This year’s Annual Poll results are finally here. We thank the many many readers who responded to our survey. The format of taking nominees and then creating a ballot with the top vote getters was a success. Our hard working pollsters–thanks LinneGayl and Lee–tabulated thousands of votes. We plan to run our poll similarly next year.

We will make a few changes, however. It’s clear that allowing books to nominated in multiple categories can create a situation where one author and/or book wins big time. Which is what happened this year. (This will make you happy if you love Nalini Singh which, clearly, many many of our readers do.)

Here, then, are the winners of the 2016 Annual Reader Poll.


NOTE: Honorable mentions have traditionally been given when a book receives at least 80% of the votes of the winner.

Best Romance

Winner: Shards of Hope by Nalini Singh

Honorable Mention:  Archangel’s Enigma by Nalini Singh (Our DIK review is here.)

Honorable Mention: A Seditious Affair by KJ Charles (Our DIK review is here.)

 

Favorite Funny Romance

Winner: My Kind of Wonderful by Jill Shalvis

Honorable Mention: Rock Hard by Nalini Singh (Our DIK review is here.)

 

 Favorite Tear-Jerker Romance

Winner: Only a Kiss by Mary Balogh (Our review is here.)

Honorable Mention: Shards of Hope by Nalini Singh

 

Most Luscious Love Story

Winner: Sweetest Scoundrel by Elizabeth Hoyt (Our review is here.)

Honorable Mention: Shards of Hope by Nalini Singh

 

Best Erotica / Romantica Romance

Winner: Harlot by Victoria Dahl

Honorable Mention: For Real by Alexis Hall

 

 

Most Tortured Romance Hero

Winner: Noah St. John in Rock Redemption by Nalini Singh (Our DIK reviews are here and here.)

 

 

Best Kick-Ass Heroine

Winner: Kate Daniels in Magic Shifts by Illona Andrews

Honorable Mention: Zaira in Shards of Hope by Nalini Singh

 

Best Romance Hero

Aden from Shards of Hope by Nalini Singh

 

 

 

Best Romance Heroine

Winner: Charlotte Baird from Rock Hard by Nalini Singh

 

 

Best Romance Couple

Winner: Aden and Zaira in Shards of Hope by Nalini Singh

 

Best Paranormal Romance

Winner: Archangel’s Enigma by Nalini Singh

Honorable Mention: Magic Shifts by Illona Andrews

 

 

Best Fantasy Romance

Winner: Burned by Karen Marie Moning

Honorable Mention: Radiance by Grace Draven (Our DIK review is here.)

 

Best Science Fiction Romance

Winner: Sirens Call by Jayne Castle

 

 

 

Best Historical Romance set in the U.K.

Winner: Only a Kiss by Mary Balogh

Honorable Mention: A Seditious Affair by KJ Charles

 

 

Best Historical Romance set outside the U.K. 

Winner: This Gun for Hire by Jo Goodman (Our DIK review is here.)

 

 

Best Contemporary Romance

Winner: Rock Hard by Nalini Singh

 

 

 

Best Category Romance Book 

Winner: Playing by the Greek’s Rules by Sarah Morgan (Our review is here.)

Honorable Mention: Pursued by the Rogue by Kelly Hunter (Our DIK review is here.)

 

Best Romantic Suspense

Winner: Seduction Game by Pamela Clare (Our review is here.)

Honorable Mention: Dead by Midnight by Pamela Clare

Honorable Mention: The Other Side of Midnight by Simone St. James (Our DIK review is here.)

Honorable Mention: Consumed by Fire by Anne Stuart (Our review is here.)

 

Best LGBTQ+ Romance

Winners: (a tie): A Seditious Affair by K.J. Charles and Him by Elle Kennedy and Sarina Bowen

 

 

2015’s Best Debuting Romance Author

Winner: Anna Harrington

 

 

 

Best Young Adult Romance

Winner: The Immortal Heights by Sherry Thomas (Our DIK review is here.)

 

 

 

Best New Adult Romance 

Winner: Elements of Chemistry by Penny Reid

Honorable Mention: Trade Me by Courtney Milan

Honorable Mention: The Deal by Elle Kennedy (Our review is here.)

 

 

Best Romance Novella or Short Story

Winner: Lord Dashwood Missed Out by Tessa Dare 

 

 

Best Novel (non-romance) with strong romantic elements

Winner: If You Only Knew by Kristan Higgins (Our DIK review is here.)