Interim Results - 2005 Reader Poll

Final Results

February 15, 2005

We posted two sets of interim results in our annual reader poll, the first on January 26th and the second on February 3rd. Interim results are presented in no order other than alpha by name (including "the" and "a" as that's how my database sorts). The poll is now closed...look for results here on March 1st and in the March 1st issue of At the Back Fence.

Any book with a copyright date of 2004 was eligible in this poll.
(Although Fever Dreams and Undead and Unwed were originally published in shorter versions in earlier years, they were rewritten and released as "new" with copyright dates of 2004. Both titles are eligible, therefore. Miss Thornrose and the Rake, on the other hand, was not rewritten; its copyright of 1999 makes it ineligible.)

Best Romance

  • A Deal with the Devil
  • Ain't She Sweet
  • Bet Me
  • Beyond a Wicked Kiss
  • Devil Takes a Bride
  • Dream of Me
  • Guilty Pleasures
  • Kiss Me While I Sleep
  • Miss Wonderful
  • Night Play
  • Northern Lights
  • Shadowheart
  • Slightly Dangerous
  • Tempted
  • The Real Deal
  • Under a Lucky Star
  • When He Was Wicked

Favorite Funny

  • Ain't She Sweet
  • Bet Me
  • Courting Trouble
  • Daisy's Back in Town
  • Man Trouble
  • Miss Wonderful
  • Tempted
  • The Accidental Duchess
  • Undead and Unemployed
  • Undead and Unwed

Most-Hanky Read

  • Again the Magic
  • Bright Eyes
  • Duke of Sin
  • Kiss Me While I Sleep
  • The Real Deal
  • When He Was Wicked

Most Luscious Love Story

  • Duke of Sin
  • His Every Kiss
  • Houston, We Have a Problem
  • Jane's Warlord
  • Originally Human
  • Return to Me
  • Secrets of a Summer Night
  • Shadowheart
  • The Real Deal
  • When He Was Wicked
  • Wild Rain

Most Tortured Hero

  • Devil Takes a Bride
  • England's Perfect Hero
  • Flashpoint
  • His Every Kiss
  • Kinsman's Oath
  • Northern Lights
  • Shadowheart
  • The Romantic
  • Yours Until Dawn

Strongest (aka Kick-Ass) Heroine

  • A Deal with the Devil
  • Ain't She Sweet
  • Divided in Death
  • Flashpoint
  • Kiss Me While I Sleep
  • Shadowheart
  • Undead and Unwed

Best Hero

  • Bet Me
  • Divided in Death
  • Elizabeth's Wolf
  • Getting What You Want
  • Kiss Me While I Sleep
  • Miss Wonderful
  • Night Play
  • Northern Lights
  • Slightly Dangerous
  • The Real Deal
  • The Romantic
  • The Runaway Duke
  • Under a Lucky Star
  • When He Was Wicked

Best Heroine

  • Ain't She Sweet
  • Bet Me
  • Devil Takes a Bride
  • Duke of Sin
  • Flashpoint
  • Guilty Pleasures
  • Miss Wonderful
  • My Pleasure
  • Night Play
  • Tempted
  • The Real Deal
  • The Runaway Duke
  • Undead and Unwed
  • Visions in Death
  • When He Was Wicked

Best Couple

  • A Deal with the Devil
  • Bet Me
  • Blue Dahlia
  • Courting Trouble
  • Daisy's Back in Town
  • Dangerous Deceptions
  • Divided in Death
  • Miss Wonderful
  • Night Play
  • Slightly Dangerous
  • The Real Deal
  • The Runaway Duke
  • When He Was Wicked

Best Villain

  • Dream of Me
  • Flashpoint
  • Kiss Me While I Sleep
  • Kiss of the Night
  • My Seduction
  • The Real Deal
  • The Romantic

Most Annoying Lead Character

  • Again the Magic
  • Daisy's Back in Town
  • Fair Play
  • Highlander Unbound
  • Secrets of a Summer Night
  • Undead and Unwed

Best Debut Author

  • Julie Anne Long
  • Kate Rothwell
  • Kathy Love
  • Marianne Stillings

Best Buried Treasure

  • Beyond a Wicked Kiss
  • Echoes
  • Getting What You Want
  • My Forever Love
  • Run No More
  • Shower of Stars
  • Tempting Danger
  • The Damsel in this Dress
  • The Spare
  • Under a Lucky Star

Guiltiest Pleasure Read

  • Bad Boys Online
  • More Than Seduction
  • Night Play
  • Return to Me
  • Wet and Wild
  • Wild Rain

Author Most Glommed in 2004

  • Eloisa James
  • Emma Holly
  • Georgette Heyer
  • Katie MacAlister
  • Laura Kinsale
  • Loretta Chase
  • Mary Balogh
  • MaryJanice Davidson
  • Rachel Gibson
  • Sherrilyn Kenyon
  • Suzanne Brockmann

Best Cabin/Road Romance

  • Immortal Highlander
  • My Seduction
  • Pure Dynamite
  • Tempted
  • The Nerd Who Loved Me
  • The Runaway Duke

Best Medieval Romance

  • A Dark Champion
  • Forbidden
  • Heart of the Hunter
  • Hidden Honor
  • My Forever Love
  • Shadowheart
  • The Fall
  • The Linnet
  • The Marriage Test

Best European Historical Romance

  • Again the Magic
  • Devil Takes a Bride
  • Guilty Pleasures
  • Miss Wonderful
  • Secrets of a Summer Night
  • Slightly Dangerous
  • The Accidental Duchess
  • The Pursuit of Marriage
  • The Romantic
  • The Runaway Duke
  • Under a Lucy Star
  • When He Was Wicked

Best traditional Regency Romance

  • Castaway Hearts
  • Courting Trouble
  • The Barkin Emeralds

Best American Historical or Frontier Romance

  • A Wanted Man
  • Foxfire Bride
  • Moon in the Water
  • Seen by Moonlight
  • Somebody Wonderful
  • The Unexpected Wife

Best Contemporary Romance

  • Ain't She Sweet
  • Beauty Queen
  • Bet Me
  • Kiss Me While I Sleep
  • Northern Lights
  • Public Displays of Affection
  • Smooth Talkin' Stranger
  • The Real Deal

Best Series (Category) Romance

  • AKA Goddess
  • Joint Forces

Best Romantic Suspense

  • Damsel in this Dress
  • Flashpoint
  • Kiss Me While I Sleep
  • Northern Lights
  • On Thin Ice

Best Alternate Reality Romance

  • A Kiss of Fate
  • A Man in a Kilt
  • Dead to the World
  • Dream of Me
  • Heart Duel
  • Jane's Warlord
  • Master of the Night
  • Night Play
  • Run No More
  • Tempting Danger
  • Undead and Unwed
  • You Slay Me

Best Chick Lit/Women's Fiction

  • Bet Me
  • Can You Keep a Secret?
  • The Real Deal
  • Undead and Unwed

Best Short Story

  • A Hasty Marriage/Carla Kelly
  • Blind Date from Hell/Anne Stuart
  • Much Ado About Twelfth Night/Liz Carlyle
  • Originally Human/Eileen Wilks
  • The First Kiss/Julia Quinn
  • The Proposition/Leslie LaFoy
  • The Trouble with Heroes/Jo Beverley
  • Winterborn/Sherrilyn Kenyon

Author You Gave Up On in 2004

  • Catherine Coulter
  • Elizabeth Lowell
  • JAK
  • Jude Deveraux
  • Julia Quinn
  • LKH
  • Maggie Shayne
  • Nora Roberts
  • Stephanie Laurens
  • Suzanne Brockmann

Author Others Love Who You Don't

  • Christine Feehan
  • Connie Brockway
  • Diana Gabaldon
  • J.D. Robb
  • Jennifer Crusie
  • Katie MacAlister
  • Laura Kinsale
  • Lucy Monroe
  • Mary Balogh
  • MaryJanice Davidson
  • Nora Roberts
  • Sherrilyn Kenyon
  • Suzanne Brockmann

Most Disappointing Romance

  • Blue Dahlia
  • Daisy's Back in Town
  • Miss Fortune
  • Miss Wonderful
  • My Seduction
  • Return to Me
  • Shadowheart
  • Skylark
  • The Real Deal
  • When He Was Wicked

Worst Romance

  • Forced Mate
  • One Dark Night
  • The Real Deal
  • When Bruce Met Cyn

Purple-est Prose

  • Lord of Seduction
  • Master of Temptation

First set of Interim Results: January 26, 2005

Best Romance

  • A Deal with the Devil
  • Ain't She Sweet
  • Bet Me
  • Beyond a Wicked Kiss
  • Devil Takes a Bride
  • Kiss Me While I Sleep
  • Northern Lights
  • Shadowheart
  • The Real Deal
  • When He Was Wicked

Favorite Funny

  • Ain't She Sweet
  • Bet Me
  • Man Trouble
  • Miss Wonderful
  • Undead and Unwed

Most-Hanky Read

  • Again the Magic
  • Bright Eyes
  • The Real Deal
  • When He Was Wicked

Most Luscious Love Story

  • Duke of Sin
  • Shadowheart
  • The Real Deal
  • Wild Rain

Most Tortured Hero

  • Devil Takes a Bride
  • His Every Kiss
  • Kinsman's Oath
  • Northern Lights
  • Shadowheart
  • The Romantic

Strongest (aka Kick-Ass) Heroine

  • A Deal with the Devil
  • Ain't She Sweet
  • Divided in Death
  • Kiss Me While I Sleep
  • Shadowheart

Best Hero

  • Kiss Me While I Sleep
  • Miss Wonderful
  • Northern Lights
  • Slightly Dangerous
  • The Real Deal
  • The Romantic
  • The Runaway Duke

Best Heroine

  • Ain't She Sweet
  • Devil Takes a Bride
  • Flashpoint
  • Miss Wonderful
  • The Real Deal
  • When He Was Wicked

Best Couple

  • A Deal with the Devil
  • Bet Me
  • Divided in Death
  • Miss Wonderful
  • Slightly Dangerous
  • The Real Deal
  • When He Was Wicked

Best Villain

  • Flashpoint
  • Kiss Me While I Sleep
  • The Real Deal

Most Annoying Lead Character

  • Again the Magic
  • Daisy's Back in Town
  • Fair Play
  • Secrets of a Summer Night

Best Debut Author

  • Julie Anne Long
  • Kate Rothwell
  • Kathy Love
  • Marianne Stillings

Best Buried Treasure

  • Beyond a Wicked Kiss
  • The Damsel in this Dress
  • Under a Lucky Star

Guiltiest Pleasure Read

  • More than Seduction
  • Night Play

Author Most Glommed in 2004

  • Laura Kinsale
  • MaryJanice Davidson
  • Sherrilyn Kenyon
  • Suzanne Brockmann

Best Cabin/Road Romance

  • My Seduction
  • The Nerd Who Loved Me

Best Medieval Romance

  • A Dark Champion
  • My Forever Love
  • Shadowheart
  • The Linnet

Best European Historical Romance

  • Devil Takes a Bride
  • Miss Wonderful
  • Slightly Dangerous
  • The Accidental Duchess
  • The Pursuit of Marriage
  • Under a Lucy Star
  • When He Was Wicked

Best traditional Regency Romance

  • Courting Trouble

Best American Historical or Frontier Romance

  • Moon in the Water
  • The Unexpected Wife

Best Contemporary Romance

  • Ain't She Sweet
  • Beauty Queen
  • Bet Me
  • Public Displays of Affection
  • Smooth Talkin' Stranger
  • The Real Deal

Best Series (Category) Romance - no books make the cut so far

Best Romantic Suspense

  • Flashpoint
  • Kiss Me While I Sleep
  • Northern Lights
  • On Thin Ice

Best Alternate Reality Romance

  • A Kiss of Fate
  • Dead to the World
  • Heart Duel
  • Jane's Warlord
  • Undead and Unwed

Best Chick Lit/Women's Fiction

  • Bet Me
  • Can You Keep a Secret?
  • The Real Deal
  • Undead and Unwed

Best Short Story

  • A Hasty Marriage/Carla Kelly
  • Blind Date from Hell/Anne Stuart
  • Originally Human/Eileen Wilks
  • The First Kiss/Julia Quinn
  • The Trouble with Heroes/Jo Beverley

Author You Gave Up On in 2004

  • Catherine Coulter
  • Jude Deveraux
  • Stephanie Laurens
  • Suzanne Brockmann

Author Others Love Who You Don't

  • Connie Brockway
  • Jennifer Crusie
  • Katie MacAlister
  • Laura Kinsale
  • Mary Balogh
  • MaryJanice Davidson
  • Nora Roberts
  • Suzanne Brockmann

Most Disappointing Romance

  • Blue Dahlia
  • Daisy's Back in Town
  • Miss Wonderful
  • My Seduction
  • Shadowheart
  • When He Was Wicked

Worst Romance

  • Forced Mate
  • One Dark Night

Purple-est Prose

  • Lord of Seduction

 

 




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