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Top 100 Poll – The Best of the Rest

dukeofherown Now that you’ve all had time to look over the results of the 2013 Top 100 Poll, it’s time to take a look at something many of you asked for, the romances that missed the top 100, but are in places 101 to 200. And since ballots from readers contained 4,961 titles which received at least one vote, being in 200th place is still a remarkable achievement.

A number of titles in the 101-200th places are by authors who also had titles in the top 100. For example, Mary Balogh had five titles place in the top 100 and has an additional five in the second 100. Elizabeth Hoyt had two titles in the top 100 and an additional seven in the second 100. And Lisa Kleypas had 12 in the top 100 and another six in the second hundred.

But other popular authors who failed to have any titles place in the top 100 had several books place in the second hundred. Contemporary authors Kristan Higgins and Julie James each have three titles in the second hundred. Other contemporary authors in the Best of the Rest are Kristen Ashley, Sylvia Day, Robyn Carr and Sara Mayberry. Romantic suspense was represented by Suzanne Brockmann and Anne Stuart. Paranormal/time travel/futuristic titles by Susanna Kearsley, Karen Marie Moning, and Thea Harrison also made the list. And historical was well represented too with titles from Carla Kelly, Jo Goodman, Lorraine Heath, Madeline Hunter, Judith Ivory, Kathleen Woodiwiss, Teresa Medeiros, Pamela Morsi and Lisa Valdez.

And similar to the Top 100 titles, historical had the most titles: 59 (with 5 considered “classic”), while 23 titles are contemporary and 13 are paranormal/time travel/futuristic.

The Best of the Rest:

101. A Duke of Her Own by Eloisa James

102. Dragonfly in Amber by Diana Gabaldon

103. Mrs. Drew Plays Her Hand by Carla Kelly

104. Ten Things I Love About You by Julia Quinn

105. My Lord and Spymaster by Joanna Bourne

106. Tempt Me at Twilight by Lisa Kleypas

107. The Best Man by Kristan Higgins

108. Something About You by Julie James

109. Shattered Rainbows by Mary Jo Putney

110. Practice Makes Perfect by Julie James

111. Shanna by Kathleen Woodiwiss

112. Ain’t She Sweet by Susan Elizabeth Phillips

113. Sea Swept by Nora Roberts

114. Thief of Shadows by Elizabeth Hoyt

115. The Leopard Prince by Elizabeth Hoyt

116. How to Marry a Marquis by Julia Quinn

117. Worth Any Price by Lisa Kleypas

118. A Notorious Countess Confesses by Julie Anne Long

119. Once and Always by Judith McNaught

120. Again the Magic by Lisa Kleypas

121. Dark Lover by J.R. Ward

122. Heart of Obsidian by Nalini Singh

123. Unraveled by Courtney Milan

124. One Perfect Rose by Mary Jo Putney

125. Over the Edge by Suzanne Brockmann

126. Eyes of Silver, Eyes of Gold by Ellen O’Connell

127. Lothaire by Kresley Cole

128. To Die For by Linda Howard

129. Wicked Intentions by Elizabeth Hoyt

130. I Kissed an Earl by Julie Anne Long

131. Seduce Me at Sunrise by Lisa Kleypas

132. Thunder and Roses by Mary Jo Putney

133. The Proposition by Judith Ivory

134. A Lady’s Lesson in Scandal by Meredith Duran

135. Yours Until Dawn by Teresa Medeiros

136. Lord Carew’s Bride by Mary Balogh

137. Like No Other Lover by Julie Anne Long

138. Slightly Scandalous by Mary Balogh

139. Last Night’s Scandal by Loretta Chase

140. Catch of the Day by Kristan Higgins

141. Out of Control by Suzanne Brockmann

142. Saving Grace by Julie Garwood

143. Angels’ Blood by Nalini Singh

144. Reforming Lord Ragsdale by Carla Kelly

145. Texas Destiny by Lorraine Heath

146. These Old Shades by Georgette Heyer

147. Lover Eternal by J.R. Ward

148. The Witness by Nora Roberts

149. Scandal in Spring by Lisa Kleypas

150. The Serpent Prince by Elizabeth Hoyt

151. A Night to Surrender by Tessa Dare

152. Dragon Bound by Thea Harrison

153. The Duchess War by Courtney Milan

154. Kiss of Snow by Nalini Singh

155. Emma by Jane Austen

156. Any Duchess Will Do by Tessa Dare

157. Caressed by Ice by Nalini Singh

158. One Good Earl Deserves a Lover by Sarah MacLean

159. Slightly Married by Mary Balogh

160. Kiss of the Highlander by Karen Marie Moning

161. Tempting the Bride by Sherry Thomas

162. All Through the Night by Connie Brockway

163. Born in Fire by Nora Roberts

164. Just the Sexiest Man Alive by Julie James

165. To Sir Phillip with Love by Julia Quinn

166. By Arrangement by Madeline Hunter

167. Virgin River by Robyn Carr

168. Motorcycle Man by Kristen Ashley

169. Unclaimed by Courtney Milan

170. Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen

171. To Seduce a Sinner by Elizabeth Hoyt

172. Voyager by Diana Gabaldon

173. A Matter of Class by Mary Balogh

174. Just One of the Guys by Kristan Higgins

175. Where Dreams Begin by Lisa Kleypas

176. It’s in His Kiss by Julia Quinn

177. Her Best Worst Mistake by Sarah Mayberry

178. England’s Perfect Hero by Suzanne Enoch

179. Pleasure for Pleasure by Eloisa James

180. Anyone But You by Jennifer Crusie

181. Passion by Lisa Valdez

182. Untie My Heart by Judith Ivory

183. Son of the Morning by Linda Howard

184. The Secret Diaries of Miss Miranda Cheever by Julia Quinn

185. Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell

186. Agnes and the Hitman by Jennifer Crusie and Bob Mayer

186. Black Ice by Anne Stuart

188. Lady Be Good by Susan Elizabeth Phillips

189. Kill and Tell by Linda Howard

190. Scandalous Desires by Elizabeth Hoyt

191. The Bronze Horseman by Paullina Simons

192. Simple Jess by Pamela Morsi

193. Lord of Darkness by Elizabeth Hoyt

194. Heartless by Mary Balogh

195. Bared to You by Sylvia Day

196. Gone Too Far by Suzanne Brockmann

197. The Winter Sea (Sophia’s Secret) by Susanna Kearsley

198. The Unknown Ajax by Georgette Heyer

199. The Wolf and the Dove by Kathleen Woodiwiss

200. If His Kiss is Wicked by Jo Goodman

– Cindy, LeeB, and LinnieGayl


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11/23/2013 5:13 am

Have I already told you how much I love these lists?
They make me think a lot about the genre and what the readers like. It’s amazing that 2013 novels are on the list. I mean, if you take other genre, for instance ‘Top 100 Sci-Fi novels’, I think you will easily find so many ‘recent titles’.
I think the romance reader accepts changes and new forms and tendencies very quickly. But I can be wrong, of course.
And, at the same time, I realised that there are very few classical, award-winning romance novels that are not in either list. At this moment, I can only think about three:
‘The Windflower’, by T. & Sh. Curtis, that was on the lists of the years 1998 to 2007 75 and it was a Jean’s Pick.
‘The Promise of Jenny Jones’, by Maggie Osborne, that won a RITA but was only in the 1998 list.
I haven’t seen, either, ‘This Is All I Ask’, by Lynn Kurland, a DIK A, that was on the 2000 and 2004 lists and it was a Lee’s Pick.
I may be wrong and perhaps they are. But if not, why certain all-time favourites are forgotten and why others survive, and why is it that very recent books coexists with very well-stablished classics. I’m going to think about it.

Reply to  Joane
11/24/2013 1:58 am

sorry for the hypo
I meant that if you take other genre, for instance ‘Top 100 Sci-Fi novels’, I think you will NOT easily find so many ‘recent titles’.

Reply to  Joane
11/24/2013 5:00 pm

It could be because those books haven’t stood the test of time. People loved them when they first came out. The question will always be: Will readers still love them two hundred years later?

Jane Austen is a very well-loved author whose books are still being bought and borrowed. So her presence on this list makes the AAR list above other so-called Top Romance Novels lists on Amazon, Goodreads, Dear Author, etc. In fact, it’s the only major list I could find where one can both find classic fiction (Austen, Bronte, Heyer) and books by modern-day romance authors.

This list isn’t perfect though. (No list really is.) There is still no foreign fiction being represented here or on any other list we follow. And it could be because most of these foreign romance novels don’t have the HEA we crave for.

11/22/2013 11:10 pm

Love this list! There are any number of books here that I forgot when I voted that really should have been on my ballot.

11/22/2013 7:45 pm

Awesome! Several of my picks that did not make the top 100 made it to this list. Thank you so much for all of your hard work.

11/22/2013 7:19 pm

Great list! It would be great to have a printer friendly version to send to the computer illiterate mother.

Reply to  leslie
11/22/2013 9:43 pm

leslie: Great list! It would be great to have a printer friendly version to send to the computer illiterate mother.

If you know how to block copy text, just highlight the books from 101 to 200. Then copy. Paste it into any word program. There you have it. You’ll be able to print it from that program.

11/22/2013 5:47 pm

Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. I appreciate you providing us with the second group of the Best of the Best. [Your annual poll of the Top 100 is one of my top delights.] I have read almost all of the Top 100 and this second listing will provide me with new opportunities. Big HUGS to all of the AAR staff for their great work. You’re TERRIFIC!

Reply to  SoCalGal
11/22/2013 6:57 pm

:) You’re very welcome.

11/22/2013 4:05 pm

I’m really glad to see Yours Until Dawn on here because when I voted I put My Dearest Enemy by Connie Brockway thinking that the plot of it was actually the plot of Yours Until Dawn. Luckily, I do actually love the real plot of My Dearest Enemy as well.

11/22/2013 1:46 pm

I think I love this list even more than the top 100. So much diversity- including an erotic romance! I can see some previous posters being happy that their favorite authors made it to this round.

Reply to  LeeF
11/22/2013 6:57 pm

Quite a few contemporaries here as well.

Reply to  LinnieGayl
11/22/2013 9:48 pm

Ditto. I preferred this list too. And thank you all yet again for all the time and work that went into this huge project. I really enjoyed seeing both lists–even if the second one seems more satisfying for some reason.

11/22/2013 12:03 pm

I’m happy there are three Courtney Milan’s stories in this B-list, and of course ‘Anyone But You’ by Crusie, a little book that I really love.
It’s a pity that another of my favourites, Sandra Brown, does not appear.
Anyway, thank U very much for your effort. This is a very interesting list that I will also study carefully looking for interestin books that could be hidden jewels.