Arranged Marriages



Arranged Marriages are marriages that are arranged by authority figures such as parents or the king for reasons other than love (usually for political connection or financial benefit). These are almost entirely historical romances. In this type of story, normal marital relations are assumed.

List begun 11/96, split into two additional lists – Marriages of Convenience and Shotgun Weddings – updated 11/12)

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  • The Secret Swan (2001) by Shana Abé (A at AAR)
  • Velvet Bond (1995) by Catherine Archer (A+ at AAR)
  • Never Seduce a Scot (2012) by Maya Banks
  • Wicked (1999) by Jill Barnett (A- at AAR)
  • Wonderful (1997) by Jill Barnett
  • A Dove at Midnight (1993) by Rexanne Becnel (A at AAR)
  • Dark Champion (1993) by Jo Beverley
  • The Shattered Rose (1996) by Jo Beverley
  • His Rebel Bride (2001) by Shelley Bradley (C at AAR)
  • The Black Earl (1982) by Candace Camp
  • Shields of Pride (1994) by Elizabeth Chadwick
  • The Marriage Bed (2001) by Claudia Dain (B+ at AAR)
  • The Willing Wife (2002) by Claudia Dain (B- at AAR)
  • Daughter of the Sunset Isles (1991) by Dinah Dean
  • The Taming (1989) by Jude Deveraux
  • Velvet Promise (1981) by Jude Deveraux (A at AAR)
  • Spring’s Fury (1995) by Denise Domning
  • The Bride (1989) by Julie Garwood (A at AAR)
  • Saving Grace (1993) by Julie Garwood (A at AAR)
  • The Prize (1991) by Julie Garwood (A at AAR)
  • Fire Song (1984) by Roberta Gellis
  • The Elusive Bride (2000) by Deborah Hale
  • The Hawk and the Dove (1988) by Virginia Henley
  • By Arrangement (2000) by Madeline Hunter (A- at AAR)
  • The Stone Maiden (2000) by Susan King (A at AAR)
  • The Swan Maiden (2001) by Susan King (B at AAR)
  • This is All I Ask (1997) by Lynn Kurland (A at AAR)
  • Journey for a Princess (1960) by Margaret Leighton
  • Joining (1999) by Johanna Lindsey (B at AAR)
  • When Love Awaits (1986) by Johanna Lindsey
  • Sweet Song of Love (1994) by Merline Lovelace
  • Enchanted (1994) by Elizabeth Lowell (A at AAR)
  • Untamed (1993) by Elizabeth Lowell (A at AAR)
  • Born in Sin (2003) by Kinley MacGregor (B+ at AAR)
  • The Maiden and the Unicorn (1999) by Isolde Martyn (A at AAR)
  • A Kingdom of Dreams (1991) by Judith McNaught (A at AAR)
  • Secret Thunder (1997) by Patricia Ryan (B- at AAR)
  • The Deed (1997) by Lynsay Sands (B- at AAR)
  • The Key (1999) by Lynsay Sands (B at AAR)
  • Border Bride (1990) by Amanda Scott
  • The deBurgh Bride (1998) by Deborah Simmons (B- at AAR)
  • Keeper of the Dream (1992) by Penelope Williamson (A at AAR)
  • To the Castle (2005) by Joan Wolf (B at AAR)
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  • A Christmas Promise (1992) by Mary Balogh (C at AAR)
  • Gentle Conquest (1987) by Mary Balogh (B+ at AAR)
  • The Obedient Bride (1989) by Mary Balogh (A at AAR)
  • An Arranged Marriage (1991) by Jo Beverley
  • An Unwilling Bride (1992) by Jo Beverley (B+ at AAR)
  • The Emerald Necklace (1981) by Diana Brown (B+ at AAR)
  • Lord Deverill’s Heir (1980) by Catherine Coulter
  • The Vampire Viscount (1995) by Karen Harbaugh (B+ at AAR)
  • A Civil Contract (1961) by Georgette Heyer
  • The Bartered Bride (1989) by Elizabeth Mansfield
  • The Weaver Takes a Wife (1999) by Sheri Cobb South
  • The American Duchess (1982) by Joan Wolf (A at AAR)
  • Margarita (1992) by Joan Wolf
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  • Love with the Proper Husband (2003) by Victoria Alexander (A- at AAR)
  • My Darling Caroline (1998) by Adele Ashworth (A- at AAR)
  • Love Me Not (1996) by Eve Byron (B- at AAR)
  • Midsummer Magic (1987) by Catherine Coulter (A at AAR)
  • The Sherbrooke Bride (1992) by Catherine Coulter (A at AAR)
  • Love’s Charade (1986) by Jane Feather
  • The Gift (1991) by Julie Garwood (A at AAR)
  • When a Duke Says I Do (2011) by Jane Goodger (B+ at AAR)
  • Beast (1997) by Judith Ivory (A at AAR)
  • When Beauty Tamed the Beast (2011) by Eloisa James (B at AAR)
  • The King’s Courtesan (2011) by Judith James
  • Whispers of the Night (2006) by Lydia Joyce (B- at AAR)
  • Somewhere I’ll Find You (1996) by Lisa Kleypas
  • A Hint of Heather (2000) by Rebecca Hagan Lee (B+ at AAR)
  • The Marriage Contract (2001) by Cathy Maxwell (B at AAR)
  • Upon a Wicked Time (1998) by Karen Ranney (A- at AAR)
  • The Black Angel (1999) by Barbara Samuel (Ruth Wind) (A at AAR)
  • My Only Love (1993) by Katherine Sutcliffe
  • Ravishing the Heiress (2012) by Sherry Thomas (B+ at AAR)
  • A Rose in Winter (1982) by Kathleen E. Woodiwiss
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  • The Heart’s Haven (1990) by Jill Barnett
  • Sweet Lullaby (1994) by Lorraine Heath (A at AAR)
  • Texas Glory (1999) by Lorraine Heath (A at AAR)
  • Day Dreamer (1996) by Jill Marie Landis (A at AAR)
  • Saturday’s Child (1990) by Dallas Schulze – HAR-349
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  • His Chosen Bride (6/1996) by Marcia Evanick – LS-717
  • Master of Comus (7/1978) by Charlotte Lamb – HR-2181
  • Montana (1998) by Debbie Macomber (B+ at AAR)
  • Kiss an Angel (1996) by Susan Elizabeth Phillips (B+ at AAR)
  • The Gift-Wrapped Groom (12/1994) by M.J. Rodgers – HAR-563
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  • The Last Hawk (1997) by Catherine Asaro
  • Firelight (2012) by Kristen Callihan (B- at AAR)
  • Outlander (1991) by Diana Gabaldon (A at AAR)
  • Knight of a Trillion Stars (1995) by Dara Joy (A at AAR)
  • Ritual of Proof (2001) by Dara Joy (B+ at AAR)
  • Archangel (1996) by Sharon Shinn (A at AAR)
  • Forever His (1993) by Shelly Thacker (A at AAR)
  • Promised Land (1998) by Connie Willis and Cynthia Felice

This list is now closed for submissions.