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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. A Bicycle of Cathay
    A Bicycle of Cathay

    by Frank R. Stockton

    A Bicycle of Cathay
    by Frank R. Stockton

    Rating: 2.4/5 (123 votes cast)

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    A restful bicycling vacation in the country takes a young professor down more adventurous paths than he had planned. Staying with various families along the way, he meets beautiful women, receives marriage proposals, survives a bear chase and more. An amusing, romantic story.

    Categories: Romance, Historical Romance

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  2. A Change of Hearts
    A Change of Hearts
    by Linda Louise Rigsbee

    Rating: 3.0/5 (261 votes cast)

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    Book 5 in the Carmen & Alex series. Faced with challenging issues, Carmen must make choices that may determine whether or not their marriage survives.

    Categories: Romance, Contemporary Romance

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  3. 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: Romance, Romantic Suspense

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  4. A Dangerous Love
    A Dangerous Love
    by Linda Louise Rigsbee

    Rating: 3.6/5 (3040 votes cast)

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    After the death of her family in an auto/train accident, Lisa returns to the wild mountains of her youth. There she meets a man who employs her as a companion for his mother - which includes babysitting his daughter. At his secluded home, nothing is as it first appeared. The young man's volatile moods are nothing compared to her suspicions about the source of his wealth. She is determined to solve the mystery - if she lives long enough!

    Categories: Romance, Contemporary Romance

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  5. A Daughter of Fife
    A Daughter of Fife

    by Amelia Edith Barr

    A Daughter of Fife
    by Amelia Edith Barr

    Rating: 2.6/5 (126 votes cast)

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    Maggie, a simple Scottish fisher-girl, finds herself pursued by a passionate young artist in this romantic story. While Maggie breaks with the family fishing tradition with Allen, her brother David also leaves the nets behind for a very different career. The next generation will be different.

    Categories: Romance, Historical Romance

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  6. A Daughter of the Land
    A Daughter of the Land

    by Gene Porter-Stratton

    A Daughter of the Land
    by Gene Porter-Stratton

    Rating: 2.4/5 (118 votes cast)

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    Kate Bates feels the weight of the world on her shoulders, left to care for her aging mother while her siblings acquire land and education. To get a life of her own, she will have to pursue her dreams against the wishes of her parents. Will a wealthy suitor help or hurt her in her quest?

    Category: Romance

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  7. A Girl Called Foote
    A Girl Called Foote
    by A. E. Walnofer

    Rating: 3.2/5 (228 votes cast)

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    Misfortune requires the very clever Lydia to seek work as a maid. From the moment mischievous Sir Jonathan catches her reading books she is supposed to be dusting, he is intrigued. Thus begins a clandestine relationship that is, for both of them, amusing, confusing and enlightening.

    Categories: Romance, Historical Romance

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  8. A Good Little Girl Like You (A Sample)
    A Good Little Girl Like You (A Sample)
    by Sage Ardman

    Rating: 3.2/5 (97 votes cast)

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    This romance novel tells you what happens when you combine a surfing billionaire, a globe-trotting businesswoman, and "The Wizard of Oz." [Publisher's Note: This sample includes the first fifteen chapters - about half of the book - and includes sexual content.]

    Categories: Romance, Contemporary Romance

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  9. A Heart to Mend
    A Heart to Mend
    by Myne Whitman

    Rating: 3.2/5 (958 votes cast)

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    The book is about two people, Edward and Gladys, who meet and are attracted to each other almost immediately, but have difficulty in resolving their feelings, especially because of Edward's past and other twists. The concept for "A Heart To Mend" is from the theme of unconditional love.

    Categories: Romance, Contemporary Romance

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  10. A Prelude to a Dance
    A Prelude to a Dance
    by Kay Edwards

    Rating: 2.9/5 (149 votes cast)

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    Helen jumps into an icy river to save a child, becoming a hero. She is asked to do a dance, for medical bills. A past Helen kept a secret, now collides with her present, as the famous dancer Logan Day teaches her to dance. He sees past her anxiety, and with God's help, gently helps her to heal.

    Categories: Romance, Contemporary Romance

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