Special Title Listings: For the Love of GodDabney Grinnan2017-06-23T08:28:56-04:00
For the Love of God
Found here are straight romances (as opposed to inspirational romances) that feature men and women of the cloth, devout and pious characters of various religions, and heroes and heroines who are struggling with a crisis of faith.
Hadrian (2014) by Grace Burrowes (B+ at AAR) – Hadrian Bothwell, the hero, is a vicar.
The Scottish Bride (2001) by Catherine Coulter (C+ at AAR) – Tysen Sherbrooke, the hero, is a vicar.
To Love and To Cherish (1995) by Patricia Gaffney (A at AAR) – Christian Morrell, the hero, is a vicar.
No Brighter Dream (1994) by Katherine Kingsley – Andre, the hero, lost his faith after the death of his childhood sweetheart and Ali, the heroine, must adapt to Christianity after having grown up among Muslims.
No Greater Love (1992) by Katherine Kingsley
No Sweeter Heaven (1993) by Katherine Kingsley – Lady Elizabeth Bowes, the heroine, was abused by a priest and Pascal LaMartine, the hero, works as a gardener in a monastery.
Flowers from the Storm (1992) by Laura Kinsale (A/A at AAR) – Maddy Timms, the heroine, is a devout Quaker.
A Notorious Countess Confesses (2012) by Julie Anne Long (A- at AAR) – Adam Sylvaine, the hero, is a vicar.
The Thorn Birds (1977) by Colleen McCullough – Father Ralph de Bricassart is a priest who falls in love with a young woman. (set in Australia)
Once and Always (1987) by Judith McNaught (A at AAR) – Jason Fielding, Marquess of Wakefield, the hero, lost his faith through many tragedies and only recovers it when he fears for the heroine’s life.
Thunder and Roses (1993) by Mary Jo Putney (A at AAR) – Clare Morgan, the heroine, is the daughter of a non-Establishment minister and must come to terms with her father and her faith.
You Only Love Twice (1998) by Elizabeth Thornton (A at AAR) – Jessica Hayward, the heroine, spent three years in a convent orphanage.
Homecoming (9/2000) by Laura Abbot – HSR-937 – Lynn Kendall, the heroine, is a minister.
A Baby for Easter (2014) by Noelle Adams – Micah, the hero, is a deacon, and both he and Alice Grantham, the heroine, are devout Presbyterians.
Married for Christmas (2013) by Noelle Adams – Daniel, the hero, is a pastor.
Comfort and Joy (12/1987) by Judith Arnold – HAR-225 – Jesse Lawson, the hero, is against religion and Christmas and Robin Greer loves both.
Sweet Caroline’s Keeper (2001) by Beverly Barton – Lyle Jennings, an important secondary character, is a minister.
This Side of Heaven (3/1985) by Beverly Barton – SIM-453 – Cyn Porter, the heroine, is the widow of a minister.
Babe in the Woods (6/1998) by Pamela Bauer – HSR-792 – Brendan Miller, the hero, is discerning the priesthood.
Something Wild (2002) by Patti Berg (B+ at AAR) – Mike Flynn, the hero, is a pastor.
When Morning Comes (1/1984) by Laurey Bright – SSE-143 – Claire Wyndham, the heroine, is planning to be a nun.
Tempest in Eden (12/1983) by Sandra Brown – SC-164 – Ian Douglas, the hero, is a minister.
Uncommon Passion (2013) by Anne Calhoun – Rachel Hill, the heroine, was raised in a strict religious community.
Tempted (1987) by Robyn Carr – Joe Clark, the hero, is a minister, and Beverly Simpson, the heroine, is having a crisis of faith.
Reflection (1996) by Diane Chamberlain – Michael Stoltz, the hero, is a Mennonite minister.
Murder in Thrall (2013) and Murder in Retribution (2014) by Anne Cleeland – Kathleen Doyle, the heroine, is a devout Catholic.
Sunshine and Shadow (1986) by Sharon and Tom Curtis (A- at AAR) – Susan Peachey, the heroine, is an Amish woman who falls in love outside her family and is shunned.
For the Love of God (12/1981) by Janet Dailey – SR-118 – Seth Talbot, the hero, is a minister.
The Monk Downstairs (2002) by Tim Farrington (B at AAR) – Michael Christopher, the hero, is a monk who’s left his vocation due to a loss of faith.
When Bruce Met Cyn (2004) by Lori Foster – Bruce Kelly, the hero, is a minister.
Sensuous Angel (8/1985) by Heather Graham – CER-359 – Luke Trudeau, the hero, is an Episcopalian priest and Donna Miro is a Roman Catholic.
Catch of the Day (2007) by Kristan Higgins (A-/B- at AAR) – Maggie Beaumont, the heroine, is in love with a Catholic priest.
The Miracle (5/1991) by Muriel Jensen – HAR-392 – Bernie Emerson, the heroine, is a former nun.
A Book of Ruth (1974) by Syrell Rogovin Leahy- Jim Kendell, the hero, is a Catholic priest considering leaving his vocation, and Ruth Gold, the heroine, is Jewish.
Changing Habits (2003) by Debbie Macomber – Angie, Kathleen, and Joanna have all left the convent for different reasons.
Lone Star Baby (1998) by Debbie Macomber – Wade McMillan, the hero, is a minister.
Completely Smitten (2/2003) by Susan Mallery – HH-750 – Haley Foster, the heroine, is a minister’s daughter.
Chosen Prey (2007) by Cheyenne McCray – Lyra Collins, the heroine, was a member of a cult.
Perfect (1993) by Judith McNaught (A at AAR) – Julie Mathison, the heroine, is stronly influenced by her upbringing in the home of a Protestant minister.
In the Light of Love (2007) by Deborah Fletcher Mello – KIM-31 (B at AAR) – Talisa London and Dr. Jericho Becton are religious in their daily lives, and Talisa works with college students at a Methodist campus ministry office.
Sharpe & Donovan series (2011 – 2014) by Carla Neggers (D+ at AAR) – Emma Sharpe, the heroine, is a former nun and a major secondary character is a Catholic priest.
Heavens to Betsy (2005) by Beth Patillo (B at AAR) – David Swenson and Betsy Blessing are both ministers.
Dream a Little Dream (1998) by Susan Elizabeth Phillips (B+/B at AAR) – Rachel Stone, the heroine, is the widow of a corrupt tele-evangelist, and secondary character Ethan is a minister.
Nothing Sacred (3/04) by Tara Taylor Quinn – HSR-1189 (B- at AAR) – David Cole Marks, the hero, is a minister.
Crime of the Heart (11/1988) by Cheryl Reavis – SSE-487 (B at AAR) – Adam Sauder, the hero, is an Amish man.
Dragonslayer (8/1993) by Emilie Richards – SIM-511 – Thomas Slonehill, the hero, is a minister who has lost his faith.
Whiskey Island (2000) by Emilie Richards (B at AAR) – Niccolo Andreani, the hero, is an ex-priest.
Unanswered Prayers (11/1994) by Penny Richards – CC-21 – Howard Blake, the hero, is a minister.
Girls Forever Brave and True (1986) by Caryl Rivers – Sean McCaffrey, the hero, is a priest.
Cradle and All (3/2003) by M.J. Rodgers – COOP-8 – Tom Christen, the hero, is a minister.
Trust in Me (2003) by Kathryn Shay (C at AAR) – Linc Grayson, one of the heroes, is a minister, and Margo Morelli, his heroine, was deeply scarred by her religious fanatic mother.
Then Came Heaven (1997) by LaVyrle Spencer (C+ at AAR) – Sister Regina, the heroine, is a nun who is doubting her vocation.
Rev. Clare Fergusson/Russ Van Alstyne series (2002 – ) by Julia Spencer-Fleming – Rev. Clare Fergusson, the heroine, is an Episcopal priest.
Forbidden (2015) by Charlotte Stein (A- at AAR) – Killian, the hero, is a seminarian, and Dot Emerson, the heroine, has been traumatized by her religious fanatic mother.
The Soldier and the Baby (3/1995) by Anne Stuart – HAR-573 – Carlie Forrest, the heroine, is a novice.
The Gold of Noon (6/1975) by Essie Summers – HR-1884– Murdoch Gunn, the hero, is a minister.
Sweet are the Ways (5/1966) by Essie Summers – HR-1015– Dougal MacNab, the hero, is a minister.
Fortune’s Fool (7/1988) by Angela Wells – HR-2921– Maria Bernardi, the heroine, was raised in a convent.
Michael’s Temptation (12/2001) by Eileen Wilks – SD-1409 (B- at AAR) – Alyssa Kelleher, the heroine, is a minister.