The Rita Award is is given to honor excellence in published romance fiction.
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  • Shades of Honor (Grayson Brothers, Book 1)

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Wendy Lindstrom
    • Narrated By Julia Motyka
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (207)
    Performance
    (190)
    Story
    (194)

    Prepare to fall in love with the Grayson brothers in Shades of Honor, the first novel in the best-selling series by award-winning author Wendy Lindstrom. Haunted by a gruesome war and his own dark secrets, former Union soldier Radford Grayson returns home, seeking a loving reunion with his brothers and a place where he and his young daughter can make a home. Desperate for peace, Radford is ambushed by his unexpected and forbidden love for Evelyn - his brother's fiancée.

    Deborah says: "Embers grow into a Magnificent Love !!!"
    RITA Award Winner, Best First Book, 2003
  • The Surgeon: A Rizzoli & Isles Novel

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs)
    • By Tess Gerritsen
    • Narrated By Dennis Boutsikaris
    Overall
    (521)
    Performance
    (242)
    Story
    (243)

    Tess Gerritsen was a successful internist who left her practice to focus on her children and her writing. Gerritsen's medical suspense novels have consistently won critical and fan acclaim, and now, with The Surgeon, she delivers her most gripping work.

    Elizabeth says: "The Surgeon"
    RITA Award Winner, Best Romantic Suspense, 2002
  • First Lady

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Susan Elizabeth Phillips
    • Narrated By Anna Fields
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (628)
    Performance
    (301)
    Story
    (304)

    The beautiful young widow of the president of the United States thought she was free of the White House, but circumstances have forced her back into the role of First Lady. She's made up her mind to escape, if only for a few days, so she can live the life of an ordinary person. An entire nation is searching for her, but the First Lady is in the last place anyone would think to look: in the company of a seductive stranger whose charm and good looks are awakening the forgotten woman within.

    Judy says: "Cute!"
    RITA Award Winner, Best Contemporary Single Title, 2001
  • The Highlander's Touch: Highlander, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Karen Marie Moning
    • Narrated By Phil Gigante
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1184)
    Performance
    (735)
    Story
    (734)

    He was a mighty Scottish warrior who lived in a world bound by ancient laws and timeless magic. But no immortal powers could prepare the laird of Castle Brodie for the lovely accursed lass who stood before him. A terrible trick of fate had sent her 700 years back in time and into his private chamber to tempt him with her beauty.

    E. Anderson says: "Fabulous!!"
    RITA Award Winner, Best Paranormal Romance, 2001
  • Carolina Moon

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Dean Robertson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (234)
    Performance
    (150)
    Story
    (156)

    Tory Bodeen grew up in a small, rundown house where her father ruled with an iron fist and a leather belt - and where her dreams and talents had no room to flourish. But she had Hope - who lived in the big house, just a short skip away, and whose friendship allowed Tory to be something she wasn't allowed to be at home: a child. But after Hope's brutal murder, Tory's life fell apart. Now grown, she's trying to find a measure of peace. But Hope's killer is still nearby.

    paula lewis says: "Good and Bad"
    RITA Award Winner, Best Romantic Suspense, 2001
  • Bodyguard

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Suzanne Brockmann
    • Narrated By Carrington MacDuffie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (223)
    Performance
    (91)
    Story
    (94)

    When Alessandra Lamont is nearly blown to pieces in a mafia hit, the last thing she wants is to place her trust into the hands of sexy, loose-cannon federal agent Harry O'Dell, who'll do whatever it takes to bring the mob down - even if it means sticking like glue to this blonde bombshell who unwittingly married into it. She needs him if she wants to stay alive, and he needs her if he is to exact his revenge for the death of his wife and son.

    SassiKassi says: "Excellent narration"
    RITA Award Winner, Best Contemporary Single Title, 2000
  • The Proposition

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Judith Ivory
    • Narrated By Steven Crossley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (239)
    Performance
    (121)
    Story
    (119)

    Lady Edwina Bollash is a woman of importance and distinction who has never been the object of any man's affection. However, when she meets Mick Tremore, a tall, handsome young man from the bottommost rung of society, she instantly attracts his attention. As Mick wants desperately to become a gentleman, Edwina decides to transform him into a man with class.

    Mary says: "Very enjoyable as well as fun"
    RITA Award Winner, Best Short Historical, 2000
  • Dream a Little Dream

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Susan Elizabeth Phillips
    • Narrated By Anna Fields
    Overall
    (893)
    Performance
    (414)
    Story
    (410)

    Rachel Stone is a widow and single mother, broke and alone. Worse, her late husband, a televangelist, stole five million dollars, none of which came to her. Nor did she know about the theft, but it still makes her an outcast, and she is desperate. Then she meets Gabriel Bonner, who gives her a job. Romantic sparks fly, but love is never easy. Gabriel has a tragic loss of his own, and his family, fearing Rachel's motives, campaigns loudly against her.

    Gina says: "Read Nobody’s Baby first"
    RITA Award Winner, Best Contemporary Single Title, 1999
  • Nobody's Baby But Mine

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Susan Elizabeth Phillips
    • Narrated By Anna Fields
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1275)
    Performance
    (605)
    Story
    (591)

    Jane Darlington is a genius at physics, but there's one problem she can't solve. She yearns for a child, but wants to spare it the pain of growing up as...well, a nerd. And surely any child of Jane's would be a little too brainy for the playground set. So she sets out to find a special man to father her child, someone without too much gray-matter between his ears: in short, a big, strong dope. Cal Bonner, legendary pro quarterback, seems to fit the bill. But there's something Dr. Jane hasn't counted on.

    Ella says: "Lots of Fun"
    RITA Award Winner, Best Contemporary Single Title, 1998
  • Born in Ice: Born in Trilogy, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Fiacre Douglas
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (856)
    Performance
    (570)
    Story
    (573)

    In winter, Brianna Concannon's bed-and-breakfast is a cold and empty place. And that's fine with Brianna. She enjoys the peace and quiet, even when icy winds howl at her window. This year, though, she's expecting an unusual guest: mystery writer Grayson Thane, from America. And sometimes a fire can be born in ice.

    Sara says: "Great book! The narrator is amazing...."
    RITA Award Winner, Best Romance of 1995
  • An Echo in the Darkness

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Francine Rivers
    • Narrated By Richard Ferrone
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (796)
    Performance
    (509)
    Story
    (521)

    As a Roman trader grieves over a lost slave woman, he begins to learn about the faith that gave her enough strength to face death.

    Susan says: "Very well done!"
    RITA Award Winner, Best Inspirational Romance, 1995
  • Hidden Riches

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Sandra Burr
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (351)
    Performance
    (216)
    Story
    (222)

    When Dora Conroy, a Philadelphia antiques dealer, purchases a curious selection of auction items - objects she judges to be humorous novelties, she unknowingly becomes the deadly focus of an international smuggler.

    Heidi says: "YES YES YES"
    RITA Award Winner, Best Romantic Suspense, 1995
  • Getting Rid of Bradley

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Jennifer Crusie
    • Narrated By Elenna Stauffer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (450)
    Performance
    (197)
    Story
    (197)

    Lucy Savage is not having a good week. Her cheating husband, Bradley, lobbed the final insult when he stood her up in divorce court. A dye job gone wrong has left her hair green. And someone is trying to kill her. To top it off, sexy cop Zack Warren is certain that the very same man Lucy is trying to wash right out of her hair is the same Bradley he wants to arrest for embezzlement. When someone shoots at her and then her car blows up, Zack decides she needs 24-hour police protection.

    murboyd says: "give me a different voice!"
    RITA Award Winner, Best Short Contemporary Series Romance, 1995
  • It Had to Be You

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Susan Elizabeth Phillips
    • Narrated By Anna Fields
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1261)
    Performance
    (652)
    Story
    (651)

    It's Dan Calebow's worst nightmare: Phoebe Somerville, a trendy New York knockout, inherits the Chicago Stars, the football team he coaches. And she wants to help him run it. Phoebe's sure he needs her. He's a sexist good-ol'-boy jock with a one-track mind. Surely she can straighten him out.

    bluebelle says: "Classic Susan Elizabeth Philips"
    RITA Award Winner, Best Romance of 1994
  • Private Scandals

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Julie Finneran
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (152)
    Performance
    (83)
    Story
    (85)

    This deliciously scandalous novel tells us the secrets of the reigning queens of television talk shows, Deanna Reynolds and Angela Perkins. Their high-staked rivalry, fought with public smiles and private betrayals, is more than a ratings competition. It becomes an off-screen war when Deanna replaces Angela both on the air and behind the scenes with Angela's former lover after Angela moves to the big time in New York.

    Amanda says: "Ugh! Narrator Sucks!"
    RITA Award Winner, Best Contemporary Single Title, 1994
  • Untamed: Medieval Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Lowell
    • Narrated By Anne Flosnik
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (352)
    Performance
    (216)
    Story
    (221)

    A hero of the crusades, Dominic le Sabre has returned in glory and in triumph to claim his reward: the beautiful Saxon bride awarded to him by the conqueror king. But Lady Margaret of the Blackthorne cannot yield to the bold Norman invader.

    Diana says: "Perfect!"
    RITA Award Winner, Best Historical Single Title, 1994
  • An Unwilling Bride

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Jo Beverley
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    Overall
    (167)
    Performance
    (77)
    Story
    (79)

    Jo Beverley is a New York Times best-selling author whose lush romances have earned her a place in the Romance Writers of America Hall of Fame. An Unwilling Bride traces an unlikely match between two headstrong people. In order to keep his vast estates in the family, the Duke of Belcraven must find a suitable bride for Lucien de Vaux, his only heir. But the woman he chooses for Lucien has plans of her own. It will take more than simple romance to turn this arrangement into a fairy tale wedding.

    Cam says: "LOVED IT !!!!!!"
    RITA Award Winner, Best Regency Romance, 1993
  • Divine Evil

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Kimberly Farr
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (536)
    Performance
    (279)
    Story
    (284)

    Sculptor Clare Kimball has captured the attention of the New York art world. But big-city success cannot burn away the half-remembered nightmares that have plagued Clare since childhood. These phantoms of the past have drawn her home to Emmitsboro, Maryland, to the small town where she grew up and where her father died in circumstances never really explained.

    Anne says: "This is one of my favorite books!"
    RITA Award Winner, Romantic Suspense, 1993
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