Published pre-1980Frederica – Georgette Heyer (1965)
Heroine named RachelTwelve Days – Teresa Hill
A hint of magicRainshadow Road – Lisa Kleypas
Non-mammal shifterDragon Bound – Thea Harrison (dragon!)
VikingThe Unleashing – Shelly Laurenston (more Vikings than you can shake a stick at)

Hero has a pet that’s not a dog or catShacking Up – Helena Hunting (ferret and tarantula)
Hero smells like some kind of treeHer Naughty Holiday – Tiffany Reisz (cedar)
Queer YA/NAThe Understatement of the Year – Sarina Bowen
Geek/Nerd elementsDating You / Hating You – Christina Lauren (SO GOOD! – Hogwarts costumes, heroine loves movie trivia)
Baking/Sweets described in delicious detailNuts – Alice Clayton

Person in uniform on the coverHot Head – Damon Suede (2 guys half in uniform equals one full uniform, right?)
Heroine inherits a businessLost and Found Sisters – Jill Shalvis (a diner)
Romance novel (free space)The Sweetest Burn – Jeaniene Frost
The entire conflict could have been solved with one conversationPlaying by Her Rules– Amy Andrews
Rake or rogue in the titleOnce More, My Darling Rogue – Lorraine Heath

Non-Regency set historicalIndigo – Beverly Jenkins (antebellum Michigan)
Sub-genre you’ve never read before (honor system!)The Hook Up – Kristen Callihan (NA football romance… still much prefer hockey or rugby ones!)
Heroine taller than the heroRock Courtship – Nalini Singh
Elaborate proposal sceneThe Undateable – by Sarah Title (dancing flash mob in a library)
Heroine smells like a food itemHate to Want You – Alisha Rai (vanilla cream)

Broke heroWhen the Duke Was Wicked – Lorraine Heath (mentally)
Character on the runBlack Ice – Anne Stuart (h/h both on the run)
Beach read, set in a beach townSand Castle Bay – Sherryl Woods
Austen retellingFor Darkness Shows the Stars – Diana Peterfreund (YA dystopian Persuasion retelling)
An anthologySight Unseen: A Collection of Five Anonymous Novellas