The Rita Award is is given to honor excellence in published romance fiction.
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  • Evernight

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Kristen Callihan
    • Narrated By Moira Quirk
    Overall
    (67)
    Performance
    (66)
    Story
    (65)

    Will Thorne is living a nightmare, his sanity slowly being drained away by a force he can't control. His talents have made him the perfect assassin for hire. But as he loses his grip on reality, there is no calming him - until he finds his next target: the mysterious Holly Evernight. Holly cannot fathom who would put a contract on her life, yet the moment she touches Will, the connection between them is elemental, undeniable - and she's the only one who can tame his bouts of madness.

    Kimberly says: "My favorite of the series"
    RITA Award Winner, Paranormal Romance, 2015
  • Romancing the Duke: Castles Ever After

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Tessa Dare
    • Narrated By Carmen Rose
    Overall
    (207)
    Performance
    (190)
    Story
    (192)

    As the daughter of a famed author, Isolde Ophelia Goodnight grew up on tales of brave knights and fair maidens. She never doubted romance would be in her future, too. The storybooks offered endless possibilities. And as she grew older, Izzy crossed them off. One by one by one....Now Izzy's given up yearning for romance. She'll settle for a roof over her head. What fairy tales are left over for an impoverished 26-year-old woman who's never even been kissed?

    ~~ DARA ~~ says: "Sigh-Worthy Fluffy Fun Fairy Tale"
    RITA Award Winner, Historical Romance, Short, 2015
  • Fool Me Twice: Rules for the Reckless, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Meredith Duran
    • Narrated By Alison Larkin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (47)
    Performance
    (40)
    Story
    (42)

    Sensible and lonely, Olivia Mather survives by her wits - and her strict policy of avoiding trouble. But when she realizes that the Duke of Marwick might hold the secrets of her family's past, she does the unthinkable, infiltrating his household as a maid. She'll clean his study and rifle through his papers looking for information. Alastair de Grey has a single reason to live: vengeance.

    Berls says: "Good HR with Spunky Characters"
    RITA Award Winner, Historical Romance, Long, 2015
  • The Saint: The Original Sinners, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Tiffany Reisz
    • Narrated By Elizabeth Hart
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (120)
    Performance
    (118)
    Story
    (116)

    Rebellious, green-eyed Eleanor never met a rule she didn't want to break. Sick of her mother's zealotry and the confines of Catholic school, she declares that she'll never go to church again. But her first glimpse of beautiful, magnetic Father Marcus Stearns - Søren to her and only her - and his lust-worthy Italian motorcycle is an epiphany. Eleanor is consumed, yet even she knows that being in love with a priest can't be right. But when one desperate mistake nearly costs Eleanor everything, it is Søren who steps in to save her.

    Christine Laputka says: "Finally a Performance worthy of the material!"
    RITA Award Winner, Erotic Romance, 2015
  • Concealed in Death: In Death Series, Book 38

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By J. D. Robb
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2341)
    Performance
    (2099)
    Story
    (2104)

    In a decrepit and long-empty New York building, a man begins the demolition process by swinging a sledgehammer into a wall. When the dust clears, he finds two skeletons wrapped in plastic behind it. The man is Lieutenant Eve Dallas’s billionaire husband, Roarke, and he summons her immediately. His latest real estate project is going to be on hold for a while, because by the time Eve and her crew are finished searching the premises, there are 12 murders to be solved.

    helen says: "Brilliantly Clever!"
    RITA Award Winner, Romantic Suspense, 2015
  • Deceived: Private Justice, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Irene Hannon
    • Narrated By Kate Baldwin
    Overall
    (110)
    Performance
    (97)
    Story
    (98)

    For four years, Kate Marshall has been grieving the loss of her husband and their three-year-old son in a boating accident. But when she spots a familiar-looking child on an escalator in the mall, she is convinced it is the son she thought was dead. With police skeptical of her story, she turns to private investigator Connor Sullivan. The former Secret Service agent is dubious but agrees to investigate. Digging into the case he discovers that the incident may have been no accident at all.

    Janet says: "Wonderful!"
    RITA Award Winner, Best Inspirational Romance, 2015
  • One in a Million

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Jill Shalvis
    • Narrated By Angèle Masters
    Overall
    (88)
    Performance
    (79)
    Story
    (81)

    As the brains behind wedding site TyingTheKnot.com, Callie sees it all: from the ring to the dress, the smiles… to the tears. It's that last part that keeps her single and not looking. Getting left at the altar will do that to a girl. But when Callie returns to her old hometown, she finds that her sweet high school crush is sexier than ever. And he makes it hard to remember why she's sworn off love.

    rosalee schraeder says: "I could have written this third one"
    RITA Award Winner, Contemporary Romance, Mid-Length, 2015
  • The Sweet Spot: Sweet on a Cowboy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Laura Drake
    • Narrated By Susan Bennett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (24)
    Performance
    (22)
    Story
    (22)

    Charla Rae Denny was the perfect wife with a perfect life, content to keep the home fires burning while her husband, JB, competed as a champion bull rider. Then their son died in a tragic accident-and everything fell apart. Divorced and saddled with a hill of bills and a failing ranch, Charla must now cowboy up to put her life back together. James "JB" Denny doesn't stay where he isn't welcome. So when Charla shut him out of her grieving heart-and their home-a year ago, he took comfort where he could find it.

    Jo says: "A marriage restored."
    RITA Award Winner, Best First Book, 2014
  • Claim Me (The Stark Trilogy): The Stark Series #2

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By J. Kenner
    • Narrated By Sofia Willingham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1129)
    Performance
    (1035)
    Story
    (1047)

    Damien Stark’s need is palpable - his need for pleasure, his need for control, his need for me. Beautiful and brilliant yet tortured at his core, he is in every way my match. I have agreed to be his alone, and now I want him to be fully mine. I want us to possess each other beyond the sweetest edge of our ecstasy, into the deepest desires of our souls. To let the fire that burns between us consume us both. But there are dark places within Damien that not even our wildest passion can touch. I yearn to know his secrets, yearn for him to surrender to me as I have surrendered to him. But our troubled pasts will either bind us close...or shatter us completely.

    Tara says: "Passion and Surrender"
    RITA Award Winner, Erotic Romance, 2014
  • No Good Duke Goes Unpunished: The Third Rule of Scoundrels

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Sarah MacLean
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    Overall
    (251)
    Performance
    (230)
    Story
    (230)

    He is the Killer Duke, accused of murdering Mara Lowe on the eve of her wedding. With no memory of that fateful night, Temple has reigned over the darkest of London's corners for twelve years, wealthy and powerful, but beyond redemption. Until one night, Mara resurfaces, offering the one thing he's dreamed of . . . absolution.

    Gale Ann says: "Fallen Angels WOW!"
    RITA Award Winner, Historical Romance, 2014
  • The Firebird

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Susanna Kearsley
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1748)
    Performance
    (1582)
    Story
    (1581)

    Nicola Marter was born with a gift. When she touches an object, she sometimes glimpses those who have owned it before. When a woman arrives with a small wooden carving at the gallery Nicola works at, she can see the object’s history and knows that it was named after the Firebird - the mythical creature from an old Russian fable. Compelled to know more, Nicola follows a young girl named Anna who leads her into the past on a quest through the glittering backdrops of the Jacobites and Russian courts, unearthing a tale of love, courage, and redemption.

    Katie - Audible says: "Beautiful Historical Fiction"
    RITA Award Winner, Paranormal Romance, 2014
  • The Haunting of Maddy Clare

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Simone St. James
    • Narrated By Pamela Garelick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (161)
    Performance
    (147)
    Story
    (149)

    Sarah Piper’s lonely, threadbare existence changes when her temporary-work agency sends her to assist a ghost hunter. Alistair Gellis - rich, handsome, scarred by World War I, and obsessed with ghosts - has been summoned to investigate the spirit of 19-year-old maid Maddy Clare, who haunts the barn where she committed suicide. Since Maddy hated men in life, it is Sarah’s task to confront her in death. Soon Sarah is caught up in a desperate struggle, for Maddy’s ghost is real, she is angry, and she has powers that defy all reason.

    NKBH says: "Maddy Clare will haunt you"
    RITA Award Winner, Best First Book, 2013
  • A Rogue by Any Other Name

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Sarah MacLean
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (432)
    Performance
    (389)
    Story
    (392)

    A decade ago, the Marquess of Bourne was cast from society with nothing but his title. Now a partner in London's most exclusive gaming hell, the cold, ruthless Bourne will do whatever it takes to regain his inheritance - including marrying perfect, proper Lady Penelope Marbury. A broken engagement and years of disappointing courtships have left Penelope with little interest in a quiet, comfortable marriage, and a longing for something more. How lucky that her new husband has access to an unexplored world of pleasures.

    Elaine says: "My first by this author"
    RITA Award Winner, Best Historical Romance, 2013
  • Against the Tide

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Camden
    • Narrated By Barbara Rosenblat
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (84)
    Performance
    (77)
    Story
    (76)

    As a child, Lydia Pallas became all too familiar with uncertainty when it came to the future. Now, she's finally carved out a perfect life for herself - a life of stability and order with no changes, surprises, or chaos of any kind. She adores her apartment overlooking the bustling Boston Harbor, and her skill with languages has landed her a secure position as a translator for the U.S. Navy. However, it is her talent for translation that brings her into contact with Alexander Banebridge, or "Bane", a man who equally attracts and aggravates her.

    Lillian Person says: "enjoyed the book"
    RITA Award Winner, Best Inspirational Romance, 2013
  • Shadow's Claim: Immortals After Dark: The Dacians, Book 1: Immortals After Dark, Book 13

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Kresley Cole
    • Narrated By Robert Petkoff
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1141)
    Performance
    (1069)
    Story
    (1074)

    Shadow's Claim features Prince Trehan Daciano, a ruthless master assassin who will use every lethal skill he possesses to defend his imperiled kingdom - as well as his newfound princess. When an ancient secret threatens to destroy them all, can Dacia's notorious prince of shadows keep his Bride alive against all odds?

    Jeri says: "Dayum!!!"
    RITA Award Winner, Best Paranormal Romance, 2013
  • Dragon Bound: Elder Races Series #1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Thea Harrison
    • Narrated By Sophie Eastlake
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2601)
    Performance
    (2311)
    Story
    (2320)

    Half human and half Wyr, Pia Giovanni spent her life keeping a low profile among the Wyrkind and avoiding the continuing conflict between them and their Dark Fae enemies. But after being blackmailed into stealing a coin from the hoard of a dragon, Pia finds herself targeted by one of the most powerful---and passionate---of the Elder Races.

    Amazon Customer says: "Woo Freakin Hoo!"
    RITA Award Winner, Best Paranormal Romance, 2012
  • First Grave on the Right: Charley Davidson, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Darynda Jones
    • Narrated By Lorelei King
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4694)
    Performance
    (3918)
    Story
    (3910)

    A smashing, award-winning debut novel that introduces Charley Davidson: part-time private investigator and full-time Grim Reaper. Charley sees dead people. That’s right, she sees dead people. And it’s her job to convince them to “go into the light”. But when these very dead people have died under less than ideal circumstances (i.e. murder), sometimes they want Charley to bring the bad guys to justice. Complicating matters are the intensely hot dreams she’s been having about an Entity who has been following her all her life...and it turns out he might not be dead after all.

    S. Droski says: "Great choice for Stephanie, Lorelai or Buffy fans!"
    RITA Award Winner, Best First Book, 2012
  • Enclave

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Ann Aguirre
    • Narrated By Emily Bauer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (624)
    Performance
    (553)
    Story
    (551)

    New York City has been decimated by war and plague, and most of civilization has migrated to underground enclaves, where life expectancy is no more than the early 20s. When Deuce turns 15, she takes on her role as a Huntress, and is paired with Fade, a teenage Hunter who lived Topside as a young boy. When she and Fade discover that the neighboring enclave has been decimated by the tunnel monsters—or Freaks—who seem to be growing more organized, the elders refuse to listen to warnings.

    Felicity Fairchild says: "It was supposed to be good."
    RITA Award Winner, Best Young Adult Romance, 2012
  • New York to Dallas: In Death, Book 33

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By J. D. Robb
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2396)
    Performance
    (2091)
    Story
    (2084)

    It was one of Eve Dallas’s earliest takedowns, back in her uniform days. A monster named Isaac McQueen had been abducting young victims and leaving them scarred in both mind and body. Thanks to Eve, he wound up where he belonged, removed from civilized society in Rikers. But he’s not behind bars anymore. After his escape, McQueen has two things in mind. One is to take up where he left off, preying on the young and innocent - when necessary, with the help of a female partner all too willing to be manipulated and to aid and abet his crimes.

    Debbie Woodruff says: "NY to Dallas"
    RITA Award Winner, Best Romantic Suspense, 2012
  • Silent Scream

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Karen Rose
    • Narrated By Marguerite Gavin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (203)
    Performance
    (139)
    Story
    (139)

    When a teenage girl dies in a suspicious fire, Detective Olivia Sutherland is assigned to track down the arsonist. Then she discovers something more sinister—a vicious blackmailer who preys on young people and murders without hesitation. Making her work even harder is sexy firefighter David Hunter. He’s not only sharing the case but sparking memories of their long-ago night of passion, when feelings were left unspoken and hearts were broken.

    Ann says: "Wish I knew it was a series"
    RITA Award Winner, Best Romantic Suspense, 2011
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