February 8, 2010

14th Annual Reader Poll Results

The results in our 14th Annual Reader Poll are in!


Without further ado, and with big congratulations to the winners, you can see the results below and a complete listing of the winners here.

AAR’s Pollsters – LinnieGayl, LeeB, and CindyS


Multiple Award Winners

Jennifer Ashley

Four wins and one HM for The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie

(AAR Grade: A-)

Best Romance
Best Historical Romance Set in the U.K.
Best Love Scenes
Most Tortured Hero
Best Heroine (HM)












Lisa Kleypas

Three wins for Smooth Talking Stranger

(AAR Grade: B)

Best Contemporary Romance
Best Love Scenes
Best Hero




“Thank you from the bottom of my heart! I have found such fulfillment and excitement in trying to meet the challenge of the contemporary genre—I love it, and it continues to be a learning experience for me. I think my contemporary characters all have something in common—they each have to figure out what to do with their emotional baggage, and if they can’t discard it, they find that love gives them the strength to carry it more easily. The thought that my work has been enjoyed by the readers I respect so much is a thrill beyond words. Best wishes and sincere gratitude.”




Meredith Duran

Five wins for Bound by Your Touch

(AAR Grade: A)

Best Romance Heroine
Best Romance Couple
Best Romance (HM)
Best Historical Romance Set in the U.K.
Best Love Scenes (HM)



“Wow—I’m so surprised and tremendously honored by these accolades! Thanks so much to the AAR community for cheering on the bad boy and the bluestocking. Also, if characters could demand justice, I’d say you had just delivered it for Lydia: I fretted during the writing of this book that she was so much more serious than Sanburne (and her sense of humor so much quieter) that he might end up overshadowing her. You have now proven me wrong, and I am *delighted* for it!”




Nalini Singh

Three wins for two books

Branded by Fire

(AAR Grade: B)

Best Paranormal
Best Love Scenes (HM)

Angels’ Blood

(AAR Grade: B+)

Best Kickass Heroine






“I’m utterly delighted and honored at this news! I’d like to say a huge thank you to everyone who voted, and to AAR staff for their hard work in organizing the poll.”





Sherry Thomas

Four wins for Not Quite a Husband

(AAR Grade: A)

Best Historical Romance Not Set in the U.K.
Biggest Tearjerker
Best Romance (HM)
Best Romance Heroine (HM)





Not Quite a Husband made me cry buckets while writing, so I won’t disagree at all with the tearjerker win. :-) But I’m particularly over the moon about the honorable mention for best heroine. Bryony’s character journey was wonderfully satisfying to write and I’m so glad she resonated with readers. A big thank you to the AAR community and to all the readers for the honors. I am drunk with elation.”




Kristan Higgins

Two wins for Just One of the Guys

(AAR Grade: A/C+)

Best Chick Lit/Women’s Fiction
Funniest Romance (HM)





“Thank you so much for this wonderful honor! I’m thrilled to my toes and will walk around in a happy fog for many days to come.”






Carla Kelly

Two wins for two books

Marrying the Captain

(AAR Grade: A-)

Best Series Romance

The Surgeon’s Lady

(AAR Grade: A-)

Best Series Romance (HM)


Continue on to Individual Winners



























Individual Award Winners


Suzanne Brockmann

Dark of Night
(AAR Grade: A-)

Best Romantic Suspense





Tessa Dare

Goddess of the Hunt
Surrender of a Siren
A Lady of Persuasion
(AAR Grades: B, B+, B+)

Best Debut Author

“Being voted Best Debut Author by the AAR readers is a huge thrill and a tremendous honor. Thank you so much! Both to those who voted for me, and to those who voted for someone else–just for taking a chance on a debut author. We new authors rely on word-of-mouth, and the online community especially. I’m so grateful to AAR for making the effort to review debut books and providing readers with a forum to discuss them, and again, my warmest thanks to all the readers who spent time with my books. I couldn’t be more delighted!”



Courtney Milan

This Wicked Gift
(AAR Grade: B-)

Best Romance Short Story



Julia Quinn

What Happens in London
(AAR Grade: A-)

Funniest Romance

“I’m thrilled to be honored for What Happens in London. Writing it was so much fun; I even had myself laughing at times. It’s wonderful to know that readers, too, read the book with smiles on their faces.”





Pamela Morsi

Red’s Hot Honky-Tonk Bar
(AAR Grade: A-)

Best Women’s Fiction





Loretta Chase

Don’t Tempt Me
(AAR Grade: A-)

Best Heroine (HM)

“My thanks to AAR readers for honoring my harem girl. Zoe Octavia gave me a chance to do something different in the way of a heroine: English on the outside and something completely foreign on the inside. She was a joy to write, and I’m delighted that this very discerning and passionate romance community singled her out with their votes.”




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