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Romances featuring heroes or heroines who are in the performing or creative arts, such as actors, singers, artists, best-selling novelists, and dancers

(List begun 05/00, updated 06/14)

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  • Lady Isabella’s Scandalous Marriage (2010) by Jennifer Ashley – European Historical
    Lord Roland “Mac” Mackenzie, the hero, is a painter. (B+ at AAR)
  • Lone Rider (2001) by Lauren Bach – Contemporary
    Tess Marsh, the heroine, designs jewelry. (B+ at AAR)
  • Alathea (1985) by Pamela Belle – European Historical
    Alathea, the heroine, is a painter.
  • Demon Moon (2007) by Meljean Brook – Alternate Reality
    Colin Ames-Beaumont, the hero, is a painter. (A- at AAR)
  • The Past Tense of Love (1970) by Elizabeth Cadell – Contemporary
    Pierre Leclair is a painter.
  • The Nekkid Truth in Big Guns out of Uniform (2003) by Nicole Camden – Contemporary
    Debbie Valley, the heroine, is a freelance photographer.
  • My False Heart (1999) by Liz Carlyle – European Historical
    Evangeline van Artevalde, the heroine, is an artist. (B+ at AAR)
  • The Portrait (1995) by Megan Chance – American Historical
    Jonas Whitaker, the hero, is a painter. (A at AAR)
  • Captives of the Night (1994) by Loretta Chase – European Historical
    Leila Beaumont, the heroine, is a portrait painter. (A at AAR)
  • Lord Perfect (2006) by Loretta Chase – European Historical
    Bathsheba Wingate, the heroine, is an artist and painter. (A- at AAR)
  • And Then Came Morning (9/1993) by Daphne Clair – HP-1586
    Joel Matheson, the hero, is an artist.
  • A Ruling Passion (4/1984) by Daphne Clair – HP-679
    Alex Cameron, the heroine, is a jade carver.
  • The Cinderella Deal (10/1996) by Jennifer Crusie – LS-807
    Daisy Flattery, the heroine, is an artist.(B at AAR)
  • Bliss (1995) by Judy Cuevas – European Historical
    Nardi de Saint Vallier, the hero, is a washed-up famous sculptor. (A at AAR)
  • Dangerous Games (1999) by Justine Dare – Contemporary
    Lake MacGregor, the heroine, is a painter. (B at AAR)
  • Surrender of a Siren (2009) by Tessa Dare – European Historical
    Sophie Hathaway, the heroine, is a painter. (B+ at AAR)
  • Pictures of You (1981) by Babara Delinsky (previously published as The Passionate Touch by Bonnie Drake – Contemporary
    Eve Jordenson, the heroine, is a photographer.
  • That Scandalous Evening (1998) by Christina Dodd – European Historical
    Jane Higgenbothem, the heroine, is a sculptor. (A+ at AAR)
  • Dark Pursuer (8/1976) by Jane Donnelly- HR-1993
    Kate Howard, the heroine, is a painter.
  • The Duke of Shadows (2008) by Meredith Duran – European Historical
    Emmaline Martin, the heroine, is a painter. (B- at AAR)
  • Mr. Family (10/1996) by Margot Early – HSR-711
    Erika Blade, the heroine, is a watercolor painter. (B+ at AAR)
  • A Fresh Perspective (1996) by Elisabeth Fairchild – Regency
    Reed, Viscount Talbott, the hero, and Megan Breech, the heroine, are artists.
  • Lair of the Dragon (10/1996) by Catherine George – HRS-299
    Bran Llewellyn, the hero, is a painter.
  • The Unwilling Bride (5/1996) by Jennifer Greene – SD-998
    Paige Stanford, the heroine, sculpts cameos.
  • Beyond Seduction (2002) by Emma Holly – European Historical
    Nicolas Craven, the hero, is a painter. (B- at AAR)
  • Finding Laura (1998) by Kay Hooper – Contemporary
    Laura Sutherland, the heroine, is a commercial artist.
  • After Innocence (1994) by Brenda Joyce – European Historical
    Sofie O’Neil, the heroine, is an artist.
  • The Legend of the Sorcerer (2000) by Donna Kauffman – Contemporary/Paranormal
    Jordy Decker, the heroine, is a sculptor. (A at AAR)
  • Beau Crusoe (2007) by Carla Kelly – Regency
    Susannah Park, the heroine, is a painter. (A- at AAR)
  • Night Embrace (2003) by Sherrilyn Kenyon – Alternate Reality
    Sunshine Runningwolf, the heroine, is a sculptor and painter. (B- at AAR)
  • Gateway to Heaven (2013) by Beth Kery – Contemporary
    Megan Shreve, the heroine, is a sculptor, and Christian Lasher, the hero, is a rock star.
  • A Natural Attachment (1990) by Katherine Kingsley – Regency
    Eliza Austerleigh, the heroine, is an artist.
  • Rainshadow Road (2012) by Lisa Kleypas – Contemporary
    Lucy Marinn, the heroine, is a glass artist. (A at AAR)
  • Retribution (7/1981) by Charlotte Lamb – HP-442
    Laura Sloan, the heroine, is an artist.
  • Sleeping Partners (6/1993) by Charlotte Lamb – HP-1560
    Sam Hardy, the hero, is a photographer.
  • Death Is Forever (2004) by Elizabeth Lowell – Contemporary
    Erin Windsor, the heroine, is a photographer.
  • Die in Plain Sight (2003) by Elizabeth Lowell – Contemporary
    Lacey Quinn, the heroine, is an artist. (B- at AAR)
  • Love Song for a Raven (1987) by Elizabeth Lowell – Contemporary
    Janna Morgan, the heroine, is an artist. (B+ at AAR)
  • Midnight in Ruby Bayou (2004) by Elizabeth Lowell – Contemporary
    Faith Donovan, the heroine, is a jewelry designer. (B- at AAR)
  • To the Ends of the Earth (1998) by Elizabeth Lowell – Contemporary
    Cat Cochran, the heroine, is a photographer. (A- at AAR)
  • A Woman Without Lies (2/1985) by Elizabeth Lowell – SIM-81
    Angelina Lange, the heroine, is a stained glass artist.
  • On a Fated Night (1965) by Dorothea Malm – European Historical
    Elizabeth Schaffner is a painter.
  • The Diamond Tiger (1992) by Ann Maxwell (Elizabeth Lowell) – Contemporary
    Erin Windsor, the heroine, is a photographer.
  • The Time Traveler’s Wife (2003) by Audrey Niffenegger – Contemporary
    Claire Abshire DeTamble, the heroine, is a paper sculptor. (A- at AAR)
  • If Andy Warhol Had a Girlfriend (2005) by Alison Pace – Contemporary
    Ian Rhys-Fitzsimmons, the hero, is a famous sculptor. (B at AAR)
  • Natural Born Charmter (2007) by Susan Elizabeth Phillips – Contemporary
    Blue Bailey, the heroine, is an artist. (A-/B at AAR)
  • River of Fire (1996) by Mary Jo Putney – European Historical
    Rebecca Seaton, the heroine, and Kenneth Wilding, the hero, are both artists.
  • The Serpent Garden (1996) by Judith Merkle Riley – European Historical
    Susanna Dallet is a painter.
  • Born in Fire (1994) by Nora Roberts – Contemporary
    Margaret Mary Concannon, the heroine, is a glass sculptor. (A/A at AAR)
  • Divine Evil (1992) by Nora Roberts – Contemporary
    Clare Kimball, the heroine, is a metal sculptor. (D at AAR)
  • One Man’s Art (9/1985) by Nora Roberts – SSE-259
    Grant Campbell, the hero, is a artist.
  • Sanctuary (1997) by Nora Roberts – Contemporary
    Jo Ellen Hathaway, the heroine, is a photographer.
  • Vision in White (2009) by Nora Roberts – Contemporary
    Mackensie “Mac” Elliot, the heroine, is a photographer.(B+ at AAR)
  • Heaven’s Fire (1996) by Patricia Ryan – Medieval
    Corliss, the heroine, is a manuscript illuminator.
  • Sweet Baby (1998) by Sharon Sala – Contemporary
    Tory Lancaster, the heroine, is a professional photographer.
  • Girl in a Golden Bed (9/1987) by Anne Weale – HP-1013
    David Castle, the hero, and Liz Redwood, the heroine, are both artists.
  • Betrayal in Bali (11/1980) by Sally Wentworth – HP-396
    Gael Markham, the heroine, is an artist.
  • Broken Destiny (9/1992) by Sally Wentworth – HP-1494
    Duncan Lyle, the hero, is an artist.
  • Wish on the Moon (6/1990) by Sally Wentworth – HP-1278
    Skye Holman, the heroine, is a painter.
  • Lord of the Night (1993) by Susan Wiggs – Medieval
    Laura Bandello, the heroine, is a painter. (A at AAR)
  • Portrait of a Love (11/1984) by Joan Wolf – RR-89
    Isabel McCarthy, the heroine, is a painter.
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  • Fetters of the Past (1/1985) by Laurey Bright – SSE-213
    Jess Newall, the heroine, is a novelist.
  • Letters to Kelly (4/2003) by Suzanne Brockmann – SIM-1213
    Jax Winchester, the hero, is a romance novelist.
  • In the Dark (3/1999) by Pamela Burford – HT-723
    Caitlin Seabright, the heroine, writes unauthorized biographies.
  • Brighton Road (1988) by Susan Carroll – Regency
    Gwenda Vickers is a Gothic novelist.
  • The Last Hellion (1998) by Loretta Chase – Contemporary
    Lydia Grenville, the heroine, is an author. (A/C at AAR)
  • A Weekend with Mr. Darcy (2011) by Victoria Connelly – Contemporary
    Katherine Roberts, the heroine is a non-fiction author and Warwick Lawton write romance novels under a pen name (A- at AAR)
  • Red Roses Mean Love (1999) by Jacquie D’Alessandro – Regency
    Hayley Albright, the heroine, is a novelist. (B at AAR)
  • Crossed Quills (1998) by Carola Dunn – Regency
    Lord Wynn Selworth, the hero, is a romance novelist; Miss Pippa Lisle, the heroine, is a political essayist. (B at AAR)
  • Sweet Temptation (10/1992) by Marcia Evanick – LS-570
    Augusta Bodine, the heroine, is a children’s book writer.
  • All Fall Down (10/1991) by Robin Francis – HI-171
    Jenny Spaulding, the heroine, is writer.
  • A Civilised Arrangement (9/1991) by Catherine George – HR-3147
    Patrick Savage, the hero, is a playwright.
  • See Jane Score (2003) by Rachel Gibson- Contemporary
    Jane Alcott, the heroine, is a writer.
  • Sex, Lies, and Online Dating (2006) by Rachel Gibson – Contemporary
    Lucy Rothschild, the heroine, is a mystery writer. (A at AAR)
  • Tangled up in You (2007) by Rachel Gibson – Contemporary
    Maddie Jones, the heroine, is a true crime writer. (A- at AAR)
  • Enchanting (1994) by Sharon Green – Alternate Reality
    Deanne Lane, the heroine, is a fantasy writer.
  • With Seduction in Mind (2009) by Laura Lee Guhrke – European Historical
    Sebastian Grant, Earl of Avermore, is an author and playwright. (B+ at AAR)
  • Sylvester or The Wicked Uncle (1957) by Georgette Heyer – Regency
    Phoebe Meadows, the heroine, is an anonymous writer of romans a clef. (A/A- at AAR)
  • Girls Night by Stef Ann Holm – Contemporary
    Vince Tremonti, the hero, is a true crime writer. (A- at AAR)
  • My Hero (2005) by Marianna Jameson – Contemporary
    Miranda Lane, the heroine, is a romance novelist. (B at AAR)
  • The Devil to Pay (2/1985) by Stephanie James (Jayne Ann Krentz) – SD-187
    Emelina Stratton, the heroine, is a writer. (B+ at AAR)
  • All Night Long (1999) by Michelle Jerott – Contemporary
    Annie Beckett, the heroine, is a non-fiction writer/photographer. (A at AAR)
  • The Legend of the Sorcerer (2000) by Donna Kauffman – Contemporary/Paranormal
    Malacai L’Baan, the hero, is an author. (A at AAR)
  • The Winter Sea (2008) by Susanna Kearsley – Contemporary/Historical
    Carrie McClelland is an author. (B+ at AAR)
  • Night Spice (8/1990) by Karen Keast – SSE-614
    Blake, the hero, is a mystery writer.
  • Nobody Does it Better (2/2000) by Julie Kenner – HT-772
    Paris Sommers, the heroine, writes spy novels. (B at AAR)
  • Escorted (2012) by Claire Kent – Contemporary
    Lori Addison, the heroine, is a romance writer.
  • Wicked Burn (2008) by Beth Kery – Contemporary
    Vic Savian, the hero, is a playwright. (B-/C+ at AAR)
  • Dreaming of You (1994) by Lisa Kleypas – European Historical
    Sara Fielding, the heroine, is a novelist. (A at AAR)
  • Suddenly You (2001) by Lisa Kleypas – European Historical
    Amanda Briars, the heroine, is a novelist. (B at AAR)
  • A Rose for Maggie (8/1991) by Kathleen Korbel – SIM-396
    Joe Burgett, the hero, writes children’s books. (B+ at AAR)
  • The Adventurer (4/1990) by Jayne Ann Krentz – HT-293
    Sarah Fleetwood, the heroine, is a romance writer.
  • A Coral Kiss (1987) by Jayne Ann Krentz – Contemporary
    Amelia Slater, a heroine, is a writer.
  • The Cowboy (6/1990) by Jayne Ann Krentz – HT-302
    Margaret Lark, the heroine, is a romance writer.
  • Dreams: Part 1 and 2 (1992) by Jayne Ann Krentz – Contemporary
    Colby Savagar, the hero, is a horror writer.
  • Grand Passion (1994) by Jayne Ann Krentz – Contemporary
    Cleo Robbins, the heroine, is a novelist. (A-/C+ at AAR)
  • The Pirate (2/1990) by Jayne Ann Krentz – HT-287
    Katherine Inskip, the heroine, writes romance novels. (B- at AAR)
  • Witchcraft (9/1985) by Jayne Ann Krentz – HT-74
    Kimberly Sawyer, the heroine, is a mystery writer.
  • Exile’s End (1990) by Rachel Lee – SIM-449
    Mandy Grant, the heroine, is a science fiction/fantasy writer. (A at AAR)
  • Fallen from Grace (2003) by Laura Leone – Contemporary
    Sara Diamond, the heroine, is a novellist. (A at AAR)
  • Love’s a Stage (1980) by Laura London (Sharon and Tom Curtis) – Regency
    Lord David Landry is a playwright.
  • Dedication (2005) by Janet Mullany – Regency
    Adam Ashworth, the hero, is a romance novelist. (B at AAR)
  • Heart of Ice (8/1984) by Diana Palmer – SR-314
    Katriane James, the heroine, writes romance novels.
  • Passion (1996) by Marilyn Pappano – Contemporary
    John Smith, the hero, writes horror novels.
  • Ain’t She Sweet (2004) by Susan Elizabeth Phillips – Contemporary
    Colin Byrne, the hero, is a famous novelist. (B- at AAR)
  • Breathing Room (2002) by Susan Elizabeth Phillips – Contemporary
    Dr. Isabel Favor, the heroine, is a self-help guru and writer. (B at AAR)
  • This Heart of Mine by Susan Elizabeth Phillips – Contemporary
    Molly Somerville, the heroine, writes children’s books. (A/B- at AAR)
  • With This Ring (1998) by Amanda Quick – European Historical
    Beatrice Poole, the heroine, writes gothic novels. (B-/B- at AAR)
  • Sunshine and the Shadowmaster (9/1995) by Christine Rimmer – SSE-979
    Lucas Drury, the hero, is a horror writer.
  • Night Magic (1987) Karen Robards – Contemporary
    Clara Winston, the heroine, is an author.
  • Angels Fall (2006) by Nora Roberts – Contemporary
    Brody is a mystery writer. (A at AAR)
  • Born in Ice (1995) by Nora Roberts – Contemporary
    Grayson Thane, the hero, is a mystery writer. (A at AAR)
  • The Last Honest Woman (5/1988) by Nora Roberts – SSE-451
    Dylan Crosby is a writer.
  • Montana Sky (1996) by Nora Roberts – Contemporary
    Tess Mercy is a Hollywood screenwriter. (A- at AAR)
  • The Perfect Neighbor (2/1999) by Nora Roberts – SSE-1232
    Preston McQuinn, the hero, is a playwright, and Cybil Campbell is a famous cartoonist. (C at AAR)
  • Second Nature (1/1986) by Nora Roberts – SSE-288
    Hunter Brown is a horror writer.
  • The Kiss of Death (10/1992) by Patricia Rosemoor – HI-199
    Rae Magill, the heroine, is the head scriptwriter on a soap opera.
  • The Age of Impropriety (2008) by Pam Rosenthal – European Historical
    Marina, Countess of Gorham, is a novelist.
  • Lord Peter Wimsey/Harriet Vane mysteries (1932-1937) by Dorothy Sayers – Contemporary
    Harriet Vane is a mystery writer. (A at AAR)
  • Sleeping Beauty (2000) by Dallas Schulze – Contemporary
    Neill Devlin, the hero, is a true crime writer.
  • Money, Honey (2010) by Susan Sey – Contemporary
    Patrick O’Connor, the hero, is a novelist and screen writer. (A- at AAR)
  • The Devil Earl (1996) by Deborah Simmons – HH-317European Historical
    Prudence Lancaster, the heroine, is a novelist. (B+/B at AAR)
  • Hold on Tight (5/1988) and Never Let Go (2/1989) by Deborah Smith – LS-255, LS-308
    Rucker McClure, the hero, is a syndicated columnist and humorist. (A at AAR)
  • Imprudent Lady (1978) by Joan Smith – Regency
    Prudence Mallow, the heroine, is a novelist, and Lord Dammler, the hero, is a poet and playwright.
  • Reprise (1982) by Joan Smith – Regency
    Prudence Mallow, the heroine, is a novelist, and Lord Dammler, the hero, is a poet and playwright.
  • Exclusively Yours (2012) by Shannon Stacey – Contemporary
    Joe Kowalski, the hero, is a horror writer.
  • The Stormy Petrel (1991) by Mary Stewart – Contemporary
    Rose Fenemore, the heroine, is a writer.
  • Wildfire at Midnight (1956) by Mary Stewart – Contemporary Romance
    Nicholas Drury, the hero, is a writer and Janet (Gianetta) Brooke, the heroine is a fashion model. (B+/B at AAR)
  • Isn’t It Romantic (1998) by Ronda Thompson – Contemporary
    Katrine Summerville, the heroine, writes romance novels. (A at AAR)
  • Mr. Valentine (2/1997) by Vicki Lewis Thompson – HT-624
    Jack Killigan, the hero, writes romance novels. (C+ at AAR_
  • Too Good to Forget (9/1991) by Marilyn Tracy – SIM-399
    Katherine McDonald, the heroine, is a novelist.
  • Flirting with Danger (12/1989) by Linda Turner – SIM-316
    Austin LePort, the hero, is a writer.
  • Shadow Play (5/1995) by Sally Wentworth – HP-1738
    Ben Rigby, the hero, and Nell Marsden are both scriptwriters.
  • Beloved Stranger (3/1984) by Joan Wolf – RR-58
    Susan Morgan, the heroine, is a writer. (A at AAR)
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  • The Veiled Web (1999) by Catherine Asaro – Futuristic
    Lucia del Mar, the heroine, is a ballerina. (B at AAR)
  • Stranger at Wildings (1975) by Madeleine Brent – European Historical
    Chantal, the heroine, is a circus trapeze artist.
  • Morning Song (10/1983) by Rebecca Flanders – HP-632
    Lauren Davis, the heroine, is a dancer.
  • The Rope Dancer (1986) by Roberta Gellis – Medieval
    Carys, the heroine, is a dancer.
  • Once More with Feeling (10/1983) by Melinda Harris – SCAL-152
    Kathleen Maslin, the heroine, is a dancer.
  • One Last Dance (3/1985) by Claire Harrison – HP-769
    Marta Cole and Casmir Rudenko are both ballet dancers.
  • Wild Card (1996) by Nancy Hutchinson – Contemporary
    Sarah McDonald, the heroine, is a ballet dancer turned movie star.
  • A Company of Swans (1985) by Eva Ibbotson – European Historical
    Harriet Morton, the heroine, is dancer in a ballet troupe. (A at AAR)
  • Beloved Ballerina (10/1974) by Roberta Leigh – HP-64
    Lucie Marlow Summerford, the heroine, is a ballerina.
  • Lightning that Lingers (12/1983) by Laura London (Sharon and Tom Curtis) – LS-25
    Philip Brooks, the hero, is a male stripper. (A/A- at AAR)
  • Cheek to Cheek (7/1991) by Lynn Patrick – HSR-461
    Kit Garfield and Gabrielle Brooks Lacroix are both dancers.
  • Dangerous Diversions (1994) by Margaret Evans Porter – Regency
    Rosalie de Barante, the heroine, is a dancer.
  • Dance of Dreams (9/1983) by Nora Roberts – SSE-116
    Nick Davidov, the hero, is a choreographer, and Ruth Bannion, the heroine, is a ballet dancer.
  • Dance to the Piper (1988) by Nora Roberts – Contemporary
    Maddy O’Hurley, the heroine, is a dancer.
  • Reflections (6/1983) by Nora Roberts – SSE-100
    Lindsay Dunne, the heroine, is a ballet dancer and teacher.
  • Tender Is the Tyrant (5/1968) by Violet Winspear – HR-1208
    Lauri Garner, the heroine, is a ballet dancer.
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  • Silk is for Seduction (2011) by Loretta Chase – European Historical
    Marcelline Noirot, the heroine, is a couture designer. (A-/B at AAR)