This is a listing of 157 sites that legally offer free romance ebooks, for reading.
There is a separate listing of free audiobooks in the genre at
All of these sites listed have content that is legal for them to distribute and for you to read and or download. If you find that any site listed is offering content that can not be legally transferred, please let me know in the comments below.
This list is not comprehensive and if you know of any other sites please post in the comments below or at our forums.
A comprehensive alphabetical listing of free books for reading or listening can be found on these pages:
For a complete listing of the free ebook pages here at Gizmo's, see
There will be other romance novels at sites listed there, but they are not categorized at the sites.
Libraries are also an excellent source for reading and listening materials. To find out more information on your local library, the links here may help: Library Information
Also, if you just came here looking for free ebooks, I would suggest that you take a look at the rest of the site. The free ebooks listings are a small part of the great information available here. This site is mainly for review of free softwares. Each of the reviewers is a volunteer and has a personal interest in their software category, so you will get an unbiased review from an enthusiast of that software type. In almost all cases, a free software can do the task of any paid software just as well, if not better.
Free Romance eBooks
2020k has a good size collection of links divided into sub-categories such as historical, fantasy/ghost etc. This site has a habit of throwing some unrelated works into the subcategories, but most of these appear OK. Note: Most of the links here are working, but there are a number that lead to BookRags, which are not free anymore. Unfortunately, there is no way of telling where the link goes until you click the link. Since they did fix the issue with archive.org links, hopefully they will fix this. Thanks to Marie99 for pointing this out.
A Cheeky Changeling offers over 100 free short stories either for free reading online or free download without registration.
AdamDecker offers his novel, The Janitor, for free reading online. He also offers some free short stories and poems.
AllRomanceBooks offers 278 free romance ebooks. Registration is required.
Amazon has 50 free romance novels for download in kindle format. To see all available free Romance novels at Amazon the hints provided in my article, Free Kindle eBooks Online (Legally), should be used as there is definitely more than the 50 free ebooks linked here.
Amira Press offers 6 free romance novels, available for free download in PDF without registration.
Angela Kay offers her novel, End of the Age: Final Deception, for free download in PDF. A Christian novel about faith, courage and love involving fallen angels who return to Earth disguised as aliens.
Author Marketing Club monitors Amazon (USA) for daily free ebook offerings. The amount listed varies from day to day. They do offer genre selection and every daily listing that I saw had free Romance books. You do have to go into each daily listing individually and then you are able to click on the Romance genre link for that listing.
Author Stand has several hundred free romance works, many are short stories. These are unique works by unpublished authors. Registration is required for free PDF download.
Bargain eBook Hunter monitors Amazon (USA) for limited time free ebook offerings in the Romance category.
Barnes&Noble has 205 free romance novels available for download. Requires free registration and also requires credit card information. Tried downloads through their PC software and could not connect online. The books I checked on all were available elsewhere and better to get from those sources.
Best eBooks Free a mix of bargain and limited time free ebook offerings from Amazon (USA) separated into several genres. eMail updates by genre are available. This link is to the main page where you can access Historical Romance, Contemporary Romance or Paranormal Romance Categories. Thanks to Rayven for this site.
BesteBooksWorld has about 60 novels in its romance category and sub-categories for adult and young adult. Since they link to other sites, the download and viewing options vary.
BiblioFaction has over 750 free romantic short stories available for free reading online without registration.
Bibliotastic has 23 free original romance novels available for free reading online if not registered there. All books there are free and so is registration. Registration will open options to download in PDF, EPUB and PRC (Kindle).
Bookie Jar has over 300 free ebooks in its Romance Classics category. All are available for free reading online without registration. Free registration is required for free download in EPUB or MOBI (Kindle). There are also 7 free ebooks in its Romance-Indie category.
BookRix has almost 2,000 free unique romance novels. These are available for free reading online and free download in EPUB.
Booksie a large collection of original works by generally unpublished authors available for free reading online. Content includes short stories, poetry and novels.
Books In My Phone offers 49 public domain romance novels for free download in several formats compatible with all Java compatible phones.
BooksShouldBeFree has a large collection of classic romance audio books for download in MP3 (zipped) and also has links to text versions of the books.
Book Strand offers 348 free romance novels in varying ebook formats. All appear to be available for free reading online, free EPUB download and some free Kindle compatible download, as well as some other formats. Free registration is required to complete the checkout.
BookYards (Romance) 162 novels available for download in pdf
Breathless Press offers 13 free romance novels for download in several ebook formats. All are available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle compatible MOBI, as well as 4 other ebook formats. Free registration is required.
Bregdan Chronicles Ginny Dye, offers the first book in The Bregdan Chronicles series for free download in PDF or for free reading online. Submission of a valid email is necessary.
BrowzerBooks now hosted on Talewins, offers some classic works for reading online or download in pdf or in exe format (simulates book pages turning). They also offer some unique works that they have commissioned to be updated. Free registration is not required, but will notify you of their latest listings and allow you to forward the books on to others (with a "from me" page added).
Buzzle is a site for unpublished authors and has a large selection of unique works. This is a mix of short stories and novels. Unfortunately the novels are released a chapter at a time and the system is not set up well as to viewing all available chapters. These are all available for free reading online.
Calibre Open Books has 12 free ebooks in its Romance genre listing. Download and viewing options vary as these are links offsite. These are recent works, not classics.
Centsless Books monitors Amazon (USA) for the top 100 free ebooks in the Romance genre. Updated hourly.
Chris Lusser offers three of her romance novels for free download in several formats.
ClassicLiteratureLibrary offers the public domain works of Jane Austen and the Memoirs of Jacques Casanova for online viewing.
Classicly has a nice collection of free classic romance novels available for download in PDF or for Kindle as well as online reading. Links to many of the books are in the introduction paragraphs at the top of the page. Thanks to Tyler G for this suggestion.
Daily Free Books (UK) monitors Amazon (UK) for its daily free offerings. They offer genre selection as well as sorting by time (including since your last visit). They also offer free listings from Smashwords, which can be viewed with the Amazon offerings, alone or not at all (Amazon only). This link is to the Romance genre with listings from both Amazon and Smashwords.
Daily Free Books (USA) monitors Amazon (USA) for its daily free offerings. They offer genre selection as well as sorting by time (including since your last visit). Like the sister UK site above, they offer free listings from Smashwords, which can be viewed with the Amazon offerings, alone or not at all (Amazon only). This link is to the Romance genre with listings from both Amazon and Smashwords.
DailyLit has 14 classic romance novels available in installments that are mailed to your email or by RSS feed.
Diesel eBooks has 640 free ebooks in its romance category available for free download in EPUB. Registration is required.
DigiLibraries has 454 free novels in its Romance category. All are available for free reading online or download in EPUB or MOBI.
Digital Book Index has links to several hundred free romance works. These are links offsite, so download and viewing options vary, but they do list the format in the link.
East of the Web has a good size collection of romance short stories available for free reading online.
eBook Junkie 23 free original works by generally unpublished authors available for free download in PDF. A mix of short stories and novels.
eBookNook (Romance) Around a hundred love stories available for reading online.
eBooks International has 15 classic romance novels available for free download in PDF. Though these are classics, there are a few unique books here.
eBooksJustPublished Interesting collection of DRM free eBooks listed daily. These listings link out to other sites and therefore the download options vary. Generally these are new books by relatively unknown authors.
eBooks On Everything has 11 free ebooks available for free download in PDF without registration. This is a mix of classic and recent works.
eFree Books monitors Amazon (UK, USA, CA, DE, FR & IT) for limited time free ebook offerings. They do list genres, including Romance, but you have to select the genre for the day listed (on the right hand side) as there is not direct link to genre listings.
eReader IQ due to the changes in Amazon policy, they now offer an "abbreviated" listing of the limited time free book offers from Amazon. This link is to their Romance genre listing, with no adult content and has 19 free ebooks listed. To show adult content, you have to click on the button on the upper right of the list.
eReader Love monitors Amazon (USA) for limited time free ebook offerings. This link is to their Romance genre listings and at the time of this post, there were 385 free ebooks listed.
eReader News Today looks like it comes out several times a day with 5 to 10 free Kindle books at Amazon in each listing. This link is to their Romance listings and it is a mix of free and bargain. There is also a Historical Romance listing and a Contemporary Romance listing. They offer RSS updates.
eReader Perks monitors the USA sites of Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Kobo for limited time free ebook releases in the Romance genre. You can get email updates for posts in this genre.
Ellora's Cave offers 80 free reads for download. Free registration is required.
Felicity Heaton .offers her paranormal vampire romance novel, Reunion, for free download in PDF. Also links to other download formats.
FictionPress is a growing network over 1 million writers/readers, and home to over 1,200,000 original works by unsigned authors. The romance section has almost 80,000 entries of short stories and full length novels. Available for free online viewing.
Figment has many thousands of free works with the tag Romance. All are available for free reading online without registration. These are original works from unpublished authors.
Foboko has 71 free ebooks in its Romance category for free reading online or free download in TXT, PDF, EPUB, MOBIPocket and direct send to Kindle. Free registration is required (I have received no spam) and there is a limit of 5 downloads per month (no limit on reading online). There are some unique entries here.
Free & Discounted Books monitors Amazon (USA) for limited time free ebook offerings in many genres. This link is to their Romance listings.
Free Books offers 2 novels for free download. One is a classic novel and the other a more recent publication. Both available in PDF and TEXT download. The classic also available in MOBI and EPUB.
FreeBook-S has over 200 free romance novels for download in varying formats as they link off site.
Free Books Hub UK monitors Amazon (UK) for limited time free ebook offerings in the Romance genre.
Freebook Sifter maintains a listing of free ebooks at Amazon and this link is to the Romance category where over 1000 free books are listed. This is a mix of classic and recent works. Amazon does require registration and credit card info to download the free ebooks. May also be limited by country. Thanks to Rob Schifreen here at TSA.
Free Booksy monitors Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Apple for limited time free ebooks. They have over 350 listings in their Romance category. These are generally recent releases. All the sites require registration and credit card info even for free releases.
FreeEbooksBlog has 30 free romance novels listed. These are links off site so download and viewing options vary.
Free eBooks Daily monitors Amazon (USA UK CA) for free (and bargain)Romance ebooks that are offered on a limited time basis.
FreeEbooks.net has 118 romance novels available for free online viewing or download in pdf or text. Registration is required, but I received no spam from them. There will be a nag screen to upgrade when you sign in.
Free Kindle BooksDeha Solutions provides a listing of free Romance novels at Amazon (USA).
Free Kindle Books UK monitors Amazon (UK) for limited time free ebook offerings. Posts a large listing daily. The listing is separated into genres, but there is not link to each genre. A search for Romance on the page will reveal a good selection of free offerings.
FreeOnlineNovels has around a hundred romance novels linked to for reading online and/or download.
Free Read Feed (UK) has over 5,000 free ebook listings from Amazon (UK). They monitor recent free offerings as well as showing some that are always free. Like their USA counterpart below, the site offers sorting by genre, time offered, length and popularity. This link is to the Romance genre listings, which were over 800 free ebooks at the time of this post.
Free Read Feed (USA) regularly posts, throughout the day, the limited time free ebook offerings at Amazon (USA). This is an extensive listing of the free ebook offerings, showing the genre (with option to eclude that genre or show only that genre in results) and the length of the ebook. They have some filtering options, length of ebook and date of free offering as well as a large genre listing option to exclude genres (click on Pick from a list). This link is to the Romance genre listings, which were over 1000 free ebooks at the time of this post.
Front Range Downloadable Library has links to 282 free classic romance novels. All appear to be at Gutenberg, so there is a wide variety of formats available. Not all are in English and there are some duplicate entries, so there are not 282 different entries. No registration required.
GetFreeEBooks is a blog like posting of free novel offerings. They have a good size collection of articles containing links to free novels in their Romance Category. Links are offsite, so download and viewing options vary. Lots of original works here.
GoodCleanNovels offers 3 free original romance novels by Ken & Carol Morgan for free download in PDF. These novels "contain no sex and no foul language. Yet they are engaging and entertaining.".
Google Play makes it hard to find all their free offerings as they separate their books into very small categories. The main link is for Fiction/Romance/General and has 8 ebooks for free reading online. There are also 9 free books in their Fiction/Romance/contemporary category. Probably more can be found using variations of categories.
Gavin Williams offers his 10 novel series, The Surprising Life and Death of Diggory Franklin, for free reading online. Also included are 7 other works that continue the story. A romance mystery novel.
Georgia Download Destination offers free EPUB downloads of public domain classic novels in a wide variety of categories. You will have to select Romance on the left side bar to see the selections available in these genres.
Grace Eliazabeth Baker offers her serial novel, The House of Sever, for free reading online. As of now, this is really more like 3 novels.
Guerrilla Wordfare offers 2 free romance novels. One may be downloaded as a zip file, that contains 5 different formats and the other you must Tweet or post on Facebook to get for free.
Gutenberg(Mobile) has a large collection of free classic romance novels available for free download in several formats including PDF. EPUB and KINDLE. To find works, enter Romance in the search box.
Harlequin offers 16 full length romance novels for free download in pdf. These are entries from their collection.
HarlequinExtras offers 269 free romance novels for reading online. These are printable and also may be sorted into various categories.
Hawks Legend Robert Turnbull offers the 3 volume work of Hawk's Legend, as well as some short stories, for free download in PDF, EPUB or Kindle compatible PRC.
Hopcott offers a few novels and several short romance stories for free reading online.
Hundred Zeros UK monitors Amazon (UK) for free ebooks in the Romance genre.
Hundred Zeros USA monitors the "Best Sellers" list at Amazon (USA and India) and has all the listings on one page. They offer RSS and eMail updates. This link is to the Romance genre listings.
iLove Ebooks monitors Amazon for limited time free ebook offerings in its Romance category.
Indie Author Club nice collection for free ebooks at Amazon (USA). Excellent selection of categories and also language. This link is to their Romance selections. They do have email alerts for new free ebooks. Thanks to Shawn for this site.
Jackee'sCorner has romance novels of Jackee Connor for available for download in pdf, html and lit. There are 4 completed novels, 4 works in progress and 5 short stories.
Journeyof theHeart offers the works of Judith Bronte for free. These romance novels are available for download in pdf or reading online. There are 7 completed works and a couple in progress.
Jude's Forum offers the novel, "Formerly Brandewyne" for free download without registration. It looks like registration will allow other free works for download.
JuliaCarda offers her novel, Portal to Peace, for free download in pdf at her website.
Kallysten has a good number of works available for free download in pdf.
KimberlyComeaux offers 2 of her full length novels and 2 short stories for free reading online.
Kindle-Free.com maintains listings of free offerings at Amazon in the Romance category. Many are the limited time free offerings of Amazon, but some are always free. Listings are updated hourly.
KnowledgeRush has a small listing of classic romance works available for download in text or HTML, with some Microsoft ebook downloads.
Kobo a search for Romance with the filter price low to high reveals many free EPUB ebooks. I am sure other searches will reveal more and these books are not just classics, but more recent works. Free registration (no credit card needed) is required. From what I read at the site, it is available world wide, but I am not certain.
LettersToMyMother has the romance novel "Letters to my Mother" by Rebecca Heath available for online reading or download in PDF.
Librivox has over 200 classic novels available for free. Although mostly know for its excellent collection of audio books. A poster named Les has pointed out that they also have links to online viewing sites for all of its large collection of audio books and also download links.
Librophile known mostly as an audiobook site, they also have links to free downloads of classic novels. All of the links I looked at were to Project Gutenberg, which means they are available for free download in several formats as well as free reading online without registration. You will need to select Romance under Genres as they do not allow direct links to the genre pages.
LoveLetterBox offers the romance novel, A Diary of Love, for free download in PDF (zipped)
Luisa Green offers 3 of her romance ebooks for free download in pdf.
ManyBooks (Romance) 1118 novels available for download in a large variety of formats.
Maryse.net lists a good number of paranormal romance novels available for free download as Kindle at Amazon (registration necessary-maybe for USA only). Also some good links to romance author sites offering free reads.
MemoWare (Romance) 153 books available for download in varying formats
Mills&Boon offer online reads of romance novels from best selling authors. These are released in serials, with a new chapter every 2-4 days, but older releases are available making this a nice collection.
Mills & Boon Australia has a few hundred novellas available for free reading online without registration.
Montware offers the full length Irish romance novel, Caroline, by Una (Lavery) Montgomery for free reading online.
My-Haven 2001 Jude Mason offers several of her short stories and a novella for free download in PDF.
Namiko offers her romance novel, "A Japanese Dream in 79 Letters" for reading, and download, in pdf. A German romance novel, "Sebastien und Send Engel" is also available at the site.
NightOwlRomance offers a good number of free reads in 7 subcategories. Some are novels and some are short stories. Also, some are available in PDF and others link to sites offering downloads.
NoBooko searches Kobo and Smashwords for free ebooks available in EPUB format. There were over 2000 free ebooks listed in Romance when I visited. Kobo requires registration, no credit card needed. All the downloads that I saw were DRM-free.
oBooko has 150 free romance novels available for free download. the ones I looked at were PDF in zipped files. Free registration is required, but no spam at all received by me.
OmniLit has 125 free romance novels available for download after free registration. Registration does require giving an address and phone number (I used fake). Download formats vary. These appear to be entries unique to this site. Scroll down past the ones listed at the top as those are not free.
OpenLibrary lists over 9,000 free classic romance novels. There are links for various releases and to just about every read format, including online.
Overdrive has 282 free classic romance novels available for free download in EPUB without registration.
Pages of Romance offers about 7 free short stories for free reading online. Look on the right hand side of the page for links to the free stories.
Payton Lee offers 17 of her romance works and several short stories for download in pdf. The downloads are at LuLu, which supposedly requires registration to download, but I was able to download and did not have to register.
Pelican Book Groups has 16 free unique romance novels in its free reads section. These are available for free download in PDF after free registration (no credit card needed).
Powell's offers the same novels as Try Harlequin above, but these are available for free download in PDF without registration.
PublicBookShelf (Romance) "We now have over 550 romance novels to read online for free - contemporary, historical, vampire/fantasy, romantic suspense, as well as all the well-known classic romances. No registration is required."
Racy Li offers the racy (18+) novel, "Demon Rescuer" for download in PDF.
RaineWeaver offers 5 of her short novel romance works for free download in PDF.
ReadaRomance offers a good size collection of romantic short stories for online viewing.
Rear View Mirror the contemporary romance novel is offered as a free PDF download.
RegencyRomanceNovels offers one complete romance novel for free reading online. The other listings are for the first few chapters of come of their offerings.
RKPHunt offers 5 full length novels for online reading. One of the novels may be read without registering (free). The other require registration. There are also some other works available for reading after registration.
RoadtoRomance has a listing of links to free romance novels for download in pdf or reading online. Some are duplicates of this listing, but others are links to author sites.
RomanceatHeart the online romance magazine has links to free online romance novels and short stories. There are some unique entries here. The links vary as to reading online or download in different formats.
RomanceCorner offers quite a few short works for online reading. They look to be adult oriented works.
RomanceNovelTV lists 7 romance novels available for free Kindle download at Amazon.
Romantic4Ever offers 2 free ebooks by author, Joan Reeves, as well as some short story romance fiction for reading online.
RomanticMarriageStories features romance works about married life. These short stories present a high view of marriage and portray the fun a romantic couple can have in a happy and sexy marriage.
Rosie'RomanticWritings offers the romantic novel, Forever More, for free reading online.
Sarah Reinke has made several of her romance novels, and some non-romance novels, available for download in pdf. These are for mature audiences and you must be over 18 years of age to download.
Savannah Chase has made a good number of her short stories, flash fiction, novellas and poetry available for free. Most are for free reading online and a few for free download in PDF.
Shelley Munro offers 6 of her novellas for free download in PDF.
Short Fiction is a site for free short stories. There are over 6,000 short stories in the various Romance and Erotic categories (over 18). All are available for free reading online without registration.
Short Stories Free offers 6 free short stories in its Love Stories collection. All are available for free reading online, without registration.
Smashwords has a large listing of free romance novels available for online reading or download in just about every reading format. These are original and unpublished works.
Snick's List monitors Amazon (USA) for limited time free ebook offerings. Nice category selection available. You will have to select Romance from the pull down category menu as they do not allow direct links to the category page. eMail updates available.
SonyReaderStore has 813 free romance novels available for free download through their free Reader software. I did not look through all the listings, but all of the novels appear to be from Smashwords (above). You also do have to register, which is free and no billing information (credit card etc) is necessary. I installed the software and registered and have received no spam.
Storybird unites artists and writers to create some excellent illustrated stories. On the left hand side of the page are the age divisions for the story's readers, ranging from preschool to adult. They claim there is over 5 million stories created there. Every story I saw was available for free reading and viewing online. This link is to the Romance category.
Surrendering Pages of Romance offers the free novel, Surrendering, which is the first of 3 novels in the Whispers of Desire series. Look on the right hand side of the page for links to the novel. Available for free reading online without registration.
The Book Depository has 456 free ebooks in its Romance category available for free download in PDF without registration. You will see prices listed for each of the books, but that is for hard copy. Look for the green Get Free eBook to click on and then the green Download Free eBook PDF on the book listing page.
The Cheap is a site that monitors Amazon for limited time free offerings, which are generally recent releases. Amazon does require registration and credit card info to download the free ebooks. May also be limited by country.
The Drabblecast this is primarily a site for audio stories, but each story is also available for free reading online without registration. This link is to the Romance category and there are over 30 free short stories.
TheLiteraturePage has 23 classic romance novels, plays and poems available for online viewing.
The Online Books Page maintains a collection of links to free Love Stories, both classic and other public domain novels.
TrinityMoon a small collection of novels and short stories for online reading.
WattPad has over 500,000 free romance works available for free online reading. These are original and unpublished works. There mostly are short stories, but a good number of novels and novellas. Nicely divided into sub-categories.
WikiSource has 13 classic romance novels available for free reading online. There are also some free short stories available.
WildRosePress offers 73 short stories download in pdf or lit or reading online.
WorldWideSchoolLibrary has a nice collection of classic romance works available for free online reading.
WorthyOfPublishing offers 2041 free romance novels for reading online. These are original works by unpublished authors.