8 Romance Novels Written by Authors Outside the U.S.

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Let's celebrate the authors from places other than the U.S.

8 Romance Novels From Outside Good Ol' United States

It's undeniable that most authors of romance novels are from the United States. It makes sense given that it just isn't a popular genre in some countries when the only romance books for sale are by U.S. writers. However, that doesn't change the fact that there are tons of great romance novels from outside the U.S.

We are totally here for more romance books by writers from countries besides the United States. There's so much talent around the world that absolutely deserves to be heard and celebrated. We managed to find some of the best you need to check out for yourself. Find the one for you below!


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1. 'Tell Me What You Want' by Megan Maxwell

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Born in Germany but having spent her life in Madrid, Megan Maxwell's Tell Me What You Want is about Jude Flores. She winds up stuck in an elevator with an attractive and flirtatious man, but it isn't until later that she realizes he's Eric Zimmerman, billionaire CEO and Jude's new boss. Eric is a recent transplant to Spain, poised to take his company's office, and recognizes right away Jude's talent, brilliance, and humility. Before long, Jude accepts Eric's invitation into his private life. She just didn't expect to fall for him.

2. 'A Heart This Big' by Cheyenne Blue

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Australian Cheyenne Blue tells the story of an Australian country girl who runs a program that gives city kids "a taste of rural life at Banksia Farm." A child gets hurt on Nina's farm and with the threat of a lawsuit hanging over her head, Nina seeks out legal help. That comes in the form of city girl, Leigh Willoughby. Initially, Leigh isn't interested in taking a simple farm case that won't pay, but there's something about Nina that she finds difficult to say no to.

3. 'The Chase' by Elle Kennedy

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Elle Kennedy is a Canadian author of the Briar U trilogy. Opposites attract in this novel about Summer and Fitzy, who is so not her type. He's covered in tattoos and is obsessed with video games and hockey. He also finds Summer flighty and shallow. He's also Summer's new roommate and makes it super clear he wants nothing to do with her. But that doesn't change the sparks between them.

4. 'Rise of the Rain Queen' by Fiona Zedde

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Fiona Zedde is from Jamaica and writes fantastic books in which the country often appears. Check out When She Says Yes for a hot vacation tale. Rise of the Rain Queen is the story of Nyandoro, her family's favorite child. She's used to having everything she's every wanted and now that includes the village elder's wife. But the consequences are huge and Nyandoro loses everything dear to her when she's cast out. She enters the wild, filled with unexpected ancient power, and discovers "the arms of an old lover who has always been by her side."

5. 'All Those Things We Never Said' by Marc Levy

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French author Marc Levy's novel All Those Things We Never Said follows Julia Walsh, a woman on the cusp of her wedding. She learns her estranged father has died, but is completely blindsided when he shows up at her door after the funeral, wanting "to make amends, right his past mistakes, and prevent [Julia] from making new ones." Julia's honeymoon turns into a road trip with her father in the attempt to make up for lost time. Along the way, the trip turns into an opportunity for rediscovery.

6. 'Making Up' by Lucy Parker

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Living in New Zealand, Lucy Parker's London Celebrities series is a masterpiece. In Making Up, we have Trix Lane, a woman who used to be the best circus artist around. However, that spark that made her special has dimmed and she has struggled to reclaim it. After getting thrust into the spotlight, Trix finds her spark again, though her joy is short-lived as "disgraced wizard of special effects" Leo Magasiva is the new hire on the makeup team. It seems Trix will find a new spark in more ways than one.

7. 'Paper Love' by Jae

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Many of the German-born author Jae's books take place in the U.S., but Paper Love is set in Germany. Susanne Wolff isn't exactly on board when her mother sends her to Freiburg, Germany to help her uncle save his stationary store from bankruptcy. Who even uses pens and paper any more? But she reluctantly goes. Anja Lamm works for the stationary store and isn't keep on her new temporary boss from the get-go. But it doesn't take long for Anja to see beneath Susanne's facade. As the end of Susanne's three-month stay approaches, she'll have to decide if she's ready for love.

8. 'Obsession' by Florencia Bonelli

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Obsession is the first book in Argentinian Florencia Bonelli's Year of Fire series. Matilde Martinez and Eliah Al-Saud meet on a flight to Paris, immediately apparent they have nothing in common with each other. Matilde is a pediatric surgeon from Argentina, while Eliah is an actual royalty, the son of a Saudi prince. That doesn't stop them from falling for each other. Their new relationship gets swallowed whole by "devastating secrets, powerful friends, and nefarious enemies" as they find themselves swept up in a geopolitical nightmare.

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