AAR Top 100 List (2013)

1. Lord of Scoundrels Loretta Chase Eur Hist 1995

2. Devil In Winter Lisa Kleypas Eur Hist 2006

3. Pride and Prejudice Jane Austen Classic 1813

4. The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie Jennifer Ashley Eur Hist 2009

5. Outlander Diana Gabaldon Time-Travel 1991

6. Flowers From The Storm Laura Kinsale Eur Hist 1992

7. Slightly Dangerous Mary Balogh Eur Hist 2004

8. Dreaming of You Lisa Kleypas Eur Hist 1994

9. The Viscount Who Loved Me Julia Quinn Eur Hist 2000

10. Romancing Mr. Bridgerton Julia Quinn Eur Hist 2002

11. The Spymaster’s Lady Joanna Bourne Eur Hist 2008

12. Mr. Impossible Loretta Chase Eur Hist 2005

13. What I Did for a Duke Julie Anne Long Eur Hist 2011

14. Not Quite A Husband Sherry Thomas Hist Rom 2009

15. Bet Me Jennifer Crusie Contemporary 2004

16. The Duke and I Julia Quinn Eur Hist 2000

17. The Black Hawk Joanna Bourne Eur Hist 2011

18. Nobody’s Baby But Mine Susan Elizabeth Phillips Contemporary 1997

19. It Had To Be You Susan Elizabeth Phillips Contemporary 1994

20. Welcome to Temptation Jennifer Crusie Contemporary 2000

21. Match Me If You Can Susan Elizabeth Phillips Contemporary 2005

22. The Raven Prince Elizabeth Hoyt Eur Hist 2006

23. A Week To Be Wicked Tessa Dare Eur Hist 2012

24. Jane Eyre Charlotte Bronte Classic 1847

25. Morning Glory Lavryle Spencer Amer Hist 1990

26. Lord Perfect Loretta Chase Eur Hist 2006

27. Naked In Death J.D. Robb Futuristic 1995

28. Paradise Judith McNaught Contemporary 1991

29. The Bride Julie Garwood Medieval 1989

30. It Happened One Autumn Lisa Kleypas Eur Hist 2008

31. Blue-Eyed Devil Lisa Kleypas Contemporary 2005

32. Devil’s Bride Stephanie Laurens Eur Hist 1998

33. Private Arrangements Sherry Thomas Eur Historical 2008

34. Lover Awakened J.R. Ward Paranormal 2006

35. Persuasion Jane Austen Classic 1818

36. A Summer To Remember Mary Balogh Eur Hist 2002

37. A Knight in Shining Armor Jude Deveraux Time-Travel 1989

38. Devil’s Cub Georgette Heyer Classic 1932

39. Ravishing the Heiress Sherry Thomas Eur Hist 2012

40. Kiss An Angel Susan Elizabeth Phillips Contemporary 1996

41. Mr. Perfect Linda Howard Contemporary 2000

42. When He Was Wicked Julia Quinn Eur Hist 2004

43. A Kingdom of Dreams Judith McNaught Medieval 1989

44. What Happens in London Julia Quinn Eur Hist 2009

45. Venetia Georgette Heyer Classic Fiction 1956

46. Smooth Talking Stranger Lisa Kleypas Contemporary 2009

47. The Secret Julie Garwood Medieval 1992

48. Dream Man Linda Howard Romantic Suspense 1995

49. Heaven, Texas Susan Elizabeth Phillips Contemporary 1995

50. MacKenzie’s Mountain Linda Howard Series/Category 1989

51. As You Desire Connie Brockway Historical 1997

52. This Heart of Mine Susan Elizabeth Phillips Contemporary 2001

53. More Than A Mistress Mary Balogh Eur Hist 2000

54. The Rake Mary Jo Putney Eur Hist 1998

55. Slave To Sensation Nalini Singh Paranormal 2006

56. Love in the Afternoon Lisa Kleypas Eur Hist 2010

57. The Last Hellion Loretta Chase Eur Hist 1998

58. Ravished Amanda Quick Eur Hist 1992

59. The Forbidden Rose Joanna Bourne Eur Hist 2010

60. When Beauty Tamed the Beast Eloisa James Eur Hist 2011

61. Nine Rules to Break When Romancing a Rake Sarah MacLean Eur Hist 2010

62. Then Came You Lisa Kleypas Eur Hist 1993

63. See Jane Score Rachel Gibson Contemporary 2003

64. A Lady Awakened Cecilia Grant Eur Hist 2012

65. The Duke Of Shadows Meredith Duran Eur Hist 2008

66. And Then He Kissed Her Laura Lee Guhrke Eur Hist 2007

67. Cry No More Linda Howard Rom Suspense 2003

68. Bound by Your Touch Meredith Duran Eur Hist 2008

69. After The Night Linda Howard Contemporary 1995

70. Frederica Georgette Heyer Classic Fiction 1965

71. Perfect Judith McNaught Contemporary 1993

72. Open Season Linda Howard Contemporary 2001

73. Honor’s Splendour Julie Garwood Medieval 1987

74. My Dearest Enemy Connie Brockway Eur Hist 1998

75. Ransom Julie Garwood Medieval 1999

76. Unveiled Courtney Milan Eur Hist 2011

77. The Iron Duke Meljean Brook Steampunk 2010

78. To Beguile A Beast Elizabeth Hoyt Eur Hist 2009

79. Dream A Little Dream Susan Elizabeth Phillips Contemporary 1998

80. Suddenly You Lisa Kleypas Eur Hist 2001

81. Something Wonderful Judith McNaught Eur Hist 1988

82. The Secret Pearl Mary Balogh Eur Hist 1991

83. An Offer From a Gentleman Julia Quinn Eur Hist 2001

84. Sugar Daddy Lisa Kleypas Women’s Fiction 2007

85. Secrets of a Summer Night Lisa Kleypas Eur Hist 2004

86. The Shadow and The Star Laura Kinsale Historical 1991

87. The Governess Affair Courtney Milan Eur Hist 2012

88. His At Night Sherry Thomas Eur Hist 2010

89. For My Lady’s Heart Laura Kinsale Medieval Romance 1993

90. To Have and To Hold Patricia Gaffney Eur Hist 1995

91. Mine Till Midnight Lisa Kleypas Eur Hist 2007

92. Simply Love Mary Balogh Eur Hist 2006

93. Rising Tides Nora Roberts Contemporary 1998

94. Almost Heaven Judith McNaught Eur Hist 1990

95. A Hunger Like No Other Kresley Cole Paranormal 2006

96. Lady Sophia’s Lover Lisa Kleypas Eur Hist 2002

97. Natural Born Charmer Susan Elizabeth Phillips Contemporary 2007

98. The Grand Sophy Georgette Heyer Classic Fiction 1950

99. Whitney, My Love Judith McNaught Eur Hist 1985

100. Sylvester Georgette Heyer Classic Fiction 1957


As Pollsters we are always grateful to everyone who submits a ballot, after all, there wouldn’t be a poll without your participation. This poll is a highlight for us and our readers so lots of appreciation goes out to the voters.

As people see that Lord of Scoundrels is yet again the #1 book, we are sure there are varied reactions: “Again?!?!” “Yes!” “Really?” “Awesome!” “But I didn’t vote for it.”

There was quite the battle between Devil in Winter and Lord of Scoundrels for first place and after all the ballots were counted, they were checked again. In the end, Loretta Chase’s story eked out the win. And we do mean eked; of all the points received by the top five titles, Lord of Scoundrels received 22.9% of the points, while Devil in Winter received 22.3%, a difference of 0.6%. It truly doesn’t get much closer than that. We do have to say we noticed lots of people voting for any and all Loretta Chase books other than Lord of Scoundrels, but obviously enough people put it on their list for it to achieve the top spot.

Most of this year’s Top 10 appeared in 2010’s Top Ten, although with some titles changing places. Devil in Winter moved up from 3rd to 2nd, Pride and Prejudice moved up to 3rd from 4th, The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie moved to 4th from 10th, Outlander, Flowers from the Storm and Slightly Dangerous stayed in 5th, 6th and 7th place, Dreaming of You dropped to 8th from 2nd, The Viscount Who Loved Me dropped one place to 9th. The only book that cracked the Top 10 was Romancing Mr. Bridgerton by Julia Quinn, which moved up from 2010’s placing of 12th.

Once again, historical romances dominated the Top 10, as well as the entire Top 100: 62 historical romances plus 8 classics placed while 23 titles were contemporary and 7 were paranormal or futuristic. Compare this to the 2010 list, when 66 titles were historical, contemporary had 25 and paranormal/futuristic/time travel numbered 9 and it seems we are quite consistent in our reading choices. What may be of interest is that of the 7 paranormal/futuristic titles that placed, 3 titles (Outlander, A Knight in Shining Armor and Naked in Death) have made the Top 100 list since its inception in 1998 meaning only 4 additional paranormal titles have made the Top 100 list during what many have said is the peak of the paranormal genre.

Eight books published since the 2010 poll made the Top 100 list: What I Did for a Duke (2011) by Julie Anne Long, The Black Hawk (2011) by Joanna Bourne, A Week to Be Wicked (2012) by Tessa Dare, A Lady Awakened (2012) by Cecilia Grant, When Beauty Tamed The Beast (2011) by Eloisa James, Ravishing the Heiress (2012) by Sherry Thomas, Unveiled (2011) and The Governess Affair (2012), both by Courtney Milan.

And some titles made it to the Top 100 for the first time, including: The Iron Duke by Meljean Brook and Nine Rules to Break When Romancing a Rake by Sarah MacLean.

The author with the most titles in the Top 100 is, once again, Lisa Kleypas with 12. This, however, is actually a drop for Ms. Kleypas when in 2010 she had 15 titles in the Top 100. The author with the second largest number of titles in the Top 100 is contemporary author Susan Elizabeth Phillips, with eight titles, down one for her tally of nine in 2010.

And yes, again, some favorite authors didn’t make it to the Top 100, but did appear in the Top 200. Look for a discussion of the “Best of the Rest” featuring titles 101-200 at the news blog in the next few weeks.

One of the most frequent comments after each Top 100 poll by readers is, “I’m completely out of sync with other readers. I didn’t vote for any of those titles.” Well, after looking at a huge number of ballots over the last month we would have to conclude that it’s the rare AAR reader indeed who voted for even 10 or more of the titles appearing on this year’s Top 100 list. Readers voted for 4,961 different titles, and of those, 2,926 received only one vote. In contrast, both Lord of Scoundrels and Devil in Winter appeared on approximately 30% of all ballots.

The chart below shows the Top 15 romances over the last four polls so you can see some of the shifts in rank.

Rank Top 15 2013 Rank Top 15 2010 Rank Top 15 2007 Rank Top 15 2004 1. Lord of Soundrels (Chase) 1. Lord of Scoundrels (Chase) 1. Lord of Scoundrels (Chase) 1. Lord of Scoundrels (Chase) 2. Devil in Winter (Kleypas) 2. Dreaming Of You (Kleypas) 2. Dreaming Of You (Kleypas) 2. Flowers From The Storm (Kinsale) 3. Pride and Prejudice (Austen) 3. Devil in Winter (Kleypas) 3. Pride and Prejudice (Austen) 3. Welcome to Temptation (Crusie) 4. The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie (Ashley) 4. Pride and Prejudice (Austen) 4. Outlander (Gabaldon) 4. As You Desire (Brockway) 5. Outlander (Gabaldon) 5. Outlander (Gabaldon) 5. Flowers From The Storm (Kinsale) 5. Bet Me (Crusie) 6. Flowers From The Storm (Kinsale) 6. Flowers From the Storm (Kinsale) 6. Slightly Dangerous (Balogh) 6. Dreaming Of You (Kleypas) 7. Slightly Dangerous (Balogh) 7. Slightly Dangerous (Balogh) 7. Devil in Winter (Kleypas) 7. Outlander (Gabaldon) 8. Dreaming of You (Kleypas) 8. The Viscount Who Loved Me (Quinn) 8. Bet Me (Crusie) 8. Over The Edge (Brockmann) 9. The Viscount Who Loved Me (Quinn) 9. The Raven Prince (Hoyt) 9. Welcome to Temptation (Crusie) 9. All Through the Night (Brockway) 10. Romancing Mister Bridgerton (Quinn) 10. The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie (Ashley) 10. The Viscount Who Loved Me (Quinn) 10. Sea Swept (Roberts) 11. The Spymaster’s Lady (Bourne) 11. Mr. Impossible (Chase) 11. Lover Awakened (Ward) 11. It Had To Be You (Phillips) 12. Mr. Impossible (Chase) 12. Romancing Mister Bridgerton (Quinn) 12. Mr. Impossible (Chase) 12. A Summer to Remember (Balogh) 13. What I Did For A Duke (Long) 13. Paradise (McNaught) 13. The Duke and I (Quinn) 13. Morning Glory (Spencer) 14. Not Quite A Husband (Thomas) 14. Lord Perfect (Chase) 14. It Had To Be You (Phillips) 14. The Proposition (Ivory) 15. Bet Me (Crusie) 15. It Had To Be You (Phillips) 15. Lord Perfect (Chase) 15. A Kingdom of Dreams (McNaught)

Feel free to debate the Top 100 on the boards. We’d love to see the discussion, as we are sure it will be lively.

Results of our 2010 Top 100 Romances Poll

Results of our 2007 Top 100 Romances Poll

Results of our 2004 Top 100 Romances Poll

Results of our 2000 Top 100 Romances Poll

Results of our 1998 Top 100 Romances Poll