Amazing Animals

The animals listed here are special because they are strong "characters" in these books.

List begun 07/99, updated 01/14

Medieval Romances
Regency Romances
European Historical Romances
American Historical/Frontier Romances
Contemporary Romances
Alternate Reality

 

Medieval Romances

  • Highland Velvet (1993) by Jude Deveraux (Rab, the dog)
  • The Vow (1998) by Juliana Garnett (Sheba, the wolf) (B+ at AAR)
  • Honor's Splendor (1987) by Julie Garwood (wolf) (A at AAR)
  • Saving Grace (1993) by Julie Garwood (Dumfries, the dog) (A/A at AAR)
  • Elfking's Lady (1990) by Hannah Howell (Elfking, the horse)
  • For My Lady's Heart (1993) by Laura Kinsale (gerfalcon) (A at AAR)
  • Shadowheart (2004) by Laura Kinsale (Nimue, the dog ) (B- at AAR)
  • The Uncommon Vows (1991) by Mary Jo Putney (falcon) (A at AAR)
  • Danegeld (2001) by Susan Squires (Fenris, the dog) (A/B+ at AAR)

Regency Romances

  • Once upon a Christmas (2000) by Diane Farr (Manegold, the cat) (B+ at AAR)
  • Breaking the Rules (2001) by Sandra Heath (Bran the Blessed, an Irish wolfhound) (C+ at AAR)
  • Arabella (1949) by Georgette Heyer (Ulysses, the mutt)
  • Frederica (1965) by Georgette Heyer (Lufra, the Baluchistan hound) (A at AAR)
  • The Reluctant Widow (1946) by Georgette Heyer (Bouncer, the dog)
  • Best Laid Schemes (1998) by Emma Jensen (Galahad, the monkey) (B+ at AAR)
  • Love's a Stage (1980) by Laura London (Sharon and Tom Curtis) (Mr. Bilge, the parrot) - CR-565
  • An Affair of Interest (1991) by Barbara Metzger (the Pekingese dogs)
  • Christmas Wishes (1992) by Barbara Metzger (Pansy, the pig)
  • Lord Heartless (1998) by Barbara Metzger (Gladiator, the dog)
  • The Loyal Companion (1993) by Barbara Metzger (Fitz, the dog)

European Historical Romances

  • Slightly Married (2003) by Mary Balogh (Muffin, the dog) (B+ at AAR)
  • Forbidden (1994) by Jo Beverley (Banshee, the horse) (A at AAR)
  • Forbidden Magic (1998) by Jo Beverley (Knox, the parrot and Brak, the dog) (A at AAR)
  • Mr. Impossible (2005) by Loretta Chase (Marigold, the mongoose) (A at AAR)
  • A Perfect Scoundrel (2000) by Heather Cullman (Scratch, the kitten) (B at AAR)
  • The Fortune Hunter (2002) by Diane Farr (Tom, the cat) (B+ at AAR)
  • Red, Red Rose (1999) by Marjorie Farrell (pig) (B+/B- at AAR)
  • And then He Kissed Her (2007) by Laura Lee Guhrke (Mr. Pigeon, the cat) (A- at AAR)
  • The Raven Prince (2006) by Elizabeth Hoyt (Jock, the dog) (A- at AAR)
  • To Seduce a Sinner (2008) by Elizabeth Hoyt (Mouse, the dog) (A- at AAR)
  • The Proposition (1999) by Judith Ivory (Freddie, the ferret) (A at AAR)
  • A Duke of Her Own (2009) by Eloisa James (Oyster, the dog) (C- at AAR)
  • The Dream Hunter (1994) by Laura Kinsale (The String of Pearls, famed Arabian horse) (B+ at AAR)
  • Flowers from the Storm (1992) by Laura Kinsale (the ghostly wolfhound) (A/A at AAR)
  • The Hidden Heart (2004) by Laura Kinsale (the parrot)
  • Lessons in French (2010) by Laura Kinsale (Hubert, the bull) (B- at AAR)
  • Midsummer Moon (1987) by Laura Kinsale (the hedgehog) (A/C at AAR)
  • My Sweet Folly (1997) by Laura Kinsale (Toot, the ferret) (A/B+ at AAR)
  • The Prince of Midnight (1990) by Laura Kinsale (Nemo, the wolf) (A at AAR)
  • Seize the Fire (1989) by Laura Kinsale (Napoleon, the penguin)
  • The Shadow and the Star (1991) by Laura Kinsale (shark) (A at AAR)
  • Uncertain Magic (1987) by Laura Kinsale (MacLassar, the pig) (A at AAR)
  • Love in the Afternoon (2010) by Lisa Kleypas (Albert, the dog and Dodger, the ferret) (B at AAR)
  • Married by Morning (2010) by Lisa Kleypas (Dodger, the ferret) (B at AAR)
  • Tempt me at Twilight (2009) by Lisa Kleypas (Dodger, the ferret and Medusa the hedgehog) (B- at AAR)
  • The Mermaid (1997) by Betina Krahn (the dolphins)
  • Just in Time (2003) by Judith A. Lansdowne (Theophilus, the dog)
  • Bedding Lord Ned (2012) by Sally MacKenzie (Reggie, the cat) (B- at AAR)
  • Castaway Dreams (2012) by Darlene Marshall (Pompom, the Bichon dog) (A- at AAR) set in 1817 in the Atlantic Ocean
  • Heather and Velvet (1991) by Teresa Medeiros (Sebastian, the cat) (A at AAR)
  • A Whisper of Roses (1993) by Teresa Medeiros (Pugsley, the dog)
  • Deception (1994) by Amanda Quick (Minotaur, the dog)
  • How to Marry a Marquis (1999) by Julia Quinn (Malcom, the cat) (A- at AAR)
  • The Viscount Who Loved Me (1999) by Julia Quinn (Newton, the corgi) (A at AAR)
  • The Seduction (2004) by Julia Ross (Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, the cats) (A- at AAR)
  • The Devil's Waltz (2006) by Anne Stuart (Gertie, the mare) (B+ at AAR)
  • The Dedicated Villain (1989) by Patricia Veryan (Rumpelstiltskin, the horse)

American Historical/Frontier Romances

  • Tempting Miss Prissy (1996) by Sharon Ihle (Thunder, the dog) (B- at AAR)
  • Angel (1992) by Johanna Lindsey (Marabelle, the cougar)
  • A Reason to Live (2006) by Maureen McKade (Dickens, the mule and the unnamed cat) (A at AAR)
  • Heartstrings (1994) by Rebecca Paisley (John the Baptist, the parrot)

Contemporary Romances

  • Forever After (1998) by Catherine Anderson (Goliath, the Rottweiler) (B+ at AAR)
  • Norah's Arc in Tails of Love (2009) by Kate Angell (Houdini, the goat) (C+ at AAR)
  • Heaven and Hell (2011) by Kristen Ashley (Memphis, the dog)
  • Out to Lunch (2013) by Stacey Ballis (Volnay and Chewbecca, the dogs)
  • Long Time Gone (2010) by Meg Benjamin (Arthur, the cat)
  • Doctor Grant of Bonnybraes (12/1962) by Joan Blair - HR-703 (Winston, the bull terrier)
  • Too Hot to Sleep (6/2000) by Stephanie Bond - HT-787 (Crash, the dog) (B at AAR)
  • Girls of Summer (2003) by Barbara Bretton (Stanley, the dog)
  • Atticus Saves Lisa in Tails of Love (2009) by Ann Christopher (the monkey) (C at AAR)
  • Letting Loose (1998) by Sue Civil-Brown (dog) (B at AAR)
  • Wallbanger (2013) by Alice Clayton (Clive, the cat) (B+ at AAR)
  • Fudgeballs and Other Sweets (4/1998)by Lori Copeland - HLL-41 (Jake, the bulldog,and Princess, the poodle)
  • Anyone But You (9/1996) by Jennifer Crusie - HLL-4 (Fred, the dog) (B+ at AAR)
  • Charlie All Night (1/1996) by Jennifer Crusie - HT-570 (Samson, the puppy) (A- at AAR)
  • Crazy for You (1999) by Jennifer Crusie (Katie, the dog) (A/C at AAR)
  • Fast Women (2004) by Jennifer Crusie (Marlene, the dog) (B- at AAR)
  • Getting Rid of Bradley (2/1994) by Jennifer Crusie - HT-480 (Phoebe, the cat)
  • Welcome to Temptation (2000) by Jennifer Crusie (Lassie, the dog) (A at AAR)
  • Cutter's Code series (2012-2013) by Justine Davis (Cutter, the dog)
  • Love Is All Around (2005) by Lori Devoti (Pugnacious, the pug) (B- at AAR)
  • Lost Dogs and Lonely Hearts (2011) by Lucy Dillon (Tavish, the dog) (B+ at AAR)
  • Flamingo Flying South (4/1975) by Joyce Dingwell - HR-1867 (The Pink One, the flamingo)
  • Take a Chance on Me (2003) by Susan Donovan (Hairy, the Chinese Crested) (A- at AAR)
  • What the Heart Knows (1999) by Kathleen Eagle (Crybaby, the shepherd dog) (A at AAR)
  • The Keeper (11/1995) by Margot Early - HSR-668 (Ninochka, the dog)
  • Hot Six (2000) by Janet Evanovich (Bob, the dog) (A at AAR)
  • When Tomorrow Comes (8/1988) by Regan Forest - HT-216 (Pig Newton, the pig) (B at AAR)
  • Bedtime for Bonsai (2008) by Elaine Fox (Bonsai/Mr. Darcy, the Havanese puppy) (B- at AAR)
  • Beware of Doug (2007) by Elaine Fox (Doug, the bulldog) (B at AAR)
  • It Must Be Love (2000) by Rachel Gibson (Sam, the parrot) (B+ at AAR)
  • Lola Carlyle Reveals All (2002) by Rachel Gibson (Baby Doll, the mini Pinscher) (A- at AAR)
  • Catch of the Day (2007) by Kristan Higgins (Colonel, the Golden Retriever) (A-/B- at AAR)
  • Fools Rush In (2006) by Kristan Higgins (Digger, the Black Lab mix) (B at AAR)
  • Just One of the Guys (2008) by Kristan Higgins (Buttercup, the Bloodhound mix) (A/C+ at AAR)
  • Too Good to Be True (2009) by Kristan Higgins (Angus, the West Highland Terrier) (B at AAR)
  • Mr. Perfect (2000) by Linda Howard (BooBoo, the cat) (A/B at AAR)
  • Open Season (2001) by Linda Howard (Midas, the puppy) (B+ at AAR)
  • Honeymoon Holiday (8/1968) by Elizabeth Hoy - HR-1226 (Chinky the cat)
  • When You Have Found Me (5/1960) by Elizabeth Hoy - HR-526 (Yo-Yo, the Siamese kitten)
  • Sexy/Dangerous (2006) by Beverly Jenkins (Ossie and Ruby, the Rottweilers) (B at AAR)
  • Against His Will (2000) by Trish Jensen (Muffin, the bulldog) (B+ at AAR)
  • The Search (2001) by Iris Johansen (the search and rescue dog)
  • The Sweetheart Bargain (2013) by Shirley Jump (Chance, the dog)
  • Drawn in Blood (2010) by Andrea Kane (Moe, Curly, and Larry, the dogs) (B- at AAR)
  • The Girl Who Disappeared Twice (2011) by Andrea Kane (Hero, the dog)
  • Twisted (2009) by Andrea Kane (Moe, Curly, and Larry, the dogs)
  • Christmas Eve at Friday Harbor (2010) by Lisa Kleypas (Renfield, the dog)
  • Deep Waters (1997) by Jayne Ann Krentz (Crazy Otis, the parrot) (A at AAR)
  • The Devil to Pay (1985) by Jayne Ann Krentz/Stephanie James (Xerxes, the dog)
  • Eclipse Bay (2000) by Jayne Ann Krentz (Winston, the dog) (B- at AAR)
  • Family Man (1992) by Jayne Ann Krentz (Zeke, the dog)
  • Whirlwind Courtship (1980) by Jayne Ann Krentz (Ferd, the bird, and Jinx, the dog)
  • Lightning that Lingers (1983) by Laura London (Sharon and Tom Curtis) (Numerous wild animals) (A/A- at AAR)
  • Perfect Double (2010) by Merline Lovelace (Terence, the Iguana)
  • Warrior (1991) by Elizabeth Lowell (Baby, the Wolf) (B- at AAR)
  • Chasing Stanley (2007) by Deirdre Martin (Stanley Neuf, the Newfoundland) (B at AAR)
  • The Other Side of Us (2013) by Sarah Mayberry (Smitty and Strudel, the dogs)
  • Spike is Missing (4/1990) by Elda Minger - HAR-338 (Spike the cat)
  • Sleigh Bells in the Snow (2013) by Sarah Morgan (Maple, the dog) (B+ at AAR)
  • Domesticating Luc (2012) by Sandra Paul (a Mastiff)
  • By My Side (2012) by Alice Peterson (Ticket, the dog)
  • Monday to Friday Man (2009) by Alice Peterson (Ruskin, the dog)
  • Kiss an Angel (1996) by Susan Elizabeth Phillips (Tater, the elephant) (B+ at AAR)
  • It Had to be You (1994) by Susan Elizabeth Phillips (Pooh, the dog) (A at AAR)
  • This Heart of Mine (2001) by Susan Elizabeth Phillips (Roo, the dog) (A/B- at AAR)
  • Night Magic (1988) by Karen Robards (Puff, the cat)
  • Walking after Midnight (1995) by Karen Robards (Muffy, the Pekingese dog) (A at AAR)
  • Born in Ice (1996) by Nora Roberts (Connobar, the dog) (A at AAR)
  • Chesapeake Bay Trilogy (1998-2004) by Nora Roberts (Foolish, the dog) (various grades at AAR)
  • Finding the Dream (1997) by Nora Roberts (Max, the horse)
  • Key of Light Trilogy (2003-2004) by Nora Roberts (Moe, the dog) (various grades at AAR)
  • The Search (2010) by Nora Roberts (Jaws, Bogar, Newman, and Peck, the dogs) (B at AAR)
  • The Witness (2012) by Nora Roberts (Bert, the dog) (B at AAR)
  • Animal Attraction (2011) by Jill Shalvis (Gertie, the dog and Beans, the cat) (A- at AAR)
  • Animal Magnetism (2011) by Jill Shalvis (Twinkles, the dog) (B at AAR)
  • Rescue my Heart (2012) by Jill Shalvis (Milo, the dog) (B at AAR)
  • Love is a Four-Legged Word (2009) by Kandy Shepherd (Brutus, the mutt) (B- at AAR)
  • Wild Action (7/1997) by Dawn Stewardson - HSR-748 (bear)
  • Turn Left at Sanity (2008) by Nancy Warren (Mae West, the cat)
  • The Smile of an Angel (12/2001) by Peggy Webb - SSE-1436 (Gwendolyn the skunk)
  • Rio Grande Wedding (1999) by Ruth Wind (Leonardo, the cat and Pequeña, the dog) (B+ at AAR)
  • A Girl's Best Friend (2003) by Elizabeth Young (Henry, the dog) (B at AAR)

Alternate Reality

  • An Original Sin (1999) by Nina Bangs (Ganymede, the cat) (B+ at AAR)
  • Bewitching (1995) by Jill Barnett (Beezle, the weasel) (A at AAR)
  • Forbidden Magic (1998) by Jo Beverley (Knox, the parrot) (A at AAR)
  • Finding Mr. Right (1999) by Emily Carmichael (Miss Piggy, the dog) (B/B- at AAR)
  • Diamond in the Ruff (2001) by Emily Carmichael (Miss Piggy, the dog) (B at AAR)
  • After Dark (2000) by Jayne Castle (Jayne Ann Krentz) (Fuzz, the dust bunny) (C at AAR)
  • After Glow (2004) by Jayne Castle (Jayne Ann Krentz) (Fuzz and Ginger, the dust bunnies) (A- at AAR)
  • Dark Light (2008) by Jayne Castle (Jayne Ann Krentz) (Elvis, the dust bunny) (B at AAR)
  • Canyons of Night (2011) by Jayne Castle (Jayne Ann Krentz) (Rex, the dust bunny) (C at AAR)
  • Deception Cove (2013) by Jayne Castle (Jayne Ann Krentz) (Houdini, the dust bunny) (B+ at AAR)
  • Ghost Hunter (2006) by Jayne Castle (Jayne Ann Krentz) (Rose, the dust bunny) (B at AAR)
  • The Lost Night (2012) by Jayne Castle (Jayne Ann Krentz) (Darwina, the dust bunny) (B- at AAR)
  • Midnight Crystal (2010) by Jayne Castle (Jayne Ann Krentz) (Vincent, the dust bunny) (C at AAR)
  • Obsidian Prey (2009) by Jayne Castle (Jayne Ann Krentz) (Vincent, the dust bunny) (B- at AAR)
  • Silver Master (2007) by Jayne Castle (Jayne Ann Krentz) (Araminta and Max, the dust bunnies) (B+ at AAR)
  • Beyond the Rain (2009) by Jess Granger (Vicca, the "fox")
  • Thoroughly Kissed (2001) by Kristine Grayson (Darnell, the cat) (B/D+ at AAR)
  • Twist (2008) by Colby Hodge (Charlie, the dog) (B+ at AAR)
  • You Slay Me (2004) by Katie MacAlister (Jim, the demon/dog)
  • Daughter of Gold (2004) by Janeen O'Kerry (the ghost horse) (B at AAR)
  • Heart Change (2009) by Robin Owens (Beadle, the Fam) (C at AAR)
  • Heart Mate (2001) by Robin Owens (Zanth, the Fam)
  • Heart Quest (2006) by Robin Owens (Vertex, the Fam) (D at AAR)
  • Heart Thief (2003) by Robin Owens (Samba, the cat) (B at AAR)
  • The In Death Series (1995-) by J.D. Robb (Galahad, the cat) (various grades at AAR)
  • Blood Brothers/Sign of 7 Trilogy (2007) by Nora Roberts (Lump, the Dog) (B/C+ at AAR)
  • Command Performance (2002) by Linnea Sinclair (Reilly and Tank, the furzels/cats)
  • The Draycott Abbey Series (1991-1999)by Christina Skye (Gideon, the cat) (various grades at AAR)

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