The Rita Award is is given to honor excellence in published romance fiction.
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  • The Mischief of the Mistletoe: A Pink Carnation Christmas

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Lauren Willig
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (324)
    Performance
    (198)
    Story
    (199)

    Arabella Dempsey's dear friend Jane Austen warned her against teaching. But Miss Climpson's Select Seminary for Young Ladies seems the perfect place for Arabella to claim her independence while keeping an eye on her younger sisters nearby. Just before Christmas, she accepts a position at the quiet girls' school in Bath, expecting to face nothing more exciting than conducting the annual Christmas recital. She hardly imagines coming face to face with French aristocrats and international spies....

    A. L. Bray says: "A smashing good time!"
    RITA Award Winner, Best Regency Historical Romance, 2011
  • The Iron King: The Iron Fey, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Julie Kagawa
    • Narrated By Khristine Hvam
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    (1283)
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    (1299)

    Something has always felt slightly off in Meghan’s life, ever since her father disappeared before her eyes when she was six. She has never quite fit in at school…or at home. When a dark stranger begins watching her from afar, and her prankster best friend becomes strangely protective of her, Meghan senses that everything she’s known is about to change. But she could never have guessed the truth--that she is the daughter of a mythical faery king and is a pawn in a deadly war.

    Arwen says: "I found this mediocre"
    RITA Award Winner, Best Young Adult Romance, 2011
  • Simply Irresistible

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Jill Shalvis
    • Narrated By Celeste Ciulla
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (328)
    Performance
    (277)
    Story
    (273)

    The proof is irrefutable: Jill Shalvis is a USA Today best-selling author whose romantic fiction is one part steam, one part soul-lifting laughter. After leaving an abusive relationship, Maddie Moore heads to Lucky Harbor, Washington, and vows to channel her inner tough girl—and land the man of her dreams.

    SIMARA says: "Almost too perfect..."
    RITA Award Winner, Best Contemporary Single Title Romance, 2011
  • Welcome to Harmony

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Jodi Thomas
    • Narrated By Julia Gibson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (65)
    Performance
    (54)
    Story
    (51)

    Having garnered three RITA Awards, New York Times best-selling author Jodi Thomas is one of several Texans inducted into the RWA Hall of Fame. Assuming someone else’s identity, a 16-year-old flees to Harmony, Texas. There she keeps her distance from the welcoming townsfolk. But when prairie fires threaten the small town, she learns the true meaning of family, friendship, and home.

    Maureen Opala says: "story was great, but readers was annoying"
    RITA Award Winner, Best Novel with Strong Romantic Elements, 2011
  • The Inheritance

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Tamera Alexander
    • Narrated By Tavia Gilbert
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (122)
    Performance
    (98)
    Story
    (98)

    Determined to tame her younger brother's rebellious streak, McKenna Ashford accepts her cousin's invitation to move west and to begin again. But she quickly discovers that life in Copper Creek, Colorado is far from what she expected. Shouldering burdens beyond her years, McKenna tries to be the parent Robert needs, instead of the older sister he resents. But an "untimely inheritance" challenges her resolve at every turn, while also offering a second chance to restore her trust--and perhaps even her heart.

    Billie says: "The Inheritance"
    RITA Award Winner, Best Inspirational Romance, 2010
  • The Lost Recipe for Happiness

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Barbara O'Neal
    • Narrated By Bernadette Dunne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (61)
    Performance
    (32)
    Story
    (34)

    It's the opportunity Elena Alvarez has been waiting for; the challenge of running her own kitchen in a world-class restaurant. Haunted by an accident of which she was the lone survivor, Elena knows better than anyone how to defy the odds. With her faithful dog, Alvin, and her grandmother's recipes, Elena arrives in Colorado to find a restaurant in as desperate need of a fresh start as she is and a man whose passionate approach to food and life rivals her own.

    Lulu says: "Engaging Story of Damaged Soul"
    RITA Award Winner, Best Novel with Strong Romantic Elements, 2010
  • What Happens in London

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Julia Quinn
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    Overall
    (860)
    Performance
    (577)
    Story
    (581)

    When Olivia Bevelstoke is told that her new neighbor may have killed his fiancée, she doesn't believe it for a second, but, still, how can she help spying on him, just to be sure? So she stakes out a spot near her bedroom window, cleverly concealed by curtains, watches, and waits . . . and discovers a most intriguing man, who is definitely up to something. Sir Harry Valentine works for the boring branch of the War Office, translating documents vital to national security.

    Donna says: "Brilliant"
    RITA Award Winner, Best Regency Historical Romance, 2010
  • Perfect Chemistry

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Simone Elkeles
    • Narrated By Roxanne Hernandez, Blas Kisic
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (313)
    Performance
    (255)
    Story
    (260)

    When Brittany Ellis walks into chemistry class on the first day of senior year, she has no clue that her carefully created perfect life is about to unravel before her eyes. She's forced to be lab partners with Alex Fuentes, a gang member from the other side of town, and he is about to threaten everything she's worked so hard for her flawless reputation, her relationship with her boyfriend, and the secret that her home life is anything but perfect.

    Leslie says: "Perfect Chemisty has perfect chemistry."
    RITA Award Winner, Best Young Adult Romance, 2010
  • Oh. My. Gods.

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Tera Lynn Childs
    • Narrated By Jessica Almasy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (179)
    Performance
    (141)
    Story
    (144)

    When Phoebe's mom returns from Greece with a new husband and moves them to an island in the Aegean, Phoebe's plans for her senior year and track season are ancient history. Now she must attend the uberexclusive academy, where admission depends on pedigree, namely, ancestry from Zeus, Hera, and other Greek gods. Thatï¿¿ï¿¿s right, they're real, not myth, and their teen descendants are like the classical heroes - supersmart and superbeautiful with a few superpowers.

    michael says: "Dont judge a book by its cover"
    RITA Award Winner, Best First Book, 2009
  • Not Another Bad Date

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Rachel Gibson
    • Narrated By Nicole Poole
    Overall
    (464)
    Performance
    (277)
    Story
    (278)

    Rachel Gibson's spunky New York Times best-selling romances are confectionary treats for listeners. Curvaceous Adele Harris is prepared to give up dating forever. But when she travels home to console her sister, whose marriage is on the rocks, she runs into ex-flame Zach Zemaitis - and passions are reignited.

    SIMARA says: "Second chance love with a ghostly twist..."
    RITA Award Winner, Best Contemporary Single Title Romance, 2009
  • Tribute

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Jennifer Van Dyck
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (540)
    Performance
    (298)
    Story
    (301)

    Finally out of the celebrity spotlight and away from her mother's demands, Cilla is free to do what she loves: fixing up houses for profit. Her current project is personal. The Shenandoah Valley farm house was once the vacation home of Hollywood luminary Janet Hardy, Cilla's grandmother. When Cilla uncovers a stash of her grandmother's private letters, and begins asking questions about the past, she becomes the target of a crazed killer.

    Jesse says: "With a Mystery thrown in"
    RITA Award Winner, Best Novel with Strong Romantic Elements, 2009
  • Just Wait 'Til You Have Children of Your Own!

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Erma Bombeck, Bil Keane
    • Narrated By Barbara Rosenblat
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    (33)
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    (33)

    If you're young, old, or in the middle, get ready to laugh out loud with Erma Bombeck, America's funniest lady. This outrageously witty book proves that humor is the best way to keep on keel - even with a teenager in the house. You've finally figured out what makes your child tick, when one day you wake up to discover a teenager under your roof. Suddenly life is filled with a whole new set of worries.

    Sandra says: "Oldie but Goodie"
    RITA Award Winner, Best Inspirational Romance, 2008
  • Silent in the Grave

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Deanna Raybourn
    • Narrated By Ellen Archer
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    (395)
    Story
    (394)

    Let the wicked be ashamed, and let them be silent in the grave. These ominous words, slashed from the pages of a book of Psalms, are the last threat that the darling of London society, Sir Edward Grey, receives from his killer. Before he can show them to Nicholas Brisbane, the private inquiry agent he has retained for his protection, Sir Edward collapses and dies at his London home, in the presence of his wife, Julia, and a roomful of dinner guests.

    Parusski says: "Happily surprised"
    RITA Award Winner, Best Novel with Strong Romantic Elements, 2008
  • Secret Diaries of Miss Miranda Cheever

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Julia Quinn
    • Narrated By Jenny Sterlin
    Overall
    (269)
    Performance
    (171)
    Story
    (175)

    Miranda Cheever has been blessed with many things, but great beauty is not among them. Still, when she meets Viscount Tuner, she knows she is meant for him. As the years go by, fate is as kind to Miranda as it is harsh on the Viscount. He's skeptical about love with good reason - but he may be falling for Miranda

    Teresa says: "Light and fun romance."
    RITA Award Winner, Best Regency Historical Romance, 2008
  • Ice Blue

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Anne Stuart
    • Narrated By Gabra Zackman
    Overall
    (359)
    Performance
    (108)
    Story
    (117)

    Museum curator Summer Hawthorne considered the exquisite ice-blue ceramic bowl given to her by her beloved Japanese nanny a treasure of sentimental value, until somebody tried to kill her for it.

    Carey says: "Intense"
    RITA Award Winner, Best Romantic Suspense, 2008
  • Wicked Lovely

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Melissa Marr
    • Narrated By Alyssa Bresnahan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (458)
    Performance
    (219)
    Story
    (220)

    Aislinn has always seen faeries. Powerful and dangerous, they walk hidden in the mortal world. Aislinn fears their cruelty - especially if they learn of her Sight - and wishes she were as blind to their presence as other teens.

    Brande says: "Wonderful!"
    RITA Award Winner, Best Young Adult Romance, 2008
  • Revealed

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs)
    • By Tamera Alexander
    • Narrated By Barbara McCulloh
    Overall
    (125)
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    (74)
    Story
    (72)

    Pursued by a Texas bounty hunter, Matthew returns to Fountain Creek, Colorado, to apologize to his brother for insulting his wife Annabelle and to share his Idaho homestead. Learning that his brother has left already, he answers an ad for someone to guide a widow to Idaho. But he's shocked to see the widow is Annabelle, a woman whose sordid past repulses him.

    Deborah says: "Wonderful story"
    RITA Award Winner, Best Inspirational Romance, 2007
  • On the Way to the Wedding

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Julia Quinn
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (283)
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    (112)
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    (116)

    This Regency-era tale closes best-selling author Julia Quinn's popular and critically acclaimed Bridgerton series. Gregory Bridgerton has watched love simply walk into the lives of his six siblings, so he has just been waiting for his turn. When he sees beautiful Hermione Watson, he is sure he has found his soul-mate. But then Hermione's friend Lucy informs him that Hermione's heart belongs to another.

    Julia Aryeh says: "decent!"
    RITA Award Winner, Best Long Historical Romance, 2007
  • A NASCAR Holiday

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Kimberly Raye, Roxanne St. Claire, Debra Webb
    • Narrated By Elenna Stauffer, Lauren Davis, Alyson Silverman
    Overall
    (30)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (13)

    All Savannah Calloway wants for Christmas is a chance to prove her talent with an engine...and hot young NASCAR driver Mackenzie Briggs is ready to play Santa. But they soon find that winning the race isn't nearly as important as winning each other's hearts.

    Shelly says: "A Nascar Holiday"
    RITA Award Winner, Best Romantic Novella, 2007
  • Blackout

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Annie Solomon
    • Narrated By Carol Monda
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    (19)
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    (9)
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    A champion of smart, feisty heroines who are ready to take on all comers, Solomon administers equal doses of seduction and thrills in her rousing fiction. Margot Scott doesn't remember who she is, but someone definitely wants her dead. Enter secret agent Jake Wise to help her - but it might just be him who needs saving.

    RITA Award Winner, Best Romantic Suspense, 2007
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