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    A year in review... sort of 2000
    2000 RRA-L Romance Awards Nominees and Winners
    All the nominees are listed, with the first, second, and third place winners are noted in order.

    Best of the best, 2000 RRA style

    1. Best Series Romance:
    _1_ Game of Chance by Linda Howard (SIM 1021, August 2000)
    _2_ Get Lucky by Suzanne Brockmann (SIM 991, March 2000)
    _3_ Daddy by Choice by Paula Detmer Riggs (SIM 998, April 2000)
    A Man Like Mac by Fay Robinson (HSR 911)
    The Temptation of Sean MacNeil by Virginia Kantra (SIM 1032)
    I have GoC to read but haven't gotten to it yet. Hell my current Howard binge is being cut into by ebuzz, book reviews and contest books to read. But I did finish SC - will post more on that in a bit.

    2. Best Contemporary Single Title Romance:
    _1_ In the Midnight Rain by Ruth Wind
    _2_ Mr. Perfect by Linda Howard
    _3_ The Unsung Hero by Suzanne Brockmann
    It Must Be Love by Rachel Gibson
    The Burning Point by Mary Jo Putney
    Mr Perfect is the only one I have done to get but that is because I think I need them all now ;)

    3. Best Historical Single Title Romance:
    _1_ The Hostage by Susan Wiggs
    _2_ Where Dreams Begin by Lisa Kleypas
    _3_ The Stone Maiden by Susan King
    Here Comes the Bride by Pamela Morsi
    The Lover by Robin Schone
    The Lover! Great book but I am a big fan of Robin's and am mucho excited to see what her new book is like. Hope it is great and we see more of her now. Have the Kleypas to be read along with the Wigg and Morsi. Susan King is the only one I am not familiar with.

    4. Best Regency Romance (Traditional of Nontraditional):
    _1_ More than a Mistress by Mary Balogh
    _2_ Lord Stanhope's Proposal by Jessica Benson
    _3_ A Scandalous Proposal by Julia Justiss
    The Prodigal Hero by Nancy Butler
    Lady Delafont's Dilemma by Donna Simpson
    wonder if that of is suppose to be or... More than a Mistress isn't a trad. Is it? Loved the book though. hmmmm and I do have A Scandalous Proposal to be read.

    5. Best Romantic Suspense/Mystery/Adventure:
    _1_ Mr. Perfect by Linda Howard
    _2_ Heartbreaker by Julie Garwood
    _3_ Renegade Heart by Gayle Wilson
    Midnight in Ruby Bayou by Elizabeth Lowell
    Riptide by Catherine Coulter
    le sigh.... not interested in the garwood, lowell (but have this one, go figure) or Coulter. Is this the time that RS started to suck in the good historical writers?

    6. Best Alternative Realities or Time Travel Romance:
    _1_ Witness in Death by J.D. Robb
    _2_ Prince of Hearts by Katy Cooper
    _3_ Once a Pirate by Susan Grant
    The Inscription by Pam Binder
    The Trickster by Kathleen Nance
    I have Once a Pirate! And for some reason Pam Binder sound way familiar.

    7. Best Love and Laughter Romance Award:
    _1_ Welcome to Temptation by Jennifer Crusie
    _2_ The Viscount Who Loved Me by Julia Quinn
    _3_ (tie) Against His Will by Trish Jensen
    (tie) Silver Lining by Maggie Osborne
    I Waxed My Legs for This? by Holly Jacobs
    Never read Quinn, Jensen, Jacobs or Crusie (although I do plan for this to be my first crusie). Don't think I have read this Osborne but I will.

    8. Best Romantic Novel outside the Romance Genre:
    _1_Hot Six by Janet Evanovich
    _2_ (tie) Ashes to Ashes by Tami Hoag
    (tie) The Killing Game by Iris Johansen
    _3_ The First Time by Joy Fielding
    Crazy for Cornelia by Chris Gilson

    9. Best All-Around 2000 Romance:
    _1_ Mr. Perfect by Linda Howard
    _2_ (tie) By arrangement by Madeline Hunter
    (tie) The Unsung Hero by Suzanne Brockmann
    _3_ First Lady by Susan Elizabeth Phillips
    The Lover by Robin Schone
    ooohhhhhh LOVE By arrangement. One of my favorite Hunter books.


    10. Best Contemporary Author of 2000:
    _1_ Linda Howard
    _2_ Ruth Wind (AKA Barbara Samuel)
    _3_ Kathleen Eagle
    Kristin Hannah
    Kathleen Gilles Seidel

    11. Best Historical Romance Author of 2000:
    _1_ Mary Jo Putney
    _2_ Pamela Morsi
    _3_ Maggie Osborne
    Candice Proctor
    Cheryl St. John
    Great list! I have read them all except MJP and would rec all four.

    12. Best Series/Category Author of 2000:
    _1_ Suzanne Brockman
    _2_ Virginaia Kantra
    _3_ Paula Detmer Riggs
    Kate Hoffman
    Gayle Wilson

    13. Best Regency Author of 2000:
    _1_ Mary Balogh
    _2_ Mary Jo Putney
    _3_ Diane Farr
    Blair Bancroft (Grace Kone) [ebook]
    Judith A. Lansdowne
    Hey look a best of in Eform from 2000... how cool is that?

    14. Best All-Around Romance Author of :
    _1_ Nora Roberts (AKA J.D. Robb)
    _2_ Linda Howard
    _3_ Judith Ivory
    Candice Proctor
    Karen Ranney
    Hey Proctor and Ranney! Two great new names on the list. Way looking forward to Ranney's new book!


    15. Best All-Time Historical Romance:
    _1_ Lord of Scoundrels by Loretta Chase
    _2_ Flowers from the Storm by Laura Kinsale
    _3_ A Knight in Shining Armor by Jude Deveraux
    Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
    Twice Loved by LaVyrle Spencer
    I happy sigh ever time I see LaVyrle's name, which is sad since I don't know the woman from adam. But whatever. So I am odd, you knew this.

    16. Best All-Time Contemporary Romance:
    _1_ It Had to Be You by Susan Elizabeth Phillips
    _2_ Trust Me by Jayne Ann Krentz
    _3_ Till the Stars Fall by Kathleen Gilles Seidel
    Jackson Rule by Dina McCall
    On Mystic Lake by Kristin Hannah

    17. Best All-Time Regency Romance:
    _1_ The Rake and the Reformer by Mary Jo Putney
    _2_ The Temporary Wife by Mary Balogh
    _3_ The Lion's Lady by Julie Garwood
    Reforming Lord Ragsdale by Carla Kelly
    Seduction by Amanda Quick

    18. Best All-Time Series Romance:
    _1_ Mackenzie's Mountain by Linda Howard
    _2_ Warrior by Elizabeth Lowell
    _3_ Lightning That Lingers by Sharon and Tom Curtis
    A Rose for Maggie by Kathleen Korbel
    The Trouble with Joe by Emilie Richards
    Hey I have read three out of five. Go team me!

    19. Best Romance of All Time:
    _1_ Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
    _2_ Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
    _3_ Twice Loved by LaVyrle Spencer
    Again by Kathleen Gilles Seidel
    The Scarlet Pimpernel by Baroness Orczy
    Hey look maili, Outlander *eg*

    20. Best All-Around Romance Author of All Time:
    _1_ Jayne Ann Krentz
    _2_ Nora Roberts
    _3_ Gorgette Heyer
    Mary Balogh
    LaVyrle Spencer
    happy sigh

    hee I am gonna need a new list to go through soon.... only have six years left... hmmm ohhhhh AAR has some lists. What other sites have top tenish or top of the year lists? ::listens to crickets:: fine I will find them myself

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