Best Nora Roberts Books: 20 Must Read Titles
Nora Roberts is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of more than 225 novels with a career spanning over 40 years. With so many books to choose from it can be hard to know where to begin! So check out our picks of some of the best Nora Roberts books!
Jewels Of The Sun
Book 1 in the The Gallaghers of Ardmore Trilogy
Aiden Gallagher returns home after a few years of traveling at the same time that Jude Murray flees America for Ireland. Upon meeting, Jude stirs his blood and he shares the legends of the lands with her and they begin a passionate relationship.
“Roberts, a storytelling wizard, is at her best here, creating a fantastic setting for the continuing romantic tales of the Gallaghers.”—Publishers Weekly
Born In Fire
Book 1 in the Irish Born Trilogy
Passions are about to flare for the Concannon sisters . . .
Margaret Mary is an opinionated glass artist with a violent temper, but when she sees Rogan Sweeney, a gallery owner, he vows to help build her career. But every time she looks at Rogan, all she can think about is her attraction to him.
Vision In White
Book 1 in the Bride Quartet Series
In the midst of battling bridezillas, wedding photographer Mackensie Elliot trips into the brides brother, Carter Maguire. Mac sees Carter as the perfect distraction from her work and has what she expects to be a one-time thing. What started off as a fling, may become more.
“Thoroughly charming…a compelling celebration of the power of friendship and love.”—Booklist
Book 1 in The Garden Trilogy
In attempt to find a new beginning, Stella Rothchild starts work in the garden nursery at Harper House where she meets the unforgettable Logan Kitridge. Will Logan’s love be able to fix Stella?
“Roberts, the queen of romance, launches a new trilogy with a captivating tale in which her considerable talents at creating richly compelling characters and witty, spellbinding stories come into full bloom in a paranormal-tinged romance.”—Booklist
Dance Upon The Air
Book 1 in The Three Sisters Trilogy
After seeking refuge from her abusive ex on Three Sisters Islands, Nell Channing leads a simple life as a cook at the local bookstore café. That is until she meets Zack Todd, the island sheriff, who threatens to cause her to slip up about why she’s really there. Will the town really be the fresh start she’s looking for?
“It’s probably witchcraft that Roberts can turn out so many books and still create something that’s sexy and charming, but in this tale, it’s evident that she hasn’t lost her fairy touch.”—Publishers Weekly
Book 1 in the Chesapeake Bay Series
A family conflict is set to make waves . . .
After living a carefree life Cameron Quinn is called home to take care of his adopted younger brother, Seth, a troublesome lad, much like Cameron in his younger days.
The brothers battle to get along until a tough but beautiful social worker named Anna becomes involved. She alone has the power to bring the Quinns together – or tear them apart . . .
“A book that just drips with guyness…Sea Swept proves that Nora Roberts is very good at writing true-to-life male characters.”—All About Romance
This is a standalone title.
Secrets. Lies. Hidden Identities.
Shelby Foxworth is running from the secrets of her past but instead runs into Griff Lott. She didn’t think she could fall in love again after her husband’s untimely death, but Griff inches into her heart day-by-day.
“Superlative writing and character development with plenty of down-home Tennessee charm. Riveting.”—Library Journal
The Cousins O’Dwyer Trilogy Book 1
Cowboy. Pirate. Wild tribal horseman.
Everything Iona Sheehan has ever dreamt about all wrapped up in one single man; Boyle McGrath. This tale is full of magic, love, and a promise of hope.
“Magical, romantic, compelling and appealing—Roberts at her best.”—Kirkus Reviews
Book 1 in the Stanislaski series
Composer Spencer Kimball and his young daughter are new to town. It’s a small community, and in such close quarters beauty is hard to miss — and when he sets eyes on Natasha Stanislaski, he’s thunderstruck by the intensity of his attraction. The former ballet dancer turned toy shop owner has a fiery temperament that draws Spencer like a moth to the flame.
However, he isn’t sure if Natasha would be interested in a single father. Sensing a hidden wound, Spencer and his little girl join forces to find a way into Natasha’s closely guarded heart. He’ll do whatever it takes to tame Natasha’s fears…and show her how to love.
Book 3 in the The Cousins O’Dwyer Trilogy
Branna thought she found love once with Finbar, but their bond is forbidden. The love they share threatens the world in which they live in. They say love conquers all, but can love save Branna and Fin?
“There is a kind of poetry to the writing in this Nora Roberts story…[that] captures your imagination and finds a home in your heart.”–“Fresh Fiction
Book 1 of 2 in The Sacred Sins Series
With a serial killer on the loose Dr. Tess Court, one of the capital’s most successful psychiatrists, wants nothing to do with the case—until the police convince her to lend a hand. The lead investigator of the case Ben Paris doesn’t have much time for psychiatrists but the forces of animal magnetism and a shared desire to catch the demented criminal known as “The Priest” inexorably erode the walls they’ve built.
Tess has all the spunk and determination of a typical Roberts heroine with a great wardrobe and elegant tastes to boot. Though the killer’s motivations remain somewhat simple, he is convincingly creepy, and this thriller will satisfy loyal fans and new readers alike. –Nancy R.E. O’Brien
The Donovan Legacy Book 1
His interest in her was purely professional…or so he told himself. Nash Kirkland had sought out Morgana Donovan, self-proclaimed witch, to help him research his latest screenplay. The hardheaded skeptic didn’t believe for a minute she was what she professed to be, but Nash somehow found himself falling under her bewitching spell. Nash had never trusted his feelings. How could he be sure the irresistible passion he felt was real and not just some conjurer’s trick?
Captivated can be read as a spellbinding standalone novel. It is also the first book in The Donovan Legacy, which features cousins Morgana, Sebastian, Anastasia and Liam.
Book 1 in the Celebrity Magazine Series
For celebrity magazine reporter Lee Radcliffe getting an interview with the reclusive horror writer Hunter Brown has become a personal quest.
Digging into private lives is her business, but now Hunter has turned the tables. He will only give the interview if Lee agrees to go on a camping trip. Lee knows that it will take more than just good interviewing skills to get her an exclusive one-on-one. But after spending some time alone with the seductively mysterious author, Lee discovers the only thing she wants exclusively is Hunter.
Book 1 in the Sign of Seven Trilogy
Every seven years, Caleb Hawkins’ home town succumbs to a terrible curse. Terrible, unspeakable crimes take place – a collective madness that has given Hawkins Hollow the reputation of a village possessed.
It’s this modern-day legend that draws reporter Quinn Black to the town. Caleb has agreed to talk to her. But the seventh year has come around once more, and both Caleb and Quinn have already seen the danger signs.
“The eternal struggle against evil plays out in the launch book of Roberts’ new trilogy, The Sign of Seven. As in previous series, three couples over the course of three books must face their darkest fears. This is creepy and eerie fun!”—RT Book Reviews
A standalone book
Imagine discovering passion for the very first time . . . with your exasperating and irresistible boss.
Glamorous lion tamer Jovilette Wilder knows all about taming wild beasts, but she might have met her match with Keane Prescott. When Keane inherits the circus unexpectedly from his estranged father, he soon comes to blows with Jo, who is as fierce as a lioness when cornered.
Yet behind Jo’s sharp temper is a soft heart, yearning to be tamed by true love. Can Keane convince her he’s not a threat, but her one chance for real happiness . . . ?
Book 1 of 2 in the Great Chefs series
When love-resistant dessert chef Summer Lyndon develops a taste for her delectable boss, Blake Cocharan, her legendary willpower is put to the ultimate test.
Decadent dessert designer Summer Lyndon is celebrated around the world for sharing her creations with the wealthy and celebrity sets. So she is intrigued when Blake Cocharan—a respected chef renowned for his cordon bleu—taps her to spend the summer in the restaurant of his luxury Philadelphia hotel to give his menu a makeover. Taking a break from her travels will be just as challenging at developing delectable cuisines, but Summer never expected working so closely with Blake would mean losing her heart to him.
A standalone book
Antiques dealer Laine Tavish is an ordinary woman living an ordinary life. At least, that’s what everyone in the small town of Angel’s Gap, Maryland, thinks. They have no idea that she used to be Elaine O’Hara, the daughter of a notorious con man…
Laine’s past catches up with her when one of Big Jack’s associates turns up in her shop with a cryptic warning and is then run down in the street. Now the next target of a ruthless killer, Laine teams up with sexy PI Max Gannon to find out who’s chasing her, and why. The anwer lies in a hidden fortune that will change Laine’s life forever…
“A perfect marriage of sensuality and suspense…A true master of her craft, Roberts has penned an exceptional tale.”—Publishers Weekly
Book 1 in the Night Tales Series
Late-night radio DJ Cilla O’Roarke loves the night. She also knows how to take care of herself – and never lets down her guard. But when a caller to the station leaves a series of increasingly sinister threats, Cilla is forced to accept police protection – despite huge misgivings.
It doesn’t help that Detective Boyd Fletcher has been assigned her full-time bodyguard. Okay, so he’s handsome and capable, but he’s also absolutely infuriating – and determined to watch over Cilla every second of the day and night. And all the while, a killer waits in the darkness…
Book 1 in the Jack’s History Series
In Nora Roberts’ novel Loving Jack, author Jackie ‘Jack’ MacNamara finds love while writing a historical romance set in Arizona in the late 1800s. This is her story…
Half-Apache Jake Redman is as untamed as the rugged land he calls home. Living by his own code, the gunslinger has little tolerance for rules and regulations – especially the kind that Sarah Conway lives by. Her talents for entertaining and social niceties have little worth in the Old West. But the Eastern beauty has the heart of a pioneer under her ladylike demeanour. It’s a combination that could prove lethal to Jake…
Daring To Dream
Book 1 in the Dream Trilogy
Raised together, Kate, Margo, and Laura are as close as real sisters, despite their differing backgrounds. Margo has achieved fame and success far away from home, but her world comes crashing down when the man she thought she loved loses all her money and involves her in an international scandal.
Devastated and broke, Margo has no choice but to return home to try to rebuild her life. Laura’s older brother, Josh, has been in love with Margo for years. He’s always disapproved of her lifestyle, but her unexpected return heats up the long dormant passion between them. But is Margo just on the rebound, or could she really be falling for Josh?
“Daring to Dream is a trademark Nora Roberts book—well-written, entertaining, sexy and full of witty dialogue.”—The Romance Reader
Naked In Death – JD Robb
Book 1 in the In Death series
We couldn’t end this Best Nora Roberts book list without including a mention to the In Death series written by Nora Roberts under the pen name JD Robb. The first book in the series introduces us to New York Police Detective Eve Dallas and Roarke, the dashing businessman with a shadowy past who finds Dallas enormously intriguing. And as try as hard as she might Eve will find it difficult to resist the irresistible Roarke’s persistent advances.
“Eve, Roarke and the rest of the cast will enchant you, and the murder plots will enthrall you.”—The State (Columbia, S.C.)