Marrying the Royal Marine
(AAR Grade: A-)
surprised and pleased with this honor. One of the highlights of my
writing life will be the Channel Fleet trilogy, and the Ratliff
sisters. Above all, it was so satisfying to write a tribute to the
Royal Navy, who kept England safe during such a time of national
emergency. We owe a great deal to our men in uniform at home and
abroad, in your country and mine."
All I Ever Wanted
(AAR Grade: A-)
|Tied For Best Chick Lit / Women's Fiction
with Pamela Morsi's The Bikini Car Wash
you so much, AAR Readers! I'm so honored that you liked Callie and Ian!
And congratulations to all the other winners, too."
| Best Romantica
"I'm so thrilled and honored that Patience
won Best Romantica! What a wonderful tribute to Matthew and
Patience---two characters who really put themselves out there, in all
their vulnerability, for the reader. It's lovely to see them get this
accolade, and I'm so proud of them. They, and I, couldn't be happier!
My sincerest thanks to all the readers who understand and love them so
"I knew Patience would be a risky story before I even started
writing it. But I also knew it was Matthew and Patience's truth, and
that to dilute their story would be a betrayal of these two amazing
characters, whom I adore. I think, as readers, we take in every story
through our own lenses--lenses colored by our unique experiences and
understanding. I know this is true of me. I have things I like or don't
like in my romance---but there have been times when a marvelous author
has won me over despite my prejudices. I wish I could have accomplished
this for those readers who were disappointed. But I'm also grateful
they cared enough to be disappointed. I can only hope to please them
better with subsequent endeavors. :-)"
Here There Be Monsters
in the anthology Burning Up
(AAR Grade: B)
|Best Romance Short Story
can only say thank you, again, to All About Romance and to every reader
who took a chance on the steampunk series, and who talked about it, or
lent the novella to a friend. I'm thrilled that you loved the story,
and I'll do my very best to keep any upcoming steampunk stories from
hitting future "Most Disappointing" lists. Thank you!"
"I'm so thrilled and proud to be chosen by AAR readers, especially in
a year with so many fantastic debuts! Like most romance authors, I'm
a reader too, and one of my favorite things about the romance genre is
how it functions as a community. AAR is in a class by itself when it
comes to fostering that and keeping it going. I can't even express
how huge an honor it is that so many of you liked my book. Thank you
to everyone who voted (even if it wasn't for me)!"
(AAR Grade: A-)
so delighted that readers enjoy Elena as a character! I love writing
her, seeing how she changes and grows from book to book. Thank you to
all of you who voted for her in the poll - and I hope you'll continue
to travel with her as she finds her wings in her unexpected and
extraordinary new life."
15th Annual Reader Poll Analysis
Watching the results come in over the two weeks of the poll is
exhilarating and reminds us pollsters of just how much talent is out
there in the romance genre. This year seemed like the year of the
horse race. Titles for categories would easily swap in and out or
we'd have one category in which a clear winner seemed imminent, only
to have another title suddenly emerge the winner.
This year the percentages were very close in a number of
the categories, leading to not only a winner, but also to an Honorable
Mention that are awarded when a second (or third) place title
has enough votes to place within 20% of all votes cast for the winner.
Best Romance of 2010 goes to Loretta Chase for Last Night's Scandal
with honorable mentions going to The Forbidden Rose by Joanna Bourne
and The Iron Duke by Meljean Brook. Each of these titles also won in
their own specific category. Last Night's Scandal was voted the Best
Historical Romance Set in the UK, The Forbidden Rose Best Historical
Romance Not Set in the UK and The Iron Duke was named the Best Paranormal.
Several authors made their first appearance in AAR's Annual Poll.
Julie James' Something About You was an outright winner for Best
Contemporary Romance. And Pamela Clare's Naked Edge won for Best
Romantic Suspense. In addition to Meljean Brook's win for Best
Paranormal, she also won for Best Short Story for Here There Be Monsters from the anthology Burning Up.
Many of the other winners are familiar faces in AAR's Annual Reader
Polls. This is the second time that Loretta Chase has won Best
Romance. She previously won for 2005's Mr. Impossible. Ms. Chase has previously won for Best
Historical Set Outside the UK (2008's Your Scandalous Ways, set in
Venice, Italy) and Best European Historical (2005's Mr. Impossible, set in Egypt).
Readers also enjoy Joanna Bourne's books, whether it is the winner for
Best Historical Not Set in the UK (this year's winner for 2010 books,
The Forbidden Rose, set in France) or her 2009 title, The Spymaster's Lady, set in the UK.
Julia Quinn continues her winning ways for Favorite Funny for Ten Things I Love About You. Ms. Quinn also won Favorite Funny (in a
three way tie) for 1998's To Catch an Heiress and stand alone wins for 2000's The Viscount Who Loved Me and 2009's What Happens in London.
While Ms. Quinn may tickle our funny bone, Lisa Kleypas's stories can
make us cry. Love in the Afternoon won this
poll's Biggest Tearjerker, Ms. Kleypas'
second win in this category. She previously won this category with her 2008 release
Kristan Higgans' All I Ever Wanted and Pamela Morsi's The Bikini Car Wash
tied for Best Chick Lit/Women's Fiction. Both of these authors have won
in this same category in the past. Ms. Higgins won in 2008 for Just One of the Guys, and Ms. Morsi won last year for Red's Hot Honky-Tonk Bar.
Carla Kelly won best series romance for the second year in a row, with
Marrying the Royal Marine. She won last year for Marrying the Captain.
The winner for Most Kickass Heroine, Elena Deveraux, in Nalini Singh's Archangel's Kiss, took the title again this year, after winning last year when appearing in Angels' Blood.
And we just have to mention the race for
the win of Best New Author of 2010. Almost half of all the
ballots entered had this category filled in meaning many of us
are out there giving new authors a shot, with Rose Lerner
coming in as the winner. Previous winners of this title, like
Liz Carlyle (2000), Madeline Hunter (2001), and Elizabeth Hoyt
(2007), have become many readers' favorite authors.
We modified two categories in the poll this year, and as a result,
were able to announce winners in every category. We changed one
category from Best Erotica to Best Romantica, and a second from Worst
Romance to Most Disappointing Romance. Ironically, the same book -
Patience by Lisa Valdez - won in each of these categories. But truly,
many of the books that garnered a win or honorable mention in another
category also received votes for Most Disappointing. This was clearly
a good change in categories.
Finally, we look forward to reading all your thoughts about the
results in the AAR Forums, and would like to offer our congratulations
to all of the winners.
AAR's Pollsters - LinnieGayl, LeeB, and CindyS
we look forward to reading all your thoughts about the results in the
AAR Forums. To get the conversation going here are a few questions to
Are you pleased with the results?
Did any of your favorite books, authors and/or characters win?
Which winners surprised you?
Have you read most of the winning books?