Shotgun Weddings
(& Compromising Positions)

Shotgun Weddings are marriages that are brought about either because the bride is pregnant or because she has been hopelessly compromised. A third party may force the protagonists to marry (with or without weapon in hand), or the protagonists may be forced by their own sense of honor, and the knowledge that repercussion on themselves and their families would be severe if they did not marry. Marital relations are assumed since this is a regular marriage, only coerced. This list is an off-shoot of the Arranged Marriages list.

List begun 05/03, updated 10/12


Medieval Romances Regency Romances European Historical Romances American Historical/Frontier Romances Contemporary Romances


Medieval Romances

  • Velvet Bond (1995) by Catherine Archer (A+ at AAR)
  • Red Adam’s Lady (1973) by Grace Ingram
  • Forbidden (1993) by Elizabeth Lowell (A at AAR)
  • A Kingdom of Dreams (1989) by Judith McNaught (A at AAR)
  • Lady Gallant (1991) by Suzanne Robinson (A at AAR)
  • The Wolf and the Dove (1974) by Kathleen E. Woodiwiss (A at AAR)

Regency Romances

  • Dark Angel (1994) by Mary Balogh
  • The Famous Heroine (1996) by Mary Balogh (A at AAR)
  • The First Snowdrop (1986) by Mary Balogh
  • The Gilded Web (1989) by Mary Balogh (C+ at AAR)
  • Forbidden (1994) by Jo Beverley (A at AAR)
  • Chance Encounter (1991) by Diana Delmore
  • Love’s Reward (1997) by Jean R. Ewing
  • The Accidental Wedding (2010) by Anne Gracie (A at AAR)
  • The Emerald Duchess (1985) by Barbara Hazard
  • Coup de Grace (1996) by Emma Jensen
  • The Rake’s Rainbow (1996) by Allison Lane (A at AAR)
  • A Proper Proposal (1988) by Dawn Lindsey
  • Moonlight Mist (1985) by Laura London (Sharon and Tom Curtis)
  • A Baronet’s Wife (1981) by Laura Matthews
  • An Inconvenient Wife (1998) by Patricia Oliver (B at AAR)
  • French Leave (2001) by Sheri Cobb South (A at AAR)
  • The Counterfeit Marriage (1980) by Joan Wolf

European Historical Romances

  • Deceived (1993) by Mary Balogh
  • Indiscreet (1997) by Mary Balogh (A at AAR)
  • More Than a Mistress (2001) by Mary Balogh (A- at AAR)
  • Silent Melody (1997) by Mary Balogh (A at AAR)
  • Then Comes Seduction (2009) by Mary Balogh (A- at AAR)
  • The Rogue’s Return (2009) by Jo Beverley (B+ at AAR)
  • The Secret Wedding (2009) by Jo Beverley (B at AAR)
  • Vice Avenged (1971) by Lolah Burford
  • Lord of Scoundrels (1995) by Loretta Chase (A/B- at AAR)
  • Heaven Knows (1994) by Elaine Coffman
  • Her Ladyship’s Companion (2009) by Evangeline Collins (B at AAR)
  • The Valentine Legacy (1995) by Catherine Coulter
  • A Perfect Scoundrel (2000) by Heather Cullman (B at AAR)
  • A Lady by Midnight (2012) by Tessa Dare (B- at AAR)
  • Never a Gentleman (2011) by Eileen Dreyer (B at AAR)
  • Meet Me at Midnight (2000) by Suzanne Enoch (B at AAR)
  • A Marriage of Inconvenience (2011) by Susanna Fraser (B+ at AAR)
  • Forever and Ever (1996) by Patricia Gaffney (A at AAR)
  • The Lion’s Lady (1988) by Julie Garwood (A at AAR)
  • Let Me Be the One (2002) by Jo Goodman
  • The Defiant One (2000) by Danelle Harmon (B+ at AAR)
  • The Seduction of Sara (2001) by Karen Hawkins (B at AAR)
  • Once a Gentleman (2004) by Candice Hern (B at AAR)
  • Ravishing in Red (2010) by Madeline Hunter (B at AAR)
  • The Indiscretion (2001) by Judith Ivory (B+ at AAR)
  • Much Ado About You (2005) by Eloisa James (B- at AAR)
  • Lord Ruin (2002) by Carolyn Jewel (B- at AAR)
  • Moonwitch (1991) by Nicole Jordan – HH-62
  • Beyond Scandal (1995) by Brenda Joyce
  • No Sweeter Heaven (1993) by Katherine Kingsley
  • The Shadow and the Star (1991) by Laura Kinsale (A at AAR)
  • Suddenly You (2001) by Lisa Kleypas (B at AAR)
  • The Cad (1998) by Edith Layton (B+/C- at AAR)
  • The Chance (2000) by Edith Layton (B at AAR)
  • Gentle Rogue (1990) by Johanna Lindsey
  • Love Only Once (1985) by Johanna Lindsey
  • Because of You (1999) by Cathy Maxwell (B+ at AAR)
  • Devil’s Desire (1976) by Laurie McBain (B at AAR)
  • Something Wonderful (1988) by Judith McNaught (B at AAR)
  • Heather and Velvet (1991) by Teresa Medeiros (A at AAR)
  • Dangerous (1993) by Amanda Quick
  • Ravished (1992) by Amanda Quick (A- at AAR)
  • The Secret Diaries of Miss Miranda Cheever (2007) by Julia Quinn (B- at AAR)
  • The Viscount Who Loved Me (2000) by Julia Quinn (A at AAR)
  • Silk and Shadows (1991) by Mary Jo Putney (A at AAR)
  • The Pretender (2002) by Jaclyn Reding (B- at AAR)
  • The Lily Brand (2005) by Sandra Schwab (B at AAR)
  • The Last Rogue (1998) by Deborah Simmons (A at AAR)
  • Beguiling the Beauty (2012) by Sherry Thomas (B+ at AAR)
  • His at Night (2010) by Sherry Thomas (B+ at AAR)
  • Tempting the Bride (2012) by Sherry Thomas (A- at AAR)
  • Cherished (1993) by Elizabeth Thornton (A- at AAR)
  • The Deception of the Emerald Ring (2006) by Lauren Willig (B- at AAR)
  • The Deception (1996) by Joan Wolf (C at AAR)
  • The Flame and the Flower (1972) by Kathleen E. Woodiwiss (A/D at AAR)

American Historical/Frontier Romances

  • Annie’s Song (1996) by Catherine Anderson
  • Indigo Blue (1992) by Catherine Anderson
  • Keegan’s Lady (1996) by Catherine Anderson
  • The Colonel’ss Widow (1999) by Elizabeth Butler (B at AAR)
  • The Way Home (1997) by Megan Chance
  • River Lady (1985) by Jude Deveraux
  • More than Memory (2001) by Dorothy Garlock
  • Her Heart’s Desire (1994) by Rene J. Garrod
  • Glory (1999) by Heather Graham (B+/F at AAR)
  • Conor’s Way (1996) by Laura Lee Guhrke (A at AAR)
  • Forever Rose (1994) by Robin Lee Hatcher (F at AAR)
  • The Wager (1989) by Robin Lee Hatcher
  • Texas Splendor (1999) by Lorraine Heath (B at AAR)
  • Angel (1992) by Johanna Lindsey
  • Only Mine (1992) by Elizabeth Lowell
  • Heaven Sent (1991) by Pamela Morsi
  • The Sweetwood Bride (1999) by Pamela Morsi (B- at AAR)
  • Silver Lining (2000) by Maggie Osbourne (B at AAR)
  • The Counterfeit Bride (2011) by Nancy J. Parra (B- at AAR)
  • Wild Texas Bride (1995) by Dana Ransom
  • The Bride Fair (2002) by Cheryl Reavis (B at AAR)
  • Gunfighter’s Bride (1996) by Dallas Schulze
  • Texas Blue (2011) by Jodi Thomas (B+ at AAR)
  • To Kiss a Texan (1999) by Jodi Thomas (B+ at AAR)

Contemporary Romances

  • Expectant Bride-to-Be (12/2000) by Nikki Benjamin – SSE-136
  • Cullen’s Bride (3/1999) by Fiona Brand – SIM-914
  • Everyday, Average Jones (8/1998) by Suzanne Brockmann – SIM-872 (B at AAR)
  • Better than Before (3/1992) by Judith Duncan – SIM-421 (A at AAR)
  • The Second Bride (3/1997) by Catherine George – HR-3449
  • His Brother’s Child (3/1997) by Lucy Gordon – HR-3450
  • Contract Baby (3/1999) by Lynne Graham – HP-2013
  • Maternal Instinct (2/2002) by Janice Kay Johnson – HSR-1040 (B+ at AAR)
  • The Family Way (3/1987) by Jayne Ann Krentz – HT-146
  • Navy Wife (2003) by Debbie Macomber
  • Paradise (1991) by Judith McNaught (A at AAR)
  • After the Loving (10/1987) by Carole Mortimer – HP-1019
  • Heaven on Earth (2002) by Marilyn Pappano (B+ at AAR)
  • Nobody’s Baby But Mine (1997) by Susan Elizabeth Phillips (A at AAR)
  • This Heart of Mine (2001) by Susan Elizabeth Phillips (A/B- at AAR)
  • Passion Becomes You (7/1995) by Michelle Reid – HP-1752
  • Gabriel’s Angel (8/1989) by Nora Roberts – SIM-300
  • Mirrors and Mistakes (6/1984) by Kathleen Gilles Seidel – HAR-57 (A at AAR)
  • The Same Last Name (4/1983) by Kathleen Gilles Seidel – HAR-2
  • Separate Beds (1985) by LaVyrle Spencer
  • Anything for Her Marriage (5/2000) by Karen Templeton – SIM-1006
  • Beloved Stranger (3/1984) by Joan Wolf – RR-58 (A at AAR)

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