The 1997 Unofficial
Romance Reader Awards

(For 1996 Releases)

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Interim Results

Best Romance Novels

  • Favorite Romance of the Year :– Shattered Rainbows by Mary Jo Putney
  • Honorable Mentions :- Anyone but You by Jennifer Crusie, Rapture in Death by J.D. Robb (aka Nora Roberts), Kiss an Angel by Susan Elizabeth Phillips
  • Favorite Funny :– Anyone But You by Jennifer Crusie
  • Honorable Mentions :- Kiss an Angel by Susan Elizabeth Phillips, The Wedding by Julie Garwood
  • Most-Hanky Read :– Sunrise Song by Kathleen Eagle
  • Honorable Mentions :- Annie’s Song by Catherine Anderson, Always to Remember by Lorraine Heath, The Shattered Rose by Jo Beverley
  • Most Luscious Love Story :– Shattered Rainbows by Mary Jo Putney
  • Honorable Mentions :- Shades of Twilight by Linda Howard, Dance by Judy Cuevas, High Energy by Dara Joy, After the Night by Linda Howard
  • Favorite Road Romance :– Brides of Prairie Gold by Maggie Osborne
  • Honorable Mentions :- Daring to Dream by Nora Roberts, Kiss an Angel by Susan Elizabeth Phillips , Breath of Magic by Theresa Medeiros

Best Romance Characters

  • Most Tortured Hero :– Jackson from Dinah McCall’s Jackson Rule
  • Honorable Mentions :- Michael from Mary Jo Putney’s Shattered Rainbows, Sir David from Christina Dodd’s Once a Knight, Galeran of Heywood from Jo Beverley’s The Shattered Rose , Kenneth from Mary Jo Putney’s River of Fire
  • Feistiest Heroine :– Eve Dallas from J.D. Robb’s (aka Nora Roberts) In Death series
  • Honorable Mentions :- Marie DuGard from Judy Cuevas’ Dance, Daisy Flattery from Jennifer Crusie’s The Cinderella Deal
  • Favorite Hero :– Michael Kenyon from Mary Jo Putney’s Shattered Rainbows
  • Honorable Mentions :- Rourke from J.D. Robb’s (aka Nora Roberts) In Death series, Sebastien de Saint Vallier from Judy Cuevas’ Dance, Jess from Pamela Morsi’s Simple Jess, Kenneth Wilding from Mary Jo Putney’s River of Fire, Paul Weathers from Deb Stover’s A Willing Spirit
  • Favorite Heroine :– Eve Dallas from J.D. Robb’s (aka Nora Roberts) Rapture in Death
  • Honorable Mentions :- Catherine Melbourne from Mary Jo Putney’s Shattered Rainbows, Marie DuGard from Judy Cuevas’ Dance , Lily from Elizabeth Elliott’s Scoundrel, Nina from Jennifer Crusie’s Anyone But You , Winnie Sinclair from Deb Stover’s A Willing Spirit
  • Favorite Couple :– Eve Dallas and Rourke from J.D. Robb’s (aka Nora Roberts) Immortal in Death
  • Honorable Mentions :- Michael and Catherine Kenyon from Mary Jo Putney’s Shattered Rainbows , Sebastien de Saint Vallier and Marie DuGard from Judy Cuevas’ Dance,Alex and Daisy from Susan Elizabeth Phillips’ Kiss an Angel, Nina and Alex from Jennifer Crusie’s Anyone But You
  • Favorite New Discovery :– Mary Jo Putney
  • Honorable Mentions :- Jennifer Crusie, Susan Elizabeth Phillips, Jo Beverley, Judy Cuevas
  • Author Most Glommed (collected during 1996) :– Mary Jo Putney
  • Honorable Mentions :- Jennifer Crusie, Nora Roberts, Julie Garwood, Jo Beverley, Susan Elizabeth Phillips

Worst of the Year

  • Author You Gave Up On :– Catherine Coulter
  • (Dis)-Honorable Mentions :- Johanna Lindsey, Jude Deveraux, Bertrice Small, Diana Gabaldon
  • Most Disappointing Read :– The Sex Test by Patty Salier
  • (Dis)-Honorable Mentions :- Love Me Forever by Johanna Lindsey, The Thief’s Mistress by Gayle Feyrer
  • Purple-est Prose :– The Sex Test by Patty Salier
  • (Dis)-Honorable Mentions :- The Love Slave by Bertrice Small, Beguiled by Arnette Lamb, Shades of Twilight by Linda Howard , The Thief’s Mistress by Gayle Feyrer