Unrequited Love


Heroes or Heroines in these books are in love but their love hasn’t been returned.

(List begun 11/01, updated 06/13)

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  • Alinor (1978) by Roberta Gellis (A at AAR)
    Ian de Vipont has loved Alinor Lemagne for 17 years.
  • By Possession (2000) by Madeline Hunter (B+ at AAR)
    Moira Falkner is in love with Addis de Valence.
  • His Wicked Promise (2000) by Samantha James (C- at AAR)
    Egan MacBain secretly loves Glenda MacKay.
  • Knights (1996) by Linda Lael Miller (time travel) (D at AAR)
    Megan Saunders (Gloriana) has been in love with Dane St. Gregory since she was a child.
  • The Vow (1994) by Mary Spencer
    Lady Margot Le Brun is in love with Sir Eric Stavelot.

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  • Come Be My Love (1983) by Diana Brown
    Alexandra Cox-Neville has loved Darius Wentworth from childhood.
  • Lady Lochinvar (1987) by Barbara Hazard
    Lady Catherine Cahill fell in love with Lionel Eden, Viscount Benning, when she was 12.
  • A Civil Contract (1961) by Georgette Heyer
    Jenny Chawleigh loves Adam Deveril, Viscount Lynton, even though he is in love with her best friend.
  • Friday’s Child (1944) by Georgette Heyer (A at AAR)
    Hero Wantage has adored Anthony, Viscount Sheringham, since childhood.
  • Sprig Muslin (1956) by Georgette Heyer
    Lady Hester Theale loves Sir Gareth Ludlow.
  • Libby’s London Merchant (1991) by Carla Kelly (A at AAR)
    Dr. Anthony Cook pines for Libby Ames.
  • Miss Milton Speaks Her Mind (1998) by Carla Kelly (A+ at AAR)
    Scipio Africanus Butterworth loves Jane Milton.
  • The Wedding Journey (2002) by Carla Kelly (B+ at AAR)
    Captain Jesse Randall loves Elinore Mason.
  • Passing Fancies (1983) by Elizabeth Mansfield (A at AAR)
    Simon Sturtevant loves Pippa Wyckfield.
  • A Dead Bore (2008) by Sheri Cobb South Vol. 2 (historical mystery) (B at AAR)
    John Pickett is infatuated with Julia, Viscountess Fieldhurst.
  • In Milady’s Chamber (2006) by Sheri Cobb South Vol. 1 (historical mystery) (B at AAR)
    John Pickett is infatuated with Julia, Viscountess Fieldhurst.
  • The Weaver Takes a Wife (1999) by Sheri Cobb South (A- at AAR)
    Ethan Brundy falls in love at first sight with Lady Helen Radney.

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  • Winter Garden (2000) by Adele Ashworth (A at AAR)
    Thomas Blackwood loves Madeline DuMais.
  • Dreaming (1994) by Jill Barnett
    Letitia Olive Hornsby has loved Richard Lennox, Earl of Downe, from childhood.
  • Something Wicked (1997) by Jo Beverley
    Lady Elfled Malloren is secretly in love with Fortitude Harleigh Ware.
  • As You Desire (1997) by Connie Brockway (A at AAR)
    Harry Braxton loves Desdemona Carlisle
  • The Ravishing One (2000) by Connie Brockway (A- at AAR)
    Fia Merrick has secretly loved Thomas McClairen for years.
  • Robert’s Lady (2000) by Nicole Byrd (B- at AAR)
    Katryn has been in love with Robert Holt, Viscount Manning, all of her life.
  • A Woman of Virtue (2001) by Liz Carlyle (A- at AAR)
    David, Viscount Delacourt, loves Cecilia, Countess of Walrafen, née Markham-Sands.
  • The Sherbrooke Bride (1992) by Catherine Coulter (A at AAR)
    Alexandra Chambers has loved Douglas Sherbrooke, Earl of Northcliffe, since she was 15.
  • The Valentine Legacy (1995) by Catherine Coulter
    Jessie Warfield has been in love with James Wyndham since she was 14.
  • That Scandalous Evening (1998) by Christina Dodd (A+ at AAR)
    Jane Higgenbothem has secretly loved Ransom Quincy, Marquess of Blackburn, forever.
  • Scoundrel (1996) by Elizabeth Elliott (A at AAR)
    Lady Lillian Walters loves Miles Montague, Duke of Remmington.
  • Sweet Awakening (1995) by Marjorie Farrell
    Lord Giles Whitton loves Lady Clare Dysart.
  • Rightfully His (1998) by Tracy Grant (A-/B- at AAR)
    Frank Storbridge secretly loves his employer’s daughter, Charlotte de Ribard.
  • A Gentleman Never Tells (2012) by Juliana Gray (B+ at AAR)
    Lord Roland Penhallow has loved Elizabeth Harewood since they were young.
  • And Then He Kissed Her (2007) by Laura Lee Guhrke (A- at AAR)
    Emmaline Dove has been in love with her boss Harry, Viscount Marlowe, for five years.
  • Guilty Pleasures (2004) by Laura Lee Guhrke (B at AAR)
    Daphne Wade is in love with Anthony Courtland, Duke of Tremore.
  • The Marriage Bed (2005) by Laura Lee Guhrke (B+ at AAR)
    Viola, Viscountess Hammond, loves her husband John, Viscount Hammond.
  • Secret Desires of a Gentleman (2008) by Laura Lee Guhrke (A- at AAR)
    Phillip Hawthorne, Marquess of Kayne, secretly longs for Maria Martingale.
  • The Seduction (1997) by Laura Lee Guhrke
    Margaret Van Alden marries Trevor St. James thinking it’s love on both sides only to find out he married for money.
  • The Abduction of Julia (2000) by Karen Hawkins (B- at AAR)
    Julia Frant is secretly in love with Alec MacLean.
  • To Seduce a Sinner (2008) by Elizabeth Hoyt (A- at AAR)
    Melisande Fleming has been in love with Jasper Renshaw, Lord Vale, for years.
  • Beast (1997) by Judith Ivory (A at AAR)
    Charles d’Harcourt is obsessed with Louise Vandermeer.
  • Tonight or Never (1997) by Dara Joy (C+ at AAR)
    Chloe Heart is secretly in love with John, Viscount Sexton.
  • Scandal (2009) by Carolyn Jewel (B+ at AAR)
    Gwilym, Earl of Banallt, is obsessed with Mrs. Sophie Evans.
  • The Shadow and the Star (1991) by Laura Kinsale (A at AAR)
    Leda Etoile falls in love with Samuel Gerard, but he believes he is in love with someone else.
  • Against the Odds in Where’s My Hero? (2003) by Lisa Kleypas (B at AAR)
    Dr. Jake Linley has secretly loved Lydia Craven for years.
  • Love in the Afternoon (2010) by Lisa Kleypas (B at AAR)
    Beatrix Hathaway secretly loves Captain Christopher Phelan.
  • Scandal in Spring (2006) by Lisa Kleypas (B at AAR)
    Matthew Swift has been secretly in love with Daisy Bowman for 7 years.
  • A Secret Love (2000) by Stephanie Laurens (B at AAR)
    Lady Alathea Morwellan has been attracted to Gabriel Cynster since childhood.
  • Rose in Bloom in Scottish Brides (1999) by Stephanie Laurens (B at AAR)
    Rose Millicent Mackenzie-Craddock has loved Duncan Macintyre since childhood.
  • Bound by Love (1996) by Edith Layton
    Della Kensington has loved Jared Bellington, Earl of Alveston, since she was a small girl.
  • The Devil’s Love (1998) by Julia London (B-/C at AAR)
    Abigail Carrington has loved Michael Ingram, Marquis of Darfield, since they were betrothed many years before.
  • The Ruthless Charmer (2000) by Julia London (C+ at AAR)
    Lady Claudia Whitney has loved Julian Dane since childhood.
  • Nine Rules to Break When Romancing a Rake (2010) by Sarah MacLean (B at AAR)
    Lady Calpurnia Hartwell loves Gabriel St. John, Marquess of Ralston.
  • The Kiss (2008) by Sophia Nash (A- at AAR)
    Georgiana Wilde has loved Quinn Fortesque since girlhood.
  • Romancing Mr. Bridgerton (2002) by Julia Quinn (B+ at AAR)
    Penelope Featherington is in love with Colin Bridgerton.
  • The Secret Diaries of Miss Miranda Cheever (2007) by Julia Quinn (B- at AAR)
    Miranda Cheever has loved Nigel Bevelstoke, Viscount Turner, since girlhood.
  • When He Was Wicked (2004) by Julia Quinn (B at AAR)
    Michael Stirling loves Francesca Bridgerton.
  • Tapestry (1995) by Karen Ranney (A at AAR)
    Laura Ascott Blake has been in love with Dixon Alexander Weston, Earl of Cardiff, since childhood.
  • Lady of the Glen (1996) by Jennifer Roberson
    Catriona Campbell has been in love with Alasdair “Dair” Og since childhood.
  • Lady Gallant (1991) by Suzanne Robinson (Elizabethan) (A at AAR)
    Nora Becket loves Christian de Rivers.
  • Seducing Mr. Knightly (2012) by Maya Rodale (C at AAR)
    Annabelle Swift pines for her employer Derek Knightly.
  • The Squire’s Daughter (1994) by Deborah Simmons
    Clare Cummings has been in love with Justin St. John since childhood.
  • Dark Wager (1997) by Mary Spencer
    Lady Clara Harkhams has loved Lucien Bryland since they were betrothed.
  • Reckless (2010) by Anne Stuart (A at AAR)
    Charlotte Spenser has loved Adrian, Viscount Rohan, for a long time.
  • Beguiling the Beauty (2012) by Sherry Thomas (B+ at AAR)
    Christian de Montford, Duke of Lexington, has loved Mrs. Venetia Fitzhugh Townsend Easterbrook from afar for 10 years.
  • Not Quite a Husband (2009) by Sherry Thomas (A at AAR)
    Leonidas Marsden has been in love with Bryony Asquith since childhood.
  • Ravishing the Heiress (2012) by Sherry Thomas (B+ at AAR)
    Caught in a marriage of convenience, Millicent Graves secretly loves her husband, Earl Fitzhugh.
  • Tempting the Bride (2012) by Sherry Thomas (A- at AAR)
    David Hillsborough, Viscount Hastings, has been in love with Helena Fitzhugh since they were both 14.
  • Once in a Blue Moon (1993) by Penelope Williamson
    Jessalyn Letty loves McCady Trelawny

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  • Another Dawn (1985) by Sandra Brown (D- at AAR)
    Jake Langston loves Banner Coleman.
  • For All the Right Reasons (1991) by Elaine Coffman
    Katherine Simon has loved Alex MacKinnon all her life.
  • Always to Remember (1996) by Lorraine Heath (A/B- at AAR)
    Clayton Holland loves Meg Warner.
  • Sweet Lullaby (1987) by Lorraine Heath (A at AAR)
    Jake Burnett loves Rebecca Anderson.
  • Gone With the Wind (1936) by Margaret Mitchell
    Scarlett O’Hara loves Ashley Wilkes
  • The Marriage Bed (1996) by Stephanie Mittman
    Olivia Williamson loves her husband Spencer Williamson.
  • Courting Miss Hattie (1991) by Pamela Morsi
    Reed Tyler loves Hattie Colfax.
  • The Love Charm (1996) by Pamela Morsi
    Armand Sonnier loves Aida Gaudet.

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  • When a Man Loves a Woman (2000) by Alina Adams (B- at AAR)
    Dr. James Elliot has loved his friend Dr. Deborah Brody for twenty years.
  • What Price Paradise (2005) by Kathryn Allred
    Abby Grayson has been in love with Tate McCullum for a long time.
  • Best Friends (3/1987) by Judith Arnold – HAR-189
    Samantha loves Lonny Reed.
  • Beauty and the Brain (3/1998) by Elizabeth Bevarly – SD-1130 (B/B at AAR)
    Rosemary March has a crush on Willis Random.
  • The Boyfriend School (1989) by Sarah Bird (A at AAR)
    Gus Kubiak has completely made himself over for Gretchen Griner.
  • Body Language (6/1998) by Suzanne Brockmann – LS-889 (C- at AAR)
    Clint McCade loves Sandy Kirk.
  • The Defiant Hero (2001) by Suzanne Brockmann (A- at AAR)
    Lt. John “Nils” Nilsson pines for Meg Moore.
  • Forever Blue (10/1996) by Suzanne Brockmann – SIM-742 (A at AAR)
    Lucy Tait has a long-time crush on Lt. Blue McCoy.
  • Kiss and Tell (5/1996) by Suzanne Brockmann – LS-787
    Dr. Marshall Devlin loves Leila Hunt.
  • Out of Control (2002) by Suzanne Brockmann (A at AAR)
    Savannah Van Hopf has adored Ken Karmody since college.
  • Over the Edge (2001) by Suzanne Brockmann (A at AAR)
    Senior Chief Stan Wolchonok has a thing for Teri Howe.
  • Taylor’s Temptation (7/2001) by Suzanne Brockmann – SIM-1087 (B at AAR)
    Bobby Taylor loves his best friend’s sister, Colleen Skelly, against his better judgment.
  • Pants on Fire (2007) by Meg Cabot (young adult) (B+ at AAR)
    Tommy Sullivan has loved Katie Ellison since elementary school.
  • Size 12 Is Not Fat (2006) by Meg Cabot (B at AAR)
    Heather Wells has been in love with Cooper Cartwright for ages.
  • Size 14 Is Not Fat Either (2006) by Meg Cabot (C+ at AAR)
    Heather Wells has been in love with Cooper Cartwright for ages.
  • Swing (2008) by Opal Carew (B at AAR)
    Melissa Wood loves her best friend Shane.
  • Virgin River (2007) by Robyn Carr (B+ at AAR)
    Jack Sheridan falls in love with Melinda Monroe, even though she is still mourning her husband.
  • The Wedding Party (2001) by Robyn Carr (B+ at AAR)
    Jake has it bad for his ex-wife, Charlene Dugan.
  • Love, Unexpectedly (2010) by Susan Fox (A- at AAR)
    Nav Bharani has been in love with his neighbor Kat Fallon for two years.
  • Truly, Madly Yours (1999) by Rachel Gibson (B+/C- at AAR)
    Nick Allegrezza has been obsessed with Delaney Shaw since childhood.
  • Bad Boy (2001) by Olivia Goldsmith
    Jonathan Delano loves Tracie Higgins.
  • A Place Called Home (2011) by Jo Goodman (B at AAR)
    Mitch Baker has been attracted to Thea Wyndham for more than a decade.
  • Kiss Your Prince Charming (9/1999) by Jennifer Greene – SD-1245 (B+ at AAR)
    Greg Stoner pines for his neighbor Rachel Martin.
  • The Best Man (2013) by Kristan Higgins (B+/B at AAR)
    Levi Cooper has loved Faith Holland since school days.
  • Just One of the Guys (2008) by Kristan Higgins (A/C+ at AAR)
    Chastity O’Neil has been in love with Trevor Meade since childhood.
  • Somebody to Love (2012) by Kristan Higgins (B at AAR)
    James Cahill is enamoured with Parker Welles.
  • After the Night (1995) by Linda Howard (B at AAR)
    Faith Devlin has loved Gray Rouillard since she was a girl.
  • And the Desert Blooms (1/1986) by Iris Johansen
    Pandora has loved Philip El Kabbar since childhood.
  • The Man From Half Moon Bay (5/1988) by Iris Johansen
    Jordan Bandor is obsessed with Sara O’Rourke.
  • Return to Santa Flores (4/1984) by Iris Johansen
    Jenny Cashman has loved Steve Jason for years.
  • Season of Storms (2001) by Susanna Kearsley (C+ at AAR)
    Galeazzo D’Ascanio loves Celia Sands.
  • Catching Jordan (2011) by Miranda Kenneally (young adult)
    Sam Henry loves Jordan Woods.
  • Lucy Sullivan is Getting Married (1999) by Marian Keyes (A+ at AAR)
    Daniel Watson has it bad for Lucy Sullivan.
  • Hot and Bothered (11/1999) by Jo Leigh – HT-756
    Lee Phillips wants more than friendship from Trevor Templeton.
  • Then She Found Me (1990) by Elinor Lipman
    Dwight Willamee loves April Epner.
  • Headstrong (2012) by Meg Maguire
    Colin Nolan is in love with Libby Prentiss.
  • Fair Play (2004) by Deirdre Martin (B+ at AAR)
    Michael Dante wants Theresa Falconetti.
  • Her Best Friend (4/2010) by Sarah Mayberry – HS-1626
    Amy Parker has loved Quinn Whitfield since childhood.
  • The Thorn Birds (1977) by Colleen McCullough
    Meggie Cleary has loved Father Ralph de Bricassart since childhood.
  • Someone to Watch over Me (2003) by Judith McNaught (B at AAR)
    Michael Valente loves Leigh Kendall.
  • The Garden of Happy Endings (2012) by Barbara O’Neal (Barbara Samuel/Ruth Wind)
    Reverend Elsa Montgomery still loves her childhood friend, Father Jack.
  • If Andy Warhol Had a Girlfriend (2005) by Alison Pace (B at AAR)
    Ian Rhys-Fitzsimmons loves Jane Laine.
  • Quinn’s Need (2011) by SJD Peterson (Male/Male)
    Quinn Taylor pines for Lorcan James.
  • This Heart of Mine (2002) by Susan Elizabeth Phillips (A at AAR)
    Molly Summerfield has had a crush on Kevin Tucker since she was a teenager.
  • The Way Back (2012) by Carter Quinn (Male/Male) (B at AAR)
    Riley Evans pines over Eric.
  • Remember the Time (1997) by Annette Reynolds (A at AAR)
    Mike Fitzgerald loves Kate Moran Armstrong.
  • Dangerous Lover (2007) by Lisa Marie Rice (B+ at AAR)
    Jack Prescott has been in love with Caroline Lake since childhood.
  • Inter-Office Male (2002) by John Richards (B at AAR)
    Walter loves Luna Wolfe from afar.
  • The Atonement Child (1997) by Francine Rivers
    Joe Guilierno loves Dynah Carey.
  • Rising Tides (1998) by Nora Roberts (A/B+ at AAR)
    Ethan Quinn has loved Grace Monroe for years.
  • Tears of the Moon (2000) by Nora Roberts (A- at AAR)
    Brenna O’Toole has had a yen for Shawn Gallagher since she was 14.
  • Again (1994) by Kathleen Gilles Seidel (A at AAR)
    Alec Cameron falls in love with Jenny Cotton while she’s in another relationship.
  • Please Remember This (2002) by Kathleen Gilles Seidel (B- at AAR)
    Ned Ravenal falls in love with Tess Lanier before she is ready to love him back.
  • Summer’s End (1999) by Kathleen Gilles Seidel (A- at AAR)
    Jack Wells loves Amy Legend.
  • All He Ever Desired (2012) by Shannon Stacey
    Ryan Kowalski has been in love with Lauren Carpenter since college.
  • All He Ever Dreamed (2013) by Shannon Stacey (C at AAR)
    Katie Davis has been in love with Josh Kowalski for years.
  • Led Astray (11/1985) by Erin St. Claire (Sandra Brown)
    Cage Hendren loves his brother’s fianceé, Jenny Fletcher.
  • Ice Storm (2007) by Anne Stuart (B+ at AAR)
    Isobel Lambert loved Killian a long time ago.
  • Grace Grows (2012) by Shelle Sumners (A- at AAR)
    Tyler Wilke falls in love at first sight with Grace Barnum.
  • Whisper (7/2002) by Nancy Warren – HBZ-47 (B at AAR)
    Nick Cavallo loves Genna Monroe.
  • One Fine Day (1994) by Theresa Weir (Anne Frasier)
    Austin Bennett loves his estranged wife Molly.
  • What Mattered Most (2007) by Linda Winfree
    Detective John O’Reilly has hopelessly loved his partner Beth Cameron for years.
  • Miranda Blue Calling (2004) by Michelle Curry Wright (B at AAR)
    William “Billy” Wordsworth Steadman loves Miranda Blue.

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  • Bitten (2001) by Kelley Armstrong (A- at AAR)
    Clay is completely obsessed with Elena.
  • Midnight Bride (2001) by Susan Carroll (B+ at AAR)
    Kate Fitzleger has been in love with Val St. Leger all of her life.
  • Dark Magic (2000) by Christine Feehan (C- at AAR)
    Gregori has wanted Savannah Dubrinsky since before she was born!
  • Safe Harbor (2007) by Christine Feehan (C+ at AAR)
    Jonas Harrington has been in love with Hannah Drake since they were kids.
  • Promised Land (1996) by Cynthia Felice and Connie Willis
    Tarleton “Sonny” Tanner has loved Delanna Milleflores since childhood.
  • Charlotte’s Web in An Enchanted Season (2007) by Erin McCarthy (A at AAR)
    Charlotte and Will are best friends and don’t realize they love each other.
  • Summers at Castle Auburn (2001) by Sharon Shinn (A at AAR)
    Kent Ouvrelet loves Coriel Halsing.
  • Games of Command (2007) by Linnea Sinclair (A- at AAR)
    Branden Kel-Paten has been in love with Tasha Sebastian for 12 years.
  • Rebels and Lovers (2010) by Linnea Sinclair (B+ at AAR)
    Devin Guthrie has secretly loved Makaiden Griggs for years.


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