2021 Vivian Finalists

Romance Writers of America (RWA), the trade association for romance fiction authors, announces the finalists for the 2021 Vivian awards.


Best First Published Book

Cherokee Summer coverSusan Antony
Cherokee Summer by Susan Antony
Greedy Heart coverA.P. Murray
Greedy Heart by A.P. Murray
Tule Publishing
Love Me Like a Love Song coverAnnmarie Boyle
Love Me Like a Love Song by Annmarie Boyle
Perfect Distraction coverAllison Ashley
Perfect Distraction by Allison Ashley
Entangled Amara
Choosing Theo coverVictoria Aveline logo
Choosing Theo by Victoria Aveline
Her Outback Driver coverGiulia Skye
Her Outback Driver by Giulia Skye
Lovely Digits coverJeanine Englert
Lovely Digits by Jeanine Englert
Soul Mate Publishing
A Fast Woman coverLaralyn Doran
 A Fast Woman by Laralyn Doran
A Three Dogs Day, LLC
How to Stay coverChristina Mitchell
How to Stay by Christina Mitchell
Pigasus Pen Publishing
Painting the Lines coverAshley R. King
Painting the Lines by Ashley R. King
City Owl Press



Contemporary Romance - Long

The Boy Toy coverNicola Marsh
The Boy Toy by Nicola Marsh
Berkley Romance
A Fast Woman coverLaralyn Doran
 A Fast Woman by Laralyn Doran
A Three Dogs Day, LLC
The Marriage Game coverSara Desai
The Marriage Game by Sara Desai
Cherokee Summer coverSusan Antony
Cherokee Summer by Susan Antony
Like Lovers Do coverTracey Livesay
Like Lovers Do by Tracey Livesay
Avon Books
False Start coverJessica Ruddick
False Start by Jessica Ruddick
Peake Ink Press
Lovestruck coverBronwyn Sell
Lovestruck by Bronwyn Sell
Harlequin, HQ Fiction



Contemporary Romance - Mid

Heartthrob coverRobin Bielman
Heartthrob by Robin Bielman
Tule Publishing
The Secret Ingredient coverKilby Blades
The Secret Ingredient by Kilby Blades
Under His Protection coverLaQuette
Under His Protection by LaQuette
Brooklyn Girl Ink
Pilot Down coverKimberley Troutte
Pilot Down by Kimberley Troutte
Swipe Right for a CowboyKaren Foley
Swipe Right for a Cowboy by Karen Foley
Tule Publishing, Texas Born
Roughing coverMichaela Grey
Roughing by Michaela Grey
Tempting TasteSara Whitney
Tempting Taste by Sara Whitney



Contemporary Romance - Short

Engaging the Enemy coverReese Ryan
Engaging the Enemy by Reese Ryan
Harlequin, Desire
Worth Fighting For coverLaura Kaye
Worth Fighting For by Laura Kaye
1,001 Dark Nights
Marriage by ArrangementSophia Singh Sasson
Marriage by Arrangement by Sophia Singh Sasson
Harlequin, Desire
There Galapagos My Heart coverPhilip William Stover
There Galapagos My Heart by Philip William Stover
Iron Bridge Workshop



Erotic Romance

Pure Satisfaction coverRebecca Hunter
Pure Satisfaction by Rebecca Hunter
Harlequin, Dare
The Redemption coverNikki Sloane
The Redemption by Nikki Sloane
Shady Creek Publishing



Historical Romance - Long

His Secret MistressCathy Maxwell
His Secret Mistress by Cathy Maxwell
Avon Books
Once a SpyMary Jo Putney
Once a Spy by Mary Jo Putney
Kensington, Zebra
Ten Things I Hate about the DukeLoretta Chase
Ten Things I Hate About the Duke by Loretta Chase
Avon Books




Historical Romance - Mid

For This Knight OnlyBarbara Bettis
For This Knight Only by Barbara Bettis
WildRose, Tea
The Footman and IValerie Bowman
The Footman and I by Valerie Bowman
A Study in PassionLouisa Cornell
A Study in Passion by Louisa Cornell
Scarsdale Publishing Ltd.




Mainstream Fiction with a Central Romance

Accidentally FamilySasha Summers
Accidentally Family by Sasha Summers
Entangled, Amara
The Last GoodbyeFiona Lucas
The Last Goodbye by Fiona Lucas
HarperCollins, HQ
Every Last DropSarah Robinson
Every Last Drop by Sarah Robinson
An Everyday HeroLaura Trentham
An Everyday Hero by Laura Trentham
St. Martin's Press



Most Anticipated Romance

Michelle McCraw
23 and You and Me by Michelle McCraw
Jane Durand
 Love, With Complications by Jane Durand
Janet Oppedisano
 Burning Caine by Janet Oppedisano
Deena Short
 The Compound by Deena Short



Romance with Religious or Spiritual Elements

At Love's CommandKaren Witemeyer
At Love's Command by Karen Witemeyer
Bethany House Publishers
Stay with MeBecky Wade
Stay with Me by Becky Wade
Bethany House Publishers
Hadley Beckett's Next DishBethany Turner
Hadley Beckett's Next Dish by Bethany Turner
Small Town FaithMichelle Lindo-RiceMichelle Stimpson
Small Town Faith by Michelle Lindo-Rice and Michelle Stimpson



Romantic Suspense - Long

BurnStephanie Rowe
 Burn by Stephanie Rowe
Authenticity Playground, LLC
Hail MaryHope Anika
Hail Mary by Hope Anika
Code of ConductApril White
Code of Conduct by April White
Smartypants Romance
Honor AvengedTonya Burrows
Honor Avenged by Tonya Burrows
Entangled, Amara
Cold Wicked LiesToni Anderson
Cold Wicked Lies by Toni Anderson
Toni Anderson Inc.



Romantic Suspense - Mid

HarbourClaire Boston
Harbour by Claire Boston
Bantilly Publishing
StormJanie Crouch
Storm by Janie Crouch
K-9 ProtectorJulie Miller
K-9 Protector by Julie Miller
Harlequin, Intrigue
Lovely DigitsJeanine Englert
Lovely Digits by Jeanine Englert
Soul Mate Publishing



Speculative Romance - Long

Curse of SeductionCR Robertson
Curse of Seduction by C.R. Robertson
Written in WaterElizabeth Schechter
Written in Water by Elizabeth Schechter

Speculative Romance - Mid

BetwixtDarynda Jones
Betwixt by Darynda Jones
Feather & Leaf, LLC
Echoes of the RunesChristina Courtenay
Echoes of the Runes by Christina Courtenay
A Stitch in TimeKelley Armstrong
A Stitch in Time by Kelley Armstrong
K.L.A. Fricke Inc