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Romance Books

Love can fill your sails or dash your ship against the rocks, depending on which way the wind is blowing. That's why there are so many Romance Books dedicated to depicting the helium-filled highs and subterranean lows brought about by true passion. Sometimes the story is a sinfully sexy one, like E L James's notorious Fifty Shades trilogy, and sometimes it's an epic fantasy, like you'll find in Diana Gabaldon's Outlander series. But whatever kind of love story gets your kindling glowing in the fireplace, you'll find it among our ample offerings of Romance Books.

Best-selling Romance titles

Romance books FAQs

The authors who write best-selling romance books tend to be prolific in their output. This is good news if you're a fan of a popular romance novel writer because you'll have plenty of their books to keep you busy. So, who are some of the best-selling romance authors? They include:

  • Danielle Steel
  • Carolyn Brown
  • Colleen Hoover
  • Robyn Carr
  • Alyssa Cole
  • Nora Roberts
  • Judith McNaught

It's important to note that the authors who are most popular will depend on the specific subgenre you're interested in. For example, historical romance vs. contemporary romance.

If you're just beginning to explore the world of romance books, then you might be looking for some suggestions. Reading some of the best-selling romance novels can be a great way to get a feel for the tropes, themes, and styles that are popular in the romance genre.

Below are some of the best-selling romantic books you might pick up as a beginner:

  • The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo, by Taylor Jenkins Reid
  • It Ends With Us, by Colleen Hoover
  • Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, by Gabrielle Zevin
  • Dating Dr. Dil, Nisha Sharma
  • A Court of Mist and Fury, by Sarah J Maas
  • Safe Harbour, by Danielle Steel
  • Book Lovers, by Emily Henry

Alibris offers a wide selection of romance novels by both best-selling and emerging authors. Whether you're looking for the best romance novels of all time or something a bit more obscure, we have plenty of options to choose from.

Like just about any other genre, the romance genre is populated by several sub-genres, which explore specific themes and topics or showcase distinct styles and tropes.

Currently, some of the most popular romance sub-genres include:

Young adult romance books for teens are also growing in popularity in recent years.

Steamy romance novels are overtly sensual in nature and often are rich in sexual scenes, erotic descriptions, and characters with strong sexual desires. Everything from your classic romance novel to dark romance books can potentially be considered a steamy romance novel.

Some examples of popular risque romantic books include:

  • Fifty Shades of Grey, by E.L. James
  • Seducing My Guardian, by Katee Robert
  • Sugar Daddies, by Jade West
  • Romancing the Duke, by Tessa Dare

Browse Alibris' collection of erotic and sweet romance novels and explore countless new and used titles that will keep you on the edge of your seat.