2000 Annual Reader Poll

(For 1999 Releases)

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Best Romance Novels

  • Favorite Romance of the Year :– The Lady’s Tutor by Robin Schone
  • Honorable Mentions :– Lady Be Good by Susan Elizabeth Phillips , The Proposition by Judith Ivory
  • Favorite Funny :– Lady Be Good by Susan Elizabeth Phillips
  • Most-Hanky Read :– Wicked by Jill Barnett
  • Most Luscious Love Story :– The Lady’s Tutor by Robin Schone
  • Favorite Cabin or Road Romance :– Ransom by Julie Garwood
  • Honorable Mentions :– Body Guard by Suzanne Brockmann , Secrets of the Night by Jo Beverley
  • Favorite Medieval Romance :– Ransom by Julie Garwood
  • Favorite Regency Romance :– Fair Game by Diane Farr
  • Favorite European Historical Romance :– How to Marry a Marquis by Julia Quinn
  • Favorite American or Western Historical Romance :– A Rogue in Texas by Lorraine Heath
  • Honorable Mention :– Breathless by Laura Lee Guhrke
  • Favorite Contemporary Romance :– Lady Be Good by Susan Elizabeth Phillips
  • Honorable Mention :– Heartthrob by Suzanne Brockmann
  • Favorite Romantic Suspense :– Loyalty In Death by J.D. Robb
  • Honorable Mention :– All the Queen’s Men by Linda Howard
  • Favorite “Other” Romance :– Loyalty In Death by J.D. Robb
  • Honorable Mention :– Dark Prince by Christine Feehan

Best Characters

  • Most Tortured Hero :– Sebastian from Karen Ranney’s My Beloved
  • Honorable Mentions :– Jaques from Christine Feehan’s Dark Desire , Jericho from Suzanne Brockmann’s Heartthrob,  Ramiel from Robin Schone’s My Lady’s Tutor
  • Feistiest Heroine :– Emma from Susan Elizabeth Phillips’ Lady Be Good
  • Favorite Hero :– Roarke from J.D. Robb’s Loyalty In Death
  • Favorite Heroine :– Eve from J.D. Robb’s Loyalty In Death
  • Favorite Couple :– Eve and Rourke from J.D. Robb’s Loyalty In Death
  • Favorite Villain :– Louis Ronsard from Linda Howard’s All the Queen’s Men
  • Honorable Mentions :– Lord Carr from Connie Brockway’s McClairen’s Isle: The Passionate One , Edward from Robin Schone’s My Lady’s Tutor
  • Most Annoying Lead Character :– Meriel from Mary Jo Putney’s The Wild Child
  • Favorite New Author :– Liz Carlyle
  • Honorable Mentions :– Diane Farr , Christine Feehan, Jacquie D’Alessandro
  • Favorite New Discovery :– Julia Quinn
  • Honorable Mentions :– Stephanie Laurens , Robin Schone
  • Author Most Glommed (collected during 1999) :– Nora Roberts
  • Honorable Mention :– Mary Balogh

Worst of the Year

  • Author You Gave Up On :– Catherine Coulter
  • Author Others Love that You Don’t :– Nora Roberts
  • (Dis)-Honorable Mentions :– Danielle Steel, Diana Gabaldon
  • Most Disappointing Read :– Someday My Prince by Christina Dodd
  • Worst Read :– Mad Jack by Catherine Coulter
  • Purple-est Prose :– The Lady’s Tutor by Robin Schone