Interim Results - 2004 Annual Reader Poll

Final Results

February 15, 2004:

On February 1st we announced the interim results in our eighth annual reader's poll. We do this annually to assist readers filling out their ballots (another helpful thing we did is to provide a list of 2003 published books for which we granted DIK status). As we've done for the past few years, this list of interim results will remain online for a full year (thereafter they are available via email). Many of our readers find the information helpful beyond the poll itself because most (if not all) of the titles that are shown and yet don't win or place in the final tally are damn good reads.

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The titles/characters/authors are presented in no particular order, and authors who have had a "lock" in past years in certain categories may no longer have that lock. There is also no guarantee that any nominee in any particular category will win or place in the final tally, which will be presented here on March 1st. We've had "sleepers" in the past win at the last possible moment. As a result, we were extremely inclusive in listing this year's interim nominees. Which is why we suggest that if you feel strongly about a title, character, or author that isn't listed below, you vote for it anyway - your vote could make the difference.

More voters than usual waited to vote until closer to the end of the poll, and as a result many of these categories are rather skimpy in terms of titles and characters and authors listed. Be assured that in the last two weeks we've received tons of votes, so many it's been difficult to keep up with the ballots. We can't wait to bring you the final results on March 1st.

Favorite Romance:

Return Engagement by Lynn Michaels
Slightly Scandalous by Mary Balogh
Take a Chance on Me by Susan Donovan
The Time Traveller's Wife by Audery Niffenegger
Cry No More by Linda Howard
Gone Too Far by Suzanne Brockmann
Beyond Sunrise by Candice Proctor
Born In Sin by Kinley MacGregor

Favorite Funny:

A Nerd In Shining Armor by Vicki Lewis Thompson
The Pretender by Celeste Bradley
The Very Viril Viking by Sandra Hill
To the Nines by Janet Evanovich
Take a Chance On Me by Susan Donovan
See Jane Score by Rachel Gibson
Single White Vampire by Lynsay Sands
The Ideal Bride by Nonnie St. George

Most Hanky Read:

Some Men's Dreams by Kathleen Korbel
Cry No More by Linda Howard
Fallen from Grace by Laura Leone
The Time Traveller's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
To Sir Phillip with Love by Julia Quinn

Most Luscious Love Story:

The Devil You Know by Liz Carlyle
Standing In the Shadows by Shannon McKenna
Worth Any Price by Lisa Kleypas
Wilde Thing by Janelle Denison
Fallen From Grace by Laura Leone
Personal Assets by Emma Holly

Most Tortured Hero:

Sin MacAllister from Born In Sin by Kinley MacGregor
Zarek from Dance with the Devil by Sherrilyn Kenyon
J D Damascus from Bad Moon Rising by Katherine Sutcliffe
Ryan Kinsmore from Fallen From Grace by Laura Leone
Bentley Rutledge from The Devil You Know by Liz Carlyle
Sam Starett from Gone Too Far by Suzanne Brockmann

Strongest Heroine:

Hush from Sweet Hush by Deborah Smith
India McKnight from Beyond Sunrise by Candace Proctor
Lady Syrah from She Who Laughs Last by Jennie Klassel
Phoebe Claringworth from Almost a Gentleman by Pam Rosenthal
Milla Edge from Cry No More by Linda Howard
Eve Dallas from Portrait in Death by J. D. Robb
Freyja from Slightly Scandalous by Mary Balogh
Alyssa Locke from Gone Too Far by Suzanne Brockmann
Eloise Bridgerton from To Sir Phillip With Love by Julia Quinn

Favorite Hero:

Diaz from Cry No More by Linda Howard
Henry DeTamble from The Time Traveller's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
Joshua Moore from Slightly Scandalous by Mary Balogh
Roarke from Portrait in Death by J. D. Robb
Sam Starrett from Gone Too Far by Suzanne Brockmann
Billy Blade from Lady of Desire by Gaelen Foley
Noah from Return Engagement by Lynn Michael

Favorite Heroine:

India McKnight from Beyond Sunrise by Candice Proctor
Lucy Hatch from The Last of the Honky Tonk Angels by Marsha Moyer
Milla from Cry No More by Linda Howard
Jane Alcott from See Jane Score by Rachel Gibson
Eve Dallas from Portrait In Death by J. D. Robb
Alyssa Locke from Gone Too Far by Suzanne Brockmann
Hush from Sweet Hush by Deborah Smith

Favorite Couple:

Charles and Melanie Fraser from Beneath a Silent Moon by Tracy Grant
Eve and Roark from Portrait in Death by J. D. Robb
India and Jack from Beyond Sunrise by Candice Proctor
Sam and Alyssa from Gone Too Far by Suzanne Brockmann
Freyja and Joshua from Slightly Scandalous by Mary Balogh
Emma and Thomas from Take a Chance on Me by Susan Donovan
Sara and Ryan from Fallen From Grace by Laura Leone

Best Villian (we will omit the actual name to avoid giving spoilers):

Standing in the Shadows by Shannon McKenna
Traveler by Melanie Jackson
Cry No More by Linda Howard
Key of Valor by Nora Roberts

Most Annoying Lead Character:

Chloe from Only By Your Touch by Catherine Anderson
Genevive from Nerd in Shining Armor by Vicki Lewis Thompson
Charlotte from Noble Destiny by Katie MacAllister
Kelley from Hard Lovin Man by Lorraine Heath

Best Cabin/Road Romance:

Beyond Sunrise by Candice Proctor
Adventures of a Scottish Heiress by Cathy Maxwell
Gone Too Far by Suzanne Brockmann
See Jane Score by Rachel Gibson

Favorite New Author:

Audrey Niffenegger
Holly Cook
Pam Rosenthal
Deidre Martin
Nonnie St. George

Best Buried Treasure Romance:

Prospero's Daughter by Nancy Butler
Return Engagement by Lynn Michaels
Beyond Sunrise by Candice Proctor
Still Life with Murder by PB Ryan
Fallen From Grace by Laura Leone
Last of the Honky Tonk Angels by Marsha Moyer

Guiltiest Pleasure Romance:

Standing In the Shadows by Shannon McKenna
Complete Abandon by Cheryl Holt
Lady of Desire by Gaelen Foley

Most Glommed Author:

Edith Layton
Gail Eastwood
Kathleen Korbel
Mary Balogh

Favorite Medieval Romance:

She Who Laughs Last by Jennie Klassel
Born In Sin by Kinley MacGregor
Danelaw by Susan Squires

Favorite European Historical Romance:

The Sea Wife by Holly Cook
Everything I Ever Wanted by Jo Goodman
Slightly Married by Mary Balogh
The Imposter by Celeste Bradley
Worth Any Price by Lisa Kleypas
Beyond Sunrise by Candice Proctor
To Sir Phillip with Love by Julia Quinn
Slightly Scandalous by Mary Balogh

Favorite Traditional Regency Romance:

Faire Game by Joann Ferguson
My Favorite Matchmaker by Jeanne Savery
The Diamond Key by Barbara Metzger
The Ideal Bride by Nonnie St. George
Prospero's Daughter by Nancy Butler

Favorite American/Western Romance:

Sweet Release by Pamela Clare
When a Texan Gambles by Jodi Thomas
A Kiss to Die For by Claudia Dain
Still Life with Murder by PB Ryan
Shotgun Wedding by Maggie Osborne
Here's To the Ladies by Carla Kelly

Favorite Contemporary Romance:

See Jane Score by Rachel Gibson
Take a Chance on Me by Susan Donovan
Cry No More by Linda Howard
Fallen from Grace by Laura Leone
Gone Too Far by Suzanne Brockmann

Favorite Series Romance:

Do-Over by Dorien Kelly
Some Men's Dreams by Kathleen Korbel
Night Watch by Suzanne Brockmann

Favorite Romantic Suspense:

Bad Moon Rising by Katherine Sutcliffe
Late for the Wedding by Amanda Quick
Cry No More by Linda Howard
Gone Too Far by Suzanne Brockmann
Portrait In Death by J.D. Robb

Favorite Short Story:

Let Nothing You Dismay by Carla Kelly from Regency Christmas Wishes
Kathleen Flaherty's Long Winter by Carla Kelly from Here's To the Ladies
The Fragrance of Lemons by Jeanette Groark from Sexy Shorts for Christmas
Two Hearts by Karen Hawkins from The Further Observations of Lady Whistledown
A Tale of Two Sisters by Julia Quinn from Where's My Hero
A Family Christmas by Mary Balogh from Under the Mistletoe
Only Human by Eileen Wilks from Lover Beware

Favorite Alternate Reality Romance:

Club Dead by Charlaine Harris
I Burn for You by Susan Sizemore
Single White Vampire by Lynsay Sands
Portrait In Death by J. D. Robb
Dark Melody by Christine Feehan
The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
Traveler by Melanie Jackson

Chick Lit/Women's Fiction:

Clean Slate by Laura Caldwell
A Piece of Heaven by Barbara Samuels
Ghosts of Boyfriends Past by Carly Anders

Author You Gave Up On:

Suzanne Brockmann
Katie MacAllister
Lori Foster
Susan Johnson
Julia Quinn
Stephanie Laurens
Nora Roberts
Jude Deveraux

Authors Others Love But You Don't:

Diana Gabaldon
Judith Ivory
Katherine Sutcliffe
Linda Howard
Suzanne Brockmann
Nora Roberts
Mary Balogh
Susan Elizabeth Phillips

Most Disappointing Romance:

Night Falls Like Silk by Kathleen Eagle
Noble Destiny by Katie MacAllister
One Night of Scandal by Teresa Medeiros
Gone Too Far by Suzanne Brockmann
Hard Lovin Man by Lorraine Heath
Nerd In Shining Armor by Vicki Lewis Thompson

Worst Romance:

Gone too Far by Suzanne Brockmann
Into the Fire by Anne Stuart

Most Purple Prose:

Standing In the Shadows by Shannon McKenna
The Prince of Pleasure by Nicole Jordan
Lady of Desire by Gaelen Foley
Shadow Game by Christine Feehan




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