Top 100 Romances Poll

November 2013

Printable list

 


1

Lord of Scoundrels

Loretta Chase

European Historical

1995


2

Devil In Winter

Lisa Kleypas

European Historical

2006


3

Pride and Prejudice

Jane Austen

Classic Fiction

1813


4

The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie

Jennifer Ashley

European Historical

2009


5

Outlander

Diana Gabaldon

Time Travel

1991


6

Flowers From The Storm

Laura Kinsale

European Historical

1992


7

Slightly Dangerous

Mary Balogh

European Historical

2004


8

Dreaming of You

Lisa Kleypas

European Historical

1994


9

The Viscount Who Loved Me

Julia Quinn

European Historical

2000


10

Romancing Mr. Bridgerton

Julia Quinn

European Historical

2002


11

The Spymaster's Lady

Joanna Bourne

European Historical

2011


12

Mr. Impossible

Loretta Chase

European Historical

2005


13

What I Did for a Duke

Julie Anne Long

European Historical

2011


14

Not Quite a Husband

Sherry Thomas

European Historical

2009


15

Bet Me

Jennifer Crusie

Contemporary

2004


16

The Duke and I

Julia Quinn

European Historical

2000


17

The Black Hawk

Joanna Bourne

European Historical

2011


18

Nobody's Baby But Mine

Susan E. Phillips

Contemporary

1997


19

It Had To Be You

Susan E. Phillips

Contemporary

1994


20

Welcome to Temptation

Jennifer Crusie

Contemporary

2000


21

Match Me If You Can

Susan E. Phillips

Contemporary

2005


22

The Raven Prince

Elizabeth Hoyt

European Historical

2006


23

A Week to Be Wicked

Tessa Dare

European Historical

2012


24

Jane Eyre

Charlotte Bronte

Classic Fiction

1847


25

Morning Glory

LaVyrle Spencer

Americana

1990


26

Lord Perfect

Loretta Chase

European Historical

2006

 


27

Naked In Death

J.D. Robb

Fut. Rom. Susp.

1995


28

Paradise

Judith McNaught

Contemporary

1991


29

The Bride

Julie Garwood

Medieval

1989


30

It Happened One Autumn

Lisa Kleypas

European Historical

2005


31

Blue-Eyed Devil

Lisa Kleypas

Contemporary

2008


32

Devil's Bride

Stephanie Laurens

European Historical

1998


33

Private Arrangements

Sherry Thomas

European Historical

2008


34

Lover Awakened

J.R. Ward

Paranormal

2006


35

Persuasion

Jane Austen

Classic Fiction

1818


36

A Summer To Remember

Mary Balogh

European Historical

2002


37

A Knight in Shining Armor

Jude Deveraux

Time Travel

1989


38

Devil's Cub

Georgette Heyer

Classic Fiction

1932


39

Ravishing the Heiress

Sherry Thomas

European Historical

2012


40

Kiss An Angel

Susan E. Phillips

Contemporary

1996


41

Mr. Perfect

Linda Howard

Romantic Suspense

2000


42

When He Was Wicked

Julia Quinn

European Historical

2004


43

A Kingdom of Dreams

Judith McNaught

Medieval

1989

 


44

What Happens In London

Julia Quinn

European Historical

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 E. 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 E. Phillips

Contemporary

2001


53

More Than A Mistress

Mary Balogh

European Historical

2000


54

The Rake

Mary Jo Putney

European Historical

1998


55

Slave To Sensation

Nalini Singh

Paranormal

2006


56

Love in the Afternoon

Lisa Kleypas

European Historical

2010


57

The Last Hellion

Loretta Chase

European Historical

1998


58

Ravished

Amanda Quick

European Historical

1992


59

The Forbidden Rose

Joanna Bourne

European Historical

2010


60

When Beauty Tamed the Beast

Eloisa James

European Historical

2011


61

Nine Rules to Break When Romancing a Rake

Sarah MacLean

European Historical

2010


62

Then Came You

Lisa Kleypas

European Historical

1993


63

See Jane Score

Rachel Gibson

Contemporary

2003


64

A Lady Awakened

Cecilia Grant

European Historical

2012


65

The Duke of Shadows

Meredith Duran

European Historical

2008


66

And Then He Kissed Her

Laura Lee Guhrke

European Historical

2007


67

Cry No More

Linda Howard

Romantic Suspense

2003


68

Bound By Your Touch

Meredith Duran

European Historical

2009


69

After The Night

Linda Howard

Romantic Suspense

1995


70

Frederica

Georgette Heyer

Classic Fiction

1965


71

Perfect

Judith McNaught

Contemporary

1993

 


72

Open Season

Linda Howard

Romantic Suspense

2001


73

Honor's Splendour

Julie Garwood

Medieval

1987


74

My Dearest Enemy

Connie Brockway

European Historical

1998


75

Ransom

Julie Garwood

Medieval

1999


76

Unveiled

Courtney Milan

European Historical

2011


77

The Iron Duke

Meljean Brook

Steampunk

2010


78

To Beguile A Beast

Elizabeth Hoyt

European Historical

2009


79

Dream A Little Dream

Susan E. Phillips

Contemporary

1998

 


80

Suddenly You

Lisa Kleypas

European Historical

2001


81

Something Wonderful

Judith McNaught

European Historical

1988


82

The Secret Pearl

Mary Balogh

European Historical

1991


83

An Offer From a Gentleman

Julia Quinn

European Historical

2001


84

Sugar Daddy

Lisa Kleypas

Women's Fiction

2007


85

Secrets of a Summer Night

Lisa Kleypas

European Historical

2004


86

The Shadow and The Star

Laura Kinsale

Historical

1991


87

The Governess Affair

Courtney Milan

European Historical

2012


88

His at Night

Sherry Thomas

European Historical

2010


89

For My Lady's Heart

Laura Kinsale

Medieval Romance

1993


90

To Have and To Hold

Patricia Gaffney

European Historical

1995


91

Mine Till Midnight

Lisa Kleypas

European Historical

2007


92

Simply Love

Mary Balogh

European Historical

2006


93

Rising Tides

Nora Roberts

Contemporary

1998


94

Almost Heaven

Judith McNaught

European Historical

1990


95

A Hunger Like No Other

Kresley Cole

Paranormal Romance

2009


96

Lady Sophia's Lover

Lisa Kleypas

European Historical

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

European Historical

1985


100

Sylvester

Georgette Heyer

Classic Fiction

1957

The Top 100 Romance Books as Voted in 2013

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

 




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