Top 100 Romances Poll

November 2010

Printable list

1

Lord of Scoundrels

Loretta Chase

European Historical

1995

2

Dreaming of You

Lisa Kleypas

European Historical

1994

 

3

Devil In Winter

Lisa Kleypas

European Historical

2006

4

Pride and Prejudice

Jane Austen

Classic Fiction

1813

5

Outlander

Diana Gabaldon

Time Travel

1991

6

Flowers From The Storm

Laura Kinsale

European Historical

1992

7

Slightly Dangerous

Mary Balogh

European Historical

2004

8

The Viscount Who Loved Me

Julia Quinn

European Historical

2000

9

The Raven Prince

Elizabeth Hoyt

European Historical

2006

10

The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie

Jennifer Ashley

European Historical

2009

11

Mr. Impossible

Loretta Chase

European Historical

2005

12

Romancing Mr. Bridgerton

Julia Quinn

European Historical

2002

13

Paradise

Judith McNaught

Contemporary

1991

14

Lord Perfect

Loretta Chase

European Historical

2006

15

It Had To Be You

Susan E. Phillips

Contemporary

1994

16

Bet Me

Jennifer Crusie

Contemporary

2004

17

The Duke and I

Julia Quinn

European Historical

2000

18

Not Quite a Husband

Sherry Thomas

European Historical

2009

19

The Bride

Julie Garwood

Medieval

1989

20

The Spymaster’s Lady

Joanna Bourne

European Historical

2008

21

A Kingdom of Dreams

Judith McNaught

Medieval

1989

22

Heaven, Texas

Susan E. Phillips

Contemporary

1995

23

Mr. Perfect

Linda Howard

Romantic Suspense

2000

24

Naked In Death

J.D. Robb

Fut. Rom. Susp.

1995

25

Blue Eyed Devil

Lisa Kleypas

Contemporary

2008

26

It Happened One Autumn

Lisa Kleypas

European Historical

2005

27

Lover Awakened

J.R. Ward

Paranormal

2006

28

Nobody’s Baby But Mine

Susan E. Phillips

Contemporary

1997

29

Almost Heaven

Judith McNaught

European Historical

1990

30

Suddenly You

Lisa Kleypas

European Historical

2001

31


MacKenzie’s Mountain

Linda Howard

Series/Category

1989

32

A Summer To Remember

Mary Balogh

European Historical

2002

33

When He Was Wicked

Julia Quinn

European Historical

2004

34

Smooth Talking Stranger

Lisa Kleypas

Contemporary

2009

35

Persuasion

Jane Austen

Classic Fiction

1818

36

Welcome to Temptation

Jennifer Crusie

Contemporary

2000

37

Jane Eyre

Charlotte Bronte

Classic Fiction

1847

38

Whitney My Love

Judith McNaught
European Historical
1985

39

Honor’s Splendour

Julie Garwood

Medieval

1987

40

This Heart of Mine

Susan E. Phillips

Contemporary

2001

41

The Secret Pearl

Mary Balogh

European Historical

1991

42

Match Me If You Can

Susan E. Phillips

Contemporary

2005

43

Kiss An Angel

Susan E. Phillips

Contemporary

1996

44

The Serpent Prince

Elizabeth Hoyt

European Historical

2007

45

Perfect

Judith McNaught

Contemporary

1993

46

Ravished

Amanda Quick

European Historical

1992

47

Dream Man

Linda Howard

Romantic Suspense

1995

48

As You Desire

Connie Brockway

Historical

1997

49

Private Arrangements

Sherry Thomas

European Historical

2008

50

See Jane Score

Rachel Gibson

Contemporary

2003

51

Slave To Sensation

Nalini Singh

Paranormal

2006

52

Sugar Daddy

Lisa Kleypas

Women’s Fiction

2007

53

Dream A Little Dream

Susan E. Phillips

Contemporary

1998

54

Then Came You

Lisa Kleypas

European Historical

1993

55

After The Night

Linda Howard

Romantic Suspense

1995

56

Lady Sophia’s Lover

Lisa Kleypas

European Historical

2002

57

Lover Eternal

J.R. Ward

Paranormal

2006

58

Devil’s Bride

Stephanie Laurens

European Historical

1998

59

Morning Glory

LaVyrle Spencer

Americana

1990

60

To Have and To Hold

Patricia Gaffney

European Historical

1995

61

The Secret

Julie Garwood

Medieval

1992

62

Something Wonderful

Judith McNaught

European Historical

1988

63


The Proposition

Judith Ivory

European Historical

1999

64

Ransom

Julie Garwood

Medieval

1999

65

Passion

Lisa Valdez

European Historical

2005

66

The Last Hellion

Loretta Chase

European Historical

1998

67

Love in the Afternoon

Lisa Kleypas

European Historical

2010

68

To Beguile A Beast

Elizabeth Hoyt

European Historical

2009

69

Where Dreams Begin

Lisa Kleypas

European Historical

2000

70

Devil’s Cub

Georgette Heyer

Classic Fiction

1932

71

A Knight in Shining Armor

Jude Deveraux

Time Travel

1989

72

Once and Always

Judith McNaught

European Historical

1987

73

Natural Born Charmer

Susan Elizabeth Phillips

Contemporary

2007

74

Sea Swept

Nora Roberts
Contemporary
1998

75

Seduce Me At Sunrise

Lisa Kleypas

European Historical

2008

76

Dark Lover

J.R. Ward

Paranormal

2005

77

A Hunger Like No Other

Kresley Cole

Paranormal Romance

2009

78

More Than A Mistress

Mary Balogh

European Historical

2000

79

What Happens In London

Julia Quinn

European Historical

2009

80

Cry No More

Linda Howard

Romantic Suspense

2003

81

Over the Edge

Suzanne Brockmann

Romantic Suspense

2001

82

Open Season

Linda Howard

Romantic Suspense

2001

83

The Shadow and The Star

Laura Kinsale

Historical

1991

84

Saving Grace

Julie Garwood

Medieval

1993

85

Worth Any Price

Lisa Kleypas

European Historical

2003

86

My Dearest Enemy

Connie Brockway

European Historical

1998

87

Ain’t She Sweet

Susan E. Phillips

Contemporary

2004

88

Thunder and Roses

Mary Jo Putney

European Historical

1993

89

To Die For

Linda Howard

Contemporary

2005

90

All Through The Night

Connie Brockway

European Historical

1997

91

The Rake

Mary Jo Putney

European Historical

1998

92

The Leopard Prince

Elizabeth Hoyt

European Historical

2007

93

Voyager

Diana Gabaldon

Time Travel

1994

94

The Duke of Shadows

Meredith Duran

European Historical

2008

95

Untie My Heart

Judith Ivory

European Historical

2002

96

Bound By Your Touch

Meredith Duran

European Historical

2009

97

Angels’ Blood

Nalini Singh

Paranormal Romance

2009

98

Married by Morning

Lisa Kleypas

European Historical

2010

99

And Then He Kissed Her

Laura Lee Guhrke

European Historical

2007

100

Scandal In Spring

Lisa Kleypas

European Historical

2006

The Top 100 Romance Books as Voted in 2010

First and foremost, thanks to everyone who entered a ballot. This poll wouldn’t work without the readers’ participation and we are quite grateful that you have shared your top romance picks with AAR. People voted for 4,639 books by 1,296 different authors. And 2,605 of those books appeared on only one ballot.

As you can see by the list, once again Loretta Chase’s Lord of Scoundrels took the top spot. Voters may wonder how it manages to remain #1 in the poll, especially after looking at the thread where readers posted their ballots. Well, even if Lord of Scoundrels wasn’t everyone’s top choice, every number of points adds up.While not #1 on everyone’s ballot, Lord of Scoundrels appeared on over 40 percent of the ballots cast, and it was in the top 10 on 20 percent of all ballots entered. As was the case in 2007, Lord of Scoundrels placed #1 by quite a large margin.

Since the last poll in 2007, 21 new books made the Top 100 list. The author with the most books in the top 100 is Lisa Kleypas with 15 titles. What is also an amazing feat is that 6 of the 21 new romances on the list were written by Lisa Kleypas and have all been published since 2006. It seems that Ms. Kleypas has a hit whether she’s writing historicals or contemporaries. The author with the second most titles is Susan Elizabeth Phillips with 9 books.

Of the new additions to the list, the oldest published is The Last Hellion at number 66 by Loretta Chase from 1998 while the 20 other new titles have all been published since 2006.

As to genres, historical romance made the bulk of the list (with 66 titles), contemporary books numbered 25 and paranormal/futuristic/time travel accounted for the remaining 9 titles.

For the 21 new titles to make the list, 21 titles had to fall and there are some old classics to say farewell. Georgette Heyer lost 2 titles, Frederica from 1965 and Venetia from 1958. Laura London’s The Windflower from 1984 also fell from the list as did Winter Garden by Adele Ashworth from 2000.

Without further ado, here are your new titles and their places on the list:

10. The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie by Jennifer Ashley 2009

18. Not Quite a Husband by Sherry Thomas 2009

20. The Spymaster’s Lady Joanna Bourne 2008

25. Blue-Eyed Devil by Lisa Kleypas 2008

34. Smooth Talking Stranger by Lisa Kleypas 2009

49. Private Arrangemants by Sherry Thomas 2008

52. Sugar Daddy by Lisa Kleypas 2007

66. The Last Hellion by Loretta Chase 1998

67. Love in the Afternoon by Lisa Kleypas 2010

68. To Bequile a Beast by Elizabeth Hoyt 2009

73. Natural Born Charmer by Susan Elizabeth Phillips 2007

75. Seduce Me At Sunrise by Lisa Kleypas 2008

77. A Hunger Like No Other by Kresley Cole 2009

79. What Happens in London by Julia Quinn 2009

92. The Leopard Prince by Elizabeth Hoyt 2009

94. The Duke of Shadows by Meredith Duran 2007

96. Bound by Your Touch by Meredith Duran 2008

97. Angels’ Blood by Nalini Singh 2009

98. Married by Morning by Lisa Kleypas 2010

99. And Then He Kissed Her by Laura Lee Guhrke 2007

100. Scandal in Spring by Lisa Kleypas 2006

 

 

Results of our 2007 Top 100 Romances Poll

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