The 2019 RITA Award winners for the best in romance

Adrian Liang on July 29, 2019
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The Romance Writers of America announced the winners of the 2019 RITA Awards at a gala event in New York City. On July 26, 2019, authors cheered each other on as awards were given in a number of categories, including contemporary romance, historical romance, paranormal romance, and mainstream fiction with a central romance, for books published in 2018.

Congratulations to the winners and to the nominees!


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Contemporary Romance (Long): Long Shot (Hoops) by Kennedy Ryan

A forbidden love set in the NBA, with a woman who has been burned badly before by a player and the new star on the court who wants her badly.

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Historical Romance (Long): A Wicked Kind of Husband by Mia Vincy

Cassandra DeWitt has seen her husband only once—on their wedding day two years earlier—and this arrangement suits her perfectly. She has no interest in the rude, badly behaved man she married only to secure her inheritance. She certainly has no interest in his ban on her going to London. Why, he’ll never even know she is there…. Until he shows up in London too, and Cassandra finds herself sharing a house with the most infuriating man in England.


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Mainstream Fiction with a Central Romance: How to Keep a Secret by Sarah Morgan

When three generations of women are brought together by crisis, they learn over the course of one hot summer the power of family to support, nourish and surprise. “Jane Green meets Sophie Kinsella. Heartwarming, emotional, funny and real—I adored this book!” —New York Times bestselling author Jill Shalvis

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Paranormal Romance: Dearest Ivie: A Novella Set in the Black Dagger World (Black Dagger Brotherhood) by J.R. Ward

In an exclusive ebook novella set in the world of the Black Dagger Brotherhood, J. R. Ward tells the story of a fiery couple doomed by an undeniable passion: The last place Ivie expects to be approached by a devastatingly handsome male is in a crowded, smoky cigar bar rarely frequented by vampires—yet here he stands. Silas is flirtatious, gallant, and, above all, mysterious. Ivie is anything but.

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Romantic Suspense: Fearless (Somerton Security) by Elizabeth Dyer

William Bennett lost everything to a Special Forces operation gone wrong. A year of captivity and torture has stripped him of his strength and decency. At the edge of losing all hope, the one woman he's never forgotten storms back into his life, giving him more than just his freedom. As Will and Cooper race to stay one step ahead of those who want them dead, they'll each have to decide what lines they're willing to cross and what price they're willing to pay . . . and if love really is worth dying for.


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Young Adult Romance: My So-Called Bollywood Life by Nisha Sharma

A pandit predicted Winnie would find the love of her life before her eighteenth birthday, and Raj meets all the qualifications. Which is why Winnie is shocked when she returns from her summer at film camp to find her boyfriend of three years hooking up with someone else. As a self-proclaimed Bollywood expert, Winnie knows this is not how her life should be scripted. To find her perfect ending, Winnie will need a little bit of help from fate, family, and of course, a Bollywood movie star.

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Best First Book: Lady in Waiting (Reluctant Brides) by Marie Tremayne

When Clara Mayfield helps her sister elope, she’s prepared for the scandal to seal her fate as a spinster. What she doesn't expect is to find herself engaged to the vile Baron Rutherford as a means of salvaging her family's reputation. Determined not to be chained to a man she loathes, Clara slips out of Essex and sheds her identity: she becomes Helen, maid at the Earl of Ashworth’s country estate. After all, below stairs is the last place anyone would think to look for an heiress....

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