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Top 10 Most Popular Romance Novels

Updated on March 15, 2015

A World of Love and Passion

If you are an ardent fan of really good romance novels, you will surely enjoy this great list of the 10 Most Popular Romance Novels.

Romance novels transport you into a different world, one that is full of love and passion, where the characters will fulfil your dreams and play out your fantasies, making you yearn for more.

Browse through the most popular romance novels list and select the books that you have not read, then curl up in a comfortable chair and read some wonderful romance novels.

Welcome to The 10 Most Popular Romance Novels

#1 Most Popular Romance Novel

Wuthering Heights - By Emily Bronte

Wuthering Heights The Graphic Novel: Original Text (Classical Comics: Original Text)
Wuthering Heights The Graphic Novel: Original Text (Classical Comics: Original Text)

"That minx, Catherine Linton, or Earnshaw, or however she was called - wicked little soul! She told me she had been walking the earth these twenty years: a just punishment for her mortal transgressions, I've no doubt!"

A favorite book of many romance readers, this is the classic tale presented as a full-color graphic novel, featuring beautiful hand-painted watercolor artwork. The traditional approach taken to the art creates a wonderful sensory experience to engage any reader, while staying true to the original prose novel by utilising authentic text and dialogue.


#2 Most Popular Romance Novel

Pride & Prejudice - By Jane Austen

Pride and Prejudice (Collector's Library)
Pride and Prejudice (Collector's Library)

Pride and Prejudice is a comedy of manners played out in early 19th Century English society, a world in which men held virtually all the power and women were required to negotiate mine-fields of social status, respectability, wealth, love, and sex in order to marry both to their own liking and to the advantage of their family. Such is the case of the Bennetts, a family of daughters whose father's estate is in jeopardy and upon his death they will lose home, land, income, everything. But are the Bennett daughters up to playing a winning hand in this high-stakes matrimonial game without forfeiting their own personal integrity?


#3 Most Popular Romance Novel

Sense and Sensibility - By Jane Austen

Sense and Sensibility: (Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition)
Sense and Sensibility: (Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition)

Audrey Niffenegger and Cathleen Schine pay tribute to Jane Austen's beloved first novel in this graphic deluxe edition commemorating its 200th anniversary.

Marianne and Elinor Dashwood are sisters. Marianne always acts impulsively, while Elinor is painfully sensitive to social convention. When each falls in love, they come to realize that sense must mix with sensibility if they are to find happiness. First published in 1811, Sense and Sensibility inaugurated the brilliant career of one of the world's most beloved literary figures and ranks among her most popular novels.


#4 Most Popular Romance Novel

Gone With The Wind - By Margaret Mitchell

#5 Most Popular Romance Novel

Rebecca - By Daphne du Maurier


A novel of mystery and passion, a dark psychological tale of secrets and betrayal, dead loves and an estate called Manderley that is filled with memories of the elegant and flamboyant Rebecca, the first Mrs. DeWinter; with the obsessive love of her housekeeper, Mrs. Danvers, who observes the young, timid second Mrs. DeWinter with sullen hostility; and with the oppressive silences of a secretive husband, Maxim. Rebecca may be physically dead, but she is a force to contend with, and the housekeeper's evil matches that of her former mistress as a purveyor of the emotional horror thrust on the innocent Mrs. DeWinter. The tension builds as the new Mrs. DeWinter slowly grows and asserts herself, surviving the wicked deceptions of Mrs. Danvers and the silent deceits of her husband, to emerge triumphant.


What Makes Romance Popular?

Romance novels are the most popular book genre, followed by science fiction and then thrillers.

What is it that makes romance novels so popular?

Is it the fact that we can live out our fantasies in romance novels, where the man or woman of our dreams can enter into our imaginations and seem so real.

One thing is for sure, there is nothing so nice as to curl up into a comfortable chair and spend a few hours in the company of a hero who will do everything to be with the woman that he loves.

As long as there is love in the world there will be romance novels to fulfil our special yearning.

#6 Most Popular Romance Novel

Shanna - By Kathleen Woodiwiss


Behind the foreboding walls of Newgate Prison, a pact is sealed in secret -- as a dashing and doomed criminal consents to wed a beautiful heiress . . . in return for one night of unparalleled pleasure. In the fading echoes of hollow wedding vows, a promise is broken -- as a sensuous free-spirit flees to a lush Caribbean paradise, abandoning the handsome stranger she married to the gallows. But Ruark Beauchamp's destiny is now eternally intertwined with his exquisite, tempestuous Shanna's. And no iron ever forged can imprison his magnificent passion . . . and no hangman's noose will deny him the ecstasy that is rightfully his.


#7 Most Popular Romance Novel

Paradise - By Judith McNaught

Paradise (The Paradise series)
Paradise (The Paradise series)

Two strong-willed characters maintain 11 years of unwarranted hostility based on a series of misunderstandings in this engaging romance, Teenage socialite heiress Meredith Bancroft has a quick and disastrous secret marriage to unsuitably penniless Matt Farrell. Her domineering father tells each of them a series of damaging lies and speedily arranges a divorce. A decade later, Meredith, now vice-president of a department-store chain and engaged to a prominent banker, meets Matt again. The highly successful CEO of his own conglomerate, Matt has a well-deserved reputation as a ruthless corporate raider, and when he hears of Meredith's aggressive plans for her chain's expansion the two clash explosively.


#8 Most Popular Romance Novel

#9 Most Popular Romance Novel

Dream Man - By Linda Howard

Dream Man
Dream Man

Detective Dane Hollister has a tough life. A serial killer with a predilection for slashing women to death is on the prowl and now a psychic who claims to witness the murders through the killer's eyes has come forward to share her visions. As far as he's concerned, the psychic is as twisted as the slasher. For her part, from the moment she walks into the Orlando police station, Marlie Keen is sorry she offered to help. Hollister treats her gift of "knowing" with suspicion, but the detective's investigation into Marlie's past convinces him that her gift is genuine. Hollister moves into Marlie's home, nursing her through terrifying and exhausting bouts of clairvoyance. At the same time the two ease the sexual tension threatening to overtake them---which if it doesn't quite make for good police work, does make for steamy romance.


#10 Most Popular Romance Novel

Flowers from the Storm - By Laura Kinsale

Flowers from the Storm
Flowers from the Storm

Christian Langland, Duke of Jerveaux is the ultimate hero. A brilliant mathematician and a complete rake, Christian is a man of contradictions. When a stroke leaves him permanently unable to speak, his family believes him to be mad and relegates him to a sanitarium. Fortunately, Maddy, a righteous Quaker and do-gooder, recognizes that Christian is not insane--he just can't talk! Maddy may not be the most likable heroine you'll encounter, but she has depth and character, and is probably one of the few people you could imagine who would have the patience and understanding to accept and live with Christian's intense anger and frustration. But she never dreamed her gentle, healing touch would alter his life and her own so completely -- and bind them together in need, desire ... and love.


What Is Your Most Popular Romance Novel?

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      Carol Houle 3 years ago from Montreal

      So glad to see Diana Gabaldon on your list!

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      t2d2 3 years ago

      As of right now I would have to say "Far From The Madding Crowd" by Thomas Hardy.

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      Kimberly Schimmel, MLS 3 years ago from Greensboro, NC

      Jane Eyre, for sure

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      planetocean79 5 years ago

      To Love An Older Man by Debi Rawlings, love that book.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Not sure how popular it is, but it was a favorite! "Shanna" by Kathleen Woodiwiss. It's where I learned how to use the word "Blackguard!" That book was such an adventure. I can still smell the frangipani. :)

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      Leah J. Hileman 5 years ago from East Berlin, PA, USA

      Persuasion. Capt. Frederick Wentworth is Austen's best leading man--so loyal!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Michelle Jaffe- The Lady Killer

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      Stacy Birch 5 years ago

      Persuasion is my top pick, but I love Pride and Prejudice.

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      sharonlwrites 6 years ago

      I'm a fan of Judith McNaguth and Diana Gabaldon too - I really enjoyed Paradise and Outlander. I love that you've included Linda Howard as well - her books are always so entertaining.

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      'Vikk Simmons 6 years ago from Houston

      Great list. My favorite when I was young was a book called Katherine.

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      Positive_cake 6 years ago

      I agree with Pride and Prejudice and Gone with the wind, but where's Nabokov's Lolita? :-) it is great, too! and, yes, Jane Eyre! But if you go for a harder read, choose Shakespeare's Antony and Cleopatra, or Venus and Adonis. they are all so passionate!! :-)

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      connor91 6 years ago

      I first read Pride and Prejudice when I was 12 and didn't get a word of it, think I read it to look clever! Now it's one of my favourite books and I re-read it at least every year.

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      dedecraig 6 years ago

      Pride & Prejudice

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Can't go wrong with Jane Austen and I am such a Judith McNaught fan, I loved Almost Heaven. I also love Jane Eyre.