1999 Annual Reader Poll

(For 1998 Releases)

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Best Romance Novels

  • Favorite Romance of the Year :– Sea Swept by Nora Roberts
  • Honorable Mentions :– Dream a Little Dream by Susan Elizabeth Phillips , Mine to Take by Dara Joy
  • Favorite Funny :– Three way tie :- Baby, I’m Yours by Susan Andersen, My Man Pendleton by Elizabeth Bevarly ,To Catch an Heiress by Julia Quinn
  • Most-Hanky Read :– Dream a Little Dream by Susan Elizabeth Phillips
  • Most Luscious Love Story :– Mine to Take by Dara Joy
  • Favorite Road Romance :– Baby, I’m Yours by Susan Andersen
  • Favorite Medieval Romance :– Lord of Midnight by Jo Beverley
  • Honorable Mention :– Wild by Jill Barnett
  • Favorite Regency Romance :Irresistible by Mary Balogh
  • Honorable Mention :– Best Laid Schemes by Emma Jensen
  • Favorite European Historical Romance :– Devil’s Bride by Stephanie Laurens
  • Honorable Mentions :–  My Dearest Enemy by Connie Brockway, Forbidden Magic by Jo Beverley,
  • Favorite American or Western Historical Romance :– Texas Glory by Lorraine Heath
  • Honorable Mentions :– Nobody’s Darling by Teresa Medeiros, Cherish by Catherine Anderson
  • Favorite Contemporary Romance :– Dream a Little Dream by Susan Elizabeth Phillips
  • Honorable Mention :– Sea Swept by Nora Roberts
  • Favorite Romantic Suspense :– Kill & Tell by Linda Howard
  • Honorable Mention :– Holiday In Death by J.D. Robb
  • Favorite “Other” Romance :– Mine to Take by Dara Joy

Best Characters

  • Most Tortured Hero :– Gabe Bonner from Susan Elizabeth Phillips’ Dream a Little Dream
  • Feistiest Heroine :– Lydia Grenville from Loretta Chase’s The Last Hellion
  • Honorable Mentions :– Lily Bede from Connie Brockway’s My Dearest Enemy, Eve Dallas from J.D. Robb’s (aka Nora Roberts) Holiday In Death
  • Favorite Hero :– Gian Ren from Dara Joy’s Mine to Take
  • Honorable Mentions :– Rourke from J.D. Robb’s (aka Nora Roberts) Holiday In Death, Devil Cynster from Stephanie Laurens’ Devil’s Bride
  • Favorite Heroine :– Anna Spinelli from Nora Roberts’ Sea Swept
  • Honorable Mentions :– Caroline from Adele Ashworth’s My Darling Caroline, Eve Dallas from J.D. Robb’s Holiday In Death
  • Favorite Couple :– Eve and Rourke from J.D. Robb’s Holiday In Death
  • Favorite New Discovery :– Susan Elizabeth Phillips
  • Honorable Mentions :– Adele Ashworth, Rachel Gibson
  • Author Most Glommed (collected during 1998) :– Nora Roberts
  • Honorable Mentions :– Linda Howard, Mary Balogh , Jo Beverley

Worst of the Year

  • Author You Gave Up On :– Jude Deveraux
  • Author Others Love that You Don’t :– Danielle Steel
  • (Dis)-Honorable Mentions :– Kathleen Woodiwiss, Nora Roberts
  • Most Disappointing Read :– Another Chance to Dream by Lynn Kurland
  • (Dis)-Honorable Mentions :– Cherish by Catherine Anderson, With This Ring by Amanda Quick
  • Worst Read :– An Angel for Emily by Jude Deveraux
  • (Dis)-Honorable Mention :– The Senator’s Wife by Karen Robards
  • Purple-est Prose :– Two-way tie:- Elusive Flame by Kathleen Woodiwiss, Mine to Take by Dara Joy