The Rita Award is is given to honor excellence in published romance fiction.
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  • Lady Luck's Map of Vegas

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Barbara Samuel
    • Narrated By Bernadette Dunne
    Overall
    (22)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (10)

    A successful web designer, 40-year-old India has a fabulously hip life in Denver. When her father passes away, India's flamboyant mother, Eldora, has no plans to mourn peacefully. She insists they hit the road on an unpredictable journey to the city that changed her life forever, so many years ago: Las Vegas. Along the way, they'll look for India's twin, Gypsy, a brilliant artist who lives a nomadic life in the remote mountain towns of New Mexico.

    Nanny Yetz says: "great characters"
    RITA Award Winner, Best Novel with Strong Romantic Elements, 2006
  • Bet Me

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Jennifer Crusie
    • Narrated By Deanna Hurst
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1653)
    Performance
    (981)
    Story
    (997)

    Min Dobbs knows that happily-ever-after is a fairy tale, especially with a man who asked her to dinner to win a bet. Cal Morrisey knows commitment is impossible, especially with a woman as cranky as Min Dobbs. When they say good-bye at the end of their evening, they cut their losses and agree never to see each other again. But Fate has other plans.

    Amazon Customer says: "Another win!"
    RITA Award Winner, Best Contemporary Single Title, 2005
  • Birthright

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Bernadette Quigley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (455)
    Performance
    (333)
    Story
    (343)

    On a hot July afternoon, a worker at an Antietam Creek construction site drives the blade of his backhoe into a layer of soil - and strikes a 5,000-year-old human skull. The discovery draws plenty of attention and a lot of controversy. It also changes the life of one woman in ways she never expected.

    Krista says: "Nora must be mad"
    RITA Award Winner, Best Contemporary Single Title, 2004
  • Between Sisters

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Kristin Hannah
    • Narrated By Laural Merlington
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (305)
    Performance
    (220)
    Story
    (217)

    Claire Cavenaugh has fallen in love for the first time in her life. As her wedding day approaches, she prepares to face her harsh, judgmental older sister. It is the first time they have been together in more than two decades. Over the course of a hot Pacific Northwest summer, these two women who believe they have nothing in common will try to become what they never were: a family.

    Lizzy says: "I wish I had a sister!"
    RITA Award Winner, Best Novel with Strong Romantic Elements, 2004
  • No Place Like Home

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Barbara Samuel
    • Narrated By Kristine Thatcher
    Overall
    (49)
    Performance
    (32)
    Story
    (33)

    Twenty-one years ago Jewel Sabatino left her childhood behind and never looked back. After a magical taste of fame, she found herself alone with a son to raise and not much else. She survived with the help of Michael, her one true friend. But now Michael is too sick to care for himself, and Jewel has run out of options. She leaves New York for the hills of Colorado, unsure if the family she ran from will welcome her back.

    Regina says: "The story makes my heart sigh"
    RITA Award Winner, Best Contemporary Single Title, 2003
  • Three Fates

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Bernadette Quigley
    Overall
    (987)
    Performance
    (821)
    Story
    (821)

    When the Lusitania sank, more than one 1,000 people died. One passenger, however, survived to become a changed man, giving up his life as a petty thief but keeping a small silver statue that would become a family heirloom to future generations. Now, nearly a century later, that heirloom, one of a priceless, long-separated set of three, has been snatched away from the Sullivans.

    pewter says: "Good, Entertaining "Trilogy" -- Under One Cover!"
    RITA Award Winner, Best Romantic Suspense, 2003
  • 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
    (249)
    Performance
    (229)
    Story
    (233)

    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.

    Tracey R says: "WOW!!!! Best stories I have read in 30+ years!!"
    RITA Award Winner, Best First Book, 2003
  • The Surgeon: A Rizzoli & Isles Novel

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs)
    • By Tess Gerritsen
    • Narrated By Dennis Boutsikaris
    Overall
    (603)
    Performance
    (309)
    Story
    (312)

    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
    (681)
    Performance
    (349)
    Story
    (351)

    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
    (1376)
    Performance
    (910)
    Story
    (911)

    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
    (290)
    Performance
    (203)
    Story
    (208)

    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
    (247)
    Performance
    (112)
    Story
    (112)

    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
    (279)
    Performance
    (158)
    Story
    (155)

    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.

    M. Gould 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
    (970)
    Performance
    (488)
    Story
    (485)

    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
    (1382)
    Performance
    (703)
    Story
    (688)

    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
    (992)
    Performance
    (692)
    Story
    (696)

    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
    (986)
    Performance
    (680)
    Story
    (694)

    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
    (444)
    Performance
    (303)
    Story
    (310)

    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
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