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Whether you are looking for romantic stories of southern bells longing for lost lives or steamy, hot romance stories, PublicBookshelf has free online romance novels to meet your romance reading needs.

Today's romance novels are not your mother's romance novels. While some titles still center on lonely women longing for lost loves, today's authors are more likely to include career driven heroines or vampires searching for love in all the wrong places.

There are many types of romance novels - historical, erotic, paranormal, multicultural, inspirational, suspense, and contemporary romance. Each type typically follows the format of traditional romantic stories, but writers today can add their own personal twist and put the hero and heroine in any situation at any place and time.

While the core of any good romantic book is the budding relationship between two characters, don't be surprised if you find some awesome action sequences or side-splitting humor subplots. It is through these attention-grabbing scenes that the characters are allowed to grow and learn more about each other. After all, real life is more than romance, and books typically mirror real life in the most important aspects.

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  1. Cemetery Street
    Cemetery Street
    by John Zunski

    Rating: 3.5/5 (490 votes cast)

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    In a world of presumptuous people, irony is alive and well, concludes James Morrison, the narrator of this touching coming of age novel. A view Shannie Ortolan - James' longtime friend, sometimes lover, and fulltime obsession - wouldn't argue. From their first encounter as teenagers until Shannie's death, experience the twists, turns and enthralling characters that populate Cemetery Street.

    Categories: Romance, Contemporary Romance

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  2. The Clever Woman of the Family
    The Clever Woman of the Family

    by Charlotte Mary Yonge

    The Clever Woman of the Family
    by Charlotte Mary Yonge

    Rating: 2.6/5 (195 votes cast)

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    Rachel Curtis is frustrated living the life of a Victorian English lady. At twenty-five, she sets out to make her mark, wreaking comic and tragic havoc along the way. Rachel dreams of teaching young minds the highest educational ideals, but instead becomes entangled in the dramas real life.

    Categories: Romance, Inspirational Romance

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  3. The Chaplet of Pearls
    The Chaplet of Pearls

    by Charlotte Mary Yonge

    The Chaplet of Pearls
    by Charlotte Mary Yonge

    Rating: 2.6/5 (99 votes cast)

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    Imagine a world of weddings arranged for very young children to join their families for political purposes. In 16th-century France, we join a tale of just such a baby-marriage. King Henri II presides over the union of two very young children, among the religious feuds of the times.

    Categories: Romance, Historical Romance

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  4. A Walk on the Water
    A Walk on the Water
    by Melissa Woodrow

    Rating: 3.4/5 (259 votes cast)

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    Determined to break free of her father's grasp, Alannah at the age of fourteen runs away from home. She lives her life on the run, until she meets and falls in love with a wealthy islander named Dominic.

    Categories: Romance, Contemporary Romance

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  5. A Damsel in Distress
    A Damsel in Distress
    by Pelmam Grenville Wodehouse

    Rating: 2.4/5 (150 votes cast)

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    An American composer searches for a beautiful young woman who he met in a taxi. He tracks her to a rural manorhouse and the romance takes interesting turns. The 1919 novel was serialized in The Saturday Evening Post, made into a black and white movie and then made into a 1937 Hollywood musical.

    Categories: Romantic Suspense, Romance

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  6. Jewel Weed
    Jewel Weed

    by Alice Ames Winter

    Jewel Weed
    by Alice Ames Winter

    Rating: 2.6/5 (157 votes cast)

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    Described as shimmering, iridescent and ethereal, Lena Quincy is a beautiful young woman with romantic dreams of becoming a writer. She looks to an older man, Richard Percival, to help her achieve her dreams, but real life marriage parts ways with her childish fantasies.

    Categories: Romance, Historical Romance

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  7. Flight of the Monarch
    Flight of the Monarch
    by Aurora Michaels

    Rating: 2.5/5 (359 votes cast)

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    Nineteenth century, Hayley Lawrence, lives with her father on Canada's Amhearst Island. His over-protectiveness and interference by others, threaten to keep her from the man she loves. As she attempts to surrender her desire for Austin Sommers, a long-kept secret is revealed.

    Categories: Romance, Contemporary Romance

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  8. The Heart
    The Heart

    by Mary Eleanor Wilkins

    The Heart
    by Mary Eleanor Wilkins

    Rating: 2.7/5 (160 votes cast)

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    Master Wingfield, a tutor, is besotted with the young, feisty Mistress Mary Cavendish in this 17th century romance. He has been entranced by her charm and beauty since he was a lad of fourteen, and years later he is also taken with her courage in defending the family tobacco farm.

    Categories: Romance, Historical Romance

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  9. An Ideal Husband
    An Ideal Husband
    by Oscar Wilde

    Rating: 2.2/5 (141 votes cast)

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    This fast-paced comedy of wit and satire is centered on a blackmail scheme of an ethical London politician who committed a crime many years ago to start his fortune. His career, marriage and political ambition are all in jeopardy until his friend saves his ethical life.

    Categories: Romance, Humor

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  10. An Ambitious Man
    An Ambitious Man

    by Ella Wheeler Wilcox

    An Ambitious Man
    by Ella Wheeler Wilcox

    Rating: 2.2/5 (86 votes cast)

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    Should a man marry for love and passion, or ambition and appearances? And what happens when he makes the wrong choice? Generations of would-be lovers ponder these questions and the secrets beneath them through the eyes of self-made man Preston Cheney, in this story of love and desire.

    Categories: Romance, Historical Romance

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