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A selection of winners of the Romance Writers of America's RITA awards. For more information, including a list of previous winners, go to Romance Writers of America.

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  Cover Art: The Black Hawk Bourne, Joanna
The Black Hawk
"Someone is stalking agent Justine DeCabrillac through London's gray streets. Under cover of the rain, the assassin strikes--and Justine staggers to the door of the one man who can save her. The man she once loved. The man she hated. Adrian Hawkhurst. Adrian wanted the treacherous beauty known as 'Owl' back in his bed, but not wounded and clinging to life. Now, as he helps her heal, the two must learn to trust each other to confront the hidden menace that's trying to kill them--and survive long enough to explore the passion simmering between them once again."--P. [4] of cover.
2011
Adult Fiction Book
  Cover Art: Against the Tide Camden, Elizabeth
Against the Tide
Lydia Pallas, a translator for the U.S. Navy, is hired by Alexander Banebridge, or "Bane," a man who equally attracts and aggravates her, to translate a seemingly innocuous collection of European documents, and finds herself in the middle of a secret war against some of the most dangerous criminals on the East Coast.
2012
Adult Fiction Book
  Cover Art: Shadow's Claim Cole, Kresley
Shadow's Claim
Prince Trehan, a ruthless master assassin, will do anything to possess Bettina, his beautiful sorceress mate, even compete for her hand in a blood-sport tournament-- to the death.
2012
Adult Fiction Book
  Cover Art: A Night to Surrender Dare, Tessa
A Night to Surrender
"While in the town of Spindle Cove, a haven for ladies with delicate constitutions, to gather a militia, the new Earl of Rycliff meets his match in Susanna Finch, a woman who is determined to save her personal utopia from the invasion of his makeshift army."--From Novelist.
2011
Adult Fiction Book
  Cover Art: The Way Back Home Freethy, Barbara
The Way Back Home
Ex-Marine Gabe Ryder has lost many loved ones, but now he must be strong to fulfill his friend's dying wish by helping Rob's twin sister, Alicia. Alicia has been reeling since her brother's death. She's lost a part of herself that she isn't sure she can get back. On top of that, her eight-year-old son is longing for a father, who she thinks she's found in her boyfriend Keith. Then Gabe shows up, moving into Rob's California house, helping with the family's river rafting business, and looking into her love life, and Alicia is resentful. But when Alicia's son and his best friend run away, Alicia and Gabe realize they must face their deepest fears and work together to bring them back, before the river rises.
2012
Adult Fiction Book
  Cover Art: Scorched Griffin, Laura
Scorched
When her investigation of a find from a remote Philippines dig leads her to the scene of her ex-fiance´'s murder, forensic anthropologist Kelsey Quinn turns to Navy SEAL Gage Brewer for help in unraveling a deadly conspiracy.
2012
Adult Fiction Book
  Cover Art: In Harm's Way Hannon, Irene
In Harm's Way
FBI special agent Nick Bradley has seen his share of kooks during his fifteen years with the Bureau. But Rachel Sutton is an enigma. She seems normal when she shows up at the FBI office in St. Louis - until she produces a tattered Raggedy Ann doll she found and tells him she thinks something is wrong because of a strange feeling of terror it gives.
2010
Adult Fiction Book
  Cover Art: As You Wish James, Eloisa
As You Wish
In the short story, "Seduced by a Pirate", Colin faces a dilemma: should he throw propriety to the wind, imitate his pirate father, and simply take what he most desires?
2013
Adult Fiction Book
  Cover Art: First Grave On the Right Jones, Darynda
First Grave On the Right
Using her ability to see ghosts in her work as a private investigator, Charley Davidson begins experiencing intense sensual dreams about a mysterious entity that has been following her throughout her life.
2011
Adult Fiction Book
  Cover Art: I [heart] the Earl Linden, Caroline.
I [heart] the Earl
A single ladyin possession of a good fortunemust be in want of a suitor Margaret de Lacey has accepted her unmarried statewith dignity, if not delight. She had no suitors when she wasyoung and starry-eyed, though regrettably poor,and it's unlikely any man will court her now that she's older,wiser, and still just as penniless. Until, that is,her brother unexpectedly inherits the dukedom of Durhamand settles an enormous dowry on her, making herthe most eligible heiress in town. No gentleman in London is more in need of a wealthybride than Rhys Corwen, Earl of Dowling. He contrives anintroduction to Margaret because of her dowry, but sheswiftly sets him right: no fortune hunter will win her heart orher hand. Far from put off, Rhys is intrigued. Interested.Entranced. And soon the only thing he needsmore than Margaret's fortune . . . is her love.
2011
Adult Fiction Book
  Cover Art: Boomerang Bride Lowe, Fiona
Boomerang Bride
She'd left Australia to be with Barry--the man who had swept her off her virtual feet. Now, wearing a wedding dress, she's alone on Main Street in small-town Wisconsin, and things aren't working out exactly as planned.... In town for his annual family visit, Marc Olsen had never seen a bride quite like Matilda--staring into a storefront window, holding a tottering wedding cake and looking desperately in need of a groom. He doesn't have many warm feelings for his hometown, but meeting Matilda just as she discovers she's been scammed by her online "fiance" stirs something in him. Matilda is not the kind of woman Marc imagined himself with, and Marc is anything but the romantic hero that Matilda has always dreamed of. But as unlikely circumstances throw them together, can they let go of their misconceptions and risk their hearts for love?
2013
Adult Fiction Book
  Cover Art: A Rogue By Any Other Name MacLean, Sarah
A Rogue By Any Other Name
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. Bourne may be a prince of London's illicit underworld, but he vows to keep Penelope untouched by its wickedness-a challenge indeed as the lady discovers her own desires, and her willingness to wager anything for them...even her heart.
2012
Adult Fiction Book
  Cover Art: The Measure of Katie Calloway Miller, Serena
The Measure of Katie Calloway
The Civil War has ended, but in Katie's Georgia home, conflict still rages. To protect herself and her young brother from her unstable husband, she flees north, finding sanctuary as the cook in a north woods lumber camp. Can she keep her past a secret from a man she is slowly growing to love?
2011
Adult Fiction Book
  Cover Art: A Night of No Return Morgan, Sarah
A Night of No Return
Money, charm and sensual skills don't make up for a heart colder than ice ... . Wild parties, wanton women, relentless work--nothing helps tycoon Lucas Jackson escape his dark and haunting past. Arriving at his rural castle in a snarling snowstorm, he craves only complete isolation ... . But it seems oblivion can take an unexpected and highly intoxicating form! Personally delivering the vital file left on her boss's desk, secretary Emma Gray starts to seriously regret her dutiful overtime mission. She never expected the dark side of the usually controlled Lucas could generate such a primitive, powerful--and entirely inappropriate--reaction.
2012
Adult Fiction Book
  Cover Art: How to Bake a Perfect Life O'Neal, Barbara
How to Bake a Perfect Life
Professional baker Ramona Gallagher is a master of an art that has sustained her through the most turbulent times, including a baby at fifteen and an endless family feud. But now Ramona's bakery threatens to crumble around her. Literally. She's one water-heater disaster away from losing her grandmother's rambling Victorian and everything she's worked so hard to build. When Ramona's soldier son-in-law is wounded in Afghanistan, her daughter, Sophia, races to be at his side, leaving Ramona as the only suitable guardian for Sophia's thirteen-year-old stepdaughter, Katie. Heartbroken, Katie feels that she's being dumped again -- this time on the doorstep of a woman out of practice with mothering.
2011
Adult Fiction Book
  Cover Art: New York to Dallas Robb, J. D.
New York to Dallas
When a monster named Isaac McQueen -- taken down by Eve back in her uniform days -- escapes from Rikers, he has two things in mind. One is to pick up where he left off, abducting young victims and leaving them scarred in both mind and body. The other is to get revenge on the woman who stopped him all those years ago.
2011
Adult Fiction Book
  Cover Art: Simply Irresistible Shalvis, Jill
Simply Irresistible
Maddie Moore's whole life needs a makeover. In one fell swoop, Maddie loses her boyfriend (her decision) and her job (so not her decision). But rather than drowning her sorrows in bags of potato chips, Maddie leaves L.A. to claim the inheritance left by her free-spirited mother-a ramshackle inn nestled in the little coastal town of Lucky Harbor, Washington. Starting over won't be easy. Yet Maddie sees the potential for a new home and a new career-if only she can convince her two half-sisters to join her in the adventure. But convincing Tara and Chloe will be difficult because the inn needs a big makeover too. The contractor Maddie hires is a tall, dark-haired hottie whose eyes-and mouth-are making it hard for her to remember that she's sworn off men. Even harder will be Maddie's struggles to overcome the past, though she's about to discover that there's no better place to call home than Lucky Harbor.
2010
Adult Fiction Book
  Cover Art: Welcome to Harmony Thomas, Jodi
Welcome to Harmony
Sixteen-year-old runaway Reagan has always wanted a place to belong. She's never had a real home of her own, but perhaps she could borrow someone else's. Under an assumed name and identity, she moves to Harmony, Texas, but keeps her distance from the welcoming townsfolk. Until prairie fires threaten Harmony-and Reagan learns the true meaning of family, friends, and home.
2010
Adult Fiction Book
  Cover Art: Pieces of Sky Warner, Kaki
Pieces of Sky
Englishwoman Jessica Thornton, trying to escape from her past, is rescued by Brady Wilkins after her stagecoach crashes in the New Mexico Territory in 1869.
2010
Adult Fiction Book
  Cover Art: The Mischief of the Mistletoe Willig, Lauren
The Mischief of the Mistletoe
In this irresistible Regency Christmas caper, Arabella Dempsey accepts a position at a quiet girls' school in Bath, but she hardly imagines coming face to face with French aristocrats and international spies. Guest appearances by Dempsey's best friend Jane Austen and characters from previous installments of the Pink Carnation series round out the laugh-out-loud holiday-themed romance of intrigue.
2010
Adult Fiction Book
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