(For 2006 releases)

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

Best 2006 Romance Novels

  • Best Romance :- Lover Awakened, J.R. Ward
  • Honorable Mention :- Lord Perfect, Loretta Chase
  • Favorite Funny  :- Lord Perfect, Loretta Chase
  • Honorable Mention :-  Drop Dead Gorgeous, Linda Howard
  • Most-Hanky Read :- Lover Awakened, J.R. Ward
  • Honorable Mention :- Simply Love, Mary Balogh
  • Most Luscious Love Story :- The Raven Prince, Elizabeth Hoyt
  •  Honorable Mention :- Devil in Winter, Lisa Kleypas
  •  Best Erotic Romance :- All U Can Eat, Emma Holly
  • Best Cabin/Road Romance :- Lord Perfect, Loretta Chase
  • Best New Author :- Elizabeth Hoyt
  • Best Buried Treasure :- Jacob, Jacquelyn Frank
  • Honorable Mentions :-  Beauty and the Spy, Julie Anne Long  ,  The Raven Prince, Elizabeth Hoyt
  • Guiltiest Pleasure :- All U Can Eat, Emma Holly
  • Honorable Mention :- Devil in Winter, Lisa Kleypas
  • Author Most Glommed :- J.R. Ward
  • Best Medieval :- The Silver Rose, Susan Carroll
  • Best European Historical :- Devil in Winter, Lisa Kleypas
  • Honorable Mention :- Lord Perfect, Loretta Chase
  • Best Amer Hist/Frontier – tie :- A Reason To Live, Maureen McKade , The Rogue’s Return, Jo Beverley (partially set in Canadian frontier)
  • Best Contemporary  :- Drop Dead Gorgeous, Linda Howard
  • Honorable Mentions :- Angels Fall, Nora Roberts , Sex, Lies, and Online Dating, Rachel Gibson Best Series (Category) Family at Stake, Molly O’Keefe
  • Best Romantic Suspense :- Cold as Ice, Anne Stuart
  • Honorable Mention :- Angels Fall, Nora Roberts
  • Best Paranormal :- Lover Awakened, J.R. Ward
  • Best Chick Lit/Wom Fict :- Hot Dish, Connie Brockway
  • Honorable Mention :- Summer at Willow Lake, Susan Wiggs
  • Best Short Story :-  Honorable Mention Hot Toy (Santa, Baby), Jennifer Crusie,  The Warlord Wants Forever (Playing Easy To Get), Kresley Cole

Best 2006 Characters

  • Most Tortured Hero  :- Lover Awakened, J.R. Ward Zsadist
  • Strongest Heroine :- Lover Awakened, J.R. Ward , Bella
  • Honorable Mentions :- Memory in Death, J.D. Robb , Eve Dallas  , Lord Perfect, Loretta Chase,   Bathsheba Wingate
  • Best Hero :- Devil in Winter, Lisa Kleypas Sebastian (St. Vincent)
  • Best Heroine :- Devil in Winter, Lisa Kleypas , Evie Jenner
  • Honorable Mentions :- Lord Perfect, Loretta Chase, Bathsheba Wingate , Drop Dead Gorgeous, Linda Howard, Blair Mallory
  • Best Couple :- Lord Perfect, Loretta Chase, Bathsheba/Benedict
  • Honorable Mentions :-  Devil in Winter, Lisa Kleypas, Evie/Sebastian , Lover Awakened, J.R. Ward,  Bella/Zsadist
  •  Best Villain :- Lover Awakened, J.R. Ward (unnamed to avoid spoilers)

Worst of the Year for 2006

  • Most Annoying Lead :- Drop Dead Gorgeous, Linda Howard Blair Mallory
  • Author You Gave Up On :- Christina Dodd
  • Dishonorable Mentions :- Nora Roberts , Julia Quinn
  • Most Disappointing Read :- On the Way To the Wedding, Julia Quinn
  •  Worst Read  :- On the Way To the Wedding, Julia Quinn
  • Purple-est Prose  :- Prince of Ice, Emma Holly
  • Dishonorable Mention  :- Mistral’s Kiss, Laurell K. Hamilton

Interim Results