RITA Contemporary Single Title Romance

Romance novels that focus primarily on the romantic relationship, released as individual titles, not as part of a series.

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

 

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...


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

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 to...


1996 selection

Born in Ice

Born In #2

RITA Contemporary Single Title Romance 1996, RITA Best Romance 1995

by Nora Roberts

Born in Ice is the second novel in the trilogy of three modern sisters bound by the timeless beauty of Ireland from #1 New York Times bestselling author Nora Roberts.

Brianna Concannon is the kind of innkeeper...


1994 selection

Private Scandals

RITA Contemporary Single Title Romance 1994

by Nora Roberts

#1 New York Times bestselling author Nora Roberts reveals the world of television talk shows, where an ambitious young woman is fighting to find her place in the spotlight. But dark secrets hide behind its brightest...