigh is turning thirty and feeling restless. Something needs to change....


1999 selection

My Darling Caroline

RITA Best First Novel 1999

by Adele Ashworth

No man's darling . . .

One by one, Lady Caroline Grayson watched her four sisters celebrate their betrothals, truly sure that marriage was not in her future—and perfectly pleased with that fact. Or so she...


1992 selection

Candle in the Window

RITA Best First Novel 1992

by Christina Dodd

Lady Saura of Roget lives a lonely life of servitude—her fortune controlled by her cruel, unscrupulous stepfather. Yet it is she who has been called upon to brighten the days of Sir William of Miraval, a proud...


Best Historical Romance category winners

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...


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 Historical Series category winners

1994 selection

My Lady Notorious

RITA Best Historical Series 1994

by Jo Beverley

Hailed as "captivating" (Booklist) and "exquisitely sensual" (Library Journal), Jo Beverley's Malloren novels capture the unforgettable world of Georgian England. Now her fans can discover why the book that...


1992 selection

The Tender Texan

RITA Best Historical Series 1992

by Jodi Thomas

Anna Meyer offers one hundred dollars to the Texas cattleman who can help her forge a frontier homestead. Chance Wyatt agrees to settle down and build a home with a lovely stranger. The boy in him never considered...


Best Historical Single Title category winners

1994 selection

Untamed

Medieval #1

RITA Best Historical Single Title 1994

by Elizabeth Lowell

Returning home triumphant from the Crusades, Dominic le Sabre is determined to claim the bride promised to him by the king, but the high-born Celtic beauty is equally determined to resist him.


1993 selection

Keeper of the Dream

RITA Best Historical Single Title 1993

by Penelope Williamson

Scarred by a past of denial and mistrust, Raine, the Black Dragon, rides toward Castle Rhuddlan and toward a conquest of the castle and its inhabitant--Lady Arianna.


1992 selection

Courting Miss Hattie

RITA Best Historical Single Title 1992

by Pamela Morsi

The news spread like brush fire through the whole county when widower Ancil Drayton announced his intention to start courting Miss Hattie Colfax. She was certainly spirited and delightfully sweet natured, and...


1990 selection

The Bride

Lairds' Fiancées #1

RITA Best Historical Single Title 1990

by Julie Garwood

By edict of the king, the mighty Scottish laird Alec Kincaid must take an English bride. His choice was Jamie, youngest daughter of Baron Jamison...a feisty, violet-eyed beauty. Alec ached to touch her, to tame...


Best Inspirational Romance category winners

2012 selection

The Measure of Katie Calloway

RITA Best Inspirational Romance 2012

by Serena Miller

A determined young woman with a secret past hires on as a cook in an 1870s Northwoods lumber camp.


2008 selection

Touch of Grace

RITA Best Inspirational Romance 2008

by Linda Goodnight

The moment her sister's body was discovered near Ian Carpenter's New Orleans mission, crusading journalist Gretchen Barker was torn between devastating grief and a desire for revenge. She mourned her sister's...


2007 selection

Revealed

RITA Best Inspirational Romance 2007

by Tamera Alexander

Anabelle and trail guide Matthew seek fresh beginnings from past mistakes as they travel west in search of the future. Fountain Creek Chronicles book 2.


2006 selection

Heavens to Betsy

RITA Best Inspirational Romance 2006

by Beth Pattillo

Blessed Are the Fabulous.

Life would be perfect for Reverend Betsy Blessing if it weren't for parishioners who keel over during her sermons, steal money from the collection box, and set her up with ex-cons. Not...


2004 selection

Autumn Dreams

RITA Best Inspirational Romance 2004

by Gayle Roper

Somewhere between wishes and reality...lie dreams. Her mother, father, and nephew all need her—but have Cass's dreams gotten lost in the crunch?

They call it the “sandwich generation.” Daughter, sister,...


2003 selection

Never Say Goodbye

RITA Best Inspirational Romance 2003

by Irene Hannon

FROM HEAVEN TO HELL…

Three years ago, married father Scott Mitchell had everything a man could want. Then, in a blinding instant, a fateful error in judgment shattered his perfect world. Yet through the long...


2002 selection

Beneath a Southern Sky

RITA Best Inspirational Romance 2002

by Deborah Raney

"Deborah Raney reminds us that God’s ways are not our ways…but His paths lead to fulfillment and joy.”

--Angela Elwell Hunt, author of The Note and The Heirs of Cahira O’Connor series

Her Second Husband...


1997 selection

The Scarlet Thread

RITA Best Inspirational Romance 1997

by Francine Rivers

Two women, centuries apart, are joined through a tattered journal as they contend with God, husbands, and even themselves . . . until they fall into the arms of the One who loves them unconditionally. Sierra...


1995 selection

An Echo in the Darkness

RITA Best Inspirational Romance 1995

by Francine Rivers

This classic series has inspired nearly 2 million readers. Both loyal fans and new readers will want the latest edition of this beloved series. This edition includes a foreword from the publisher, a preface...


Best Long Contemporary Romance category winners

2007 selection

A Mom for Tim

RITA Best Long Contemporary Romance 2007

by Lori Handeland

Has he found her?

Life has never been easy for Tim. Abandoned and left to fend for himself, he's finally found a home with Dean Luchetti. But something's missing. Tim's convinced that what he needs is a mother...


2001 selection

Rogue's Reform

RITA Best Long Contemporary Romance 2001

by Marilyn Pappano

HEARTBREAK CANYON—THE MEN OF HEARTBREAK LIVE BY THEIR OWN RULES—PROTECT THE LAND, HONOR THE FAMILY…AND NEVER LET A GOOD WOMAN GO!

ONE MOMENT OF PLEASURE

Ethan James had spend a lifetime looking for trouble....


2000 selection

Undercover Princess

RITA Best Long Contemporary Romance 2000

by Suzanne Brockmann

"THE NAME'S WIND, KATHY WIND...."

With those words, Princess Katherine Wyndham went from sensible sister to secret agent. Her mission: to locate her brother--the long-lost crown prince. Her cover: nanny for handsome...


1999 selection

Meant to Be Married

RITA Best Long Contemporary Romance 1999

by Ruth Wind

IF ONLY THEY HAD MARRIED, ALL THOSE YEARS AGO…

But their warring families did everything in their power to keep Elias and Sarah apart—short of destroying their love for each other. And soon enough the Santiagos...


Best Long Contemporary Series Romance category winners

Best Long Historical Romance category winners

2006 selection

The Devil to Pay

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 Historical 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...


Best Mainstream Historical Romance category winners

1983 selection

The Endearment

RITA Best Mainstream Historical Romance 1983

by LaVyrle Spencer

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


Best Novel with Strong Romantic Elements category winners

2012 selection

How to Bake a Perfect Life: A Novel

RITA Best Novel with Strong Romantic Elements 2012

by Barbara O'Neal

In a novel as warm and embracing as a family kitchen, Barbara O’Neal explores the poignant, sometimes complex relationships between mothers and daughters—and the healing magic of homemade bread.

 

Professional...


2011 selection

Welcome to Harmony

Harmony #1

RITA Best Novel with Strong Romantic Elements 2011

by Jodi Thomas

Never-before-published-from the New York Times bestselling author of Rewriting Monday

Sixteen-year-old runaway Reagan has always wanted a place to belong. She's never had a real home of her own, but perhaps...


2010 selection

The Lost Recipe for Happiness

RITA Best Novel with Strong Romantic Elements 2010

by Barbara O'Neal

In this sumptuous new novel, Barbara O’Neal offers readers a celebration of food, family, and love as a woman searches for the elusive ingredient we’re all hoping to find….

It’s the opportunity Elena...


2007 selection

A Lady Raised High: A Novel of Anne Boleyn

RITA Best Novel with Strong Romantic Elements 2007

by Laurien Gardner

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


2006 selection

Lady Luck's Map of Vegas

RITA Best Novel with Strong Romantic Elements 2006

by Barbara Samuel

A successful Web designer, forty-year-old India has a fabulously hip life in Denver and a sexy Irish lover in New York who jets out to see her on bi-weekly visits. The long-distance romance suits India just...


2004 selection

Between Sisters

RITA Best Novel with Strong Romantic Elements 2004

by Kristin Hannah

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

No one knows you like your sister. She can make you laugh or break your heart with a single word. And no one writes novels like Kristin Hannah, an author who vividly explores the...


Best Paranormal Romance category winners

2012 selection

Dragon Bound

Elder Races #1

RITA Best Paranormal Romance 2012

by Thea Harrison

View our feature on Thea Harrison’s Dragon Bound.

Half-human and half-wyr, Pia Giovanni spent her life keeping a low profile among the wyrkind and avoiding the continuing conflict between them and their dark...


2011 selection

Unchained: The Dark Forgotten

RITA Best Paranormal Romance 2011, RITA Best Paranormal Romance 2011

by Sharon Ashwood

Faced with a custody battle for her daughter, monster-killer Ashe Carver has hung up her stakes and taken a job at the public library. But then after centuries guarding a supernatural prison, the dashing Captain...


Unchained: The Dark Forgotten

RITA Best Paranormal Romance 2011, RITA Best Paranormal Romance 2011

by Sharon Ashwood

Faced with a custody battle for her daughter, monster-killer Ashe Carver has hung up her stakes and taken a job at the public library. But then after centuries guarding a supernatural prison, the dashing Captain...


2010 selection

Kiss of a Demon King

RITA Best Paranormal Romance 2010

by Kresley Cole

From New York Times bestselling author Kresley Cole comes this spellbinding story of a demon king trapped by an enchantress for her wanton purposes -- and the scorching aftermath that follows when he turns the...


2009 selection

Seducing Mr. Darcy

RITA Best Paranormal Romance 2009

by Gwyn Cready

In the second hilarious and sexy novel from author Gwyn Cready, a divorcée suffering from "carnal deprivation" has a racy one-night stand with one of literature's most irresistible heroes -- and learns that...


2008 selection

Lover Revealed

Black Dagger Brotherhood #4

RITA Best Paranormal Romance 2008

by J.R. Ward

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


2007 selection

A Hunger Like No Other

RITA Best Paranormal Romance 2007

by Kresley Cole

Acclaimed author Kresley Cole introduces a sizzling new series with this tale of a fierce werewolf and a bewitching vampire -- unlikely soul mates whose passion will test the boundaries of life and death.

A...


2006 selection

Gabriel's Ghost

RITA Best Paranormal Romance 2006

by Linnea Sinclair

Award-winning author Linnea Sinclair brings her special sizzle to science fiction with this action-packed blend of otherworldly adventure and sexy stellar romance.…

After a decade of piloting interstellar patrol...


2001 selection

The Highlander's Touch

Highlander Series #3

RITA Best Paranormal Romance 2001

by Karen Marie Moning

A Warrior Of Immortal Powers

He was a mighty Scottish warrior who lived in a world bound by ancient laws and timeless magic. But no immortal powers could prepare the laird of Castle Brodie for the lovely accursed...


2000 selection

Nell

RITA Best Paranormal Romance 2000

by Jeanette Baker

Wealthy Jillian Fitzgerald and destitute Frankie Maguire grew up together in northern Ireland. The widening chasm of their class differences could not daunt their dreams of someday marrying, until fate cruelly...


Best Regency Historical Romance category winners

2012 selection

A Night to Surrender

Spindle Cove #1

RITA Best Regency Historical Romance 2012

by Tessa Dare

Welcome to Spindle Cove, where the ladieswith delicate constitutions come for the sea air,and men in their prime are . . . nowhere to be found.

Or are they?

Spindle Cove is the destination of choice forcertain...


2011 selection

The Mischief of the Mistletoe: A Pink Carnation Christmas

RITA Best Regency Historical Romance 2011

by Lauren Willig

Despite her dear friend Jane Austen's warning against teaching, Arabella Dempsey accepts a position at a girls' school in Bath, just before Christmas. She hardly imagines coming face-to-face with French aristocrats...


2010 selection

What Happens in London

Bevelstoke #2

RITA Best Regency Historical Romance 2010

by Julia Quinn

Rumors and Gossip . . . The lifeblood of London

When Olivia Bevelstoke is told that her new neighbor may have killed his fiancée, she doesn't believe it for a second, but, still, how can she help spying on him,...


2009 selection

My Lord and Spymaster

RITA Best Regency Historical Romance 2009

by Joanna Bourne

After her father is wrongly accused of selling secrets to Napoleon, lovely Jess Whitby infiltrates the London underworld for the real traitor-only to end up naked in the bed of a rude merchant captain. Not only...


2008 selection

The Secret Diaries of Miss Miranda Cheever

Bevelstoke #1

RITA Best Regency Historical Romance 2008

by Julia Quinn

2 March 1810 . . . Today, I fell in love.

At the age of ten, Miranda Cheever showed no signs of Great Beauty. And even at ten, Miranda learned to accept the expectations society held for her—until the afternoon...


1992 selection

Emily and the Dark Angel

RITA Best Regency Historical Romance 1992

by Jo Beverley

New York Times bestselling author Jo Beverley "brings the Regency Period to life." (Joan Hammond)

Emily Grantwich lives quietly with her crippled father and eccentric aunt, managing the family's land, until...


Best Romance category winners

1995 selection

Born in Ice

Born In #2

RITA Contemporary Single Title Romance 1996, RITA Best Romance 1995

by Nora Roberts

Nora Roberts, the bestselling author of Hidden Riches and Born In Fire, continues the romantic Irish saga--the story of the Concannon sisters, three modern women bound by the timeless spirit of their land.When...


1994 selection

It Had to Be You

RITA Best Romance 1994

by Susan Elizabeth Phillips

The Windy City isn't quite ready for Phoebe Somerville—the outrageous, curvaceous New York knockout who has just inherited the Chicago Stars football team. And Phoebe is definitely not ready for the Stars'...


Best Romance Novella category winners

2012 selection

I Love the Earl

RITA Best Romance Novella 2012

by Caroline Linden

A single ladyin possession of a good fortunemust be in want of a suitor

Margaret de Lacey has accepted her unmarried statewith dignity, if not delight. She had no suitors when she wasyoung and starry-eyed, though...


2010 selection

Night Before Christmas

RITA Best Romance Novella 2010

by Brenda Novak, Day Leclaire & Molly O'Keefe

When their private plane crashes in the Sierra Nevada, two political enemies discover that survival means more than just living--it also means loving.

A gripping story by New York Times bestselling author Brenda...


2009 selection

It Happened One Night

RITA Best Romance Novella 2009

by Stephanie Laurens, Mary Balogh, Jacquie D'Alessandro & Candice Hern

It Happened One Night . . . and nothing was ever the same again!

Once upon a time, four superstar storytellers—New York Times bestselling authors Stephanie Laurens and Mary Balogh, along with Jacquie D'Alessandro...


2008 selection

Like Mother, Like Daughter (But in a Good Way): Born in My Heart\Becoming My Mother...\The Long Distance Mother

RITA Best Romance Novella 2008

by Jennifer Greene, Nancy Robards Thompson & Peggy Webb

Am I my mother after all?

Don't miss these three unforgettable stories that look at the unbreakable—and sometimes infuriating—bonds between mothers and daughters. And the men who get caught in the madness (when...


2005 selection

Night's Edge

RITA Best Romance Novella 2005

by Charlaine Harris, Maggie Shayne & Barbara Hambly

DANCERS IN THE DARK by Charlaine Harris

Dancer Layla Rue Le May's childhood prepared her to handle just about anything, including her aloof partner, Sean McClendon, a three-hundred-year-old vampire. But when...


Best Romantic Suspense category winners

2012 selection

New York to Dallas

In Death #33

RITA Best Romantic Suspense 2012

by J.D. Robb

#1 New York Times bestselling author J.D. Robb presents an intense and terrifying new case for New York homicide cop Eve Dallas: one that will take her all the way to the city that named her-and plunge her into...


2011 selection

Silent Scream

RITA Best Romantic Suspense 2011

by Karen Rose

Four college students believed they were making a statement. They were activists, fighting to preserve the environment by burning down a new apartment complex. But they didn't realize that someone was watching....


2010 selection

Whisper of Warning

RITA Best Romantic Suspense 2010

by Laura Griffin

WILL HE HELP PROVE HER INNOCENCE...

OR LEAD A KILLER TO HER DOOR?

Courtney Glass has been in trouble all her life, but nothing tops being an up-close witness to a brutal murder. Until she's accused of the crime....


2009 selection

Take No Prisoners

RITA Best Romantic Suspense 2009

by Cindy Gerard

New York Times bestselling author Cindy Gerard's red-hot new romantic suspense series features the irresistible men of Black Ops, Inc., a special team of heroes with a taste for living on the edge....

A...


2007 selection

Blackout

RITA Best Romantic Suspense 2007

by Annie Solomon

A female black ops agent whose memory has been wipedclean is framed for the murder of the Deputy Director of the TerrorismControl Force - a man she doesn't remember knowing. As she tries tofigure out what happened...


2006 selection

Survivor In Death

In Death #20

RITA Best Romantic Suspense 2006

by J.D. Robb

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


2005 selection

I'm Watching You

RITA Best Romantic Suspense 2005

by Karen Rose

I Know Their Crimes. Star prosecutor Kristen Mayhew has a dangerous secret admirer. He seems to know her every thought, her every move. He sends her letters. And he kills the criminals she herself is powerless...


2003 selection

Three Fates

RITA Best Romantic Suspense 2003

by Nora Roberts

When the Lusitania sank, one survivor became a changed man, giving up his life as a petty thief—but keeping the small silver statue he lifted, a family heirloom to future generations. Now, nearly a century...


2001 selection

Carolina Moon

RITA Best Romantic Suspense 2001

by Nora Roberts

From #1 New York Times bestselling author Nora Roberts—an utterly spellbinding tale about a woman who, though battered in both body and spirit, can never lose Hope…Tory Bodeen grew up in South Carolina,...


2000 selection

Bride's Protector

RITA Best Romantic Suspense 2000

by Gayle Wilson

MEN of mystery

Three men with secret identities and hidden agendas—sworn to loyalty and tamed by love.

Her life depended on a stranger…

On the morning of her wedding, Tyler Stewart looked out the wrong window...


1998 selection

On the Way to a Wedding

RITA Best Romantic Suspense 1998

by Ingrid Weaver

She met Mr. Right.

ON THE WAY TO A WEDDING…THEIR PLANE CRASHED!

Lauren Abbot would have perished had it not been for handsome lawman Nick Strada. Though everyone claimed Nick had died in the crash, Lauren knew...


1997 selection

See How They Run: A Loveswept Contemporary Romance

RITA Best Romantic Suspense 1997

by Bethany Campbell

In this harrowing, pulse-pounding story of romance and danger by Bethany Campbell, two strangers race to save innocent children from a crime lord’s hit men.

 

A gifted teacher for special-needs children,...


1995 selection

Hidden Riches

RITA Best Romantic Suspense 1995

by Nora Roberts

In Hidden Riches, Nora Roberts unveils the intriguing world of antiques dealing, where a independent woman discovers the price of breathless desire--and the schemes of an obsessed killer. Dora Conroy has a passion...


1994 selection

Nightshade: (InterMix)

RITA Best Romantic Suspense 1994

by Nora Roberts

“Known for her ability to deliver a rich and satisfying story” (Publishers Weekly), #1 New York Times bestselling author Nora Roberts delivers a classic tale of danger and desire.

AVAILABLE DIGITALLY FOR...


1993 selection

Divine Evil

RITA Best Romantic Suspense 1993

by Nora Roberts

In this gripping novel of small-town scandal and sizzling passion, New York Timesbestselling author Nora Roberts tells the story of a renowned artist who confronts a mystery from her past—and finds that...


1992 selection

Night Shift: (InterMix)

RITA Best Romantic Suspense 1992

by Nora Roberts

“A consistently entertaining writer” (USA Today), Nora Roberts spins a passionate tale about what can happen when the sun goes down.

AVAILABLE DIGITALLY FOR THE FIRST TIME

When Detective Boyd Fletcher is assigned...


Best Short Contemporary Romance category winners

2000 selection

Stardust Cowboy

RITA Best Short Contemporary Romance 2000

by Anne McAllister

MEN of the YEAR

MAN of the MONTH

"I'm no stardust cowboy!

—Riley Stratton, rough-edged Wyoming cowboy

Riley knew he wasn't any kid's imaginary hero—capable of making dreams come true. His own dreams had bttien...


Best Short Contemporary Series Romance category winners

Best Short Historical category winners

2006 selection

The Texan's Reward

RITA Best Short Historical 2006

by Jodi Thomas

Years ago, Texas Ranger Jacob Dalton bailed an orphaned girl named Nell out of trouble more times than he could count. But now the kid he once called "Two Bits" has grown into a beautiful young woman--and is...


2005 selection

A Wanted Man

RITA Best Short Historical 2005

by Susan Kay Law

Sam Duncan was too young when he marched off to war and was brutally imprisoned. He's witnessed and experienced a lifetime of cruelty and he's lost too much to care about anything ever again. While he was captured,...


2004 selection

Worth Any Price

Bow Street Runners #3

RITA Best Short Historical 2004

by Lisa Kleypas

What is the price of love?

Nick Gentry is reputed to be the most skillful lover in all England. Known for solving delicate situations, he is hired to seek out Miss Charlotte Howard. He believes his mission will...


2001 selection

Mistress

Chicago Fire Trilogy #2

RITA Best Short Historical 2001

by Susan Wiggs

Most days Kathleen O'Leary is a penniless maid. But tonight she takes a risk and masquerades as a glamorous heiress, thanks to a borrowed gown and her friends' sense of adventure. To her surprise, the ruse succeeds--even...


2000 selection

The Proposition

RITA Best Short Historical 2000

by Judith Ivory

No man, gentleman or otherwise, has ever looked at Lady Edwina Bollash the way the brash, handsome man standing before her is doing now. Edwina has accepted the challenge to transform incorrigible Mick Tremore...


1997 selection

Always to Remember

RITA Best Short Historical 1997

by Lorraine Heath

Branded a traitor and imprisoned for refusing to fight for the Confederacy, Clayton Holland returns home to Cedar Grove, only to be spurned by the townspeople, except for vengeful Meg Warner, who finds her hatred...


1996 selection

Lord of Scoundrels

Scoundrels #3

RITA Best Short Historical 1996

by Loretta Chase

They call him many names, but Angelic isn't one of them . . .

Sebastian Ballister, the notorious Marquess of Dain, is big, bad, and dangerous to know. No respectable woman would have anything to do with the...


Best Traditional Romance category winners

2000 selection

Annie, Get Your Groom & Taming Luke: Annie, Get Your Groom\Taming Luke

RITA Best Traditional Romance 2000

by Kristin Gabriel

ANNIE, GET YOUR GROOM

Too many fiancés

P.I. Cole Rafferty was a happily single man—despite the efforts of his matchmaking father. When Annie Bonacci turned to him for help, he made her a deal. If she played...


1999 selection

Monday Man

RITA Best Traditional Romance 1999

by Kristin Gabriel

Not another Monday!

Lucy Moore loved Mondays. She'd lost three pounds, unearthed forgotten money and been promised a promotion at the library. And in Nick she found the rough, tough and gorgeous sidekick she...


1998 selection

His Brother's Child

RITA Best Traditional Romance 1998

by Lucy Gordon

BABY BOOM

Whose baby?

When Donna discovered she was pregnant, and Toni Mantini proposed, she was overjoyed.

But Rinaldo Mantini wasn't. He suspected Donna of latching on to his younger brother to secure herself...


1997 selection

Her Very Own Husband

RITA Best Traditional Romance 1997

by Lauryn Chandler

COULD THE COWBOY ON HER DOORSTEP…

Rose Honeycutt wasn't wishing for a husband when she blew out her birthday candles, but when a handsome drifter showed up on her doorstep, she began hoping for happily-ever-after!...


Best Young Adult Romance category winners

2011 selection

The Iron King

The Iron Fey #1

RITA Best Young Adult Romance 2011

by Julie Kagawa

Meghan Chase has a secret destiny--one she could never have imagined...

Something has always felt slightly off in Meghan's life, ever since her father disappeared before her eyes when she was six. She has never...


2010 selection

Perfect Chemistry

RITA Best Young Adult Romance 2010

by Simone Elkeles

A fresh, urban twist on the classic tale of star-crossed lovers. When Brittany Ellis walks into chemistry class on the first day of senior year, she has no clue that her carefully created "perfect" life is...


2009 selection

Hell Week

RITA Best Young Adult Romance 2009

by Rosemary Clement-Moore

Bloodred nails, flashing white teeth, gleaming scarlet lips--Maggie Quinn has battled an ancient demon, faced down psychotic cheerleaders, and saved her best friend from certain death, but nothing can match...


2008 selection

Wicked Lovely

Wicked Lovely series #1

RITA Best Young Adult Romance 2008

by Melissa Marr

Rule #3: Don't stare at invisible faeries.

Aislinn has always seen faeries. Powerful and dangerous, they walk hidden in mortal world. Aislinn fears their cruelty—especially if they learn of her Sight—and...


1992 selection

Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep

RITA Best Young Adult Romance 1992

by Lurlene Mcdaniel

Sometimes Carrie Blake feels she just can't stand  life's problems or pain. At fifteen, she's had  leukemia for three years, and although the disease is  in remission, she's never sure when things might  change....


Contemporary Single Title Romance category winners

2011 selection

Simply Irresistible

Lucky Harbor #1

RITA Contemporary Single Title Romance 2011

by Jill Shalvis

Maddie Moore's whole life needs a makeover.

In one fell swoop, Maddie loses her boyfriend (her decision) and her job (so not her decision). But rather than drowning her sorrows in bags of potato chips, Maddie...


2008 selection

Catch of the Day

RITA Contemporary Single Title Romance 2008

by Kristan Higgins

What's the market price on a decent guy these days?

Maggie Beaumont's luck is about to change. Sure, she's known for her bad romantic choices—her former boyfriend broke up with her by bringing his new girlfriend...


2004 selection

Birthright

RITA Contemporary Single Title Romance 2004

by Nora Roberts

When five-thousand-year-old human bones are found at a construction site in the small town of Woodsboro, the news draws archaeologist Callie Dunbrook out of her sabbatical and into a whirlwind of adventure,...


2003 selection

No Place Like Home

RITA Contemporary Single Title Romance 2003

by Barbara Samuel

Sometimes a wrong turn is the only way home. . . .

No Place Like Home tells the unforgettable story of a family bound together by tradition–and the emotional journey of an estranged daughter risking everything...


2002 selection

True Confessions

RITA Contemporary Single Title Romance 2002

by Rachel Gibson

Welcome to Gospel, Idaho, where everyone knows that there are two universal truths. First, God did His best work when He created the Sawtooth Wilderness Area. Second, every sin known to heaven and earth—from...


2001 selection

First Lady

RITA Contemporary Single Title Romance 2001

by Susan Elizabeth Phillips

How does the most famous woman in the world hide in plain sight? The beautiful young widow of the President of the United States thought she was free of the White House, but circumstances have forced her back...


2000 selection

Bodyguard

RITA Contemporary Single Title Romance 2000

by Suzanne Brockmann

YOU CAN LOOK . . .

Threatened by underworld boss Michael Trotta, Alessandra Lamont is nearly blown to pieces in a mob hit. The last thing she wants is to put what's left of her life into the hands of the sexy,...


1999 selection

Dream a Little Dream

Chicago Stars #4

RITA Contemporary Single Title Romance 1999

by Susan Elizabeth Phillips

A Desperate Young Mother

Rachel Stone's bad luck has taken a turn for the worse. With an empty wallet, a car's that's spilling smoke, and a five-year-old son to support, she's come home to a town that hates her....


1998 selection

Nobody's Baby But Mine

Chicago Stars #3

RITA Contemporary Single Title Romance 1998

by Susan Elizabeth Phillips

The Plan

Genius physics professor Dr, Jane Darlington desperately wants a baby. But finding a father won't be easy. Jane's super-intelligence made her feel like a freak when she was growing up, and she's determined...


1996 selection

Born in Ice

Born In #2

RITA Contemporary Single Title Romance 1996, RITA Best Romance 1995

by Nora Roberts

Nora Roberts, the bestselling author of Hidden Riches and Born In Fire, continues the romantic Irish saga--the story of the Concannon sisters, three modern women bound by the timeless spirit of their land.When...


1994 selection

Private Scandals

RITA Contemporary Single Title Romance 1994

by Nora Roberts

Deanna Reynolds had it all planned: She'd start out in the newsroom of a small Chicago station, then move up to one day host her own talk show. When her mentor Angela Perkins leaves for the big time in New York,...