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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. Audrey
    Audrey
    by Mary Johnston

    Rating: 1.9/5 (206 votes cast)

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    Into an idyllic scene of a daydreaming child in a sunlit Virginia valley comes a warning. Strangers are approaching the isolated hollow on horseback, bringing war and love, life and death to the once peaceful glen. Mary Johnston's Audrey was a bestselling novel in 1902 and was applauded by critics in the New York Times.

    Categories: Historical Romance, Romance

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  2. Clara Hopgood
    Clara Hopgood

    by Mark Rutherford

    Clara Hopgood
    by Mark Rutherford

    Rating: 2.0/5 (82 votes cast)

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    Sisters Clara and Madge, independent young women, venture out from their Fenmarket home to London. Not only are they two single women on their own, there is a newborn baby girl to account for, but no husband. The unconventional story was considered scandalous when it appeared in 1896.

    Categories: Romance, Historical Romance

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  3. SEX - Avoided Subjects Discussed in Plain English
    SEX - Avoided Subjects Discussed in Plain English

    by Henry Stanton

    SEX - Avoided Subjects Discussed in Plain English
    by Henry Stanton

    Rating: 2.1/5 (378 votes cast)

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    This practical and frankly-worded self-help book was written as a guide to sexual behavior and relationships between men and women and to explain the scientific knowledge of the day about sex. The book was was published in 1922, about 35 years after Henry Stanton's death.

    Categories: Romance, Self-help

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  4. Sons And Lovers
    Sons And Lovers
    by D. H. Lawrence

    Rating: 2.1/5 (95 votes cast)

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    This is a story of a gifted young man who is confused about life and relationships - both with his mother and the other women he loves. His confusion causes his family to struggle with strained relationships, high emotions and the challenges of love and lust.

    Categories: Romance, Historical Romance

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  5. Bella Donna
    Bella Donna

    by Robert Smythe Hichens

    Bella Donna
    by Robert Smythe Hichens

    Rating: 2.1/5 (172 votes cast)

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    A British Egyptologist is beside himself when he learns his wife has had an affair with an Egyptian man. Will his jealousy drive him to murder? Will hiding her passions lead his wife to commit a similar crime? Recipes for poisons are on every mind in this whodunit with a love-triangle twist.

    Categories: Romance, Romantic Suspense

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  6. Mademoiselle of Monte Carlo
    Mademoiselle of Monte Carlo
    by William Le Queux

    Rating: 2.2/5 (189 votes cast)

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    This thriller brings the mysterious Mademoiselle into contact with a seemingly unstoppable super criminal known only as The Sparrow. The high society world of Mademoiselle may be the unlikely undoing of the underworld operative who has eluded the best detectives in Europe.

    Categories: Romantic Suspense, Romance

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  7. Resurrection
    Resurrection
    by Leo Tolstoy

    Rating: 2.2/5 (156 votes cast)

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    This epic romance novel tells the story of Russian society and justice from the depths of prison cells to the palaces of the rich. It centers on the story of a prince who discovers that the prostitute on trial is the woman he had loved and abandoned many years before when she was a young servant. His guilt motivates him to appeal for her release. This story of human redemption denounces the government, the church and the judicial system.

    Categories: Romance, Historical Romance

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  8. No Thoroughfare
    No Thoroughfare
    by Charles Dickens and Wilkie Collins

    Rating: 2.2/5 (126 votes cast)

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    Walter Wilding visits the foundlings home where as an infant he was left by his desperate mother, who later reclaimed him. But Walter learns that he is not truly the son of the woman he has called mother. His quest to discover his true identity leads him to uncover many secrets and surprises.

    Categories: Historical Romance, Romance

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  9. An Ideal Husband
    An Ideal Husband
    by Oscar Wilde

    Rating: 2.2/5 (138 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: Humor, Romance

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  10. The Devil
    The Devil

    by William Babington Maxwell

    The Devil
    by William Babington Maxwell

    Rating: 2.2/5 (158 votes cast)

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    An unassuming postal worker, William Dale of Rodhaven meets his wife Mavis in London for a lovely evening. All seems well until stunning discoveries reveal the darker side of his psyche. Controversial when first published, The Devil's Garden is still a shocker today.

    Categories: Romance, Romantic Suspense

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