2010 Annual Reader Poll Results (for 2009 Releases)

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

Best 2009 Romance Novels

  • Best Romance :- The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie, Jennifer Ashley
  • Honorable Mentions – tie :- Not Quite a Husband, Sherry Thomas , Bound by Your Touch, Meredith Duran
  • Best Contemporary Romance :- Smooth Talking Stranger, Lisa Kleypas
  • Best Romantic Suspense :- Dark of Night, Suzanne Brockmann
  • Best Paranormal Romance :-  Branded by Fire, Nalini Singh
  • Honorable Mention :- Lover Avenged, J.R. Ward
  • Best Historical Romance Set in the U.K. :- The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie, Jennifer Ashley
  • Honorable Mention :- Bound by Your Touch, Meredith Duran
  • Best Historical Romance Not Set in the U.K.  :- Not Quite a Husband, Sherry Thomas
  • Funniest Romance :- What Happens in London, Julia Quinn
  • Biggest Tearjerker :- Not Quite a Husband, Sherry Thomas
  • Best Love Scenes (in a Mainstream Romance) – tie :- The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie, Jennifer Ashley, Smooth Talking Stranger, Lisa Kleypas
  • Honorable Mentions – tie :- Bound by Your Touch, Meredith Duran , Branded by Fire, Nalini Singh
  • Best Series Romance :- Marrying the Captain, Carla Kelly
  • Honorable Mention :- The Surgeon’s Lady, Carla Kelly
  • Best Chick Lit/Women’s Fiction : –Red’s Hot Honky-Tonk Bar, Pamela Morsi
  • Best Erotica :- Not enough votes received for any one title
  • Best Romance Short Story  :- This Wicked Gift in The Heart of Christmas, Courtney Milan
  • Guiltiest Pleasure Romance :- Lover Avenged, J.R. Ward
  • Best Debut Author :- Tessa Dare

Best 2009 Characters

  • Best Romance Hero  :- Jack Travis in Smooth Talking Stranger, Lisa Kleypas
  • Best Romance Heroine :- Lydia Boyce in Bound by Your Touch by Meredith Duran
  • Honorable Mentions – tie :- Beth Ackerley in The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie by Jennifer Ashley , Bryony Asquith in Not Quite a Husband by Sherry Thomas , Zoe Lexham in Don’t Tempt Me by Loretta Chase
  • Most Tortured Hero  :- Lord Ian Mackenzie in The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie, Jennifer Ashley
  • Most Kickass Heroine :- Elena Deveraux in Angels’ Blood by Nalini Singh
  • Honorable Mention :- Eve Dallas in Kindred in Death and Promises in Death by J.D. Robb
  • Best Romance Couple :- James Durham, Viscount Sanbourne and Lydia Boyce in Bound by Your Touch by Meredith Duran
  • Honorable Mention :- Eve Dallas and Roarke in Kindred in Death and Promises in Death by J.D. Robb

Worst of 2009

  • Worst Romance Not enough votes received for any one title

2009 Annual Reader Poll Commentary

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