1998 Annual Reader Poll

(For 1997 Releases)

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Best Romance Novels

  • Favorite Romance of the Year :– Nobody’s Baby But Mine by Susan Elizabeth Phillips
  • Honorable Mention :– As You Desire by Connie Brockway
  • Favorite Funny :– Nobody’s Baby But Mine by Susan Elizabeth Phillips
  • Honorable Mentions :– Wonderful by Jill Barnett, Brighter than the Sun by Julia Quinn
  • Most-Hanky Read :– One Perfect Rose by Mary Jo Putney
  • Honorable Mentions :– All Through the Night by Connie Brockway, This is All I Ask by Lynn Kurland, The Promise of Jenny Jones by Maggie Osborne
  • Most Luscious Love Story :– As You Desire by Connie Brockway
  • Honorable Mentions :– Rejar by Dara Joy, Wild at Heart by Patricia Gaffney, A Well Pleasured Lady by Christina Dodd, All Through the Night by Connie Brockway, Finding the Dream by Nora Roberts, Some Like it Hotter by Deb Stover
  • Favorite Road Romance :– One Perfect Rose by Mary Jo Putney
  • Honorable Mentions :– The Promise of Jenny Jones by Maggie Osborne, Texas Destiny by Lorraine Heath
  • Favorite Medieval Romance :– Wonderful by Jill Barnett
  • Honorable Mentions :– This is All I Ask by Lynn Kurland, A Knight to Remember by Christina Dodd
  • Favorite Regency Romance :– Christmas Bride by Mary Balogh
  • Honorable Mentions :– Cupid’s Mistake by Karen Harbaugh, With This Ring by Carla Kelly
  • Favorite European Historical Romance :– All Through the Night by Connie Brockway
  • Honorable Mention :– One Perfect Rose by Mary Jo Putney
  • Favorite American or Western Historical Romance :– Wild at Heart by Patricia Gaffney
  • Honorable Mentions :– Texas Destiny by Lorraine Heath, The Promise of Jenny Jones by Maggie Osborne
  • Favorite Contemporary Romance :– Nobody’s Baby But Mine by Susan Elizabeth Phillips
  • Favorite Romantic Suspense :– Son of the Morning by Linda Howard
  • Honorable Mentions :– Vengeance In Death by J.D. Robb (aka Nora Roberts), Ritual Sins by Anne Stuart, Sanctuary by Nora Roberts
  • Favorite “Other” Romance :– Drums of Autumn by Diana Gabaldon
  • Honorable Mentions :– Echoes of Tomorrow by Jenny Lykins, Rejar by Dara Joy

Best Romance Characters

  • Most Tortured Hero :– Jack Seward from Connie Brockway’s All Through the Night
  • Honorable Mentions :– Stephen Kenyon from Mary Jo Putney’s One Perfect Rose, Robert Cambourne from Laura Kinsale’s My Sweet Folly, Houston Leigh from Lorraine Heath’s Texas Destiny
  • Feistiest Heroine :– Three way tie :- Elise Gerard from Jenny Lykins’ Echoes of Tomorrow, Eve Dallas from J.D. Robb’s (aka Nora Roberts) Vengeance In Death, Jenny Jones from Maggie Osborne’s The Promise of Jenny Jones
  • Favorite Hero :– Harry from Connie Brockway’s As You Desire
  • Honorable Mentions :– Rourke from J.D. Robb’s (aka Nora Roberts) Vengeance In Death, Ethan from Eileen Charbonneau’s The Randolph Legacy
  • Favorite Heroine – Four way tie :- Sydney Darrow from Patricia Gaffney’s Wild at Heart, Eve Dallas from J.D. Robb’s (aka Nora Roberts) Vengeance In Death, Elise Gerard from Jenny Lykins’ Echoes of Tomorrow, Jenny Jones from Maggie Osborne’s The Promise of Jenny Jones
  • Favorite Couple :– Eve and Rourke from J.D. Robb’s (aka Nora Roberts) Vengeance In Death
  • Honorable Mentions :– Harry and Desdemona from Connie Brockway’s As You Desire, Jamie and Claire from Diana Gabaldon’s Drums of Autumn
  • Favorite New Discovery :– Jenny Lykins
  • Honorable Mentions :– Connie Brockway, Deb Stover
  • Author Most Glommed (collected during 1997) :– Nora Roberts
  • Honorable Mentions :– Connie Brockway, Mary Balogh

Worst of the Year

  • Author You Gave Up On :– Catherine Coulter
  • (Dis)-Honorable Mentions :– Julie Garwood, Kathleen Woodiwiss
  • Author Others Love that You Don’t :– Danielle Steel
  • (Dis)-Honorable Mentions :– Nora Roberts, Catherine Coulter ,Laura Kinsale
  • Most Disappointing Read: – Two-way tie :- Petals on the River by Kathleen Woodiwiss, Drums of Autumn by Diana Gabaldon
  • (Dis)-Honorable Mentions :– Rejar by Dara Joy, Sanctuary by Nora Roberts, A Well Pleasured Lady by Christina Dodd
  • Purple-est Prose :– Rejar by Dara Joy
  • (Dis)-Honorable Mentions :– Petals on the River by Kathleen Woodiwiss, Dream Lover by Virginia Henley