Romance Award Winners


Crazy Thing Called Love [eBook] / Molly O’Keefe

In this poignant and deeply sensual new contemporary romance–perfect for readers of Susan Elizabeth Phillips and Rachel Gibson–Molly O’Keefe proves that lost loves don’t have to stay lost forever. Dallas TV morning show host Madelyn Cornish is poised, perfect, and unflappable, from her glossy smile to her sleek professionalism. No one knows that her iron will guards a shattered heart and memories of a man she’s determined to lock out. Until that man shows up at a morning meeting like a bad dream: Billy Wilkins, sexy hockey superstar in a tailspin–still skating, still fighting, and still her ex-husband. Now the producers want this poster child for bad behavior to undergo an on-air makeover, and Billy, who has nothing to lose, agrees to the project. It’s his only chance to get near Maddy again, and to fight for the right things this time around. [2014 RITA Contemporary Romance Winner]

Claim Me: a novel / J. Kenner

For Damien, our obsession is a game. For me, it is fiercely, blindingly, real. Damien Stark’s need is palpable — his need for pleasure, his need for control, his need for me. Beautiful and brilliant yet tortured at his core, he is in every way my match. I have agreed to be his alone, and now I want him to be fully mine. I want us to possess each other beyond the sweetest edge of our ecstasy, into the deepest desires of our souls. To let the fire that burns between us consume us both. But there are dark places within Damien that not even our wildest passion can touch. I yearn to know his secrets, yearn for him to surrender to me as I have surrendered to him. But our troubled pasts will either bind us close . . . or shatter us completely. [2014 RITA Erotic Romance Winner]

No Good Duke goes Unpunished / Sarah MacLean

A rogue ruined…He is the Killer Duke, accused of murdering Mara Lowe on the eve of her wedding. With no memory of that fateful night, Temple has reigned over the darkest of London’s corners for twelve years, wealthy and powerful, but beyond redemption. Until one night, Mara resurfaces, offering the one thing he’s dreamed of…absolution. A lady returned…Mara planned never to return to the world from which she’d run, but when her brother falls deep into debt at Temple’s exclusive casino, she has no choice but to offer Temple a trade that ends in her returning to society and proving to the world what only she knows…that he is no killer. [2014 RITA Historical Romance Winner]

The Firebird [eBook] / Susanna Kearsley

A modern day woman with psychic abilities helps uncover the provenance of a small wooden carving, tracing it all the way back to eighteenth century Scotland and Russia. [2014 RITA Award Paranormal Romance]

The Way Back Home / Barbara Freethy

Ex-Marine Gabe Ryder has lost a lot in his life. His mother died when he was a toddler. His father succumbed to alcoholism. And a week before their last day of service, a horrific firefight takes the life of his best friend and brother-in-arms, Rob Hayden. Now Gabe must fulfill his friend’s dying wish by helping Rob’s twin sister, Alicia. But when Alicia’s son and his best friend run away, Alicia and Gabe realize they must face their deepest fears and work together to bring them back, before the river rises.

[2013 Rita Award Best Contemporary Single Title Romance]


A Rogue by any Other Name / Sarah MacLean

A decade ago, the Marquess of Bourne was cast from society with nothing but his title. Now a partner in London’s most exclusive gaming hell, the cold, ruthless Bourne will do whatever it takes to regain his inheritance — including marrying perfect, proper Lady Penelope Marbury. A broken engagement and years of disappointing courtships have left Penelope with little interest in a quiet, comfortable marriage, and a longing for something more. Luckily  her new husband has access to an unexplored world of pleasures. Bourne may be a prince of London’s illicit underworld, but he vows to keep Penelope untouched by its wickedness.. [2013 RITA Best Historical Romance]

A Gift for all Seasons [eBooks] / Karen Templeton

Hiring Patrick Shaughnessy to landscape her new inn was strictly a business arrangement. Until April Ross got to know the war-scarred single father…and his irrepressible little girl. Patrick made it clear he wasn’t looking for romance. Neither was April. But could she make him see that some risks were worth taking? The lively, widowed blonde might be the most tempting woman Patrick had ever known, but the returning vet knew a happy ending wasn’t in the cards. Still, that was before April started working her magic on his daughter…and on him. Maybe this Christmas was a time for new beginnings-if Patrick had the courage to go with the powerful feelings April had awakened in him. [2013 RITA Best Long Contemporary Series Romance]

Shadow’s Claim: immortals after dark [eBooks] / Kresley Cole

Shadow’s Claim features Prince Trehan, a ruthless master assassin who will do anything to possess Bettina, his beautiful sorceress mate, even compete for her hand in a blood-sport tournament to the death. Trehan Daciano, known as the Prince of Shadows, has spent his life serving his people striking in the night, quietly executing any threat to their realm. The coldly disciplined swordsman has never desired anything for himself ‘until he beholds Bettina, the sheltered ward of two of the Lore’s most fearsome villains. Desperate to earn her guardians’ approval after a life-shattering mistake, young Bettina has no choice but to marry whichever suitor prevails even though she’s lost her heart to another. Yet one lethal competitor, a mysterious cloaked swordsman, invades her dreams, tempting her with forbidden pleasure. Even if Trehan can survive the punishing contests to claim her as his wife, the true battle for Bettina’s heart is yet to come. And unleashing a millennium’s worth of savage need will either frighten his Bride away or stoke Bettina’s own desires to a fever pitch. [2013 RITA Best Paranormal Romance]

Seduced by a Pirate [eBooks] / Eloisa James

In Eloisa James’s companion story to The Ugly Duchess, Sir Griffin Barry, captain of the infamous pirate ship The Poppy, is back in England to claim the wife he hasn’t seen since their wedding day – but this is one treasure that will not be so easy to capture. [2013 RITA Best Romance Novella]

Fool me twice [eBooks] / Meredith Duran

Running for her life, exhausted and out of options, Olivia Holladay wants nothing more than the chance to make a home for herself. So when she realizes that the infamous Duke of Marwick might hold the key to her freedom, she boldly disguises herself as the newest and bravest in a long line of the duke’s notoriously temperamental housekeepers. Little does she know that the wickedly handsome Alastair de Grey has very different plans for her. As his new employee, Olivia is a fearless upstart. As a woman, the daring redhead is just what Alastair needs to rouse him from darkness to the siren call of revenge. He has suffered a betrayal so deep that he will use whatever means necessary to destroy his enemies–even his brazen and beautiful domestic. But his vengeful plan fails to account for his single weakness: an irresistible and growing passion for the enigmatic Olivia. [Washington Post’s Best Five Romances for 2014]

Play / Kylie Scott

Mal Ericson, drummer for the world famous rock band Stage Dive, needs to clean up his image fast — at least for a little while. Having a good girl on his arm should do the job just fine. Mal doesn’t plan on this temporary fix becoming permanent, but he didn’t count on finding the one right girl. Anne Rollins never thought she’d ever meet the rock god who plastered her teenage bedroom walls — especially not under these circumstances. Anne has money problems. Big ones. But being paid to play the pretend girlfriend to a wild life-of-the-party drummer couldn’t end well. No matter how hot he is. Or could it? [GoodReads Top Ten Romances Of 2014]


If You Like James Patterson…

Women’s Murder Club (Lindsay Boxer Series)

2nd Chance (2002)

7th Heaven (2008)

The 8th Confession (2009)

Alex Cross Series

Kiss the Girls (1995)

Cross Country (2008)

Alex Cross’s Trial (2009)

I, Alex Cross (2010)

Miscellaneous Detective Books

The Postcard Killers

Worst Case (2010)

Private (2010)

Swimsuit (2009)

Run for your life (2009)

Other recommended books that are worth considering are:-These authors differ in many ways from Patterson and from each other, but what they share is that ability to grip the reader from page one and to keep him on the edge of his seat, as he reads the novels in one sitting.

Harlan Coben’s: Backspin
A boy is missing and presumed kidnapped. The boy’s mother is golf superstar Linda Coldren’s–and Myron Bolitar’s client. Meanwhile, Linda’s husband is trying to stage a comeback at the U. S. Open, only to be found dead in a sand trap. The family skeletons are coming out of the closet and Myron discovers just how deadly the game of golf can be.

Douglas Kennedy’s: The Big Picture
Years after giving up his dreams of becoming a photographer for law, Ben Bradford finds his perfect life falling apart when his wife begins having an affair with a neighbor, a professional photographer, and Ben is suddenly faced with a dangerous choice.

Joseph Garber’s: Vertical Run
Enjoying a satisfactory career and life, David Elliot is astounded when his boss tries to shoot him one morning, an event that triggers an inexplicable series of attempts on his life throughout the following twenty-four hours.

Fellow suspense novelist John Sandford writes both titles and series (Prey books), which feature similarly hard-edged suspense, with strong language and graphically portrayed violence. Both share mystery elements as well (Sandford’s series hero is also a police detective). Serial murder is the crime of choice for this author. Both are fast-paced, bleak stories, pervaded by a menacing atmosphere. Psychological details of the killer may be important.
Rules of Prey, the first featuring series character Lucas Davenport

The Night Crew

Greg Iles writes more elegantly than Patterson, but he tells equally complex stories of hard-edged suspense. Plot twists, contemporary settings (although he has also written suspenseful thrillers set in World War II), alternating points of view, and graphic violence.
Try Blood Memory

Additional authors you might enjoy:
Jonathan Kellerman, Alex Delaware novels


David Baldacci:
Deliver us from evil

Stone Cold

John Verdon:
Think Of a Number

Patricia Cornwell:
Unnatural Exposure


Fictional Television Detectives and PI’s

Castle by Richard Castle
Heat Wave
Mystery sensation Richard Castle, blockbuster author of the wildly best-selling Derrick Storm novels, introduces his newest character, NYPD Homicide Detective Nikki Heat.

Dexter by Jeff Lindsay
Darkley Dreaming Dexter
Hiding a secret life as an assassin while working as a murder analyst for the Miami police, Dexter Morgan is intrigued by the work of a new serial killer whose style mimics his own.

Murder She Wrote by Donald Bain
Manhattans and Murders
Fictional author/sleuth Jessica Fletcher, in New York City on a book tour, witnesses the apparent murder of an old acquaintance from her hometown of Cabot Cove, ME.

Nero Wolfe by Rex Stout
Please Pass the Guilt
Archie Goodwin helps unravel a case involving a bomb explosion in the office of a future corporate president.

No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith
The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency
Working in Gaborone, Botswana, Precious Ramotswe investigates several local mysteries, including a search for a missing boy and the case of the clinic doctor with different personalities for different days of the week.

Rebus by Ian Rankin
Hide and Seek
When Detective Inspector John Rebus investigates the death of a junkie, he uncovers bizarre links between Edinburgh’s dark underside and its staid, proper middle-class society, and finds his own life threatened by his search for the truth.

Rizzoli & Isles by Tess Gerritsen
A female heart surgeon, terrorized by a serial killer in Boston using the same MO as a killer who attacked her during her internship years in Savannah, works with a detective to solve the crime while trying to stay alive.

Spenser by Robert B. Parker
The Godwulf Manuscript
A private detective’s investigation into the theft of a rare manuscript from a university library brings him face to face with clues to a young man’s murder.

Women’s Murder Club by James Patterson
1st to Die
Four women friends–a homicide detective, a medical examiner, an assistant DA, and a crime desk reporter–form a Women’s Murder Club to stop a killer who has been stalking newlyweds in San Francisco.