Annual Reader Poll: Interim Results

The AAR Annual Reader poll is well underway, with voting closing at midnight on February 17th.

With two weeks left to go, we know that many of you are still waiting to cast your ballot.  We hope the interim results presented here will be helpful.

We’d ask you to keep a few things in mind as you look through the results. First, we’ve listed the results in each category in alphabetical order by author. In no way does this reflect the actual vote order for the books, authors, or characters.

Second, our goal was to list the top five authors, books, or characters in each category. In cases in which there are ties, we have listed more. In two categories there simply haven’t been enough votes yet to report any results at this time.

Last, don’t be disappointed if your favorites aren’t among the leaders. Voting is very tight in virtually every category and, at this point, there are no sure winners. In fact, in some cases, if a book, character, or author not listed on the interim results were to get just two more votes, it might actually be the winner for its category.

Ready for the interim results?  (And don’t forget to vote!)

Best Romance

The Spymaster’s Lady by Joanna Bourne

Your Scandalous Ways by Loretta Chase

Acheron by Sherrilyn Kenyon

Blue-Eyed Devil by Lisa Kleypas

Seduce Me at Sunrise by Lisa Kleypas

Private Arrangements by Sherry Thomas

Funniest Romance

Not Another Bad Date by Rachel Gibson

Just One of the Guys by Kristan Higgins

Just the Sexiest Man Alive by Julie James

Like No Other Lover by Julie Anne Long

The Lost Duke of Wyndham by Julia Quinn

Biggest Tearjerker

His Captive Lady by Anne Gracie

Broken Wing by Judith James

Acheron by Sherrilyn Kenyon

Blue-Eyed Devil by Lisa Kleypas

Dawn’s Awakening by Lora Leigh

Best Love Scenes

Your Scandalous Ways by Loretta Chase

To Seduce a Sinner by Elizabeth Hoyt

To Taste Temptation by Elizabeth Hoyt

Seduce Me at Sunrise by Lisa Kleypas

Blue-Eyed Devil by Lisa Kleypas

Flat Out Sexy by Erin McCarthy

Dangerous Secrets by Lisa Marie Rice

Private Arrangements by Sherry Thomas

Best Erotica

There have been too few votes in this category to report results.

Best Romance Hero

Robert Grey, The Spymaster’s Lady by Joanna Bourne

James Cordier, Your Scandalous Ways by Loretta Chase

Morgan McKinnon, Untamed by Pamela Clare

Jason Andrews, Just the Sexiest Man Alive by Julie James

Hardy Cates, Blue-eyed Devil by Lisa Kleypas

Acheron, Acheron by Sherrilyn Kenyon

Reno, Fire and Ice by Anne Stuart

Best Romance Heroine

Annique Villiers, The Spymaster’s Lady by Joanna Bourne

Melisande Fleming, To Seduce a Sinner by Elizabeth Hoyt

Harriet, Duchess of Berrow, Duchess by Night by Eloisa James

Taylor Donovan, Just the Sexiest Man Alive by Julie James

Winnifred Hathaway, Seduce Me at Sunrise by Lisa Kleypas

Best Romance Couple

Annique and Grey, The Spymaster’s Lady by Joanna Bourne

Melisande and Jasper, To Seduce a Sinner by Elizabeth Hoyt

Haven and Hardy, Blue-Eyed Devil by Lisa Kleypas

Winnifred and Kev, Seduce Me at Sunrise by Lisa Kleypas

Grace and Jack, The Lost Duke of Wyndham by Julia Quinn

Best Debut Romance Author

Meredith Duran

Judith James

Julie James

Sherry Thomas

Guiltiest Pleasure Romance

Not Another Bad Date by Rachel Gibson

Death Angel by Linda Howard

Killer Secrets by Lora Leigh

At the Bride Hunt Ball by Olivia Parker

Lover Enshrined by J.R. Ward

Best Historical Romance Set in the U.K.

The Spymaster’s Lady by Joanna Bourne

To Seduce a Sinner by Elizabeth Hoyt

Duchess by Night by Eloisa James

Seduce Me at Sunrise by Lisa Kleypas

Private Arrangements by Sherry Thomas

Best Historical Romance Not Set in the U.K.

Your Scandalous Ways by Loretta Chase

Untamed by Pamela Clare

Duke of Shadows by Meredith Duran

Shades of Gray by Jessica James

Broken Wing by Judith James

Sam’s Creed by Sarah McCarty

Tall Dark and Texan by Jodi Thomas

Best Contemporary Romance

Letters to a Secret Lover by Toni Blake

Not Another Bad Date by Rachel Gibson

Just One of the Guys by Kristan Higgins

Just the Sexiest Man Alive by Julie James

Blue-Eyed Devil by Lisa Kleypas

Flat Out Sexy by Erin McCarthy

Best Series Romance Book

Wild Hunt by Lori Devoti

His Secret Past by Ellen Hartman

A Most Unconventional Match by Julia Justiss

Ms. Match by Jo Leigh

The Son Between Them by Molly O’Keefe

Does She Dare? by Tawny Weber

Best Romantic Suspense

Into the Fire by Suzanne Brockmann

Unlawful Contact by Pamela Clare

Death Angel by Linda Howard

Strangers in Death by J.D. Robb

Tribute by Nora Roberts

Scream for Me by Karen Rose

Fire and Ice by Anne Stuart

Best Paranormal Romance

Dark Desires at Dusk by Kresley Cole

Acheron by Sherrilyn Kenyon

Hostage to Pleasure by Nalini Singh

Mine to Possess by Nalini Singh

Lover Enshrined by JR Ward

Best E-Book

There have been too few votes in this category to report results.

Best Chick Lit/Women’s Fiction

Queen of Babble Gets Hitched by Meg Cabot

Not Another Bad Date by Rachel Gibson

Just One of the Guys by Kristan Higgins

This Charming Man by Marian Keyes

Remember Me by Sophie Kinsella

Best Romance Short Story

Spellbound from It Happened One Night by Mary Balogh

From This Moment On from It Happened One Night by Candice Hern

When Sparks Flew in Snowy Night with a Stranger by Sabrina Jeffries

Christmas Heat from The Magical Christmas Cat by Lora Leigh

Ritual in Death from Suite 606 by J.D. Robb

Stroke of Enticement from The Magical Christmas Cat by Nalini Singh

The Story of Son from Dead After Dark by J.R. Ward

Romance Author You Gave Up On

Julie Garwood

Stephanie Laurens

Julia Quinn

Nora Roberts

J.R. Ward

Worst Romance Novel

Morning Light, by Catherine Anderson

A Notorious Proposition by Adele Ashworth

Secret Desires of a Gentleman by Laura Lee Guhrke

Mr. Cavendish, I Presume by Julia Quinn

Untamed by Hope Tarr

Lover Enshrined by J.R. Ward

-LinnieGayl, LeeB, and CindyS

12 thoughts on “Annual Reader Poll: Interim Results

  1. Wow, my tastes are so out of touch with the other voters obviously.

    I loved Mr. Cavendish, I Presume and would rate The Lost Duke of Wyndham in the worst category (To me Thomas & Amelia were so much more interesting than Jack & Grace). Then again there are quite a few “bests” here that I would vote “worst.”

    But I will vote anyway. I’m still trying to finish up some other books in the hopes I’ll be able to add a category or two to the ones I’ve already decided about.

  2. Wow, I’m really surprises by some of the books — some more than other. But to me that’s the beauty of reading — I may be crazy about a book and someone else may not.

  3. It’s been really amazing being one of the pollsters tallying the results for the Annual Poll. There is such a variety of favorite books, characters, and authors just from 2008. All of the races still are very tight, and we won’t be at all surprised if entries not posted in the interim results sneak up over the remaining two weeks and actually win.

    Happy reading!

  4. BEST SERIES ROMANCE BOOK.

    MY VOTE GOES TO TAWNY WEBER’S DOES SHE DARE.

    GREAT TITLE. GRABS THE READER. WHAT DOES SHE DARE? SEDUCING THE GUY, MAKING LOVE TO HIM, HAVING AN AFFAIRE?
    AND-D-D-D, DOES SHE????

    JACLYN

  5. I haven’t voted yet and I still have so much I’d like to read. So little time, so many books.

  6. A lot of those were books I voted on (or thought about voting on). Nice to know my fellow readers have good taste. The hardest thing about voting was trying to remember all the books I read last year (which was hard). There were some good ones I didn’t vote on because I didn’t even realize they came out in 2008 or what their names were.

  7. My vote goes to,Does She Dare? by Tawny Weber – BEST SERIES ROMANCE BOOK

    Gr8 story ! You will never look at a Harley quite the same ;-) !

  8. When I filled out the poll, most of my books were paranormal romance (i.e., Best Romance was “Demon Night” by Meljean Brook). I’m just surprised, because I thought more people read paranormal….

  9. I am a bit late to the party here. I didn’t want to look at the results until I had figured out my own ballot and voted which I FINALLY did this week. I seem to be out of the mainstream with much of my reading and didn’t want to feel that my vote wouldn’t matter. And after looking at the results, I was actually surprised that a few of my choices were actually on the interim list! And as the pollsters reminded us, things are fluid and could change. I read mostly historicals so my votes are skewed in that direction. I am anxious to see the final results. I always pick up a title/author or two for my TBR pile.

  10. When I went over my bookshelf, I realized that a some of the books I read ages ago (last winter) — like Guhrke’s Wicked Ways of a Duke and Goodman’s Price of Desire — were 2008 books. Maybe you should consider a semi-annual poll so books that get published in January and February don’t get forgotten by people as disorganized as I am.

  11. I am amazed that there were too few votes for both eBooks and Erotica. I am getting hundreds of posts about erotica, all on eBooks, at MobileRead Forum.

    I am opening up a new eBook Store for my company and asked for opinions from women. One sent me here… but there is no poll on the two most important subjects.

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