RITA Award Winners

Complete Listing of RITA Awards

Romance novels from 12 different categories are entered each year in the RITA competition.

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2013
Literary CatagoryAuthorTitle
Best Contemporary Series Romance Suspense/AdventureKaren TempletonA Gift for All Seasons
Best Contemporary Series Romance Suspense/AdventureSarah MorganA Night of No Return
Best Contemporary Single Title RomanceBarbara FreethyThe Way Back Home
Best Historical RomanceSarah MacLeanA Rogue by Any Other Name
Best Inspirational RomanceElizabeth CamdenAgainst the Tide
Best Novel with Strong Romantic ElementsSimone St. JamesThe Haunting of Maddy Clare
Best Paranormal RomanceKresley ColeShadow’s Claim
Best First NovelSimone St. JamesThe Haunting of Maddy Clare
Best Romance NovellaEloisa JamesSeduced by a Pirate
Best Romantic SuspenseLaura GriffinScorched
Best Young Adult RomanceEmily McKayThe Farm

2012
Literary Category Author Title
Best Contemporary Series Romance Suspense/Adventure Cindy Dees
Soldier's Last Stand
Best Contemporary Series Romance Sarah Morgan
Doukakis's Apprentice
Best Contemporary Single Title Romance Fiona Lowe
Boomerang Bride
Best Historical Romance Joanna Bourne
The Black Hawk
Best Inspirational Romance Serena Miller
The Measure of Katie Calloway
Best Novel with Strong Romantic Elements Barbara O'Neal
How to Bake a Perfect Life
Best Paranormal Romance Thea Harrison
Dragon Bound
Best Regency Historical Romance Tessa Dare
A Night to Surrender
Best Romance Novella
Caroline Linden
I Love the Earl
Best Romantic Suspense J.D. Robb
New York to Dallas
Best Young Adult Romance Ann Aguirre
Enclave
2011
Literary Category Author Title
Best First Book Kaki Warner Pieces of Sky
Best Contemporary Series Romance Suspense/Adventure Helen Brenna The Moon That Night
Best Contemporary Series Romance Karen Templeton Welcome Home Cowboy
Best Contemporary Single Title Romance Jill Shalvis Simply Irresistible
Best Historical Romance Sherry Thomas His at Night
Best Inspirational Romance Irene Hannon In Harm's Way
Best Novel with Strong Romantic Elements Jodi Thomas Welcome to Harmony
Best Paranormal Romance Sharon Ashwood Unchained: The Dark Forgotten
Best Regency Historical Romance Lauren Willig The Mischief of the Mistletoe
Best Romance Novella Virginia Kantra Burning Up
Best Romantic Suspense Karen Rose Silent Scream
Best Young Adult Romance Julie Kagawa The Iron King
Best Contemporary Series Romance Suspense/Adventure Helen Brenna The Moon That Night
Best Contemporary Series Romance Karen Templeton Welcome Home Cowboy
Best Contemporary Single Title Romance Jill Shalvis Simply Irresistible
Best Historical Romance Sherry Thomas His at Night
Best Inspirational Romance Irene Hannon In Harm's Way
Best Novel with Strong Romantic Elements Jodi Thomas Welcome to Harmony
Best Paranormal Romance Sharon Ashwood Unchained: The Dark Forgotten
Best Regency Historical Romance Lauren Willig The Mischief of the Mistletoe
Best Romance Novella Virginia Kantra Burning Up
Best Romantic Suspense Karen Rose Silent Scream
Best Young Adult Romance Julie Kagawa The Iron King
2010
Literary Category Author Title
Best First Book Kate Brady One Scream Away
Best Contemporary Series Romance Suspense/Adventure Cindy Dees The Soldier's Secret Daughter
Best Contemporary Series Romance Beth Andrews A Not So Perfect Past
Best Contemporary Single Title Romance Kristen Higgins Too Good To Be True
Best Historical Romance Sherry Thomas Not Quite a Husband
Best Inspirational Romance Tamera Alexander The Inheritance
Best Novel with Strong Romantic Elements Barbara O'Neal The Lost Recipe For Happiness
Best Paranormal Romance Kresley Cole Kiss Of a Demon King
Best Regency Historical Romance Julia Quinn What Happens in London
Best Romance Novella Molly O'Kiefe "The Christmas Eve Promise" in The Night Before Christmas
Best Romantic Suspense Laura Griffin Whisper of Warning
Best Young Adult Romance Simone Elkeles Perfect Chemistry
2009
Literary Category Author Title
Best First Book Barbara Hannay Oh. My. Gods
Best Short Contemporary Romance Jessica Bird A Mother's Wish
Best Contemporary Series Romance Lori Handeland Danger Signals
Best Contemporary Single Title Romance Kresley Cole Not Another Bad Date
Best Historical Romance Tamera Alexander The Edge of Impropriety
Best Inspirational Romance Roxanne St. Claire Finding Stefanie
Best Novel with Strong Romantic Elements Tracy Anne Warren Tribute
Best Paranormal Romance Betina Krahn Seducing Mr. Darcy
Best Regency Historical Romance Julia Quinn Seducing Mr. Darcy
Best Romance Novella Jennifer Ashley The Fall of Rogue Gerard
Best Romantic Suspense Annie Solomon Take No Prisoners
Best Young Adult Romance Caridad Ferrer Hell Week
2008
Literary Category Author Title
Best First Book Barbara Hannay Dead Girls Are Easy
Best Contemporary Series Romance Jessica Bird Treasure
Best Contemporary Single Title Romance Lori Handeland Catch of the Day
Best Historical Romance Kresley Cole Lessons of Desire
Best Inspirational Romance Tamera Alexander A Touch of Grace
Best Novel with Strong Romantic Elements Roxanne St. Claire Silent in the Grave
Best Novel with Strong Romantic Elements Tracy Anne Warren The Husband Trap
Best Paranormal Romance Betina Krahn The Book of True Desires
Best Regency Historical Romance Julia Quinn On The Way To The Wedding
Best Romance Novella Jennifer Ashley A Lady Raised High
Best Romantic Suspense Annie Solomon Blackout
Best Young Adult Romance Caridad Ferrer Adiós to My Old Life
2007
Literary Category Author Title
Best Traditional Romance Barbara Hannay Claiming His Family
Best Short Contemporary Romance Jessica Bird From The First
Best Long Contemporary Romance Lori Handeland The Mommy Quest
Best Paranormal Romance Kresley Cole A Hunger Like No Other
Best Inspirational Romance Tamera Alexander Revealed
Best Romantic Novella Roxanne St. Claire 'Tis the Silly Season' in A NASCAR Holiday
Best First Book Tracy Anne Warren The Husband Trap
Best Short Historical Romance Betina Krahn The Book of True Desires
Best Long Historical Romance Julia Quinn On The Way To The Wedding
Best Novel With Strong Romantic Elements Jennifer Ashley A Lady Raised High
Best Romantic Suspense Annie Solomon Blackout
Best Contemporary Single Title Caridad Ferrer Adiós to My Old Life
2006