2009 Annual Reader Poll Results (for 2008 Releases)

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(If there are multiple honorable mentions, they are listed in vote order unless they are a tie)

Best 2008 Romance Novels

  • Best Romance :- The Spymaster’s Lady, Joanna Bourne
  • Best Contemporary Romance :- Blue-Eyed Devil, Lisa Kleypas
  • Best Romantic Suspense :- Death Angel, Linda Howard
  • Best Paranormal Romance :- Lover Enshrined, J.R. Ward
  • Honorable Mentions – tie :-  Mine to Possess, Nalini Singh , Dark Desires after Dusk, Kresley Cole
  • Best Historical Romance Set in the U.K. :- The Spymaster’s Lady, Joanna Bourne
  • Honorable Mention :- Private Arrangements, Sherry Thomas
  • Best Historical Romance Not Set in the U.K.  :- Your Scandalous Ways, Loretta Chase
  • Funniest Romance :- Not Another Bad Date, Rachel Gibson
  • Honorable Mentions – tie :-  Like No Other Lover, Julie Anne Long , The Lost Duke of Wyndham, Julia Quinn  Just One of the Guys, Kristan Higgins
  • Biggest Tearjerker :- Blue-Eyed Devil, Lisa Kleypas
  • Honorable Mention :-  Broken Wing, Judith James
  • Best Love Scenes (in a Mainstream Romance) – tie :- To Seduce a Sinner, Elizabeth Hoyt,  Your Scandalous Ways, Loretta Chase
  • Honorable Mention :- To Taste Temptation, Elizabeth Hoyt
  • Best Debut Author :- Sherry Thomas
  • Best Series Romance :- A Most Unconventional Match, Julia Justiss
  • Best Chick Lit/Women’s Fiction :- Just One of the Guys, Kristan Higgins
  • Honorable Mentions – tie:- Queen of Babble Gets Hitched, Meg Cabot ,  Remember Me?, Sophie Kinsella
  • Best Erotica :- Wicked Burn, Beth Kery
  • Honorable Mention :- Dangerous Secrets, Lisa Marie Rice
  • Best Romance Short Story :- From This Moment On in It Happened One Night, Candice Hern
  • Honorable Mention :- Spellbound in It Happened One Night, Mary Balogh
  • Guiltiest Pleasure Romance :- Lover Enshrined, J.R. Ward

Best 2008 Characters

  • Best Romance Hero :- Hardy Cates in Blue-Eyed Devil, Lisa Kleypas
  • Honorable Mention :- Robert Grey in The Spymaster’s Lady, Joanna Bourne
  • Best Romance Heroine :- Annique in The Spymaster’s Lady by Joanna Bourne
  • Best Romance Couple :- Annique and Grey in The Spymaster’s Lady, Joanna Bourne

Worst of 2008

  • Author You Gave Up On :- J.R. Ward
  • Dishonorable Mention :- Julia Quinn
  • Worst Romance :- Lover Enshrined, J.R. Ward
  • Dishonorable Mention :- Mr. Cavendish, I Presume, Julia Quinn

2008 Annual Reader Poll Commentary

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