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