2003 Annual Reader Poll

(For 2002 Releases)

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Interim Results

Best 2002 Romance Novels

  • Best Romance :- Out of Control Suzanne Brockmann
  • Honorable Mention :- A Summer To Remember Mary Balogh
  • Favorite Funny :- Faking It  Jennifer Crusie
  • Honorable Mentions :- Romancing Mister Bridgerton Julia Quinn , Bridal Favors Connie Brockway, Lola Carlyle Reveals All  Rachel Gibson
  • Most-Hanky Read :- No Place Like Home Barbara Samuel
  • Honorable Mention  :- The Spiral Path  Mary Jo Putney
  • Most Luscious Love Story :- Beyond Seduction Emma Holly
  • Honorable Mention :- Untie My Heart Judith Ivory
  • Best Cabin/Road Romance :- Out of Control Suzanne Brockmann
  • Honorable Mention :-The Wedding Journey Carla Kelly
  • Best New Author  :- Shannon McKenna
  • Best Buried Treasure :- No True Gentleman Liz Carlyle
  • Honorable Mention :- The Seduction Julia Ross
  • Guiltiest Pleasure :- Too Much Temptation Lori Foster
  • Honorable Mention :- Fantasy Lover Sherrilyn Kenyon
  • Author Most Glommed :- Mary Balogh
  • Honorable Mentions  :- Suzanne Brockmann, Laurell K Hamilton, Carla Kelly, Lisa Kleypas
  • Best Medieval :- Stealing Heaven  Madeline Hunter
  • Honorable Mention :- Claiming the Highlander Kinley MacGregor
  • Best European Historical :- Untie My Heart  Judith Ivory
  • Honorable Mentions :- Romancing Mister Bridgerton Julia Quinn,  A Summer To Remember  Mary Balogh 
  • Best Traditional Regency  :- The Wedding Journey Carla Kelly
  • Best Amer Hist/Frontier  :- Prairie Moon Maggie Osborne
  • Best Contemporary :- Out of Control Suzanne Brockmann
  • Honorable Mention  :- Chesapeake Blue Nora Roberts
  • Best Series Romance :- The Older Woman Cheryl Reavis
  • Honorable Mention  :- All A Man Can Do Virginia Kantra
  • Best Romantic Suspense :-  Out of Control  Suzanne Brockmann
  • Honorable Mentions  :- Daughter of the Game Tracy Grant, Dying To Please Linda Howard
  • Best Alternate Reality  :- Contact Susan Grant
  • Best Short Story :- No Room at the Inn A Regency Christmas   Carla Kelly
  • Honorable Mentions :- Dragonswan Tapestry  Sherrilyn Kenyon, The Bed Is Made  Once Upon a Pillow Connie Brockway

Best 2002 Characters

  • Most Tortured Hero  :- The Spiral Path  Kenzie  Mary Jo Putney
  • Strongest Heroine :- Contact  Jordan  Susan Grant
  • Honorable Mention :-  Reunion/Purity In Death  Eve  J.D. Robb
  • Best Hero :-  Out of Control  Kenny  Suzanne Brockmann
  • Honorable Mention :- Untie My Heart  Stuart  Judith Ivory
  • Best Heroine :- Romancing Mister Bridgerton  Penelope  Julia Quinn
  • Best Couple :- Romancing Mister Bridgerton  Colin & Penelope   Julia Quinn
  • Honorable Mention :- Reunion/Purity In Death   Roarke & Eve   J.D. Robb
  • Best Villain  :- Lady Sophia’s Lover  (unnamed to avoid spoilers)  Lisa Kleypas

Worst of the Year for 2002

  • Most Annoying Lead  :- On a Wild Night   Amanda   Stephanie Laurens
  • Author You Gave Up On  :- Stephanie Laurens
  • Author Others Love :- Suzanne Brockmann
  • But You Don’t (Tie) :-  Nora Roberts
  • (Dis) Honorable Mention  :-  Catherine Coulter
  • Most Disappointing Read :- Hard Eight  Janet Evanovich
  • (Dis) Honorable Mention  :- Into the Night   Suzanne Brockmann
  • Worst Read :- Hot Rain  Kat Martin
  • (Dis) Honorable Mention  :-  The Mating Game   Melanie George
  • Purple-est Prose :- Total Surrender  Cheryl Holt
  • (Dis) Honorable Mentions :- Beyond Seduction   Emma Holly , On a Wild Night  Stephanie Laurens