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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. The Kiss that Saved Her
    The Kiss that Saved Her
    by E.M. McCarthy

    Rating: 5.0/5 (1 vote cast)

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    Princess Joanna is expected to marry to protect her kingdom from the threat of war but she loves David, a common man. The Kiss that Saved Her is a retelling and expansion of Snow White, moving beyond the poisoned apple to what happens next. Will Joanna chose duty or love?

    Categories: Romance, Inspirational Romance

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  2. Marblestone Mansion (Scandalous Duchess Series) Book 1
    Marblestone Mansion (Scandalous Duchess Series) Book 1
    by Marti Talbott

    Rating: 2.5/5 (163 votes cast)

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    A Duke by inheritance, Hannish MacGreagor soon learned the title came with very little wealth, so he bought a silver mine in Idaho, left his wife of two weeks in Scotland, and sailed to America. Later, he sold the mine, became one of the wealthiest men in Colorado and built Marblestone Mansion

    Categories: Romance, Historical Romance

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  3. Marti Talbott's Highlander Series, Book 1
    Marti Talbott's Highlander Series, Book 1
    by Marti Talbott

    Rating: 2.7/5 (203 votes cast)

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    ANNA -- In love with a woman he had only seen once and could not find, the Highlander, Kevin MacGreagor was growing older and needed a wife to give him sons. No other woman pleased him, not even the daughters of other lairds, so he finally settled for Anna sight unseen. But when his men went to meet

    Categories: Romance, Historical Romance

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  4. The Viking
    The Viking
    by Marti Talbott

    Rating: 3.1/5 (145 votes cast)

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    At not quite fifteen, Stefan’s father finally let him board the longship Sja Vinna to take part in his first Viking raid. Yet, the battle was not at all what he expected and he soon found himself alone and stranded in Scotland.

    Categories: Romance, Historical Romance

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  5. Her Nocturnal Lover
    Her Nocturnal Lover
    by Betty Paulls Lunkuse

    Rating: 3.0/5 (395 votes cast)

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    When 25 year old Linda Hemsway decides to come out of her long time mourning and solitude, she finds herself in an encounter with the daring Bill Mayan, a mysterious billionaire. The hot stranger she’s seen in a club twice. He won’t change it, and he won’t let her be.

    Categories: Romance, Contemporary Romance

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  6. The Fiery Boys (A Sample)
    The Fiery Boys (A Sample)
    by Sage Ardman

    Rating: 3.0/5 (66 votes cast)

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    I've been in love with the Fiery Boys for ten years now, so I was incredibly excited when they announced a reunion tour. Their music meant more to me than most people realized--it had literally saved my life. Back before they broke up, most people screamed for Chuck, the tall, seductive singer.

    Categories: Romance, Contemporary Romance

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  7. Devil's Path
    Devil's Path
    by Angelina Krafft

    Rating: 3.1/5 (101 votes cast)

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    Love overtakes everyone and everywhere. From it does not escape. It comes when it wants to, and it's forever. You do not belong to yourself anymore, because there is no concept of I. There is only the concept of us.

    Categories: Romance, Contemporary Romance

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  8. Gretna Green - A Victorian Novella
    Gretna Green - A Victorian Novella
    by Baird Wells

    Rating: 3.3/5 (61 votes cast)

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    Scotland, 1832 Patrick Field has fled London and an unfortunate engagement. His trip is all it should be: hasty, anonymous, and uneventful – until he meets Miss Amelia Blake. The hopelessly romantic Amelia tangles him up in a scheme of her own, a plan that tumbles wonderfully out of control when

    Categories: Romance, Historical Romance

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

    Rating: 3.3/5 (215 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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  10. Second Harvest
    Second Harvest
    by David Harder

    Rating: 3.1/5 (125 votes cast)

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    The story confirms that one is never too old for finding love. For Roy Folsom, being single is a way of life. Haunted by a family plague, he lives in isolation, then one day he meets Sara Johansson, a young widow half his age. Roy glimpses an escape from his tumultuous past, and a happy future.

    Categories: Romance, Contemporary Romance

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