Shortlists: Romantic Novel of the Year Awards 2024

Now updated with winners in Bold
Sarah Mallory RNA RNOTY 24


The Night She Met the Duke, by Libertà hivie Sarah Mallory, is in the shortlists (in the Historical Romantic Novel category) for this year’s Romantic Novel of the Year Awards.

These awards are judged entirely by readers, without input from any industry professionals and there are some great books on the lists, including many by good friends of Libertà.

Woman in a bare-shouldered party dress with champagne glass in her hand looks across a night time city scape and smiles.Congratulations to each and every one!

The winners of the awards will be announced during the Romantic Novel Awards ceremony, which is being held at the Leonardo Royal Hotel London City, 8-14 Cooper’s Row, London EC3N 2BQ, on Monday 20th May 2024 at 6.30pm.

(authors are listed alphabetically in shortlists)
Winners in bold green (updated 21st May)

Because of the number of books listed, we can’t give you cover images or buy links but we’re sure you’ll find the books if you want to. You can, can’t you 😉 ?

Shortlists 1: The Fantasy Romantic Novel Award

Janus opens doors to all directionsGirl, Goddess, Queen, Bea Fitzgerald (Penguin)
One Christmas Morning, Rachel Greenlaw (Harper Collins)
Maybe Next Time, Cesca Major (Harper Fiction)
Ghosted, Rosie Mullender (Sphere)
The Wicked in Me, Suzanne Wright (Piatkus)

Shortlists 2: The Jackie Collins Award for Romantic Thrillers

Viscount in Hiding, Caitlyn Callery (The Wild Rose Press)
Julie Mae Cohen, Bad men (Bonnier Zaffre)
The Secret of Villa Alba, Louise Douglas (Boldwood)
The Dance Teacher of Paris, Suzanne Fortin (Embla Books)
Masquerade on the Riviera, Evonne Wareham (Choc Lit/Joffe)

Shortlists 3: The Debut Romantic Novel Award

cartoon number oneOne Moment, Becky Hunter (Corvus (Atlantic))
Be More Octopus, Suzanne Lissaman (Octosulis Publishing)
The Little Board Game Cafe, Jennifer Page (Aria (Head of Zeus))
A Mother’s War, Helen Parusel (Boldwood Books)
The Accidental Housemate, Sal Thomas (One More Chapter)

Shortlists 4: The Christmas/Festive Holiday Romantic Novel Award

Only for Christmas, Tracy Corbett (Canelo)
One Winter’s Night, Kate Frost (Boldwood)
The Christmas Season, Ally Sinclair (Hera)
Three Holidays and a Wedding, Marissa Stapley (Atlantic Books)
Snowed In, Catherine Walsh (Bookouture)

Shortlists 5: The Shorter Romantic Novel Award

Becoming the Earl’s Convenient Wife, Louise Allen (Harlequin Mills Boon)
Cinderella’s Deal With the Colonel, Jenni Fletcher (Harlequin Mills Boon)
Tempted by her Fake Fiance, Kate Hardy (Harlequin Mills Boon)
The Housekeeper’s Forbidden Earl, Laura Martin (Harlequin Mills Boon)
Lonely in Paris, Lisa Stanbridge (Crystal Brook Publishing)

Shortlists 6: The Romantic Saga Award

The Secret Sister, Jan Baynham (Choc Lit/Joffe Books)
A Woman of Courage, Rita Bradshaw (Pan Macmillan)
The Distant Legacy, Anne Marie Brear (self-published)
A New Start at the Beach Hotel, Francesca Capaldi (Hera Books)
A Wedding for the Cornish Girls, Betty Walker (Avon Books)

Shortlists 7: The Romantic Comedy Award

alpaca having a bad hair dayChasing the Light, Julia Boggio (self-published)
The Break Up Clause, Niamh Hargan (HarperCollins)
Jana Goes Wild, Farah Heron (Piatkus Books-Little Brown Book Group)
Looking Out for Love, Sophia Money-Coutts (Harper Collins (HQ)
You’ve Got This, Maxine Morrey (Boldwood Books)

Shortlists 8: The Historical Romantic Novel Award

Léon_Bonvin_-_Cook_with_Red_ApronThe Flame Tree, Siobhan Daiko (Indie)
The Secret Shore, Liz Fenwick (HQ Harper Collins)
Never Wager With a Wallflower, Virginia Heath (MacMillan)
A Secret Garden Affair, Erica James (HQ)
The Night She Met the Duke, Sarah Mallory (Harlequin Mills Boon)

Shortlists 9: The Contemporary Romantic Novel Award

A Midnight Kiss on Ever After Street, Jaimie Admans (Boldwood)
Evergreens, Liam Brown (Legend Press)
Summer at the Chateau, Annabel French (Avon/HarperCollins)
Summer Wedding, Sarah Morgan (HQ Harper Collins)
The Start of Something Wonderful, Jessica Redland (Boldwood Books)

Shortlists 10: The Popular Fiction Romantic Novel Award

The Wedding Dress Repair Shop, Trisha Ashley (Bantam)
One Night in Hartswood, Emma Denny (Harlequin Mills Boon)
Thirty Days in Paris, Veronica Henry (Orion)
Fly Me to Paris, Helga Jensen (Hera Books)
Bridget’s War, Shirley Mann (Zaffre)

Congratulations to the winners

PS Apologies for the lack of a blog last Sunday. Because of Joanna’s bout of Covid, things got a bit entangled in the Libertà hive and, somehow, nobody blogged. We will try to do better in future…

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