Welcome to the results of the 2018 AAR Top 100 Romances Poll. This is a reader generated poll we do every five years or so. This year, we had over 5000 votes and so many marvelous books nominated.

We’ve decided not to rank these books, but rather just put them in alphabetical order. We did rank the top ten and you can see them here.

A printable list of all 100 may be found here.

Previous years’ polls may be found here.

Enjoy!

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aAct Like It

Lucy Parker

Contemporary Romance

2015/11

A-

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Ain’t She Sweet?

Susan Elizabeth Phillips

Contemporary Romance

2005

B-

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Almost Heaven

Judith McNaught

European Historical Romance

1991

A

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An Extraordinary Union

Alyssa Cole

American Historical Romance

2017

C

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Angels Blood

Nalini Singh

Fantasy Romance

2009

A

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Any Duchess Will Do

Tessa Dare

European Historical Romance

2013/06

B-

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Anyone But You

Jennifer Cruise

Series Romance

1996/08

B+

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Beard Science

Penny Reid

Contemporary Romance

2013

A

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Bet Me

Jennifer Crusie

Contemporary Romance

2004

A

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The Black Hawk

Joanna Bourne

Historical Romance

2011

A

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Blue Eyed Devil

Lisa Kleypas

Contemporary Romance

2008

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The Bride

Julia Garwood

Medieval Romance

1991

A

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Burn for Me

Ilona Andrews

Urban Fantasy

2014/11

B+

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The Countess Conspiracy

Courtney Milan

Historical Romance

2013

A

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Dark Lover

J.R. Ward

Vampire Romance

2005

A-

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Devil in Winter

Lisa Kleypas

European Historical Romance

2006/03

A-

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Devil’s Bride

Stephanie Laurens

European Historical Romance

1998

A

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Devil’s Cub

Georgette Heyer

Classic Fiction

2003

A+

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Dragon Bound

Thea Harrison

Fantasy Romance

2011

A

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Dream a Little Dream

Susan Elizabeth Phillips

Contemporary Romance

1998

B

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Dreaming of You

Lisa Kleypas

European Historical Romance

1994

A

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The Duchess Deal

Tessa Dare

Historical Romance

2017

B

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The Duke and I

Julia Quinn

European Historical Romance

2000

A-

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A Duke of Her Own

Eloisa James

European Historical Romance

2009

C-

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Duke of Midnight

Elizabeth Hoyt

European Historical Romance

2013/10

A-

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The Duke of Shadows

Meredith Duran

Historical Romance

2008

A

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Duke of Sin

Elizabeth Hoyt

Historical Romance

2016/06

A-

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Flowers From the Storm

Laura Kinsale

European Historical Romance

2003

A

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Frederica

Georgette Heyer

Classic Fiction

2000

A

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A Gentleman’s Position

K.J. Charles

Historical Romance

2016/04

A

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The Governess Affair

Courtney Milan

European Historical Romance

2012/05

A-

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Hate to Want You

Alisha Rai

Contemporary Romance

2017

A

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The Hating Game

Sally Thorne

Contemporary Romance

2016

A

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Heart of Obsidian

Nalini Singh

Paranormal Romance

2013/06

B

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Heaven, Texas

Susan Elizabeth Phillips

Contemporary Romance

1995

A

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The Heiress Effect

Courtney Milan

European Historical Romance

2013/07

A

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Him

Sarina Bowen and Elle Kennedy

Contemporary Romance

2015

B

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His at Night

Sherry Thomas

European Historical Fiction

2010/06

B+

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A Hunger Like No Other

Kresley Cole

Paranormal Romance

2006

A

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The Iron Duke

Meljean Brook

Steampunk

2010/10

A

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It Had To Be You

Susan Elizabeth Phillips

Contemporary Romance

1994

A

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It Happened One Autumn

Lisa Kleypas

European Historical Romance

2005/10

A-

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It Happened One Wedding

Julie James

Contemporary Romance

2014/05

A-

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Jane Eyre

Charlotte Bronte

Classic Fiction

2004

A

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Kiss of Snow

Nalini Singh

Paranormal Romance

2011/06

B

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Kulti

Mariana Zapata

Sports Romance

2015

Lord of Scoundrels

Loretta Chase

European Historical Romance

1995

A

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Lord Perfect

Loretta Chase

European Historical Romance

2006/03

A-

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Love in the Afternoon

Lisa Kleypas

European Historical Romance

2010/07

B

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Lover Awakened

J.R. Ward

Vampire Romance

2006/09

B+

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The Luckiest Lady in London

Sherry Thomas

European Historical Romance

2013/11

A

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Mackenzie’s Mountain

Linda Howard

Contemporary Romance

2000

A

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The Madness of Lord Ian MacKenzie

Jennifer Ashley

European Historical Romance

2009/05

A-

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Magic Binds

Ilona Andrews

Urban Fantasy Romance

2016

A

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Married by Morning

Lisa Kleypas

European Historical Romance

2010/06

B

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Marrying Winterborne

Lisa Kleypas

European Historical Romance

2016/05

A

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Match Me if You Can

Susan Elizabeth Phillips

Contemporary Romance

2005

A

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Mine Till Midnight

Lisa Kleypas

European Historical Romance

2007/10

B+

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More than a Mistress

Mary Balogh

European Historical Romance

2001

A-

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Mr. Impossible

Loretta Chase

Historical Romance

2005/03

A

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Mr. Perfect

Linda Howard

Contemporary Romance

2001

A

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Naked in Death

J.D. Robb

Futuristic Romantic Suspense

1995

A

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Natural Born Charmer

Susan Elizabeth Phillips

Sports Romance

2009

A-

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Neaderthal Seeks Human

Penny Reid

Romantic Comedy

2013

Nine Rules to Break When Romancing a Rake

Sarah MacLean

European Historical Romance

2010

B

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Nobody’s Baby But Mine

Susan Elizabeth Phillips

Contemporary Romance

1997

A

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Not Quite a Husband

Sherry Thomas

Historical Romance

2009/06

A

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Outlander

Diana Gabaldon

Time Travel Romance

1992

A

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Persuasion

Jane Austen

Classic Fiction

2003

A

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Pride and Prejudice

Jane Austen

 Classic Fiction

1983

A+

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Private Arrangements

Sherry Thomas

European Historical Romance

2008/03

A-

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A Promise of Fire

Amanda Bouchet

Fantasy Romance

2016

A

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Radiance

Grace Draven

Fantasy Romance

2015/01

A

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The Rake

Mary Jo Putney

European Historical Romance

1998

A

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Ransom

Julie Garwood

Medieval Romance

1999

B+

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The Raven Prince

Elizabeth Hoyt

European Historical Romance

2006

A-

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Ravished

Amanda Quick

European Historical Romance

1992

A-

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Rock Hard

Nalini Singh

Sports Romance

2015

A-

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A Rogue by Any Other Name

Sarah MacLean

European Historical Romance

2012/03

B

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Romancing Mister Bridgerton

Julia Quinn

European Historical Romance

2002

B+

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Sea Swept

Nora Roberts

Contemporary Romance

1998

A

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The Secret

Julia Garwood

Medieval Romance

1992

A

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Secrets of a Summer Night

Lisa Kleypas

European Historical Romance

2004

C+

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A Seditious Affair

K.J. Charles

Historical Romance

2015/12

A+

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Slave to Sensation

Nalini Singh

Alternate Reality Romance

2006

A

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Slightly Dangerous

Mary Balogh

European Historical Romance

2005

A

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Something About You

Julie James

Contemporary Romance

2010

A-

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The Spymaster’s Lady

Joanna Bourne

European Historical Romance

2008

A

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The Suffragette Scandal

Courtney Milan

European Historical Romance

2014/07

A

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A Summer to Remember

Mary Balogh

European Historical Romance

2003

A

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Then Came You

Lisa Kleypas

European Historical Romance

1993

A

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The Viscount Who Loved Me

Julia Quinn

European Historical Romance

2000

A

read our review here

The Wall of Winnipeg and Me

Mariana Zapata

Sports Romance

2016

A Week to Be Wicked

Tessa Dare

European Historical Romance

2012/04

B+

read our review here

Welcome to Temptation

Jennifer Cruise

Romantic Suspense

2004

A

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What I Did for a Duke

Julie Anne Long

European Historical Romance

2011/03

A-

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When Beauty Tamed the Beast

Eloisa James

European Historical Romance

2011/02

B

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When He Was Wicked

Julia Quinn

European Historical Romance

2004

B

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White Hot

Ilona Andrews

Urban Fantasy Romance

2017

B+

read our review here

Wildfire

Ilona Andrews

Fantasy Romance

2017

B+

read our review here


The AAR 2018 Top 100


Act Like It, Lucy Parker, Contemporary Romance, 2015/11

Ain’t She Sweet?, Susan Elizabeth Phillips, Contemporary Romance, 2005

Almost Heaven, Judith McNaught, European Historical Romance, 1991

An Extraordinary Union, Alyssa Cole, American Historical Romance, 2017

Angels Blood, Nalini Singh, Fantasy Romance, 2009

Any Duchess Will Do, Tessa Dare, European Historical Romance, 2013/06

Anyone But You, Jennifer Cruise, Series Romance, 1996/08

Beard Science, Penny Reid, Contemporary Romance, 2016

Bet Me, Jennifer Crusie, Contemporary Romance, 2004

The Black Hawk, Joanna Bourne, Historical Romance, 2011

Blue Eyed Devil, Lisa Kleypas, Contemporary Romance, 2008

The Bride, Julie Garwood, Medieval Romance, 1991

Burn for Me, Ilona Andrews, Urban Fantasy, 2014/11

The Countess Conspiracy, Courtney Milan, Historical Romance, 2013

Dark Lover, J.R. Ward, Vampire Romance, 2005

Devil in Winter, Lisa Kleypas, European Historical Romance, 2006/03

Devil’s Bride, Stephanie Laurens, European Historical Romance, 1998

Devil’s Cub, Georgette Heyer, Classic Fiction, 2003

Dragon Bound, Thea Harrison, Fantasy Romance, 2011

Dream a Little Dream, Susan Elizabeth Phillips, Contemporary Romance, 1998

Dreaming of You, Lisa Kleypas, European Historical Romance, 1994

The Duchess Deal, Tessa Dare, Historical Romance, 2017

The Duke and I, Julia Quinn, European Historical Romance, 2000

A Duke of Her Own, Eloisa James, European Historical Romance, 2009

Duke of Midnight, Elizabeth Hoyt, European Historical Romance, 2013/10

The Duke of Shadows, Meredith Duran, Historical Romance, 2008

Duke of Sin, Elizabeth Hoyt, Historical Romance, 2016/06

Flowers From the Storm, Laura Kinsale, European Historical Romance, 2003

Frederica, Georgette Heyer, Classic Fiction, 2000

A Gentleman’s Position, K.J. Charles, Historical Romance, 2016/04

The Governess Affair, Courtney Milan, European Historical Romance, 2012/05

Hate to Want You, Alisha Rai, Contemporary Romance, 2017

The Hating Game, Sally Thorne, Contemporary Romance, 2016

Heart of Obsidian, Nalini Singh, Paranormal Romance, 2013/06

Heaven, Texas, Susan Elizabeth Phillips, Contemporary Romance, 1995

The Heiress Effect, Courtney Milan, European Historical Romance, 2013/07

Him, Sarina Bowen and Elle Kennedy, Historical Romance, 2015

His at Night, Sherry Thomas, European Historical Fiction, 2010/06

A Hunger Like No Other, Kresley Cole, Paranormal Romance, 2006

The Iron Duke, Meljean Brook, Steampunk, 2010/10

It Had To Be You, Susan Elizabeth Phillips, Contemporary Romance, 1994

It Happened One Autumn, Lisa Kleypas, European Historical Romance, 2005/10

It Happened One Wedding, Julie James, Contemporary Romance, 2014/05

Jane Eyre, Charlotte Bronte, Classic Fiction, 2004

Kiss of Snow, Nalini Singh, Paranormal Romance, 2011/06

Kulti, Mariana Zapata, Sports Romance, 2015

Lord of Scoundrels, Loretta Chase, European Historical Romance, 1995

Lord Perfect, Loretta Chase, European Historical Romance, 2006/03

Love in the Afternoon, Lisa Kleypas, European Historical Romance, 2010/07

Lover Awakened, J.R. Ward, Vampire Romance, 2009/06

The Luckiest Lady in London, Sherry Thomas, European Historical Romance, 2013/11

Mackenzie’s Mountain, Linda Howard, Contemporary Romance, 2000

The Madness of Lord Ian MacKenzie, Jennifer Ashley, European Historical Romance, 2009/05

Magic Binds, Ilona Andrews, Urban Fantasy Romance, 2016

Married by Morning, Lisa Kleypas, European Historical Romance, 2010/06

Marrying Winterborne, Lisa Kleypas, European Historical Romance, 2016/05

Match Me if You Can, Susan Elizabeth Phillips, Contemporary Romance, 2005

Mine Till Midnight, Lisa Kleypas, European Historical Romance, 2007/10

More than a Mistress, Mary Balogh, European Historical Romance, 2001

Mr. Impossible, Loretta Chase, Historical Romance, 2005/03

Mr. Perfect, Linda Howard, Contemporary Romance, 2001

Naked in Death, J.D. Robb, Futuristic Romantic Suspense, 1995

Natural Born Charmer, Susan Elizabeth Phillips, Sports Romance, 2009

Neanderthal Seeks Human, Penny Reid, Romantic Comedy, 2013

Nine Rules to Break When Romancing a Rake, Sarah MacLean, European Historical Romance, 2010

Nobody’s Baby But Mine, Susan Elizabeth Phillips, Contemporary Romance, 1997

Not Quite a Husband, Sherry Thomas, Historical Romance, 2009/06

Outlander, Diana Gabaldon, Time Travel Romance, 1992

Persuasion, Jane Austen, Classic Fiction, 2003

Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen, Classic Fiction, 1983

Private Arrangements, Sherry Thomas, European Historical Romance, 2008/03

A Promise of Fire, Amanda Bouchet, Fantasy Romance, 2016

Radiance, Grace Draven, Fantasy Romance, 2015/01

The Rake, Mary Jo Putney, European Historical Romance, 1998

Ransom, Julie Garwood, Medieval Romance, 1999

The Raven Prince, Elizabeth Hoyt, European Historical Romance, 2006

Ravished, Amanda Quick, European Historical Romance, 1992

Rock Hard, Nalini Singh, Sports Romance, 2015

A Rogue by Any Other Name, Sarah MacLean, European Historical Romance, 2012/03

Romancing Mister Bridgerton, Julia Quinn, European Historical Romance, 2002

Sea Swept, Nora Roberts, Contemporary Romance, 1998

The Secret, Julia Garwood, Medieval Romance, 1992

Secrets of a Summer Night, Lisa Kleypas, European Historical Romance, 2004

A Seditious Affair, K.J. Charles, Historical Romance, 2015/12

Slave to Sensation, Nalini Singh, Alternate Reality Romance, 2006

Slightly Dangerous, Mary Balogh, European Historical Romance, 2005

Something About You, Julie James, Contemporary Romance, 2010

The Spymaster’s Lady, Joanna Bourne, European Historical Romance, 2008

The Suffragette Scandal, Courtney Milan, European Historical Romance, 2014/07

A Summer to Remember, Mary Balogh, European Historical Romance, 2003

Then Came You, Lisa Kleypas, European Historical Romance, 1993

The Viscount Who Loved Me, Julia Quinn, European Historical Romance, 2000

The Wall of Winnipeg and Me, Mariana Zapata, Sports Romance, 2016

A Week to Be Wicked, Tessa Dare, European Historical Romance, 2012/04

Welcome to Temptation, Jennifer Crusie, Romantic Suspense, 2004

What I Did for a Duke, Julie Anne Long, European Historical Romance, 2011/03

When Beauty Tamed the Beast, Eloisa James, European Historical Romance, 2011/02

When He Was Wicked, Julia Quinn, European Historical Romance, 2004

White Hot, Ilona Andrews, Urban Fantasy Romance, 2017

Wildfire, Ilona Andrews, Fantasy Romance, 2017