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AAR’s Top 100 Romances: 2018

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.

All 100 are available at Amazon and maybe found here.

A printable list of all 100 may be found here.

Previous years’ polls may be found here.


Act Like It, Lucy Parker, Contemporary Romance, 2015

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

Almost Heaven, Judith McNaught, Historical Romance, 1991

An Extraordinary Union, Alyssa Cole, Historical Romance, 2017

Angels Blood, Nalini Singh, Fantasy Romance, 2009

Any Duchess Will Do, Tessa Dare, Historical Romance, 2013

Anyone But You, Jennifer Crusie, Contemporary Romance, 1996

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

The Countess Conspiracy, Courtney Milan, Historical Romance, 2013

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

Devil in Winter, Lisa Kleypas, Historical Romance, 2006

Devil’s Bride, Stephanie Laurens, 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, Historical Romance, 1994

The Duchess Deal, Tessa Dare, Historical Romance, 2017

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

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

Duke of Midnight, Elizabeth Hoyt, Historical Romance, 2013

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

Duke of Sin, Elizabeth Hoyt, Historical Romance, 2016

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

Frederica, Georgette Heyer, Classic Fiction, 2000

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

The Governess Affair, Courtney Milan, Historical Romance, 2012

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

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

The Heiress Effect, Courtney Milan, Historical Romance, 2013

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

His at Night, Sherry Thomas, Historical Fiction, 2010

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

The Iron Duke, Meljean Brook, Steampunk, 2010

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

It Happened One Autumn, Lisa Kleypas, Historical Romance, 2005

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

Jane Eyre, Charlotte Bronte, Classic Fiction, 2004

Kiss of Snow, Nalini Singh, Paranormal Romance, 2011

Kulti, Mariana Zapata, Contemporary Romance, 2015

Lord of Scoundrels, Loretta Chase, Historical Romance, 1995

Lord Perfect, Loretta Chase, Historical Romance, 2006

Love in the Afternoon, Lisa Kleypas, Historical Romance, 2010

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

The Luckiest Lady in London, Sherry Thomas, Historical Romance, 2013

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

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

Magic Binds, Ilona Andrews, Urban Fantasy Romance, 2016

Married by Morning, Lisa Kleypas, Historical Romance, 2010

Marrying Winterborne, Lisa Kleypas, Historical Romance, 2016

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

Mine Till Midnight, Lisa Kleypas, Historical Romance, 2007

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

Mr. Impossible, Loretta Chase, Historical Romance, 2005

Mr. Perfect, Linda Howard, Contemporary Romance, 2001

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

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

Neanderthal Seeks Human, Penny Reid, Contemporary Romance, 2013

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

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

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

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, Historical Romance, 2008

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

Radiance, Grace Draven, Fantasy Romance, 2015

The Rake, Mary Jo Putney, Historical Romance, 1998

Ransom, Julie Garwood, Medieval Romance, 1999

The Raven Prince, Elizabeth Hoyt, Historical Romance, 2006

Ravished, Amanda Quick, Historical Romance, 1992

Rock Hard, Nalini Singh, Contemporary Romance, 2015

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

Romancing Mister Bridgerton, Julia Quinn, Historical Romance, 2002

Sea Swept, Nora Roberts, Contemporary Romance, 1998

The Secret, Julie Garwood, Medieval Romance, 1992

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

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

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

Slightly Dangerous, Mary Balogh, Historical Romance, 2005

Something About You, Julie James, Contemporary Romance, 2010

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

The Suffragette Scandal, Courtney Milan, Historical Romance, 2014

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

Then Came You, Lisa Kleypas, Historical Romance, 1993

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

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

A Week to Be Wicked, Tessa Dare, Historical Romance, 2012

Welcome to Temptation, Jennifer Crusie, Romantic Suspense, 2004

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

When Beauty Tamed the Beast, Eloisa James, Historical Romance, 2011

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

White Hot, Ilona Andrews, Urban Fantasy Romance, 2017

Wildfire, Ilona Andrews, Fantasy Romance, 2017

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