In addition to Bet Me, Cruise’s 2000 release – Welcome to Temptation – landed in third place. This title was in 9th place in the 2007 Top 100 Poll, as well as receiving honorable mentions in the Annual Reader’s Poll for Favorite Romance and Favorite Funny. Both Crusie books received “A” level grades at AAR.
Nora Roberts’ 1994 release Born In Fire, the story of glass blower Margaret Mary Concannon, placed 4th in the mini-poll. It was your 57th favorite in the 2007 Top 100 Poll. Following right behind, in 5th place, is another Roberts title – Sea Swept. This 1998 was voted the Favorite Romance of the year in the AAR Annual Poll. It also received Honorable Mention as the Favorite Contemporary, while Anna Spinelli was named the Favorite Heroine. Both books earned DIK status at AAR.
Susan Elizabeth Phillips placed four Chicago Stars’ books in your top ten. SEP’s It Had to Be You was her highest ranked book – in sixth place, followed by Nobody’s Baby But Mine, Heaven, Texas, and Match Me If You Can. That last title was named the Favorite Funny and the Best Contemporary Romance in the AAR Annual Reader’s Poll. Nobody’s Baby But Mine – a 1997 release – was named the Favorite Romance, Favorite Funny, and Favorite Contemporary Romance in the AAR Annual Reader’s Poll. The other two SEP titles were published prior to AAR’s existence, but all four earned DIK status at AAR.
In tenth place is Susan Donovan’s 2003 release, Take a Chance on Me. This book is the only one of the contemporary romances that did not place in the Top 100 in 2007. However, it was named Favorite Funny in the AAR Annual Reader Poll. As with the other nine titles in this mini-poll, Donovan’s book also earned DIK status.
Lee Brewer, LinnieGayl, and Cindy Smith
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